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Elizabeth Shaughnessy - b. 6 Sep 1882-8, Utica, NY, d. 8 Jan 1949, San Francisco, CA



To  Shaughnessy's     To  Claude Brudenell Eaton


Here are the census records I have of Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy Begnal, they are 1910, 1920 and 1930.  Elizabeth may or may not have married George Felix Begnal prior to my grandfather Clifford Franklin Begnal being born 31 Mar 1903, Utica, NY.  I have no birth info for either Elizabeth or Clifford to confirm. 

Per Elizabeth's death certificate, she was b. 6 Sep 1888, Utica, NY, d. 8 Jan 1949, San Francisco, CA.  The informant of this death certificate is her son Clifford Franklin Begnal.  There is a chance Elizabeth was born 1882 as the 1900 census suggests.


1900 - John J. Shaughnessy, Mary died 1894, living at 146 Howard St. Utica.  Children: Sarah, William, Anna L., Lizzie (1882), Mary L., Ella.


1902-1912 - Unknown when or if Elizabeth Shaughnessy ever married George Felix Begnal - Shaughnessy Timeline


As of 29 Dec 2016, I learned my Bio Great Grandfather is Claude B Eaton, not of the Begnal Surname  Any & All Reference to George Felix Begnal or of the Surname Begnal is the result of 23 yrs researching presuming Begnal was my Grandfather Clifford Franklin Begnal's birth name and lineage.  I now have conformation that Elizabeth Shaughnessy did in fact marry 13 Jun 1900, New York Mills, Oneida Co., NY to Claude B Eaton of New Hartford, NY.


Elizabeth did in fact know and lived with George Felix Begnal for a few years, unknown specifics of their relationship, nor is it known if any children were born unto Elizabeth & George.  Presumption at this point based on the following marriage certificate of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shaughnessy and Claude B Eaton that Clifford Franklin may have been born unto Lizzie and Claude.  Before 1907, I cannot find any records that Elizabeth & George F Begnal knew of one another. 


The 1907 Utica City Directory shows Eliza Shaughnessy not as Eliza Begnal,


Eliza Shaughnessy, op, b. 12 Eagle, Utica

         Ella E. Shaughnessy, Stenographer, boarding at 35 Chestnut, Utica (Sister living at 35 Chestnut St, New York Mills, NY 13417)

        John J. Shaughnessy, special police home 35 Chestnut, Utica - Father of Eliza, Ella/Ellen, Mary L, and Wm J

        Mary L. Shaughnessy, boarder, 35 Chestnut, Utica - Sister

        Wm J. Shaughnessy, patrolman home 89 Plant, Utica - Brother


indicating she had not married George prior to 31 Mar 1903, when Clifford Franklin was born.  Having received the following Marriage Record it is my assumption that Claude B Eaton is the biological Father of Clifford Franklin.  2 Jan 2017, I am in the process of locating birth information to confirm. 



the following are Research Events of Elizabeth & George, of which George marries Edith M Mitchell, 16 Aug 1903, Saratoga Springs, Oneida Co., NY, unknown Georges whereabouts from 1905-1914, in 1915 Manhattan NY with Elizabeth & Clifford age


1903 - George F., Frank & Thomas Begnal, Baker & Shevlin Company, h. Shackleford Cottage, Ballston Ave.  Saratoga Springs.


1903 31 Mar, Clifford Franklin Begnal (unknown if born with surname Begnal), born in Utica, NY to Elizabeth Shaughnessy (no birth or marriage record found).  George did marry Edith M. Mitchell, 16 Aug 1903, Saratoga Springs, 4 mos. after my grandfather Clifford Franklin Begnal was born.  Hints that George & Elizabeth had not married by Mar 1903 August 17; Saratoga; Cert Number 16464


1904 George F. removed to Brooklyn (does not reappear until 1917 in Saratoga Springs), Frank P. Begnal, machinist Baker & Shevlin, res. 23 W. Circular, Thomas H. Begnal are listed.   Also is Edith M Mitchell > married George F Begnal, Brooklyn comparison


1905 Mrs. Edith M. Begnal, 139 Broadway.  Frank P. Begnal, machinist Baker & Shevlin, res. 23 W. Circular, Thomas H. Begnal.


1907 Eliza Shaughnessy, op, b. 12 Eagle, Utica (Utica City Directories on file)

1910 - line 69, of the Census show Clifford Begnal, age 8, born NY, mother & father born NY.  Mrs. George, age 28, (1882) born NY, father & mother what looks like Ireland with English or England above/over Ireland, living at 612 Madison Ave., Seattle, Washington on 27 April 1910.  Possibility the reason for her being there was to be a nurse at the Providence School of Nursing in Seattle.  Today the I-5 freeway replaced 612 Madison.  One of the first hospitals in Seattle, founded by Mother Joseph Sisters of Providence, located on Madison Ave. in 1910.


1900-1916 CA Voters Registration - George (Superintendent) & Elizabeth Begnal, living in Fairfield, Solano Co. CA.  The Very First time George & Elizabeth listed together in any record.  And 1912 - George Felix Begnal (bookkeeper) & Elizabeth, per the CA Voters Registration, living in Winters, Yolo Co., CA ***Found 31 Jul 2008


1915 - 1 Jun - census, George F. Begnal, 32, Elizbert Begnal, 30, Clifford Begnal, 12, living at 429 124th St. West, New York City ***Found 26 Jul 2012


1920 - line 52, of the Census show Elizabeth Begnal, age 36 (1884) as a widow, born NY, parents born NY Clifford, age 16, born NY, parents born NY, living in San Francisco at 3554a 20th St on 8 January 1920.


1922 - 10 Nov - per John Joseph Shaughnessy's probate was living at 2450 Mission St. San Francisco, CA

1927 - 431 Arguella Blvd. San Francisco, CA per the California Voter's Registration

1930-1949 - 405 2nd Ave. San Francisco, CA

1930 - line 57, of the Census show Elizabeth Begnal, age 42, (1888) divorced, born NY, her father Irish Free State and mother born in NY.  What is amazing in which I never read before today, per this census she was age 14 at 1st. marriage, which means she married after Sep 1902.  Clifford Franklin, was born in 1903.  She was living at 405 2nd Ave. San Francisco on 10 April 1930.


1930 - line 49, Clifford F. Begnal and Wilma Florence Gates, son Robert.  Living at 320 A, 2nd Ave, San Francisco, CA.


1940 - Elizabeth Begnal, 52, b. 1888, 405 2nd Ave, San Francisco, CA, 6 Apr, Same House 1935, Occupation: Practioner Christian Services - her son Clifford Franklin Begnal, 1940, 8 Apr - indexed as Chalfant E Bynel, wife as William F (Wilma F), living at 211 Aspen Ave. South San Francisco, San Mateo Co., CA


1949, 8 Jan - 405 2nd Ave. San Francisco, CA - Obit Utica Daily Press 11 Jan 1949  - Death Certificate

Between the 1910, 1920 & 1930 census has Elizabeth as being married in the 1910 census, a widow in 1920 and divorced in 1930. 


To view Elizabeth's parents and descendants of John J. Shaughnessy and Mary Louise Brewer and Shaughnessy's Utica NY.  1870-1930.


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