Thomas Magner (1827-1891), son of James and Margaret Fruin Magner born in the Glen of Aherlow. "A Thomas Magner" age 22, left Cork, Ireland aboard the Ship Swift and arrived in Boston on May 20, 1850 (List 56, Roll M265). This could be the same Thomas as the age would be a match.
Research indicates Thomas Magner first settled in Naugatuck, about 4 miles south of Waterbury, CT. Several members of the Magner, Kiely and Fruin families from the Glen of Aherlow area had settled near Waterbury and Bridgeport, CT. Thomas married Eliza Fruin near Naugatuck, CT and then moved to Willmington, Illinois in 1858. Waterbury, CT (New Haven County) is 30 miles from Bridgeport, CT, 127 miles from Boston, 96 miles from New York, and 815 miles from Will County. Elizabeth Fruin (born 1829 in Tipperary; died 1893) parents of Elizabeth are Robert and Ellen Cussen Fruin.
William Fruin was born in April 1798 in Aherlow, County Tipperary Ireland and died October 8, 1880 in Waterbury, CT. He married Johanna Magner who was born in 1811 and died January 12, 1891. William and Johanna had three children: James J. died 1906; Johanna (1839-1887) and Robert (1843-1893). James J. married Mary Jane Slocum and owned the Fruin Hotel in Waterbury, CT.
Elizabeth Fruin, the wife of Thomas (1829-1893) should be related to Margaret Fruin, the wife of James Magner. Thomas and Elizabeth lived in a large plantation style home in Wilmington. The house was later used as a funeral home for over fifty years.
Thomas Magner (1827-1891) from Illinois 1870 Census: Will County, Wilmington Twp. page 515. Thomas-age 45, Elizabeth (Fruin wife) age 34, children: John-age 14, James-age 12, (John & James were born in CT) Robert-age 10, Ellen-age 7, Margaret-age 5, Elizabeth-age 3. Living on the farm next to John Henneberry.
Parents of Thomas: James Magner and Margaret Fruin. Magner/Henebry
Thomas Magner from Illinois 1880 Census: Vol. 58 ED 218 Sheet 6 Line 3 Thomas age 52 born in Ireland. Residence Wilmington Twp. Will County, Illinois Elizabeth (wife) age 51 born in Ireland. Children: John, age 24 born in Connecticut: James, age 22 born in CT: Robert, age 20 born in IL: Ellen, age 16 born in IL: Margerate, age 15 born in IL: Elizabeth, age 13 born in IL: Mary, age 9 born in IL.
Magner - Coveny - Henneberry Families
From: Prairie Farmer's Directory of Grundy County 1917.
David S. Henneberry (Dec. 31, 1857 - Oct. 15, 1910) married Anna Veronica Coveny on July 1, 1895 in Kinsman, Grundy County, IL. Anna Veronica was born May 4, 1870 in Highland, Grundy County and died August 5, 1948 in Joliet, IL. Click for marriage license.
John Henneberry son of David Henneberry and Bridget Reeves
married Ida Coveny daughter of John Coveny and Nancy McCullem. John was
the brother of David and it is believed that Ida was the sister of Anna.
John: Nov. 12, 1859-Jan 2, 1944. Ida: Jan 15, 1873-March 6,
" The marriage of Miss Ida Maria Coveny
daughter of Mrs. N. Coveny, 906 Western Avenue to John Henneberry was solemnized
yesterday morning at 8 o'clock at St. Patrick's church. Rev. Fr. Francis
Magner of St. Mary's officiating in the nuptial high mass. Miss Clara
Coveny, sister of the bride was the honored maid, and John H. Henneberry, a
cousin of the groom of Minooka served as best man. the bride's wedding
gown was a becoming suit of French blue silk moire rose design, elegantly
tailored with a bodice of silk shadow lace. With this she word a white
hemp Watteau hat wreathed with tiny pink rosebuds and ornamented with handsome
French blue plumes. A corsage bouquet of fragrant sweet peas added a
bride-like touch to the tout ensemble.
Newspaper articles: "John V. Coveny, 79,
retired farmer, 305 S. Washington St., died Tuesday at 3:10 am. in the hospital
at Morris. The body is in the Baker Funeral Home where friends may call
after 7 pm today. The rosary will be recited Wednesday at 8:30 pm. in the
funeral home, the Rev. M. A. Tracy officiating. Funeral services will be
held Thursday at 9:30 am. in St. Patrick's church, Rev. Tracy officiating.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ransom.
"Mrs. Mary A. Coveny, 96, died at 3:45 pm. Wednesday
at St. James hospital in Pontiac. She had been a patient for two
weeks. Visitation was at the Von Qualen funeral home Friday afternoon and
evening and the Rosary was recited at 8 o'clock. funeral services were
held at 11:30 o'clock saturday morning at St. Patrick's church with Rev. John
Nabb officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery at Ransom.
James Magner 1857 - 1937
James was the son of Thomas Magner (1827-1891) and Elizabeth
Fruin Magner (1829-1893).
Margaret Follen: daughter of John Follen and Bridget Connell. John Follen was from County Sligo near the capitol city. He arrived in America and settled about eight miles southwest of Joliet, Illinois. Bridget Connell was born in County Clare. (notes from My Faces & Places, Msgr. James A. Magner, The Palm Press, 1990)
Children of James and Margaret:
Msgr. James Magner at St. Patrick's Cross, Cashel, Ireland
Obituaries from the Joliet, IL newspaper
Mrs. James Magner: The death of one of our prominent and well beloved women, Mrs. James Magner, occurred in St. Joseph Hospital, Joliet, Tuesday evening, June 16, at 6 o'clock after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held from St. Rose's church Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock.
Joliet Evening Herald News: Wed. June 17, 1925:
James Magner: James Magner, prominent figure in the civic life of this community, died Saturday evening, November 20 at home in Wilmington. He had been ill for six weeks.
Mr. Magner was born September 27, 1857 in Naugatuck, Connecticut. When he was six months old, his parents brought him to Wilmington, where he remained for the rest of his life. On April 19, 1880, he married Miss Margaret Fallen. They became the parents of seven children, five of whom are living.
Farming provided an occupation for several years, later he became a merchant. Mr. Magner served the city repeatedly as commissioner and alderman. He was interested in the activities of the city and devoted a great deal of his time to them. Mr. Magner was well known and a host of friends mourn his passing.
Three grandchildren, Margaret, Mary and George McIntyre, orphaned by the death of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McIntyre came to make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Magner in 1925. Another grandchild, Cecelia Harte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Harte has lived with her grandparents since the death of her mother. Mrs. Magner passed away on June 15, 1925.
Surviving Mr. Magner are three sons, Rev. Francis J. Magner, Rev. James A. Magner and John J. Magner, two daughters, Sister Mary Josepha R.S.M. and Mrs. William Kaffer. Two sisters, Mrs. William Coveny and Mrs. John Coveny, and six grandchildren, Mrs. Walter Hughes, Mrs. Michael Leider, Misses Cecilia Harte, Mary Frances and Colette Magner and George McIntyre.
The funeral mass was held in St. Rose's Church at 10:30 am Tuesday, November 30. Rev. Francis J. Magner of St. Mary's Church, Evanston was the celebrant. He was assisted by Rev. James A. Magner of St. Lawrence's Church, Chicago, Rev. Joseph M. Kiely of St. Attracta Church, Cicero and Rev. James Duffin of St. Mary's Church of Evanston. Rev. P. Kiely of St. Timothy's Church, Chicago preached the sermon. The Most Reverend Eugene McGuinness, Bishop Elect of Raleigh, North Carolina, Monsignors Purcell, Quille, Keary and O'Brien of Chicago and Monsignor Anthony of Cincinnatti were in the sanctuary. More than eighty priest attended the services. Thirty sisters of various religious orders were also present.
Mass was sung by the choir of St. Rose's Church. Mrs. Peter Joyce sang an Ave Maria by Rosewig and Edward Donohoe sang Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck. Mrs. A. B. Towle presided at the organ.
The pallbearers were Louis Kaffer, A. J. Kelly, E. P. Harry, Joseph J. Quinn, Frances J. Coveny and Joseph Coveny. Burial was in Mr. Olivet cemetery at Wilmington.
Joliet Herald News, Sun. Nov 21, 1937
"James Magner, 80 years old, a resident of Wilmington since childhood, died last night at his home there following an illness of two months. Born in Connecticut, Mr. Magner came to Wilmington with his parents as a small child. He was prominent as a merchant for many years, previous to his retirement 15 years ago.
He is survived by two daughters, Sister Mary Josepha of Chicago and Mrs. W. H. Kaffer, of Wilmington; three sons, the Rev. Francis Magner, of Evanston, the Rev. James R. Magner, of Chicago, and John I, of Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. William Coveny, of Joliet and Mrs. John Coveny, of Kinsman, Ill; and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed."
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