The Irish in America

One of the Foleys: What do you think?


Unidentified from the Foley family collection

Several years ago, my mother received a trio of photographs from her cousin Lorna.  Lorna knew that two of the photos were her great-grandparents (see below), but she had no idea about the identity of the woman pictured above.  All that Lorna could offer was, “Well, I am sure she’s one of the Foleys…”

Do you think she could be this guy’s mother?

Patrick T. Foley

This is my great-great-grandfather Patrick Foley who arrived in America in 1864.  He came from Kilmichael Parish, County Cork and settled in Fisherville, New Hampshire before heading West to Clontarf, Minnesota in the late 1870s.

Or, could the caped woman be this lady’s mother?

Mary Crowley Foley

Mary Crowley married Patrick Foley on November 13, 1869 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Providence, Rhode Island.  Mary also came from County Cork.  Patrick and Mary’s photographs are tin-types.

I really can’t tell who she is, nor do I know where the photo was taken.  If anyone has input or information regarding these photos, please leave a comment.  I would love to know more about the costume in the first photograph, and if you see any resemblance.


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

2 thoughts on “One of the Foleys: What do you think?

  1. Hello from New Zealand. My Great grand father Daniel Crowley came from Kilmichael Cork to NZ 1880s.
    He had a sister Mary whose Birth Certificate I have but I can find no record of her anywhere after this time. They were born on a townland called Gurrenreigh. There were Mary, Daniel, Jeremiah and Timothy(Tagh) as siblings. Do any of these names sound familiar.
    Look forward to contact. Pauline

    • Pauline — Great to hear from you. I am not sure where my Mary Crowley (g-g-grandmother) was born, but it was in the 1840s. She emigrated to the US in 1862 and lived in Providence, Rhode Island before marrying Patrick Foley and moving to Fisherville, New Hampshire and later Clontarf, Minnesota. Is this too early for your Crowleys? Let me know. I took a quick look at and am impressed! I need to read more. Mary’s second son was named Timothy. Will be in touch! –Aine

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