Friday, April 8, 2016

G is for the Gleeson Girls

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

G is for the Gleeson Girls

John Gleeson and Margaret Tierney had ten children, five sons and five daughters.[1] All ten children lived to adulthood. The four eldest children married and had children. Two sons also married but had no children.

Today’s post is about the five Gleeson girls: Anna Marie (my second great grandmother), Mary Martha, Elizabeth M, Helena Mary, and Margaret Teresa.

Here is a shot of the five girls.

Five daughters of John Gleeson and Margaret Tierney

I am not sure which girl is which. The youngest, Margaret is likely the girl on the right. Anna, the oldest is could be the girl at the top, but I am not certain. Any of the three girls in the center could be the oldest daughter.

I have a wonderful photo album where this photo came from. The pages have holes where the photos were placed and an index at the front identifying who was in which numbered photo. However, the individual girls were not identified. There is another unidentified photo of the boys as well.

I have some other individual photos of the girls, most taken later in their lifetime. Someday, I need to do analysis of the photos and compare them back to this one.

Here is a quick synopsis of the girl's lives:
  • Anna Marie married John H. Sullivan in Davison County, but the date is unknown and had five children.
  • Mary Martha married Warren Edmond Gilbert in Mitchell on 9 September 1886
  • Elizabeth remained single and worked a variety of jobs
  • Helena Mary remained single and was a school teacher and later principal in Anaconda, Montana schools
  • Margaret Teresa remained single and was a school teacher in Portland, Oregon schools

I love this photo and seeing the family resemblances in future descendants.

[1]1880 Davison Co, Dakota Territory Census, pop. sched., Mitchell, ED 35, p 13, 474 (stamped), dwelling 109, family 112, John Gleeson household, digital images, ( : 14 November ‎‎2012); citing U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, T9, roll 112. This is the only census where all ten children are listed.

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  1. Not related to the Gleesons, but I love that photo! Stopping by from A to Z Challenge. Keep up the great work!

  2. Aren't they lovely! And their dresses are beautiful. Some look almost like velvet.
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