Catherine Bernice "Rena" Kelley

27 April 1881–28 January 1955 (Age 73)
Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States

The Life of Catherine Bernice "Rena"

When Catherine Bernice "Rena" Kelley was born on 27 April 1881, in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States, her father, Edward Francis Kelley Sr, was 24 and her mother, Mary A Hogan, was 21. She married Wilfred Augustine Finnegan on 19 October 1910, in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She died on 28 January 1955, in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States.

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Wilfred Augustine Finnegan
Catherine Bernice "Rena" Kelley
Marriage: 19 October 1910
Wilfred A. Finnegan Jr.
Francis Andrew Finnegan Sr.
John G. Finnegan , M.D.

Spouse and Children

19 October 1910
Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Edward Francis Kelley Sr


    Mary A Hogan




World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1898 · Sinking of USS Maine

Age 17

During the Cuban War for Independence, the USS Maine had been sent to Havana to look out for the interests of the United States. On February 15, 1898, at approximately 21:40, an explosion on USS Maine was caused by roughly 5 long tons of powder. The front of the ship was demolished and the remains quickly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 260 men lost their lives in the explosion itself, with at least six more dying afterwards from related injuries. The event kicked off an atmosphere of contention that would eventually lead to the Spanish-American War.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 20

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

Irish, Scottish, and English: variant spelling of Kelly .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Catherine B Kelley in household of Edward F Kelley, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Catherine K Finnigan in household of Wilfred Finnigan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Rina R Finnegan in household of Wilfred Finnegan, "United States Census, 1930"

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