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Johannah Marie Dunne

Female 1870 - 1944  (74 years)


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  • Name Johannah Marie Dunne 
    Born 13 March 1870  Glounerdalive, Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation housewife; helper in dairy business; she had five children, two who died young 
    Died 20 June 1944  Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cervical Cancer
    Notes 

    • IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR
      Church records in Ballyduff Church says Hannah’s birth year was 1867, but Hannah always said 1870. The church records at Ballyduff can be up to three years later than what is recorded as the priests there did not make the official entries right away. She was baptized on March 20, 1870 by Fr. T. Brosnan and her Godparents were Cornelius and Joanna Slattery.
      Hannah’s mom died when she was three-and-a-half years old, then her dad died when she was eight. Hannah continued to live at their home in Glounerdalive with her older brothers Teddy and Tom. Tom paid for Hannah to attend dancing school when she was in grade school. When he was just 18, Teddy married Margaret Leen, a 25-year-old woman who he met through a matchmaker. Margaret paid a dowry. Teddy had “nervous prostration,” and Hannah also gave him her dowry money. He got better, but died when he was 40. So Hannah lived with Teddy, Margaret, their five children and Tom.
      Hannah attended the Ballyduff National School, a school run by Great Britian but staffed by Irish Catholics, through the eighth grade. She decided to leave Ireland in 1888 because of the lack of opportunities there. Her Aunt Mary Dunne Griffin lived south of Grand Rapids, Mi, so that was Hannah’s destination. Her brother Tom gave her $25 spending money when she left and told her that if she didn’t like America he would send her the money to return to Ireland.
      She took a train from County Kerry to Cork, stayed overnight in a hotel, then boarded the Cunard line vessel "Umbria" from Queenstown (Cobh) to New York. She travelled second class. Meals were served and Hannah danced with the sailors on deck. She got seasick on the five day journey. When she got to New York, Hannah was processed on the boat through Immigration and Customs; therefore she didn't have to go through Castle Garden. She stayed with friends in New York City and saw the city while she was there, including riding the elevated trains.
      From NYC, Hannah rode first class on a Pullman train to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her Aunt Mary Dunne Griffin's son Mickey, along with his friends Tim Lynch, Frank Murray, and others, met her train. The conductor stayed with Hannah until she identified Mickey from a photograph she'd received from her aunt. Terry Griffin had sent Hannah the $52 for the journey, which she subsequently repaid when she got a job. Hannah had brought a bottle of Irish whiskey as a present for the Griffins, but her friends in NYC drank it. They took the empty bottle to a saloon and had it refilled. The Griffins all remarked, "There's nothing like Irish whiskey!"
      After she stayed in Grand Rapids a few days, Hannah went out to the Griffin's house near Alto and lived there for seven months. Then she came back to the city and got a job in the pressing department of the Eagle Hotel. She worked there 10 hours a day, 6 days a week for $1.50 for three years.
      Eventually Hannah had a boyfriend named Eugene Hecker (sp?) who was German and English, and not Catholic. She was pretty keen on him, but then she met Michael Reynolds at a friend's home and fell for him. They were married in 1892.
      Hannah and Mike first lived on Ionia Ave. and Holmes St. in a four-family apartment. They lived there until Peg was born in October 1893. Then they moved to several different apartments to get cheaper rent.

      1884 Michigan Census taken in June:
      living at 236 9th Ave., Ward 12 of the City of Grand Rapids:
      Reynolds, Mike, 29, male, white, husband, married, born in Michigan, both of his parents born in Ireland, working as a “teamster,” out of work two months in the previous year, can read, write and speak English
      Reynolds, Hanna, 26, wife, born Ireland, as were both of her parents, has been in America for 6 year, can read and write
      Reynolds, Margey, 7 months, born in Michigan as was her father, mom born in Ireland.

      Later in 1894 they moved out to Mike’s farm in Middleville. The farm was hard work. When they slaughtered a pig, Hannah rendered the fat and made lard, among many, many chores. She always baked a cake to have ready for Sunday in case friends stopped by.
      On 15 Apr 1901 Hannah bought a boat and train ticket from Queenstown, Ireland to Grand Rapids for her niece Maggie Dunne to emigrate but Maggie’s sister Mary Dunne used it instead. Mary arrived at Ellis Island on 14 May 1902. She lived with the Reynoldses for a few years, then married Patrick Broderick and moved to San Francisco, California.

      1910 U.S. Census lists Johana Reynolds, 40, born about 1870 in Ireland, wife of "Mart," living in Ward 11 of Grand Rapids, Mi. "Mart" (Michael) is listed as 45 yrs old, Joana as 40, Margaret, 16 and Chas.12.

      1920 U.S. Census lists Annah Reynolds, 49, born about 1871 in Ireland, her mother and father were born in Ireland, she's a widow who owns a house in Ward 3 of Grand Rapids, she can read and write, and Margaret (26), Charles (22) and Bernadine (9) all live with her.

      1930 U.S. Census lists Hannah M. Reynolds, 59, born about 1871 in Ireland as living in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI. Margaret (33) and Bernadine (19) live with her.

      After her husband Mike died, Hannah sold the milk business. She was supported by her children for the rest of her life: Peg and Chuck worked at the Pennsylvania Railroad and daughter Bernadine stayed home and helped with the housework. Bernadine described her mother as, “cheerful, pleasant, quite witty and a tease. She had wavy, auburn hair, brown eyes, and was 5’ 4.5” tall. She loved music, particularly bagpipes, and was always ready to sing and do the Irish jig.”
      Hannah is buried beside her husband in St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Section 2 New, Lot 41, which is in the SE part of the cemetery.
    Person ID I311  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 11 April 2011 

    Father Thomas Dunne,   b. 23 September 1811-’14, Glounderdalive, Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 September 1876, Ballyduff, Listovel, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret Slattery,   b. 1820, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. September 1871, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 17 January 1847  Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F166  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Michael Reynolds,   b. June 1859, Kalamazoo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 July 1915, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 26 April 1892  GR -- St. Andrew's Cathedral Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Reynolds,   b. 30 May 1893, Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1970, Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. John Thomas Reynolds,   b. November 1895, Middleville, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 September 1899, Middleville, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 3 years)
    +3. Charles Patrick Reynolds,   b. 8 April 1897, Middleville, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 March 1971, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. Marie Theresa Reynolds,   b. 21 February 1899, Middleville, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 September 1902, Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     5. Bernadine Marie Reynolds,   b. 3 September 1910, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 February 2003, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Family ID F164  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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