No, I haven't found out anything. Years of research and no farther today than I was then. They are a mysterious group of individuals. I located the tombstones of John Guilfoyle and he has a large monument and proudly displays born in Queens County, Ireland. However, with the census records being destroyed, I have very few clues to work with.
I know that Ellen Guilfoyle left Ireland and came to the United States and arrived in New York on June 20, 1849. She has no spouse listed (so I assume he may have succumbed to death in Ireland) with her children. The manifest lists John born 1829; James born 1831; Stephen born 1832; Catherine born 1837; Ellen born 1838; and Cornelius born 1840.
I found her in the 1850 New York Federal Census and she indicates no marital status. Here she lists her age as 42 years, born in Ireland, John age 21; Mary age 19; Stephen age 17; Catherine age 15; Ellen age 12; Cornelius age 10. Also listed living in the same household is a T. Gleeson, age 23, male, born in Ireland. I am not sure what connection there is with Gleeson, however, I assume it is probably a relative.
The interesting thing is that James was born the same year as Stephen. James is on the ship's manifest, but not on the 1950 New York Census. Stephen is not on the ship's manifest, but on the New York Census. I believe that James and Stephen may be the same individual; however, they may be twins as well.
I found some glass panes that were in a Catholic Church, that indicated that they were donated by the Guilfoyle family. Further research shows indicates that these glass panes were brought with them from Ireland. The Church records indicate that these panes were from their Church in Ireland.
Well Niamh, as you can see, I have come a long way, but seem to be on hold. Personally, I believe this family imigrated from Offaly to Queens County. It is good to hear from you and I would not be surprised if we weren't related somewhere down the line. There just doesn't seem to be that many Guilfoyle's.
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