Happy Birthday, John Michael McCormack and . . .

Hi once again! Today, I would like to wish a couple of family members a Happy Birthday!

Today, 7 Apr, is the birthday of which I believe are the first McCormack twins, John Michael and his brother, for which a lack of a better name, “Patrick J.” If they both had lived today, they would 155 years old! Just imagine the history that they would have seen! John Michael and his brother, Patrick their parents were Michael and Catherine McCormack.

Both boys were born in or near London, Ontario, Canada when the family lived in Canada. On a side note, I am not sure why they moved to Canada although I think that the (American) Civil War had something to do with it.

1861 (Upper) Canada Census

1861 (Upper) Canada Census

Unfortunately, “Patrick J.” did not live as the census indicates. Here is one of my many pictures of John Michael;

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

This is my favorite of him. I don’t exactly when this picture was taken but I am guessing sometime in the mid 1880s. There has been a “suggestion” out there in the family that John Michael was involved with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. From there to the wild western city of Reno, Nevada in the mid 1880s. There he met and married a young lady named Gertrude Angeline Peacock.

A young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

A young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

This is how John Michael made his early fortune.

Reno Evening Gazette Newspaper Ad for John Michael McCormack's monument company

Reno Evening Gazette Newspaper Ad for John Michael McCormack’s monument company.

From a monument company to a gas station;

A McCormack gas station

A McCormack gas station

Then from a monument company and a gas station to a hotel;

The Hotel McCormack

The Hotel McCormack

I also would like to show you John Michael’s only surviving son, Henry Peacock McCormack;

Henry Peacock McCormack as a young adult.

Henry Peacock McCormack as a young adult.

I think that I have briefly covered portions of John Michael McCormack’s life and discussed certain members of his extended family.

Here are some links that discussed his life either in part or total;

Census Sunday – John Michael McCormack and family in the 1900 Census

Friday’s Faces from the Past – A Young John Michael & Gertrude McCormack

Tombstone Tuesday – John Michael & Gertrude McCormack

Michael and his sons

Sharing Saturday – A Family Portrait

Happy Birthday, John Michael McCormack! Happy Birthday to his brother, “Patrick J.”!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

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