I don't know that much about James unfortunately as I have been mostly focusing on the Pendergast lines (as they are my direct ancestors). What I have found out is that there were 2 James Furlongs in Lowell: one who died 7 Dec 1867 and another who died 26 Feb 1873. I suspect 'our' James is the one who passed in 1867. (as he and Margaret have no other children of record after son James F in 1863 and that James is not listed with the rest of his family in the 1870 US Census.) His death record gives his parent's names as Thomas and Bridget, but I find that a bit suspect now with the fact that the family was living next to William and Catherine in 1855. Catherine's death record in Chelmsford, MA 26 Feb 1863 gives her place of birth as "Wexford, Ire". I am unable to locate a death record for William at this time. It is also interesting that James and Margaret named 2 sons William and none Thomas. May be hard to prove definitively. Certainly would love to get my hands on their marriage record, but I suspect they were probably not married in this country and the likelyhood I could track the record in Ireland is not very good. The only place I can locate an occupation from James besides laborer is on his son Peter's birth record which has it as "Carder". Most members of this family are buried at St. Patrick's cemetery in Lowell. Their records are not very good back to the time of James' death, but his wife Margaret and all of his adult children/ spouses are buried there. I have been meaning for quite awhile to order his naturalization record. Perhaps I will finally do that and see if it sheds some light as to when he arrived and if his birth place is recorded. You never know what treasures are contained there. Will post if anything comes of it.
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