James Kennedy, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland

James Kennedy, 1922

James Kennedy, 1922

This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the second young man from our left in the front row as James Kennedy. There was a James Kennedy living in the area, described below, that is probably him.

James Kennedy was born November 15, 1913, in Ohio, the son of Cornelius and Anna Kennedy.1

In 1920 the Cornelius Kennedy family was living at 4072 East 76th Street, Cleveland, and included Cornelius, Anna, and children Cornelius, Helen, James, Les, and Irene. Anna's parents James and Marie Zavorek were also living there along with a boarder Pauline Placek.2 The family was at the same address in 1922.3 Cornelius worked for the railroad, first as a yard master then as a conductor.

James Kennedy married Gertrude Szabo on October 26, 1940, in Cuyahoga County,4 and raised a family of at least five children.5 James was living at 2086 West 91st Street when he died January 17, 1965, at the young age of 51. He was a member of the Cleveland Police Department.6

Gertrude remarried to a Robert Paisley and died in 2009.5 Both Gertrude and James are buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park.5, 7

James' father Cornelius

Two trees at ancestry.com say that Cornelius' paternal grandparents were from either Uskane or Borriskane, County Tipperary, Ireland. The birthplace on the death record for Cornelius' father William looks more like Uskane to me, but the areas are close together so I assumed the trees' authors knew what they were talking about.8

James' mother: Anna Zafourek/Cafourek

Anna Zafourek/Cafourek was born May 10, 1882,9 in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. She may have been born in the town of Rokycany in the Plzeň Region. She is the daughter of James Zafourek/Cafourek and Marie Placak.9 When Marie (Placak) Zafourek's brother and family arrived at Ellis Island in 1903, they provided the following information:

Placak, Alois, 40, laborer, paid for his own ticket, had been in the US before, in Cleveland in 1901-1902
Katerina, 31, no occupation, her husband paid for her ticket
Roxena, 10, father paid for ticket
Josef, 9, father paid for ticket
Anna, 7, father paid for ticket
Franc 4 3/4, father paid for ticket
Marie, 3 1/2, father paid for ticket
Pauline, 1 3/4, father paid for ticket

They arrived February 20, 1903, at New York, on The Kronprinz Wilhelm which had departed from Bremen on February 10. Their nationality was listed as "Bohemia". Their last residence was Rokycany. Their destination was Alois' sister, Marie Zafourek, living at 1932 [street name unreadable], Cleveland. All who were age 7 and above could read and write. Only Alois had been in the US before.10

There is a Pauline Placek, age 19, boarding with the Cornelius and Anna Kennedy family in 1920.2

Anna Kennedy's death record says she was the daughter of James Cafourek and Mary Pacek, both born in Bohemia.9


There is another family tree at ancestry.com called the Corea Family Tree which includes James, his wife, and his parents.

If you are a relative or descendant of James you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on. If you would like a larger image, with possibly better resolution, contact me.


1. Ohio Birth Index, at ancestry.com

2. 1920 Census, at ancestry.com

3. 1922 Cleveland City Directory, at ancestry.com

4. Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records and Indexes, at ancestry.com

5. Gertrude Paisley's obituary at MemorialObituaries.com.

6. Cleveland Public Library's Cleveland Necrology File

7. findagrave.com

8. The trees are: Surrett Family Tree http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/15869933/person/19265506760 and the Ryan Family Tree. http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1173873/person/-1656067311

9. Death record of Mrs. Anna A Kennedy, 08 Dec 1938, Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZHL-LGL : accessed 21 May 2014), citing Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, reference fn 69113; FHL microfilm 2023671. Her censuses say she was born in Bohemia.

10. Arrival of Alois Placak and family, February 20, 1903, Ellis Island Records online at http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?pID=102382170050

Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton