Wednesday, May 25, 2005

James Carr (1874-c1950) who emigrated from Ireland

James Carr (1874-c1950) aka Jimmy Carr; Emigrated to USA after 1901, possibly 1903; Bartender; Chauffer (b. November 14, 1874, Coalpits, Athleague, Killeroran, County Galway, Ireland - d. circa 1950, Bronx or Brooklyn, or Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA)

James was born in 1874 to Thomas Carr (c1840-before1901) and Bridget Conboy (c1840-c1905) of Coalpits, Killeroran, County Galway/Roscommon,Ireland.

James had the following siblings: Sarah Jane Carr (1866-1950) aka Sadie Carr, who emigrated to the US and married Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905); Katherine Carr (1865-1952) aka Kitty Carr, aka Kate Carr, who emigrated to the US and married James Joseph Kennedy (1870-1926); Thomas Carr II (1876-?) who stayed in Coalpits in Ireland and married Mary Kelly; Mary Carr (1873-?) who stayed in Coalpits in Ireland; and Andrew Carr who may have emigrated to Australia.

James appears in the 1901 Census living in Ireland. He emigrated to New York around 1903. This was almost 20 years after his siblings arrived. He had a thick Irish accent.

World War I Draft:
He filled out his draft card on September 12, 1918 and listed his birthday as November 14, 1874. He listed his next of kin as "sister, Mrs. Kate Kennedy, 556 West 60th Street". He was working as a chauffer and living at 358 West 41st Street "c/o Kelly".

Memories of James Carr:
Christopher Aloysius Enright II (1927- ) says: "We called him uncle Jimmy. He had a saloon in the Bronx and later drove a taxi. He never moved to New Jersey."

Anne Elizabeth O'Malley (1933- ) says: "James Carr visited us once during World War II, Katherine Carr Kennedy wasn't thrilled that he was visiting. This was on 77nd Street in Manhattan in New York. She never mentioned our uncle Jimmy again. He didn't look very prosperous."

Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920- ) says: "Uncle Jimmy was a pleasant little guy. He was very succesful running a speakeasy in New York. After prohibiton was repealed he went out of business. He had a strong Irish brogue. He used to give out $5 gold pieces that were smaller than a dime. He gave one to each child. Giving out the coins was his trademark whenever we saw him. My dad would take away the coins and say 'i'll take care of them for you', and I would never see them again. Jimmy was a thin wispy guy who looked like Barry Fitzgerald, the actor. He probably took the tube train into Jersey City, from New York where he lived [when he visited us]. He never had a car. The train was eight cents to get into New York City from Jersey City. My grandmother, Nana, was very proud of him, he was very enterprising at his illegal saloon."