Sue Alice McHugh and her father, John

The 1986 obituary for Sue says that her parents were John William McHugh  and Ella Price Foster. Her father is also reported as John Edward McHugh. Is there any possibility that there are two people with very similar names? It is possible, but highly unlikely. I have already come across people who are commonly referred…

Heber McHugh

In an effort to make sure that the Mc Cune family that appears on the 1880 Census is the right one, I decided to look at Heber, aged 8. The unusual name helps at this point. The spellings continue to be variable. The 1900 census refers to Healer J McHugh in Burr Oak Township, Lincoln.…

Anna Kelly

As related in Changing Tack and McHugh & Kelly, when Catherine Kelly and her husband Patrick McHugh moved to Missouri, their daughter Anna stayed behind. She was living with her Aunt Susan. What happened to her? Anna married Dennis Kelleher in November 1881, in Cook County, Illinois. She would have been about 26 years of…

McHugh and Kelly

I am picking up on the story told in Changing Tack. Catherine Kelly married Patrick McHugh in Michigan, before moving to Missouri in 1873 with most of their children. One daughter, Anna, stayed behind. Anna McHugh stayed in Michigan with her Aunt Susan. The 1880 Census reveals that Anna was born in Michigan in 1857.…

Changing tack

I wrote a series of blogs looking at four people with the Stanley name that ended up in Massachusetts. There are grounds for suspecting that they might be related to me. They hail from the same part of Roscommon as my grandfather – only two or three miles away. They share the Stanley name. But…

Room at the Inn

Despite living in extremely cramped accommodation in Dewsbury, Uriah Senior and his wife Catherine/Kate (nee Stanley, in Roscommon) always seemed to find room for someone else. At the time of writing (mid December) this seems particularly relevant. The family first came to my attention when I was looking for Patrick’s brother John. In 1891, they…

Who was Bridget Scott?

In ‘Ormsby & Scott’, I explained the dilemma about the identity of my great grandmother Bridget.  The birth record of the sister, Mary, with whom Patrick is staying in 1911 clearly names her mother as Bridget Ormsby. Patrick’s birth records from March 1883, both civil and church, name his mother as Bridget Scott. Are we…

How far back?

In the ‘Dewsbury once more’, I referred to the identification of a common ancestor. The other researcher and I share 95 centimorgans of DNA. We are third cousins once removed. The point at which our family trees coincide is John Stanley, born sometime around 1800. His date of birth could be as late as 1807.…

VE Day: Patrick’s perspective

For most of the population of the UK, VE Day (May 8th 1945) was a cause for great celebration. I am not sure that Patrick viewed it in the same way. There are three reasons for this. In the early hours of June 2nd 1942, a Mk. IV Wellington bomber of 142 Squadron, RAF, crashed…

Brother 2

I am picking up on the information from my researcher relative (see ‘Dewsbury once more’ https://www.roscommonstanley.me.uk/direct-line/dewsbury-once-more/) that two brothers came over from Ireland. I have now established that one of these was Thomas Stanley (Brother 1). He was born around 1829 and probably died in 1857. After the success of my previous speculation, I am…