John Patrick McGinty (52 Ancestors, #10 John McGinty)

My maternal grandfather is John Patrick McGinty (b. 24 May 1905, Chicago, IL; d. 01 Nov 1962, Chicago, IL) who was the eldest son of Michael McGinty and Nellie Carolan.

John attended and graduated from St. Charles Borromeo for middle school in 1913. John graduated high school from St. Patrick Academy in June 1921. Upon graduation from high school, John followed in his father’s footsteps working as a plumber. John Patrick McGinty

John eventually strayed from this line of work and got a job as a clerk at AT&T in 1925. Aside from working as a plumber, this is the only place that John will work his entire life. John worked at AT&T for 37 years as an accountant before retiring.



John met and was married to Helen Elizabeth Beasecker on 27 June 1932. Thomas McGinty, John’s brother, and Clara Mader, Elizabeth’s cousin, stood up for their wedding. John and Elizabeth lived at 243 Stanley Avenue in Park Ridge where they had three children.

John passed away at the young age of 58 years of age due to a pulmonary embolism.  John is buried with his wife at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Michael McGinty (52 Ancestors; #4 Michael McGinty)

I am currently in a genealogy certificate class at Boston University. One of our first projects was to select a family and review the 1920 and 1930 census for that family. I have reviewed lots of census records over the years but I don’t know that I have looked at them in quite this way before.

michaelmcginty_photoMichael McGinty was born 22 Oct 1871 in Bellageheer, Mohill, Leitrim, Ireland. Michael was the son of Michael Ginty (b. abt. 1831 in Leitrim, Ireland) and Elizabeth McGarry.

According to family stories, Michael came to the United States about the ‘Ethiopia’ in 1893. I have yet to be able to confirm or refute this as I have been unable to find him on any manifests. Census records and other documents have him immigrating to the United States anywhere from 1883 to 1893. It’s also unclear as to what port he would of come into. However, family stories go on to state that Michael traveled from Minnesota to Chicago in yellow corduroys (an indication of being poor). He hitch hiked to Chicago which once in Chicago he got a job as a plumber.

Michael married Nellie Carolan on 10 Jun 1903 at Holy Family Church in Chicago. Nellie and Michael had five sons: John Patrick McGinty (b. 24 May 1904), Thomas Edward McGinty (b. 28 Dec 1905), Arthur J. McGinty (b. 24 Jan 1908), Francis P. McGinty (b. 02 Apr 1910) and Aloysius McGinty (b. 22 Nov 1912).

Michael’s wife Nellie passed at a very young age (32) in 1913 from diptheria leaving Michael to care for his 5 sons. Aloysius passed at the age of 3 in 1915. Francis died young at the age of 13 in 1923.

In reviewing the 1920 census, I was able to find Michael, his sister Mary and his four sons (Francis was still alive) living at Arthingston Street in Chicago. Michael’s occupation was listed as plumber. He is also listed as a 45 year old, white male who immigrated in 1890.

Michael, his sister Mary and his three sons were found 10 years later at Polk Street living in Chicago. Michael’s occupation was listed as plumber but we also know that he drove street cars.

Michael passed away 22 May 1943 from pneumonia. Michael is buried at Mount Carmel cemetery at block 4, section U, lot N19, grave 4.

Sylvester Beasecker (52 Ancestors: #2 Sylvester B. Beasecker)


While we are talking about the Beaseckers, lets talk about one of the more interesting men in my family tree based upon what I have found out about him.  Sylvester B. Beasecker was born 06 Feb 1859 in Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana.  Sylvester is the son of Samuel Beasecker and Martha Ann Bowman.  Over the course of his life, Sylvester had four (4) wives, owned several businesses and lived in several different states to include Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Georgia.

I am a descendent of Sylvester through his second wife, Katharine Kinney (b. 11 Oct 1869; d. 23 Dec 1912).  Sylvester and Katharine were married about 1896, probably in Pennsylvania.  Katharine (“Kitty”) and Sylvester had four (4) children: Frances, George, Mae and Elizabeth.  Kittie died at a young age following complications from gallbladder operation.  Prior to his marriage to Katharine, Sylvester was married to Winona Glenn (b. abt 1850, d. bef. 1939).  Sylvester and Winona also had four (4) children to include Vernon, Clarence, Oneta and Raymond.

Sylvester passed away on 01 May 1933 in Minnesota while he was visiting his daughter, Mae Beasecker Waters.