John Joseph FitzMaurice
(July 186715 October 1935)
 

Stories

John Joseph FitzMaurice [M2] was remembered by my Aunt Nellie (Cahill) as "a fiery little guy" about 5 feet 3 or 4 inches in height with strawberry blond hair. He was working for "the railroad" in 1922 and had a stroke in early 1924 which prevented any further gainful employment. Nellie met him only once before the stroke.

As a result of the stroke, my grandfather [M2] acquired a serious speech impediment. He found this to be frustrating. According to Nellie, he [M2] became angry whenever he spoke and was not understood.

I can remember playing on the floor next to my grandfather's chair. First it was a rocking chair and then (I think) a wheel chair. He smoked a corn cob pipe and had a rustic looking blackthorn walking stick.

I don't know for certain whether JJF spoke Gaelic. It seems probable. My sister Loretta told me that he sang Gaelic lullabies to me when I was a baby. Because of his heavy brogue combined with a speech impediment, I never understood a word he said. I always needed an interpreter. It seemed to be important to him to have his daughter Veronica [M2.2] learn at least the traditional songs in Gaelic. My mother [M2.1S] told me that he would not let my aunt [M2.2] wear a yellow ribbon as a small girl because the color was too close to orange.

My aunt Veronica [M2.2] told me that she had inherited documents signed by "all the famous Irishmen". These documents no longer exist. Hence, we cannot verify their content. On the basis of what we do know of JJF, however, it seems that he was a member of the Fenians despite his disability. (The Fenian Brotherhood was formed as a secret society in the United States in 1858. The Fenians provided financial, political, and military aid to Irishmen fighting the English until well into the 20th century.)20,21

 

1900 CENSUS, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. 
Sheet No. 8, Enumeration District No. 219, 15 Elburn Avenue

Line Name Relate to
head
Color Sex Mo. of
Birth
Year of
Birth
Age
12 Morris, John head W M Jul 1867 32
13   ___ Nora wife W F Jan 1867 33
14   ___ John son W M Jul 1893 6
15   ___Veronica daughter W F Oct 18?? 5
16   ___ Emmett son W M Nov 1896 3
17   ___ John border W M Sep 1870 29

 

1910 CENSUS, Roll 250,  Cook County Tract J1 (part of), Illinois.
Chicago City, Ward 10, 1329 Washburne Avenue.
Enumerated 15-18 April 1910.

Line Name Relate to
head
Sex Race Age S/M/
W/D
Years
married
20 FitzMorris John J. head M W 44 M 18
21    ___   Nora wife F W 42 M 18
22    ___  John A. son M W 16 S  
23    ___  Veronica A. daughter F W 14 S  
24    ___  Emmett I. son M W 12 S  

 

1910 CENSUS, Roll 250,  Cook County Tract J1 (part of), Illinois.
Chicago City, Ward 10, 1329 Washburne Avenue.
Enumerated 15-18 April 1910.
(continued)

Line Name Year
Immigr.
Trade Nature
of bus.
Weeks
out of
work
in 1909
Read
Write
Attend
school
since
1 Sep
1909
20 FitzMorris John J. 1885 laborer freight
house
0 Yes  
21    ___   Nora 1885 none     Yes  
22    ___  John A.   clerk dep't
store
16 Yes No
23    ___ Veronica A.   none     Yes Yes
24    ___  Emmett I.   none     Yes Yes