The Second Generation
Earlier I listed the names of the ten children of Thomas and
Ann. Three were born in England, three in Corning, and the last three were born
in Morris Run. I would like to give a little background of each one.
Mary, the oldest, married Joseph Clarke around
1869 or 1870. Joseph had come to Morris Run only a year before they married.
They said he was a sailor, but he came to the mine area to look for work. He is
shown in several pictures as an outgoing type, appearing very forward and self
assured. This could be why he married after only a year in town. His
aggressiveness also showed up in his daughter Elesha and son Thomas in their
life and children. Very little information of their life in Morris Run has
filtered down to us. It does appear that Joseph could have provided the
motivation that brought the Kilmartin’s down to Brooklyn, although his son,
Thomas, provided employment for the men. Mary died in 1909, in Brooklyn, and
Joseph lived until 1931. He worked in insurance while watching his son Thomas
gain power and wealth. Their home in Arnot, Pa. was also called Shantytown.
Margaret, the second child, married William Hunt. They
moved to Brooklyn around 1910-1915. We understand that she ran a boarding house
on Lefforts Place, Brooklyn. She later married a second time to a man named
Williams and had three girls. It was difficult to obtain additional information,
but Dolly Driscoll remembered visiting Margaret at Lefferts Place while she
Michael, the third child, was born in Bradford in 1857.
His name was actually Thomas, according to his birth certificate. In the course
of my research I have found that this happened several times, but I cannot
understand why. Michael was a deaf mute. I have not been able to ascertain
whether he was born with this condition or it resulted from a childhood illness.
He was not prevented from entering America at Ellis Island and he went on to
attend school at the St. Agnes School For The Deaf in Buffalo. This was a major
change in his life. He thrived in school and became a skilled carpenter. He met
his wife Elizabeth at the school and returned to Morris Run, able to work at the
mines as a carpenter. Elizabeth, born in 1861 in Baltimore, was also a deaf mute
and attended St Agnes School. MICHAEL GILMARTIN- PHOTO TAKEN IN LATE 1870’S>
Michael was the first member of his family to finish high
school. Michael was a very bright and intelligent man. From his books, of which
I have obtained a few, he appeared to have a deep and penetrating mind. Their
topics included higher mathematics and metaphysics, at levels that would
challenge many of our college graduates today. They had three sons. Joseph,
listed as Michael Joseph on his baptismal certificate, was born in 1882, but
died soon after they arrived in Brooklyn in 1904. My father, James Patrick, was
born in Morris Run in 1886 and died in 1941. Thomas Dean was born in 1900 in
Morris Run. My grandfather came to Brooklyn with his parents and lived at 104
Seeley Street. For the rest of his life he lived with my mother and dad. He
worked with my father on construction jobs until he was no longer able to work.
I can still remember him sitting at the window of our family home at 623
Greenwood Ave., in Brooklyn smoking his strong, aromatic HONEST tobacco. His
wife, Elizabeth, died in 1920. She could have been heartbroken on losing her two
sons, together with her illness. Michael died in March of 1933 and is buried in
Calvary Cemetery, with all his family and his mother. I also found that his
family lived in Castle Gardens in Arnot, before coming to Brooklyn in 1900.
Catherine, born in 1862 in Corning, was the first
Kilmartin born in America. She married Bill O’Hara, had no children, and came
to Brooklyn with the others. It seems she separated by time and place from Bill
‘O’Hara and lived with the Clarke’s at 176 Seeley St., Brooklyn. She ran
the house after the death of Mary, her sister, in 1909. She is buried in the
Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn with the Clarke Family.
James was born in Corning in 1865 just before the
family moved to Morris Run. Before his marriage he had the reputation of being
the character of the family. He told of working in the mines from the age of 12,
and pushing scholastic achievements aside to play baseball. It was said he
played ball very well for the Morris Run team. Taylor had a picture of Jim with
the team. He spend some of his time with his namesake and cousin, James, in
Corning, in 1891. He married Hannah Ganey on November 18, 1891, in Morris Run.
They had five children, two dying in infancy. A daughter, Ann, worked as a
secretary in New York City , and married late to Richard Pettit. They moved to
Springfield, Mass. James, the second son, worked for the telephone company.
JAMES GILMARTIN- PHOTO TAKEN IN 1930’S>
I met a man named Edward Phelan while on jury duty in Mineola
in 1980. He recalled Jimmy as a young fellow he trained at the phone company. He
married a girl names Catherine, had a daughter and divorced in 1965. I have no
further information regarding James. Dan, the youngest son, was a chip of
the old block. He was a very good baseball player, with a knack for hitting the
long ball. He worked as a Steward on ships in the Merchant Fleet and died
Patrick, born in 1867 in Morris Run, was the closest to
his father. He lived with the family up to the time he left to work for Thomas
Clarke as a timekeeper, in Brooklyn. He returned to Morris Run in 1904 and
married Margaret Murray. They returned to Brooklyn and raised five children,
Murray, born 3/10/08, Margaret born 12/12/10, John born in 1915, Frank born
10/16/16, and the youngest, Catherine, born in 1923 in Staten Island, the same
year Patrick died. From 1904 to 1911 Patrick took on the responsibility of
taking care of his parents, Thomas and Anne. After working as a timekeeper,
Patrick bought a grocery store. The store was short lived, folding in 1911, the
same year his father died at his home on Prospect Place, now part of Caton Ave.,
at 8th St. Patrick and his family moved to the Bronx where he worked
as a building caretaker. He later moved to Staten Island, where he died. The
family moved back to Brooklyn after the mother died. His daughter Margaret
married Frank Madigan and have three children, Katherine Anne, Frank Arthur, and
Margaret Mary. Patrick’s other daughter Catherine married a Windsor Terrace
local named Frank Tornabene. They have five children and live on Long Island.
William (Taylor) was born on December 3, 1869 in Morris
Run. He married Nora Hayes on September 21, 1899 at St. Andrews Church in
Morris Run. Known as Will and Taylor, he worked as a shoemaker and worked on the
main street of Morris Run.
Nora Hayes was the daughter of David and Margaret
Hayes. Nora’s father was active in the mines and had a large family. The Hayes
are buried in Moscow, Pa.
WILLIAM (TAYLOR) AND FIRST WIFE NORA , ABOUT
Nora Hayes died and Taylor married Mary Looney. Mary
was born in Canton, Pa., later moving to East Rutherford, New Jersey. They lived
an active life from 1931 to his death in 1948. Mary and Taylor had the
opportunity to return in 1932 to the Blossburg 100th year Centennial
Celebration. I have a carbon copy of the program of events of the gala. Taylor
had no children. Taylor did love children however, as he always found time to
bring the Gilmartin children gifts for Christmas,pulling a practical joke or two
in the process.
Early in his life at Morris Run Taylor had listened to a
Priest named Father Murphy, a follower of the famed Jesuit priest of Ireland,
who preached Temperance. After hearing Father Murphy, Taylor took the pledge to
abstain from liquor and kept his pledge until he died. As a young man I remember
Mary and Taylor playing a noisy game of Bridge with mother and dad during the
last days of Dads life. I especially recall Taylor walking with me to the
departure station when I left for the Army in 1942, while mother and Catherine,
my sister, stood on the porch. Mary lived until 1968, being a constant and
faithful friend of my mother. Mary was taken to Canton, Pa., for burial. Her
nephew from Canton was left the old homestead at 95 E. 5th St.,
Brooklyn, Taylor’s home from the early 1900’s.