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Tom Kearney on the history of the picture of John and Bridget's children on 8/11/2000:

Hello McClory's,

Many thanks to Bob McClory of Chicago who sent the attached photo of all of John and Bridget's children except Patrick (the priest Fr. Augustine).  Although we went through many great photos in Trowbridge in July, this was by far one of my favorites.

My best guess is that this picture was taken in early 1888, probably shortly after the death of Bridget on January 31,1888. In the picture, Mary (Moran) would have been 50 years old, and would have died 10 years later in 1898.  Peter, in the corner to the right of Mary, would be 48 years old and would have died two years later in 1890 (accordingly, I am largely dating this picture based on these key dates). Leo McClory's father, John A. McClory is standing at the far left, and would have traveled to Illinois from Pittsburgh, where he was working as a policeman. He would have been 43 years old, and his wife Lizzie Boise would have been 31. As Bridget had also raised Lizzie Boise as one of her own children, it is understandable that both John A. and Lizzie would have wanted to travel from Pittsburgh to Trowbridge for Bridget's funeral (although Lizzie would have been about two months pregnant with Leo).

Another guess is that the picture may have been taken two years earlier in 1886 (although Peter's hair is pretty white for only 46 years old).  According to the 1950's family history, John A. and Lizzie's second and third children tragically died a week apart in Pittsburgh in July 1885.  Shortly thereafter, John A. sent Lizzie and their first child to Trowbridge "to visit grandmother McClory" (meaning Bridget who, again, was largely considered as mother by Lizzie as well as John A.). Lizzie was also pregnant at the time, and gave birth to their forth child in Trowbridge on March 8, 1886, Mary Bridget (Sr. Mary Augustine). Leo would be the fifth child, born in September of 1888. Perhaps John A. traveled to Trowbridge around March of 1886 to help bring Lizzie, their son and his first daughter home to Pittsburgh, and the picture was taken in Trowbridge at that time.