I knew that all five children were placed in an orphanage in northern Kentucky in 1884. On the intake record for the boys, the father was listed as "dead." That gave me a narrow window to search -- 1880 to 1884. How hard could it be?
For ten years I have visited the Montgomery County Court House, visited the Kentucky Room at the Mt. Sterling library, searched online and searched digitized historical newspapers. To make matters worse, there was another John Cronin married to Armilda Hubbard living in Mt. Sterling at the time. Why couldn't I find my guy?
Last night I was searching through the Kentuckiana Digital Library for the umpteenth time looking for John Cronin. I know from experience that it can be a tricky thing and that you must try every possible spelling and variation imaginable. This time I hit pay dirt!
|Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY 4-21-1882|
|Bourbon news (Millersburg, Kentucky): 1881, p.4.|
I don't know what Richard O'Conner's beef was, but he lived to die another day -- literally.
|Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Kentucky, 3-8-1882.|
|Semi-Weekly Bourbon News, September 14, 1883, p. 1.|
Note: If you want to know what happened to John's widow, Lucy, go to this link.
*Additional research proved that John Cronin committed suicide in Mt. Sterling -- not Paris.