It was terrific to see your message. I have gone through varying stages of interest (due to time constraints) in my family background, and the Caulfield chain has always stopped at Thomas, who is my great great grandfather.
I think that your reference to Thomas must be the same Thomas that is identified in the following letter written by someone in Hartford CT named Sister Mary Joseph. I am not certain of the addressee, but I believe it is authentic. Sister Mary may have the maiden name of Sarah incorrect (Ellicot v. Ellerker per your posting). In the letter, I am particularly impressed that Thomas' 4 children were able to marry into the "cultured, refined and select" Boyle family! Four double first cousins - quite unusual . . .
I hope this message finds you well, Cousin Brian!
Thomas Caulfield and Sarah Ellicott were married in England. There home was in New Castle. They lived in very comfortable circumstances. Having a house keeper and several maids.
Sarah was not a Catholic at the time of the marriage. But embraced the Catholic Faith when her children were small.
Their family consisted of nine boys and three girls. Two died in England. A son and daughter. The third to die was a son in this country at a very early age.
Thomas Sr. had a musical instrument business in London. Also Organist of an Episcopal church. All the family received a musical education.
Caulfield Senior and his son Edward came to America around 1856 or 57. It took six weeks to cross the Atlantic.
There first intention was to make there home in Philadelphia. Not finding an opening for a musical career their, they came further South to Richmond Va.
St. Peter’s cathedral also St. Patrick’s Church were in need of organists. Edward (your grand father) became organist of St. Peters and Herbert like wise of St. Patricks. The other members of the family became members of the two choirs.
At that time, a very cultured, refined and select family by the name of Boyle were also choir members. Three girls – Mary (Aunt Mollie) married Edward
Margaret (Aunt May) married James
Ellen (Aunt Nellie) married Herbert Caulfield
My mother Caroline Caulfield married [The Reverend?] Boyle
These four families of offspring became double first cousins. Your dear mother ____ was my double first cousin and very, very dear to our family, especially to my Father.
After living some years in Richmond, Edward and family moved to Hartford Conn. to take an organist position, like wise Herbert and family. Four of the Caulfields – Edward, Herbert, Thomas and William Sr. held organists positions until their death. Music does not seem to been the fort of the younger generation.
So M. Helen, Aunt Nellies daughter, Albert ____ William Sr. son, still hold organist positions. He was three years organist at St. Patricks after graduating in music. Twenty years in the church as teacher, choir director and organist ____ retired at 86.
The Caulfield seniors and the Boyles have come to their eternal rest -
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