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BURNS, Catherine "Kate" Mary[1]

Female 1855 - 1915  (60 years)


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  • Name BURNS, Catherine "Kate" Mary 
    Born 19 Jul 1855  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Nov 1915  Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I54  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2015 

    Father BURNS, PATRICK "Talk",   b. 15 Aug 1818, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1904, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother ROCHE, Maria,   b. Abt Apr 1836, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1886, Milwaukee, Milwaukie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married Abt 1854 
    Family ID F972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 RODDY, CHARLES FRANCIS,   b. "near London, UK" Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1880, Chicago, IL (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married 1878  ??? Milwaukee??? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. RODDY, Harry Francis,   b. 22 Dec 1878, Springfield, Illinois? [Chicago?] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1949, Mare Island Naval Hospital, Vallejo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 MYATT, Joseph Peter,   b. Cal 1857, South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1908  (Age ~ 51 years)  [1
    Married 5 Dec 1881  Niles, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Myatt, Jessie,   b. 1882, Niles, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1897, Denver, Denver, Colorado [or 1 Nov 1897] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     2. MYATT, Fanchon Catherine,   b. 17 Sep 1884, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1933, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     3. Myatt, Wilburt,   b. 10 Feb 1886, South Bend, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1935, El Segundo, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     4. Myatt, Clyde Elmer,   b. 3 Oct 1888, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1963, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. MYATT, infant,   b. 11 Mar 1891, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1891, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Myatt, Melburn P.T.,   b. 11 Mar 1891, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1970, ????? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 NAPPER, James,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. Yes, date unknown  [1
    Married 22 Dec 1906  Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F929  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    1-5. The Roche's, Burns & Myatt's
    1-5. The Roche's, Burns & Myatt's
    ~1800 - Somewhere in Ireland:

    My great-great-great grandfather, Mathew Roche [aka Roach], was born somewhere in Ireland around 1805. He may have immigrated to America before 1830. At the time of the 1830 Census a Mathew Roach of approximately the right age was living [and working] at the US Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York. Mathew married an Irish immigrant named Catherine around 1835 and settled, for a while at least, in New York, probably in West Chester Township, Westchester County, just across the Hudson River from northern New Jersey. He may have immigrated with a brother or cousin and shared living quarters for several years after their arrival in this country. In the 1840 census there was a Mathew Roach of the right age with a wife of the correct age sharing a home with another couple in the same age group in West Chester.

    In April, 1836, Mathew and Catharine’s daughter, Maria [Marie?] Roche, was born in New York. They also had at least one other child, Catharine Roche, who was born in New York about 1842. They may also have had several children who died.

    Sometime between 1842 and 1850 the Roche’s moved across the Hudson River and settled in the town of Harrison in Hudson County, New Jersey, just a short distance north of Newark. Mathew worked as a gardener in Harrison.

    It is possible that Mathew Roche and his family joined the increasing number of hardy souls heading west for cheap land and an, eventually, better life style, but it seems more likely that they remained in the Newark area for the rest of their lives. I have not been able to locate them in any census after 1850, so Mathew, at least, may have died young. It is possible that his wife, Catherine, survived him but remarried before 1860.
    1-6. The Roddy's
    1-6. The Roddy's
    ~ Spring 1878 - Somewhere in the greater Chicago-Milwaukee Area:

    My great grandfather, Charles Francis Roddy, has been one of the mysteries in my genealogical research. The only reference I have found to him by name was in my grandfather, Harry Roddy’s, personnel record when he worked for a shipyard during World War II. According to that record Charles was born “near London, England”.

    My search of the British Birth, Marriage & Death Index discovered only one person named Charles Roddy who was born during the probable time range of my great grandfather’s birth. He was born to Thomas Roddy and Elizabeth Ellen, at Pontefract, County of York, England, on 1 April, 1849. The 1851 British Census shows Thomas and Ellen Roddy still living in Pontefract with four children ranging in age from two to nine. The two year old was born in Pontefract ca 1849, but his name is listed as Thomas Roddy! There is no record of a Thomas Roddy born to the couple, and there is no record of the death of their son, Charles. It may be that the family called Charles “Little Tommy” after his father. The Thomas Roddy family remained in England and can be identified in the British Censuses through 1881 and Charles~Thomas Roddy was married and living in Leeds, Yorkshire that year.

    Charles Francis Roddy may or may not have married my great grandmother, Catherine Mary Burns, early in 1878 or before. Catherine and Charles had only one child, my grandfather, who was born in December, 1878, in Chicago, Illinois, according to his personnel file.

    Another part of the mystery is whatever became of Charles Roddy. There are at least three different versions of that, all of them unsubstantiated. One story has it that Charles abandoned Catherine before Harry was even born. Another has him dieing before Harry was born, and a note by an unidentified writer states that he was killed in a train accident when Harry was two years old, around 1880 or ‘81.

    Information on the 1880 Census suggests that Charles Roddy may never have married Kate Burns at all and that Harry Roddy may have been born “out of wedlock”. There is even the possibility that “Charles Roddy” was a purely fictional name made up by Kate Burns to hide the true identity of Harry’s father.

    [Editor's Note: In 2013-2015, male-line yDNA results have confirmed a close match to a number of Roddy and Ruddy men with roots in County Down, Northern Ireland. This is the first true piece of evidence that the Roddy name was not just a made up name, but is probably the actual name of Harry's father.]

  • Notes 

    • [From personell record of Harry F. Roddy & information submitted to the LDS Ancestral Files by an unidentified person].

      Catherine "Kate" Burns was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 19 July 1855.
      Kate & Charles Francis Roddy were married "about 1878" according to information in the LDS Ancestral file. Probably early 1878 or late 1877.
      Catherine Burns was widowed or abandoned by Charles F. Roddy when her son Harry was very young. She is shown as living alone with her son in St. Joseph, Indiana, during the 1880 Census (using the
      name MARY BURNS).
      She married Joseph Peter Myatt on 5 Dec 1881 in Niles, Berrien County, Michigan when Harry was not quite 3 years old. After their marriage they lived in South Bend, Indiana. Their first child, >
      Jessie was born there between 1881 & 1884. Wilburt was also born in Indianna. From South Bend they moved to somewhere in Illinois, around 1884, where their daughter, Franchan was born. By 1889 the>
      y had moved to Denver, CO where the remainder of her children were born and where she spent the rest of her life. Kate & Joseph had six children, one of whom died in infancy.
      According to Alice Roddy (Jones) there were 5 children (Johanna Myatt supplied further information in October, 2002);
      a son, Jessie Myatt
      a daughter, Franchan Myatt
      a son, Wilburt Myatt
      a son, Clyde Elmer Myatt
      a son, Melburn Myatt
      In The 1900 Census, Catherine is shown as a head of household living in Denver with ALL her surviving children, INCLUDING Harry Roddy. However, in the same census Joseph Peter Myatt is shown as >
      living in Indiana!
      Kate inherited part of her father's estate when he died in 1904.
      She married again in Denver on 22 December 1906 to James Napper, who was born in Canada. Catherine & James never had any children. However they apparently adopted one.
      Kate died in Denver, Colorado on 19 November, 1915 at only 59 years of age. She was burried on 22 November at the Fairmont Cemetery in Denver.
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      Message from Kim Roddy on 23 May, 2008:

      "Here’s what I got from Berrien Co., Michigan for Kate and Joe Myatt.

      There are a number of interesting bits of information here:

      1. Kate is married using her middle name “Mary.”

      2. Kate is married using her maiden name “Burns” not “Roddy.”

      3. “Mary” indicates she was married once before (as was Joe Myatt), which supports the story of her actually marrying Charles Roddy, but doesn’t explain why she is using her maiden name above.

      3. “Mary” was 25 years old, which matches exactly with Catherine’s birth date (and can not be confused with her sister Maria “Mary” Burns who was 23 at the time).

      4. “Mary” indicates she was residing in Mishawaka, Indiana, which is on the other side of South Bend from La Porte. She was married in Niles township, Michigan, just across the boarder from South Bend>
      ."
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  • Sources 
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