An American Family History

Mary Elizabeth Treahy Edsall


Mary Elizabeth Treahy Edsall was born on December 27, 1866 in Batticaola, Ceylon. She was the daughter of John Bartholomew Treahy and Sarah Healy

She moved to San Diego from Sri Lanka in 1887. From 1895 to 1897 Miss K. Treahy resided at 525 Milton Avenue with her brother, Albert Moran (Bert M.) Treahy and cousin, John Patrick Treahy.

She married Edwin Charles Edsall in April, 1903 in Pasadena, California.

Elizabeth and Edwin's son, Edwin Charles Edsall was born on August 13, 1904 and died on June 16, 1948. Their daughter Catherine E. Edsall was born about 1905.

The Edsalls were not listed in the San Diego Directory until 1909. Charles was listed separately. From 1910 to 1914, he was a driver for the Diamond Carriage and Livery Company. In 1915 he worked for H. P. McKee (saddle horses).

At the time of the 1910 census, Elizabeth was living in San Diego and operating a boarding house. She listed her son Charles age 7 and daughter Catherine Elizabeth, age 5 as members of her household, but her sister Katherine Wallace also listed her son as a member of her household.

In 1919, Elizabeth was first listed as the widow of Charles. At the time of the 1920 census, Elizabeth was living with her 15 year old daughter, Catherine on l6th Street and Charles, Jr. was living with his aunt. In 1921 Charles, Jr. was an apprentice, in 1922 he was a car mechanic, in 1923 a painter, and 1924 he was again an apprentice. He lived at 1842 National Avenue with his aunt Mary K. Wallace. In 1930 Mary Katherine and her daughter Catherine were living as lodgers in Los Angeles. Elizabeth was a housekeeper and Catherine was a saleslady in a candy store.

She died on August 20, 1948 in San Diego

Batticaloa is the provincial capital of the eastern province of Sri Lanka. It became part of the British Empire in 1815 and was called Ceylon.


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