In Rath Graveyard, Tralee, yesterday, I found this headstone to a man from Armagh, Francis McGaley, a stonemason. I began to wonder what brought Frank so far from home.
His headstone gave clear information. Francis was known as Frank and he was originally from Jonesboro, Co. Armagh. His wife Mary Lynch was from Ballinassig, Dingle and their daughter Mary, known as Mollie died in 1919.
In the 1901 Census, Frank was a boarder at the home of Margaret Fitzgerald of Strand Street, Tralee. His wife Mary, was still living in John St., Dingle only this time she was recorded as a Publican. Present in the house are Thomas Lynch, Mary's brother, Mary's sons, John & Francis & daughter Mary McGailey, and Mary's daughter, Bridget Martin.
I wasn't able to find Frank's marriage to Mary until I discovered that Mary was the mother of Bridget Martin and the widow of Michael Martin of John St., Dingle.
Mary Martin married Francis McGEALY in Dingle on Nov. 23, 1890 . Her parents are recorded as Patrick Lynch & Ellen Murphy. His parents as John McGealy & Bridget McCarthy. (RC Church Record)
In 1901, Patrick Lynch was still living with his wife Ellen and family in Ballinasig, Dingle.
In 1911, Frank was living with his wife Mary, sons John and Francis and daughter Mary in Ratass, Tralee.
It is interesting that he is described as being born in Co. Louth in both returns even though his gravestone clearly states he was from Jonesboro, Co. Armagh..
John McGaley was born in John St., Dingle in 1891. John's baptism record reads John McGAILEY. Sponsors, Joseph Donovan & Johanna Kennedy.
Francis McGaley was born also in John St., Dingle in 1894. Frank senior is recorded as a shopkeeper. Francis baptismal record has Francis McGUILY as the spelling of his name. Sponsors, John Ryall & Bridget Stack.
There is a Mary McGINLEY of John St. baptised in Dingle on Mar 1, 1897 who looks like our Mary. Sponsors Maurice & Mary McDonnell.
Creative spelling at it's finest!
In 1921, Francis McGaley married Nora Mary Fitzgerald of Strand St., Tralee. He was an Excise Officer, resident in Westcliff on Sea, London.
In 1925, John McGaley married Mary Kerins of Castleisland. He was a Clerk and she was a Nurse. When his mother Mary McGaley died in 1942, John was recorded as present at her death.
I still don't know what exactly brought Frank McGaley to Dingle but he and Mary clearly made every effort to ensure that their children got a good education. Mollie's death in 1919 must have been a sore loss to them.
1884 Birth of Bridget Martin
1890 Marriage of Francis McGaley
1891 Birth of John McGaley
1901 Census John St., Dingle
1901 Census Ballinasig, Dingle
Marriage of Francis McGaley 1921
Marriage of John McGaley 1925
1930 Death Certificate Frank McGaley
1942 Death Certificate of Mary McGaley