My sister has spent quite a bit of her spare time the past couple of years really digging into our family tree and has come up with information that goes way way back and other bits which are quite astounding. While we have grown accustomed to the fact that wherever our ancestors landed from Europe, most made their way to Chicago. But yesterday she came across the information that one branch belonging to our father's mother's line settled in St. Louis.
This is the Irish portion of the family, the Barry's. Seems Patrick Barry and his wife Anne settled in north St. Louis city in an area named the Kerry Patch due to so many immigrating Irish populating the section bounded by Cass Avenue and O'Fallon Street to the north and south in the mid 1800's. My sister was even able to discover their actual address, 1423 N. 23rd Street.
This address as googled is almost right on top of Cass Ave, an area we have driven by many times the past few months after taking the new Musial/Veterans bridge from Collinsville to avoid the back ups on the Poplar. So yesterday as I left Collinsville I decided to take that route again and look at it with new eyes and found that there is nothing left of homes at that point. There is a church and what looks like a small warehouse. 23rd Street is totally vacant of anything but grassy lots. Anything that had once been there has been torn down.
But, amazingly, Kathy also learned that Patrick and Anne Barry are buried in Calvary Cemetery on West Florissant, one of the largest and oldest Catholic cemeteries in St. Louis. Not only that, but she found the location of their graves and Dale and I have made plans to go over there and find them.
This is pretty darn exciting.