A New Hampshire Connection: Endeavor Mission Specialist and Veterinarian: Dr. Richard Michael "Rick" Linnehan

Talk about Irish pride! 

An article recently written and posted by David Brooks, on his blog: Granite Geek, about Dr. Richard H. Linnehan inspired me.  With St. Patrick's day coming up soon, I wondered about the family tree of this mission specialist who will be included in the next voyage of “Endeavor” on March 11th (tomorrow).

Dr. Linnehan was born in Lowell Massachusetts, and was raised by his paternal grandparents to whom he credits his choice of profession.  His middle name is the same as that of his great-grandfather Michael, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland about 1885.  One has to wonder if he will be carrying a shamrock into outer space this trip, along with a photograph of Alex Higgins.

Dr. Linnehan spent some time in New Hampshire, as evidenced by his attending and graduating from New Hampshire schools, namely: he attended Alvirne High School in Hudson NH; graduated from Pelham High School in Pelham NH; and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of science degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Microbiology. [See Biography for additional information on education]

For more information about Dr. Linnehan, see the links below, along with his family tree.

Janice

***ADDITIONAL READING***

-Official NASA Biography: Richard M. Linnehan

-Granite Geek: Local Boy Makes Good-

-Encyclopedia Astronautica: Dr. Richard Michael Linnehan

-Space.com–Endeavor Astronauts….

Photograph above is taken from official NASA web site (cropped version).

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***PARTIAL GENEALOGY OF RICHARD H. LINNEHAN***
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Michael Linnehan, son of John & Julia (?O'Connell) Linnehan, b. January 1865 in Ireland, immigrated to the United States in 1885 and was a naturalized citizen. In 1900 he was living in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was a day laborer and later a teamster. He died between 1900 and 1920 when Frances is found a widow living in Lowell MA. He married Frances “Fannie” “Fanny” Mullen(s)/Mullin, daughter of Timothy & Hannah on 16 November 1890 (recorded in Lowell MA 16 January 1891) by Rev. William D. Joyce [when Michael's surname is listed as Linehan, with one N]. Frances was born March 1867 in Ireland [birth record of son Martin in Lowell MA identifies his mother's maiden name as Mullen, death cert of son Michael W. shows it as “Mullens,” and her marriage record shows Mullin]. She died at or after 1938 when she is shown in the Lowell MA directory, listed as widow of Michael, living at 25 Clare (Street). At the time of her marriage, Frances' occupation is weaver.
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Margaret Linnehan F age 23 d. of small pox operative b Ireland dau of John & Julia (O'Connell) Linnehan – died 1894, 9 Jan in Lowell MA [so b. abt 1871, poss sis to Michael]
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U.S. Census > 1900 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Middlesex > Lowell Ward 9 > District 828
Linnehan, Michael Head W M Jan 1865 35 married 9 yrs Ire Ire Ire immigrated 1885, living in US 15 yrs, naturalized, day laborer
Linnehan, Fannie, wife W F March 1867 33 married 9 yrs 5 children, 5 living, Ire Ire Ire, immigrated 1885, living in US 15 years
Linnehan, John son W M Nov 1891 8 single Massachusetts, Ire Ire at school
Linnehan, Timothy J. son W M Nov 1893 6 single MA IRe Ire at school
Linnehan, Etta daughter W F July 1895 4 single MA Ire Ire
Linnehan, Margaret T. daughter W F Apr 1897 3 single MA Ire Ire
Linnehan, Martin H. son W M Oct 1898 1 single MA Ire Ire
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U.S. Census > 1920 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Middlesex > Lowell Ward 9 > District 248
Linnehan, Frances Head F W 55 Widow imm 1879 alien Ire Ire Ire no occupation
Linnehan, John F. son M W 27 single MA Ire Ire laborer
Linnehan, Timothy son M W 25 single MA Ire Ire Printer, manufacturer
Linnehan, Etta dau F W 23 single MA Ire Ire, servant, private family
Linnehan, Henry son M W 21 single MA Ire Ire Book-keeper, machine shop
Linnehan, Mary dau F W 17 single MA Ire Ire, Operator, hosiery [b abt 1903]
Linnehan, Arthur son M W 15 single MA Ire Ire no occupation [b abt 1905]
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Children of Michael & Frances (Mullen/Mullens/Mullin) Linnehan:
1. John F. Linnehan, b.  5 Nov 1891 Lowell MA
2. Timothy J. Linnehan, b 19 Nov 1893 Lowell MA
3. Etta M. Linnehan, b 17 July 1895 Lowell MA
4. Margaret T. Linnehan, b. Apr 1897 MA
5. +Martin HENRY Linnehan, b. 3 Oct 1898 Lowell MA
6. Mary E. Linnehan, b 15 March 1902 Lowell MA
7. Joseph ARTHUR Linnehan,b abt 14 June 1904 Lowell MA
8. Michael W. Linnehan, b. 28 May 1907, d. 30 May 1907 Lowell MA, of convulsions, buried St. Patrick Cemetery Lowell MA

Martin Henry aka Henry M. Linnehan, son of Michael & Frances (Mullin) Linnehan, was b. 3 Oct 1898 in Lowell MA, and d. 1 November 1973 in Lowell MA. He married abt 1929-1930 to Mary “Mae” Slavin Webster. She was born 10 Sep 1896 in Lowell MA dau of Henry L. & Nellie F. (Slavin) Webster and granddaughter of Benjamin & Jane Webster and James & Ann Slavin.  She died 25 September 1985 in Lowell MA. According to her birth record Mae's father, a teamster, was born on Prince Edward Island, and her mother was born in Lowell MA. In 1930 Henry Linnehan's occupation is Printer and Mae's occupation is Mail Order House. They resided at 448 Stevens Street.
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U.S. Census > 1900 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Middlesex > Lowell Ward 4 > District 791
Slavin James Head W M Dec 1827 72 married 45 yrs Ire Ire Ire stone mason imm 1849
Slavin Ann wife W F Dec 1827 72 married 45 yrs 6 ch 4 living Ire Ire Ire imm 1849
Slavin, Mary dau W F Dec 1856 48 single MA Ire Ire
Slavin, Rose dau W F Feb 1866 34 single MA Ire Ire dress maker
Slavin, James E. nephew W F Nov 1857 46 single MA Ire Ire stone mason
Slavin, [should be Webster] Annie niece W F Oct 1888 11 single MA Nova Scotia MA
Webster, Mary neice W F Sep 1896 3 single MA Nova Scotia MA
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U.S. Census > 1910 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Middlesex > Lowell Ward 4 > District 851
Slavin Mary Head F W 53 single MA Ire Ire
Slavin, Rose E. sister F W 42 single MA Ire Ire Saleslady, dept store
Slavin, James E. cousin M W 56 single MA Ire Ire no occupation
Webster Anna R. neice F W 22 single MA Can-English MA bookkeeper, store [b abt 1888]
Webster, May neice F W 12 single MA Can-English MA no occupation
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U.S. Census > 1920 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Middlesex > Lowell Ward 8 > District 242
Slavin, Mary Head F W 62 single MA Ire Ire
Slavin, Rose E. sister F W 50 single MA Ire Ire saleslady, retail drugs
Slavin, James E. cousin M W 57 single MA Ire Ire contractor, mason
Webster, Anna R. F W 31 single MA Canada MA, clerk-office, machine shop
Webster, Mae niece F W 22 single MA Canada MA clerk-office, machine shop
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U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Middlesex > Lowell > District 101
Slavin, James E. Head M W 79 single MA, Irish Free State, Irish Free State,no occupation
Linnehan, May cousin F W 32 married at age 31 MA Canada-English, MA, Forelady, Mail Order House
Linnehan, Henry cousin M W 29 married at age 29 MA, Irish Free State, Irish Free State, Printer, Printing Shop
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Historical Newspapers > The Lowell Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts) > 1938 > September > 26
OBITUARY–JAMES E. SLAVIN died suddenly last night at the home of his cousin, Mrs. Henry Linnehan, 448 Stevens Street. He was a retired stone contractor and had been a member of St. Margaret's parish for the past 25 years. Reposing at the Richard A. O'Connell funeral home, 505 Stevens street at Westford, where friends may call after 6 p.m. today.
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Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003
Name:     Henry M Linnehan
Certificate:     048913
Death Place:     Lowell
Death Date:     1 Nov 1973
Birth Place:     Massachusetts
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Social Security Death Index
Name:     Henry Linnehan
SSN:     015-07-0459
Last Residence:     01851  Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America
Born:     3 Oct 1898
Died:     Nov 1973
State (Year) SSN issued:     Massachusetts (Before 1951 )
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Social Security Death Index
Name: Mae Linnehan
SSN: 012-28-8076 
Last Residence: 03842  Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States of America
Born: 10 Sep 1896
Died: Sep 1985
State (Year) SSN issued: Massachusetts (1952-1955 )
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WWI Draft Registration Card 1917-1918
Henry Martin Linnehan
Res. 351 Butman Road, Lowell MA
Age 19, DOB Oct 3 1898
Occupation: Clerk, Saco Lowell Shops, Dutton St. Lowell MA
NOK: Mrs. Frances Linnehan [his mother]
Medium height, slender build, blue eyes, brown hair
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Directories & Member Lists > Massachusetts City Directories > Lowell > 1938 > L
Linnehan, Henry M. (Mae S.) pressmn 15 Kearney sq
Linnehan, Agnes F Mrs. Clk 187 Central 4 217 Shaw
Linnehan, Frances J. wid Michael J. h 25 Clare
Linnehan, John F. lab r 25 Clare
Linnehan, John J. (Helena E.) leather wkr h 778 Bway
Linnehan, Jos A pressmn 165 Jackson r 25 Clare
Linnehan, Julia E. bkpr Merrimack Valley Supply Co. 4 163 Crosby
Linnehan, Mary wid Patk J h 163 Crosby
Linnehan, Patk E. (Hortense J.) hosemn Engine 1 h 74 Otis
Linnehan, Timothy J. (Frances) formn 165 Jackson h 7 Arthur av Dracut
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Directories & Member Lists > Massachusetts City Directories > Lowell > 1964 >  City Information [STEVENS STREET]
448 Linnehan, Henry M. 452-6505
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Children of Henry M. & Mae S. (Webster) Linnehan:
1. +Richard H. Linnehan, b. 7 June 1938 in Lowell MA. He is deceased. He married Carol –. They had two children: Richard Michael Linnehan, and Colleen Linnehan.  One biography of Richard M. Linnehan states that his mother Carol Robinson resides in Towsend MA, and another that she lives in Jensen Beach FL. His sister Colleen may be  residing in Nevada.

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