In a previous post I mentioned that John Reilly’s passage to America was paid by his aunt Ms. Cusack of Lawndale Avenue in Chicago. Because John arrived in America in 1905, we can hope that his aunt can be found in the 1900 census.
Sure enough. The 1900 census lists Alice Cusack, age 31, living with her husband Patrick and four children at 851 S. Lawndale. According to the census information, Alice Cusack was born in Ireland in October of 1868. She immigrated to America in 1881 and had lived in the city of Chicago for 18 years. Her husband Patrick Cusack’s occupation is listed as a “foreman” (or “fireman” ) at an organ company. Patrick Cusack may have been instrumental in finding John Reilly a job once he arrived in Chicago due to the fact that in the 1910 census we find John’s occupation as a “piano polisher”.
But that’s later. Now I want to find out more information on Patrick and Alice Cusack.
Patrick and Alice were married in Chicago on July 1, 1890 in Chicago at St. Patrick’s church. Their marriage certificate lists Alice’s maiden name as O’Brien. Her children’s birth certificates also list her maiden name as O’Brien.
Now I know Alice and Elizabeth’s maiden name was O’Brien. Maybe I can find out more information about her life in Ireland before she followed her oldest son John Reilly to America.