Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fearless Females - Timeline

March 23 — Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines. Post an image of it or link.

This is a timeline for Julia Creedan, the sister of my great-grandfather Timothy. Julia was born in 1842 in County Cork, Ireland and was living in Clinton County, Ohio by 1860. She entered the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870 and took her vows in 1872. Click on the timeline for a bigger graphic.

I looked at the timeline generated by OurTimelines for the years 1842-1918. Two big events that would have affected Julia's life were the Irish Potato Famine from 1845-1849 and the Civil War from 1861-1865. The telegraph, telephone, light bulb, X-ray, airplane, and radar were some major inventions that came into use during Julia's lifetime. The Irish Easter Rebellion was in 1916 and a major flu epidemic occurred in 1918, a few months after Julia died.

I have gaps in Julia's timeline from 1872-1888 and 1910-1918. I have not been able to locate her in the 1880 census, although I found a group of Sisters of Charity nuns that were all listed as Sister Mary! Since Julia took the name Sister Mary Felix, it is possible one of them was her. Sometime after 1910, Julia retired back to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in Mount St. Joseph, Ohio. She died there in 1918 and is buried in the Mount St. Joseph Cemetery.

I created the graphic for the timeline based on a tip from Heather of Leaves for Trees. Thanks Heather!

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.