James Daniel HEARN

Male 1853 - 1933  (79 years)

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  • Name James Daniel HEARN 
    Born 12 Aug 1853  Cephalonia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jun 1933  St. Louis, Missouri , USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14430  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2020 

    Father Charles Bush HEARN,   b. 1818, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1866, Suez Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Rosa TESSIMA,   b. 1823, Cerigo, Ionian Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1882, Corfu, The Ionian Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1849  Santa Maura, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Charles and Rosa's first child was a son, who died shortly after birth, and neither his name nor birth date was ever given by the Hearn family. But on June 27th, 1850, Lafcadio was born in Santa Maura.
      For the next eighteen months life was pleasantly carefree for the young Hearn family. But in the latter part of 1851,England agreed to withdraw part of her forces of occupation and Charles was assigned to duty in the West Indies. His new post in Grenada provided no accommodations for his wife and child, and with Rosa still estranged from her family he could think of only one solution to the problem.

      Rosa and Lafcadio were taken in by Lafcadio's paternal grand aunt ,Sarah Brenane,a rich widow,of Rathmines(Charles had always been her favourite nephew). Sarah,who had converted to the Catholic faith at the request of her late husnband,Justin Bernane,wished to make Lafcadio heir to the Brenane fortune if she could take charge of his training and educate him in the best Roman Catholic schools.(She would later recant this thought,as she could no longer risk "leaving her estate in the hands of a non-believer")
      Whatever the Hearn family may have thought of this,Rosa immediately gave her consent, and if Charles had any religious scruples they were overcome by more practical considerations.
      Meanwhile ,Rosa's physical and mental health began to falter, and in 1853 Charles was invalided home from Grenada to Dublin to recuperate after contracting Yellow Fever. A fellow officer told him Mrs. George John Crawford( his first love,Alicia"Posy" Goslin) was now a widow, and still living in Dublin.Charles and Alicia had wished to marry seven years earlier, but Alicia's family felt Charles social status was not suitable,they had married her off to George Crawford. Charles took Lafcadio to visit Alicia, but when Sarah Bernane discovered this fact,she flew into a rege ,and as she was responsible for his son the child was never again to be taken near that woman!

      In 1854 ,with Rosa's condition not improving ,and Charles now a being persona non gratis at Rathmines, he was ordered to the Crimean War ,c1854.Rosa was also pregnant,and when James Daniel was born,he was taken into the Hearn family,and spent much of his time away from Dublin ,and Lafcadio only ever saw his younger brother once ,when James was four years of age.
      A year and a half of strenuous service in the poorly conducted Crimean campaign brought Charles's regiment back to Ireland in the spring of 1856. It had fought through the battles of Alma and Inkermann and the long siege of Sevastopol,and was now stationed at the Curragh for a well-deserved rest.

      Shortly after Rosa ,who had agreed to a dissolution of the marriage,departed Ireland , and returned to Malta ,never to see her husband or children again.

      Charles married Alicia Crawford,(mother of two young daughters)on the 18th July ,1857, and was soon transferred to India and took his new family with him .He sent letters back to Lafcadio, but eventually dropped out of Lafcadio's life altogether. His grand aunt also made the edict that Lafcadio would now be known as Patrick.

      Ref:Lafcadio Hearn by Vera McWilliams ,1946
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F6136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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