John Davin is my 2nd great grandfather. In his petition for citizenship in Massachusetts, in October of 1852, John states he was born June 24, 1825, in the parish of "Grange" in Tipperary, Ireland. He also says he arrived at New York on or about May first, 1847, and has lived the past five years at Northampton and Pittsfield (Massachusetts). His tombstone in Dalton (as well as his obituary), says he was born in 1822. Since this memorial marker was erected by the family after his widow Catherine's death, it appears that accurate family records may not have been available at the time. Edward Davin of Lenox signed as a witness to John's application for citizenship in Pittsfield in 1852. John supposedly came to America with his mother and three brothers. I have yet to find them on any passenger list.
John found employment in Quincy, MA., 1847, at his trade of shoe-making, which he learned as a young man. He worked in Northampton and elsewhere, and went to Pittsfield in 1848. He married Miss Catherine Ward of Pittsfield, October 29, 1850. He went to Dalton in 1855 at age 33 and opened a cobbling shop. Some years afterward he was given work in the Crane paper mills in Dalton and was in their employ for 20 years. The family attended St Agnes RC church in Dalton.
I would like very much to hear from anyone with knowledge of this family.