The Founding Families of
St. James at Sag Bridge Catholic Church and Cemetery, Lemont, Illinois

St. James Church at Sag Bridge is said to be founded by Irish immigrants working on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. But is there any evidence of this? How does one know? One way is to read the epitaphs on the oldest gravestones. The lots in the cemetery are, for the most part, owned by the descendants of the pioneers of the parish. During the 19th century the Irish custom was to inscribe the county and parish of origin on the gravestones. Here is a list of places and names found on gravestones in 1987. Are you related to these founding families of St. James?
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Moss Side, Daniel McMullen.


Peter McKeon.


Edmond and Mary O'Kane, Mary Sullivan; Ballyvannin, Tomgrany: Michael McGrath; Carrickaholt, Patrick, Phelix(Newtown), and Hannorah Cody; Killaloe: Jeremiah Hayes.


Mary Coughlin, Mary O'Brian, Richard O'Connell, Ellen Weldon; Annahhishey:, John Sullivan; Baillecourney, two unknowns; Ballinhoura: David Walsh; Bandon, Julia Harrington; Doneraile, Daniel Sullivan; Glownthann, Edward O'Connell; Kilcatherine, Dennis Shear; Killmagh, Patrick Driscoll; Lybeavorrig, Glennville, Mary Linnehan; Morham, Hannah Foley; Youghal, Mary Hanifan.


Bananamore, Hugh Ward; Banoghmore:,Catherine Mcnaman; Dunamore, Bridget McManiman Burns (m).


Balleu Curry, Mary Kelly; Killamanagh, Tohenagh, Michael Griffin; Monson, Thomas Kinney; Tuan, Michael Ford.


David Donovan, Ann Corridon Driscoll, David Driscoll, Maurice Fitzgerald; Abby, Jeremiah Doolin; Ardford, Thomas Houran; Bally Highe, Timothy Reidy; Ballybunion, Mary Enright; Killaraglin, Patrick Sheehan, John Foley, Hanorah Foley; Killiary, Catherine Mahoney; Killmary, Patrick Dinneen; Sneem, Mary Foley (m).


Rosanna Murry (m); Drumkeerin, Ann O'Roark.


John Carmody; Mary McMahan (m); Glinn, Patrick McMahan.


Carlingford, Mary McLaughlin (m), Thomas McLaughlin.


Bossport, Kilcomen, Cornelius Harkins; Turlouch, Thomas McHale.


Laurence Murry, William Weldon; Kilbeg, Patrick Murry.


Kilglass, Mary McDonnell.


Bridget Curran, Catherine Houbigan, Catherine McNamera, Patrick Ryan, Philip Ryan, Thomas Ryan; Kilnaul, John Walsh, Patrick Walsh; Monsea, Sarah Gurneen.


James Shiels; Dungannon,Thomas Cavanaugh.


Baladuf, Julia McMullen; Ballylaneen, Mary Powers (m); Clonea, Mothil, Margaret Foran (m); Leismore, Ellen Conley (m), Morris Conley; Mothel, Mary Fling.


Clondalin, St. Mary, Michael Gannon; Nerden, John Kelly.


James Murphy; Enniscarthy, Peter McGuire; Hook, Thomas Kent; Gorey, Catherine Sennett; Killiann, Bernard Flood, John Stokes.
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