Friday, March 19, 2010

Charles Claffey b 27 Apr 1884 Co. Westmeath

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A researcher in Ireland shared the following information:
Charles Claffey b 27 Apr 1884 in Moate, Co. Westmeath died 1 July 1964 age 79 and Elizabeth (Lilly) Atwell b 16 May 1910 in Briskil, Co. Longford died 15 Mar 2003 age 92 had five children. Charles' birth certificate lists his father as Michael Claffey, occupation as a baker and mother Anne Coughlan. Charles and Lilly had the following children:
1) Elizabeth Catherine Claffey (known as Bernadette) b 11 June 1928 Rathmines, Dublin, married, died 1982 in Wales age 54. Had daughter named Carol.
2) Charles Mansfield Claffey b 19 Sep 1930 Dublin, d 18 Dec 1999 age 69. Had two daughters.
3) Nuala Claffey b 20 Dec 1932 married Tommy Callaghan, lived in London, child Charles.
4) Mary Gonzaga Claffey (Gonzie) b 9 Dec 1934 married Gerry Marry, Co. Meath.
5) James Noel Claffey b 17 Dec 1937 Dublin, married to Joan, child Yvonne.
Charles' first wife, was Mary Ellen Tynan and they had one daughter.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Melbourne, Australia

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Peter Claffey 1842-1900 was born in Kings Co. (Offaly) Ireland the son of Peter Claffey and Mary Anne ne Mortershoe. He arrived in Melbourne on the Black Eagle in 1859 as a single assisted immigrant. He married Mary nee Fraser (c. 1853-1930) in 1870 at St. Joseph's Church in Warmambool. His sister Jane was married to Michael Kelly and they were living in the Warmambool area, where Peter and Mary also lived after their marriage for the rest of their lives. Peter worked as a laborer and died on Kelp Street and is buried in the Warmambool Cemetery. They were Roman Catholic. Their children were:
Mary Anne 1871 - unknown, did not marry
Elizabeth 1872-1956 three marriages
Jane 1874-1944 did not marry
John 1876-1956 did not marry
Peter 1878-1958
Simon 1883-1977 spouse 1=Jane, spouse 2=unknown
Alexander 1886-1959 married Ruth nee Morgan
Michael 1889-1964 suffered from cerebral palsy, never married
Margaret 1892-1945-did not marry
Thomas 1895-1977
Above information from the Warmambool Pioneers Register

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thomas Claffy b 1799 & Winifred Ford Higgins

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Descendents of this family continue to share additional information. See also
The Claffey Home Page, Locating your Claffey Ancestors, Illinois and pages 1 & 2 of obits.

Thomas Claffy b 1799
+Winifred Ford Higgins b 1809
-----Charles Claffy b 1843 d 1934
-----+Anna Gannon b 842 or 44 d 1937
----------Thomas James Claffy b 1870 d 1958
----------+Emily Gainford Grogan b 1873 d 1942
---------------Dorothy Margaret Claffy b 7 Aug 1900 d 24 Oct 1982
---------------Aileen Patricia Claffy b 1902 d May 1920
---------------Cecile Winifred Claffy b 17 Jan 1906 d 25 Feb 1981
---------------Imelda Claire Claffy b 28 Sep 1915 d 19 Feb 1997
---------------+Charles J. Rausch b 12 Aug 1913
----------John Michael Claffey b 1872 d 1965
----------+Margaret Magner Wagner b 1877
---------------Margaret Claffy
---------------+George Stehney
----------Charles Francis Claffy b 1874 d 1908
----------+Gertrude Fraley b 23 Dec 1875 d 1910
---------------Sylvene Ann Claffy b 4 Nov 1898 d 27 July 1964
---------------+Mathias VenderKloot b 1895 d 16 May 1958
---------------------Mary Louise VanderKloot b 30 Sep 1924 d 1997
---------------------+William Elliot Colburn b 16 Feb 1923 d 2000
---------------------Carol Marie VanderKloot b 12 Aug 1927
---------------------+Louis Lawrence Orlin
---------------------Cornelia VanderKloot b 27 Apr 1929 d 1959
---------------Charles Byron Claffy b 21 June 1900 d 27 Sec 1971
---------------+(1)Henrietta Memmesheimer d 1928
---------------------Helen Marie Claffy b 1926 d 5 July 2009
---------------------+Richard Berg
---------------+(2)Estelle Roberts d 1960
---------------Thomas Vernon Claffy b 8 July 1902 d 12 Apr 1947
---------------Leo Francis Claffy b 16 Feb 1904 d 1 Apr 1920
---------------Ralph Maurice Claffy b 2 Sep 1906 d 24 Feb 1975
---------------Ruth Marie Claffy b 2 Sep 1906 d 4 Dec 1982
---------------+Gregory Charles Brock
---------------John Edward (Jack) Claffy b 8 July 1908 d 1921
----------Edward Claffy b 1877 d 1886
----------Mary Elizabeth Claffy b 1879 d 1883)
----------Anne Winifred Claffy b 1882 d 1886
----------Joseph Andrew Claffy b 1884 d 1997
----------+Marie Agnes Mercil
---------------Mary Louise Claffy b 25 Jan 1913
---------------+Earl W. Sando b 5 Nov 1912
---------------Bernadette G. Claffy b 9 Oct 1914 d Oct 2006
---------------+Charles McGowan b 5 Nov 1918
---------------Joseph Andrew Claffy, Jr. b 31 May 1917
---------------+Jocelyn Ruth Tracht b 8 May 1919
---------------Robert Mercil Claffy b 15 July 1918 d 17 Jan 1986
---------------John F. Claffy
----------Edward Benedict Claffy b 1887 d 1953
----------+Anne Swaine b 4 June 1893 d 8 Feb 1974
---------------Robert Claffy
---------------Sally Ann Claffy b 28 Oct 1929
---------------+Roger Schmitz
---------------Edward W. Claffy b 23 Sep 1933
---------------+Margaret McGovern b 21 May 1934
-----Thomas Claffy b 18?? d 1924
-----Winifred Claffy b 1854 d 1885
Note that because genealogy data contains birthdate, maiden name, mother's maiden name, etc. we do not list living people to protect from identity theft.

Another Chicago researcher who is not a Claffy researcher often kindly sends me items of Claffy interest and he has shared an article from the April 25 1929 edition of the Chicago Evening American as follows:
Wed for 60 Years and Still Happy
With four sons, fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to rejoice with them, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Claffy celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary yesterday in the home that has been theirs thirty-seven years.

The house is at 5922 Emerald ave. When the Claffys bought it, it was out in the country and they thought it would be a good place for the boys to grow up in. Since then the city has crowded in upon them and they are in the heart of a thickly settled neighborhood.

Mr. Claffy was born in Lemont, Ill., eighty-five years ago but moved to Chicago five years later. Mrs. Claffy was born in Buffalo, N.Y. They were married in1869 and their sons are John, Joseph, Edward and Thomas. The latter is an official of the department of health.

Photos accompanying the article show a happy couple (he with a full head of white hair) with the following captions: (1)Still in Love--Mr. and Mrs. Charles Claffy, 5922 Emerald av., celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.(2) Mr. & Mrs. Charles Claffy, 5922 Emerald av., celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary yesterday. They are still sweathears and Mrs. Claffy doesen't really have to brandish a rolling pin to persuade him to wash the dishes.

A newspaper article by Dan Fogle dated 12 Dec 1936 shows their son Thomas J. Claffy who went to work for Chicago as a plumbing inspector in 1897. By 1903 he was head of the plumbing division of the sanitary bureau of the board of health.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Patrick Claffy married Mary Joice

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One Claffy researcher reports that Patrick Claffy was married to Mary Joice who died 07 Mar 1856 at age 70. Patrick Claffey & Mary Joyce are presumed to be buried in Mount Temple. Co Westmeath.

According to another Claffy researcher they had two daughters who emigrated to California: Ellen born 1819 and Mary born 1830 and possibly one son or cousin named James born 1835 who joined them in California.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mount Temple Ballyloughloe, Moate, Co. Westmeath

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James Claffey born 19 Oct 1834
Parents Patrick Claffey & Bridget Welsh
God Parents Ellen Claffey & William Cunningham

Mary Ann Claffey born 19 October 1873
Parents James Claffey & Mary Devery
God Parents Edward Claffey & Eleanor Ganly

Patrick Claffey death 1839 from Maheramore
This should be spelt Magheramore

Joseph Claffey Born 28 Sep 1836
Parents Patrick Claffey & Ellen Dolan
God parents Michael Farrell & Bridget Dixan

Patrick Claffey death 11 Oct 1846
No location listed

Margaret Claffey married Joseph Parker 07 Feb 1853
Witness ? Parker & Mary Ann Balfe

Patrick Claffy death 05 Feb 1851 from Cloonyegan
This should be spelt Clonyegan