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Dear Carla Deason,
I am Clifford W. Holforty. I have been researching the Halferty, Helferty, Hilferty and Holferty descendants of the Gaelic-Irish Clan O'hAilbheartaigh for the last 17 years. I was clicking around in www.familyhistory.com
the other day looking for what ever I might find concerning the clan descendants and saw your exchange of conversations with Nina Hilferty Smith whom I have also recently corresponded with about her ancestors in Massachusetts.
I thought you would be interested in what I have found which appear to be your ancestors.
In the 1880 census of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania there is recorded a family with an E. F. Hilferty at 39 years old as it's head of household. He is recorded as having been born in Pennsylvania. M.F. Hilferty at 34 years old is recorded as his wife. She was born in Pennsylvania also. The children are Fannie at 15 years old, E. F. Hilferty at 8 years old and Annie at 4 years old. All of the children were born in Pennsylvania.
In the 1900 census of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania there is recorded a family with an E. F. Hilferty at 27 years old as it's head of household. He is recorded as having been born in Pennsylvania and is a Dentist. M. F. Hilferty at 57 years old is recorded as his mother and is a widow. She was born in Pennsylvania also. There is also recorded a sister, Fannie Middelton, a widow, at 30 years old having been born in Pennsylvania. In addition there is Charles Hilferty at 17 years old, recorded as a brother and having been born in Pennsylvania. Charles is recorded as a Dentist also. This family is recorded as living on Nth. 21st. street.
In the 1910 census of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania there is recorded a family with a Dr. Edward F. Hilferty at 37 years old as it's head of household. He is recorded as having been born in Pennsylvania and is a Dentist. Edward is married to Sadie L. Hilferty who is 31 years old. They are recorded as having been married 4 years and Sadie, born in Pennsylvania, is recorded as having had one child who is still living. The child is Edward F. Hilferty who is 1 and 10/12 years old and was born in Pennsylvania and is recorded in the household. Margaret F. Hilferty is recorded as Edward's mother at 64 years old and is recorded as having had 4 children with all still living. Margaret is again recorded as having been born in Pennsylvania.
In the 1920 census of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania there is recorded Margaret F. Hilferty, at 77 years old still living on Nth. 21st. street as a widow having been born in Pennsylvania. Living in the household is her son Charles Hilferty as a 37 years old single person. Both mother and son are recorded as being unemployed.
Analysis of these census records leads you to conclude that they are all concerning the same family in different stages of their lives spread out over forty years (1880-1920). At this time this is the only information that I have uncovered about your ancestors. Hopefully you will be able to contribute more to fill in the picture as the census later than 1920 is not available to the public as yet. The 1880 census indicates that E. F. Hilferty was born in Pennsylvania in about 1841. This would indicate that there is one earlier generation of your ancestors in the States that we do not know about who is most likely the person who immigrated to the states before 1841. E. F. Hilferty's parents are recorded as having been born in Ireland in his 1880 census listing. This is before the great famine. One must also conclude that there is an 1870, 1860 and an 1850 census listing for these ancestors that we have not discovered and which may disclose the names of the parents and other siblings of the 1880 E. F. Hilferty if we can find them.
Please respond as I can tell you more about the Gaelic-Irish Clan that the Hilfertys are part of.
Clifford W. Holforty
28721 Hidden Trail
Farmington Hills, MI 48331