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Salvadore Desmond and Margaret Shields Manhattan
Posted by: Wanda Date: December 14, 2001 at 00:11:24
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After all this time I am still searching for information on my great grandmother and her first husband very little information to go on this line is very hard to find anything on but this is what I have.

My great grandmother was Margaret Shields and she also went by Elizabeth Shields she was born 1892 in NYC BORN TO Patrick Shields and Mary Reynolds.[death cert] She lived I am told at one time above Hells Kitchen, she resided in Manhattan.
She married a Salvadore Desmond I was told he lived Manhattan but was born in Italy. My ggrandmother gave birth to my grandmother in 1914 in Manhattan, she was named Viola
Reynolds, Reynolds was as you can see her granm. last name.
For years she went by Reynolds, on death cert. no mention of Reynolds name, of deseased is Viola Stecki and just above that it says also known as Viola Kelley. No obit on her either for further info. she married a Thomas Kelly she died in Manhattan in 1952. I sent for her death cert. The certificate is signed by her mother signature given was Elizabeth Shields her mothers maiden name, but father as everyone exspected to be Reynolds, father was listed as Salvadore Desmond. Cetificate also gives name of informant which was Elizabeth Desmond.
I have searched high and low for anything on these families
and ancestry just added 1920 manhattan index so i entered in
Salvadore Desmond born Italy and came up with 2 results for all of Manhattan both listings being of the same person, so he was the only one listed and I am trying to find out if this is Salvadore and my great grandmother, I think it is.
But some information isn't matching up with whatI have been told. This is what I have found

adobe 103 East 35th st.
Desmond Salvadore head m w 35 m immag.Pa. 1891 Italy Italy Italy porter
margaret wf f w looks like 28-29 m immag.1902 or 1908 Al. Italy Italy Italy
Deluca ---------- father-in-law m w 55 m immag. 1893? Al Italy Italy Italy
mary wife f w 45 m immag. can't read, Italy Italy Italy

Now maybe Mary Reynolds Shields remarried and this is why Margarets father is listed as Deluca.Her mothers name Mary is correct but we were told that her mother died of a heart attach and margaret and brother [twins], were found at her side when she died they were abt. 6 months old. But then again she was a story teller,or stretched the truth alot of the time so could she have not told the truth in the census about where she was born? As death cert. does say born nyc.
Or this is not her, and she is not in the census.
Possible?

The only thing I do know is the truth is she died in 1959
in Ulster co. ny as this is where she raised all her granchildren, in about 1952 she married Herbert Shannon Kirby he died in Jamaica Queens 1971. Margaret is not in the Social Security listings at all and when she died the ss number on her death cert. is the ss number of Herbert Shannon Kirby. Which as far as an obit. on him for futher info. I have been unable to get, due to no day of death just year and month the library returned my request.
As you can see I am in need of some help so if there is someone that can find copies of Viola Stecki or Kelly, Kelley died Manhattan 11-29-1952 and a Herbert Shannon Kirby died Jamaica Queens Jan. 1971 I would be gratefull and one other thing is there someone who has much better eyes than I have that can go in and read this census that I can't see. 1920 Manhattan index Salvadore Desmond birth place italy.Need father in law Deluca's first name and the years they all immagrated and age of margaret.

Desperatly seeking help.


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