Top row: Annie Burke
(Madigan), Mary Kilroe, Belinda Burke, James E.
given for next two girls.
Hannah Mansfield, Lizzie Herbert, Annie Dougherty
Styles, Richard Mansfield, Hugh Kilroe, Frank Herbert,
Earl Arthur, Hugh Doherty, George Styles, Tommy Mansfield,
Herbert, Arthur Bates, Horace Bates
Down History: On
April Fool’s Day, 2002, a dear cousin of mine, Joe Madigan died. Among
his effects was this picture. We had no idea if it belonged to his
father or mother. Since I’m the “family genealogist”, it was passed to
me. I decided to try the mother first. We have two report cards of hers
from Wayne County’s Beere School: teacher, James Henshaw. So, I
thought, if she kept report cards, maybe she also kept pictures.
Next a stop at
the Beere School, which is located a few miles north of Honesdale on
Route 670. There were no windows nor doors in the original.
However the siding was the same! All I could say was, maybe, if the
picture had been taken at the rear of the school where there were no
windows, we might have a match.
Then, I asked
Tom Fives, who knows a lot of Pleasant Mount history, if there were any
Henshaws around. A few more phone calls and I visited the Jenkins. She
is a granddaughter of James Henshaw. Mrs.Jenkins didn’t think there was
a match, although I could see many similarities. She would be seeing
Henshaw’s daughter soon and would ask her.
daughter confirmed the identity of her father, the teacher. We not only
had confirmation of the identity of James Henshaw, but one of his
grandsons had the identical picture with most of the children
also remembered there were several of my relatives who would have
attended the Beere School at that time.
grandparents were Mary Burke and James Doherty. After arriving from
Ireland, the Dohertys settled down the road from the Beere School,
towards Tanners Falls. This property was in the possession of the
youngest Doherty child, Sarah Kilroe at the time of the photograph.
John Doherty, a son of James, lived shortly north of the Beere School
on the Bethany Turnpike.
lived a little north of the school, just south of my great
grandmother’s brother, Peter Herbert. There were many inter-marriages
between the Herbert/Burkes and the Dohertys. Ten of the children
in the photo, including Annie Burke (Madigan), are shown. I have a
strong feeling that the unidentified girl on the left is Rose Doherty
(Huff). I have a picture of her not too many years
later; see Our Connections
A-17. The other is most likely Maude Herbert (McGraw), sibling of Frank
and Leo. (Maude Herbert photo.)
the picture - Begin with my
grandparents, Mary Burke and James Doherty. James’s brother, John had
children, Annie and Hugh. E. Amazingly, the spelling differs, but this
was the time when the whole family was changing the spelling from
Dougherty to Doherty. There are no other families of that name in the
census records for that area. And as I said in the previous paragraph,
one of the unknowns might be Rose. I’ve checked my charts, and those
ages fit the apparent ages in the picture.
James had a
sister, Sarah - that’s all the Kilroes. Brother Eddie (age 11) was
already in school. (Evidence found in the files of the WCHS.) Mary
Burke Doherty’s much younger sisters were Annie (former owner of the
picture) and Belinda. Mary’s uncles, the Herberts were in this
country by 1867. The Burkes arrived in 1881. Peter Herbert married
Belinda Doherty, sister of James. The Herberts in the photo all match
my Peter Herbert chart. Peter remained in Wayne County longer than
Patrtick. His son, Leo briefly taught at Beere School.
research has often been described as akin to detective work. Working on
the identity of this picture certainly is a case in point.
- Mimi Steffen