Hello. My name is Bob Kreitler and I am trying to research my family tree. My great-great grandparents, Patrick Parle and Margaret Ellen Meyler Parle came over to the U.S. in 1882 from Wexford Ireland and settled in East St. Louis, Illinois. I will try to supply as much information below as I have been able to gather. I am fairly confident in the first part of the information, but as I get further out into those that lived in Ireland, I am a bit less confident. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Patrick Parle, 1856-1916
Margaret Ellen (Meyler) Parle, 1857-1945
Richard Michael Parle, 1880-1965
John Patrick, 1889-1959
Alice Margaret, 1893-1992
Loretta France, 1897-1984
I believe that Patrick Parle's parents were: Patrick Parle and M. Walsh. I believe that Margaret Ellen's parents were: Nicholas Meyler (?-1916) and Anastasia Quirk (?-1908).
Patrick and M. Walsh had the following children:
Patrick, John, Mike, Dick and Alice
Nicholas Meyler (also seen spelled as Nicolas) and Anastasia had the following children:
James Meyler, John, Philip, Steve, Thomas and Margaret Ellen (?-1945)
I found some data that shows that Nicholas Meyler's parents might be: Michael Meyler (1833-1932) and Elizabeth Furlong.
They had the following children:
Anastasia, Elizabeth, James, Michael, Nicholas, and William Aloysius.
Some additional information: I will also include excerpts from letters written by Nicholas Meyler in Wexford to his children in the USA (East St Louis, IL). These letters mention names and places that might help with my search..
1) When my great-great grandparents came over to the USA in 1882 they may have been accompanied by a neighbor from Ireland. His name was Peter Ennis and I am also trying to gather some information on him to better understand his role in my family. He and his wife are buried in Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville, IL US along with a John and Rose Parle. I am not sure how John and Rose fit into my family either...
Peter Ennis, 1874-1939
Anastasia Ennis (wife), ?-1915
John Parle, 1863-1933
Rose Parle, 1859-1924
2) My great-great-great grandfather, Nicholas Meyler, sent several letters to his family in East St Louis, IL around the turn of the century. Several of those letters still exist today and I am going to include some of the information below that might also help narrow the search in Wexford and might help those reading this posting...
- I have a photo of Anastasia Quirk, Nicholas Meyler and their son Philip
- Nicholas and Anastasia were married in Duncormick, Ireland
- Address of Nicholas Meyler on the letters are: Gibberpatrick Duncormick, Bridgetown Co. Wexford, and Gibberwell Duncormick Co. Wexford
- According to the letters, Nicholas Meyler was extremely upset after the death of his wife Anastasia. He could not write and most of his letters were written by a family friend (I assume). Her name was Elya Maddock. The last letter written from the US to Nicholas came back upopened and said "Deceased", June 1916.
- Grandfather (Nicholas Meyler) mentioned a Thomas that was living in Durban, England and had 2 sons.
- Grandfather mentions that he left Gibberpatrick after his wife (Anastasia) died. He gave up the cottage and went to live in Joe Sygon's house (not sure who Joe is). He mentions that Mary Ellen Sygone and Mrs. Maddock's children bring him things from the shops in town. He said that the nurse Johanna Sygons and Hatty went to America and he is living in their house.
- He mentions a James Parle, "I was speaking to James Parle on Sunday. He told me to ask you how is Jack or is he near you. Mrs. Murphy was sick and was near dying. Two doctors tending her. I told you before that Father Martin was sick but they are alright now. All the neighbors send their love to you."
- He also mentions a Father Martin Murphy in his letters. In one letter after Nicholas Meyler the next line shows Nichoree and the next line is Duncormick
- Grandfather mentioned a Tom Murphy of Blumchines that died in March 1908. He told his children (Patrick and Margaret Ellen) to tell Peter Ennis of this news which is why I assume Peter was a family friend. He goes on to say (excerpt taken from his letter):
"Mrs. Maddock's name before her marriage was Lizzie Kavanaugh. Mrs. Walsh (that is Anty Lizzie). This is her address:
Anty Lizzie have 3 childrenL 2 boys and 1 girl. Anty Alice is house-keeping at James Yeulongs of Bathang. I know conclude dear children with fond love from your affectionate Father and Mrs. Maddock. Nicholas Meyler"
I do not know who Mrs. Maddock is, but wonder if she is related to the family? Could she have been a sister-in-law to Nicholas? Any help here would be appreciated.
- Another letter was written from a Michael Walsh, son of Lizzie Parle to Alice Parle in East St. Louis, IL. I wonder if this Lizzie Parle is the same Lizzie Maddock? Michael goes on to say that they prayed in Rothangan Church that day. Here is an excerpt from his letter:
" Mother (Lizzie) is quite well and Sissie also. Mother was sorry to hear of John's death. Pat Parle of Baldwinstown has 2 daughters out in Baltimore, Sissie and Annie. They are both in one house with a priest."
- Letter from Nicholas Meyler written from Gibberpatrick on April 13, 1908:
" My Dear Children,
With a sorrowful heart I am writing these few lines to let you know that poor mother passed away on the 9th. Lord have mercy on her soul. I hope her sufferings are all over now. She was 7 months in the Infirmary. The nuns told me she ate a hearty breakfast that morning and no sign of death more than usual. They told me she went just like a candle going out. I charged them to let me know is there would be any fail come on her so that I could see her before she would die. Dear Maggie. I never felt lonely until now. The neighbors are all very good. Richard Murphy and his son Pat come with me to get (burial). I buried her where she always wished to be buried in the grave with John (maybe a son that died in birth..??). It have almost knocked me up. I will have to give up the house. I have no one to share my troubles now. Poor Mother didn't understand me talking to her the last time I seen her. Had got quite childish and innocent. I now conclude. I am not able to write more this time. Your affectionate Father, N. Meyler. I am going to write to Tim to tell him."
Another letter excerpt: to set this up, the IL Parles sent Grandfather Nicholas some photos. He is commenting on the kids of Patrick and Margaret Ellen.
"Patsy with his hat on is like his Uncle John Meyler. God rest his soul. Everyone seen them say he is like him. The girls is like the Meylers, mouth and nose and Parle eyes. Alice is like the aunt Mary Parle". ... "John Kavanaugh sends his love to Pat. He is glad to see him. He thought of old times when he sees your dear children."
Sorry for the length of my post, but researching my family tree is very important to me and I am hoping that some people with read this and be able to assist.
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