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Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 26 Oct 1998 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 4:01PM GMT
Surnames: Pender, Murphy, Gorey
I'm interested in sharing information on the following Marquette County ancestors and their families:

Thomas Pender (b. Ireland 1860; m. Margaret Murphy, Montello, 1883; d. Montello, 1925; was dynamiter at Montello granite quarry);

John C. Murphy (b. Ireland 1836; m. Margaret Gorey, St. Marie, WI, 1856; d. Montello, 1894; was Montello blacksmith)

Bernard Gorey (b. Ireland about 1798; d. Montello, 1871; was Montello farmer)

Related Montello families include Avery, Callahan, Carr, Cotter, Crosby, Haley, and Leonard. These families were Irish Catholics. They attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Montello and many are buried in its cemetery.

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 2 Mar 2010 12:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gorey
My Grandfather is Bernard Francis Gorey, his father is Michael Francis Gorey> his father is Michael Gorey born in 1830 ( think) in Madson, Ohio, i am wondering if your Bernard Gorey is relative, I am in hopes you have the connection. you had answered my cousin Michael Gorey in 2001 I think, we are searching for any Ireland connections. there might have been a McGorey? not sure if that is true. Hope to hear from you soon.
Lucile

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 2 Mar 2010 3:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Lucile,

I've seen quite a few references to your Bernard F. Gorey, and I know there was a father or son of his by that name too. And I do remember at least one contact I had with that Gorey family, probably the one you mention in 2001. I have not found a connection between our families.

My ancestor Bernard Gorey (who had a son by that name too) came to the U.S. from Ireland in 1851, with his wife Anna Connors and children. They settled first in the Newport, NY, area and moved to Montello a few years later. I learned from his tombstone that he came from what was then called Queens County and is now called County Laois (pronounced "leesh"). I found more proof of that origin by finding the baptism record of his daughter Esther in the records of the Roman Catholic church in Port Arlington, which is on the edge of County Laois. I've found evidence of Goreys in quite a few areas of Ireland, so there's no one place where they all came from.

Maybe some day we'll find a link between our Bernard Goreys.

Tom Pender

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 3 Mar 2010 4:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gorey
Hi Tom, Thank you for responding,I spoke to my aunt today about her Father Bernard Francis Gorey born 1903 in Montgomery Alambama, she said he was named after a Bernard. Gosh I hope I can go beyond the Michael Gorey born 1830, my aunts great grandfather, she hadn't met him that she knows of. I will keep looking as it is becoming a passion for me. Looks like you have done allot of geneology and research.
We may connect one day. you never know! Thank you.
Lucile

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 11:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gorey, Haley, Conron, Crosby
Hello,

My gg-grandparents were William and Jane (Haley) Gorey. I believe that William was the son of Bernard and Anna. Jane was born in 1829 in County Cork and came to NY at age 18. William and Jane married in NY in 1850, then moved to a farm near Montello, WI. They had 5 children that I know of: Bernard, John, Ella (Crosby), Anna (Conron), and Mary. William died on 3/11/1886 and Jane later moved to Fond du Lac to live with her daughter Ella's family. Jane died 6/23/1928.

I'd appreciate any information you can share on the Goreys.

Thanks,
Anne Malak

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 4:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Anne,

I'm excited to hear from you. I'm descended from Margaret Gorey, who was a daughter of William and Jane. She married John Charles Murphy in 1857 in a small Catholic church in St. Marie, which was close to Montello. John was a blacksmith -- a trade he learned after arriving in Newport, N.Y. from Ireland.

I was just about to go to bed when I saw your message. I look forward to us sharing information. My records agree with yours that Jane lived to age 99!!!

Tom Pender

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 10:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gorey
Anne,

I'm sort of replying to myself here, following up on my previous short message to you. I don't know what you know and don't know, so I don't know what I should tell you that would be helpful.

I made one mistake in my earlier reply to you. My ancestor Margaret Gorey (1836-1921) was not a daughter of William and Jane Gorey, but was a sister of William and was therefore a daughter of Bernard ("Barney") Gorey and Honora ("Anna") Connors.

A few years ago, I found the immigration record of the Gorey family. They sailed on the ship Hungarian, which arrived in the U.S. from Liverpool at the Castle Garden immigration center (New York City) on October 13, 1851. The family is listed as "Gurry," but we need to remember that the family was probably illiterate, and the immigration official probably wrote it down as it sounded to him. The family is listed as Barney (age 54), Honor (short for Honora)(age 50), Esther (age 16), Margaret (age 14), Jane (age 11), and Bernard (age 8).

I believe that their son William Gorey came to the U.S. earlier, and is the William Gorey (age 22) listed in the 1850 census for City of Newport, Herkimer County, NY, as a 22-year-old laborer born in Ireland and living in the household of Alpheus and "Glory" (hard to read) Spencer. William was actually about 33, but the Spencers may not have known how old he was when the census-taker came to the door.

Tom Pender
Northfield, MN, USA

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 6:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi!

Thanks for your reply - it was good to hear from you! I have found information leading to Queens County but wasn't able to get further. Have you found anything more on Portarlington and where did you find it? I had found some things on William and Jane in NY but a little uncertain - I will try to pull that out again tomorrow.

Thanks,
Anne

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 6:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Anne,

I made no real progress on this until January, 2012, when I started using the records of baptisms, marriages, and death records from County Laois (then named County Queens). Those records had recently been put online at rootsireland.ie. In case you haven't used it, it requires an upfront deposit in advance, from which it subtracts a fee for each record viewed. Its index is free and is well-designed and flexible. You have to be flexible about spelling of names and think phonetically.

I found the following records from County Queens which seem very likely to be of our Gorey family:

1. Marriage of Barney Gorey and Honor Connor, in Mountmellick Roman Catholic ("RC") parish on July 1, 1816, other info limited to surnames of their fathers.

2. Baptism or birth (not clear which) of Esther Gurry (spelled that way), Port Arlington RC parish,on April 27, 1822. Parents Barney Gurry and Honor Connor. Sponsors James Gurry and Mary Dowling.

3. Baptism or birth of Margaret Gurry on February 1, 1830 in Mountmellick RC Parish. Parents Barney Gurry and Honor Connor. No sponsors listed.

4. Baptism or birth of John Gurry on February 1, 1833, in Mountmellick RC Parish. Parents Barney Gurry and Honor Connor. No sponsors listed.

This doesn't include all their children, but it's a start, and I was excited to find these records.

Tom Pender

Re: Pender, Murphy, Gorey Families

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 6:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
I finally got a chance to do some searching at rootsireland.ie - thanks so much for the site and the info! I found an Honor Connor baptized 9/1/1798 in Ballinakill, County Laois, the daughter of Thomas Connor and Margaret Lawlor. She had an older sister Wenifred baptized 5/1/1795. Only other match I found for an Honor Connor born in County Laois between 1780 and 1800 was Honor Maher born 1787 (which was too old for the age given in for Honor/Anna in the 1860 Montello Census, though just a little bit older than the age given in the 1870 census). I am hoping that this is our ggg-gma - what do you think?

I also found a Bernard Gurry in Townparks in Rosenallis Parish in County Laois in Griffith's Valuation. Not sure if he's ours.

Thanks,
Anne
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