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“O’ is for Officer, Sir, Sergeant James Kearse, Irish Cop


George "Gabby" Hayes as Police Officer from free-classic-movies.com

George “Gabby” Hayes as Police Officer from free-classic-movies.com

Before I started my genealogical research, I knew nothing about my great grandfather, my mother’s grandfather, except that hia name was James Kearse, and that his father  Robert had come over from Ireland, fought in the Civil War, and raised ten children along with his wife Margaret.  James, my great grandfather  became a cop in Richmond, Virginia like his Dad, as did his son, my grandfather Tom.  James married an Italian woman, apparently the love of his life, my great grandmother Mary Catherine Botto. Lots of friends gave him grief about marrying an Italian, but they were happy with  their four children.
As a police officer, James was apparently very popular as he was nonminated to be chief, and stories of him filled the pages of The Richmond Times Dispatch 1870-1890 after the Civil War.
As I read the articles, I was thrilled to feel I was getting to know the man born  almost 100 years before me!  There was one story in the paper that gave me a great glimpse into James’ personality! It was hilarious, and showed his sense of humor!   Such a cute story, I wish I had written it, and that I could have been there!  I want to share it with you here, hope you enjoy.
Source: storytime.readingchick.com

Source: storytime.readingchick.com

 Kerse, James, Cow visit police station Halloween 1913
Sergeant James Kearse has a visitor on Halloween night at the Police Station–fromThe Richmond Times Dispatch,
Nov. 1, 1913




Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

10 thoughts on ““O’ is for Officer, Sir, Sergeant James Kearse, Irish Cop

  1. Holy Cow, Helen!! You have some ancestors!!

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  2. I love this! So neat to find out about your ancestors.

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  3. I had to remove all thoughts of Officer Krupkie from West Side Story out of my mind’s eye before I could properly read this story, Helen. It wouldn’t do to project! I’m envious of all you’ve learned about your ancestors.

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  4. “A cheering crowd of urchins,” that article was hysterical. What a great glimpse into his life.man

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  5. Darling Carol, I have indeed! Wasn’t this hilarious! love you dearly!


  6. Dear Lauren, it is so much fun to find stories, especially funny ones like this, which is more rare! Love it!


  7. Oh Debs, that is so funny! Definitely not Officer Krupkie! LOL Whenever you’re ready to join my on ancestry, I’ll show you around! Thanks so much for your support!


  8. Dear Scarlet, Isn’t that the truth! I feel like I’ve actually met the man now! I wish I had known him for real! Thanks for sharing this journey Helen


  9. Loved it! What a great story to have in your family. Just think you are the one who will make sure that future generations will enjoy this tale.

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  10. Oh Charles! thank you! It is a great story isn’t it! I just laughed. It just makes me wish I’d known him. He certainly sounds like an Irish charmer!


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