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John Joseph "Jack" Foley

Male 1871 - 1955  (83 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Joseph "Jack" Foley was born on 22 Jul 1871 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California (son of John Foley and Honora Fleming); died on 2 Apr 1955 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 29 Jul 1871, St. Joseph's, San Jose, Santa Clara, California

    Notes:

    From Patrick Foley (citation details below):

    Oldest child of John Foley and Honora Fleming Foley, John Joseph ("Jack") Foley lived in San Jose most of his life. He was baptized John Foley at St. Joseph's Church on July 29, 1871, with William Foley and Bridget Dempsey as his godparents. He attended Catholic schools--a convent school at San Fernando and San Pedro streets and "St Joseph's College," apparently a high school in Santa Clara.

    In 1889, at age 18, he was no longer in school, but worked as a teamster and lived at home. The following year he was listed in the city directory as a "laborer." He apparently found this style of life unsatisfactory, for he moved to Oakland, where in 1892 he lived at 567 Eighth Street and worked as a clerk with P. J. Flynn. In 1893 he was a salesman with T. M. O'Halloran & Co., and in 1894 he was a clerk with James A. Joyce. By 1897 he had moved to a building at 855 Washington known as the "Clarendon." He remained at this address, and at his employment with Joyce, until 1899. In that year or the next he left Oakland.

    He was married to a Miss Jewett during this period, but for unknown reasons the marriage terminated. He returned to San Jose where, in 1898, he went to work for Leopold Hart, owner of a "corner cash store" at Market and Santa Clara streets--an association which was to be lifelong. He married Bessie Yagle.

    John married Elizabeth Lee "Bessie" Yagle after 16 Oct 1900 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. Elizabeth (daughter of Charles Henry Yagle, Sr. and Eliza Ellen Boggs) was born on 5 Jun 1878 in Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; died on 31 May 1952 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Howard Patrick Foley was born on 14 Aug 1902 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; died on 9 May 1986 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in San Jose, Santa Clara, California.
    2. John Dennis Foley, Sr. was born on 14 May 1908 in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California; died on 18 Oct 1975 in Santa Clara County, California; was buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Foley was born about 1835 in Cahersiveen, Kerry, Ireland (son of William Foley and Catherine); died on 8 Oct 1915 in Santa Clara County, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Jun 1829, Ireland
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1836
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1838, Ireland
    • Alternate death: Aft 1912, San Jose, Santa Clara, California
    • Alternate death: Dec 1916, Santa Clara County, California

    Notes:

    According to California records, he was naturalized on 1 Oct 1857 in Moniteau County, Missouri.

    "Another interesting bit of information about the original John Foley was that, once he got to America, he paid for the passage of some of his siblings to emigrate. I believe there were at least two sisters who came to America that way, because there are two characters who appear in some family stories that were referred to as John J's cousins. One was named Jim Hickey, and he came from back East (for some reason I think Bridgeport, CT), and another was named Sullivan and was a stone carver who lived right next to the Foley house at 50 S. 9th St., San Jose.' [Correspondence with Foley descendant Teri Smith, 2020]

    "John Foley […] came to the United States from Ireland in 1850, and for a while lived at New Orleans and worked on the steamboats plying on the Mississippi. Then he joined the U.S. Cavalry and saw service on the great plains for five years. After that, for two years, he was a pony express rider from Box Elder to Salt Lake City, and finally, in 1860, he came to California. Until 1863 he was at Virginia City, and on his return to San Jose, he sailed in steamer service from San Francisco to Panama. He married Miss Honora Fleming, an accomplished lady, the mother of our subject. John Foley died in December, 1916, but his devoted widow is still living. They had two boys and two girls, and one of the latter died in 1894. A brother and sister are living on the old home place with their mother, the lot of which was purchased by the wide-awake father in early days in the trade of a saddle horse." [History of Santa Clara, California, citation details below]

    John married Honora Fleming on 19 Sep 1870 in Santa Clara County, California. Honora (daughter of Jacob Fleming and Sabina Caveny) was born in 1839 in Ireland; died on 25 Nov 1935 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Honora Fleming was born in 1839 in Ireland (daughter of Jacob Fleming and Sabina Caveny); died on 25 Nov 1935 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1842, Ireland

    Notes:

    "She came to the United States around 1860, by way of the Isthmus of Panama; having no money to ride across, she walked from the Caribbean shore to the Pacific." [Patrick Foley, citation details below]

    Children:
    1. 1. John Joseph "Jack" Foley was born on 22 Jul 1871 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; died on 2 Apr 1955 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.
    2. Margaret "Maggie" Foley was born on 17 Feb 1873; died on 6 Dec 1894; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.
    3. Catherine Theresa "Kate" Foley was born on 1 Aug 1879; died on 11 Dec 1962 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.
    4. William Edward Foley was born on 12 Dec 1879 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; died on 31 May 1955 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Foley was born in in of Cahersiveen, Kerry, Ireland.

    Notes:

    Cahersiveen, in Kerry, is alternately spelled Cahirciveen or Caherciveen; in Irish, Cathair Saidhbhín, meaning "little Sadhbh's stone ringfort."

    It is where the first shots of the Fenian Rising were fired in 1867. A village of only slightly more than a thousand people in 2016, it is notable for its disproportionately large Catholic church, the only one in Ireland named after a layperson, the crusader for Catholic emancipation Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) who was born in Cahersiveen.

    Cahersiveen is also given by Patrick O'Brian as the childhood home of his novels' co-protagonist Stephen Maturin. From Post Captain (1972):

    At present two Highlanders were talking slowly to an Irishman in Gaelic...as he lay there on his stomach to ease his flayed back. "I follow them best when I do not attend at all," observed Stephen, "it is the child in long clothes that understands, myself in Cahirciveen."

    William married Catherine. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Catherine
    Children:
    1. 2. John Foley was born about 1835 in Cahersiveen, Kerry, Ireland; died on 8 Oct 1915 in Santa Clara County, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

  3. 6.  Jacob Fleming

    Jacob married Sabina Caveny. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Sabina Caveny
    Children:
    1. 3. Honora Fleming was born in 1839 in Ireland; died on 25 Nov 1935 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California; was buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.