Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lizzie McNamara McGowan 1868-1919 #52Ancestors #11

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cecelia McNamara was born in Pennsylvania June 3, 1868. Her parents were Daniel and Jane McKinzie McNamara. Both parents were born in Ireland. I have not been able to find a definite match for birth or census records. There was a Daniel McNamara that was a saloon keeper at 6365 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh in 1887. There was a Dan who was a laborer residing at 6359 Penn Ave in 1888 and 1889. Maggie and Mary were dressmakers at the same address. There was a Lizzie McNamara who was a dressmaker on N Canal in 1882. More research is needed.

Update! The family was found with the last name as McNamor living in Clarksville, Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1880.

Dan Mc Namor 39 Coal Miner Ireland
Jane Mc Namor 39 Ireland
John Mc Namor 15 Ireland
Mary Mc Namor 13 Pennsylvania
Lizzie Mc Namor 12 Pennsylvania
Kate Mc Namor 10 Pennsylvania
Ella Mc Namor 8 Pennsylvania
Allice Mc Namor 5 Pennsylvania
Annie Mc Namor 3 Pennsylvania
Sarah Mc Namor 5m Pennsylvania

Lizzie married Patrick McGowan September 28, 1888 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Marriage of Patrick McHowan and Lizzie McNamara. Lizzie's father Daniel gave consent.

They had nine children:
Mary Ann born June 26, 1889 and died September 20, 1890
Thomas James born 1891, married Ora Barfield
Ella Mary born March 28, 1893, married George Clark Davis
Daniel John born December 23, 1895, married Ruby Wells
Alice C born March 12 1898, married Lyman Faith Stribling
Joseph Sylvester James born January 23, 1900
Francis Andrew "Frank" born May 5, 1906, married Ethelyne Blanche Oliver
John Raymond born November 9, 1908, married Georgia Mildred Fratoddi
There was also another child born after 1900 that died before 1910.

The family moved to West End Birmingham, Alabama about 1896. They are found on the 1900 census:
1900 Jefferson County AL, 9th ward

Patrick H, Head, age 39, b Mar 1861, in PA, says father born PA, mother Ireland, occupation Puddler Rolling Mill, can read & write, rents home
Lizzie, wife, age 35, B June 1864 in PA, 6 children, 5 liviing. Father & mother born Ireland, can read & write
Thomas J, b March? 1891 in PA, age 9
Ella, b May 1893 in PA, age 7
Dannie, son, b Dec 1895 in PA, age 4
Alice, b March 1898 in AL, age 2
Joseph, b Feb 1900 in AL, age 4/12 (4 months)
Gus Myrlen (boarder)
Joseph Schoclere? (boarder) (I wonder if this is Schilleci?)

The 1910 census:
McGowan, Patrick H 50 M W PA Parents born Ireland,Tax Asser for County, Rents home
Lizie, wife 42, married 21 years, 9 children, 7 living, born PA, parents Ireland
Thomas, son 19 born PA, Clerk Barber Supply
Ela, daughter 17 born PA
Daniel, 14 born PA, Machinist Railroad
Alice 12 born AL
Joseph, 10 born AL
Francis, son 4 born AL
John 1 6/12 born AL
Severly?, Edward, roomer, 60, born Ireland, Parents Ireland, Labor Railroad

Lizzie died at home November 1, 1919 from cancer of the stomach. Her youngest child John would have been only nine years old.

Lizzie was buried in Southside Catholic Cemetery in Birmingham. The University of Alabama at Birmingham purchased the cemetery property to build the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Everyone in the cemetery was moved. I have not yet been able to locate Lizzie's final resting place. Elmwood Cemetery says she is not there. Forrest Hills is supposed to be searching, but has not to date called back with results.
By Chris Pruitt (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons