Person Sheet


Name John FRIEL, GG Grandfather, F640
Birth March 1849, Kill, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland
Baptism Kill, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland
Death 21 January 1934, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Burial 24 January 1934, Cathedral Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Immigration before 1876, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Laborer/House Corporal, U.S. Naval Home
Religion Roman Catholic
Cause of death Myocarditis, Sclerosis Of Coronary Vessels
Father James FRIEL Sr (~1817-1872)
Mother Mary O'DONNELL (~1824-<1861)
Spouses
1 Alice McGUIGAN, GG Grandmother, M225
Birth abt 1856/1857, Creggan, Carrickmore, County Tyrone, Ireland
Baptism Creggan, Carrickmore, County Tyrone, Ireland
Death 1 October 1896, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Burial 5 October 1896, Cathedral Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Immigration before 1876, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Naturalization N/A
Occupation Homemaker
Religion Roman Catholic
Cause of death Breast Cancer
Father James McGUIGAN Sr. (<1829-)
Mother Mary DONNELLY
Family ID 22
Marriage 22 May 1877, St. Patricks R.C. Church, Philadelphia, PA
Children Mary A. (1878-1952)
Catherine (1879-)
Alice (1882-)
James Joseph (1884-1962)
John (Died as Infant) (1887-1888)
Susan (1891-1981)
Rose Ida (1894-1989)
Notes for John FRIEL
John Friel arrived in the U.S. at about age 15-16. He had one sister here already and was living with her. He disappeared and his sister found out through friends that he had taken off to Illinois to join Custers 7th cavalry. His sister followed after him and convinced his superior to release him from the service (at a cost of $600) as he was only 15 at the time. John came back to Philadelphia with his sister but was angry and wouldn't speak to her for a long time. Later when Custer had his "Last Stand" and was wiped out John realized that his sister had saved his life and all was forgiven.

John had very curly black hair and a big, big, thick black mustache which all later turned pure white. He was reportedly very handsome.

His favorite breakfast was oatmeal and his grandson Herbert King used to sit and eat it with him when visiting at about the age of 10.

After his wifes death he was left with seven small children. Most were sent to live with his and his wifes relatives.

He obained a job as House Corporal at the U.S. Naval Home and lived on site at the hospital for many years. He never remarried.

?Naturalization Record, Quarter Sessions Court:

On 29 Oct 1867 at the age of 21. Voucher: Dennis Gallagher who resided at 773 Taylor St. Nat granted 12 July 1871
Last Modified 3 July 2005 Created 4 June 2007 by Reunion for Macintosh

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