Leddin was born in 1841 in Emly, County
Ireland. Her parents were John Leddin and Mary Morrissy. She was
in the parish church of Emly on March 8, 1841. She had one
who was three years younger. The Leddins were from Galbally, and
to have come to Emly when the railroad arrived there. The land
Michael Leddin lived was next to the railroad station, making it
that he worked for the railroad. This land, in the townland of Coolbea,
was rented to them by Mary Bourke, whose descendants still live
Emly is both a parish and a village next to the border between
Tipperary and Limerick. About ten miles to the east is the town
An important church was founded here anciently by a contemporary
Patrick, St. Ailbhe. Ailbhe's Well is still visited in the
and an ancient cross in the graveyard beside the Roman Catholic
is supposed to mark the saint's burial place. The church in
was baptized is now used as a town hall, and a new church has
next to the cemetery.
The parish register at Emly, showing Margaret's baptism
Baptism record for Margaret in Emly
came to America in 1868 when she was 27 years old, and settled
She married Maurice Hickey in 1872, and they had four children.
younger brother, Michael, also came to Chicago and married
daughter, Ellen (Nell) was born in Chicago in 1873. She was
named for Maurice's
mother, Ellen. Maurice's work on the railroad took him to
to build a spur line. They were saddened when their four-year
Nell, died there. Their daughter, Mary was born there in 1878.
to Chicago, and a daughter, Mary Ellen, was born there in 1880.
named for Margaret's mother, Mary, and Maurice's mother, Ellen,
called her Margaret. Their last child, Joseph Patrick, was born
in 1883. Maurice died in 1914, and the widowed Margaret kept a
house to meet expenses. Though they were poor, the family was
they could give their coffee grounds to the nuns.
1920 census, Chicago
died at the home of her daughter, Margaret at 6243 Glenwood
Avenue in Chicago,
on July 19, 1925. She was buried at
Margaret Leddin Hickey
and her daughter Margaret Hickey Hayes