Editor’s Note: Our progenitor Anthony Canavan, Sr.  was born in Ireland in 1822 to his namesake father Anthony Canavan and his mother Catherine (Kitty) Kirby. Because the son Anthony Canavan, Sr. and his wife Ann Hughes emigrated to the U.S., were a successful farm family and raised an enormous flock of offspring, it is this second Anthony that we know a lot about. Therefore he is our progenitor of choice among all the Canavans. Notwithstanding being named after his father, his Kankakee County, Illinois obituary in 1890 denoted him with the Senior suffix. Who am I to quibble about whether he really was a Junior.

Less than a handful of Ann Hughes and Anthony Canavan, Sr.’s offspring were needed to connect to the vast crowd of Canavan descendants found on this website.

Their oldest child, James Anthony Canavan was born in 1845 and died in 1912.  He married Julia Kingsley in 1866.  She was born in 1846 and died in 1892. James and Julia Canavan had 12 children.

Their third child was Mabel Canavan.

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Mabel Canavan was born August 5, 1869, in St Joseph, Michigan.  Mabel died in Kankakee, Illinois on November 9, 1939, at the age of 70. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.

Mabel Canavan married Edward Armand Lecour, the son of Joseph Honore Lecour and Leonie Soline Camille Pallissard.  Edward Lecour was born in Kankakee, Illinois on September 26, 1866.  Edward  reached 70 years of age and died in Illinois on April 13, 1937.

Edward Armand Lecour and Mabel Canavan had two daughters:

Julia Leonie Lecour was born in Kankakee, Illinois on April 29, 1901.  She died in Glenview, Illinois in 1986 at the age of 84. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois.

Josephine Lecour was born in Kankakee. She married and was divorce from Thomas Sawyer.  She remarried Stanley Freborg from Kankakee.  She died in Chicago and he later died in Freeport, Illinois.

At the age of 25, Julia Leonie married Augustine Joseph Bowe on February 12, 1927, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kankakee, when he was 34 years old.

Augustine Joseph was born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, on Friday, February 26, 1892.  He reached 73 years of age and died in Chicago, Illinois on February 6, 1966.

Julia and Augustine  Bowe had two children:

John Edward Bowe was born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, on December 15, 1929. He died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, on June 9, 1997, at the age of 67.

Julie Anne Bowe was born in Chicago, IL, on May 12, 1931. She died in Chicago on September 13, 1981, at the age of 50.