Katherine Carr of Hollygrove
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Sex: Female
Birth: January 18, 1865 (1865-01-18) (154 years ago)
Hollygrove, Ireland
Death: February 20, 1951 (age 86)
68 years ago
Riverdale, New York
Burial: Saint Raymond's Cemetery
Bronx, New York
Father: Thomas Carr I (c1840-bef1901)
Mother: Bridget Conboy (c1840-aft1901)
Siblings: Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950)
Thomas Carr II (c1870-?)
Mary Carr (1873-?)
James Carr I (1874-?)
Michael Carr (1880-1926)
Spouse/Partner: James Joseph Kennedy (1866-1926)
Marriage: 1897 (age 32) 122 years ago
Bronx, New York
Children: Kathryn Kennedy (1897-1974)
Mary Frances Kennedy (1898-1982)
Josephine Kennedy (c1900-c1902)
Thomas Anthony Kennedy (1901-1972)
James Gerard Kennedy I (1903)
Joseph Edward Kennedy (1905-1983)
James Gerard Kennedy II (1907-1997)
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Katherine Carr (1865-1951) and Mary Frances Kennedy (1898-1982) circa 1945

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Kennedy tombstone at Saint Raymond's Cemetery

Katherine Carr (1865-1951) aka Kitty Carr. She was an immigrant from Ireland to the United States between 1888 and 1890. She worked as an indentured maid in a rooming house in Brooklyn or in the Bronx, New York before she married. (b. January 18, 1865; Hollygrove, Athleague, Killeroran, County Roscommon, Ireland - d. February 20, 1951; 5915 Liebig Avenue, Riverdale, Bronx County, New York City, New York, USA)



She was born on January 18, 1865 in Hollygrove, Athleague, Killeroran, County Roscommon, Ireland. Her civil birth certificate was found in Ireland.


  • Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950) aka Sadie Carr, who emigrated to the United States and married Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905)
  • Thomas Carr II (1876-?) who stayed in Coalpits and married Mary Kelly (1873-?) but had no children
  • Mary Carr (1873-?) who stayed in Coalpits in Ireland
  • James Carr I (1874-?) aka Jimmy Carr, who emigrated to the United States in 1904 and was a bartender in Brooklyn or the Bronx; and later a chauffeur in Manhattan in New York and he never married
  • Michael Carr (1880-1906) who emigrated and died at age 26 in Manhattan
  • possibly Andrew Carr who may have emigrated to Australia.


She emigrated between 1883 and 18885. Her sister, Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950) aka Sadie Carr, who married Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905); and a cousin, Margaret Agnes Conboy (1866-1951) aka Maggie Carr, who married Owen McLaughlin (1863-1931) also came over. There is a "Kate Carr" entering the US on October 26, 1888 aboard the "City of Rome" who was born in 1865. She listed her place of origin as "Ireland" The ship left Liverpool, England and stopped at Queenstown, Ireland before it arrived in New York. She was 23 years old. On the 1920 US Census she gave the year "1890" for her emigration.

Indentured servantEdit

All three relatives worked in a rooming house in Brooklyn or the Bronx where they were maids until their passage to the US was paid back.


Katherine Carr married James Joseph Kennedy (1866-1926) in the Bronx around 1897.



During the 1900 United States Census James and Katherine were living at 8th Street in Harlem in Manhattan, New York City, During the 1920 United States Census they were living at West 160th Street in Harlem. Eventually the family moved to 5915 Liebig Avenue in Riverdale, in the Bronx.

Death of husbandEdit

Katherine's husband, James Kennedy died in 1926 at the site of the future Chrysler Building where he may have been working as a plasterer.


Katherine died in 1951, one year after her sister, Sarah, died.

Funeral noticeEdit

Her funeral notice appeared in the New York Times on February 22, 1951. It makes no mention of her brother, so he most likely died prior to 1951. It reads:

Kennedy - Katherine on February 20, 1951 wife of the late James J., devoted mother Thomas A., Joseph E. and James G. Kennedy, Mary Hill and Katherine O'Malley. Reposing at John Carroll Sons "Home for Funerals." Lexington Avenue at 81st Street. Requiem Mass at St. Margaret's Church. Riverdale Avenue at 260th Street, Friday 10 A.M.


Kate was buried in Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

Hollygrove, IrelandEdit

Kate and her sister Sarah traveled back to Hollygrove, Ireland on one or more occasions. Ann Elizabeth O'Malley (1933- ) writes:

On September 28, 1982 Fred and I drove to Roscommon in search of Catherine Carr's birthplace. We asked the postmaster for directions to Holly Grove or Coal Pits. Before leaving the U.S., I spoke to Joe Kennedy, Catherine Carr's son, who suggested that we speak to Postmaster Flannigan in Roscommon. Unfortunately he had been transferred to another office. In Athleague, the closest town of any size to Coal Pits, we asked the first elderly man we saw if he had ever met Thomas Carr. He said if it is the Thomas Carr who married Mary Kelly then he had. That was our lucky day. He directed us to the Holly Grove/Coal Pits area. We stopped in front of a two story granite house and asked a middle aged man if he knew whether this was the former residence of Thomas and Mary Carr. As luck would have it, once again he said that it was not, but that he owned the old Thomas Carr estate. His name was Mr. McCann and he said that the property had been divided and the Rourkes had built a house on a portion of the original property. He stated further that the house was in bad condition because no one was living in it and that cows had roamed through it. He also said that the house was hard to spot because it was very far back from the road. Mr. McCann also said that his mother would love to talk with us but unfortunately we could not find her house. We drove back and forth several times and finally saw an elderly woman who had known Tom and Mary. She said that they frequently cycled into Athleague. The neighbor also said that Mary loved children and often gave them sweets. We turned the car around and spotted the house high on the hill. It is hard to say how much property was originally with the house. It might be as little as twenty acres or more than one hundred. It would have been an interesting question to ask Mr. McCann. At the entrance to the property there were two stone posts. We walked approximately 600 feet straight ahead and then turned to the left and continued up a slight grade approximately 200 feet. It was a stone house with a door framed in an interlacing pattern of diamonds and ovals. There were quoins on the two front corners of the house. The front door was boarded up so we climbed through a back window into the kitchen which still had only a mud floor. At the front entry hall there was a staircase straight ahead and a hallway to the left of the staircase leading to the kitchen. There were two large rooms, one on each side of the entry hall both with interesting fireplaces. A stairway with nicely carved banisters, still intact, led to the second floor. The second floor like the first consisted of two large rooms, both with a fireplace. To the left of the house was a stone shed. There was also a spring on the property and someone said that many years ago it was used as a community spring. It was a great thrill to see the house where my grandmother was born and grew up. If only the cows had not roamed through it and destroyed the floors it would still be a picturesque house on a hill. After dinner that evening we went to a general store in Athleague and mentioned that my grandmother, Catherine Carr, was born in Coal Pits. They said that Mary Kelly's sister, Mrs. Haughey, was still alive and lived in Athleague right next to the church. We also learned that there were Carrs in neighboring Fuerty Parish. We went to see Mrs. Haughey the next day and her son came to the door and said that his mother was very low. He asked if we could come back later. Unfortunately our schedule was tight and we reluctantly headed for Donegal.



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