Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

Edward Deedy and Hannah Donovan Marriage

Recently I received the marriage certificate for Edward Deedy and Hannah Donovan from the City of Worcester. Below are the details:

Place of Marriage: Boston
Date of Marriage: November 8, 1899

Name of Groom: Edward Deady
Surname after Marriage: Deady
Residence: Worcester, MA
Age: 28
Marriage Number: First
Occupation: Laborer
Birth Place: (Unknown) Ireland
Name of Father: Daniel Deady
Maiden Name of Mother: Hanorah Brick

Name of Bride: Hannah Donovan
Surname after Marriage: Deady
Residence: Boston
Age: 27
Marriage Number: First
Occupation: Domestic
Birth Place: (Unknown) Ireland
Name of Father: John Donovan
Maiden Name of Mother: Elizabeth Daly

Once again I have Edward spelling his last name as Deady. Both Edward and Hannah seem to do quite a bit of name shifting over time. After much research, it looks like Edward Deedy was born Edmund Deady and at some point started to call himself Edward Deady and then eventually Edward Deedy. Hannah was born Johanna Donovan, but seems to prefer shortening her first name to Hannah (sometimes spelled Hanna).

The ages the two use on this marriage certificate are likely incorrect. I believe Edward was born in 1868 making him about 31 when he was married. Hannah was likely born in 1869, so she was 30.

An interesting thing to note on the marriage certificate is Hannah's residence and occupation. I had not realized that she was living in Boston and working as a domestic before marrying Edward and moving to Worcester.


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