The Irish in America


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Family Album: Who is this lady?

Old Foley (Private Family Collection)

My mom and I have this photo labeled “Old Foley,” but that was just a guess. I think it is time to revisit this lady in her pretty cloak.

If she is an “Old Foley” could she be related to this guy?

Patrick Foley, circa 1865 (Private Family Collection)

Or maybe she’s an “Old Crowley” and related to Patrick’s wife, Mary Crowley. I made a case for this some years ago…

Mary Crowley Foley, circa 1865 (Private Family Collection)

The photo appears to have been taken at a studio in San Francisco. I don’t know of any Foley or Crowley connections to California. My family’s westward journey ended in Tara Township, Minnesota (at least for a couple of generations). But then there is so much we don’t know…

I’ll report anything I uncover.