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Re: Michael Kerwin (1837-1912) Pennsylvania/New York
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: February 15, 2010 at 05:07:15
In Reply to: Michael Kerwin (1837-1912) Pennsylvania/New York by Matthew Lantry of 335

I don't know how much interest you have in Michael. You could try to get a copy of his death certificate which should have his parents' names. I found Michael Kerwin who died June 20, 1912 in Manhattan, age 75, in this database:

Want to see his picture:

How about his tombstone:

Unfortunately his obituary doesn't tell you much more about him:

Michael received a Civil War pension Appl 219,928 Cert 163,733 Widow Catherine Appl 997,749. The widow's application was in 1913 which would indicate he died before then. She didn't receive a pension certification which probably means she died before the certification was completed. Copies of the CW pension files can be gotten from the National Archives in Washington, DC for $75. While a bit pricey and the genealogical data it may contain varies greatly it may have everything you ever wanted to know about him. Since he was born in a foreign country it would most likely have info on his place of birth and arrival in the U.S. As I understand it the CW pensions will all eventually be online but I don't know the timeline. However some are already online for at for a fee.

He probably got married in New York and the record of the marriage may have info on his parents. The pension file should have when and where they got married. Catherine had to prove she was actually married to Michael. He was a naturalized citizen, his papers could prove helpful especially in determining when and where he arrived. They are probably on file in NYC or Philadelphia.

1850 census, Philadelphia

John Kevarre 37
Catherine 34
Michael 15
Margaret 12
Mary 10
Elizabeth 1, born in PA all the others in Ireland

1860 census, Philadelphia

John Curwin 47, born Ireland
Cath 44, ditto
Margaret 21, ditto
Elizabeth 10, born in PA
Mathew 8, ditto
Jno 3, ditto

1870 census Philadelphia

John Kerwin 60, born Ireland
Catherine 54, ditto
Elizabeth 18, born PA
Matthew 18, ditto
John 12, ditto

1880 census, Philadelphia

John Kerwin 70, born Ireland
Catherine 66, ditto
Elizabeth 26, born PA

Philadelphia death records:;c=1320976

John Kerwin, died Nov 28, 1880, 75, born Ireland, buried New Cathedral

Catherine Kerwin, died March 25, 1885, 72, born Ireland, buried New Cathedral

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