Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


p 96-1431 Barrett Family History
Al Brown with granddaughter. Al drives Forks-Port Angeles bus and is authority on local history. He grew up Salmon, Idaho, served 1967 in National Guard engineers building bridges Vietnam and lived in Alaska several years - survived several months in Grants Pass Oregon despite summmer heat and black widow spiders. --- Part 3 Chapter One Barrett Family History p 75 #1254 From 1116 skeleton for`Chapter One" History of the Barrett family" in Notebook Two of Sophie Ruth Meranski Barrett "Red Headed Stepchild" - additions by John Barrett marked with double parenthesis [[....addition]] from website p 58 #1116 [[#100 Robert Mehegan letter- #100 "Red Headed Stepchild- Memoir of the Century "-]] TEXT: Chapter One- The Barrett Family History--- When Jack found a letter written by Robert Mehegan, a printer for the Boston Herald, to his son Robert Mehegan, junior, written in [[September]] 1911 to Evanston,Wyoming, where the son worked in the Land Office, he [[Jack 1967]] renewed his interest in the history of the Barrett family. Jack found the letter in his [[childhood]] home at East SeventhStreet South Boston [[after the death of his sister Mollie of cancer October 11, l967]]. Robert Mehegan senior was the son of Jack's father's aunt Ellen Barrett Mehegan, who emigrated from Ireland to Boston. The 'John Barrett' referred to in the letter is Jack's father, and the boy 'who was serving Uncle Sam' was Jack himself. The letter, written in Boston, to Robert Mehegan, junior, in Evanston, Wyoming, gives a great deal of the Barrett family history: [[September l9ll letter of Robert J Mehegan l857-l925 to his son Robert junior then working in Evanston,Wyoming in Federal Land Office:]] "As long as you have fully made up your mind to visit San Francisco,we will have to put you wise to the people that you will see and visit.Had we known some years ago that you should be so far away from home we could have talked over these different relatives of ours to a greater satisfaction than to write.You will be asked a number of questions about the relatives in Boston and vicinity.Consequently I shall have to climb the family tree for your inspection. The Barrett family came from Ireland and landed in Boston in 184l sixty-nine years ago.The family consisted of five members,four women and one man.The man was the oldest of the family, his name was Robert Barrett.After being in Boston some years he married and settled in South Boston. They had four children, two boys and two girls.Mr. amd Mrs. Barrett died when the children were very young.Michael the eldest of the family was about sixteen or seventeen years old at the time and went West and went into the cattle business.When the Grand Army had their convention in Boston in l89l (sic-actually August,l890) he came on from the West and visited us when we were living on Carlyle Street in Cambridge.The last I heard of him shortly after leaving Boston he was in a place called Somerville,New Jersey. If he is living today he must be over sixty years old.The two girls of the family was taken by your grandmother and lived with us in South Boston (East Fourth near I Street until l871) when their aunts sent for them to live with them in San Francisco.The names of these two girls are Mary and Kate Barrett. Mary after being in California a short time entered religious life and has been a Sister of the Presentation order for a great number of years. You have seen her picture surrounded by her scholars in one of our rooms at home.She is now in a convent located at Berkeley,a town near San Francsico. By all means you must see her,but the best of my opinion you will have to be accompanied by some female relative or friend.Katie the yonger of the two girls and about my age, never married and always made her home with her aunts.The other member of the Barrett family is John, and at the death of his parents went to live with a family by the name of Thompson at City Point (640 East Seventh) and when a young man learned the plumbing trade.He is now in business for hmiself. and has been for some time located on Harrison Avenue Boston directly in front of St. James Catholic Church.He is married and owns and lives in the Thompson house that he went to when a small boy. His first wife died and left one boy who is now an officer on one of Uncle Sam's battleships (correctly a Revenue Cutter School cadet l9ll).I never saw his second wife but there are some children. He is quite distant and does not visit his relatives much. That is about as much as I can say about my uncle Robert and his family who came out from Ireland.Now for the four women of the original Barrett family.Kate the oldest married Charley Mehegan's father and is dead between forty and fifty years. She left three children; Robert the oldest (l848-l9l6),whom you know, Mary, who you never saw,and who married a widower named Barry Sullivan who had quite a large family, and when she died there were four children left after her.[[ (Mary l852-l885 died in childbirth.)]].One of her stepdaughters married Dr. Devine, one of the leading doctors of South Boston.Regarding her own children they are all grown up and able to care for themselves. As for Charley of course you know all about him. [[(l857-l9ll letter carrier City Point, five children - wife accidentally drowned l9l0 surname Sullivan).]] You will probably be asked about Robert: [[the writer's double cousin, whose name was the same as his own.]] Of course you know the kind of life that he has led and you can make it as pleasant for him as you can,not unless you are unable to do otherwise. You know that he has a daughter [[(Elizabeth l880-l978 lived to age 97 years seven months) ]] who was married and had one child. Both husband and child are dead ( she remarried l9l2 to Joseph Hoarde in Waltham - four children, seven grandchildren more than twenty-two great-grandchildren). The third member of the original (Barrett) family was Ellen,who was your grandmother (l822-l895,married John Mehegan). The other two women of the original family is Margaret and Johanna.They left Boston in l854 for California and are at last account living at 2043 Polk Street,San Francisco. Johanna married a Mr. Hession,a very industrious and good man.They had four or five children.Mr. Hession has been dead for a number of years and the children [[(INSERT-all the children) ]] likewise, with the exception of one married daughter Mrs. Fahrbach, who has been an invalid for years (Elizabeth,died l907).The last member of the old family is Margaret.She never married and always made her home with the Hessions.These two old ladies at the time of the great San Francisco fire lost all their property,which consisted of three houses on Polk Street which was their principal income.Since the fire I think they have only rebuilt one of the houses,which they live in themselves.I have gone over the Barrett family to the best of my ability but there are numerous other relatives there that you will see and hear about.The Colemans and Murphys and several others whose parents in coming from Ireland to Boston (sic) never settled in Boston but went to the Golden horn of California. Your grandmother was the second oldest of the four women of the Barrett family and died when we lived on Elm Street in Cambridge sixteen years ago, and if she lived to the present day would be eighty-nine years old.Her sisters,whom we hope will be alive when you reach San Francisco are about eight-five and eighty-seven years old respectively.When they left Boston for California,it was a far different thing than going there at the present time.The was no railroad running from the Atlantic to the Pacific and only taking a few days to get there.The only way overland was the prairie schooner, and the other way was by boat from New York to the Isthmus of Panama and then up the Pacific Cost to San Francisco. It was a far different place than you will find on your arrival.Among other people you will be asked about is "Auntie Mehegan." She was the second wife of Charley Mehegan's father and came over Charlie when he was a very small boy.As you are well aware,she died last November (1910) and she did not die in South Boston but at the home of her nephew Timothy Sullivan on Hanover Street,Boston.He is a bachelor and over sixty years old., and his housekeeper is his aunt,who is a sister of "Auntie Mehegan" who is over eighty years old and blind and never married. She spent a great number of years in San Francisco and is well known to the old ladies there.They were acquaintances of theirs when the lived in Ireland years ago.These things that I have gone over you will find useful on your visit. (Sophie Barrett note - Jack spoke often to me about his aunt Sister Mary Joseph and about his great aunts who crossed the isthmus of Panama by muleback.) [[Robert Barrett died Dec. 1859 of lung disease on Goddard St., which became W. Eighth Street between Lark and E Sts,. Charles Mehegan immigrant railraod builder to Concord N.H. died l868. His first wife Kate Barrett died l863. His seond wife "auntie" Mehegan lived to l9l0. A grandniece Mrs. Kelleher was located Ballinreesig Cork l971. -add end-]] SOPHIE text at p 305: [[From Massachusetts probabe records]] Jack learned that Robert Mehegan junior had died in the early 1930s [[1933]] and had left a widow Elvira Mehegan and four children: Eileen, John, Edmund, and Paul. He believed Elvira had returned to Evanston, Wyoming. I sent a letter to the Catholic Church in Evanston, Wyoming to inquire about Mrs. Mehegan, and the priest forwarded my letter to Elvira in Denver, Colorado. She wrote me promptly explaining that she had settled in Denver after retiring from teaching school [[ for thirty years 1933-1963]] in Evanston. Her daughter [[Eileen]] and her son John were living in Denver, so she decided to take a home in Denver to be near them. On October 10, 1970 she wrote: [[ from #64 Elvira letter 1970-Elvira Mehegan 3870 East Wesley Avenue, Denver Colorado 802l0.August l6,l970: "Dear cousin Sophie,Your letter sent to the Catholic Church in Evanston, Wyoming was sent to me. I had heard of the Barretts who were relatives of the Mehegans but had never met any of them.I met Robert Mehegan junior when he worked in Evanston.We were married in August l920.My married life was all spent in Boston & Arlington (Massachusetts). We had four children- one girl Eileen & three boys,John Edmund & Paul. Robert's father died in l925 his mother in l940 & his only sister in l964.My husband died in l933.After his death I came back to Wyoming to earn a living for myself & four children teaching school.I retired from teaching in l963.Then I moved to Denver to be near Eileen.I live alone in a small house about two miles from Eileen.My four children are all married.Eileen has two girls and one boy.John lives in Boulder colorado. He has three boys & one girl.Edmund lives in DesPlaines Illinois. about fifteen miles northwest of Chicago.He has two girls & one boy.Paul lives in Canoga Park, California about fifteen miles north of Los Angeles He has four girls & one boy.I have quite a collection of grandchildren to visit.I do not see those who live away from this area very often.I was very pleased to get your letter & learn that someone in the East is still interested in the Mehegans. yours truly, Elvira Mehegan." be near them. #95-- 3870 E. Wesley Ave, Denver Colorado 80210 Oc 10, l970 Dear Sophie and John, I want to thank you for all the information you have sent me concerning the Mehegan-Barrett family and also apologize for being so slow in replying. I have not been well due to a "flu" session and eye trouble.I expect a call the first of next week from the eye specialist telling me if I am to have a cataract operation. Due to other trouble in the retina there is a question if the operation will solve the problem. You will understand it is not possible for me to answer all your letters in detail. Since I sent you the post card dated l9l5 I found information in an old suitcase of my Bob's. It is an account of his trip to California. It is dated Oct ll, l9ll to Oct. 22. He mentions a Public Lands Convention held in Denver which he attended. He reported for work in the Land Office September 27, l911. He mentioned receiving a letter from Sister Mary Joseph Barrett 2043 Polk Street San Francisco also Miss Kate Barrett was writing to her nephew, who was in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service . Oct. 12 Bob heard from him from New London. I assume that was your husband and father. One thing mentioned that does not apply to the family but was of interest to to me In Evanston Bob paid a dollar a day for room and board in a private family.Bob's trip to San Franciscisco He left Evanston Sept 5, l911 on the OVERLAND Limited, a coal-burning engine that gave off cinders at Ogden,Utah an oil burning engine was substituted.Great Salt Lake was crosssed over a man-made cutoff a big project of fill-in rock. When the train reached Oakland,all had to transfer to ferry to cross the Bay to San Francisco. He visited many places in San Francisco, then on September ninth he went to visit relatives at 2043 Polk St. There he met the Hessions, Barretts and other relatives. Mrs.Hession's home was near Market street. Miss "Auntie" Barrett and Kate Barrett lived with her. The big l906 fire destroyed her property,which had to be rebuilt. Auntie Kate was Robert,Senior's first cousin. Besides the three women, he learned about Sister Mary Joseph, the Kerrigans, Colemans, Murphys, Fahrbachs and Rings. Miss Kate Kerrigan was the onlyone he met.(Sophie Barrett note'-We have since learned that Kate Kerrigan was the daughter of Mary Barrett, a fifth sister who did not leave Ireland with her brother Robert and four sisters, Kate, Ellen, Johanna, and Margaret.She married a Mr.Kerrigan of Ballymartle near Kinsale, county Cork, and her daughters Kate Kerrigan and Mrs.John Ring went to San Francisco in l897. Ella Collins of Moskeigh managed to trace these relations as her mother's niece Mrs. Joan Ring Finn of Scart, Ballinhassig was a niece of John Ring and remembered corresponding with his wife,their aunt by marriage and a Barrett descendant. There were a number of Ring relations in the Bay area, but of these only Mary Mathews of San Bruno was a surviving Barrett descenant in the l970's. Mrs. Eva Kimbrough of Berkeley was a member of the Ring line and knew much family history. Her daughters attended the Presentation School in Berkeley where Sister Mary Joseph Barrett was Mother Superior in l9ll.- end Sophie Barrett note) continuing Elvira Mehegan letter]]-He had eight meetings with these people. They told him of the western relatives and he told them of those in the East. They treated him very well. While Mrs. Hession was elderly and wrinkled, she was very active physically and mentally. She helped her relations and started Mr. Fahrbach in business. Mr. Hession was a highly educated man a civil engineer and surveyor. The Hessions had three children Robert,John and Mrs. Fahrbach.Robert married but John did not. Both died within six months of each other. John was a letter carrier.Mrs. Fahrbach died about l907. The next person mentioned is Kate Barrett-Robert Mehegan senior's first cousin. She spent her time helping her older relatives. These ladies and Bob went to Berkeley to visit Sister Mary Joseph on September 18. They discussed the eastern relatives.She was very active.There was a discussion of the Kerrigans, Colemans,and Murphys.Bob's last visit at 2043 Polk Street was September tenth.Kate Kerrigan unmarried was the daughter of Bob's grandmother's oldest sister. Kate's sister Johanna had married a Ring. Both Mr. and Mrs. Murphy were dead at the time. Two grown sons survived.They had not kept close to Mrs.Hession.On September 20th Bob took a steamer for Los Angeles.At that time Mrs. Johanna Hession , Kate Kerrigan, the two Murphy boys, and Miss Coleman were the only remaining relatives. On September25th he left for the return trip to Evanston, Wyoming. Bob wanted to attend college in l9l0 but due to his father's accident when his hand was caught in a press he had to take a business course by correspondence.After passing the Civil Service test he was assigned to the Land ofice in Evanston, WyomingSeptember 27, l9ll-Elvira Mehegan." On October 16, l970 Mrs. Jessie Fahrbach from from Oakland California" Your letter of October 11, l970 was received and its contents noted with great interest.Strangely enough I know very little about the Fahrbach family, as I shall explain. I was married to Robert Fahrbach senior in l934 having met him in l932. Consequently I know very little about his family previous to that time. Robert and I had a son in l936, who is Robert, junior.I do know that my Robert's father, Emil fahrbach,married Elizabeth Hession,the daughter of Johanna Barrett Hession.Elizabeth died in l907 when Robert was thirteen years of age.Robert's father remarried after Elizabeth's death.They were deceased when I met Robert.Your mention of Robert Fahrbach having married in l923 is no doubt true.I was not Robert's first wife.Their marriage ended in divorce.Robert's and my marriage also ended in divorce. However, there was no ill feeling, and we kept in touch until he died in l967. Robert's father was highly respected in business circles in San Francisco.Robert senior also thought a great deal of his mother.In fact I have a picture of her which was among Robert's personal belongings which I received after his death.She was a very beautiful woman- Jessie Fahrbach" On October 9, l970 Edmund Mehegan of DesPlaines Illinois, son of Robert Mehegan junior, wrote: "My grandfather Robert Mehegan senior and Johanna (Alberts) Mehegan had nine children but only two lived to adulthood.Robert Mehegan,junior (my father) and his sister Annie, my aunt.I understand that my father's health was somewhat delicate and for that reason he was advised by his doctor to try a Western climate.I think he must also have had some wanderlust judging by the records you have sent- he came by honestly. At any rate he went to Evanston Wyoming about 1909 or l9l0 where he worked for the Post Office [[Land Office]] Department. To my knowledge there was no particular reason for choosing Evanston as opposed to any other Western town.He had no friends or relatives there that I ever heard of.He lived in Evanston in l9l0 and l9ll and met my mother at that time. But he returned to Boston until l9l9 or l920(worked at Boston Army Base-note) when he again went to Evanston long enough to be married.They returned to Boston, where thirteen years and four children later he died l933. Through the efforts of her sister my mother was able to get a teaching job in Evanston Wyoming and so again a trip was made west. My mother moved to Denver after she reitred about l964. Eileen my sister returned to Boston about l938-l939 to study nursing. As to the famous document written by my grandfather, I find it fascinating not only as a family record but as a historical account of the lives and times of nineteenth century America..After seeing the copy of the typewritten original which you sent, may I venture that {A}. You do have the original- and other pages with the salutation and signature were removed because they pertained to matters other than family history. {B}.The second and more logical conclusion is that when my father returned to Boston he made typewriter copies of the original to preserve the information and pass it on to other relatives. He would have no need to add a salutation or a signature since he was copying (his father's) own letter.I am quite sure he knew how to type.Were the handwritten corections on the original when you found it (typed date l842 is changed in pen to l841) I have tried to compare them with my father's handwriting on the postcards,but I cannot tell - the "M" in Margaret seems similar but there are differences.I want to thank both of you for your letters. Aunt Annie had some chairs of my grandmother's that I told her I wanted her to will to me. My sister was in Boston with her when she was dying and telephoned me about the chairs. Annie passed on a few days later.Eileen called but in her opinion the chairs dated only from the late l890's and the cost would have been prohibitive to have them crated and shipped. Eileen salvaged a few old vases and pictures and divided them between us, but the letters are gone forever. My mother has very few relics from Boston as it was not practical in the depression to ship them- Edmund Mehegan. " [[P.312 NOTEBOOK TWO]] In his research on the Barrett family John learned that the girl referred to in the 19ll document as the daughter of Robert Mehegan who had lost her husband and her child had been named Elizabeth [[Mehegan]]Peiper. He found that she had remarried in l9l2 to Joseph Hoarde, and that a family of Joseph Hoarde had lived in Waltham, Massachusetts.He wrote to the son, -also Joseph or Robert Joseph Hoarde, who telephoned to John early in October l970 saying his mother was to celebrate her ninetieth birthday the next day October 8. She had three living children - his sister Mrs. Julia Maloney of Brighton, his sister Mary Brooks of Burlington, and himself, the baby of the family, [[born in l920]].His mother was living with Julia Maloney and her husband:"Chick" (Charles) at 9 Bostonia Avenue in Brighton.That evening John had a three hour telephone conversation with Mrs. Hoarde and her daughter Julia.Mrs. Hoarde was keen and gave him a lot of family history and information about South Boston. Subsequently John called on his third cousins and stayed for dinner and a hockey evening.On Easter Sunday l971 he went to visit Julia's daughter Janice's family the Bagnalls in Waltham, where they had a reunion of about twenty-five member of the family.John gave Mrs. Hoarde asn Irish shamrock whch he had raised from seed sent by Loretto Buckley of Moskeigh..She Mrs. Hoarde enjoyed the plant very much, as it bloomed for her last summer. She recently celebrated her ninety-first birthday.John also located three of the children of the "Charlie" Mehegan referred to in the document.Charlie became a Boston letter carrier and had five children.,of whom three still survive l97l Dorothy Brooks in Washington D. C. , Leonora Carty in Milton, and Eileen Brennan in west Quincy. John also located ninety year old Richard Barry Sullivan the son of Mary Mehegan l852-l884 who married Barry Sullivan and had three surviving children by him. Richard Barry Sullivan lives in Reseda, California where he has been active in real estate for years. John had a letter from his son Roger a lawyer for one of the railroads (later for Los Angeles Catholic diocese). John also talked with Richard Barry Sullivan and his wife. Richard lost his parents in l884 and l892 played baseball for a time in Philadelphia and spent some years in Laramie, Wyoming.His two unmarried sisters lived in Jamaica Plain. Mrs. Hoarde had a vivid memory that her aunt Mary Theresa Mehegan Sullivan died in childbirth when she herself was three years old l884. Mrs. Hoarde's mother was a member of the large Freeman family of West Bolton Street South Boston. Several of the Freemans were glassblowers.One group of her Freeman cousins lived near Mattapan.Her father had an accident involving a coal chute in South Boston but lived until l9l6.His skull was damaged, and his brain sensitive to possible injury. Her mother lost several babies, but her twin sisters born in l889 lived into their eighties, though separated by adoption after their mother's death of tuberculosis in l894. After visiting her uncle Charlie in South Boston and Coughlin relations in Maynard, -where she was corrected for picking an apple blossom in the family's productive orchard -Elizabeth, the eldest child, born October 8, l880,worked as a housekeeper and cook in Waltham, where she met her second husband Joseph Hoarde a butcher in l9l2. They were married fifty-seven years until he passed away in l969 at age ninety-two. Around l911 Boston Mayor Fitzgerald helped Elizabeth find her sister who had been adopted by a family in Salem. Elizabeth was often called "Lil." In her later years,she punned on James Fenimore Cooper's novel and referred to herself as "the last of the Mehegans." She was proficient at crocheting and an enthusiastic baseball fan,though her great-grandchildren played hockey. One of her sisters Mrs.Bussiere had a son and two daughter and lived near Manchester,New Hampshire until she passed away January 5,l97l. One of her married daugters is Dorothy Gamache, who lives near Manchester, New Hampshire. Mary A Lane Barrett was eighty years old when she died January 1938.Born 1857. Buried in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery West Roxbury with Katie, Pa Barrett and Mary F. Catherine Barrett died January 25, 1931.John Robert Barrett born November 29, 1854 on Goddard Street Dorchester now West Eighth Street passed away August 21, 1942. William Joseph Barrett and his sister Mollie (Mary Frances) passed away January 21 and October 11, 1967. On September 15, 1970 John jr talked by telephone with Mr. William Curtis, who formerly lived at 638 East Seventh Street, downstairs of the Barretts at 640. He was Pa Barrett's downstairs tenant from about 1926 to 1937. He now lives near Gertrude Granville in Dorchester. While living at 640 he had a young son Bill, and his wife died in childbirth, but the young daughter survived. Young Bill Curtis now does public health work in Hartford, Connecticut. I remember Mr. Curtis and Bill well from my visits at 640 in 1932 and 1933. Bill Curtis was a chubby, pleasant young boy whom Jack's brother Bill Barrett liked to tease. But when little Bill Curtis tried to tease big Bill Barrett, he became very annoyed and sent the boy home. Pa Barrett and grandfather Bill Curtis used to vie with one another to take Bill out in his carriage.Mr. Curtis remarried- had four children by his second marriage. John had a pleasant conversation with the second Mrs. Curtis. Mr. Curtis also knew Father Hasenfus, pastor of Gate of Heaven Church at Fourth and I Streets, who operated summer camp Five Islands on the Maine coast, where Mollie Barrett took many photos in 1925. Mr. Curtis recollected meeting Bill Barrett's widow the former Mrs. Margaret Floyd and Jack's nephew William Joel Barrett at Mollie's funeral in October 1967. -315- On May 27, 1923 Sister Mary Joseph of the Presentation Order - sister of Pa Barrett and Jack's aunt, wrote to Jack from the Convent at !404 Mason Street, San Francisco about her sister Kate's recent death during May 1923. "She made a will about five years ago. She left one-half her possessions to our cousin Mrs. Craig (Robert Mehegan, senior's sister) -- the other one-half is for the support of our cousin, Kate Kerrigan. -I mean the interest of it. When she dies, you (Jack) are to get the half. The house is worth very little. The lot on which it is may sell for sixteen or eighteen thousand. Another lot is valued at two thousand (dollars). One-half of all goes to Aunt Johanna's grandson Robert Fahrbach. He has just been married. The other half to be divided between Mrs. Craig and Kate Kerrigan. More than two thousand will be taken from my sister's part of the estate for debts and late expenses of funeral and doctor. I expect to go to Los Angeles soon after the nineteenth [[June]]. My address there will be Presentation Convent. 4100 East Third Street. Your father has written me that your brother has accepted a position in New York. He is a grand young man. -Sister Mary Joseph." -316- (the will referred to in the above letter is the will of Sister Mary Joseph's sister - and Jack's aunt- Miss Catherine Barrett, who died May, 1923. She had lived with the Hessions as her aunt was Johanna Barrett Hession -also the maiden immigrant aunt Margaret Barrett. [[Sister Mary Joseph passed away and was buried in Los Angeles November 1923 aged seventy-three born 1852 near St. Peter and Paul's Church South Boston. Jack's Boston Latin classmate Dan Lyne represented Jack, who ultimately received slightly over three thousand dollars when Kate Kerrigan passed away in 1926. Aunt Kate inherited half of Johanna Hession's property, and Jack received the remainder of his Aunt Kate's property after income for life to the immigrant cousin Kate Kerrigan. Emil Fahrbach, son-in-law of Johanna Hession, was executor, and Jack met him and his son Robert when Jack visited San Francisco April 1925 on the Pacific cruise of the light cruiser MARBLEHEAD prior to war games in Hawaii and the fleet visit to Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Galapagos.]] On September 28, 1970 John received a letter from U.S. General Services Administration in St.Louis: "Available records show that one Charles W. Mehegan was employed as a letter carrier at the U.S. Post Office Boston Massachusetts from July 1, 1891 to November 12, 1910, the date of his death.The records do not contain any additional identifying information other than that he was born in the state of Massachusetts." (This Charles Mehegan born 1857 was the younger of two sons of Grandpa Barrett's immigrant aunt Catherine Barrett Mehegan, who died 1863 at 650 East Fourth Street in South Boston. His father also named Charles Mehegan came from Ballyheedy, Ballinhassig, county Cork. The letter carrier had a son also named Charles and four daughters including Mrs. Leonora Carty of East Milton born 1901 and Eileen Brennan of West Quincy born 1904. On June 29, 1902 Elizabeth Mehegan, daughter of Robert Mehegan 1848-1916 and Hannah Freeman (died 1895) married Thomas E. Pieper age twenty-two motorman. She had a child but soon lost husband and child. In 1912 she married Joseph Hoarde of Waltham and lived at various Waltham addresses including Ash Street. The week before her ninetieth birthday-317- John located her through her son Robert still living in Waltham- a Navy veteran from the Pacific in World War Two Seabees active in Elks Club and working in 1970s at Charles River County Club in Newton. Julia Louise Hoarde was born February 11, 1913 and on April 19, 1931 at age eighteen she married Charles Mathias Maloney age twenty-two. Their five children are Charles, Donnie, Janice (Mrs. Bagnall) Kenny, and Phyllis (Mrs. Sparkes). There are more than twenty grandchildren Robert Joseph Hoarde was born in Waltham May 1, 1920. Their sister is Mrs. Mary Brooks in Burlington Massachusetts. On August 8, l971 Mrs. Eva Kimbrough of Berkeley California wrote to John in Moskeigh: "Dear Mr. Barrett: Received your letter and will try to give you a little information on the Ring family. My mother, Mary Ring Kelleher,was a sister of John Ring from San Francisco. I remember my mother speaking of Kate Kerrigan,whom you spoke of in your letter. She was a sister of my uncle John's wife Johanna Kerrigan Ring. They had two daughters and two sons. Only one son is living now. He still lives in San Francisco. His name is Neil Ring, but I don't know his address, as I haven't seen him in years. I remember my mother speaking of Murphys who were related to my grandfather, John Ring. - also a Kate Coleman, who chummed with Kate Kerrigan. They lived at Uncle John's home in San Francisco for a while- Eva Kimbrough."
Subject: Al Brown
Year: 1999