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2x great-grandparents Thomas FITZGERALD and Rose CONNELLY

Recently  I wrote about  discovering the birth record for my great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald Ryan (1879-1954). Through it, I was able to find quite a bit of information on her parents, Thomas Fitzgerald and Rose Connelly. Here's what I found this past week: Great-grandmother Mary's father Thomas Fitzgerald was born in July of 1853 in Ireland to Patrick and Mary Fitzgerald. He immigrated in 1860, and on 18 August 1878, he married Rose Connelly in Newton, Massachusetts. She was born about 1847, also in Ireland, to Thomas and Bridget Connelly. I found records for four children born to Thomas and Rose. My great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was the eldest, born on 22 May 1879. She was followed by Thomas, born 9 January 1881; then Eddie, born 2 April 1882; lastly, Walter was born on 7 March 1885. All were born in Needham, Massachusetts except for Walter, whose birthplace was given as Wellesley. Rose died just over one month after Walter's birth, on 10 Apr

“Our boys fought like heroes”

Originally posted on 25 May 2013: For Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to do a post on a relative who gave his life in service to his country. Of the many ancestors and relatives I have who fought in various wars over the past four centuries, there is only one that I know of who actually died in service: Thomas B. MACE, my 3rd great-uncle. Thomas was born about 1843 in Plaistow, New Hampshire, the first surviving child of John and Sophronia (nee BLY) MACE. His middle initial likely stands for his mother Sophronia's maiden name. He was followed by a brother, Daniel Webster (b. 1845), and sisters Elizabeth (b. 1847) and Sarah Ellen (b. 1849). Elizabeth was my 2nd great-grandmother. Thomas's father John, whose parentage I am still trying to discover, disappeared in 1848, and a pregnant Sophronia was left to provide for herself and her children on her own. Things must have been very difficult, because in 1857, at the ripe old age of 14, Thomas left home to join the Navy. He was

Great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald's birth record

For years, the birth record of my great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald Ryan had eluded me. According to her death record, she had been born about 23 May 1879 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Thomas Fitzgerald and Rose Kiley. But no matter where I looked online-- NEGHS, FamilySearch, Ancestry-- I could not find any Mary or Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald who was born in Massachusetts on or around that date to a Thomas and Rose. Of course, since Mary was born in 1879, the next thing was to check the 1880 census record. In it, I located a Thomas, aged 26, and Rose Fitzgerald, aged 30, with a 1-year-old daughter named Mary living in Needham, Massachusetts. I had also found a marriage record of a Thomas Fitzgerald and Rose Connelly on 18 August 1878 in Newton, Massachusetts. Thomas's age was given as 25, and Rose's was given as 30. Here, too, Rose had the unusual distinction of being about 4-5 years older than her husband, so I knew that this was the same couple. So this past