02 March 2009

Fr. James Duggan

"St. Louis State of Missouri On the 2nd day of July 1848 the undersigned Catholic Priest united in matrimony John Kain and Mary Fox J. Duggan
Filed October 24th 1848"

John and Mary KAIN were my great-great-grandparents, my paternal grandmother's paternal grand parents. They came to this country from Ireland separately in the late 1840s.

Mary FOX arrived in the New Orleans, LA in May 1847 with her brother Patrick on the Radius. They joined their brother Thomas and his family in St. Louis.

I have no information yet on when and how John KAIN arrived in the U.S. and how he ended up in St. Louis.

John and Mary were married by Father James DUGGAN at St Patrick's in St. Louis. He was born May 2, 1825 in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. He was ordained a priest at St. Vincent's, Cape Girardeau, MO in 1847 and was assigned to St. Patrick's parish in St. Louis.

In 1859, after having served as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of St. Louis, he became the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. He served in that position until he was committed to the Sisters of Charity Asylum in St. Louis in 1869. He died there thirty years later on March 27, 1899 at the age of 74.

St. Patrick's church stood at 6th and Biddle until it was torn down in the 1970s.

1 comment:

  1. ello,

    My family is related to the Thomas FOX (b. abt 1819. Did you ever confirm that Thomas FOX (b. abt 1819) , Mary FOX (b. 29-Sep-1823) and Patrick FOX (b. abt 1827) are siblings? Seems very plausible.