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     DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM MAHAR and MARGARET BREEN
                   OF ALBANY, NEW YORK
 
1. WILLIAM1 MAHAR, born abt. 1817 in Ireland; died 5 Jul 1877, ae 60 in Albany,
Albany Co., NY1; buried  in Calvary Cem., Albany, NY.2  He married on 25 Nov 1852 in
Albany, NY3, MARGARET BREEN, born abt. 1832 in Ireland. 
 
	William Maher probably came to the US about 1848, one of the peak years of the
potato famine in Ireland.  An unknown disease attacked the staple crop inflicting
starvation and related miseries upon the Irish people.  Many Irishers were forced to
leave their homes and settle in other countries.
 	 
	I have been unable to ascertain where in Ireland William Maher came from. The
surname Maher is very common in Co. Tipperary and many Maher families in Albany &
Rensselaer Counties seem to hail from this county.  Co. Tipperary was one of the
hardest hit by the famine.  Almost 70,000 people died in Co. Tipperary during the
famine years.  It is estimated that about 190,000 people emigrated from Tipperary
between 1841 & 1891. Perhaps William Maher was one of them.
 	 
	William was a tailor by occupation.  The first Albany City Directory in which
he appears is 1852 when William resided at 131 Canal St. He was the only William
Mahar/Maher in this directory.  According to the 1855 census William had been living in
Albany for seven years which would have brought him into the city c1848.  The Canal
St. area of the city was one of the worst slums in town and was nicknamed Gander
Bay4.  William was no doubt very poor and had to fight many adversities in his early
years as a resident of Albany.
 	 
	William was probably the William Maher who declared his intentions to be
naturalized and who was naturalized on 23 Oct. 1852.  The only information given on
this record was that William was born in Ireland and was a resident of the City of
Albany  The document was witnessed by William Dwyer. One Ann Dwyer, wife of
William was a witness to the bapt of William Mahar Jr. in 18655
 	 
	William owned no property.  He probably conducted his tailoring business out of his
flat.  Neither William or his wife Margaret left a will no doubt because their worldly
assets were minimal.
 	 
	According to the 1865 census 6 Margaret Mahar was the mother of eight children. I
found records of only five.  The other three probably died young.   
 
	Margaret Breen may have come from Ireland to Albany as a domestic. She came to
Albany about 1850.7  Margaret was living in 1875 when she was enumerated with her
family in the census of that year.  She was not listed with her family in the 1880 census.
She probably died between 1875 & 1880.  There is no death certificate for her at
Albany Dept. of Vital Statistics.  A search of Albany newspapers 1875-1880 did not
yield a death notice nor is there a burial record for her at Calvary cemetery where her
husband is buried.  

	Children of WILLIAM MAHAR and MARGARET BREEN 
	2	i	PATRICK J.2 MAHAR, born 25 Aug 1853 in Albany, Albany Co., NY;
christened 4 Sep 1853 in Cathedral (RC),SP: James Hannessy/Alice
Concklin Albany, Albany Co., NY; died single 13 Sep 1897 in Albany,
Albany Co., NY; buried  in Calvary Cem., Albany, NY.   Patrick's
death notice says he was son of William & Margaret (Breen) Mahar
and mentions his brothers Thomas, John & William Maha.8
	3	ii	MARGARET2 MAHAR, born abt. 1859/60 in Albany, Albany Co., NY;
died single 2 Dec 1938 in Albany, Albany Co., NY Home for
Incurables; buried  in St. Agnes Cem., Albany, NY9. 
+	4	iii	THOMAS F.2 MAHAR, born abt. Sep 1860/61 in Albany, Albany Co.,
NY. He married MARY REDMOND. 
+	5	iv	JOHN DENNIS2 MAHAR, born 25 Sep 1862 in Albany, Albany Co.,
NY. He married ROSANNA MURPHY. 
+	6	v	WILLIAM JOHN2 MAHAR, born 25 May 1865 in Albany, Albany Co.,
NY. He married (1) ALICE McCONNON. He married (2) ALICE I.
GUILFOY. 

                             Generation 2

4. THOMAS F.2 MAHAR (WILLIAM1), born abt. Sep 1860/61 in Albany, Albany Co., NY;
died 24 May 1905, ae 44 in Albany, Albany Co., NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.,
Menands, Albany Co., NY.10 He married abt. 1888, MARY REDMOND, born Jul 1868;
died 28 June 1906, Ae 38 in Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem. Albany, NY,
daughter of EDWARD REDMOND and CATHERINE (---)11  MARY m2 WILLIAM
FOSTER12

	Children of THOMAS F. MAHAR and MARY REDMOND 
	7	i	WILLIAM3 MAHAR, born Apr 1888; died single 9 Mar 1936 in Albany,
NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.13 
	8	ii	ROBERT3 MAHAR, born 10 Dec 1890 in Albany, NY; died 20 Oct
1891, Ae 0-8-10 in Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.14 
	9	iii	EDWARD B.3 MAHAR, born Nov 1891/92; died single 29 Mar 1954 in
Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.15 
	10	iv	THOMAS3 MAHAR, born 1892/93; buried 20 May 1894, Ae 02 in St.
Agnes Cem16. 
	11	v	CATHERINE3 MAHAR, born 2 Nov 1894; died 17 Dec 1953 in
Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.17 She married  THOMAS
RUTTLE, buried 19 Jul 1968 St. Ages Cem.  Albany, NY18.No
Children
	12	vi	JOHN T.3 MAHAR, born Nov 1895; died single 9 Oct 1949 in Albany,
NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.19 
	13	vii	FRANCIS3 MAHAR, born Nov 1897; buried 1 Apr 1901, Ae 04 in St.
Agnes Cem.20 
	14	viii	MARY M. (MAE)3 MAHAR, born 1901/02;  Living 1968. She married 
WALTER BERGH, died abt. 1956.   Mae and her sister Margaret
were placed in St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum after the death of their
mother where they were both adopted by a family named Riley.  Mae
may have removed to the State of Florida - no children
	15	ix	JAMES3 MAHAR, born May 1905; died July 1905, Ae 2 Mos in
Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.21 
	16	x	JOSEPH3 MAHAR, born Apr 1904; died 24 Sept 1906, Ae 1-6-0 in
Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.22 
+	17	xi	MARGARET3 MAHAR, born 15 Apr 1903. She married WILLIAM J
BAUER. 

5. JOHN DENNIS2 MAHAR (WILLIAM1), born 25 Sep 1862 in Albany, Albany Co., NY;
christened 2 Nov 1862 in Albany, Albany Co., NY, SP:Thomas Rea, Mary Daly; died 3
Feb 1913 in Albany, Albany Co., NY; buried  in Albany, NY, Calvary Cem.23  He
married on 22 Apr 1906 in Albany, NY24 ROSANNA MURPHY, born 5 Jul 1873 in
Albany, Albany Co., NY; christened 5 Jul 1873 in St. Patrick's Ch, Albany, NY; died 30
Sep 1938 in Albany, Albany Co., NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem., Albany, NY, daughter
of JAMES H. MURPHY and MARY THOMPSON. See Murphy Family by compiler 
 
	John D. Mahar worked as a laborer in a stove factory in Albany, NY.  His daughter
Anna May Rich had vague memories of being taken by trolley as a small child to Troy,
NY to visit relatives.  

	Children of JOHN DENNIS MAHAR and ROSANNA MURPHY 
+	18	i	ANNA MAY AGNES MAHAR3, born 11 Dec 1907 in Albany, Albany
Co., NY. She married VIRGIL MARCUS RICH. 
+	19	ii	MARGARET L.3 MAHAR, born 25 Apr 1909 in Albany, Albany Co.,
NY. She married JOHN HAACK. 
	20	iii	CATHERINE3 MAHAR, born abt. 1911 in Albany, Albany Co., NY;
died abt. 1914 in Albany, Albany Co., NY. 

6. WILLIAM JOHN2 MAHAR (WILLIAM1), born 25 May 1865 in Albany, Albany Co., NY;
christened 4 Jun 1865 in Cathedral (RC), SP: John Kenan/Ann Dwyer, Albany, NY;
died 19 Dec 1924, ae 59-6-23 in Albany, Albany Co., NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.,
Menands, Albany Co., NY.25 He married (1) abt. 1899, ALICE McCONNON, born abt.
1874; died 2 Mar 1906 in Albany, NY26; buried  in St. Agnes Cem. He married (2) on 24
Nov 1909 in Albany, NY27, ALICE I. GUILFOY, born May 1873; died 27 Mar 1946 in
Albany, NY; buried  in St. Agnes Cem.28 
 
	William J. Mahar was a plumber by occupation. In 1906 he served as Ward
Supervisor for the 2d Ward of Albany.  Prior to this he was a United States Marshall29.

	Children of WILLIAM JOHN MAHAR and ALICE MCCONNON 
	21	i	ALICE M.MAHAR,3, born abt. 1901; died 2 Aug 1975 in Albany, NY;
buried  in St. Agnes Cem.30 She married  ARTHUR CARLTON, died
4 Jan.1986, Ae 88 in Albany, NY, buried  in St. Agnes Cem.31   One
daughter Alice living Albany, NY.
	22	ii	JAMES W.3 MAHAR, born 2 Mar 1906 in Albany, Ny; died single17
Sep 1939 in Albany, NY32 

                      Generation 3

17. MARGARET3 MAHAR (THOMAS F.2, WILLIAM1), born 15 Apr 1903; died 5 Jun
1985 in St. Petersburgh, Florida  and bur St.Johnís Lutheran Cem. Albany, NY.33 She 
married  WILLIAM  J. BAUER, born 29 May 1907; died 14 Sep 1977 in Albany, Ny;
buried  in St. John's Luth. Cem., son of WILLIAM BAUER and ANNA AMALER34. 

	Children of MARGARET MAHAR and WILLIAM J. BAUER 
	23	i	ANDREA4  BAUER35  
	24	ii	DIANA4 BAUER 36

18. ANNA MAY AGNES3 MAHAR (JOHN DENNIS2, WILLIAM1), born 11 Dec 1907 in
Albany, Albany Co., NY.37 She married on 4 May 1929 in Albany, NY, VIRGIL
MARCUS RICH, born 1 Feb 1902 in Phillipston, Worcester Co., MA; died 17 Dec 1975
in Albany, Albany Co., NY; buried  in Troy, NY, St. Mary's Cem., son of FRANK A. RICH
and CORA ELIZABETH WORDEN. 38

	Child of ANNA MAY AGNES MAHAR and VIRGIL MARCUS RICH
	25	i	DORIS ROSE4 RICH, born  in Albany, Albany Co., NY; She married
on 27 Jan 1962 in Albany, NY, JOHN JAMES SHERIDAN, born 2
Mar 1919 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY; died 26 Apr 1998 in Troy,
Rensselaer Co., NY; buried  in St. Mary's Cem., son of JOSEPH
SHERIDAN and HELEN HURLEY. 39

19. MARGARET L.3 MAHAR (JOHN DENNIS2, WILLIAM1), born 25 Apr 1909 in Albany,
Albany Co., NY; died 19 Dec 1980 in Albany, Albany Co., NY; buried  in St. Agnes
Cem.40 She married on 23 Dec 1933 in Albany, Ny, JOHN HAACK born 13 July 1909
and died Nov. 1960 Albany, NY , son of HENRY HAACK & MARY DOUGHERTY.41

	Children of MARGARET L. MAHAR and JOHN HAACK 
	26	i	JOHN4 HAACK, born 28 Jul 1934 in Albany, Ny; died single 3 Jun
1985 in Miami, Florida. 42
+	27	ii	DONALD P.4 HAACK, born 10 Aug 1938 in Albany, NY . He died 6
Feb 2003 Miami, FL. 


                       Generation 4

27. DONALD P.4 HAACK (MARGARET L.3 MAHAR, JOHN DENNIS2, WILLIAM1), born
10 Aug 1938 in Albany, NY.43 He died 6 Fe. 2003 Miami, FL.44  He married on 4 Oct
1965 in Albany, NY, MARGARET PELKY.45 

	Child of DONALD P. HAACK and MARGARET PELKY were as follows:
	28	i	DONALD Jr5 HAACK  living Miami, FL 2006


END NOTES
1.  Albany Daily Evening Times  Wed. 11 July 1877
2.  Cem. Record
3.  St. Maryís R.C. Ch. Record, witnesses: Timothy Keene & Mary Dee
4.  New York Historical Association, NY State History, Vol. LXIX:285, 1971 
5.  Albany Hall of Records, Nat. Bk. 14:576
6.  1865 NY State Census, Albany, Albany Co. Ward #3, Western District, 4
7.  1855 NY State Census, Albany, Albany Co. Ward #3, family 259/411 MAHAR: William, ae 40, born Ireland, 7 yrs in City, nat. tailor, Margaret. ae 24, wife, born Ireland 
5 yrs in city, Patrick ae 01, son 
8.  Albany Times Union 15 Sept. 1897
9.  Albany Times Union 3 Dec. 1938
10. St. Agnes Cem. Office Record & Albany Times Union 23 & 25 May 1905.
11. St. Agnes Cem. Record & Albany Times Union 28 June 1906.
12. Ibid
13. St. Agnes Cem. Record
14. Ibid
15. Ibid
16. Ibid
17. Ibid
18. Ibid
19. Ibid
20. Ibid
21. Ibid
22. Ibid
23. Death Certificate Albany City Hall
24. St. Johnís Roman Catholic Ch. Record Witnesses William Green & Anna Brown
25. St. Agnes Cem. Record & obit 
26. Albany Times Union 2 Mar 1906 
27. Church Record       
28. St. Agnes Cem. Record
29. Albany Evening Journal  2 Oct. 1906
30. St. Agnes Cem. Record
31. Ibid
32. Ibid
33. Burial Record St. Johnís Cem.& obit Albany Times Union 21 Nov. 1985 - nine grandchildren and two gr-grandchildren
34. Death Certificate part of probate file 60602 Albany Co. Surrogate Court
35. Andrea Ward Beauman (Mrs Donald of Gulfport, FL in 1985)
36. Diana Cleary Mendoza (Mrs. Peter of St. Petersburgh, FL in 1985)
37. Family Information
38. Ibid
39. Ibid
40. Ibid
41. Social Security Death Index
42. Family Information
43. Ibid
44. Ibid
45. Ibid