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Here’s what I have on Mrs. Catherine (Garvey) Gallagher, b. Abt. 1804 Ireland. Unfortunately, I have no rock solid evidence that her parents were indeed Thomas Garvey and Anna Burke. Hopefully, some evidence will surface in the future that will prove her parents.
I always welcome updates and corrections.
CATHERINE2 GARVEY (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1804 in Islandeady (Village or Parish?, County Mayo, Ireland, and died 1892 in DeKalb County, Illinois. She married MICHAEL GALLAGHER Abt. 1829 in Ireland. He was born Abt. 1808 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1859 in DeKalb County, Illinois. His parents are unknown.
Notes for CATHERINE GARVEY:
!All of my information about Catherine Garvey, her parents, her spouse, and her children comes from Patricia Meyers of DeKalb, Illinois.
!1860 Census of Illinois, DeKalb Co, Pierce Township, Pierceville P.O., page 181, stop 90.
GALLAGHER, Michael, 52, b. Ireland, farmer.
GALLAGHER, Catherine, 47, b. Ireland.
GALLAGHER, Patrick, 24, b. Ireland.
Residing next door at stop 91 is;
GALLAGHER, Edward, 30, b. Ireland, farmer.
GALLAGHER, Bridget, 25, b. Ireland.
!1870 Census of Illinois, DeKalb Co, Pierce Township, Pierceville P.O., page 8 (stamped 502), stop 48. 60 yo widow Catherine Gallagher is residing with her son, Thomas Gallagher.
!1880 Census of Illinois, DeKalb County, Pierce Township, ED 37, page 2 (stamped 161), stop 13. 76 yo widow, Catherine Gallagher is residing with her son, Thomas Gallagher.
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Patricia Meyers of DeKalb, Illinois, has posited that this Catherine Garvey, was born 1804 in Knockbawn, County Mayo, Ireland, and that she is the bona fide daughter of Thomas Garvey b. Abt. 1770 Co. Mayo, Ireland, and Anna Burke (or Bourke) b. Abt. 1780 County Mayo, Ireland.
I, Barry Ashby, tentatively agree with Patricia. Catherine's parents, Thomas Garvey and Anna Burke, could easily have immigrated from Ireland to Canada, and lived out their lives there. I assume that Thomas Garvey and Anna Burke married in Ireland circa 1800, had children there, including Catherine, before immigrated circa 1830 to the small farming Village of Mayo (near the town of Buckingham), Quebec, Canada. Thomas and Anna Garvey brought at least three of their children with them to Canada. Meanwhile, their oldest daughter, Catherine Garvey, who had married in Ireland to Michael Gallagher, left Ireland circa 1850 and settled in DeKalb County, Illinois. Michael and Catherine Gallagher brought at least five of their children with them to Illinois.
If the above is true, then Thomas Garvey and his daughter, Catherine, were residents of Knockbawn, Glenisland, Islandeady Parish, County Mayo, before immigrating to Québec and Illinois. (FYI, Knockbawn is just west of the 830 acre townland of Kilhale in County, Mayo, Ireland.) Patricia believes Catherine Garvey had many brothers and sisters all of whom were born in Knockbawn. Some of them emigrated with Catherine's parents, Thomas and Anna, to the Village of Mayo in Province Québec, while others went to various locations in the United States. Catherine Garvey (b.1804) eventually married Michael Gallagher in Ireland and had five children there before immigrating to DeKalb County, Illinois, circa 1850. One of their daughters, Nancy Ann Gallagher, was in 1832 the godchild of a William Garvey b. 1849 of Knockbawn. Apparently, Mrs. Catherine (Garvey) Gallagher (born 1804) was the first of her tribe to have settled in DeKalb County, Illinois, and, as such, was a trail blazer for other Garveys to follow. Many of those who did follow were cousins from Knockbawn. They included Mrs. Bridget O'Boyle (born Bridget Garvey in 1834 in Kilhale, County Mayo.) The O'Boyles moved first into the town of Batavia in Kane County then later into DeKalb County farmlands. Moreover, it was the appearance in DeKalb County, Illinois, of a much closer relative - a brother - who would raise "genealogy connection" suspicions to a new level. Furthermore, he had just moved there from of the Village of Mayo in Quebec! This brother was none other than Edward Garvey (b. 1825 in Islandeady, County Mayo). Edward, who was married in Buckingham, Québec, to Bridget Sherlock in 1850, moved his family to DeKalb County around 1870 to a farm very close to the one owned by Mrs. Bridget (Garvey) O'Boyle mentioned above. Unfortunately, Edward didn't stay very long in DeKalb County. He relocated to Yankton County, Dakota Territory, most likely being lured there by homestead acreage of his own. Other Garvey cousins moving from Knockbawn to DeKalb County included Mary (born 1840), Thomas (b. 1841), Margaret (born 1846). All were siblings of Mrs. Bridget (Garvey) O'Boyle b.1834. (By the way, their father is known to be Dominic Garvey 1801 - 1881.) Of particular interest is another Catherine Garvey, born 1848 in Buckingham,Quebec, who moved to DeKalb County, Illinois in/around 1865. This second Catherine Garvey "CGII" (b. 1848) would later marry Mr. Henry S. Lehn in 1878 in Illinois. But before she married Mr. Lehn, CGII lived with and worked as a maid for the family of Patrick W. Gallagher - the son of (You guessed it.) the first Catherine (Garvey) Gallagher (b.1804)!
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Notes for MICHAEL GALLAGHER:
! All of my information about Michael Gallagher comes from Patricia Meyers of DeKalb, Illinois.
!Immigration: Abt. 1850, to USA
Children of CATHERINE GARVEY and MICHAEL GALLAGHER are:
i. NANCY ANN3 GALLAGHER, b. Ireland; m. JOHN A. BOLAND.
ii. EDWARD GALLAGHER, b. 1830, Ireland; m. BRIDGET ? ?; b. 1835, Ireland.
iii. PATRICK W. GALLAGHER, b. Dec 1836, Ireland; d. 02 May 1906; m. MARY GORMLEY, Abt. 1864, DeKalb, DeKalb County, Illinois; b. 18 Jul 1847, Massachusetts; d. 09 May 1924. (Patrick immigrated 1852 to the USA.)
iv. THOMAS GALLAGHER, b. Dec 1838, Ireland; m. SARAH ? ?, Abt. 1868, Illinois; b. Feb 1847, Ireland. (Thomas immigrated 1852 to the USA.)
v. BRIDGET GALLAGHER, b. 1839, Ireland; m. EDWARD GAHAGAN, Abt. 1851; b. Jul 1826, Ireland. (Edward immigrated 1853 to the USA.)
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