|Francis Byrne, a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars, died at his home in Carrolltown at 11:40 o’clock A.M on Thanksgiving Day. He had been in poor health for over a year, but was seriously ill only one week. The cause of his death with blood poisoning, superinduced by kidney trouble. Mr. Byrne was born in Loretto, this country, January 23, 1823, and was consequently seventy-five years ten months and four days old. He enlisted as a private in Company D, Second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and served in the Mexican War from Jan 24, 1847 to August 14th of the same year. He also served three years in the Civil War and proved himself a brave soldier.|
In February, 1848, Mr. Byrne was married in the old Carrolltown Chapel to Isabel Weakland by Rev. Father Welmer, and, saving the time he served his country, he resided in the vicinity of Carrolltown ever since. He was the last of his family to quit the scenes of this life, all of his brothers and sisters having preceded him to the grave. His aged wife, five sons and three daughters survive him, all but one of whom live in or about Carrolltown. They are William, Cosiner, Theodore, Raphael, and John F.; Mary, wife of Sylvester Buck of Ohio, Sara Katherine, married to Joseph Stitch, of Carrolltown, and Harriet Jane, single and at home.
After a mass of requiem this morning in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, interment was in St Benedicts Cemetery, Carrolltown.