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Szady, Sheedy, etc.
Posted by: Nick Sheedy (ID *****5929) Date: January 08, 2004 at 00:52:05
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I am looking for anyone by this or similar name who were from Danzig, Germany (Prussia) -- now Gdansk, Poland.

While the name "Sheedy" it typically Irish, my line may be of German/Prussian/Polish extraction. We wondered if our ancestors left Ireland for Danzig and thence to America, or if they were natives of that city...

My great-great-grandfather, Rober Herman Sheedy was born in Danzig, Prussia 6 June 1852. His parents owned a small hotel or inn in there --both his parents were born in "Germany" according to later US census data. His mother died about 1858 when the hotel caught fire and burned down. a young girl cousin was also killed. The father of Robert Herman Sheedy took the boy to North America, via England, about 1859 or 1860. They went to Canada and the father froze to death while hunting in a blizzard about 1861 or 1862.

There was a "cousin" with a "polish name" who also immigrated and lived in New York State. My grandfather remembered visiting there in the 1920s or 1930s.

We have a photograph taken in Danzig in the late 1800s and the photo is NOT of Robert Herman Sheedy (b. 1852) nor his father. It is probably the "cousin" and his facial features are recognizable as family.

The name "Szady", "Szedij", or similar spellings from Danzig/Gdansk, are pronounced very like "Sheedy" in English.

--Nick Sheedy,
John Day, Oregon

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