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

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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.