RILEY, Margaret

RILEY, Margaret

Female 1830 - 1910  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name RILEY, Margaret  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born May 1830  , , Co. Cork, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Gender Female 
    Name Margaret O'Riley  [13
    Name Margaret Riely  [14, 15
    Died 29 Sep 1910  Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Cause: acute dilatation heart contributed to by arteriosclerosis 
    • acute dilatation heart contributed to by arteriosclerosis
    Buried 1 Oct 1910  Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10, 16, 17, 18
    Address:
    115 Crescent Street
    Quincy, MA 02169
    USA 
    Notes 
    • (Medical):In 1898, at age 60, Margaret's health was reported as "good."
      In 1910, at age 75, Margaret's health was reported as "good."
    • [19]
    Person ID I308  Cashman Family Tree
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2020 

    Father RILEY, Thomas
              b. , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother RILEY, Ann wife of Thomas 
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse SHEA, William
              b. 19 Oct 1829, , , Co. Queen's, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Feb 1889, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married Abt 1854  , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Children 
     1. SHEA, William Thomas
              b. 24 Mar 1857, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Dec 1913, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     2. SHEA, Catherine
              b. 15 May 1859, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Bef 1 Jun 1865  (Age 6 years)
    +3. SHEA, Mary J.
              b. 12 May 1861, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 May 1939, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. SHEA, Thomas
              b. 30 Dec 1862, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Bef 1 Oct 1910  (Age 47 years)
    +5. SHEA, Annie T.
              b. 23 Oct 1864, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Feb 1945, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +6. SHEA, Michael E.
              b. 25 Dec 1867, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Nov 1930, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     7. SHEA, Catherine "Kate"
              b. 3 Sep 1869, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Aft 1 Feb 1945  (Age 75 years)
     8. SHEA, Helen Elizabeth "Lizzie"
              b. 8 Feb 1872, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Aft 22 Dec 1913  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - May 1830 - , , Co. Cork, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1854 - , , , Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, William Thomas - 24 Mar 1857 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Catherine - 15 May 1859 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Mary J. - 12 May 1861 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Thomas - 30 Dec 1862 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Annie T. - 23 Oct 1864 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Michael E. - 25 Dec 1867 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Catherine "Kate" - 3 Sep 1869 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - SHEA, Helen Elizabeth "Lizzie" - 8 Feb 1872 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: acute dilatation heart contributed to by arteriosclerosis - 29 Sep 1910 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    115 Crescent Street
    Quincy, MA 02169
    USA - 1 Oct 1910 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Photos
    013 2012 Shea home 12 Common St view B
    013 2012 Shea home 12 Common St view B
    This is a photo of 12 Common street in Quincy MA. William T. Shea and his mother, Margaret (Riley) Shea, lived here from 1900-1910.

    Headstones
    013 unkn Shea family headstone
    013 unkn Shea family headstone
    This stone, located in Saint Mary Cemetery in Quincy, MA, marks the graves of William Shea (1829-1889), Margaret Shea (1834-1910), William T. Shea (1857-1913), Catherine M. Shea (1869-1951), Thomas Shea (1847-1877) and Michael Shea (1843-1891).
    013 unkn back of Shea stone
    013 unkn back of Shea stone
    This stone, located in Saint Mary Cemetery in Quincy, MA, marks the graves of William Shea (1829-1889), Margaret Shea (1834-1910), William T. Shea (1857-1913), Catherine M. Shea (1869-1951), Thomas Shea (1847-1877) and Michael Shea (1843-1891).
    013 unkn Shea grave
    013 unkn Shea grave
    This stone, located in Saint Mary Cemetery in Quincy, MA, marks the graves of William Shea (1829-1889), Margaret Shea (1834-1910), William T. Shea (1857-1913), Catherine M. Shea (1869-1951), Thomas Shea (1847-1877) and Michael Shea (1843-1891).

    News
    013 1910 Mayor Shea Mother Obituary
    013 1910 Mayor Shea Mother Obituary
    Obituary Mayor's Mother Passes awayThe Quincy Daily Paper Vol 25 No.227  Mayors mother passes away  Was a proud son and his election to mayoralty  The mother of Mayor Shea who _ hovering between life and death the past few days passed quietly away to rest at 4:30 this A.M. thursday surrounded by her children.   She was about 79 years of age.  . s_ervices will be held for her from – 12 Common.  Sautrday morning at 8:15 will be followed by a __ at St. Mary’s.  _ 3o’clock.  The citizens of Quincy in general sympathize with Mayor Shea in the loss of his mother Mrs Margaret Shea.  Mrs Shea has been in poor health for a number of weeks and while it was known that she  would not recover everything  possible was done to prolong her life.   She  has been very weak for the past few days and her death has been expected every day.  Mrs Shea was the widow of William Shea who came to Quincy in the early 50’s and built up a substantialgranite business.  He died in 1889 and since that time his business has been carried on under the firm name of W. Shea & son.   Her husband was a veteran of the Crimean war and took part in that famous battle known as the charge at Balklava as a member of the immortalized Light Brigade that went into battle against the Russinans with 607 men and by Queen Victoria with the Victorian Cross, the highest badge of honor which the British Empire bestowes upon it’s soliders.  It was shortly after this battle that he came to Quincy.  Mrs Shea was justly proud of her children, and it was for her a happy moment when she sat in the gallery at City Hall three years ago and saw her son inaurated as Mayor of the City of Quincy.  Yet she was no more proud of her children than they were of her, for her comfort and pleasure has always been uppermost in their minds.  She leaves six children, two sons, and four daughters.  They are Hon. W.T. Shea, Mayor of Quincy; Michael E. Shea, foremean of the Street department of the city; Miss Katherine E. Shea, who lived at home with her mother and brother ; Mrs. Mary, wife of Michael Lyons; Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of A.A. Murphy, both of Quincy, and Mrs. Anne, widow of John V. Scollard late of Braintree."

    Vital Records
    013 1857 William T Shea birth register
    013 1857 William T Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1857 – No. 48, 24 Mar, 1857, William Shea, male, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a laborer born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1861 Mary J Shea birth register
    013 1861 Mary J Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1861 – No. 53, 12 May 1861, Mary J Shea, female, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a laborer born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1862 Thomas Shea birth register
    013 1862 Thomas Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1862 – No. 176, 30 Dec, 1862, Thomas Shea, male, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a ledgman born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1864 Annie Shea birth register
    013 1864 Annie Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1864 – No. 141, 23 Oct, 1864, Annie Shea, female, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a laborer born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1867 Michael Shea birth register
    013 1867 Michael Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1867 – No. 171, 25 Dec 1867, Michael Shea, male, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a laborer born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1869 Catherine Shea birth register
    013 1869 Catherine Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1869 – No. 114, 3 Sep 1869, Catherine Shea, female, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a laborer born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1872 Elizabeth Shea birth register
    013 1872 Elizabeth Shea birth register
    BIRTHS REGISTERED in the City of Quincy for the Year 1872 – No. 20, 8 Feb 1872, Elizabeth Shea, female, born in Quincy to William Shea and Margaret Riley of Quincy. Father is a Quarry man born in Ireland. Mother was born in Ireland.
    013 1910 Margaret Riley certificate of death
    013 1910 Margaret Riley certificate of death
    STANDARD CERTIFICATE OF DEATH (1) Place of death…Quincy, Mass, 12 Common St., Ward 4 (2) Full name: Margaret Shea (a) permanent residence No. 12 Common St., Quincy, MA (3) Date of death Sept 29, 1910 (4)  I hereby certify that I attended deceased from Sept 20, 1910 to Sept 29 1910. I last saw her alive on Sept 29, 1910 and that death occurred on the date stated above, at 5 a.m. (a) Immediate cause of death was Ac. Dilatation heart [some hours between onset and death] (b) Contributory cause was Arteriosclerosis, G.M. Sheahan, Quincy, MA, Sept 20, 1910 (5) Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Quincy, MA…Oct 1, 1910 (6) Funeral director: Edward L. Bean, Quincy, MA (7) female (8) white (9) widow (10) Age 80 years 4 months (11) Usual occupation...None (12) Birthplace: Ireland (13) Father…Thomas Riley (14) Born in Ireland (15) Mother…Ann Riley (16) Born in Ireland (17) Informant…Catherine Shea, 12 Common St., Quincy.
    013 1864 Annie Shea baptism record
    013 1864 Annie Shea baptism record
    Ann Shea; baptized 30 Oct 1864; born 23 Oct 1864; parents WIlliam Shea & Margt wife; godparents Michael Owen & Mart Flood
    013 1867 Michael Shea baptism record
    013 1867 Michael Shea baptism record
    Michael Shea; baptized 29 Dec 1867; born 25 Dec 1867; parents Wm Shea & Margt wife; godparents Michael Shea & Lucy Barry
    013 1869 Catherine Shea baptism record
    013 1869 Catherine Shea baptism record
    Catherine Shea; baptized 26 Sep 1869; born 23 Sep 1869; parents William Shea & Margaret Reilly; godparents Thomas Shea & Anna Hamilton; priest J. F. Sullivan
    013 1872 Elizabeth Shea baptism certificate
    013 1872 Elizabeth Shea baptism certificate
    Elizabeth Shae; baptized 9 Feb 1872; born 8 Feb 1872 in W. Quincy; parents William Shae ex loco Reginae in Hibernia et Margarita RIley ex loco Cork in Hibernia; godparents William Keely & Rosanna Owens; priest Francis A. Friguglietti

  • Sources 
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      Birth date:  27 Dec 1928  Birth place:  Massachusetts  Death date:  4 May 1980  Death place:  Boston

    2. [S103] Massachusetts - Death Certificate (short form) at MassVitalRec, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, (Registry of Vital Records and Statistics; Dorchester, Massachusetts;), year 1910, volume 86, page 354 (Reliability: 3).

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      Margaret Riley, Birth date:  abt 1928  Birth place:    Residence date:  1930  Residence place:  Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts
      004 1930 US Census William F Cashman household
      004 1930 US Census William F Cashman household
      Year: 1930; Census Place: Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 936; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 94; Image: 424.0.


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      Margaret Riley, Birth date:  abt 1830  Birth place:  Ireland Residence date:  1870  Residence place:  Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
      013 1870 US Census William Shea household
      013 1870 US Census William Shea household
      William Shay household; Enumeration date: 5 Jul 1870
      * William Shay - age 40, male, white, works on quarry, $1100 in real property, $150 in personal property, born Ireland, father and mother of foreign birth, male citizen of the US over age 21
      * Margaret Shay - age 40, female, white, keeping house, born Ireland, father and mother of foreign birth, cannot write
      * William T. Shay - age 13, male, white, works on quarry, born MA, attended school in last year
      * Mary Shay - age 9, female, white, attending school, born MA, attended school in last year
      * Annie Shay - age 6, female, white, attending school, born MA, attended school in last year
      * Michael Shay - age 3, male, white, at home, born MA,
      * Catherine Shay - age 1, female, white, at home, born MA,
      * Thomas Shay - age 22, male, white, stone cutter, born Ireland, father and mother of foreign birth


    5. [S4] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.), Year: 1900; Census Place: Quincy Ward 4, Norfolk, Massachus etts; Roll: T623_671; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 1065. (Reliability: 3).
      Margaret Riley, Birth date:  May 1834  Birth place:  Ireland Residence date:  1900  Residence place:  Quincy City, Norfolk, Massachusetts  Arrival date:  1856  Arrival place:
      013 1900 US Census Margaret Shea household
      013 1900 US Census Margaret Shea household


    6. [S87] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.), Year: 1880; Census Place: Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts; R oll: 549; Family History Film: 1254549; Page: 126A; Enumera tion District: 525; Image: 0063. (Reliability: 3).
      Margaret Riley, Birth date:  abt 1835  Birth place:  Ireland Residence date:  1880  Residence place:  Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
      013 1880 US Census William Shea household
      013 1880 US Census William Shea household
      Year: 1880; Census Place: Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 549; Family History Film: 1254549; Page: 126A; Enumeration District: 525; Image: 0063.


    7. [S125] Massachusetts, Norfolk Co., Quincy - St. John the Baptist Baptisms, 1872 to 1879, (Name: St. John the Baptist; Location: Quincy;), page 4, 2nd entry (Reliability: 3).
      Elizabeth Shae; baptised 9 Feb 1872; born 8 Feb 1872 in W. Quincy; parents William Shae ex loco Reginae in Hibernia et Margarita RIley ex loco Cork in Hibernia; godparents William Keely and Rosanna Owens; priest Francis A. Friguglietti
      013 1872 Elizabeth Shea baptism certificate
      013 1872 Elizabeth Shea baptism certificate
      Elizabeth Shae; baptized 9 Feb 1872; born 8 Feb 1872 in W. Quincy; parents William Shae ex loco Reginae in Hibernia et Margarita RIley ex loco Cork in Hibernia; godparents William Keely & Rosanna Owens; priest Francis A. Friguglietti


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    10. [S103] Massachusetts - Death Certificate (short form) at MassVitalRec, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, (Registry of Vital Records and Statistics; Dorchester, Massachusetts;), death certificate,349,1910,Margaret Shea (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S197] U.S. Social Security Death Index on Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.), Number: 008-09-0582; Issue State: Vermont; Issue Date: Befo re 1951. (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S125] Massachusetts, Norfolk Co., Quincy - St. John the Baptist Baptisms, 1872 to 1879, (Name: St. John the Baptist; Location: Quincy;), page 4, 2nd entry (Reliability: 3).
      Elizabeth Shae; baptised 9 Feb 1872; born 8 Feb 1872 in W. Quincy; parents William Shae ex loco Reginae in Hibernia et Margarita RIley ex loco Cork in Hibernia; godparents William Keely andamp;amp; Rosanna Owens; priest Francis A. Friguglietti
      013 1872 Elizabeth Shea baptism certificate
      013 1872 Elizabeth Shea baptism certificate
      Elizabeth Shae; baptized 9 Feb 1872; born 8 Feb 1872 in W. Quincy; parents William Shae ex loco Reginae in Hibernia et Margarita RIley ex loco Cork in Hibernia; godparents William Keely & Rosanna Owens; priest Francis A. Friguglietti


    13. [S191] Massachusetts - Births, 1841-1915 on FamilySearch.org, FamilySearch.org, (http://FamilySearch.org), Reference ID: 289 53, GS Film number: 1420997, Digital Fold er Number: 4341181, birth of Mary J. Shea (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S192] Massachusetts - Births and Christenings 1639-1915 on FamilySearch.org, FamilySearch.org, (http://FamilySearch.org), Indexing Project (Batch) Number 101081-4, SYstem Origin: Ma ssachusetts-EASy, GS Film number: 1954512, birth of Willia m Shea (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S329] Massachusetts - Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, William Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams (editors), (New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910), pages 2623 (Reliability: 1).
      SHEA - Among the ancient Celtic names this is one of the oldest and best known. Many of America's foremost business men bear it, and it is known in every locality where there is activity and industry. The ancient city of Quincy (ancient as a settlement, if not as a city) is indebted to those bearing this patronymic for active development in one of her leading industries and for able management of municipal affairs.

      (I)      John Shea was born and lived in Ireland, where he was a farmer and attained the good age of ninety years. His wife's name was Catherine, and they had four sons and two daughters. Three of the sons, Michael, Thomas and William, came to America, and all settled in Quincy. All were identified with the granite business from their arrival. The first was a granite cutter, and died in Quincy in 1894. Thomas was a granite cutter, and died at the age of thirty years in 1877.
      (II)      William, son of John and Catherine Shea, was born in Ireland, where he was reared and received a fair education at the national schools. He married Margaret, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Riely) Riely. Immediately this couple set out for America, where freedom might be enjoyed in its greatest degree and where opportunity awaits those who are willing to earn advancement by diligent effort. Mr. Shea settled in Quincy and learned the business of granite cutting, in which he became an expert. By industry and prudent care of his earnings, he was enabled to engage in business on his own account, and began in association with his sons, under the title of William Shea & Sons in 1874. This was one of the early concerns to engage in granite contracting in the city, and Mr. Shea continued in its active management until his death, 1889, at the age of sixty-three years. The first business undertaken was quarrying, but it gradually drifted to contracting for monumental work, chiefly in cutting and lettering stones for this purpose. All kinds of stones are used, the chief being granite, and the business is known by clients residing and doing business in remote districts. Like most natives of Ireland, Mr. Shea was a faithful supporter of the Roman Catholic church, and he was respected as a good and useful citizen. Children: 1. William Thomas, the eldest, mentioned below. 2. Mary, became the wife of Michael Lyons, of Quincy. 3. Annie, married John Scollard, who is deceased. 4. Michael, engaged in business with the firm of William Shea & Sons. 5. Catherine Elizabeth, married Arthur Murphy. The mother of these children is still living, at the age of seventy-seven years, enjoying in peace and comfort the fruits of her years of early toil.
      (III)      William Thomas, eldest child of William and Margaret (Riely) Shea, was born March 24, 1857, in Quincy, with which place his whole life has been identified. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and early became associated with the business of his father. He learned every feature of the business, from quarrying the stone to cutting, lettering and setting it up in place. He was the industrious and capable aid of his father in business until the death of the latter, and succeeded him thereafter. He abandoned the quarrying feature and began general contracting, such as road-building, sewer construction and building waterworks. As his business grew he was continually adding to his force of workmen, and employs regularly a large number of people, thus affording a livelihood to a considerable portion of the population of his home town. Mr. Shea has also developed an extensive business in the manufacture of granite paving blocks, known as the Hadley paving block, and this employs many people in quarrying, sawing and shipping. As one of the enterprising and upright business men of the city, Mr. Shea is respected, and his popularity is shown by the fact that he was elected mayor of a city normally having a Republican majority of twelve hundred votes, while he is a pronounced Democrat in political principle. Upon the incorporation of the city he was elected a member of the first city council and served in 1889-90, from ward four. When the sewer commission was established, February 20, 1894, he was appointed a member, and served six years in that capacity, until 1900. In the fall of 1907 Mr. Shea was elected mayor as a "citizens" candidate, and was re-elected in 1908 and again in 1909, to serve until January 1, 1911. He is the first Democrat to hold the office for three terms, and is justifying the confidence of his constituents by faithful and capable service, conferring credit upon both himself and the city. Since attaining voting age, he has taken a keen and intelligent interest in public affairs, has been a delegate in many conventions and was for twelve years a member of the Democratic state committee. He is a member in good standing of the Catholic church; of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Knights of Columbus, having served as grand knight of the Quincy council; is a past chief ranger of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters. Since he was eighteen years old, he has been a member of St. Mary's Total Abstinence Society, of which he was six years president, and is a member of the Granite City and Boston City clubs. Since the organization of Quincy Lodge, No 943, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Mr. Shea has been a member of its board of trustees. His genial nature and pleasant manners make and retain lasting friendships. He is unmarried.

    16. [S338] Massachusetts, Plymouth Co., Rockland - Saint Patrick Cemetery Grave Markers, William and Margaret Shea headstone, personally photographed, 2011. (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S175] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Inc., (Databases. http://www.findagrave.com/), BillionGraves.com Grave record for James William Spence (1862 - 1925), BillionGraves Record 10224929 Rockland, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States (Reliability: 3).

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      //Application// Reg. No. 2207, Court 25; Date: 13 June 1910; Michael E. Shea, age 42, of Common Street, West Quincy, Roman Catholic, born West Quincy on 25 Dec 1867. Father was William Shea, mother was Margaret (Riley) Shea. Both parents were born in Ireland. Occupation is Supt. of streets. Employer is City of Quincy. Was married in Weymouth on 26 June 1895. Age at marriage was 27 years. Wife's name at time of marriage was Ellen Nelligan. Beneficiary named as Mrs. Michael E. Shea (wife) of Common St, W. Quincy. //Medical Examination// Father of applicant died 21 yrs ago at age 59 of Pneumonia which lasted 3 weeks. Previous health was good. Mother is living, age 75 and in good health. Has one brother who is alive and well and one brother who died in infancy, cause and date unknown. Has four sisters who are alive and well and one sister who died in infancy, cause and date unknown. Has been Supt of Streets in Quincy for at least the past two years. No relatives have been affected with Consumption, Rheumatism, Gout, Insanity, Scrofula, Cancer, or any hereditary disease, nor have they attempted suicide. Applicant has never had a severe illness, injury or undergone surgery. Applicant has the occasional glass of beer. Applicant is also insured by New York Life for $1000. Applicant is not engaged in the manufacture of alcohol. Applicant has not consulted a physician since childhood.  Michael is 5 feet 9-1/4 inches tall and weighs 187 lbs. Abdoman measures 40 in. His appearance corresponds with his age and indicates good health. He was vaccinated for smallpox. His use of stimulants, tobacco, etc. is not injurious to health.

    20. [S329] Massachusetts - Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, William Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams (editors), (New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910), pages 2622 (Reliability: 1).
      SHEA - Among the ancient Celtic names this is one of the oldest and best known. Many of America's foremost business men bear it, and it is known in every locality where there is activity and industry. The ancient city of Quincy (ancient as a settlement, if not as a city) is indebted to those bearing this patronymic for active development in one of her leading industries and for able management of municipal affairs.

      (I)      John Shea was born and lived in Ireland, where he was a farmer and attained the good age of ninety years. His wife's name was Catherine, and they had four sons and two daughters. Three of the sons, Michael, Thomas and William, came to America, and all settled in Quincy. All were identified with the granite business from their arrival. The first was a granite cutter, and died in Quincy in 1894. Thomas was a granite cutter, and died at the age of thirty years in 1877.
      (II)      William, son of John and Catherine Shea, was born in Ireland, where he was reared and received a fair education at the national schools. He married Margaret, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Riely) Riely. Immediately this couple set out for America, where freedom might be enjoyed in its greatest degree and where opportunity awaits those who are willing to earn advancement by diligent effort. Mr. Shea settled in Quincy and learned the business of granite cutting, in which he became an expert. By industry and prudent care of his earnings, he was enabled to engage in business on his own account, and began in association with his sons, under the title of William Shea & Sons in 1874. This was one of the early concerns to engage in granite contracting in the city, and Mr. Shea continued in its active management until his death, 1889, at the age of sixty-three years. The first business undertaken was quarrying, but it gradually drifted to contracting for monumental work, chiefly in cutting and lettering stones for this purpose. All kinds of stones are used, the chief being granite, and the business is known by clients residing and doing business in remote districts. Like most natives of Ireland, Mr. Shea was a faithful supporter of the Roman Catholic church, and he was respected as a good and useful citizen. Children: 1. William Thomas, the eldest, mentioned below. 2. Mary, became the wife of Michael Lyons, of Quincy. 3. Annie, married John Scollard, who is deceased. 4. Michael, engaged in business with the firm of William Shea & Sons. 5. Catherine Elizabeth, married Arthur Murphy. The mother of these children is still living, at the age of seventy-seven years, enjoying in peace and comfort the fruits of her years of early toil.
      (III)      William Thomas, eldest child of William and Margaret (Riely) Shea, was born March 24, 1857, in Quincy, with which place his whole life has been identified. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and early became associated with the business of his father. He learned every feature of the business, from quarrying the stone to cutting, lettering and setting it up in place. He was the industrious and capable aid of his father in business until the death of the latter, and succeeded him thereafter. He abandoned the quarrying feature and began general contracting, such as road-building, sewer construction and building waterworks. As his business grew he was continually adding to his force of workmen, and employs regularly a large number of people, thus affording a livelihood to a considerable portion of the population of his home town. Mr. Shea has also developed an extensive business in the manufacture of granite paving blocks, known as the Hadley paving block, and this employs many people in quarrying, sawing and shipping. As one of the enterprising and upright business men of the city, Mr. Shea is respected, and his popularity is shown by the fact that he was elected mayor of a city normally having a Republican majority of twelve hundred votes, while he is a pronounced Democrat in political principle. Upon the incorporation of the city he was elected a member of the first city council and served in 1889-90, from ward four. When the sewer commission was established, February 20, 1894, he was appointed a member, and served six years in that capacity, until 1900. In the fall of 1907 Mr. Shea was elected mayor as a "citizens" candidate, and was re-elected in 1908 and again in 1909, to serve until January 1, 1911. He is the first Democrat to hold the office for three terms, and is justifying the confidence of his constituents by faithful and capable service, conferring credit upon both himself and the city. Since attaining voting age, he has taken a keen and intelligent interest in public affairs, has been a delegate in many conventions and was for twelve years a member of the Democratic state committee. He is a member in good standing of the Catholic church; of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Knights of Columbus, having served as grand knight of the Quincy council; is a past chief ranger of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters. Since he was eighteen years old, he has been a member of St. Mary's Total Abstinence Society, of which he was six years president, and is a member of the Granite City and Boston City clubs. Since the organization of Quincy Lodge, No 943, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Mr. Shea has been a member of its board of trustees. His genial nature and pleasant manners make and retain lasting friendships. He is unmarried.