Anthony Canavan, Sr. and Ann Hughes had 12 children that lived into adulthood. Their daughter Catherine Collette Canavan was born in 1859 in Sumner Township, Kankakee County, Illinois. Catherine Canavan was the link between the Canavan family and the Parish, Skura, Grubert and other related families. Catherine Collette Canavan Parish died in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois January 30, 1940, at the age of 81.
Catherine Collette Canavan married William Wallace Parish in 1882. William Wallace died in Momence, Illinois on October 15, 1944. Catherine and William had four children: Varnum, Caroline (known as Carrie), William and Anthony.
Varnum Parish, their oldest child, was born in Momence on November 10, 1884. He died in Momence on April 25, 1962, at the age of 77. At the age of 26, Varnum married Frances Koontz September 14, 1911, in Vandalla, Audrain County, Missouri, when she was 20 years old. Frances was born in Vandalia on Tuesday, November 18, 1890. She reached 92 years of age and died in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois August 2, 1983. Varnum and Frances Koontz had seven children:
Varnum Parish, Jr. was born in Kankakee, Illinois, on February 16, 1915. He is deceased. John Parish was born in Illinois on September 25, 1915. He is deceased. Jane Parish was born in Illinois on January 22, 1918. She died on May 21, 1968, at the age of 50. Frances Parish was born in Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, on August 18, 1920. She died in Chicago, Cook, on August 21, 2001, at the age of 81. Mary Parish was born in Illinois on September 21, 1925. Catherine Parish was born in Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, on February 15, 1930. She died in Kankakee on June 14, 1949, at the age of 19. William F. Parish was born in 1932. He died on August 27, 1952, at the age of 20.
The second child of William Wallace Parish and Catherine Collette was Caroline (Carrie) Marie Parish. She was born in Illinois on May 5, 1888 and died November 4, 1955, at the age of 67.