Saturday, March 17, 2012

Elizabeth M. Duggan 1920 - 2010

Elizabeth Duggan with her children, husband, and the Duggan family.
Elizabeth is in the middle row, second in from the right
Elizabeth's mother Elizabeth Donoghue is middle row fourth in from the right
Her husband Peter Francis Daley is standing second in from the right
Elizabeth “Betty” (Duggan) Daley was my grandmother, fondly called Nana by her grandchildren. In contrast to my grandfather (Peter Francis Daley), who was soft spoken and quiet, Betty was generally very willing to share her opinion about life. Growing up, we always knew more about the Duggan side of my father’s family. Where the Daley origins continue to be a little mysterious, the Duggan history is more well known.

Elizabeth Duggan was the daughter of Cornelius Timothy Duggan (b. 1885) and Elizabeth M. Donoghue (b. 1886). Including my grandmother, this family contained the following children:

- Elizabeth Duggan b. 1920
- Cornelius Timothy “Buddy” Duggan b. 1922
- Joseph Duggan b. 1923
- Eleanor Duggan b. 1925
- John R. Duggan b. 1926
- Patricia Duggan b. 1926
- Mortimer Duggan b. 1927

I have at least the 1930 census showing this family, though for some reason I have not yet been able to find the 1920 census.

Census showing my grandmother at the age of 9.
Elizabeth Duggan married Peter Francis Daley Sr. on May 2 1943 at St. Mary's Church in Waltham. Together, they had the following four children:

- Peter Francis Daley Jr b. 1944
- Patricia Daley b. 1947
- Ellen Marie Daley b. 1949
- Elaine Daley  b. 1951

When I think of my grandparents, I generally think of their dog breeding business and hobby. Both Peter and Betty ran a kennel called Conwyre Acres in Hopkinton, Ma, at which they bred and raised wire haired fox terriers. Most of her grandchildren would fondly recall, among many things, the puppies we were allowed to interact with.

Through the help of Irish relatives, I have been able to take the Duggan family back several generations, though I am still collecting records to support things I know about the family. Like the Daley family, the Duggans originated in Ireland, this time from County Cork. Again, when I travel to Ireland, Banteer Co. Cork will be among the places I spend a great deal of time exploring.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day
Daley Clan

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ellen Tully 1870 - 1934

Ellen Tully
Sometimes (very rarely) research comes together and I find sets of records which reveal tons of information about many generations in a single family. Though it never seems to happen when I’m researching the Daley family, this did happen when I researched the family of Ellen Tully.

Ellen is my great great grandmother, the wife of John Joseph Daley, and the women who raised my grandfather until he was about 15. From other family members and personal records, I’ve found out a lot about Ellen.

Ellen was born on Sept. 2, 1870, in County Galway, Ireland. Her parents were Thomas Tully (b. 1834) and Mary McCormack. Thomas and Mary seemed to have quite a large Irish Catholic family, because Ellen Tully had 11 siblings that I’ve found records for, all born in County Galway. In order including Ellen:

- Honoria A. Tully b. 1866
- Mary Agnes Tully b. 1868
- Ellen Tully b. 1870
- Michael Joseph Tully b. 1873
- Bridget Tully b. 1875
- Catherine W. Tully b. 1877
- Bernard Tully b. 1879
- Margret Tully b. 1882
- Anne M. Tully b. 1884
- Elisabeth Tully b. 1886
- Cecelia Tully b. 1888

This information came from and Irish Births and Baptism 1620 – 1911. In addition, a couple other researchers added information to my research.

Although I have not yet found immigration records for Ellen, she reported on her 1900 census record that she came to the US in 1890. Ellen married John Joseph Daley in Boston in 1896. Many of her sisters and brothers also immigrated to Boston, where they appear in several Daley related documents.

Together, Ellen and John J. Daley had five children and also fostered my grandfather Peter Frances (Statuto) Daley from at least the age of three. For a complete list of these children, see my post on John J. Daley.

Although, I never knew Ellen and I had never heard my grandfather speak of her, I did hear a second hand story. According to my grandmother, when my grandfather found out who his father really was, she asked him if he ever wanted to track down his biological mother. Apparently, my grandfather responded, “No, I had a mother.” As my grandfather was always a man of few words, to me, this demonstrated just how important Ellen was to him, though she died when he was quite young.

For many reasons, including the origins of the Tullys, when I eventually take my trip to Ireland, Galway will be one of the places I spend a good deal of my time at. I look forward to experiencing the sights and sounds my ancestors may have experienced over a hundred years ago. Its one of the reasons I love family research.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

John Joseph Daley 1869 - 1949

John Joseph Daley (left) Richard Daley (right)
John J. Daley, my grandfather’s grandfather, is one of the biggest mysteries of my family tree. This is strange, because he is also the ancestor I probably have the most historic records for. I have census records going back to 1900 for his family. I have his marriage and death records and I have the birth records for all of his children. Yes, I know quite a bit about John J. However, who he was, where he was from, and who his parents were are all still pretty unclear. The major reason for this confusion is that John is really inconsistent with what he reports in his personal documents.

John Joseph Daley was the man who raised my grandfather, though my grandfather seemed to have known that John J. was not his biological father. There are a few things I know for certain about John J. Daley and here they are:

John Joseph Daley was born between 1869 - 1870 in either Ireland or New York
John J. married Ellen Tully (b. 1870) in Boston, January 1896
Together, they had six children:
- Frank Joseph b. 1898
- George Anthony b. 1900
- Mary Elizabeth b. 1902
- In addition, the couple raised my grandfather Peter Francis (Statuto) Daley, b. 1920.

John lived the majority of his adult life in Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as a steam fitter for the city, which has been helpful information. I have quite a few records that give information on John’s origins. However, they are not all consistent. On the 1900 and 1920 census John reported that he was born in Ireland. However, on the 1910 and 1930 census he reported that he was born in New York. In addition, on his marriage record, he reported that he was born in New York as well. On several other records, for which he did not directly give the information for, it was reported that he was born in Massachusetts.

I have attempted to find John’s birth record between 1869 and 1871 in New York. However, every search has returned no results. Although frustrating, this might not be unusual. Many births were never recorded in late 19th century New York. In addition, family legend says that John J. was born on the ship from Ireland to the US. However, I have never been able to find immigration records to support this.

Perhaps John J. was born in Ireland. Even then, the mysteries build. From those who remain who knew John J, I have been told that he did not have an Irish accent. However, on those records which state that he was born in Ireland, he also reports that he immigrated to the US in 1887 or 1888, when he would have been around 18. Plenty of time to develop his accent.

I have also searched for John’s birth and baptismal records in Ireland. However, once more, I have a lack of information. John Daley and Ellen Tully were married in 1896. On their marital record for both the county and the Catholic Church, John J. reports that his parents were named Michael and Mary. These are unfortunately pretty common Irish Catholic names. In addition, I do not know his mother’s maiden name, nor do I have more records on which it might have been recorded.
Marital record for John Daley and Ellen Tully

I have the names of who could potentially be John’s siblings, but have never been able to find records for the family. The man sitting next to John Joseph in the picture at the beginning of this post is perhaps his brother Richard Daley.  I know nothing of Richard other than that he might have moved to Philadelphia, Pa. John may have also had a sister named Delia and one named Winnie, though records of them are non-existent at this point.

I’ve attempted to connect any Daley’s with Catholic Church records relating to John and Ellen’s family. I was looking for witnesses to their marriage and God parents to their children. I’ve found the majority of those records, but so far no Daley seems to have taken part in any of these sacraments. For the most part, they were all Tully’s. Where was John’s family?

So, if you’ve stayed with me up to this point, you now know what a mysterious guy John J. Daley really was. Where was he born? Who were his parents? Where were they from? Who are his siblings? Where did his family go during his lifetime? I would love to answer these questions. As I find more information about John, I will hopefully be able to post a more accurate portrait of this ancestor’s life. Until then, the search and the mystery continues.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Peter Francis Daley Sr. 1920 - 2004

Peter Francis Daley with the Duggan/Daley family
Peter is top row, second in from the left.
Directly below him, his daughter Elizabeth Duggan
I really should have called this blog Daley Family Mysteries or The Mysterious Daley Clan because the further I dig into this family’s story, the more I find that the Daleys were sometimes a family of secrets and puzzles.  However, I am hoping that through this resource, I might be able to clear up some of these enigmas that plague my genealogical research.

I really began researching my family history in the summer of 2004 when my grandfather, Peter Francis Daley, passed away at the age of 84. I realized after his death that I hardly knew the man at all. To say that my grandfather was a quiet guy is an enormous understatement.

While he was alive he did talk to my brother, cousins, and I about his time in the Coast guard during World War II, but he never really spoke about his childhood or early life. I realized I did not even know the names of his parents.

 After consulting my father for some information, I began researching (like many do) by using Family Tree Maker. I knew that my grandfather was born somewhere in Massachusetts June 11, 1920. I also knew that he had grown up in Dorchester, Ma. My father thought that his grandparents were named John J. Daley and perhaps Mary Ellen Tully, though he he had never really known either of them. I was also told that my grandfather was the youngest of a large family. His next oldest sibling was about 10 years older than he was.

Of course, I also had my grandmother’s name, Elizabeth Duggan, but I was more interested in my grandfather’s life prior to meeting my grandmother. Since the 1930 Federal Census was the latest census to be made public at the time, I figured I would easily find my grandfather, at the age of ten, living in Boston. Wow, was I wrong. This was the first mystery that I would encounter, one that continues to stand in the way of a larger understanding of the origins of the Daley Clan.

 I must have looked through the 1930 census hundreds of times, each time passing over my grandfather’s family because it did not match the information I knew. After looking once more with more of an open mind, I stopped on a small family in 1930 Dorchester, Ma. The parents, John and Ellen, seemed correct. Even the siblings, Frank and Helen, were names I had heard. However, the name, listed as Peter Statuto, was not one I had ever heard. Nor was his status, listed as Ward of the State, one that fit into what I had known about Peter Daley Sr. However, the birth year was more or less correct. This was my grandfather and this was his family.
1930 Census, showing my grandfather at the age of 9 or ten.
Was my grandfather adopted? Were we even Daleys? Was I . . .Italian? Having grown up in what we considered an Irish Catholic family, this information was somewhat shocking. Having called my father, he confirmed my suspicion that my grandfather may have been adopted. However, he did not have much more information.

My grandmother, who was alive at the time, would not confirm any of the information I had found, nor answer the questions I now had. Though later, she would confirm more details about my grandfather’s life, her refusal to answer my questions showed me how much more shame previous generations would have felt about a birth like my grandfather’s. As it would turn out, he was born an “illegitimate” child. We would later hear that one of his older brothers was potentially his biological father, though this has not been proved.

Although we tried to obtain my grandfather’s birth certificate, we found that due to his birth status his records could not be released until 2020, a hundred years after his birth. I still do not know his mother’s name or how he came to live with John J. Daley and Ellen Tully by 1930. However, with the help of family, I was able to clear up some of the mystery behind my grandfather’s life. Still, this was only the first of the mysteries I would need to solve regarding the origin of the Daley’s. In my opinion, its one that I will need to wait at least 8 more years to resolve. 

The Daley Clan

Welcome to The Daley Clan genealogical blog. Here, I will be writing about some of the successes I’ve had and the challenges I face researching the history of my family. In addition, I hope this blog will be a resource for updating family information for the growing Daley Clan that I belong to.