This is Ma Kirwan — Delia O’Connor Kirwan, who is Grandma Gen’s mother. The baby is one of her sons, either Pete or Jimmy (Gen couldn’t tell which one it was), so the picture must have been taken somewhere between 1888 and 1892.
Delia was born in Ireland around 1864. Her parents were Charles O’Connor and Elizabeth Dougherty (see last week’s photo). It’s possible that she was actually born on the boat on a trip her parents took back to visit Ireland, and that she was baptized in Dublin; some records do indicate that her parents had immigrated before she was born.
Delia was married around 1882 to James Kirwan (1857-1929). They had eight children: two died in childhood; Pete died in a car accident in 1918; Jimmy died from pneumonia in 1931. Some of us remember Gen’s other siblings: Uncle Al (died in 1966), Uncle Tommy (lived on Gelston Ave, died in 1981), and Aunt Ane (Angela, died in 1975). Before 1920, Delia and James had moved to Connecticut. James died there in 1929, and Ma Kirwan spent the rest of her life living with her children. Her official address when she died in 1950 was 244-87th St.
Delia and James are buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Norwalk, CT.