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John R. & Matthew Cavanaugh

John R. Cavanaugh

John R. Cavanaugh was born in Ireland October 30, 1829. He arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada with his brother Matthew, sister-in-law Susan (McCabe) and nephew Francis in 1849. Other known siblings are a sister, Ann, who married John McAulliffe, and a brother James, believed to have married Annie Rogers. John and his brother Matthew were Cordwainers* by trade and they set up business at the foot of Brussells Street, Saint John. The business was destroyed by fire, very likely the great fire of 1877.

On October 27, 1851, John married Margaret McAnulty in Saint John. They had four children, however only three survived into adulthood. The oldest, Matthew later moved to Boston, Massachussettes and never married. Roseanna married Matthew Fox and had two children. The family moved to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia for a while and there James Henry was born. The family returned to Saint John some time later and there James Henry married Orilla H. Newport and they had three sons.

John died at his residence, Somerset Street, Saint John, February 14, 1904. He is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery, Saint John.

Matthew Cavanaugh was born in Ireland and immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1849. Family members believe he came from County Cork. He arrived with his wife the former Susan McCabe, one son Francis, and one brother John R. Cavanaugh. He is known to have one sister Ann, married to John McAulliffe, and another brother James, believed to have married Annie Rogers.

After arriving in Saint John, Matthew and Susan had another eight children, John C., Rose Anna, James, Michael T., Matthew Joseph, Patrick J. Thomas and Susan. He was a Cordwainer by trade and along with his brother set up a ready made shoe shop at the foot of Brussells Street. He was later joined in the family business by several of his sons. Matthew died February 11, 1884 in Saint John, N.B. and is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery.

* A cordwainer, or cordovan, is someone who makes shoes and other articles from fine soft leather.