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Hanora Cecelia Leonard

Female 1879 - 1967  (87 years)


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  • Name Hanora Cecelia Leonard 
    Born 31 December 1879  Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation housewife; Nora had 10 children of her own (1 died soon after birth) and raised another girl, Sara Daley. 
    Died 4 August 1967  Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cancer
    Notes 

    • Hanora (Nora) Leonard was born on Dec 31, 1870 in Erie, PA, the ninth of the ten children born to Nicholas Leonard and Hannah Mahoney. She was baptised on the day she was born at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1116 West 7th St. in Erie, PA. Her sponsors were her Uncle Tim Mahoney and Aunt Joanna Sullivan Mahoney, his wife. Nora’s parents also raised five of her cousins and another boy, making for 16 children in the household.
      Nora attended a one-room schoolhouse as a girl. She had black hair, hazel eyes, and grew to be 5'6". Nora met Tom Rhattigan at a dance in Erie, PA. They married on Nov 24, 1903. The bride wore a long tan dress with a satin stripe, long sleeves and a high neck. She also wore a big picture hat. Her sister Jule was her bridesmaid, and wore the same dress, only it was blue.
      Family lore says that Nora had a rich Aunt Bessie who stayed in Ireland, but looking over the family tree, I don’t know who that would be.
      When her husband Tom died, leaving Nora to raise nine children plus Sara Daley, her sister Mary Ann’s daughter, she was very strict with them all. All chores had to be done on specific days and at specific times. The kids could only read their Bibles and Cathecisms. They were a very close-knit family. Even when the children were grown and had families of their own, Nora insisted they come for Sunday dinners and for the holidays. She was good at managing money. She also sewed beautiful clothes and taught all her daughters to sew; Mary alone hated it.
      Nora’s brother William also lived with the family for a time.
      Mary made these remarks about her mother, Nora: "She was generous, understanding, honest and demanded discipline. She always emphasized the importance of truth and virtue."
      Nora's oldest daughter Von dated a man named Smitty for 20 years. The feeling was that Nora didn't want Von to marry Smitty because she would lose not only Von's income (as a supervisor at General Electric) but her help around the house, too. Smitty finally broke the relationship off and married another woman.
      Son Bud (Aloyisious) was an alcoholic, a "drunk," as it was then termed. One time he hit and killed someone while driving a car drunk; somehow he was never charged in the death. His nephews also remember a time he was returned home by the police, beaten, probably by them for his obnoxious behavior. Bud also supported his mother with his job at Republic Steel.
      Nora is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
    Person ID I611  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 26 October 2010 

    Father Nicholas Leonard,   b. 2 July 1842, County Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 October 1906, Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother (Jo)Hannah Mahoney,   b. 19 March 1844, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 December 1914, Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 20 March 1867  Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St. Patrick’s Church
    Family ID F237  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Thomas A. Rhattigan,   b. 13 May 1876, County Mayo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 November 1929, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 24 November 1903  Erie, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James J. Rhattigan,   b. 12 October 1904, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1970, Chicago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. Veronica M. Rhattigan,   b. 21 March 1906, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 July 2001, Apopka, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    +3. Joseph Francis Rhattigan,   b. 7 July 1908, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 April 1985, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Eleanor Rhattigan,   b. 10 September 1912, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 February 1966, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Aloyisius T. (Bud) Rhattigan,   b. 10 September 1912, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 January 1986, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +6. Jerome Rhattigan,   b. 13 January 1914, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1992, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +7. Patricia C. Rhattigan,   b. 12 November 1916, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 June 1995, Tampa, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +8. Delores J. Rhattigan,   b. 13 April 1919, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 June 1993, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +9. Mary Regina "Ursula" Rhattigan,   b. 8 February 1922, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 March 1994, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     10. Leonard Rhattigan,   b. 1924, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1924, Youngstown, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F69  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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