John M. and Mary Alice (Meagher) Shea, 6 North 52 West


In 1880 Minonk, Woodford County, Illinois, John is 8, with Dennis Shea, a farmer 34 and Mary S. Shea, 27 born in Austria. Joseph W. is 5, Caniel T. 3, and Charles F. one month.

October 1889 Yuma Colorado "Dennis Shea sold his saloon to Davis & Snider."

March 1899 Yuma " Dan and Frank Shea arrived in Yuma Thursday from Sterling and will assist their father, Denis Shea, with the spring work at the farm. The boys have many warm friends in and around Yuma, who will give them a hearty welcome."
June 1899 "Dennis Shea drove over to Atwood the first of the week."
"Denis Shea, who has been visiting his sons at Atwood, returned home last Saturday."

December 1899 "Denis Shea, one of our good-natured and popular stockmen, is visiting his brother, P. H. Shea of Narka, Kansas."

April 1909 "April 1909 "Dennis Shea says the Pioneer want ad did the business. Mrs. and Mrs. Greenfield have accepted a position on his ranch."



In August 1917 a reunion of Yuma County pioneers was held in Denver "primarily in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Shea of Fairbury, Nebraska, who were visiting their daughter, Mrs. Edward Lett of Denver. Mr. and Mrs. Shea wee among the pioneer settlers of Yuma, and it was at their suggestion that the first of the annual reunions was held."


Denis Shea 1846-1919 is buried in Yuma Colorado # 74272462, with a stone for Mary (Skersick) Shea 1853-1888 # 74284307.








JOHN'S GRANDMOTHER
Mrs. Catherine Shea, born at Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, August 15, 1811, died September 23, 1909, at the residence of her youngest son, Patrick H. Shea, at Diller, Nebraska. She was married at the age of 18 to Michael Shea, who died in Yuma on April 18, 1888. She leaves three surviving sons, fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Services were held at Fairbury Catholic Church by Rev. J. J. Gary. Grandma Shea, who died a few days ago at Diller, Nebraska, was brought here Wednesday for burial. She lived to the ripe old age of 98 years.
Grandma was a resident of Yuma for many years, but for the past ten years has resided with her son, P. H. Shea, in Nebraska. She was a christian woman, loved by all who knew her, and the news of her death was as much of a shock to our people as it was to a near relative. The three sons, John Shea, of Alva, Okla., Dennis Shea, of Yuma, Colo., and Patrick H. Shea, of Diller, Neb., have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their dear old mother. Her remains were followed to their last resting place by a large procession of friends . Mr. Patrick Shea wishes to express his thanks to the many friends of his mother for their kindness in his hour of bereavement."

September 24, 1909 Yuma "John Shea (This is an uncle of the Logan County John) of Fairbury accompanied the remains of his mother to Yuma.
Dan Shea was over from the river to attend the funeral of his grandmother."

Omaha, Nebraska marriage records have "MEAGHER, Mary, 24; married John M. SHEA, 24; Nov 1895"

John M. Shea, of Yuma, Colorado, 24, born at Rutland, Illinois, son of Dennis Shea and Mary A. Sherzie, married Mary Meagher, 24, of Omaha, born in Ireland to Jeremiah Meagher and Mary Malley.. Witnesses were Dennis Maher of Gibson, Nebraska and Mary Ryan of Omaha.

In 1900 Logan County, Colorado, "John A." Shea is a laborer, born January 1872 in Illinois, married five years to Mary January 1872 Ireland. She's a house servant, and they're working for Henry and Harriet Schneider, both in their 50's.


In 1910 Logan County, John is farming, 38, born in Illinois, with Mary 38 born in Ireland, married 15 years. Loyola M. is 7, Alice 4, and Agnes 4, all three born in Colorado.
Mary was listed as immigrating in 1892.

In 1918 "The Knights of Columbus had a great time over at Sterling Sunday,, a class of thirty-six being initiated into the order. From Yuma, Dan Shea, Phil Shea, John AShea, George Blach and T. J. Sullivan. Denis Shea also aattended."
They're still farming in 1920, with the three kids.

In 1921 John M. Shea of Atwood was a Colorado water commissioner, Division 1, District 64.

John claimed a quarter in 17, 6N 52W in 1922.




John is a water commissioner in Sterling, 37, with Mary 57, Loyola 27 a teacher, and Agnes 24 no occupation.

In 1940 Sterling, Loyola is teaching, 36, Agnes 34 no occupation mother Mary A. 75, widowed. born in Ireland, and cousin Percy H. 24 born in Colorado, a radio repairman - he was in Yuma in 1935.
John Michael Shea 1872-1935 is buried in Sterling # 57063183.

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So is Mary Agnes Shea 1864 ? -1941 # 57462258.

Loyola 1903-1970 is buried in Sterling, # 57322847.

Agnes Frances Shea 1905-1974 is buried in Sterling # 54626244.

Loyola Shea is teaching at a Catholic school in Rushville, Nebraska in 1930, 24.
Sister Mary Loyola (Alice J. Shea) was born June 20, 1905 at Sterling Colorado to John Shea and Mary Meagher, dying January 28, 1952 at St. Joseph's Infirmary in Louisville, Kentucky.
She's buried there # 148379515.
January 29, 1952 "Sister Mary Loyola Shea, a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy for the past two years, died at 7:15 p.m. yesterday at St. Joseph Infirmary. She had been ill since October. She taught at schools in Nebraska and at Cumberland, Md., before coming to the high school at 3107 Lexington Road. Survivors are two sisters, Miss Alice Shea and Miss Loyola Shea, both of Sterling, Colorado.
The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3117 Lexington Road. Burial will be in the Motherhouse Cemetery."

CHARLES - John's brother,


Ida was the daughter of Henry Homan and Aurella Beckwith, and one son Orra B. was born about 1890, dying in Walla Walla, Washington Sept 14, 1943.

In 1900 Page County, Iowa, Henry H. is widowed, born Sept 1850 in Ohio, with daughter Nora May 1881 Ohio, Josie April 1883 Iowa, Ida C. June 1884 Iowa, and son Orra B. May 1891 Iowa.

January 1913 Eckley "Mr. Homan, of Sterling, who came here Christmas to visit his daughter, Mrs. C. F. Shea is still here."

Henry is back in Page County, Iowa in 1930, 79, living with daughter Nora Buckley 49 and her husband Frank 53.

Requiem mass for Mrs. C. F. Shea, who died Friday night in a Sterling hospital, was conducted at St. John's Catholic Church in Yuma by Rev. Coyne, pastor of the local parish, and Rev. Versagen of Sterling. Burial was in the family lot a in the Yuma Cemetery.
The deceased underwent a major operation about two weeks ago from which she failed to recover. She was 55 years of age.
Mrs. Shea was well known in Yuma and other part of Yuma County, having resided here for many years prior to moving to Sterling a few years ago. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Bernie, Paul, and Percy, and one daughter, Elizabeth, a sister, Mrs. W. F. Bulkley of Lexington, Nebraska. A son, Maurice, was drowned at Estes Park in 1935. She was born June 7, 1883 at Shenandoah, Iowa and was married in December 1905 to Charles Francis Shea.
Yuma Pioneer, Yuma, Colorado January 26, 1939
Transcribed by Carol Moore Jan. 2016


In 1940 Sterling, Charles is 60, born in Illinois, and children Paul L. 25 a mechanic, and Mary Elizabeth 17. All three were in Yuma in 1935."
Charles died in Sterling, buried in Yuma. Charles Francis Shea 1880-1944 # 74272357.

July 27, 1944

November 10, 1938

Percy 1910-1976 is buried in Yuma # 74284364.

Paul is buried in Fort Logan # 1173586 - Dec 12, 1915 - June 25, 1997, serving in the Navy beginning December 27, 1941.
He was born in Wray to Charles F. Shea and Ida "Homany"
Josephine M. Shea 1915-1990 is buried with him # 1173541.

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