William J. Wanders


Born 1866. Died January 22, 1919.

Family History

William J. Wanders is the uncle of Florence Sullivan; the great-uncle of Wilfred and Bob Sullivan, and Anita Hucksam, and Barbara Galvin; the great-great uncle of Tom, John, and Steven Sullivan, and William, Rita, Clint, and Jon Galvin; and the great-great uncle of Ann, Clare, Lynn, and Christine Mione, and Rob, Bunny, and Dave Cichocki.

Biography

Birth and Family

William J. Wanders was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1866. His parents, William Wanders and Ann McCarthy, moved to Ohio in late 1865 or early 1866. The Wanders family may have moved to Ohio at the urging of Ann McCarthy’s brother who had emigrated to Ohio from Ireland. They returned to Boston in 1867.

Marriage and Children

William J. Wanders married Annie F. Cusack from Wilmington, Pennsylvania, in Boston on July 18, 1886. William and Annie had the following children:

  • Edward J. Wanders was born in March, 1887 and died of tuberculosis on Feb. 8, 1910, at the age of 22 years, 10 months and 25 days. He was a clerk by occupation. He lived at 252 Ruggles Street in Boston. He is buried in New Cavalry Cemetery in Mattapan.
  • Richard H. Wanders was born in March, 1891 and died on Aug. 25, 1958, at the age of 67. He was a correctional officer at Deer Island Prison. He was married to Adelaide Remmes. He is buried at New Cavalry Cemetery, Mattapan (Boston).
  • John F. Wanders was born in 1893 and died on November 15, 1960, at the age of 67. He was a carpenter. He was married to Lillian E. Murphy. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury.
  • William J. Wanders was born in 1896 and died on June 13, 1957, at the age of 61. He married Julia Alice (last name unknown) who died of tuberculosis on Jan. 6, 1941 at age 44. William was a maintenance man for the Massachusetts Transportation Authority. He lived at 11 Frawley Street, Roxbury. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
  • Agnes E. Wanders was born in August 1902 and died of diphtheria on Jan. 16, 1908, at the age of 5 years, 5 months and 4 days. She is buried in Old Cavalry Cemetery, Mattapan.

Occupation

William was a piano polisher by profession. He probably took up this occupation because of his father, who was a varnisher at a piano factory in Boston.

Death and Burial

William died on January 22, 1919, at the age of 51, of accidental “illuminating gas poisoning,” probably a reference to poisoning from a leak from the gas-powered lighting. He is buried at New Cavalry Cemetery in Mattapan.


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