Genealogy search and research of the Sheridan Family Line of Wilmington, Delaware continues.
Next on the find is the 1869 Baptism Registration of great-grandaunt Catherine Sheridan, 13 May 1869. The Registration indicates that her parents were gg-grandparents Thomas and Catherine (née Healy) Sheridan and that her birthdate was 8 May. Great-Grandaunt Catherine appears to have been named for her paternal grandmother ggg-grandmother Catherine Sheridan.
The Latin –
13 Bapt Catherinam, filiam Thomas Sheridan et
Catherina Healy, natum 8 Maii Sponsoribus Patricum
Nash et Maria Murphy
My translation –
Note – No year is written on the page, but this Baptism Registration is from the 1869 section of the Register.
13 Baptized Catherine, daughter of Thomas Sheridan and
Catherine Healy, born 8 May. Sponsors Patrick
Nash and Mary Murphy.
I wonder if there was a “Do You Think You Can Dance” show in 1869? Either that, or that judge surely aged well…
There are a couple of possible and logical, even though not definite, assumptions that can be made from the naming of the first three Sheridan children: great-grandaunt Mary Helen, great-granduncle John Joseph; and great-grandaunt Catherine. I am making this GUESS purely on the possible application of the general Irish naming convention.
Great-Grandaunt Catherine Sheridan may have been named for her grandmother, her father, gg-grandfather Thomas Sheridan’s mother, Catherine. We have the documentary proof that ggg-grandmother Catherine (née unknown) Sheridan was living in the Sheridan household per the 1870 US Census in Wilmington, Delaware. (See Part 120s.) The Irish naming convention applies – 2nd daughter was usually named after the father’s mother.
As gg-grandparents Thomas and Ellen M. Sheridan’s first child and daughter was baptized Mary Helen Sheridan, and based on the Irish naming convention – The 1st daughter was usually named after the mother’s mother, we could venture to say that gg-grandmother Ellen M. (née Healy/Haley) Sheridan’s mother’s first name may have been “Mary”.
The first son, great-granduncle John Joseph Sheridan, according to the Irish naming convention – The 1st son was usually named after the father’s father, could have been named for gg-grandfather Thomas Sheridan’s father. I have not found any document stating ggg-grandfather Sheridan’s name, I could go out on a limb and conjecture that ggg-grandfather Sheridan’s first name may have been “John”. Time and continued research will tell.
More to come, stay tuned.