10- - PETER SODEN , 1878-1961, Cavan and Dublin
Peter Soden was born in 1878 in the townland of Behy,Cavan south of Cavan town. His father,
Peter was a poor tenant farmer on 11 acres of land married to Catherine Magee (McGhee) . They had 7 children,4 boys,Owen,Patrick,Bernhard,Peter and 3 girls,Katie , Alice and Bridget.
Some of these children stayed on the land ,others ,particularly the girls went abroad to America Both Peter and Patrick remained in Cavan ,though Peter travelled to London and Dublin serving his time to the drapery business before returning to Cavan town to set up his own drapery business .
He served his time to Fays Drapery in Pearse Street,Cavan , going to Arnotts in Dublin and finally to Snyders of London. After a number of years with these two prestigious companies he returned to Cavan to take over Fays in 1930.
During this time he became deeply involved in the local social, political and ecclesiastical life of the area. He with Patrick was an urban councillor for a number of years,on the Cavan and Monaghan Hospital Boards.a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Stradone Gaelic Athletic Association. He was a passionate supporter of Clann na Gaedhal and James Dillon.
He married Christina Coyle of Abbeyleix, a farmers daughter , in the Pro-Cathedral ,Dublin in 1915.
Both Peggy and Josie became nursing sisters in Dublin, Mary was mentally handicapped but received a full secondary education from her parents,Christina (Ina) married and lived in England and both Seamus and Peter worked as commerical representatives in the Wine/Spirit trade.
Peter Soden died in St. Marys Hospital,Dublin in 1961 at the age of 83. Christina ,his wife,my grandmother survived him by 6 years. Both Grandparents had a charm and attraction which earned love and respect from all their children and the grandchildren always recognising the great achievement that was theirs .
1915 Marriage of Peter Soden ,Beaghey,Lavey and Christina Coyle,Abbeyleix,Offaly
in the Pro - Cathedral ,Marlboro St.,Dublin
Fathers: Peter Soden,Farmer
J.Smith and Elizabeth McEvoy were bestman and bridesmaid
Fr. M..C.Kelly C.C.was the officiating priest
Certificate No. 2427GRO