Eustace & Catherine Parker Family
Michael Eustace, son of Patrick and Mary (Rooney) Eustace
was baptized 17
September 1828 at Multyfarnham Parish, County
His sponsors are listed as Michael Rooney and Bridget Eustace. Michael married Catherine Parker, daughter
of Daniel Parker and Margaret Geraghty (also Geraty) of Corrydonnellan
Townland, Rathowen Parish, County Westmeath on 26 July 1865 at the Roman Catholic
Church of Jonestown, (also Joanstown) Co. Westmeath. Witnesses at the
wedding were Luke Rooney and Anne Gerty (Geraty). Catherine was baptized 28
July 1832 at
St. Mary's Church of Rathowen in the Parish of Rathespic
and Russagh.Michael and Catherine Eustace lived
in Bunbrosna, Multyfarnham, County Westmeath, Ireland. Bunbrosna is a small village
located about three kilometers (two miles) south of Multyfarnham.
Eustace died 21 January
Townland Farrow (also Farrau), Westmeath and Catherine (Parker) Eustace
died 10 February 1907.
Michael and Catherine
Eustace were the parents of at least ten children born between the years
1866 to 1882. Five of the children emigrated to emigrated
to the USA and settled in the New Haven, Connecticut area.
Children of Michael Eustace and Catherine Parker:
Eustace, born May 29, (baptized May 30) 1866. The sponsors were Richard Sargeant and Bridget Wynne. Patrick may have gone to England
and died there. Nothing further is known of his whereabouts.
Eustace, born October 20, (baptized Oct 21) 1867. Sponsors were Michael
Murray and Mary Rooney. She married Bartley McLaughlin and was residing in
Mullingar in October 1916 when she was visited by her sister Catherine
(also Katherine) Eustace. Mary Eustace McLaughlin died in Ireland
during the 1920s and had no children.
Joseph Eustace was born March 12, 1869, and baptized 13 March 1869;
his sponsors were Patrick Eustace and Mary Eustace. Edward
Eustace came to the US
at the age of 24 years, arriving at Ellis
Island on April 25, 1894 on board the
S.S. Teutonic which sailed from Liverpool
and Queenstown (Cobh). He
later returned to Ireland and
returned together with his sister 'Kate' (i.e. Catherine Eustace) leaving
from Queenstown aboard SS. Lucania on 9 Sep 1900.
They arrived at Ellis Island
15, 1900. The destination for both Edward and
Catherine is listed as 127 Day St.,
The 1900 census lists his occupation as "hostler" but the
ship passenger list describes him as a "laborer." Edward married
Helen Frances Goggins, June 18, 1902
at St. Mary’s Church, New Haven, Connecticut. They were the
parents of four children; Catherine who married John Flynn; Margaret who
married James Gordon Kenefick; Helen, who married
Dr. Francis Meade and Edward Brenden Eustace who
became a dentist and married Marie Dorothy Biever.
Helen (Nellie) Goggins was a native of Cahirciveen, County Kerry and came to the USA
about 1896. The name of her father is not known but her mother’s name
was Margaret Kelly. Edward became a naturalized US citizen on October 26, 1900 at New Haven, Connecticut.
He and Helen were long time residents at three-story house at 556 Winthrop
Ave., New Haven, CT. Edward died 2 December 1951 in New Haven, CT and is
buried with his wife at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Connecticut.
Marie Eustace, born 26 April, 1870 (baptized 27 April) at the Church
of St. Andrew at Multyfarnham.
Her baptismal sponsors were Patrick Ferrall and
Catherine Murray. She arrived at Ellis
Island on the S.S.Teutonic from
Queenstown. Her place of residence was listed as Farrow, which is a
Townland in Multyfarnham Parish, County Westmeath. She married
Frederick Turner McKee (Robert McKee & Catherine Kirkpatrick) on 2 August 1899
at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. They became the
parents of three daughters; Catherine, also known as Kathleen, who died 8
February 1903 of pneumonia at 31 months of age; Marcella Marie, who married
William Vincent O’Brien and Esther Frances who married Harold Francis
Eustace, born 23 May 1871
and baptized 27 May; his baptismal sponsors were Thomas Rooney and Mary Giligan. John came to the US
from Queenstown (now Cobh)
with his sister Marcella Marie on 30 May 1895 onboard the S.S.Teutonic. He returned to Ireland
where he married and died but no further records have been found. He and
his brothers Edward and Michael were living at 127 Day Street in New Haven
according to the 1900 census. Civil records at Mullingar, County Westmeath
show that after his return to Ireland, John
was present at the deaths of his mother (Catherine Parker Eustace) on 10 February 1907
and of his father Michael Eustace on 2 January 1910. Both parents died at
townland Farragh in Multyfarnham Parish. John
Eustace's occupation was listed as
carpenter. He apparently had no children.
6. Michael Joseph Eustace
was born May 9, 1874
at Multyfarnham and baptized 12 May; his sponsors were Michael Farrell and
Esther Eustace. Michael arrived in the US
April 1897. He married Margaret Coughlin 24 June 1903 at Sacred
Heart Church in New Haven.
Michael did have a WW I Draft Registration Record, which is the first
evidence of his middle name "Joseph". The 1900 US
census lists Michael Eustace living at 127 Day Street in New Haven.
His occupation is given as “hostler. On the 1920 census, Michael and
Margaret were living on Newhall
Street and his occupation is listed as police
patrol at gun factory. He served as Special Constable at the Winchester
Repeating Arms Company, Winchester
Avenue in New Haven.
Michael died in New Haven on 8 June 1927.
Margaret Coughlin Eustace was known as “Aunt Lizzy” and died 18 April 1965
7. Catherine "Kate" Eustace was
born 16 October 1875 and baptized 21 October; his sponsors were Richard Ferrall and Mary Fennam. She
left Queenstown on 9 September 1900 together with her brother
Edward aboard the SS Lucania and arriving 15
September. Her age at arrival is given as 25 years of age, and occupation
was listed as servant and the destination was 127 Day Street, New Haven,
CT. Catherine returned to Ireland at an unknown
date apparently to visit her sister Mrs. Bartley McLoughlin (Mary Eustace)
who lived in Mullingar. Catherine came back to the US
15, 1916 aboard S.S. Orduna departing from
Queenstown on October
9, 1916. She indicated that she had worked as a
housekeeper in the US eight years
previously and gave her age as 33 years. (If this account is true Kate
came to New Haven, Connecticut in 1900, stayed there eight years,
returned to Ireland for eight years and then returned to live with her
brother Edward Eustace
at 556 Winthrop Ave., New Haven, CT.) She married Thomas F. Conniff in New Haven
in 1929. Thomas Conniff had a son Walter F. Conniff by his first marriage
to a woman also named Kate. There were no children from the marriage of
Catherine Eustace to Thomas Conniff. Catherine (Eustace) Conniff died 11 February 1971
They are buried together at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Connecticut.
Eustace was born 29 September 29, 1877 and
baptized on 6 October; his baptismal sponsors were Patrick Eustace and
Bridget Ferrall. James or his brother Thomas
may have gone to South America
and was not heard from again.
Eustace was born 12 July 1879
and baptized 17 July, his sponsors were Edward
Eustace and Ann Forman. Thomas or his
brother James may have gone to South
America and was not heard from again.
10. William Eustace
was born May 5, 1882,
baptized May 6th; his sponsors were John
Eustace and Elizabeth Farrell. William
died 4 July 1905 and is
buried in St. Lawrence Cemetery (Avenue 6, Section C, Lot ??, Grave ?)
along with his older brother Edward Joseph Eustace.
Note: All children were baptized at Multyfarnham Church except Marcella Marie whose record is
at the Church of St. Andrew in Multyfarnham.