Katherine (Kittie) Rooney grew up in Chicago with her seven sisters and three brothers. Her parents William and Julia Rooney were early settlers in the city. She studied piano at an early age and taught music prior to getting married in 1880. Kittie married Edward Talbot at Holy Name Cathedral on State Street. They lived at 43 E. Division until Julia passed away in 1885. Kittie and her sister Hannah became executors of the will and arranged for her sister Mary to purchase the residence.
Michael M. Byczek is the great-grandson of Katherine and Edward Talbot. Their daughter Marie was born during the Gilded Age and her parents spent many days at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 with the family. They lived at 4132 S. Wabash on the southside of Chicago during the Fair. Michael has a collection of photographs of the Rooney and Talbot family members taken in the 1890s.
Kittie passed away in 1899 after a brief illness. She and Edward were married for nineteen years. Their daughter Marie spent her early adult years with Kittie's brother John Rooney in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago after Edward passed away.