When you first start out on your genealogical journey, it can be challenging coming across other’s trees that connect to your ancestors, but you have not idea how they connect. It can take years to sort it all out. As was the case with my great great grandparents, David Crowley (1838 – about 1911) and Julia Vaughan (1841 – 1913). They were married on 24 Jan 1875 in Kilmichael, Cork, Ireland. They were both widowers and brought young children to the marriage. They went on to have 4 children together. I had no idea that this was both of their second marriages.
This information took years to collect and collaborate with other cousins (before DNA). The final piece was connecting with a Crowley cousin across the pond. He filled me in on what he knew of the descendants that remained in Ireland.
His First Marriage
David Crowley’s first marriage was to Hannah Mahoney (1839 – before 1875). They had the following children:
Her First Marriage
Together they had:
4. Julia Crowley (1883 – 1959 ) – Immigrated to Elizabeth, NJ and married Patrick J. Donnelly.
Take other’s family trees with caution. You never know how thorough they were with their research or if it is correct. It took me many trips to repositories to connect all the New Jersey siblings. Be patient and consistent. It should eventually all connect.