Francis Roach, my third great grandfather, was born in 1837 in County Kerry, Ireland and died August 22, 1879 in Lynn, Massachusetts.
The son of James Roach and Mary Mahony, he came to the United States sometime before his marriage to Ann Fitzpatrick on January 8, 1859 at St. Mary’s Church in Lynn.
He enlisted in the Civil war on the Union side on December 17, 1861 and left with the rank of Sergeant.
Roach, Francis. Private. Lynn, 24, shoemaker; enl. 12/17/1861, must. 12/31/1861; re-enlisted 1/1/1864 as Corpl.; wounded 5/12/1864 at Spottsylvania, Va.; prom. Sergt., 5/25/1865; must. out 6/30/1865. From 28th Mass Website
He and Ann had seven children – Mary Anne in 1860, twins Francis J. and James A. in 1862, Thomas H. in 1864, my second great-grandfather, Peter I. in 1866, Charles A. in 1867 and Nellie in 1870.
Francis worked as a hostler and a shoe factory worker in Lynn – attended St. Mary’s Catholic church and lived in Lynn the rest of his life. His death earned a write-up in the Lynn Daily Evening Item.
* Excerpt from The Lynn Daily Evening Item, Aug 23, 1879
Drowned Last Friday afternoon a man residing on Court Street, in this city, named Francis Roach, was drowned under the most peculiar circumstances. It appears that Roach was addicted to the use of intoxicating drink, and was under the influence of liquor at the time of his death. A woman who lives near by saw him stagger towards the well, which, as we understand, had no curb around it, and fearing that he would fall in, hastened to prevent such an accident, but was too late. As he fell, the woman seized him by the foot, but was compelled to let go, when he fell to the bottom. She gave the alarm, and ex-Alderman Pease, who chanced to be near by went and helped get him out, but life was extinct before this was accomplished. All efforts to resusitate him proved uneffected. Some suggest that he threw himself into the well purposely, but there is no proof…(rest of article unreadable)