Friday, May 5, 2017

Thomas Larkins, Who Died in a Railroad Accident in 1875

Thomas Larkins was born in County Tipperary, Ireland to Daniel and Joanna (sometimes listed as Judith) Skehan. His baptism was recorded in the parish of Killenaule, County Tipperary. By 1848, Thomas Larkins was living in Erie County, Erie. That year he was married to Anna Ryan, with FatherMachebeuf officiating at the service at Holy Angels.

Thomas and Anna Larkins had a large family, as seen in the 1870 U.S. Census. Sadly, Thomas Larkins was killed in a railroad accident on June 4, 1875. An article which appeared in the June 11, 1875 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that broken stay-bolts in the boiler were the cause of the tragic accident. A brief article about the death of Thomas Larkins appeared in an Annual Report of the Commissioner of Railroads and Telegraphs. Another man, Joseph Lees, Jr.,  was killed in the same accident.

The Thomas Larkins who died in this tragic accident was the older brother of my ancestor, Patrick Larkins. Both men married Irish young ladies with the surname of Ryan. How said for the many children of Thomas Larkins to lose their hard working father. Thomas Larkins was laid to rest at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, but so far a specific location has not been determined.

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