17 February 2010

Oh Canada -- Paying Homage To My Canadian Relatives (Part Two)

My great-great grandparents, John & Mary Agnes (Kennedy) Powers:

John was born in Canada on June 3, 1834, the son of Michael & Mary (McGovern) Powers (who were both born in Ireland) and died January 1, 1925, in Flint, Michigan.

Flint Journal
POWERS - John N. Powers, 90 years old, died yesterday at 1502 Fenton street, of the infirmities of age. He was born in Canada, June 3, 1934. He leaves four sons, James, Harry G. and William S. Powers of Flint; John Powers of Detroit, and one daughter, Mrs. Sincerbeaux of Flint.

Mary Agnes (Kennedy) Powers was born in December of 1834, the daughter of David & Ann (Howard) Kennedy. She died November 26, 1908, in Flint, Michigan.

Flint Journal
Mrs. John N. Powers Was Fatally Stricken With Heart Disease

Taken suddenly ill last Tuesday evening while in company with her son, James Powers, she was going from her home on Fenton street to the home of another son, John E. Powers, at 103 Wilson street, Mrs. Mary Agnes Powers, aged 74, remained in an unconscious condition until 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when she breathed her last. Heart failure is stated as the cause of death.

Mrs. Powers had been a resident of this city for the past twelve years, coming from Dryden, Lapeer county. Besides her husband, John N. Powers, and the sons above mentioned, she is survived by two other sons, William Powers, of Dryden, and Harry G. Powers, recently of New Mexico, now of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. Allen Sincerbeaux, of Flushing township.

After being stricken Mrs. Powers was taken to the home of her son, John E. Powers. This afternoon the body will be removed to her own home, at 300 Fenton street, where the funeral service will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, a pastor of the Church of God, Detroit, of which denomination the deceased was a member, officiating. Interment will be made in the family burying lot in the city cemetery.

The picture above is one of my most treasured items. It is a copy of the picture that was in the possession of my Dad's cousin, Marion George Allen (now deceased). When I first started researching (20 + years ago) I knew nothing about John & Mary Agnes. To not only discover their names, but to see their faces, was beyond exciting.

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