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The Readys of Massachusetts and Ireland

Updated September 18, 2001

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GREAT-GRANDFATHER JOHN READY migrated from Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, landing in New York 22 June 1842. There is a discrepancy as to the date of his birth - 1811 or 1816. Citizenship papers indicate he was about 26 years old when he landed in New York.
On 4 May 1846, four years later, he applied for citizenship as recorded in Boston. Five years later on 27 June 1851, in the City of Boston, he became a citizen of the United States. During these years he resided in Brighton, MA, "County of Middlesex."
No records have been discovered about JOHN READY in the four years from the time he arrived in New York 22 June 1842 to when he applied for citizenship in Boston 4 May 1846.
According to his granddaughter, DOROTHY O'CALLAGHAN, JOHN READY owned a large farm in Brighton and that the first Masses of St. Columbkille's Parish were held in his home. Eventually the farm was parceled out to his children, but not before there were some transactions with the Archdioces of Boston.
29 October 1855. From St. Columbkille's records: "The Church was a frame building erected on the land now occupied by the houses numbered 13 through 21 Bennett Street. The land had been a part of the JOHN READY farm and was purchased by Father Finotti with $3,500 loaned to him by a prosperous non-Catholic farmer in Brookline, a Mr. Bowditch. Interestingly enough, this property was eventually to find its way back to the READY FAMILY'S keeping."
The deed for the property was signed 30 July 1853. The signers included the third bishop of the Archdioces of Boston, the Rt. Rev. John Bernard Fitzpatrick and JOHN READY. " situated in said Brighton containing fourteen thousand three hundred and forty-two square feet, being the southerly half of lot in Brighton near the Cattle Fair Hotel J. Bennett survey on.
The land was not the site on which St. Columbkille's stands today. The first church on Bennett Street burned to the ground. Records indicate that the READYS lived on Bennett Street until the early 1900s, the properties ranging from numbers 11 through 25.
Before the parish of St. Columbkille was establish, the READYS were parishoners at St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline, MA.
JOHN READY married MARY ANN CORBLEY (no marriage record found) and they raised eight children...on Bennett Street.
Forty-one years after arriving in the United States, on 11 October 1883 JOHN READY passed away in his Bennett Street home. His age is listed as 72.
JOHN READY'S parents are listed as PATRICK and MARY (no maiden name) READY.
Grandfather PATRICK READY married ANNIE E. KEENAN whose parends were Grandfather Daniel Keenan and Grandmother Winifred Curley. They had four children: Uncle LEO FRANCIS READY, father JOSEPH LOUIS READY, Aunt MILDRED READY, Aunt DOROTHY (O'CALLAGHAN) READY.
PATRICK READY was a saloon keeper.
My father, JOSEPH LOUIS READY, was a career Army officer, a veteran of WWII and four Pacific campaigns, retiring with the rank of brigadier general.
I have the names of all the JOHN READY children and other information, but I do not have any information from Ireland, passenger lists, MARY ANN CORBLEY. At this date there are many gaps to be filled and I can use all the help I can get with my research.

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