Re: McGettigans of Philadelphia
Do you have the names of the McGettigans who are buried with the McFadden's? Elizabeth McGettigan Dick is buried at Holy Cross with her husband David. From what I understand 3 McGettigan sisters lived in St. Monica's Parish and were given money to purchase homes there by their grandfather. I may have had the grandfathers name wrong I am not sure if James was the grandfather or the father (Thomas was the other male).
Elizabeth lived on Ritner St. and Her sister Mamie McGettigan Toner lived on Wolf.I think that Carpenter St. is close by.I am sure that the family had money from apartments, stables and possibly a store.
I do know that Mary Anne McNally McGettigan died young and her husband soon after.The children were raised by relatives. Elizabeth was raised by her grandfather and a step-grandmother who apparently was not very nice to her. Elizabeth was forced to go to work at age 8 in a doll clothes factory. Elizabeth also lived a long life -- she died in Philadelphia in 1967 in her late 90s.
I can check with my fathers cousin to see if the name McFadden rings any bells.Elizabeth McGettigan Dick lived with her family in her later years. I also have photos somewhere of Elizabeth and. her sister Mamie.
By the way do you have a Mary McFadden (who is living) in the family? My mothers best friend is a Sister Mary McFadden who went to West Catholic Girls school in the 1940s. Also is there any online list of people buried at Old Cathedral? My grandmothers family (the Meyers and Swift families) are buried there as well. Are you from Philadelphia?
Please e-mail me(at Mariannewrites@aol.com) back so we can find any further connections with the McFadden's and McGettigans. I hope there is a connection here.I was able to contact someone in the Toner family and they actually remembered my great-grandmother Elizabeth (as their great aunt Bess). I am looking forward to hearing from you.