The Edward Fogarty and Rose Kennedy Family of South Bend, Indiana: An Analysis of this Irish Family's Migration from Ireland to South Bend Indiana and Beyond in South Bend St. Joseph Church and Sacred Heart Church Records, Census and other Resources

Edward and Rose Fogarty appear to have arrived in the South Bend, Indiana area sometime before May 7, 1866 when son Edward was baptized at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame. They resided in the City of South Bend in Ward 4 on July 9, 1870 when the census was conducted. Their migration trail from Ireland appears to begin here in the United States with an 1832 arrival (according to the 1900 US Census). Their journey took them to Tennessee where their daughter Catherine was born around 1861, to Chicago, Illinois where daughter Anna was born in 1864 and finally to South Bend, Indiana around 1866 where their son Edward was born. This young Edward goes on to become the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana beginning in 1902.

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of this family in the United States through all available resources. I would love to hear from anyone who believes that they may be a descendent of this family so that we can work together to find their origins in Ireland and migration trail to the U.S. This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with Ireland and U.S. marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical resources. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate. Please contact me if you feel that you are descended from this family or another South Bend, Indiana Irish Family so that we can share information, see if there were common migration trails followed and delve further back into their origins in Ireland!

Research Observations and Analysis:

Fortunately, the St Joseph Church 1880 Census of Parishioners provides Rose Fogarty's maiden name- Kennedy. I have been able to trace the core of this Irish family from the 1870 South Bend Census through the 1900 South Bend Census in which Edward Fogarty is listed as a widow. I have yet to find his death record, but Rose appears to have died September 29, 1891 at the age of 62 according to St Joseph Church Burial Records. In the process of compiling the information for this page, I came across an article in the University of Notre Dame's "Notre Dame Magazine" that describes an Archaelogy project headed by Deb Rotman on Notre Dame Avenue. This is a must read article if you are a descendent of this family as the archaelogical dig takes place at 602 N Notre Dame Avenue the former home site of Edward Fogarty and Rose Kennedy! Descendents of the Fogarty's definitely have the luck of the Irish to have their ancestor's property chosen for this research! Martin Brennan and Catherine Corcoran, my second great grandparents, resided just down the street at 1015 N. Notre Dame Avenue and their son William H Brennan at 915 N. Notre Dame Avenue. There was an interesting article appearing in the South Bend Tribune on November 13, 1905 describing Mayor Edward J Fogarty's intent to fully enforce laws that would "clear South Bend of some of the characters which for some time past have been in the habit of loafing around the saloons and questionable resorts." He went on to include women of "questionable character loafing about the streets dressed in a Loud or gaudy manner." (South Bend Tribune, 1905).

Census, Church or Other Record Date Born, Baptized, Marriage, Death Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child or other Occupation; Misc. Info
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Record Born April 22, 1866, Baptized May 7, 1866 Fogerty, Edwardus Kennedy, Rosa Edwardi  
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Record Born October 5, 1869, Baptized October 24, 1869 Fogarty, Edwardo Kennedy, Rosa Joannis Francisci  
1870 US Census for South Bend, St Joseph County, IN Ward 4 July 9, 1870 Fogarty, Edward, age 43 born in Ireland Fogarty, Rose, 43 born in Ireland Fogarty, Catherine, age 9 born in Tennessee Edward was a Brick Mason and Rose - Kept house; Value of Real Estate $3000
" "     Fogarty, Anna, age 6 born in Illinois  
" "     Fogarty, Edward, age 7 born in Indiana  
" "     Fogarty, John, age 8/12 born in Indiana  
St Joseph Church list of Head of Families for East South Bend 1874 Foggerty, Edw      
St Joseph Church Census of 1876 1876 Fogerty, Edward, 49 Fogerty, Rose, age 47? Fogerty, Katie, age 19  
" "     Fogerty, Ellen, age 11  
" "     Fogerty, Edw, age 9  
" "     Fogerty, Jno, age 6  
St Joseph Church Census of 1880 1880 Fogerty, Edward, 53 Kennedy, Rose, 51 Fogerty, Katie, 19  
" "     Fogerty, Anna, 15  
" "     Fogerty, Edward, 14  
" "     Fogerty, John, 11  
1880 US Census for South Bend, St Joseph County Indiana Ward 4 District 162 - residence on Notre Dame Avenue June 2?, 1880 Fogarty, Edward, 53 born in Ireland and parents born in Ireland Fogarty, Rose, 51, wife, born in Ireland and parents born in Ireland Fogarty, Katie, 19, dtr House Sevt. born in Tennessee Edward is a Brick and Stone Mason
" "     Fogarty, Anna, 15 dtr born in Chicago Home
" "     Fogarty, Edward, 14, son born in Indiana Works Sewing Machine Factory
" "     Fogarty, John, 10, Son born in Indiana Home
St Joseph Church Burial Records September 29,1891   Fogarty, Rose died at the age of 62   Stoffel CSC performed the service
1900 US Census for South Bend, City, Portage Twp, St Joseph Indiana (residence is at 702 N. Notre Dame Avenue) June 7, 1900 Fogarty, Edward, Head born March 1825 in Ireland; Parents born in Ireland and he is a widow   Fogarty, Edward, son 34 single born April 1866 in Indiana; He is a Money Note Clerk Edward (Sr) was listed as having arrived in the US in 1832, here for 68 yeasr and Naturalized. He owns his home free of Mortgage
" "     Fogarty, Anna, Dtr, age 31 born March 1869 in Illinois; single no occupation listed
Political website for the Mayors of South Bend, Indiana 1902-1907 Fogarty, Edward J     served as Mayor of South Bend for at least this time period possibly longer.
1910 US Census for South Bend City, Portage Twp, St Joseph County Indiana (residence for Fogerty children was at 301 E Jefferson) April 22, 1910 Fogerty, Edward J, Head, 43 born Indiana, parents born in Ireland; he is single (they have a svt Julia Osond from Germany living with them)     Broker Real Estate; he rents his home
" " Fogerty, Anna M, Sister age 45 born in Illinois, parents born in Ireland; she is single     none
1920 US Census, Michigan City, Laporte County, IN 3rd Precinct (Residence on Park Row) January 9, 1820 Fogarty, E.J, Head, 53 yr old born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland     Warden at Indiana State Prison
1920 US Census City of South Bend, Portage Twp, St Joseph County Indiana residence 602 Notre Dame Avenue) January 18, 1920 Keller, Charles H, Head, 56 born in Indiana, parents born in Indiana Keller, Catharine, Wife 56 yr old born in Tennessee, parents born in Ireland (I believe this is Catherine Fogarty,dtr of Edward and Rose) Keller, Edward, Son, 34 yr old born in Indiana, dad born in IN, mom in TN; married, Occupation City Treasurer Court House Charles is a City Policeman
" "     Keller, Grace, Daughter in Law 34 born in IN, parents born in Pennsylvania  
1930 US Census City of South Bend, Portage Twp, St Joseph County Indiana residence 612 Notre Dame Avenue April 2, 1930 Keller, Charles H, Head 46 born in Indiana (parents born in IN), Keller, Catherine, Wife, 67? born in Tennesse, Parents born in Irish Free State   Charles is a Detective - Station; owns his home; property value $4000; both were 21 at first marriage