Parents of Helen Frances Shinnick
Excerpts from "The Shinnick Families 1830-1970"
By Helen Frances Shinnick
Michael John Shinnick ,born December 18, 1873, in Ballycatoo, Midleton, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Dorgan) Shinnick. Michael was baptized in St. Colman's Church, Cloyne on December 20, 1873. Sponsors at the ceremony were Patrick and Nancy Dorgan.
Michael came to America on April 2, 1895 aboard the "Pavonia", a ship sailing from Liverpool, England on March 22, 1895. His occupation was listed as, farmer. He was sponsored by John Keefe, a man who brought many young men to America around that time.
Michael married Mary Olive Bansfield on June 7, 1900 in Lynn, Massachusetts. Mary was born on July 6, 1877 in Rockport, Massachusetts. Her parents were Thomas and Johanna (Fitzgerald) Bansfield.
Michael went to work in the quarries of Gloucester, Massachusetts with Mary's relatives. Later he worked for the Boston and Maine railroad. They moved to Lynn, Massachusetts sometime prior to April, 1901 when there first child was born. After retiring from the B&M Michael worked as a gardener for estates on the Annisquam peninsular in Gloucester.
Michael died January 1948 in Lynn and Mary passed away in 1951. They are interred at St Joseph's Cemetery, Lynn, Massachusetts. Two daughters Helen and Mary and one son John are also buried in this family plot.
Johanna Lillian (1901-1956), Mary Esther (1902-1988), John Leo (1903-1948), Elizabeth Louise (1904-1994), Redmond Michael (1906-1975), Helen Frances (1908-1988), and Thomas Joseph (1910-1973).