Monaghan Belleville History
CLAN Belleville N.J.
James J. and Mary A. (Quinn) Monaghan
came to America in 1901 and settled in Belleville, New Jersey. They
were married in their home town of Bohola Co Mayo Ireland on June 6th,
1901. The Ellis Island ship's manifest for the LUCANIA indicates that James/Mary
Monaghan, and Bridget(Bee)Quinn arrived on June 22, 1901 and went to Grafton
Ave Forest Hills, Newark NJ Their first known house was a small two
bedroom rental on Bridge Street behind St Peter's Church and Cemetery (The
house was destroyed by fire in the late 1970's). James was a laborer
who worked in some of the many Newark factories of the time. Mary
was a housewife and mother. As the family grew, they found a much
larger three story house at 64 Union Avenue that supposedly was purchased
for five dollars down and payments. Here is where the majority of
their children were born and reared.
They had a total of twelve children.
Five of the children died in birth or at an early age. They were
Thomas and Katherine (twins), Michael, Vincent, and Patrick , who drowned
in a swimming accident at the age of fifteen. The children that survived
were as follows:
Mary Geniveve born May 1, 1902
and married John Gallagher
James who married Constance White
Timothy William born in 1909 and
married Helen R. Kaminski
Myles Charles born on January 9,
1911 and married Marie Lillian Rapp on April 27, 1940
Andrew born in 1915 and married Kay
Mildred Esther Cecelia born on October
1, 1916 and married to Carl Hugger, M.D.
John born in 1919 and married to
At some point in the mid 1920's James
and Mary decided to build and open a small store on the front of the Union
Avenue house. It was called J. Monaghan Confectionery and would have
been a convenience store of today selling soda, milk, bread,
candy, newspapers, etc. Mary ran the store with the help of the older
children. All of the children went to St. Peter's Catholic School
through eighth grade with some going on to business school for two years
and others on to Belleville High School.
Family Photo Album
In the mid 1930's with most of the
children grown, James and Mary sold the property on Union Avenue and purchased
a house in a quieter area several blocks away on DeWitt Avenue. Mary
died in 1940 and is buried in St. Peter's Cemetery along with James, who
passed away in 1944.
Other Quinns and Monaghans that came
to New Jersey from the farm in Bohola were: Michael Quinn(wife Bridget
Kilgallon), Bridget(Bee)Quinn, Thomas Monaghan(wife Bridget Dacey), John
Monaghan(wife Kate?), Ann Monaghan Berry, Mary Monaghan McGrane, Myles
Monaghan(wife Margaret O'Hara, Ellen Monaghan O'Connor(husband Tom).
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It is hoped
that each cousin will write the history of the seven Monaghan siblings
and that it will be added to the links below. Don't forget to visit
(click on) the Monaghan Clan and Ireland 2000 web sites below!
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of Monaghan Family Name
of Bohola, Co Mayo