Folan Family Genealogy Forum
It looks like we are cousins. My grandmother was Delia. Surprisingly, I was told that Patrick Foley took the name "Foley" from one of the adoptive parents he stayed with after the orphanage burned. The story goes that he was about three when they rowed across a harbor during an epidemic or upheaval. The place was likely New York, which experienced several epidemics shortly after the Civil War. Others wonder if his orphanage might have been the one burned in the draft riots. Patrick went west joining a circus and then working as a teenage baker on a river boat. In Lynxville, WI he met two "Foley's" who were actually Folan brothers who came from Spidall-Barna-Furbo-Rahoon near Galway. One, James was a Civil War cavalryman who earned part of the reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Patrick ended up marrying his daughter. They lived in the Seneca-Steuben area before trying their luck in the Crosby, North Dakota area. He apparently died of a heart attack there. If you need more detailed information, please contact me.
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