Section 3. the line of

Kate Mimnaugh

Dorothy Weissbach Hay's mother


The Casey Line -- Kate Mimnaugh's Mother

Mary Casey Mimnaugh (1859-1925) was born near Drumlish, County Longford, Ireland, close to the Mimnaugh townlands. Her father was Patrick Casey, and she came to the US in 1880. Probably Michael Mimnaugh and Mary Casey knew each other in Ireland, because they were married barely a year after she arrived in America. And, if I am right that her mother was Mary Hannafy, she and her husband were baptized by the same priest. Mary Casey Mimnaugh died in East Pittsburgh of chronic myocarditis at about age 65.

 

Thomas Mumford Mimnaugh (1840-?)

We have traced the Mimnaughs back to the 1840 birth of Thomas* Mumford Mimnaugh was born about 1840 in Ireland, (very likely Co. Longford the heart of the Irish midlands ). We don't know his parents names or his wife's name, but someone must have be named Mumford. He came to southeast Pittsbugh area in 1884, lived here about 20 years, and then died in Ireland. Born in Ireland were his 3 children named Michael* (b.1859), ThomasJr (b.1872) & Mary (b.1873). Very likely, Joseph (b.1865) & Anne (b.1870) Mimnaugh were also his children. (See Mimnaughs in the Appendix for a chart of his descendants as far down as we know them.)

 

On June 15, 1900, we find Thomas Mimnaugh, 60 years old, living with his daughter, Mary Mimnaugh Jordan (26), son-in-law Patrick Jordan and their two children in North Versailles Township. He is widowed, no occupation writen. He came over in 1884, has lived in the USA for 16 years and still has alien status. This 1900 US Census is the only record we have of Dorothy Weissbach Hay's Great Grandfather. We have proof that our Mimnaughs came from Country Longford in the marriage application of Micale's sister Mary Mimnaugh Jordan. About further research: I'm almost sure we will find our Mimnaugh family in Ireland records, and in Co Longford (probably Drumlish) because: 1.) Mimnaugh/Mimnagh is very rare name. 2) the 1800s records I've found only put them in only 2 counties: Tyrone in N. Ireland & Longford in the Irish free state. 3) On the 1930s US census, three of Kate's siblings wrote "Ireland Free State" as their parents' birthplace. Other common spellings of Mimnaugh are Mimnagh, Meenagh, Minnaugh & Mimna.

 

Michael Mimnaugh (1859-?) and Mary Casey (1860-1944)

Michael Mimnaugh was born August, 1859 in Ireland (Free State), the oldest of five children of Thomas* Mumford Mimnaugh (1840-?) and unknown mother. In 1979, he was the first Mimnaugh to come to the Pittsburgh. He married Mary Casey in Pittsburgh in 1881. The second of their seven children was our direct ancestor, Kate Mimnaugh. The other children were Mary "Mazie" Murray (1884-1972), Thomas Joseph Mimnaugh (1888-1971), John "Neno" Mimnaugh (1892-1964), Michael Joseph Mimnaugh (1896-1959), William J Mimnaugh (1898-1982), and Gertrude McIntyre (1901-1989). (See Mimnaughs in the Appendix for a chart of his descendants as far down as we know them.) I believe Michael and Mary's family was Catholic, because a grandson and two of his sons and their wives are all buried in the All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery. In that same cemetery (Lot 100A Sec D), there is a simple ground marker with no names; perhaps that's where Michael and his wife are buried.

 

In the 1900 census, Michael Mimnaugh was working as a brass smelter. He owned his house but has a mortgage. We know the family had trouble making ends meet, because their daughter Kate was sent to live in Ireland for a while. We have Michael and Mary's family in the 1910 census when their names were badly misspelled as "Manraught". We know they died after the 1920 census, when the record shows they were 60 and 58 years old. Three of their younger children were still living at home. In the 1930 census, William, their youngest son, was living with Gertrude's family. No Michael and/or Mary in the 1930 census.

 

Mary Casey Mimnaugh was also born in Ireland (Free State). She came over in 1880. More research is needed on the Casey family but won't be easy. Mary seems to be the very most common Catholic girls' name, and Casey is a fairly common name. Although there were Caseys living in every Irish County in the property survey of 1848-64, Caseys were much more plentiful in Cork 362, Limerick 273 and Kerry 249. County Longford, from which we believe the Mimnaughs hail, had 89. Hopefully, if we find the Mimnaughs in Ireland, we'll our Caseys. It seems quite possible Michael and Mary knew each other in Ireland, because they were married barely a year after she came over from Ireland. Quite a few of Michael and Mary's descendants still live in Pittsburgh's North Versailles Township today.

Kate Mimnaugh (1887-1930)

Kate E. Mimnaugh was born September, 1887 in southeast Pittsburgh, the second of seven children of Michael Mimnaugh (1859-?) and Mary Casey (1860-1944). Both her parents were born in Ireland. Her father came to the US in 1879, her mother in 1880. I believe her family was Catholic, because a nephew and two of her brothers and their wives are all buried in the All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Because her tombstone says Katherine, we had always used that name but now notice she is always listed as Kate in census and other records. That illustrates how little we know about her, because Kate died when Dot was 11 years old. We have only one story -- unfortunately a horrible story. Near the end of her life when Kate was quite sick, she tried to throw Dorothy into the blazing furnace. That could have been when Dot was sent to live with relatives.

 

When Kate's family was short on money and food, she was sent back to Ireland to live with her Grandmother Casey. We have a ship's record of her brother Tom returning from Ireland in 1910, (when Kate was 23 years old), so maybe she returned with him at that time. More likely she lived in Ireland when she was much younger, too young to earn money for the family.

 

On June 15, 1900, the 1900 US Census, she was almost 13 and living in Southeast Pittsbugh, North Versailles Township, where her father Michael is working as a brass smelter. Right near them, her grandfather Thomas Mumford Mimnaugh is living with the family of Kate's Aunt, Mary Jordan. Her father Michael and Patrick Jordan both own their houses but have a mortgage. Her parents have been married 19 years, and six of their seven children are listed: Mazie b. 1884, Kate, Tom b. 1888, John b. 1892, Mike b. 1896 and Willie b. 1898. The youngest, Gertrude, will be born in 1901.

 

In the 1910 census, she was 24 and still living with her parents. Her occupation said "works in ?mike?" at Westinghouse.

Kate married Bruno Weissbach...

In 1912, Kate married Bruno Weissbach (1890-1933) who had come from Prussian Germany with his large family when he was five years old. When married, Kate was 24 or 25, while Bruno was 22 and working at a factory as an apprentice machinist.

 

On August 24, 1918, Kate was 30 when their second child, Dorothy June Weissbach, was born. The family then lived at 1442 Beech St., North Braddock, PA. Many North Braddock residents worked at the nearby steel mill in Braddock. The mill's closing has caused North Braddock's population to decline from 15,679 in 1940 to 6,410 in 2000. In the 1920 Census at the same address, Kate's husband Bruno was a machinist at the Electrical Works (possibly Westinghouse), son Gilbert was six, and little Dorothy was 1 year and 4 months old. That was such a good census, I have a copy of it.

 

Some time in the 1920s, Bruno and Kate moved away from their families to the area of Johnstown, PA., Richland Township. Probably hard times prompted their move. A story about Kate's brother supports that theory. In 1912 Michael J. Mimnaugh was a brakeman for Union Railroad. In 1942, he was unemployed with a wife and seven children. Not surprisingly, his oldest son Howard enlisted in World War II. (A completely unrelated but interesting fact is that, unlike the other three brothers, this brother had red hair and blue eyes.)

 

In the census of 1930, Bruno was working as a restaurant manager near Johnstown, PA, probably a lower wage job than a machinist. He was living all alone and said he was married not widowed. Thus, Kate's death must have happened between April 1st when the Census was taken and Aug 24th, when Dot turned 12. We don't know where Kate's children were living during the Census. Kate must have been hospitalized, but we don't know where. Nor do we know what caused her death at age 42.

 

We do know where she is buried: with Bruno, Gil, Dot and 15 other Weissbachs at the (Wilkinsburg) Woodlawn Cemetery, 1460 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA. WEISSBACH BRUNO H. 1890 1933 Father WEISSBACH CATHERINE E. 1887 1930 Mother - BRUNO H. stone WEISSBACH GILBERT ~ 1914 ~ 1936 (Son of Bruno Weissbach) HAY DOROTHY JUNE 1918 1980 Mother; (Daughter of Bruno Weissbach)

 

We don't think Dorothy had much contact with the Mimnaughs, her mother's family. In the mid 1970s, while living in Penn Hills, Dorothy reunited with a women who Don said looked very much like her. I'm guessing this relative was her aunt, Gertrude Mimnaugh McIntyre, who lived in east Pittsburgh. She gave Dorothy a photo of her parents, the only picture she had ever seen of her mother. Also, Dorothy left us a World War I style military helmet; it was marked with a "W" (for Warden?). Donna said her mother's uncle was an air raid warden during World War I (or maybe it was WWII). Because there was an Ancestry.com document about a Mimnaugh air raid warden, I think that Uncle was probably a Mimnaugh and not a Weissbach.

 

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The Casey name comes from ancient Gaelic O Cathasaigh, which means watchful. The motto is Per varios casus
translates as "By various fortunes."

 

County Longford. the heart of the Irish midlands The Breanisk townland actually borders another County, forms part of the Leitrim-Longford border.

 

In 2011, we visited where I had guessed the Mimnaughs came from. This (Drumlish-Newtownforbes) area of County Longford looked more like Ohio than Ireland. It was flat, rural farmland.

 

We had a beer in a Drumlish pub, but I did not get up enough nerve to ask if they knew any Mimnaughs.

 

Kate Mimnaugh in what was probably her 1912 wedding to Bruno Weissbach. This is one of only two photos Dorothy Weissbach Hay had ever seen of her mother.

 

We think this is probably Kate Mimnaugh with Bruno. In the 1910 census, they both worked for Westinghouse: he a machinist, she a worker in mihe? That must have been how Bruno and Kate met.

 

Baby Dorothy with brother Gil, about 1919.

 

Dorothy in one of her dance costumes.

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