|Thomas J. Ryan 1861-1940|
Thomas was the fourth of twelve children born to Irish immigrants Andrew Ryan, (brother of my great-great-grandmother Anna), and Bridget Hogan. His father Andrew was born in Goldengarden Tipperary, and his mother Bridget probably in or near Knockavilla Tipperary. For much of their lives in America Thomas' parents lived in Perinton, NY on Ryan Road.
Thomas married Mary Josephine Lyons in about 1884 and the couple had seven children, all born in Perinton. Around 1902 they moved to Manchester where several of his direct descendants still live today. Thomas worked as a farmer and later in the large railroad yards in Manchester. His death certificate says he died of myocarditis, a fairly uncommon ailment marked by inflammation of the heart muscle, and caused by a virus or auto-immune response as in rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.