JOHN AND MARGARET A. “MAGGIE” TYRRELL BYRNE
John Byrne was born in January 1850 in Ireland; his father was Park Byrne. He came to the United States in 1857 with his family. John married Margaret A. “Maggie” Tyrrell in 1874. Margaret was born June 1854 to Patrick and Catherine Tyrrell.
John and Maggie had the following children:
Arthur Edward Byrne was born February 2, 1875 in Port Huron, Michigan. He married Ethel Tester on November 22, 1910 in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Arthur died on February 7, 1934 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Arthur and Ethel are both buried in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
William Byrne was born on February 11, 1883 in Lakefield Township.
Kathryn “Kate” Byrne was born in July 1884. She married Frank Stevens. Kathryn died in 1947 and is buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
Mable “Mae A.” Byrne was born August 1889 and died August 19, 1973 and is buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
Charles Leo Byrne was born February 2, 1892 in Lakefield Township.
Twin – Blanche C. Byrne was born July 1894 in Lakefield Township. She married Joseph Morehouse. Blanche died on April 2, 1967 and is buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
Twin – Bertha A. Byrne was born July 1894 in Lakefield Township. She married William McDermott. Bertha died on June 16, 1961 and is buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
Ethel M. Byrne was born September 20, 1898 in Lakefield Township. She married a McBain. Ethel died in 1952 and is buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
John and Maggie lived on the North side of Swan Creek Road in Section 4 between Fenmore and Meridian Roads. The Byrne's School was named after John Byrne and his family. The school was located on the NE corner of Swan Creek and Fenmore Roads. Their neighbors were: John Downing, George Long, Charles Zarbock, Edmond Lux, Patrick O'Connor C.V. Johnson, David Debar, Charles Wittenbert, R. Case and Jesse Baker.
John was elected to the following Lakefield Township offices:
Constable on April 2, 1883
Drain Commissioner and Constable on April 7, 1884
Constable on April 6, 1885
Constable on April 4, 1887
Board of Review on April 30, 1886
Constable on April 6, 1896
Constable on April 5, 1897
Constable on April 4, 1898
John died from injuries received when he was struck by an automobile while driving to his home in Lakefield Township on October 7, 1916. He died on October 12, 1916. Maggie died in 1941 and on her tombstone reads: Gold Star Mother. John and Maggie are both buried in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
SOURCES: 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census; William Byrne's birth record; Ethel Byrne's birth record; John Byrne's death record, death certificate and obituary; Find-A-Grave Website; Arthur Edward and Charles Leo Byrne's WWI draft registrations.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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