Margaret O'Shay

Female1821–14 April 1907

Brief Life History of Margaret

When Margaret O'Shay was born in 1821, in Ireland, her father, Richard O'Shea, was 23 and her mother, Mary McNamara, was 21. She married Patrick Fitzgerald about 1849. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Macomb, Michigan, United States in 1860 and Michigan, United States in 1870. She died on 14 April 1907, in Lenox Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

Patrick Fitzgerald
Margaret O'Shay
Marriage: about 1849
John Fitzgerald
Richard E. Fitzgerald
James Martin Fitzgerald
Mary Ann Fitzgerald
Margret Fitzgerald
David Fitzgerald
Daniel Fitsgarald

Sources (15)

  • Margaret Fitsgarald in household of Paterick Fitsgarald, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Margaret Shea in entry for Richard E. Fitzgerald and Maggie Kilroy, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Margaret Fitzgerald in entry for Richard E. Fitzgerald, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1849
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 0

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.


    Age 18

    The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.


    Age 24

    The Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish emigrate to America. Irish population drops from 8 million to 6 million due to death from starvation or emigration.

    Name Meaning

    An extremely common given name from the Middle Ages onwards, derived via Old French Marguerite and Latin Margarita from Greek Margarītēs, from margaron ‘pearl’, a word ultimately of Hebrew origin. The name was always understood to mean ‘pearl’ throughout the Middle Ages. The first St Margaret was martyred at Antioch in Pisidia during the persecution instigated by the Emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. However, there is some doubt about her name, as the same saint is venerated in the Orthodox Church as Marina . There were several other saintly bearers of the name, including St Margaret of Scotland ( d. 1093 ), wife of King Malcolm Canmore and daughter of Edmund Ironside of England. It was also the name of the wife of Henry VI of England, Margaret of Anjou ( 1430–82 ), and of Margaret Tudor ( 1489–1541 ), sister of Henry VIII , who married James IV of Scotland and ruled as regent there after his death. See also Margery , Marjorie .

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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