Brewer - Benham Connection - Back to Shaughnessy's    Analogy Time Line Events of Mary Louise nee Brewer Shaughnessy added 19 Feb 2020

Created - 14 Jan 2017 by D.R. "Doc" Young 

Mary Louise/Louisa Brewer story is her parents died when Mary was very young, per her Obit 10 Sep 1894, Utica Observer Dispatch, placing her birth year about 1850, and married John J. Shaughnessy, abt. 1871.  Mary a member of the Park Baptist Church.

the above Obit. states Mary Louise Brewer, survived by her husband, a sister Mrs. T. L. Benham and children, J. Frank (John Franklin), Sarah, William, Anna, Lizzie (Elizabeth), Louise and Ella Shaughnessy.

Sister Mrs. T L Benham, is most likely Sarah Brewer, b. between 1831-1848, Greene Co., NY, not saying Sarah if born 1831, could not of raised Mary Louise Brewer as Mrs. T L Benham.

Mary Louise Brewer, b. 1850, would have made Sarah (1831) age 19 in 1850.  And this could be reason if/why Mary Louise & John J Shaughnessy named their first born girl Sarah, b. 1873, as John Franklin was the oldest of 7 children.

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See ANALOGY speculation that Mary Louise Brewer may not have been a Brewer or possible her Father Phillip Brewer & Elizabeth unknown Maiden (linked to my tree & profile of Philip & Elizabeth)



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The following is a time line of John Joseph Shaughnessy, Mary Louise nee Brewer, and their children up until her death 4 Sep 1894 and Benham's

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1850 - John  Shanesa, (as indexed)  age 4, b. abt. 1846, living with parents Michael, 34, b. abt. 1816,& Ann, 32, b. abt, 1818, sibling William age 1, b. abt. 1849, & sister Mary, 8 b. abt. 1842, (all born Ireland) Utica, Oneida Co., NY

Mary Louise Brewer - unknown in 1850 if living in Greene Co., Prattsville, if so, how named/indexed in records

1860 - John Oshanghnepey, (as indexed) age 14, b. abt. 1846, Ireland, with his Father Michael, age 50, b. abt. 1810, Ireland, Blind, no spouse she reappears 1870 nor other children listed, Utica, NY

1860 - Thos L Benham, b. abt. 1830, NY, married with a daughter Mary Benham, age 6 mos, b. 1859, NY, living Athens, Greene Co., NY,

1865 (6 Jun)- John O Shannessy, (as indexed)  b. abt. 1847, Oneida Co., Father Michael O Shannessy, age 50, b. abt. 1815, Ireland, Utica, NY

1865 (12 Jun) - T L Benham, 35, Boonville, Oneida Co., NY, wife, Sarah, 31, b. abt. 1834, NY, Louisa Brewer, 18, b. abt. 1847, NY, Niece ?  Unknown if this Louisa is Mary Louise Brewer who married John Joseph Shaughnessy abt. 1871, Oneida Co., NY

1865 - Thos L Benham, U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, New York District 21; Sep 1865 - Line 8, Utica, NY - Occupation: Pedler 1 Class

1870 (31 Jul) - John Oshannasey, (as indexed) age 24, b. abt. 1846, Ireland, Father Michell Oshannasey, age 60, b. abt. 1860, Ireland, Ann Oshannasey, age 50, b. abt. 1820, Ireland, sibling or wife Mary A Oshannasey, 22, seamstress,, son Michell, age 2, b. abt. 1868, NY, Utica Ward 5, Oneida Co., NY - line 37, continues onto 2 page.   Michell age 2 may have died about 1871.

1870 - Thomas L Benham, 39, NY, wife Sarah, 22, NY, Louisa Brewer, 21, NY, Utica, NY

1875 - John Shaughnessy, age 28, Ireland, wife Mary L (nee Brewer), age 25, b. abt. 1850, Greene Co., a dressmaker, with 2 children John F (3) & Sarah (2) both born Oneida, Father Michael Shaughnessy, 80, b. abt. 1795, Ireland, now widowed, both John & Michael are Naturalized

1875 - T L Benham, 42, NY,  Tobacconist, Wife Sarah, 42, Brother M.L. Benham (Martinus Laraway), 32, Tobacconist, all three shown as married & borne Greene Co., Francis Green, 23, Servant, born Montgomery Co, Single, Domestic.  No Children listed on Line 17 - No. in order of visitation: 351, Utica Ward 07, NY

1880 - Thomas Benham, 50, Tobacconist, Sarah Benham, 49, Wife, Mertinus Benham, 39, Brother, Bookkeeper - Line 11

: in the years 1880-1890, John J Shaughnessy, lived at 23 Hobart St, Utica, 1894 at 81 Elm St. Utica, in 1894 - Mary Louise Brewer Shaughnessy died



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Following are the Chronological Indexing for Census Years of the above 1850-1894 time-line


1850a & 1850b


Name: Michael Shanesa [Michael Shaughnessy]
Age: 34
Birth Year: abt 1816
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1850: Utica, Oneida, NY
Gender: Male
Family Number: 195

Household Members:
Michael Shanesa, 34
Ann Shanesa, 32, b. abt. 1818, Ireland
John Shanesa, 4, b. abt. 1846, Ireland
Wm Shanesa, 1, b. abt. 1849, Ireland
Mary Shanesa, 8, b. abt. 1842, Ireland


: immigrating between 1849-1850



1851, 20 May - Margaret Shaughnessy (sister to Michael), m. James Cregan (James & Cornelius brothers)


1853, 5 Feb - Mary Shaughnessy (sister to Michael), m. Cornelius Cregan


: 14 Jan 2017, I am working on collecting the census information on James, Conelius and their parents and siblings




1860 - Michael Oshanghnepey (50) - Blind - with son John (14) only - Utica, Oneida Co., NY


: no spouse, wife Ann/Anna reappears 1870, nor are there other children listed, in 1860, I do not know if visiting with William (11) & Mary now 18 married not at home and whom she may have married or died by 1860.



Name: Thos L Benham
Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1830
Gender: Male
Birth Place: New York
Home in 1860: Athens, Greene, NY (about 38 mi from Prattsville)
Post Office: Athens
Family Number: 3902

Household Members:
Thos L Benham, 30
Ssanl Benham, 29, b. abt. 1831, NY is either a Susan or Sarah nee Brewer, which birth year does not match the 1870 census of Sarah
Mary Benham, 6/12, b. abt. 1859, NY

: I cannot find Thomas L Benham in the 1850 census, but I can his Father as Kimber Benham


1863 - Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, places Thomas Benham, from Prattsville, Greene Co., NY, Line 10...which is about 95 mi from Utica, NY.  


The 1865 NY State Census places Thomas L Benham

Name: Thomas L Benham
Gender: Male
Relation to Head: Son
Birth Year: abt 1831
Age: 34
Residence: Prattsville, Greene, NY
Line Number: 8
Page Number: 40

Household Members:
C K Benham, 64, b. abt. 1801, is Cornelius Kymer Benham per Find A Grave
Elisabath Benham, 65
Thomas L Benham, 34

So I am confident this is the same Thomas L Benham, now for the reason Louise Brewer, age 21 & Sarah nee Brewer Benham are living with a Benham, unless you have something more to show Louise being adopted by the Benham's, otherwise somehow we should find Sarah, age 2 & Mary Louise, age 1 in the 1850 census as Brewer's, most likely in Greene Co., NY


1865 NY State

Name: Michael O Shannessy
Gender: Male
Relation to Head: Head
Birth Year: abt 1815
Age: 50

Name: John O Shannessy
Gender: Male
Relation to Head: Son
Birth Year: abt 1847
Age: 18
Residence: Utica, Oneida, NY
Ward: 4
Line Number: 44
Page Number: 5

Household Members:
Michael O Shannessy, 50
John O Shannessy, 18

1870 census  1865 NY State   1860 census

Name: Louisa Brewer
Age in 1870: 21
Birth Year: abt 1849
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Utica Ward 4, Oneida, New York
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Utica

Household Members:
Thomas L Benham, 39, b. abt. 1831, NY
Sarah Benham, 22, b. abt. 1848, NY nee Brewer
Louisa Brewer, 21

The earliest record I have of Mary Louise/Louisa Brewer, which Find A Grave  shows

Name: Mary L. Shaughnessy
Birth Date: 5 Mar 1855
Death Date: 9 Sep 1894
Cemetery: New Forest Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Utica, Oneida County, NY

Which conflicts with the 1870 census for birth year 1848, and why is she not named Mary in 1870, living with Thomas Benham and Sarah Benham who is a Brewer, thus the sister of Mary Louise Brewer not that Louise/Louisa was raised by Thomas L Benham or his Family. 


1870a & 1870b


Name: Michell Oshannasey [Michael OShaughnessy]
Age in 1870: 60
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1870: Utica Ward 5, Oneida, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Utica

Household Members:
Michell Oshannasey, 60, Blind
Ann Oshannasey, 50
John Oshannasey, 24,  brick mason
Mary A Oshannasey, 22, b. abt. 1848,  seamstress  - I feel this is Mary L Brewer, as in another census she is a dressmaker, that possibly John J & Mary L married by 1868, not confirmed
Michell Oshannasey, 2, first born ?, who possibly died before 1872


: no physical address number & street




1875 - NY State Census


Name: John Shaughnessy
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1847
Residence Date: 1 Jun 1875
Residence Place: Utica Ward 07, Oneida, NY
Election District: Ward 07, E.D. West
Household number: 120
Relation to Head: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary L Shaughnessy
Father's name: Michael
Line Number: 1
Sheet Number: 14

Household Members:
John Shaughnessy, 28
Mary L Shaughnessy, 25
John L Shaughnessy, 3
Sarah Shaughnessy, 2
Michael Shaughnessy, 80


: between the 1870 & 1875 census, that Ann (50) may have died, Mary A if not Mary Louise nee Brewer married John Brady see 1880 below Binghamton NY

Mary A could be Mary Ann Shaughnessy



1875, 22 Jun - NY State Census


Name: T L Benham - Line 17
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1833
Residence Date: 1 Jun 1875
Residence Place: Utica Ward 07, Oneida, New York, USA
Election District: Ward 07, E.D. East
Household number: 421
Relation to Head: Head
Spouse's Name: Sarah Benham
Line Number: 17
Sheet Number: 22
Occupation: Tobacconist

Household Members:
T L Benham, 42
Sarah Benham, 42, Wife
M L Benham, 32, Brother, Tobacconist
Francis Green, 23, Servant


: T L Benham, Sarah, M L Benham, all married, all born Greene Co., NY and so far between 1870-1875, no children listed.  See 1880



1877-John J. Shaughnessy, 32 Leah St. Utica NY (Utica City Directories on file)

1878    "            "                21 Leah St.

1879    "            "                34 Hobart St.





1880, 8 Jun


Name: Michael Shaughnessey
Age: 60
Birth Year: abt 1820
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1880: Binghamton, Broome, NY
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Father-in-law
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Cannot read/write:
Blind: Yes

Household Members:
John Brady, 40
Mary Brady, 35
Julia Brady, 5
Edward Brady, 4
Mary Brady, 2
John Brady, 7m
Michael Shaughnessey, 60, Father-in-Law, then this Mary is a Shaughnessy, not a Brewer or Benham, question becomes is this the same Michael


: Blind - living with daughter Mary Brady (35) and husband John Brady (40)



1880, 1 Jun

Name: John J. Shaughnessy
Age: 31
Birth Year: abt 1849
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1880: Utica, Oneida, NY
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary L. Shaughnessy
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Occupation: Brick Mason

Household Members:
John J. Shaughnessy, 31
Mary L. Shaughnessy, 29, b. abt. 1851, NY
John F. Shaughnessy, 8
Sarah Shaughnessy, 6
Willie Shaughnessy, 4


: living at  23 Hobart St.  Children show Father born Ireland, Mother NY, and Mary L's parents show both born NY.


1880, 10 Jun

Name: Thomas Benham - Line 11
Age: 50
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Utica, Oneida, NY
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah Benham
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Tobacconist

Household Members:
Thomas Benham, 50
Sarah Benham, 49, b. abt. 1831, NY, Wife
Mertinus Benham, 39, b. abt. 1841, NY, Brother


: no children listed, Mertinus is Martinus Laraway Benham


1881-1890- John J. Shaughnessy, 34 Hobart St. (Utica City Directories on file)



1892- John J. Shaughnessy, 20 Hobart St. (Utica City Directories on file)

1893-1894   "            "                81 Elm St.

1894, 9 Sep - Mary & John Shaughnessy, living at 81 Elm St. Utica, NY

1895        "                "                103 Kemble St.

1896        "                "                203 West St

1897-1899 "                "               146 Howard Ave.




1900 - John J. Shaughnessy, widower, living at 146 Howard St. Utica, Oneida Co., NY  Children: Sarah, William, Anna L., Lizzie, Mary L., Ella.

Daughter  Mary Louise Shaughnessy Jr, b. 1 Oct 1884, Utica, NY, d. 5 May 1947,  Utica, NY