FAMILY OF
PATRICK FOLEY AND BRIDGET FOLEY
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PATRICK FOLEY: ORIGINS

Patrick Foley was, born in Ireland in about1910.  His listing in the 1870 U.S. Census would confirm that birthyear within a year; since we do not have an actual birthday to go on. Further information is being sought regarding his origins in Ireland. His first son, Patrick, was born about 1848; and, if we assume that thisfamily followed the prevailing custom of naming the first male child afterits paternal grandfather; then it is probable that Patrick's father wasalso named Patrick.


BRIDGET _____ FOLEY:ORIGINS


THE MARRIAGE OF PATRICKFOLEY AND BRIDGET ________

The 1870 U.S. census makes it clear thatat least two children (and probably more) were born to this couple whilestill in Ireland.  Using US census data, we can calculate that Patrickwas born about 1848; and Thomas about 1851.  Other research, however,indicates that at least one other child, Ellen (about 1843) was born toBridget and Patrick in Ireland.  We can further deduce from knowledgeof the socio-economic situation of Irish Catholics in 19th Century Ireland,where there were scarce recources and little need to travel,  thatPatrick and Bridget most likely hail from the same region of Ireland; andthat their marriage would have occurred about 1842, or earlier.  Thiswas at least 3 years before "the famine."


 
CHILDREN BORN IN IRELAND
From research on other lines of our family;we have learned that the "great famine" in Ireland was quite horrible insome areas (especially in the cities) but not so completely devastatingin other areas... especially rural areas where the Irish peasants knewhow to work the land, procure fish, and owned and knew how to manage farmanimals.  Regardless of these differences, historians assert that1846 and 1847 were the very worst years of the famine; and yet Patrickand Bridget were clearly able to generate the will and vision to get marriedduring this time of great scarcity.  Besides the assumption that theywere very much in love; there is another clue in the year of their marriage...and that would be that they were probably raised and met in an area ofIreland that was rural; and that their families had skills and resourceswhich enabled them to procure food during these years of famine. Although we are still in search of documents which would share much morelight on the life of this young family (and their forbearers) in Ireland,we must settle for now with the record we have: i.e. that Bridget boreat least three children: Ellen (~1843), Patrick Jr. (in about 1848) andThomas (in about 1851) and maintained sufficient health to emigrate tothe U.S. with her family between 1851 and 1852.
 
THE FAMILY EMIGRATES TOTHE U.S.
Although we have sufficient information tocalculate that the family made the trip to the U.S. during the 1851-52time window, we have neither documents nor tradition to assist us withany details.  Although the scope of this project will include a searchfor the ship, the port of entry and all other details; for now we mustbe satisfied with a single clue... and that is that they settled in TippecanoeCounty, Indiana and we have later addresses in the city of Lafayette. This of course suggests that their "port of entry" was likely New Orleans;and that their route to Lafayette would have been up the Mississippi, Ohio,and Wabash rivers to Lafayette; as this entire river system was navigableat that time; and riverboat travel was in its heyday as we recall fromMark Twain's writings.
 
EARLY YEARS IN AMERICA ~~LAFAYETTE IN
Information (and photos) are being sought regardingthis period in the family's life.
 
THE 1860 U.S. CENSUS LISTINGFOR THE FAMILY OF PATRICK & BRIDGET FOLEY §
NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's 
Birthplace
Mother's 
Birthplace
FOLEY, Patrick50HusbandLaborerIrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Bridget50wifeHousewifeIrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Patrick12son.IrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Thomas9son.IrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Peter8son.IndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, John7son.IndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Margaret4daughter.IndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Owen3son.IndianaIrelandIreland
§ The1860 Census has not yet been procured and studied in detail!
The above "construction" is based on notes fromearlier research and may not be complete or correct.
We know from otherresearch that Margaret Foley (age 4 above) had at least one elder sister,Ellen!  Realizing that the census was taken based on "households"and NOT "families" ...it is possible that Ellen (and maybe other children)were members of "other households" by reason of marriage or employment. Noting that both Patrick and Bridget are listed as age 50, it is certainlyfeasible that they had children much older than those listed above. As for Ellen Foley, it is known that she married Timothy Splann on 3/9/1867;so it is probable that she was in her late teens at the time of the 1860census; so quite likely she had left home to seek work... probably in Indianapolis. The reason for this theory is that Tim Splann's obituary makes no mentionof his ever living in Lafayette.  He is reported to have come to Indianapoliswith his family at age 11 in 1854.  He then served in the Civil War...after which (1865) he returned to Indianapolis... where (we assume) hemet and married Ellen Foley.  Tim was 24 at the time of his marriage;and we may assume that Ellen was his "contemporary" ...which would leadus to calculate an age of 17 or 18 for her at the time of the 1860 censusshown in the table above.
 CLICK HERE or on the thumnail to see Tim's Obituary.
 


 
THE CIVIL WAR & POSTWAR YEARS
Information (and photos) are being sought regardingthis period in the family's life.  For the moment, one obvious thingto note is that Bridget continued to bear children till quite late in life. It appears that her youngest, Sally, was born when Bridget was 51.
 
 
THE 1870 U.S. CENSUS LISTINGFOR THE FAMILY OF PATRICK & BRIDGET FOLEY
[Date of Census was June 2, 1870]
NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's 
Birthplace
Mother's 
Birthplace
FOLEY, Patrick60HusbandLaborerIrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Bridget60wifeHousewifeIrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Patrick22sonLaborerIrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Thomas19sonU.S. SoldierIrelandIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Peter18sonteamsterIndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, John17son.IndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Margaret14daughter.IndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Owen13son.IndianaIrelandIreland
FOLEY, Sally9daughter.IndianaIrelandIreland

SUMMARY OF 7 CHILDREN OFPATRICK AND BRIDGET FOLEY
 
Ellen Foley1843 (est.) - 1908 Ellenmarried Timothy Splann Who servedthe Indianapolis Police Department from 1873 until his retirment in late1906.  Tim "Cap" Splann, rose to the rank of "Captain of Police" andwas instrumental in forming the department's first "Detective Department"in 1899.  "Cap Splann" commanded this department as it's first "Chiefof Detectives."  He was well liked and respected and is mentionedin the history of the IPD published in the year 2000, "A Proud Traditionof Service."  "Cap Splann" and his wife ("Aunt Ellen") actuallyraised Ellen's nephew, Harry N. Connor (son of her sister, Margaret) afterthe early death of his father.  "Cap" was instrumental Harry's decisionto become a police detective.
Patrick Foley~1848
Thomas Foley~1851
Peter Foley~1852
John Foley~1853
Margaret Foley~1856 - 1927  On April 24, 1876, "Maggie" married NicholasConnor (1879 - 1940.)  Margaret and Nicholas are our dicrect ancestors.See the separatewebpage dedicated to their family.
Owen Foley~1857 -
Sally Foley, ~1861 - ____  Sally married Steve Hannigan August 25, 1885