|John:||Born February 22, 1887. Also known by his Irish name Sean.|
|Mary:||Born March 24, 1889. Married to Rayel Garfinney.|
|Patrick:||Born July 24, 1890. Also known as Paddy. Patrick was married and lived in Dingle, but did not have any children.|
|Thomas:||Born June 14, 1892. My grandfather. Married and had four children.|
|James:||Born May 21, 1897. Also know by his Irish name Seamus. At the age of 19, he took part in the 1916 Irish uprising. He married Eileen Devane in 1920 and they had four children. He inherited the Martin house and farm. See his obituary below.|
|Michael:||Born in 1901 and passed away as a boy.|
|Eileen:||Born in 1902. Also known as Nell. She immigrated to America and worked in New York City for years. She moved back to Ireland late in life and passed away in the early 1990s in a nursing home in Dingle. She never married and didn't have any children.|
|Obituary for Seamus Martin. (From the Irish Evening Press. August 16, 1980.)|
Photo courtesy of Seamus's grandson, Michael Ryan.
|Location of the Dingle Peninsula on the west|
coast of Ireland. Image courtesy of Google Maps.
|Location of the Martin house in the village|
of Gortadoo. Image courtesy of Google Maps.
|Photo of Mary's sister and niece.|
Photo taken in the village of Gortadoo.
They sent her this picture in 1957.
|This is Catherine 'Kate' Kevane. She was Mary's mother and my great-grandmother.|
Kate married John O'Connor on Feb 9, 1889 in Dingle, Ireland and together they had 10 children. Mary was their 2nd child.
Kate lived her entire life on the Dingle Peninsula. Barely visible in the background of the picture is a typical landscape of the area: fields divided by stone walls that lead up to hills used for grazing sheep.
|The photo below is a view facing southeast towards Ventry Bay. The O'Connor farm is on the far right side of the photo. St Catherine's church is located 1.5 miles down the road just before reaching the bay.|
|After arriving in the United States in 1914, Tom worked for a short time on the New York City subway before eventually settling in Westfield, Massachusetts. In Westfield he was employed by the Plainville Casting Company.|
In this photo he is on the front porch of his house at 1 Crown Street in Westfield.
|After Mary came to the United States, she settled in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She worked for a few years as a domestic servant for a Protestant minister and his family.|
On the right is a photo of the house where she lived and worked. It's located at 181 Elm Street in Holyoke. In the photo is Mary's son John along with his daughter and grandchildren.
|Even though Tom and Mary were from the same area of Ireland, they did not know each other there. After immigrating to the U.S., they met in Holyoke, Massachusetts. They were introduced to each other by a mutual friend who knew they were from the same area of Ireland.|
|Tom and Mary were married on Oct 24, 1922 in the Sacred Heart Church in Holyoke. The church is located at 435 Maple Street. The image above is of their marriage certificate. Tom's occupation is listed as a 'melter'. Mary's occupation is listed as a 'domestic'.|
The flowergirl at their wedding was a young relative named Kay Sullivan. Kay was 8 years old at the time and recalled that the wedding was on a weekday (Tuesday) and that she left school in the morning in order to attend the wedding. The wedding party took a trolley from Westfield to Holyoke for the ceremony. Kay recalled that Mary wore white gloves and a blue bonnet.
The photo below was taken at the Sacred Heart Church in 2011. In the photo is Tom and Mary's son, John, and his children and grandchildren.
|After they married, Tom and Mary bought a house in Westfield, Massachusetts where they raised four children.|
This picture was taken in the summer of 1931 with three of their children.
From left to right:
- Mary O'Connor-Martin
- James (born 1923)
- Kathleen (born 1925)
- John (born 1930) (my father)
- Tom Martin
Not pictured: Maureen (born 1934)
|Below is a photo of Tom and Mary's children taken in 2001.|
From left to right: James, Kathleen, John and Maureen.