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Tom Report 27 Sep 2013 20:53

Help please

I have recently found an old Seaman's Identity card Issued by the
US Customs Service dated the port of Norfolk, VA
Date of arrival June 27th 1918 on board the vessel Lena
The card was issued to Maurice Shanahan giving his nationality as british
his age 29 on April 26th, 1918,
I am asking for help re; the above because my grandmother was a Shanahan and the card I found in among her effects...
Any thoughts would be most welcome


patchem Report 27 Sep 2013 20:55

When and where was your grandmother born, and what information have you got about her parents?

Mike *

Mike * Report 27 Sep 2013 20:57

Quite a few Maurice Shanahans born around 1889 ... mostly in Ireland.


patchem Report 27 Sep 2013 20:59

Maurice Shanahan
SSN: 551-09-8222
Born: 27 Aug 1888
Died: Sep 1958
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)


Margee Report 27 Sep 2013 21:07

The one that Patchem posted was born in Iowa and mother's maiden name was Probasco.


Tom Report 27 Sep 2013 21:08

My Mums mother Mary Winifred Shanahan was born Tramore County Waterford Ireland in 1883

she married in Liverpool to a William George Ashley born in 1872

she had two children Herbert born 1908 and my mum Eileen Thelma in 1910



MarieCeleste Report 27 Sep 2013 21:12

This must be him as the birth date fits, there's a photo on the original image:

Merchant Navy Seamen 1835-1941

Last name: SHANAHAN
First names: Maurice
Day of birth: 26 Month of birth: April Year of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Lamore Ireland
County/country of birth:
Card type: CR10
Discharge number: 839993
Identity certificate no.: 385375
Series: BT350
Date range: 1918-1921

EDIT: Have sent the image to Tom by pm.

Am sure Lamore is a mistranscription of Tramore.


patchem Report 27 Sep 2013 21:21

Mary Winifred Shanahan
Birth Year: abt 1885
Age: 22
Marriage Date: 2 Jun 1907
Parish: Edge Hill, St Dunstan
Spouse's Name: William George Ashley
Father's Name: Michael Shanahan
Spouse Father's Name: John Ashley
Reference Number: 283 DUN/3/1


Tom Report 27 Sep 2013 21:28


Thank you so much that is an excellent piece of information
So Maurice is my grandmother's brother born in Tramore Waterford

The reason for my wanting find about Maurice was the fact that my grandmother
died shortly after the birth of my mum and my grandfather promptly shipped the two kids over to Tramore to be brought up by the Shanahan family and grandfather remarried within four months of this happening

My thanks also to patchem, Margee and Mike


Tom Report 27 Sep 2013 21:37


Many thanks for the image, I have one very similar

Kind regards