The Old Booksmith


Ancestors of Agnes Cronin






Generation One

1. Agnes1 Cronin (Morgan, #2). Born 10 January 1871 Pulaski County, Indiana. Married Plummer Emanuel Gastineau, son of Levi Gastineau and Rachel Hatfield, 5 February 1894 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Works Progress Administration, Indiana, Index to Supplemental Records, Marriage Transcript, Marion County, Indiana, 1882-1906 (np: Indiana WPA, 1939), Book 4, p. 255]. Died 28 January 1944 at 215 N. Tacoma Ave, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Holy Cross Cemetery (Indianapolis, Indiana), Burial records]. Buried 1 February 1944 at Holy Cross Cemetery (Lot 158 N. 1/2, Sec. D), Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Holy Cross Cemetery, Burial records]; parish was: St. Philip Neri. She resided in 1932 at 215 N. Tacoma Ave, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Polkís Indianapolis City Directory, 1932 edition, p. 556, listed as "wid Plummer E."].






Generation Two

2. Morgan2 Cronin. Born 1822? County Cork, Ireland [U.S. 1860 Census,Pulaski County Indiana, Salem Twp, Francesville, p. 116]; he and Johannah Hayes (see #3) obtained a marriage license 22 October 1858 Tippecanoe County, Indiana [Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Marriage Records]. He died 17 February 1887 Attica, Fountain County, Indiana [Health Officer, Fountain County, Indiana], apparently on the job; the original death record was apparently lost or destroyed. Morgan's baptismal name was "Michael" [Indiana WPA, Index to Supplemental Records, Marriage Transcript, Marion County, Indiana, 1882-1906, Book 4, p. 255].

Family tradition says he emigrated from Ireland to Port of New Orleans as a "young man" (which would probably be c.1840) with a brother (possibly named "Daniel"), who stayed behind in Lousiana while he went to Indiana to work for the railroad.

The following ad appeared in the Boston Pilot (Boston, Massachusetts) on 23 March 1844:

Information wanted of Daniel and Michael Cronin, natives of the County Cork. About four years ago they were in Boston. Their brother, Patrick, is now in Boston, and is anxious to hear from them. He can be found at No. 2, Clark St., Boston, Mass. [Ruth-Ann M. Harris (ed), The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot (Boston: New England Historical Genealogical Society, 1989-96), Vol. 1, p. 78].

Note: I've also written up this whole puzzle as a short essay called "The Problem of Morgan Cronin." If you know anything about this line that I don't, or if some notion pops up in your mind that I seem not to have considered, I really want to hear from you!

Morgan appeared on the census of 1860 Salem Twp, Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1860 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, Francesville, p. 116]:

   Cronan, Morgan, 38 yrs, b. Ireland, Day L.[aborer], (value of real estate = $450; value of personal estate = $75), (cannot read or write)
                 Johannah, wife, 19 yrs, b. Ireland
                 Michael, 3 mon, b. Indiana

Children of Morgan2 Cronin and Johannah Hayes (see #3) were as follows:

  •        i. Michael J. Cronin, born March 1860 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1860 Census Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, Francesville, p. 116]; died August 1932 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Indianapolis. His grave marker says: "Michael Cronin / 1860–1932.".

  •          He resided in 1932 at 3434 N. Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Polkís Indianapolis City Directory, 1932 edition, p. 439]:
                   Cronin, Michael J., r3434 N. Capitol Av (watchman)
                               Katherine, r3434 N. Capitol Av (telephone operator)
                               Adelaide V., r3434 N. Capitol Av (teacher PS)

  •        ii. Ellen Cronin, born 1862? Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1870 Census, Pulaski County,Indiana, Salem Twp, p. 508]; died March 1925 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. She also was known as "Nay."

  •        iii. Mary Cronin, born June 1863 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1870 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, p. 508; U.S 1880 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, ED 154, p. 31; U.S 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Unmarried. Died 21 December 1948 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Indianapolis. Her grave marker says: "Mary Cronin / 1867–1948." [Note discrepancy in birth date.] She also was known as "Mamie."

           She appeared as Head of Household in the 1900 census [U.S. 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, ED 160, p. 1]:

               Cronon, Mary, b. June 1863 Indiana, Tailoress, Unmarried (parents, b. Ireland)
                             Hannah, sister, b. May 1866 Indiana
                             Kate, sister, b. December 1868 Indiana
                             Triesse, sister, b. September? 1873 Indiana, Tailoress
                             Frank G., brother, b. September 1875 Indiana, Telegraph Operator
                             John L., brother, b. September 1877 Indiana, Switchman
                             Addie V., sister, b. October 1880 Indiana, At school

    Mary resided in 1932 at 1903 Hoyt Ave, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Polkís Indianapolis City Directory, 1932 edition, p. 439]:
                   Cronin, Mary A., res 1903 Hoyt Av [no occupation given]

  •        iv. Johannah Cronin, born May 1866 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1870 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, p. 508; U.S 1880 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, ED 154, p. 31; U.S 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Unmarried. Died August 1926 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Indianapolis. Her grave marker says: "Johannah Cronin / 1869–1926." [Note discrepancy in birth date.] She also was known as "Hannah" or "Bea."

  •        v. Timothy Cronin, born 1867? Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana; apparently died before 1870 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana, since he's not in the 1870 census. His burial location has not been identified.

  •        vi. Catherine Cronin, born December 1868? Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1870 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, p. 508; U.S 1880 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, ED 154, p. 31; U.S 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Unmarried. Died 4 July 1944 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Indianapolis. Her grave marker says: "Katherine Cronin / 1873–1949." [Note discrepancy in birth date. Also, she reportedly always spelled her name with a "C."] She also was known as "Braddie."

  •  1   vii. Agnes Cronin

  •        viii. Anastasia Cronin, born 1871? Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1880 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, ED 154, p. 31]. Married 1st Sherl Vawter (I donít know the name of her 2d husband . . .). Died November 1949 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. She also was known as "Addie" or "Statia."

  •        ix. Teresa Cronin, born September 1873 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1880 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, ED 154, p. 31; U.S. 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Unmarried. Died November 1941 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Indianapolis. Her grave marker says: "Teresa Cronin / 1877–1941." [Note discrepancy in birth date.] She also was known as "Connie."

  •        x. Francis G. Cronin, born September 1875 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Married Vesta Wilson; no children. Died October 1958 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

  •        xi. John L. Cronin, born September 1877 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Married Mayme Anderson; no children. Died June 1931 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

  •        xii. Adelaide V. Cronin, born October 1880 Francesville, Pulaski County, Indiana [U.S. 1900 Census, Marion County, Indiana, Stone Place, Indianapolis, ED 160, p. 1]. Unmarried. Died 25 December 1948 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Indianapolis. Her grave marker says: "Adelaide Cronin / 1882–1948." [Note discrepancy in birth date.] She was also known as "Addie."

A comment regarding the grave markers of the children of Morgan Cronin, all of whom are buried together at Holy Cross in Indianapolis:
     The markers are small, flush to the ground, all of the same very plain style, and all in a row — and they all appear to have been installed at the same time. I don't know whether the present markers were replacements for older ones, or whether the gravesites were previously unmarked — or perhaps they all shared a single marker, which decayed. The cemetery office has no record of exactly when they were installed, but I suspect this was done at a later date, possibly much later — perhaps after Frank's death in 1958 — and that whoever was responsible wasn't really sure about some of the birth dates.

3. Johannah2 Hayes (Unknown, #6). Born 1841 probably in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland [U.S. 1860 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, Francesville, p. 116]. Died 22 March 1891 at 61 N. State St, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Holy Cross Cemetery, Burial records]. Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery (Lot 744, Secc 4-E) , Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana [Holy Cross Cemetery, Burial records]. Her grave marker says: "Johnannah Cronin / 1841–1891."

The following is taken from her burial record:
       Cronin, Johanna, age 50.
       Address: 61 N. State.
       Died March 22, 1891, interred March 28, 1891.
       Kin: Michael J. Cronin.
       Undertaker: R. L. & H.

She arrived on 20 August 1853 at the Port of Boston, Massachusetts (presumably traveling with her mother, but see below) [Supplemental Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Ports (Excluding New York), 1820-74, Roll 75 (LDS 418,235)]. The record states:
       Hays, Johanna. Accompanied by __________.
       Age: 11 yrs.
       Nationality: Irish.
       Last permanent residence: Ireland.
       Port of Entry: Boston, Mass.
       Vessel: North America.
       Date: 20 August 1853. [B2298, p. 1].

Obviously, an 11-year-old girl would not be traveling alone, if it could be helped; it's almost certain that Johannah was accompanied by her mother, Ellen. The two women migrated to Indiana sometime in the next five years, but Iíve never figured out why. Did they already know Morgan Croninís family back in Cork or Kerry? Was Johannahís mother hunting for a husband for her? (But then, why not stay in Boston. . . ?) Johannah moved the family to Indianapolis shortly after Morganís death, presumably so all the children could find work.

She appears in the 1890 Indianapolis City Directory:
               Cronin, Johannah   (widow Morgan), 209 Meek St, Indianapolis.






Generation Three

6. —(?)—3 Hayes. Married Ellen Unknown (see #7). Died before 1853 County Kerry(?), Ireland.

Children of —(?)—3 Hayes and Ellen —(?)— (see #7) were:
   3   i. Johannah2 Hayes.

7. Ellen3 —(?)—. Born 1800? Ireland [U.S. 1870 Census, Pulaski County, Indiana, Salem Twp, p. 508]. Married Unknown Hayes (see #6). No death or interrment record has been located, but she either died soon after the 1880 census in Pulaski County, or she moved with the family to Indianapolis c.1888 and died there. She was listed as a nurse in the 1870 census. She does not appear (that I can find) on the 1860 census for Pulaski County, Indiana.