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Irish Ancestry Inquiry

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Irish Ancestry Inquiry

Posted: 6 Apr 2013 1:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McNamara, Grady
...Seeking information on John Joseph McNamara, born about 1842 in or near Tipperary, Ireland, who emigrated to America (Boston, MA and later New Orleans, LA). He died in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on November 13, 1914. According to family stories, John Joseph McNamara arrived in Boston from Galway, Ireland (one story says shortly after the U.S. Civil War, one story during the potato famine). With him were his two sisters (names unknown), one who married a Captain Ferguson (steamboat captain), the other married Thomas Broderick. John Joseph also left two sisters behind in Galway (names unknown). He worked at the P.J. Murphy Iron Foundry (probably in New Orleans), was tall, thin, strong. He supposedly came to New Orleans about 1852-1854 (about age 12), but that doesn't square w/ Boston arrival date. His death notice stated he was a New Orleans resident for 60 years when he died in 1914, putting his arrival in New Orleans at 1854. The 1880 New Orleans census lists John Joseph as 35 years old, with wife Bridget at age 30, children Thomas-7, John-5, Mary Ann-3, and Charles J.-1. Also listed at the same address was Bernard Grady age 35, and Catherine age 50, head-of-household. I believe Catherine may have been Bridget's mother, and Bernard may have been Bridget's brother. John, Bridget, Catherine and Bernard were listed as born in Ireland; the children were all born in Louisiana. His Burial Certificate lists age at death of 72 years, cause of death was laryngeal cancer. Any information on John Joseph McNamara or Bridget Grady & her family would be greatly appreciated--whether it's from their lives in Ireland or America. Many thanks!

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