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Charles William Prehn
Death Date : Not Available
Mary Donovan
Death Date : 14 Feb 1963

Staten Island
New York
United States


Mary Donovan was a daughter of Daniel Donovan & Ellen Connolly of Minanes, Drinagh, Co. Cork, Ireland.  She was baptised on 1 May 1880 in Drinagh (Parish of Drimoleague).

Copy of part of the entry in the baptism register
showing date of baptism, Name, Parents and Residence


Charles Prehn was a son of Christopher John Prehn & Ella May Rose
In U.S. Census 1892: children Charles, Adelaide, Edward, Jessie & Christopher Jr. lived in Flatbush, Kings, NY. with their parents Christopher and Ella Prehn.

Mary possibly traveled to the United States in the S.S. Campania from Queenstown on 24 Sept 1899 and arrived in New York Port on 30 Sept 1899.  She married Charles William Prehn.
Children born in Richmond, New York:-
Joseph J. Donovan (20 Dec 1901). 
Albert J. Prehn (27 Aug 1906). 
Christopher John Prehn ( 22 Aug 1909,  family lived at 125 Newark Ave.) 
Lillian E. Prehn (1912).  was employed as a nurse in a private home.
She was buried in June 1931 in St Peter's Cemetery, NY
Charles Prehn (16 Feb 1915). 
Daniel D. Prehn (15 Mar 1917 - 28 Dec 2001). 
U.S. Census 1910: lived at 40 Laforge Place, Richmond, Staten Island
U.S. Census 1915: family lived at 306 Winant Street, Richmond, NY
U.S. Census 1920: lived at 139 Blackford Avenue, Richmond, Staten Island
U.S. Census 1930: lived at 87 State St, Richmond, Staten Island 
WWII Draft Registration Card: lived at 1049 Post Avenue
Photo taken in 1955 of Charles and Mary (Courtesy Louise Wagner)
Mary died on 14 Feb 1963 in Hempsetad, Nasseau, New York. (View)
From the records at St Peter's Cemetery, Staten Island, Mary (aged 82) died on 14 February 1963 and was buried on February 18, 1963 in St. Peter's Cemetery.  The grave is in Section E Range 2 Plot 2 Grave 1.  Also from the records at that office the grave was purchased by Charles Prehn for the burial of daughter, Lillian Prehn, in 1931.  They lived on Garrison Avenue in Staten Island at that time.  The funeral arrangements for Mary were made by Christopher Prehn of 157 Garrison Avenue.
We don't have a burial date or location for Mary's husband, Charles W.
Prehn grave - Lillian, Charles Jr. and mother Mary
St. Peter's Cemetery is the oldest Catholic cemetery on Staten Island and it dates from 1848. The oldest sections of the cemetery reflect the mostly Irish Catholic community that once entirely comprised the Staten Island Catholic community. St. Peter's cemetery was once a part of St. Peter's Catholic Parish in Staten Island, which was the first Catholic church and parish on Staten and it originally catering to an Irish community of about 100 people.
Mary's brothers Daniel and Denis worked and died in New York as per their pages on this website.  Daniel died in 1943 and Dennis in 1962. They are buried in Calvary Cemetery, NY.



Prehn gravestone


Mary Donovan Prehn
(photo taken in 1947)




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