Though these individuals may not be notable to the world at large, they each were very special individuals in the family.  As time goes on, more will be written about each of them.  But, for now, they are being highlighted and linked to more information on the website.

  • Colby, Francis T. (1860-1909) Francis T. Colby was a Colonel in the Illinois National Guard and a well thought of citizen in Chicago, His lineage goes back in the US to 1630, just ten years after the Mayflower arrived. He married Rose L. Sullivan, daughter of Elizabeth McKenna and immigrant Patrick Sullivan.
  • Madigan, Patrick "Harry" (1885-1956) Harry Madigan is probably the most "notorious" of the ancestors. He was a saloon owner and the proprietor of The Pony Inn, located in Cicero, Illinois, where Assistant States Attorney William McSwiggin was shot and killed, some say by Al Capone.
  • McIntyre, Helen Sullivan (1914-2008) Helen, my Mom, is the family poet. She recorded her inter-most thoughts through poetry which spanned 7 decades. For her 90th birthday, attended by family and friends at an Irish pub, a booklet of her poems was shared with each attendee. Copies of her book are in the Newberry Library and the Library of Congress.
  • McIntyre CM, Thomas J., (1919-2009) Fr. Tom, brother of my Dad, Lawrence F. McIntyre, is the reason I got involved in genealogy. He introduced me to "the family." A Vincentian priest, he served the order in both the Midwest and Western Provinces. In his eighties, he decided to learn Spanish so he could better serve his parishioners.
  • Rooney, Ruth M. (1905-2001) She was the artist in the family. A woman who had a career before it was fashionable. She owned her own business and illustrated for the Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Sullivan, Andrew (1882-1923) When you do family history you hope to find individuals who made an impact on their world. Andrew Sullivan (1882-1923) is such a person. He gave his life for the cause of a united Ireland.
  • Sullivan, Thomas A. (1908-1996) Tom, brother of Helen Sullivan McIntyre, was professionally successful, rising to vice president of A. O. Smith. In addition, he was smart and likable. He married three times, losing his first two wifes to illnesses.