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When Mary Waldron and her twin sister Kate were born in 1827 in Ballyhaunis, Mayo, Ireland, their father, Anthony, was 22 and their mother, Honor, was 27. Mary Waldron married John Durkin in 1856 in New York City, New York. They had two children (twins) during their marriage. She died as a young mother on December 16, 1857, nine days after the twins were born in New York City, New York, at the age of 30, and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York. One of the twins, Mary, died 15 days later, on December 22, 1857 and was buried with her mother.

John Durkin was also from County Mayo, Ireland, thought to be from Westport. He volunteered with the Fighting 69th (the "Irish Brigade") and served as an assistant to the chaplain, Fr. Willett (Ouillet) during the Civil War.  He was a brick mason.

The other twin, Anna Elizabeth Durkin, lived. Anna married Patrick Joseph Mooney in New York in 1879.

The photo of Mary Waldron is of a daguerrotype, which has been handed down from Anna Elizabeth Durkin Mooney to her daughter, Anna Irene Mooney Heckman, to her daughter, Marguerite Heckman Kelley, to her daughter, Paula Kelley Ward.

The following information is not online.

Her date of birth, about 1827, was estimated from her age and date of death provided on her Death Certificate from the New York City Health Department.

Her date of death16 December 1857, was provided on her Death Certificate from the New York City Health Department and is not online.

Paula Kelley Ward

31 Aug 2020

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 1827 (circa)
Date of Death 16th Dec 1857
Place of Death Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York.


  • Hello,

    That is a great story! I too have a great great grandmother named Mary Waldron from Ballyhaunis. She married James Morley. My great grandmother, Bridget Morley married John Cosgrove from Ballyhaunis. They emigrated to Fitchburg, Massachusetts and married and had 8 children . I knew my "big gram" and visited her often. She was 94 when she died.


    Sunday 4th October 2020 01:09AM
  • Thanks so much for sharing this!  Both of our great great grandmothers, being from Ballyhaunis, probably knew each other and must have been related.  You and I are probably cousins! :-)

    Sunday 4th October 2020 02:39AM
  • You're welcome!  They probably did know each other!  


    Celtic Lady

    Monday 22nd March 2021 02:32AM

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