Family History ◄
A Very Short History of
James Dore and Mary Bambury
||James Joseph Dore was born about 1868, probably in
Ballyeagh, a townland near Ballybunion, the seaside
resort town near the mouth of the River Shannon in Co. Kerry, Ireland. We
believe his father's name was Cornelius, and his mother may have
been named Mary McNamara.
Cornelius Dore lived to over 100, and James had several brothers and
sisters, probably including William, Cornelius, David (b.abt 1850, d.
1936), John, and another brother who emigrated to Australia. Little is
known of James's siblings except for David, who married Mary Allen and
sired at least ten children.
James emigrated to the US about 1890, and settled in Chicago.
|James Dore, 1927
|Mary Josephine Bambury was born on 10
May 1871 in Bedford, a small hamlet about a mile north of the market town
of Listowel, in the farmland of north Kerry. She was the oldest daughter of
Thomas Bambury (1834-1922), of Listowel, and the former Mary Kirby (1835-1909),
a town a few miles northeast of Listowel. Her siblings were
Richard (b.1861), James (b.1864), Maurice (b.1868), Mary, Margaret
(b.1874), Honora (b.1876), John (b.1878), Bartholomew (7 Mar 1879 - 20
Jan 1972), and Bridget (b.1881).
Mary emigrated to the US in the early 1890's; family lore has it she
came over to "keep house" for her older
brothers, Richard and Maurice (and perhaps James, although he is believed to have
returned to Ireland). Family lore further has
it Mary met James Dore when he roomed with one of her brothers. But it's
not clear when or where any of this was, as Richard and
Maurice eventually settled near St. Paul and
established large families there.
Mary Bambury, 1890's
James Dore and Mary Bambury wed on 28 Apr
1896 at St. Malachy's church on Chicago's West Side. They had nine
- Mary Josephine Dore (1897-1996).
"Mae" was a clerk for the Chicago gas utility company. Her
husband, Pat Cussen, died in 1945. They had no children.
- James Joseph Dore, Jr.
(1898-1928). Jim worked as a chauffeur and a teamster, but picked up extra money
playing college and pro football in his teens and twenties. He married Marie Triest
they had one son and three daughters. Jim died after being shot while
trying to mediate a domestic dispute between a neighboring couple. Their
children are: James Joseph III (1920-1979), Dorothy Marie (1921-2007),
Jeanne Theresa (b.1924), and Elizabeth Mary ("Betty," 1926-2009).
- Cornelius Francis Dore (1900-1984).
"Red" was a gregarious fellow who worked for the City of Chicago in various senior capacities,
finishing his career as Deputy Coroner in the 1960's. He married Agnes Delilah ("Lila") Flynn
(1897-1971), and they had one son, Cornelius Francis, Jr. ("Bob",
- Norena Agnes Dore (1901-1955). "Noreen"
also worked for the City of Chicago,
including a tour as secretary to the Mayor in the early 1950's. She married Clifford Severin
Hermanson (1899-1995), a conductor on the streetcars, in 1925, and they
had three sons and two daughters: Clifford Thomas (b.1926), Robert David
(1929-2000), Janet Marie (1930-1997), Donald Joseph (1934-2009), and
Judith Marie (b.1941).
- Thomas Vincent Dore (1904-1971). Tom and his wife, the former Irma Mae McCahill ("Mae
TV", 1907-1997), ran an ecclesiastical supplies business from their
Chicago home after Tom retired from Sears. They had two daughters and a
son: Sharon Ann (b.1932), Thomas McCahill (b.1935), and Alanna (b.1943).
- Cecelia Joanne Dore (1907-1985).
"Ceil" married Joseph Daniel ("J Dan") Delanty
(1903-1973), a steel company executive, and they moved around a bit before
settling near St. Louis. They had five sons: Daniel James (b.1932),
Thomas Alan (b.1935), Stephen Edwin (b.1938), Paul Kirby (b.1941), and
Edwin Patrick (b.1946).
- Margaret Adele Dore (1909-1997).
"Ad" married Ferdinand George ("Fred") Heidemann II
(1907-1991), with whom she had three sons: "Fred" III (b.1929), Larry
David (b.1935), and Paul Jerome (b.1940).
- Edwin Richard Dore
(1913-1945). Ed was a clerk in a Rogers Park drugstore, and never
married or had children. He was in his late 20's when he was drafted
into the Army during WWII, and he died in action in the Philippines in March 1945.
- Leo Joseph Dore (1915)
died at four months of age from pneumonia.
James and Mary lived in
various apartments on the near West Side of Chicago (298 Fulton St., 1120
St.) before purchasing their
first house at 6037 N. Lincoln St. (now Wolcott Ave.) in Rogers Park in the mid-1910's.
In the mid-1920's they moved to a brick bungalow at 2107 W. Birchwood Ave. in Rogers Park. They were parishioners first
at "Old" St. Patrick's, and then, after they moved to Rogers Park, at St. Margaret Mary's.
James was employed by the City of
Chicago, eventually becoming a sub-foreman in the sewers department. He
was killed in an automobile accident at Clark St. near 15th St. on 12 Dec 1927, a grandfather of six.
Mary finished raising the
children, became the doting grandmother ("Gramma Dore") of 14
boys and 7 girls, and during her lifetime welcomed 6 great-grandsons and 3
great-granddaughters. (Eventually, there were 58 great-grandchildren.
There are currently 83 great-great grandchildren and 18 great-great-great
Mary returned to Ireland
only once, in 1939, but her
planned year-long visit was curtailed by the abrupt onset of WWII, and
she made a rough passage home in the coastwise steamer "Iroquois" as part of a large
exodus of neutrals from Europe. Toward the end of her life she lived with
her son, Tom, and his wife Mae TV. She passed away on 25 March 1956.
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