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Updated March 7, 2010

Kathleen Bard Richmond
Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
United States

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This page represents my research into the Family Tree of my parents, Joseph Allen BARD and Kay (Catherine) Margaret FITZGIBBON of Illinois.

The BARD family ancestors came from Germany in the 1840's with the surname BARTH, settled in Elk County Pennsylvania, lived briefly in Will County, Illinois, then moved to Iroquois County, Illinois, where patriarch John BARD was a prominent farmer, owning over 800 acres of land. Many BARD descendants still live in that area. Several BARD ancestors migrated to Texas in the 1880's, settling in the Wichita Falls area. Related surnames in the BARD family include AUMAN, GEYER, EMMERT, JOHNSTON, QUARNSTROM, FRIEBERG/FRIBERG, ALBRIGHT, ARSENEAU, NOURIE, WEISHAAR, PREISSER, MC KEE, DOTY, GRIFFIN, THIEL/THIELE/THEAL, SOBKOWIAK/SOBKOVIAK, FAHED, GRIGGS, CRAFT and FRANKOSKI/FRANKOSKA.

The FITZGIBBON family ancestors were from Kilrush County Clare and County Limerick, Ireland, and settled in the Chicago area in the 1890's. Patrick Francis FITZGIBBON moved to Logansport, Indiana, where he established a grocery and saloon. He married Anna BYRNE in 1903, and they had one child (a daughter Mary), but Anna died in 1906. Mary went to live with her aunt and uncle, Delia (Byrne) and James MONEHAN. Patrick married his second wife, Sarah RYAN, in Chicago, April 1915. The couple lived in Logansport until Prohibition when Patrick had to close his drinking establishment. Patrick and Sarah moved to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, where they owned a grocery and butcher shop at 59th & Princeton until it was lost in the Great Depression. Related surnames in the FITZGIBBON family include HENNESSY, DONLIN/DONNELLAN, PINDER, FISH, BYRNE, DOOLING/DOOLIN, TUBERTY, MILLER, HAGAN, MONEHAN, IVERS, QUINLIVAN, SHINE, SMITH, ZOLP, FOLEY (possibly from County Carlow) and RYAN (from County Tipperary).

Please contact me if you are interested in more detailed information, or have a possible family connection.

Family Photos

  • Joseph Allen Bard and Kay Margaret FitzGibbon/1943 (53 KB)
    These are my parents at age 21 and 20 in Chicago, IL. The young newlyweds would eventually become the parents of a total of 8 children! Joe died in 1981, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Dolton, IL. Kay died in 1997, and is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL.
  • Jane Doty McKee Diggle/Watseka IL circa 1910 (210 KB)
    My great-great grandmother Jane Doty McKee outside her home in Iroquois County. Jane, widowed in 1908, would marry widower Thomas Diggle in 1914. Both are buried in the GAR Cemetery, Watseka, IL, next to their first spouses.
  • The Bard Eight/1958 (167 KB)
    This is the first group photo of all eight of Joe and Kay's children: Joe Jr., Steve, Colleen, Ken, and Kathleen (bottom row); Pat, John, and Mike (top row). Ken died in 1976; Steve in 1980. Both are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL. Pat died March 3, 2010 in California.
  • Mabel FitzGibbon and John Hagan/Chicago IL/~1915 (44 KB)
    This is a wedding photo of John FitzGibbon's daughter Mabel who married John O. Hagan. John J. FitzGibbon is my grandfather Patrick's brother. Sadly, John FitzGibbon died in 1919 when, according to his death certificate, he sustained injuries from his clothing being caught in a revolving shaft. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago. The bridesmaid is Rose FitzGibbon, sister to the bride. The photo was taken at The Wolk Studio, 1945 W. 35th St., Chicago. Mabel FitzGibbon Hagan died in 1974 in Pacoima, Los Angeles County, CA. Her husband is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago.
  • Lena May (Thiel/Theal) and Chester Earl Bard/1962 (67 KB)
    Lena and Chet are my paternal grandparents. They were married in Iroquois County, IL, December 1921. To this union were born seven children, the oldest of which was Joseph Allen Bard, Sr., my father. His siblings were LaNora, Robert, LaWanna, Peggy, Betty, and Kaylen. Only LaNora and Peggy survive of this family group.
  • Conrad & Charlotte Meiers Theile circa 1895 (383 KB)
    This photo was sent to me by a cousin in Richmond VA; she and I are great-great-granddaughters of Charlotte and Conrad. Both were from Germany; Conrad from Hanover; Charlotte from Hesse. They married in 1871 in Will County IL; settled in Iroquois County IL, and are buried in Prarie Dell Cemetery there.
  • Chicago Newspaper Obituary/1944 (124 KB)
    PFC. Bernard R. FitzGibbon died in WWII, and is buried in the Brittany American Military Cemetery in St. James, France. Bernie was a cousin to my mother, and the son of John and Rose (Ray) FitzGibbon. I recently met Bernie's daughter Sharon -- amazingly, we have lived in close proximity for 30 years, but never knew one another until she found my family web page!
  • Patrick F. and Sarah V. (Ryan) FitzGibbon/1915 (54 KB)
    These are Kay's parents as newlyweds. This was Patrick's second marriage, as he had been widowed in 1906. Patrick and Sarah were married at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side. Patrick died in 1941, Sarah in 1970; they are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL.
  • Martin Ryan/Chicago/circa 1900 (188 KB)
    Martin was the brother of Sarah Ryan FitzGibbon. According to census records, he was born in 1879 in Chicago, IL, and at age 20 was a day laborer living with his widowed mother and his 13 year old sister Sarah (my grandmother). Martin, a bachelor, died in 1932 from complications of TB and pneumonia. He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Elgin, IL.
  • Historic St. Mary's Church/Beaverville, IL (36 KB)
    St. Mary's is on the National Register of Historic Places. The BARD family ancestors in Iroquois County (IL) were instrumental in the construction of the building, and many descendants support the Preservation Society today. There are numerous BARD ancestors buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery on the parish grounds.
  • Bard-Friberg Family/Wichita Falls, TX circa 1920 (217 KB)
    John and Barbara Bard had six daughters who married and moved to Texas in the late 1800's. This is a reunion gathering of the family: John and Barbara are seated on either side of the priest (a cousin to Barbara on her mother's side). John and Barbara are listed in the 1920 Texas Federal Census as living in Hidalgo County with their daughter Maggie Quarnstrom and her husband Charlie.
  • Mary Hennessy FitzGibbon/1910 (72 KB)
    Mary is the elderly woman in the photo. She was the mother of Patrick F. FitzGibbon, who owned a grocery and saloon in Logansport, IN, where the picture was made. Although the others are unknown, they are assumed to be family members; my guess is that the woman is one of Mary's daughters. Mary died in 1916, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Chicago. According to her son Patrick's death certificate, Mary was born in County Limerick, Ireland. Her father's given name is unknown at this time; her mother was Nora Donlin (Donnellan?), according to the death record in Logansport.
  • Bard Farmhouse/Iroquois County/1999 (100 KB)
    This is the Bard farmhouse as it looks today. It was built in 1888, and has had numerous additions and changes over the years, but parts of the original structure remain within the building. The farm has not been owned by the Bard Family for several decades.
  • Sarah Ryan and Catherine Foley Ryan/1910 (251 KB)
    This is Sarah Ryan and her mother Catherine Foley Ryan at their home in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, circa 1910. Sarah would marry Patrick F. FitzGibbon in 1915, and move with her widowed mother to Logansport, IN. Catherine died there in 1916, and is buried next to her husband Patrick Ryan, in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago. Patrick and Catherine were from County Tipperary, Ireland, and came to Chicago in 1875. Patrick worked as a laborer in a brickyard, and died in 1900.
  • Funeral Record/John Bard/December 1894 (58 KB)
    This is the funeral record of John Bard, my great-great-great grandfather, who came from Germany in 1846 with his wife and son. The handwritten record is from the parish records of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, Iroquois County, IL. The record is in French, as the community was settled by French-Canadians in the 1840's. A new family mystery has come to light in this document! John Bard is noted to be the widower of Lady Wasnay, but my g-g-g-grandmother's name was Cecelia "Lilly" Brend Bard. Lilly died in 1883, but there is no funeral record at St. Mary's for her -- she is buried in the cemetery there! There is a written funeral record for a "Lady Wasnay, the spouse of John Bard" in 1883 when Lilly died. Why was Cecelia "Lilly" Brend Bard listed as Lady Wasnay in the church funeral records? Was she an aristocrat of some sort? Is Wasnay a reference to where she was born? This is the new family mystery I need to solve!
  • Patrick F. FitzGibbon/Logansport/circa 1905 (91 KB)
    This is Patrick F. FitzGibbon seated in a horse-drawn wagon in front of his grocery and saloon, 1201 - 1203 Erie Avenue, Logansport, IN, circa 1905. The photo was possibly taken at the 'grand opening' of the establishment. Amazingly, the original building is still standing after near 100 years, and most recently housed a video rental and variety store.
  • 2nd Reunion of the IL 76th Infantry, Watseka/1887 (564 KB)
    This is John Wesley McKee's Civil War regiment at their second reunion in October 1887. John is in the front row, fifth from the left. The ribbon on his lapel is now in the possession of his granddaughter Bea and her family, along with numerous other Civil War memorablilia. The original copy of this photo is in the Iroquois County Courthouse Museum in Watseka.
  • Lena May Thiel/Theal's Family/1906 (64 KB)
    This is Lena May Thiel Bard as an infant on her father Henry's lap in a family group photo, circa 1906. Lena was born in Clinton, Indiana (according to her son Joseph's birth certificate). The other children pictured are Henry, Jr., Freda Louise, Emma E., William A., and Anton John. Lena's mother is Hattie Sobkowiak Theal. According to their marriage record, Henry was born in Will County,IL, and Hattie in Germany. Henry died in 1944 in Chester, VA, and is buried in Riverview Cemetery there. Hattie died during childbirth in 1918 at Sullivan, IN, and is buried in Center Ridge Cemetery, along with daughter Freda Griggs, sons Henry Jr., William, and Anton, as well as the unnamed male child that died with her.
  • Down on the Farm/Watseka/1949 (175 KB)
    This is Ella McKee Bard Starkey with her visiting grandchild Kaylen (Chester and Lena Bard's youngest) and great-grandchildren Kathleen and Joseph Allen Bard, Jr. the two oldest of the 'Bard Eight'. The farm dog is Sport, who seemed to enjoy all of the attention he received from the visiting 'city kids'. One of my favorite memories of that visit was of Grandma Starkey making home-made noodles for Sunday dinner, and of how good they tasted.
  • Chet and Lena's Oldest Six circa 1935 (96 KB)
    The location of the photo is unknown. These are Chet and Lena Bard's oldest six children. Joe is in the center on the cannon with LaNora on the left and Bob on the right. The younger girls are LaWanna, Betty and Peggy ('the twins'). Kaylen, the baby of the family, wasn't born until 1942.
  • USMC Bomber Crew/MIA/March 18, 1945/South Pacific (70 KB)
    Sgt. Charles H. Hill, Lt. James S. Chumbris, and PFC Patrick M. FitzGibbon were declared missing and presumed dead when their plane, a Grumman Avenger, ran out of fuel and went down in the Pacific Ocean while returning from a mission during the Iwo Jima campaign. No trace of the plane or crew were ever found. Pat was the only son of Patrick and Sarah FitzGibbon, and brother of Kay FitzGibbon Bard. He was just 19 years old when he lost his life in the service of his country. His widowed mother was never at peace with his death, as she had given her consent to his enlistment at age 17, and always regretted her action. Patrick was awarded "The Purple Heart" and he is memorialized on the "Tablets of the Missing" at the Punchbowl Military Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii, as are Chumbris and Hill.
  • Johan Barth circa 1850 (70 KB)
    This is my great-great-great-grandfather who came from Germany to the Port of Baltimore in 1846, on the 'Sir Isac Newton' with his wife Cecelia and 6 year-old son Johan. John and Cecelia 'Lily' Brend Bard are buried in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Beaverville, IL.
  • Wolfgang and Katerina Preisser Aumann, and son. (78 KB)
    These are my great-great-great-grandparents (pictured with son Anthony Aumann)who immigrated from Germany to New York in 1847, and settled a few years later in Elk County, PA. Their daughter Barbara married John W. Bard. Wolfgang and Anthony were stonemasons by trade and helped build the St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Marys, PA, and the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgeway. There are numerous Auman descendants in Elk County PA today. I recently visited there and met several of my Auman cousins. Wolfgang and Kate are buried in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, St. Marys, PA.
  • Threshers/Iroquois County/1910 (204 KB)
    This is a group of BARD family members and neighbors gathered for threshing on one of the farms. The elderly, bearded gentleman in the center is patriarch John W. Bard, affectionately known as 'Grandpa Bard' to the locals. The man standing to the far left is his son John Arthur Bard. The boy third from the right in the front row is Chester Earl Bard, my grandfather. The boy second from the right is Charles Bard, Chester's older brother. The names of the others are not known at this time.
  • John Wesley and Jane Doty McKee circa 1890 (183 KB)
    John and Jane were Joseph A. Bard's great-grandparents, grandparents of Chester Earl Bard, parents of Ellen McKee Bard Starkey. John was a Civil War veteran who saw action as a Private with the Illinois 76th Infantry at Vicksburg, Mississippi and Fort Blakely, Alabama. John's Civil War records and pension files are in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Although Jane had remarried as a widow, she and John are buried together in the GAR Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
  • PFC Patrick M. FitzGibbon, USMC/MIA March 18, 1945 (110 KB)
    This is my uncle and godfather who died in WWII. His commanding officer, Major W.W. Dean, wrote, in a letter to my grandmother, "It is impossible to express in words the sympathy myself and the squadron feel for you and your family at this time. 'Fitz' was very popular with everyone and was admired and respected by all. It was hard for us to realize that 'Fitz', whom we all knew and liked so well, would not be coming home that night, but we did know that the outstanding qualities that made 'Fitz' the friend of all would make him live on as an example for us all."
  • Chester, Jane and Charles Bard/World War I (177 KB)
    These are three of Joseph Morris Bard and Ellen McKee Bard's children. Chester is the father of Joseph Allen Bard and 'Grandpa Bard' to the Bard Eight! (Barbara)Jane and her sister Golda (not pictured) were nurses, and I have followed in that family tradition. Charles died in 1949, Chester in 1969, and Jane in 1995 at the age of 98!
  • Barbara Auman Bard and Daughters/Texas/1900 (176 KB)
    Barbara, my great-great-grandmother, was the mother of sixteen children. She is pictured here with five of her daughters, who moved to Texas with their husbands in the 1890's.
  • Ellen Malvina McKee Bard Starkey circa 1940 (145 KB)
    This is my great-grandmother, mother of Chester Earl Bard, and grandmother of Joseph Allen Bard. Ella (as she preferred to be called) was the daughter of John W. and Jane Doty McKee. She was born in Iowa, but lived most of her life in Illinois. She bore nine children, only five of which lived to adulthood. As a young child I remember visiting at Grandma Starkey's farm in Iroquois County, IL. Ella lived her last years in Evansville, IN, with her daughter Golda. Ella is buried next to her first husband Joseph Morris Bard in the GAR Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
  • IL 76th Infantry, Co. H/Pvt. John W. McKee/1863 (122 KB)
    John Wesley McKee, my great-great-grandfather, is pictured second from the left with other members of his company. Third from left is Henry W. Griffin who was married to John's sister Harriett.
  • John W. and Barbara Auman Bard/circa 1880 (183 KB)
    These are my great-great-grandparents who came from Germany as children, met and married in Elk County, PA, then settled in IL. They had 16 children, the oldest of which was Joseph Morris Bard, husband of Ellen McKee. John (a farmer) and Barbara were prominent citizens of Iroquois County, IL, where many of their descendants live today. Their original farmhouse (1886) remains part of a working farm in rural Donovan, IL. John and Barbara are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Beaverville. St. Mary's Catholic Church, which they, and their family helped to build, is on the national register of historic places.
  • Naturalization Papers/Patrick F. FitzGibbon/1894 (101 KB)
    This is a photo of my grandfather's citizenship papers, dated October 22, 1894. Patrick had immigrated to the US from Ireland in 1888 when he was 18 years of age, and treasured his American citizenship as represented by these official papers.
  • McKee/Bard Family in Iowa/1902 (214 KB)
    John Wesley McKee (center with arms crossed),Jane Doty McKee(on the right),Joseph Morris Bard and Ellen McKee Bard (standing on far right), Chester Earl Bard (child standing in front of Ellen). These are my grandfather, great-grandparents, and g-g-grandparents with other family members at a gathering in Buckcreek, IA.
  • Bard Reunion/1999/Watseka IL (64 KB)
    These are descendants of John W. and Barbara Auman Bard gathered in front of the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka, Iroquois County, IL. Those pictured are grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Joseph Morris Bard and John A. Bard. Family surnames represented in addition to BARD, are ALBRIGHT, BYERLY, CIHON, LAVALLE, RICHMOND, SCHULTZ, ARSENEAU, NOURIE, and FRYE.
  • PFC Patrick M. FitzGibbon/Tablets of the Missing (88 KB)
    This is Marine PFC Patrick M. FitzGibbon's name inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the American Battles Monument Commission's Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Lena Bard and Will Whitlock/1971 (176 KB)
    This is my Grandma Bard (Lena Theil Bard) and my cousin Will (son of Peggy Bard Whitlock) in 1971. Will sent me the photo to include on the family web page. He lives in Ireland at the present time, and is very interested in the family history research.
  • Chester Earl Bard and Siblings/1908 (173 KB)
    This is my grandfather(left) with brother Charles William, sister Barbara Jane, and baby sister Golda in a formal family picture. They are the oldest children of Joseph Morris Bard and Ella McKee Bard.
  • John W. Bard and Barbara Auman Bard/date unknown (119 KB)
    This is a picture, shared with me by a cousin in Texas, of my great-great-grandparents in a tintype that is the earliest image of John and Barbara known to exist. Most photographs are of a later vintage, showing John with gray hair and beard, and appearing much thinner. Barbara did not change as much over the years.
  • Joseph Morris Bard and Ellen McKee/1892 (100 KB)
    This is a photo of my great-grandparents on their wedding day in 1892. I just received the picture, courtesy of a cousin in California who is a descendant of Abbie Bard, one of Joe's sisters. Joseph Morris Bard died in 1925, and is buried in the GAR Cemetery in Watseka IL. Ella remained a widow until 1945, when she married George "Cal" Starkey, the great-grandpa I knew as a young child.
  • John and Barbara Bard's Family circa 1920 (93 KB)
    A family photo of my great-great-grandparents John and Barbara Bard with a group of their adult children. My great-grandfather Joseph Morris Bard is seated next to his mother; Mollie Emmert next to Joe. The persons in the back row from L-R are William, Trudie, Abbie, George, ? and John A.

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