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An occasional Who Hunter series on the unexpected places we find our next lead.

The Set Up

Michael Francis Beirn (1841-1873) figures prominently in my Certification portfolio and personal research. I’ve been tediously surveying the internet for possible leads on members of a Beirn One Name study for a Philadelphia trip next month.

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The Lead

An obituary for Martin J. Beirn – who once lived with Michael F. Beirn – appeared in Sporting Life because his nephew, Joseph C. Beirn, ran the billards room at the Green’s Hotel.[4] Whew!

Who’da thought?

Rorey Cathcart

Copyright (c) 18 August 2013

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[4] “Billiard News and Comment,” Sporting Life (Philadelphia, PA), 10 January 1914, p. 16, col. 2-3; digital images, LA84.org (http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1914/VOL_62_NO_19/SL6219016.pdf : accessed 2 August 2013).

I’ve been working for awhile now to connect the few Beirns of our spelling to each other. Martin J and William Beirn can be found in the household of Michael Francis Beirn during the 1870 second enumeration. William Beirn worked at The Magnolia Hotel as a bartender while Martin managed The Green’s Hotel. The article mentioned above and transcribed below identifies Martin J Beirn as the uncle of Joseph C Beirn. Joseph C Beirn was prosecuted for selling liquor to sailors after 7pm on Sunday’s but was essentially ‘let off’ as he promised not to do it again. The name of his saloon is as yet undetermined. Owen Beirn was listed as brother to Joseph C Beirn on the 1930 census. All good leads but weak sources. Much to do still. But for now I hope you’ll enjoy the fruits of many searches.

Martin J. Beirn, who died recently at his home in this city, at the age of about 70 years, was probably one of the best-known men in public business in this city, although he practically belonged to a past generation.  For many years he was connected with Green’s Hotel, where his nephew, Joseph Beirn, had charge of the billiard room when the hotel was under the ownership of Thomas H. Green. The Beirn family was more than well know in business around Eighth and Chestnut streets as far back as 50 years ago. Mr. Beirn’s daughter is a Sister of Charity –Sister Virginia—in Notre Dame Convent, Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.

Rorey Cathcart

Copyright (c) 18 August 2013

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