John T McKenna1,2

#6805, (17 December 1883 - July 1964)
Father*Thomas McKenna3,4 (c 1841 - )
Mother*Margaret Flahive3,4 (c 1846 - )


Mary Crean b. c 1887, d. 1955
Children 1.Thomas J McKenna+1 (1916 - 1984)
 2.Mary McKenna1 (c 1918 - 2017)
 3.Margaret McKenna1 (c 1919 - 1927)
 4.John Patrick McKenna1 (c 1921 - 1952)
 5.Hubert Michael McKenna+1 (1923 - 2009)
 6.James J McKenna+1 (1925 - 2001)
Evidence for Thomas and Margaret as the parents of John McKenna:
1. U. S. records for John give a birth date of 17 Dec 1883. The baptism record for John, son of Thomas and Margaret is 18 Dec 1883, consistent with practices.
2. U.S. entry record for John gives a last residence as Annascaul.
3. Naturalizattion records for John name Dingle as his birth place. The town centers are about 17 km (10 miles) apart.
4. Customary (but not required) names for Irish children follow a pattern of first boy for the father's father and second girl for the father's mother. John's first son is named Thomas and his second daughter is named Margaret. [If this is the custom followed, then the parents of Mary Crean might be John and Mary Crean].
5. Ship's manifest for John states he is visiting his cousin John Flahive. with Thomas McKenna and Margaret Flahive.5 
Birth*17 December 1883He was born on 17 December 1883 at Annascaul, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, IrelandG; (passenger list has Annascaul, naturalization petition has Dingle.)6,7,8 
1901He appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of Thomas McKenna and Margaret Flahive at Lougher Townland, Ballinvohir Civil Par., Co. Kerry, IrelandG, son, age 16, not marr., farm servant, b. Co. Kerry, able to read and write Irish and English; (neis. John (49) and Ellie (42) McKenna, house 2.)9 
14 April 1907He migrated to New York City, New York, on the SS Cedric, sailing from Cobh (then Queenstown), County Cork, Ireland, arriving 14 April 1907.7,8 
10 January 1910He was naturalized on 10 January 1910; (intent.)8 
24 April 1913He was naturalized on 24 April 1913 at New YorkG.8 
Marriage*31 October 1915He married Mary Crean, daughter of Hugh Crean and Honora Landers, on 31 October 1915 at Long Island City, Queens, New YorkG.4,1 
27 January 1920He and Mary Crean appeared on the census of 27 January 1920 at 164 Wykoff Street, Jamaica, Queens, New YorkG.10 
14 April 1930He appeared on the census of 14 April 1930 at 107-32 Liverpool Street, Jamaica, Queens, New YorkG; (Mary not recorded.)11 
13 April 1940He and Mary Crean appeared on the census of 13 April 1940 at 107-32 Liverpool Street, Jamaica, Queens, New YorkG.12 
26 April 1942He registered for the military draft on 26 April 1942 at 107-32 Liverpool Street, Jamaica, Queens, New YorkG.6 
Death*July 1964He died in July 1964 at Jamaica, Queens, New YorkG, at age 80.13 
Burial*July 1964He was buried in July 1964 at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queen Co., New York, New YorkG.14 


  1. [S702] Obituary, The Day, New London, CT, 22 Aug 2011, B4, James J. McKennas, age 76, formerly of Stamford; graduate of Fordham University, WW II vet, personnel mgr for IBM; see exhibit.
  2. [S2297] Mary McKenna, "McKenna Family Tree" (Connecticut).
  3. [S1525], online, Church Records. Kerry R.C. Diocese, Annascaul Parish. John McKenna, son of Thomas McKenna and Margaret [family name not recorded], bapt. 18 Dec 1883. No sponsors named; no book or page number; entry 1. Record Identifier KY-RC-BA-27389.
  4. [S45] New York City Marriage Cerificate, New York City Municipal Archives, Dept. of Records, New York, New York.
  5. [S520] VWH.
  6. [S1277] World War II Draft Registration Cards, image viewed online or, Serial no. U929, Local Board 374, Richmond Hill, Queens, NY, 26 Apr 1942. John McKenna, b. Ireland 17 Dec 1883, res. 107-32 Liverpool Street, Jamaica, Queens, NY; empl. J Rich Steirs Inc., Brooklyn NY; contact Mary McKenna, wife.
  7. [S620] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [images on-line], online, Microfilm T715 (1897-1957), NAI 300346, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Roll 868/8892, img. 382/497. Manifest of Alien Passengers, SS Cedric, sailing from Queenstown, Ireland, 6 Apr 1907, arriving Port of New York, 14 Apr 1907, sheet Q6 [stamped "67"], no. 24684, line 18. John McKenna, age 22, laborer, Irish, British subject, b. and res. Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland; in possession of $30, joining cousin John [sic] Flahiive, 130 7th Street; height 5' 8", fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes.
  8. [S1523] Petitions for Naturalization of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1865-1937; M1879, Record Group 21, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, District of Columbia, online, Microfilm M1879A, Roll 151, Vol. 39, pp. 93-94, img. 480-481/697. John McKenna. 1. Certificate of Arrival ser. no. 56964 [stamped 78963-S-569640], issued 6 Jan 1913; John McKenna, arr. Port of NY 14 Apr 1907, vessel Cedric. 2. Declaration of Intention, no. 1931, 10 Jan 1910. 3. Petition and Affdavits, 20 Jan 1913; John McKenna, laborer, b. Dingle, Ireland, 17 Dec 1883; emigrated from Queenstown Ireland to New York on vessel Cedric; res. 126-5 Street, Long Island City NY; witnesses James Thomas Flahive, brakeman, res. 65 East Avenue, Long Island City NY, and Thomas McKenna, switchman, res. 126-5 Street, Long Island City NY. 4. Oath of Allegiance and Admission Order, 24 Apr 1913, Certificate of Naturalization 340647.
  9. [S1524] 1901 Ireland Census, image viewed online, Residents of a house 1 in Co. Kerry, Corkaguiny Barony, Ballinvoher civil parish, Lougher Townland, Dingle PLU and Constabulary, Inch District Electoral Division. Thomas (60), farmer; Margret (55); both b. Co. Kerry, both read Irish only, R.C.
  10. [S11] 1920 U.S. Federal Census. John (36), b. and parents b. Ireland, imm. 1907, natlzd. 1913, stationary engineer; Mary (33), b. and parents b. Ireland, imm. yr. not known, natrlzd.
  11. [S7] 1930 U.S. Federal Census. John (46), b. and parents b. Ireland, marr. age 31, locomotive engineer [Mary not recorded].
  12. [S346] 1940 U.S. Federal Census. John (55), b. Eire, highway project engineer; Mary (52), b. Eire; same house in 1935.
  13. [S16] Social Security Death Index, (Washington, D.C.: Social Security Administration), index online or, John McKenna, SSN 096-09-2614, b. 17 Dec 1883, d. Jul 1964, last res. Jamaica, Queens, NY.
  14. [S1628], online, Shared stone memorial. McKenna / Margaret 1919-1927 / Mary C 1887-1955 / John T 1883-1964 / Lt. John P 1921-1952, missing in action Korean War 8 Feb 1952 / Mary M 1918-2017. Memorial 228674634, created by and photo added by Inis Fada.