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Annie Theresa Clotilde van Beuren (Kerrigan)

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: July 28, 1871 (32-33)
Place of Burial: (Kerrigan vault #17), Woodside, Queens County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Kerrigan of County Donegal and Eleanor Cecelia Kerrigan
Wife of Henry Spingler van Beuren
Mother of Eleanor Wittmann (van Beuren)
Sister of Sarah C. Kerrigan; James Kerrigan, Jr; (USA), Philip Patrick Kerrigan; Maurice S Kerrigan; Catherine T. Perkins and 7 others

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About Annie Theresa Clotilde van Beuren

  • youngest dau. of James Kerrigan
  • schooled in Manhattanville NY

The Kerrigan family moved in the late 1850’s to 26 West 14th Street, across the street from the old Van Beuren mansion. There is a biography of Annie’s father published by the Catholic Historical Society in 1937 in the journal Historical Records and Studies vol. 28 entitled “James Kerrigan, Merchant” by Sara M. Murphy. In it, a tale is told of young Annie as follows:

“In 1859. it was decided that some of the family should make the Grand Tour of Europe, then indispensable for culture. Miss Sarah was to chaperone two of the younger ones. Joseph and Annie. They went, fortified with letters of introduction from Archbishop Hughes and other Church dignitaries. Cardinal Wiseman was especially gracious to them in London. At that time. notable English people were drifting into the Church in large numbers and the Cardinal had a wide acquaintance. The young Kerrigans found London a round of enchantment. They enjoyed garden parties, drives, bazaars, theatres, and all manner of entertainment. It was their cherished desire to meet the great John Henry Newman, and this boon was granted them. He was living at that time at Edgbaston. his retreat outside the City of Birmingham, and it was arranged that they should spend a day with him. They went to Birmingham. accompanied by Cardinal Wiseman. and had a never-to-be-forgotten visit.

lt was Summer, and Dr. Newman and his secretary, a reverend companion, were alone. Luncheon was served at a long refectory table, at one end of which sat Cardinal Wiseman and at the other, Dr. Newman. The young Kerrigans were amused by the antics of a little dog of the black and tan type which trotted back and forth all through the meal looking for tidbits, first from Dr. Newman, then from his secretary. This must have inspired Annie (who sat by Dr. Newman) to tell him tales of her own pets at home. He chuckled often, then relaxed into hearty laughter. Miss Sarah, at the other end of the table, was slightly uneasy. What could Annie be saying to the greatly revered man? Dr. Newman saw her look of inquiry and said in his clipped English speech: "Miss Annie is telling me how she and her brothers trained their little dog to run up and down Papa's back at family prayers while he was saying the Rosary." And he added. with a twinkle in his eyes: "I must confess to something worse than that. When Father- and I are here alone. our little dog runs up and down on the top of the table." This hitherto unpublished Newman story has long been repeated in the Kerrigan family.”

Annie’s daughter has the same name as her mother, Eleanor. Annie is buried in the Kerrigan tomb at Calvary Cemetery in Queens NY. ~ from descendant Kathryn Grace Commons (2017)

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Annie Theresa Clotilde van Beuren's Timeline

New York, New York, United States
August 15, 1870
New York, New York, United States

DOB in 1915 NJ census is Aug 1874

September 15, 1870
Age 74
New York, New York, United States

The New York Herald (New York, New York) 17 Sep 1870, Sat., Page 5

July 28, 1871
Age 33

The New York Herald (New York, New York)
29 Jul 1871, Sat
Page 3

Woodside, Queens County, New York, United States

Calvary Cemetery
Also known as Calvary Allied Cemetery, First Calvary Cemetery, Fourth Calvary Cemetery, Second Calvary Cemetery, Third Calvary Cemetery

49-02 Laurel Hill Blvd., Long Island Expressway & Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Woodside, Queens County, New York, 11377-7396 USA
PHONE 718-786-8000
MEMORIALS 149,176 added (55% photographed)