Descendants of Michael? FOLEY (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


2. Anne FOLEY (Michael? ) was born in 1839 in Breanamore, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She died on 26 Feb 1885 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

It is believed that Anne's father was a pig exporter.  

It is also thought that Anne was an only daughter. She was possibly an only child because her father left the family farm to Anne and her husband, Thomas. However, as a result of a government act of the time, the farm was distributed amongst others.

Anne died of heart disease at the age of about 45. Her death certificate tells us that cause of death was 'morbus cordis' that had lasted eight weeks. The youngest of her 13 surviving children was only four years old.

Anne married Thomas GORDON, son of Cormac or Thomas GORDON and Anne HUNT, about 1857. Thomas was born in 1821 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 15 Nov 1821 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died on 23 Mar 1901 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Thomas's baptism were Patrick Gordon and Mary Hunt.

According to the marriage notice in The Auckland Star newspaper of his eldest son, Michael, Thomas's address (in early 1889) is given as Roughwood Lodge, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Perhaps Roughwood Lodge was the house inherited by Thomas and his wife, Anne (née Foley), from Anne's father.

Thomas left his estate, worth £456 5s to his son-in-law, William Clarke (husband of Thomas's daughter Kathleen).

They had the following children.

+ 3 F i Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON was born on 15 Apr 1858. She died on 20 Feb 1927.
+ 4 F ii Bridget (Bea) GORDON was born on 7 Jun 1859. She died on 5 Sep 1949.
+ 5 M iii Michael John GORDON was born in May 1861. He died on 26 Jun 1938.
  6 F iv
Mary GORDON was born on 9 Jul 1862 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 8 Jun 1924 in London.

Mary was a sister in the order of la Sainte-Union des Sacrés-Cœurs, working initially at Our Lady's Bower in Athlone, Co. Westmeath and later at the order's convent on Highgate Road in Camden, London, where she died. Mary's name in religion was Sr. M. Regis.
  7 F v
Anne (Annie) GORDON was born on 5 Feb 1865 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 9 Feb 1865 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

Annie entered the convent but it is not known what order she joined. She worked in Sligo initially and later served in convents in Central America. Unfortunately we have no further information on Annie.
  8 M vi
Patrick (Pat) GORDON was born on 25 Nov 1866 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died about 1899 in Liverpool.

According to one family source, Pat went to Australia in 1895. According to another, he worked for the railroad in the Liverpool area and died around 1899 when only in his thirties. Perhaps he did both. I was also told that Patrick never married.
+ 9 F vii Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ellen GORDON was born about 23 Jul 1868. She died on 3 Dec 1955.
+ 10 M viii Cormac GORDON was born on 26 Feb 1870. He died on 13 Sep 1939.
  11 F ix
Jane (Jennie) GORDON was born on 17 Jun 1871 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 1 Dec 1964 in Dublin. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Jennie, who never married, was a domestic science teacher and taught in Sligo for a number of years. She retired to Dublin where she lived at 24 Trees Road in Mount Merrion.
  12 F x
Theresa (Tillie) GORDON was born on 10 Dec 1873 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 17 Dec 1875 in possibly Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 12 Feb 1965. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Tillie was a nurse. She worked in Panama where she travelled by mule and delivered babies. She also nursed in Guatemala and later worked in New York. There is a record of Tillie arriving in New Orleans from Cristóbal, Panama in December 1917. The ship manifest tells us that Tilly's last residence was Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Another travel record located for Tillie relates to her arrival by ship in New York from Ireland on 20 October 1929. She would have been 55 years of age at this time. Surprisingly, on the ship manifest her occupation is "Domestic" rather than nurse.      

Tillie, who never married, returned to live in Ireland after her retirement.

Apparently Tillie and her sister Jennie, who had been close, had a falling out and their relationship was poor thereafter. According to a family source both were "strong-willed" women.
  13 F xi
Martha GORDON was born in 1875 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1877.

According to records as transcribed by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company, a Martina Gordon (born to Thomas Gordon and Anne Foley) was baptised on 18 February 1877 in Fairymount; a Thomas Gordon (also born to Thomas Gordon and Anne Foley), born 12 February 1877, was baptised on 7 (sic) February 1877 in Fairymount. Was there a transcription error? Or were Martina/Martha and Thomas twins? Or is the information provided by the family correct, i.e., Martha was born in 1875 and Thomas was born in 1877?
+ 14 M xii Thomas (Tom) Francis GORDON was born on 19 Jan 1877. He died on 4 Jan 1948.
+ 15 M xiii John GORDON was born about 10 Jul 1879. He died in 1948.
  16 F xiv
Emma (Sr. Jerome) GORDON was born on 9 Aug 1880 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 19 Jan 1968 in Dublin. She was buried in Sisters of Charity convent cemetery, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Emma, who may also have been known as Emily, entered the convent, becoming Sr. Jerome. A member of the Sisters of Charity order, she worked in Dublin at Linden Convalescant Home and St. Vincent's Hospital.

According to records as transcribed by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company, Sr. Jerome was born on 1 November 1881, and according to her headstone she was born in 1882.
  17 M xv
James Joseph GORDON was born on 5 Feb 1883 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 8 Apr 1883 in possibly Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 8 Aug 1883.

It is believed that James of whooping cough.
  18 M xvi
William Martin GORDON was born on 5 Feb 1883 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 8 Apr 1883 in possibly Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 1 Aug 1883.

It is believed that William of whooping cough.

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