Editor’s Note: It’s a little bit like Tinker to Evers to Chance. Anthony Canavan’s Daughter Margaret Elizabeth Canavan Marries into the Casey Family, which Marries into the Lynch Family, which marries into the Meyer Family.

Margaret Elizabeth Canavan was one of four daughters of Anthony Canavan, Sr. and Ann Hughes. In addition, seven sons survived to adulthood. It was Margaret Canavan that created the connection between the Canavan and Meyer families. Margaret was born December 18, 1862, in Sumner Township, IL. She died in March 1938 at the age of 75 and is buried in nearby Manteno, IL. At the age of 36, Margaret married John Dominic Casey January 11, 1899 in Holy Name Cathedral Catholic Church in Chicago. He was 34 at the time and the son of Thomas Patrick Casey and Catherine Bern. John Dominic Casey was born August 4, 1864 and reached 50 years of age when he died in 1915. John and Margaret Canavan Casey had two children. Mary Catherine Casey, known as Catherine, was born May 22, 1900, in Chicago. Mary Catherine died on August 9, 1982, at the age of 82. Her sibling was named after her father. Her namesake brother John Dominic Casey was born in Chicago February 15, 1907 and died on April 16, 1989, at the age of 82. At the age of 18, Mary Catherine Casey married Patrick Columbus Lynch on Wednesday, April 23, 1919, in St. Thomas Acquinas Church in Chicago, when he was 25 years old. Patrick Columbus Lynch was born on Thursday, July 13, 1893 and died in 1962. He was the son of Patrick Lynch and Ellen Gibbons. Catherine and Pat Lynch had three children: Francis, John and Patricia Lynch.

John Lynch was born on Saturday, August 12, 1922. He died on November 10, 2009, at the age of 87. At the age of 28, John married Roberta Wyman , known as Bobby Gay June 23, 1951, when she was 24 years old.

Roberta Wyman was born July 1, 1926. She was the daughter of Austin Lowell Wyman Sr and Helen Dorothy Smock. Roberta reached 78 years of age and died on May 11, 2005.

John and Roberta Lynch had seven children: Roberta (Robbie), John, Mary Catherine (Cathy), Elizabeth (Beth), Patrick (Casey), Margaret Jane (Meg) and Emily.

John and Roberta’s daughter Meg Lynch Meyer was born on Monday, April 11, 1960. She married Patrick G. Heck on Saturday, June 27, 1981, when he was 24 years old. They were divorced on October 21, 1988.

They had one son: Patrick Thaman Heck, born in 1983. He is married to Allison Jane Abbott.

Patrick and Allison have two daughters, Ada Lillian Heck and Maren Clare Heck.

Meg Lynch married Richard Meyer on October 21, 1990. At the time, Richard had a daughter Shannon Meyer and two sons, Brady Pates Meyer and Zachary Meyer. Zachary Meyer was born in 1982.

Shannon Meyer, born in 1971, is married to Griswold Simpson. Shannon Meyer Simpson and Griswold Simpson have two sons, Andrew Simpson and Ryan Simpson.

Brady Meyer was born July 12, 1979 and married and was later divorced from Julia Carrasco Fernandez. Brady Meyer subsequently married Ilene Shevrin. They have a daughter, Elana Natalie Meyer.