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Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden was born 7 July 1917 in Scranton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States to Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (1884-1957) and Geraldine Catherine Blewitt (1887-1949) and died 8 January 2010 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Robinette Biden (1915-2002) 30 May 1941 in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. Ancestors are from the United States, Ireland.

Irish Ancestry

Catherine Eugenia (Jean) Finnegan is descended from the Finnegan family from County Louth, close to the border with Northern Ireland. Smolenyak's research suggests that Vice President Joseph Biden's maternal great-great-grandfather, Owen Finnegan, emigrated from the port of Newry, County Down, in 1849. He was among the estimated 2 million people who left Ireland during the Great Famine, which saw nearly one-eighth of the entire population die from starvation and disease. "Owen Finnegan arrived in New York on May 31, 1849, just five weeks after Joseph Kearney, Obama's ancestor," Smolenyak writes on her website. "Curiously, both men were shoemakers."




Children


Offspring of Joe Biden, Sr and Catherine Eugenia (Jean) Finnegan (1917-2010)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. (1942) 20 November 1942 Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States Neilia Hunter (1942-1972)
Jill Tracy Jacobs (1951)

Valerie Biden
James Biden
Frank Biden

Siblings


Offspring of Ambrose Joseph Finnegan and Geraldine Catherine Blewitt (1887-1949)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Gerard J. Finnegan (1910-1950)
Blewitt Edward Finnegan (1912-1984)
Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (1914-1944) 8 August 1914 Scranton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States 15 May 1944 At Sea Near Guam, Pacific Ocean
Catherine Eugenia (Jean) Finnegan (1917-2010) 7 July 1917 Scranton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States 8 January 2010 Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States Joseph Robinette Biden (1915-2002)

John Arthur Finnegan (1920-1973)

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See Also

  • Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1920; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 16, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: T625_660; Page: 32A; Enumeration District: 277. Image Online.
  • Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Year: 1930; Census Place: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 2340024. Image Online.
  • Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Year: 1940; Census Place: Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; Roll: m-t0627-03687; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 71-154. Image Online.

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Image Online.



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