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John Foley

Male Abt 1835 - 1915  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name John Foley 
    Alternate birth Jun 1829  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born Abt 1835  Cahersiveen, Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1836  [5
    Alternate birth Abt 1838  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Alternate death Aft 1912  San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Died 8 Oct 1915  Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Alternate death Dec 1916  Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I31237  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of ASF
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2020 

    Father William Foley,   b. of Cahersiveen, Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Catherine 
    Family ID F18359  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anne,   b. of Colerain, Derry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1865 
    Married Bef 1864  [11
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F18400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Brigette Tully 
    Married 21 Apr 1867  St. Joseph's, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F18401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Honora Fleming,   b. 1839, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1935, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 19 Sep 1870  Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14, 15
    Children 
    +1. John Joseph "Jack" Foley,   b. 22 Jul 1871, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1955, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Margaret "Maggie" Foley,   b. 17 Feb 1873,   d. 6 Dec 1894  (Age 21 years)
     3. Catherine Theresa "Kate" Foley,   b. 1 Aug 1879,   d. 11 Dec 1962, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. William Edward Foley,   b. 12 Dec 1879, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1955, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F18542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2232] 1900 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    2. [S2231] 1870 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com., year and country only.

    3. [S4889] "Jack Foley's Family", research draft by Patrick Foley, shared with ASF and PNH 1 Dec 2020., place only.

    4. [S4891] History of Santa Clara County, California, with Biographical Sketches by Eugene T. Sawyer. Los Angeles: Historic Record Company, 1922., country only.

    5. [S287] California Death Index, 1905-1939, on ancestry.com.

    6. [S2244] 1880 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    7. [S75] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, on ancestry.com.

    8. [S5090] Correspondence with Foley descendant Teri Smith, 2020., year only.

    9. [S4891] History of Santa Clara County, California, with Biographical Sketches by Eugene T. Sawyer. Los Angeles: Historic Record Company, 1922.

    10. [S5090] Correspondence with Foley descendant Teri Smith, 2020.

    11. [S4889] "Jack Foley's Family", research draft by Patrick Foley, shared with ASF and PNH 1 Dec 2020.

    12. [S5097] California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, on familysearch.org.

    13. [S4995] California Marriages, 1850-1877, on ancestry.com.

    14. [S4996] Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2016, from Brigham Young University, Idaho, on ancestry.com.

    15. [S4889] "Jack Foley's Family", research draft by Patrick Foley, shared with ASF and PNH 1 Dec 2020., date only.