Dot, Selden, Mae and Jack Kearns, WWII Years

Dot, Selden and Mae Kearns

Middlin’ success photoshopping this one. Could have gone darker. Did a thoroughly annoying job on Dot’s skirt. Just wasn’t getting it right today.

Dorothy Elizabeth “Dot” Kearns Fitzpatrick, Selden Stephen Kearns, and Mary Alice “Mae” Kearns, WWII years

Selden and Jack Kearns

Selden and Jack Kearns orig

Selden served in Okinawa. I don’t know the date he entered the service. The photos would have been taken in Mobile, Alabama.

Jean Hennesy Kearns’ Sunday School Class in Camden

Sunday school class

Annie Jean Hennesy Kearns, daughter of Esmond and Ethel Hennesy, has given this as a Sunday school class photo in Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas. She is 4th from the left, the girl smiling with her hands clasped over her chest, and looks absolutely delighted with the photo shoot.

This is a photo taken after an Easter egg hunt one Sunday after church.

Jean was born in 1931 and Shirley Temple had been prime entertainment for several years on the big screen, as can be seen in the Shirley Temple curls of the middle child who has ruined her mother’s care with her very important photo day appearance by looking somewhat dour and skeptical, but so does the girl standing next to her. Their perspective was obviously different from the girls on the left and one wonders how this was so. Perhaps the girls on the left had a teacher or someone else encouraging them from the side.

Peter Reynolds and Elizabeth “Eliza” Ann Kearns

Elizabeth (Eliza) Ann KEARNS, daughter of John KEARNS and Catherine MCNULTY , was born about 1852 according to the 1860 census. There are discrepancies as to these dates, just as her brother, Michael Tearance KEARNS, is given a number of different birth dates.

Elizabeth died at 11:40 P.M., September 15, 1932. Her death certificate states she was living at 750 S. Broad St. in Mobile, and had been there 19 years. The informant was a daughter, Mrs. F. POLLMAN, who also lived at 750 S. Broad St.

Elizabeth’s death certificate gives her birth date as October 12, 1861, which is a false date. The 1870 census gives it as October 12, 1854. (And yet the 1860 census records her as being 8 years of age.) Corinne and Brother Chas REYNOLDS are given as having taken out an insurance policy on Elizabeth, and they took a few years off her date of birth in order to qualify.

Elizabeth was buried at Catholic Cemetery.

Peter REYNOLDS, b. April 1849, was from Roscommon, Ireland. The 1870 census gives him as 21 and living at a boarding house in Dallas County. He was a carriage painter. Place of birth was given as Virginia. The 1900 census lists him as a gardener, residing at Davis Ave. He died 24 March 1913 at about 64 years of age.

Elizabeth and Peter had 6 children:

1) Mary Catherine REYNOLDS, b. Sept. 1879, died of tuberculosis 17 Sept. 1912 in Mobile, AL at about 33 years of age, married Ed RIDGLEY. Their son was John Edward RIDGLEY.

2) John Terrance REYNOLDS, b. 21 Jan 1883, died 12 Dec. 1951 at about 68 years of age, married, in Jackson, Tennessee, Mary Phobe CORNELL who was born 1886, and died December 9th, year unknown. Their son was John Terry REYNOLDS.

3) Corinne Ann REYNOLDS, b. 7 Jan 1884, died of a heart attack 19 April 1953 at about 69 years of age in Mobile, AL., married at St. Joseph Church, Mobile AL., 22 Oct. 1913, Frederick J. POLLMAN, b. 25 Jan. 1881, died 25 June 1958 at about 77. Their children were Fred POLLMAN, Mary POLLMAN and Chase Pollman.

4) Charles Peter REYNOLDS, born 13 June 1887, died 9 January 1960 at about 73., married in 1927 Marie FORD who died 18 Dec. 1940. They had no children.

5) William Anthony REYNOLDS was born 13 June 1890 and died 18 June 1891.

6) Edward Joseph REYNOLDS was born 22 Nov. 1893 and died of leukemia 28 Sept. 1903 at 10 years of age.

* * * * * * * * * *

THE CENSUSES

1880

1880 AL, MOBILE CO, KOSTERS

ancestry.com image 18
112 D
153 REYNOLDS Peter wm 34 Farmer b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Eliza wf 25 Wife Keeping House b. AL parents b. Ireland
Mary C. wf 9/12 Daughter b. AL

114D (given as 114 D but can’t locate in Census images at Ancestry.com, names from Familysearch 1880 census info)
Patrick McNULTY 50 b. Ireland farmer parents b. Ireland
Liza 40 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Mary Ann 26 b. AL parents b. Ireland
Charles GREEN 20 b. AL parents b. Ireland
Sarah GREEN (mother) 45 b. Irealnd parents b. Ireland
Thady GREEN son 17 b. AL parents b. Ireland
Mary GREEN 21 b. AL
Dennie GREEN 13
Louis CRABTREE 25 b, AL parents b. AL farmer
Maggie CRABTREE 28 b. AL parents b. Ireland
Edward CRABTREE 4 b. AL
Lizzie CRABTREE 9 months b. AL
Ann STEWART 72 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Mike KEARNS 23 b, AL farming parents b. Ireland
Catherine KEARNS 45 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Timothy KEARNS 21 works on farm b. AL parents b. Ireland
John KEARNS 17 works on farm b. AL parents b. Ireland
William FRASIER other 21 b. AL laboerer parents b. AL

1900

1900 Alabama Mobile Co. Kester District, Enumeration District 88
pg. 21 ancestry.com
REYNOLDS Peter b. 1849 50 married 37 years b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1865 gardener
Eliza Oct. 1853 47 6 children 5 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
Mary Sept. 1882 18 b. AL
John Jan. 1883 17 b. AL apprentice machinist
Cozine Jan. 1885 15 b. AL
Charles Jan. 1889 11 b. AL
Edward Nov. 1894 5 b. AL
KERNS Catherine mother-in-law April 1823 76 widowed b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
pg. 24 ancestry.com
MCANDREW Martin July 1835 65 married 30 years b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852 Gardener
Maria May 1840 60 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
MCANDREWS Thomas Jan. 1864 35 married 12 years b. AL parents b. Ireland Gardener
Mary Dec. 1867 32 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Germany
Ellen? Dec. 1888 11 b. AL
Barbara July 1895 5 b. AL
pg. 28 ancestry.com
271/277
WALKER Sarah (b) 1840 60 wd. b. AL parents b. AL servant
? William son Nov 1878 22 b. AL brick master
WARD Octavia daughter 1865 35 b.AL
REYNOLDS Eddie son in law Oct. 1887 13 b. AL
272/278
KERN (?) James July 1861 39 married 18 years b. AL parents b. Ireland gardener owns home
Mary b. April 1865 34 b. AL parents b. Ireland
James August? 1883 17 b. AL apprentice blacksmith
Minnie March 1885 15 b. AL
Annie March 1887 13 b. AL
Joseph April 1890 10 b. AL
William July 1891 8 b. AL
273/279
CAMINA? or BAMINA? Joseph Feb. 1845 55 b. Italy parents b. Italy immigrated 1869 gardener
274/280
HARRIS John Feb. 1842 58 married 27 years b. AL parents b. AL bookkeeper
Elizabeth b. 1852 47 (4 children shown in census)
ROBINSON Edward servant (b) April 1885 14 b. AL parents b. AL
Edna servant (b) April 1885 14 b. AL
25/281
HARRIS William b. 1873 and Georgia and family
276/282
MCANDREWS (can’t read name) head female April 1848 52 wd. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Martin son Jan. 1873 27 s. b. AL parents b. Ireland
Annie daughter Jan. 1875 25 s. b. AL 276/283
MCANDREWS James Aug. 1860 40 married 17 y. b. AL gardener
Katie Nov. 1861 39 3 children 3 surviving b. AL father b. PA mother b. AL
Leo March 1884 16 b. AL grocery clerk
May August 1886 14 b. AL
Allen March 1891 9 b. AL
census pg. 15; pg. 29 ancestry.com
280/288
TUITE Elizabeth Aug 1840 60, wd. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852, in U.S. 48 years, owns home
John son June 1869 31 s. b. AL parents b. Ireland teamster
BYONES? James brother May 1843 57 s. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852, in U.S. 48 years, NA under naturalization
280/289
TUITE Frank June 1870 30 married 3 years b. AL parents b. Ireland, teamster
Sadie Feb. 1877 22 2 children with 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
John H. Sept. 1898 2 b. LA
Catherine V. April 1899 1 b. LA
281/289
KERNS Michael Jan. 1853 47 married 13 years, b. AL parents b. Ireland, foreman
Mary A. Jan. 1862 38 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
Rhett G. June 1888 12 b. AL
Claude Sept. 1895 5 b.AL
282/290
DOODY James 1870 30 married 5 years b. AL parents b. Ireland vegetable dealer
Mary Dec 1871 28 2 children, 2 surviving b. AL father b. AL mother b. NJ
James H. Jan. 1896 4 b. AL
Edmond C. May 1897 3 b. AL

1920

1920 AL, MOBILE CO., MOBILE

60/306/388 POLLMAN Fred 37 b. LA father b. Holland mother b. LA
Corrine 32 b. AL father b. Ireland mother b. AL
Fred 5 b. AL father b. LA mother b. AL
Mary 4
REYNOLDS Eliza 50 b. AL parents b. Ireland
Phaelen brother 30 b. AL parents b. Ireland

SOURCES:
Alabama Mobile census
Chase Pollman

Return of Death for Elizabeth Kearns Reynolds. Right click for full view.

Timothy Kearns and Abbey Bernard

Timothy, son of John Kearns and Catherine McNulty, was given as 1 year of age in the 1860 census. Dying in Mobile on 1938 Feb 10, his death certificate gives his date of birth as March 01, 1878 and states he was 59 at the time of his death. This misinformation may have had to do with pension reasons or life insurance. He was a retired engineer living at Hannon Home and was still married though the census shows he had been separated from his wife for decades. The informant was Mrs. Fred Pollman, a niece, who resided at 750 S. Broad St. He was buried at the Catholic Cemetery in the Kearns plot, next to his parents.

Hannon Home was run by The Little Sisters of the Poor. Timothy died while his niece, Corrine R. Pollman, and her son, Fred, were visiting him. His last request before he died was to have a drink (liquor) which Fred went after. Upon his return, Tim was dead. A description of him is: “He was a drunk. Big drinker. Buried by Little Sisters of the Poor.”

Man, if you’ve lived to nearly 79 years of age and you’re an alcoholic and your last request is a drink, who’s to blame you. Death bed DT’s seem kind of useless.

Timothy married Abbey L. Bernard who was born 1871 in South Carolina.

Census information seems to show them having had about 4 children, only one of whom it seems survived infancy, Oliver Bernard Kearns. Born April of 1887, he died in Mobile on Oct 16 1918 at the age of 31.

Oliver, from his WWI registration card, appears to have never married. He was given as living at 10 N. Hamilton St. in Mobile. He was born April 11 1887. He was a salesman at Mobile Auto Co. He was single and his mother was dependent. He was short, slender, his hair was brown and his eyes dark blue.

I find Timothy documented before 1900.

Name: Timothy W. Kearns
Location 2: west side Cedar 2 north Palmetto
Business Name: L&NRR shops
Occupation: laborer
Year: 1890
City: Mobile
State: AL

Name: Timothy W. Kearns
Location 2: 454 Charleston
Business Name: L&NRR
Occupation: engr
Year: 1891
City: Mobile
State: AL

I’ve been unable to locate Timothy the census from 1900 to 1930. I do find his wife.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Mobile Ward 6, Mobile, Alabama; Roll: T623 31; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 104.
252 KEARNS Abie head Oct. 1865 34 md 14 years 1 of 3 children surviving b. AL father b. Rhode Island mother b. SC
Oliver B. son April 1887 b. AL parents b. AL
PENDARVIS E. E. aunt May 1825 74 wd 3 children b. SC father b.Delaware mother b. PA

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Mobile Ward 7, Mobile, Alabama; Roll: T624_27; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 99; Image: 598.
10/44/55 KEARNS A. L. head 40 widowed 4 children 1 surviving b. AL father b. ME mother b. SC
G. B. son 23 b. AL parents b. AL cigar and news stand
PENDARVIS CE aunt 84 widowed 1 child b. SC
DEVOLIES J. servant black 70 b. VA parents b. US

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Mobile Ward 7, Mobile, Alabama; Roll: T625_35; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 110; Image: 740.
2/2 KEARNS Abbie L. 52 widowed b. AL father b. MA mother b. SC
THOMPSON Alice lodger 52 widowed b. AL father b. Italy mother b. AL
Roberta lodger 22 b. AL parents b. AL

1930 AL, MOBILE CO. MOBILE, DISTRICT 22
170/177 TAYLOR Hamond head Own $10,000 white 58 Single b. AL parents b. AL father b. England mother b. Switzerland proprietor for department store
KEARNS Abbie housekeeper white 59 widowed b. AL father b. illegible mother b. SC housekeeper for private family
PEARSON Victoria servant neg. 44 widowed b. LA and parents b. LA servant for private family
HICKMAN Willie chauffeur neg. 24 b. AL and parents b. AL chauffeur for private family

The above mentioned Corrine was the daughter of Elizabeth Ann Kearns Reynolds, wife of Peter, who was born 1854 Oct 12 and died 1932 Sept 15. Timothy’s other sibling, Michael Buddy Tearence Kearns, had died in 1932 Oct 21 only a brief time after Elizabeth.

Timothy’s death certificate

Right click to view larger.

Michael Tearance Kearns and Mary McAndrews

Michael “Buddy” Tearance KEARNS was born 19 Jan 1865 or 1856 or 1860, even as early as 1853 according to the 1900 census, though the 1870 census gives him as born 1855 and the 1860 census gives him as born about 1856. He was born at Toulminville, Mobile Co. AL to John KEARNS and Catherine McNULTY, both from Ireland. He was the second son of 4 known children.

Michael married Mary MCANDREWS b. Jan. 1862, possible daughter of Thomas MCANDREWS. According to the 1900 census they had been married 13 years so were married about 1887 when Mary was about 25 and Michael was probably about 32.

Michael and Mary had 2 children who lived to adulthood:

  • Rhett Goode KEARNS b. 16 June 1888, married Susan Elizabeth CRABTREE. He married second Carmie Cordila GILMORE.
  • Claude Martin KEARNS b. 24 Sep 1894, died June 7 1978 at about 84 years of age. He married Inez M. born 25 May 1899 and died Feb. 1983 at about 84 in Alabama. They had no children. (Source: SSDI gives the above birthdate for Claude, and death as June 1978, his SS# issued in Alabama. C. Pollman gives Claude as having been born 1895 and also provides the death date. SSDI gives the above dates for Inez; C. Pollman provided she was born 1899 and died 1983.)

The family is found in the 1900 Alabama Mobile census nestled amongst several other Irish families. Catherine KEARNS, Michael’s mother, is seen living with the REYNOLDS, her daughter’s family. Thomas McANDREWS, probable father of Michael’s wife, is also seen on the census. I only give here pertinent individuals with some of the surrounding families:

1900 Alabama Mobile Co. Kester District, Enumeration District 88
pg. 21 ancestry.com
REYNOLDS Peter b. 1849 50 married 37 years b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1865 gardener
Eliza Oct. 1853 47 6 children 5 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
Mary Sept. 1882 18 b. AL
John Jan. 1883 17 b. AL apprentice machinist
Cozine Jan. 1885 15 b. AL
Charles Jan. 1889 11 b. AL
Edward Nov. 1894 5 b. AL
KERNS Catherine mother-in-law April 1823 76 widowed b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
pg. 24 ancestry.com
MCANDREW Martin July 1835 65 married 30 years b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852 Gardener
Maria May 1840 60 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
MCANDREWS Thomas Jan. 1864 35 married 12 years b. AL parents b. Ireland Gardener
Mary Dec. 1867 32 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Germany
Ellen? Dec. 1888 11 b. AL
Barbara July 1895 5 b. AL
pg. 28 ancestry.com
271/277
WALKER Sarah (b) 1840 60 wd. b. AL parents b. AL servant
? WIlliam son Nov 1878 22 b. AL brick master
WARD Octavia daughter 1865 35 b.AL
REYNOLDS Eddie son in law Oct. 1887 13 b. AL
272/278
Kelly James July 1861 39 married 18 years b. AL parents b. Ireland gardener owns home
Mary b. April 1865 34 b. AL parents b. Ireland
James August? 1883 17 b. AL apprentice blacksmith
Minnie March 1885 15 b. AL
Annie March 1887 13 b. AL
Joseph April 1890 10 b. AL
William July 1891 8 b. AL
273/279
CAMINA? or BAMINA? Joseph Feb. 1845 55 b. Italy parents b. Italy immigrated 1869 gardener
274/280
HARRIS John Feb. 1842 58 married 27 years b. AL parents b. AL bookkeeper
Elizabeth b. 1852 47 (4 children shown in census)
ROBINSON Edward servant (b) April 1885 14 b. AL parents b. AL
Edna servant (b) April 1885 14 b. AL
25/281
HARRIS William b. 1873 and Georgia and family
276/282
MCANDREWS (can’t read name) head female April 1848 52 wd. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Martin son Jan. 1873 27 s. b. AL parents b. Ireland
Annie daughter Jan. 1875 25 s. b. AL 276/283
MCANDREWS James Aug. 1860 40 married 17 y. b. AL gardener
Katie nov. 1861 39 3 children 3 surviving b. AL father b. PA mother b. AL
Leo March 1884 16 b. AL grocery clerk
May August 1886 14 b. AL
Allen March 1891 9 b. AL
census pg. 15; pg. 29 ancestry.com
280/288
TUITS? Elizabeth Aug 1840 60, wd. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852, in U.S. 48 years, owns home
John son June 1869 31 s. b. AL parents b. Ireland teamster
BYONES? James brother May 1843 57 s. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852, in U.S. 48 years, NA under naturalization
280/289
TUITS Frank June 1870 30 married 3 years b. AL parents b. Ireland, teamster
Sadie Feb. 1877 22 2 children with 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
John H. Sept. 1898 2 b. LA
Catherine V. April 1899 1 b. LA
281/289
KERNS Michael Jan. 1853 47 married 13 years, b. AL parents b. Ireland, foreman
Mary A. Jan. 1862 38 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
Rhett G. June 1888 12 b. AL
Claude Sept. 1895 5 b.AL
282/290
DOODY James 1870 30 married 5 years b. AL parents b. Ireland vegetable dealer
Mary Dec 1871 28 2 children, 2 surviving b. AL father b. AL mother b. NJ
James H. Jan. 1896 4 b. AL
Edmond C. May 1897 3 b. AL
(I only explored pages 8 to 30 of 30 of the census.)

C. Pollman has located Michael on the 1910 census, which gives him as 50 and married 33 years. He was a foreman; a chemical worker. Mary was 44. Her parents are given as born in Ireland. Rhett Goode was 21 and Claude Martin was 15. They were both living at home. Rhett was an electrical worker.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Kosters, Mobile, Alabama; Roll: T624_26; Page: 24B; Enumeration District: 70; Image: 351.
488/500 REYNOLDS Edward black 20
Hattie
BELL Carrie mother-inl0aw
489/501 PALMER Charles R. and Augusta
490/502 KERNS Michael T. Head 50 md 33 years b. AL parents Iri-English
Mary wife 45 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Iri-English
Rhett Goode son 21 b. AL parents b. AL
Claude Martin son 15
491/503 GUSS Thomas mulatto
492/504 HALL Walter and Mary black

1920 AL, MOBILE CO., MOBILE, PRECINCT 30
pg. 7A (15 at ancestry.com)
St. Michael St.
405/168/200 KEARNS Rhett G. 31 b. AL parents b. AL electrician
Susie E. 26 b. AL parents b. AL
Rhett Jr. 2 and 1//12 b. AL parents b. AL
Mary 1 and 6/12
Dorothy 0/12
James 0/12
201 KEARNS Michael T. 60 b. AL parents b. Ireland foreman at Chemical plant?
Mary F. 50 b. AL parents b. Ireland
Claude M. 23 b. AL salesman at a wholesale grocery

1930 AL, MOBILE CO., MOBILE, WARD 4
Conti Street
pg. 18B
918/298/364 KEARNS Rhett G. rent $30 41 (gives 28 when first married) electrician at the dry docks
Susan E. 35 (gives 22 when first married)
Rhett G. Jr. 13
Mary R. 11
Dorothy E. 10
James D. 10
Seldon S. 4 and 2/12
Michael T. father 70 27 age at first married Gives father here as born England and mother as born in Northern Ireland night watchman at the city wharf
Mary T. mother 65 22 age at first married gives both parents as born Northern Ireland

Michael’s death certificate gives his date of birth as January 19, 1865. It states that he was living at 105. N. Franklin St. in Mobile at the time of his death, 21 Oct. 1932, at the age of 67, and had been living there 23 years. He died a month after his sister Eliza. He was working as a Night Superintendent at the Municipal Docks, and had been at this occupation 5 years. The informant was Mrs. M. F. Kearns, who C. Pollman gives as probably being his wife with a wrong middle initial.

Michael is given as having lost his arm in an accident.

It is likely that Michael was born about 1855, in accordance with the earliest census data, and so was 72 at the time of his death.

Michael was buried at Catholic Cemetery in Mobile. Sec. D, Lot 29.

Michael’s death certificate.

Thomas McAndrews (McAndrew) and Catherine

It is probable that Mary MCANDREWS, who married Michael Tearance KEARNS, was a daughter of Thomas MCANDREWS and Catherine.

Thomas MCANDREWS appears in the 1870 Alabama Mobile census, given there as 46, born about 1824 in Ireland, and is married to a Catherine, born abt. 1840 in Ireland. Among their children is a Mary, who is of age to be Mary MCANDREWS KEARNS.

Thomas had two brothers who settled “8 Mile” AL–Patrick and Martin–according to an article on “8 Mile”. Individuals who are likely these siblings generally appear nearby in the censuses.

Martin MCANDREWS, a brother to Thomas, in the 1900 census gives himself as immigrating in 1852. This would have been at the tail end of the Great Irish Famine which lasted from 1845-1850 or 1852, depending on who relates the history.

Thomas and Catherine appear to have had 8 children:

  • James b. abt. 1859 in AL. According to the 1900 census he married a Katie, b. 1861 in AL. Children in that census are: Leo b. March 1884; May b. August 1886, and Allen b. March 1891.
  • Mary b. 1862 in AL. Married Michael KEARNS.
  • Thomas b. abt. 1864 is seen in the 1870 census. This is possibly Charles who appears in the 1880 census as 17 years of age. He married Mary b. 1867 according to the 1900 census. Children listed in that census are: Ellen? b. Dec. 1888; Barbara b. July 1895.
  • Patrick b. abt. 1865, AL.
  • Catherine/Cochina (f) b. abt. 1867, AL.
  • Martin b. abt. 1870 AL.
  • Ann b. abt. 1872, AL.
  • Sarah b. abt. 1875, AL. married a James Francis (Frank) Tuite who was b. 1870 Junie in Mobile and died 1901 June 21. They had Alfonse (John?) and Catherine.

As one can see, there are a number of children who I don’t have any descendant history on. Perhaps a descendant or two will possibly one day visit this blog and have some information and stories to share.

The family has been located in the following censuses:

In the 1860 census Thomas, age 32, and Catherine, age 22; Martin age 24, and Patrick, age 27, and Hanora, age 22, are all living next door each other. A James MCANDREW, 65, is in the house of Thomas, who is of an age to be a father, but is instead given as a laborer. Also a Catherine, age 62, is living in the house of Martin, who I imagine is the mother of the three siblings.

1860 ALABAMA MOBILE CENSUS
pg. 104

James E. PRESCOTT (justice of the peace) and family
910/7113 Thomas McANDREW 32 Farmer $800 $300 B. Ireland
Catherine 22 b. Ireland
James 1 b. AL
James 65 Laborer b. Ireland
Mary KENNEDY 48 servant b. Ireland
Catherine MCANDREW 19 seamstress b. Ireland
911/714 Martin MCANDREW 24 farmer $400 $150 b. Ireland
Catherine 62 b. Ireland
912/715 Patrick MCANDREW 27 Farmer $3000 $1500 b. Ireland
Hanora 22 b. Ireland
John 1 b. AL
Brian MCKENNON? 22 laborer b. Ireland
914/717 Thomas K. PAYNE 33 farmer $4000 $500 b. AL (and Lucy and family)
915/718 Edmund BARRY 35 b. Ireland (and Catherine)
916/719 Michael TEERNY 50 b. Ireland (and Mary)

In the 1870 census, Thomas has aged 14 years since the last census and is 46, and Catherine has aged 8 years since the last census and is 30. They appear now with 6 children. Children of Patrick, age 40 (he’s aged 13 years), and Hanora, age 30 (she’s aged 8 years), given in that census, are: John, Mary, Thomas and Maggie.

In the 1870 census there is also a Martin MCANDREWS who is given as 21, with a wife, Mary, 27, and who has James McANDREWS age 80 living with he and his wife. This is likely the same James who was in Thomas’ house in the 1860 census, given then as 65.

Catherine KEARNS also appears in the same census (as KURNS) who is mother of Michael who will marry Mary MCANDREWS.

1870 ALABAMA MOBILE CENSUS, Beat 6
pg. 401
JOHNSON Lewis
62/62 MCANDREWS Thomas 46 Farmer RE Value: 3000 Personal value: 500 b. Ireland
Catherine 30 b. Ireland
James 11 b. AL
Mary 9 b. AL
Thomas 6 b. AL
Patrick 5 b. AL
Catherine 11 b. AL
Martin 1 b. AL
MCDONALD James 50 Laborer b. Ireland
BURNS James
pg. 402
BRADFORD Robert and family
ALLMAN Michael and family
JONES Allen and family
SMITH Daniel and family
87/87 MCANDREWS Patrick 40 Farmer RE Value 1500. Personal value: 1400
Hanora 30 b. Ireland
John 11 b. AL
Mary 9 or 4 b. AL
Thomas 3 b. AL
Maggie 1 b. AL
88/88 MCANDREWS Martin 21 Farmer RE Value: 1000 Personal Value 300. b. Ireland
Mary 27 b. Ireland
James 80 laborer b. laborer Ireland
DUNANAN Patrick 24 laborer b. Ireland
pg. 19 ancestry.com, census page 406
148/148 KURNS Catherine 40 RE value $1000 b. Ireland
Eliza 16 b. AL
Michael 15 b. AL
Tim 10 b. AL
John 7 b. AL
RUNY Frank 65 laborer b. Ireland
149/149 STEWART James 50, Ann and family b. Ireland
150/150 GREEN Sarah 35 and family
151/151 MCNULTY Patrick 48 farmer RE value $600 personal value $100 b. Ireland
Eliza 45 b. Ireland
Mary 18 b. Ireland
152/152 CARSON William 26 and Caroline and family laborer b. KY

The 1880 census now shows Catherine KEARNS and son Michael (future husband of Mary MCANDREWS) living a couple of pages over from Thomas MCANDREWS, 47, Cathern (sic) 45, and family.

A Martin MCANDREWS also appears, age 50, and his wife Mary, 40. In their household is a Katie BOWMAN who is given as a sister born in Ireland. This is likely the same Martin who was given as 24 in the 1860 census and 21 in the 1870 census.

1880 ALABAMA MOBILE COUNTY CENSUS KOSTERN PRECINCT 10
pg. 14 ancestry.com
165 MILLER Charles (b)
166 WASHINGTON ? and Eulia and family (b)
167 MCNULTY Patrick 50 farmer b. Ireland parents b. Ireland can’t read or write
Loyas? 40 wife b. Ireland parents b. Ireland can’t read or write
Mary Ann or May Ann 26 b. AL
168 OWEN? Rohn and family
169 CRABTREE Louis 25 farm b. AL parents b.AL
Maggie 28 b. AL
Edward? 4 b. AL Lizzie? 9/12 b. Aug. AL
STEWART Ann 72 b. Ireland
170 KEARNS Mike 23 farming b. AL parents b. Ireland
Catherine 45 mother b. Ireland parents b. Ireland can’t read or write
Timothy 21 b. AL works on farm
John 17 b. AL
JOSSIER? William 21 laborer b. AL parents b. AL
171 YORK Sallie (b) servant 28 widowed
WORK Willie (b) 3
pg. 16
148 MCANDREWS Thomas 47 farming b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Cathern 45 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
James 20 b. AL
Mary 18 b. AL
Charles 17 b. AL
Patrick 14 b. AL
Cuchina (f) 13 or 15 b. AL
Ann 8 b. AL
Martin 10 b. AL
Sarah 5 b. AL
149 MCANDREWS Martin 50 farming b. Ireland parents b. Ireland can’t read or write
Mary 40 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland can’t read or write
BOWMAN Kate 30 sister b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
DONALD or MCDONALD Thomas 50 laborer b. Ireland can’t read or write
152 EDWARDS Cleo or Cteo and family (b) works on farm
(I explored 11 to 32 of 32 census pages.)

In the 1900 census we see Thomas MCANDREWS, son of Thomas MCANDREWS, and James MCANDREWS who would be also a son of Thomas MCANDREWS. Catherine McANDREWS, wife of Thomas, is now widowed, appearing with Annie and Martin. Mary McANDREWS, daughter of Thomas, is now the wife of Michael KEARNS. The elder Martin MCANDREWS, brother of Thomas, also appears, given now as 65 and his wife, Maria May, as 60.

1900 Alabama Mobile Co. Kester District, Enumeration District 88
pg. 21 ancestry.com
REYNOLDS Peter b. 1849 50 married 37 years b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1865 gardener
Eliza Oct. 1853 47 6 children 5 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
Mary Sept. 1882 18 b. AL
John Jan. 1883 17 b. AL apprentice machinist
Cozine Jan. 1885 15 b. AL
Charles Jan. 1889 11 b. AL
Edward Nov. 1894 5 b. AL
KERNS Catherine mother-in-law April 1823 76 widowed b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
pg. 24 ancestry.com
MCANDREW Martin July 1835 65 married 30 years b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852 Gardener
Maria May 1840 60 b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
MCANDREWS Thomas Jan. 1864 35 married 12 years b. AL parents b. Ireland Gardener
Mary Dec. 1867 32 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Germany
Ellen? Dec. 1888 11 b. AL
Barbara July 1895 5 b. AL
pg. 28 ancestry.com
271/277
WALKER Sarah (b) 1840 60 wd. b. AL parents b. AL servant
? WIlliam son Nov 1878 22 b. AL brick master
WARD Octavia daughter 1865 35 b.AL
REYNOLDS Eddie son in law Oct. 1887 13 b. AL
272/278
KERN (?) James July 1861 39 married 18 years b. AL parents b. Ireland gardener owns home
Mary b. April 1865 34 b. AL parents b. Ireland
James August? 1883 17 b. AL apprentice blacksmith
Minnie March 1885 15 b. AL
Annie March 1887 13 b. AL
Joseph April 1890 10 b. AL
William July 1891 8 b. AL
273/279
CAMINA? or BAMINA? Joseph Feb. 1845 55 b. Italy parents b. Italy immigrated 1869 gardener
274/280
HARRIS John Feb. 1842 58 married 27 years b. AL parents b. AL bookkeeper
Elizabeth b. 1852 47 (4 children shown in census)
ROBINSON Edward servant (b) April 1885 14 b. AL parents b. AL
Edna servant (b) April 1885 14 b. AL
25/281
HARRIS William b. 1873 and Georgia and family
276/282
MCANDREWS (can’t read name) head female April 1848 52 wd. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland
Martin son Jan. 1873 27 s. b. AL parents b. Ireland
Annie daughter Jan. 1875 25 s. b. AL 276/283
MCANDREWS James Aug. 1860 40 married 17 y. b. AL gardener
Katie nov. 1861 39 3 children 3 surviving b. AL father b. PA mother b. AL
Leo March 1884 16 b. AL grocery clerk
May August 1886 14 b. AL
Allen March 1891 9 b. AL
census pg. 15; pg. 29 ancestry.com
280/288
TUITS? Elizabeth Aug 1840 60, wd. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852, in U.S. 48 years, owns home
John son June 1869 31 s. b. AL parents b. Ireland teamster
BYONES? James brother May 1843 57 s. b. Ireland parents b. Ireland immigrated 1852, in U.S. 48 years, NA under naturalization
280/289
TUITS Frank June 1870 30 married 3 years b. AL parents b. Ireland, teamster
Sadie Feb. 1877 22 2 children with 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
John H. Sept. 1898 2 b. LA
Catherine V. April 1899 1 b. LA
281/289
KERNS Michael Jan. 1853 47 married 13 years, b. AL parents b. Ireland, foreman
Mary A. Jan. 1862 38 3 children 2 surviving b. AL parents b. Ireland
Rhett G. June 1888 12 b. AL
Claude Sept. 1895 5 b.AL
282/290
DOODY James 1870 30 married 5 years b. AL parents b. Ireland vegetable dealer
Mary Dec 1871 28 2 children, 2 surviving b. AL father b. AL mother b. NJ
James H. Jan. 1896 4 b. AL
Edmond C. May 1897 3 b. AL
(I only explored pages 8 to 30 of 30 of the census.)

SOURCES: 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 Alabama Mobile census
Article on “8 Mile”

Suzie Crabtree Kearns Drummond biographical letter

Suzie Crabtree Kearns Drummond biographical letter

Date: Sometime in the early 1980’s. I (JK) had written her asking her for information and this was her response:

…I know very little of my ancestors but will try to tell you all I can about them.

My Grandfather was born in Hall Co., Ga. He was married to a girl (or lady) named Ann. I don’t know her last name. His name was Irvin Crabtree. His wife, Ann. They had several sons–my father, and I only know one of their names–was Sam. They were English and French. The Crabtree family originated in England.

My father’s name–Adam Bell Crabtree. Mother–Alice Virginia Jones. They were married and lived all their lives in Whistler, Ala. 7 miles from Mobile.

My mother’s name–Alice Virginia Ranagier. Her mother was named Martha Jane Jones. Father–Andrew Jackson Ranagier.

Her mother’s name was (I am repeating myself)–well, was 3 children from their union–John Wesley Ranagier, Alice Virtinia Ranagier, Henry ? Ranagier.

My mother and father had 9 children–6 boys, 3 gals. Adam, John, Mary V., George, Charles, Martha Ann, Harry, Lee and Susan (me).

My father died at the age of 47. Mother was neare 85. They were buried in Whistler, Ala. Cemetery. My father was a painter by trade and also a musician–played the violin. My father was fair skinned–blue eyes–black hair and about 5’4″ I guess. I was 5 years old when he went away and I do not remember. But my sister told me about him. My mother had brown hair, fair skin and gray eyes–she was a very modest person and read her bible daily until the last days–I am the only one left.

I had 6 children–R. G. Jr. (Rhett Goode), Mary Alice, twins (Dorothy and James Dodson–he was lost in the war in 1942, Carribean Sea), Selden Stephens Kearns, Jacques Merlin Kearns.

My first husband, Rhett Goode Kearns, was an alcoholic. We divorced in 1936. I remarried in ’43 to Martin Madison Drummond. He was good to me and left me very comfortably fixed to live, thanks be to God for that.

Dorothy and Mary Alice both died of cancer. Some day I’ll tell you all about them. They were beautiful girls (like me, ha).

Kearns at the Catholic Cemetery in Mobile

KEARNS plot at Old Catholic Cemetery in Mobile AL Map image. Section XL, Lot 3. The lot has no marker or stone.

KEARNS, John, Section XL, Lot 3
KEARNS, Catherine, Section XL, Lot 3
KEARNS, Timothy, Section XL, Lot 3
REYNOLDS, William, Section XL, Lot 3
REYNOLDS, Edward, Section XL, Lot 3

Old side of Catholic Cemetery in Mobile, Alabama. Right click to view larger

KEARNS GRAVE at the Old Catholic Cemetery, no marker, Section XL 3. Burial site of John and Catherine Kearns, William Reynolds, Edward Reynolds and Timothy Kearns. (Image contributed by Chas Pollman)

KEARNS, J. D., Section D. Lot 29
McANDREW, Mary McAndrew (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)
KEARNS, Michael (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)
KEARNS, Rhett Goode Sr., Section D. Lot 29
KEARNS, Rhett Goode Jr., Section D. Lot 29
McANDREW, Martin (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)
Section D. Lot 29
McANDREW, wife of Martin (possibly interred Section D, Lot 29)

Section D, Lot 29, layout. Right click to view larger.

McANDREWS burial plot in Old Catholic Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama, showing Rhett Kearns, Rhett/Robert Kearns and J. D. Kearns

KEARNS, Claude M. and Inez M., Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Mobile AL. (Image contributed by Chas Pollman)


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The Kearns Line

For convenience of seeing where people fit into family lines, I suppose I ought to put some ancestry information here, and not just depend on the online database. Names included below are Kearns, Crabtree, Faggard, Ranager, McAndrew, McNulty, Clark, Cox, Jones, Pye. Their movements were all down in the South.

This is one of my husband’s lines.

FIRST GENERATION

Jacques Merlin Kearns b. 1930 July 18 , Mobile, Alabama, d. 2005 Dec 24, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia

SECOND GENERATION

Rhett Goode Kearns b. 1888 June 16, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1967 Feb 1, Mobile, Alabama
married
Susan “Susie” Elizabeth Crabtree b. 1893 June 8 Whistler, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1990 Oct 24 Mobile, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Rhett Goode, Mary Alice “Mae”, Dorothy Elizabeth, James “Jim” Dodson, Selden Stephen, Jacques Merlin
Rhett married a second time to Carmie Cordila Gilmore b. 1915 Feb 10, d. 1990 Feb 10 in Mobile, Mobile Alabama.
Children: Retta Louise Kearns Harden b. 1943 Jan 31, d. 2010 Feb 15 in McIntosh, Alabama; private son; private son

THIRD GENERATION

Michael “Buddy” Tearence Kearns b. 1865 Jan 19, d. 1932 Oct 21 Toulminville, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1932 Oct 21 in , Mobile, Alabama
married
Mary F. McAndrew b. 1862 Jan, Alabama, d. 1939 May in , Mobile, Alabama
Children: Rhett Goode, Claude Martin
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Adam Bell Crabtree b. 1846 Feb 5 Gainesville, Hall, Georgia, d. 1898 July 19 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
married 1877 April 26 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
Alice Virginia Ranager b. 1851 March 3, Whistler, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1936 Oct 3, Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Adam, John Erwin, George William, Charles, Martha Ann, Harry, Thomas Lee, Ann, Susan, Mary Virginia
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FOURTH GENERATION

John Kearns b. 1820 Ireland
married 1848 in Ireland
Catherine McNulty b. 1822 Sep in Ireland, d. 1906 Jan 29, Toulminville, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Elizabeth (Eliza) Ann, Michael “Buddy” Tearence, Timothy Wiles, John Edward
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Thomas McAndrew b. abt. 1824 Ireland, d. , Mobile, Alabama
married
Catherine b. 1825-1830 Ireland, d. , Mobile, Alabama
Children: James J., Mary F., Thomas Charles, Patrick, Catherine, Martin, Ann, Sarah
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Irvin Crabtree b. 1814 Nov 11 , Hall, Georgia, d. 1863 May 12
married
Sarah Ann Faggard b. 1819 Dec 6, d. 1861 Feb 16 in Citronelle, Mobile, Alabama
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Andrew Jackson Ranager b. 1826 Jan 15 in Mississippi, d. 1871 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
married 1846 Dec 8 in , Mobile, Alabama
Martha Jane Ann Jones b. abt 1828,
Children: John Wesley, Henry W., Alice Virginia
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FIFTH GENERATION

James McAndrew b. abt. 1790 Ireland, d. aft. 1870 , Mobile, Alabama
married abt 1820 in Ireland
Catherine b. abt 1798 in Ireland, d. before 1870 in , Mobile, Alabama
Children: Thomas, Martin, Patrick, Catherine

Littleton Crabtree b. abt 1790 in North Carolina (maybe), d. 1849
married 1811 May 11 in , Jackson, Georgia
Rebecca Cox b. abt. 1790
Children: Irvin, Jackson, Alfred R., Littleton, Haynes, Louisa, Murphy, Emma, Millay
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Daniel Faggard b. c. 1784 in South Carolina, d. 1844 June 15 in Citronelle, Mobile, Alabama
married before 1809 in South Carolina
Martha A. b. abt. 1780 in South Carolina, d. 1856 July 20 in Citronelle, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Henry Wells, Jackson, William, Sarah Ann, Catherine, Ransom D., George Washington, Sarena
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John Ranager b. 1794 Germany, d. 1859 Nov 20 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
married 1822 in Mississippi
Mary Clark b. abt 1802 in South Carolina
Children: George Washington, Margaret Elizabeth, Andrew Jackson, Arrena Catherine, John Wesley
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Edward H. Jones b. ab. 1796
married
Rebecca Pye b. 1815 in Georgia
Children: Martha Jane Ann, William M.

SIXTH GENERATION

William Crabtree b. 1758 Dec 25 , Baltimore, Maryland, d. 1836 Dec 10 in North Carolina. And the marriage thing gets real confusing in this generation with people not seeming sure about certain things so we’ll leave this at that.
Children: Littleton

Henry Faggard b. abt. 1760 in South Carolina, d. Alabama
married
Catherine
Children: Daniel and John G.

Joseph Jones b. 1775 abt. in , Wake, North Carolina, d. abt. 1810 in , Oglethorpe, Georgia