Monday, May 31, 2010

Todays Flowers & Veggies

Day Lily


Pair of Day Lillies 


Pair of Marigolds

Tiger Lillies about to bloom

Tomatoes & Peppers

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Rosses & Meenatotan Boyle Clan Updates

From: Greg Boyle

To: Peggy Cox (a Grandaughter of Michael L. Boyle, the bootlegger)
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 9:23 PM

Subject: The Boyles

All –

Here’s some more about the Boyles of the Rosses and Boyles of Meenatotan. The families are very entwined in America, so I apologize for any confusion. Here’s what I’ve pieced together over the last several days with help of Tim Tahaney, Kieran O’Leary and Angela Kirk (in Ireland).

The Rosses Boyle family:

More and more, they seem to have their roots in and around Burtonport, but the Boyle Masters moved from school to school confusing the research. Indications are that the Rosses Martyrs (Neil Plunkett & Owen Boyle) were cousins of some sort. The problem thus far has been to establish exactly who Michael’s brothers actually were!

We’ve have located more information on the teacher, Cornelius Boyle whom I think was Michael’s brother. (My grandmother, Cecelia considered Cornelius’s son, Manus, the priest, her ‘cousin’ which would make Cornelius her uncle and the brother of Michael.) Cornelius taught at perhaps 4 different schools, beginning on one of the Islands off Burtonport, going to Annagry, Dungloe and finally Doochary..

In 1914, Cornelius’s daughter, Anna Boyle, (sister of Manus) left Doochary, & headed to her “Cousin Anna” at 369 Broadway Bayonne. That address has turned out to be a building that housed at one time or another both sides of the Boyle family and some other Boyles from Donegal. In 1914 whatever “cousin” Anna Boyle was there already remains a mystery. We located one Anna from the Burtonport area that came to Bayonne a few years earlier who must have been the same person, but in 1910 that Anna was living as a governess several blocks away. Apparently she then moved to 369 Broadway.

In 1910, 369 Broadway had no Boyles living there. There was a Gallagher family that came from Donegal and 3 other Irish immigrant families.

In 1914, 369 Broadway had a cafĂ© run by Michael Boyle (“Uncle Leo”, later a bootlegger). Patrick & Cecelia lived there, too. My father would have been 5 then. (In 1910, Patrick & Cecelia had lived on 22nd Street. By 1920 they lived at another address on Broadway. In 1922 they were on 51st St.)

In 1920, 369 Broadway housed a Charles & Ellen Boyle (& children Agnes, James and Cornelius). I still have no idea where they fit into our family and wonder if the Agnes is the same woman from Bayonne who used to visit us when I was a kid. No Anna lived with them in 1920. It turns out Charles & Ellen were related to Angela Kirk who has been helping me from Ireland!

The Meenatotan Boyle family:

We already knew that my grandfather Patrick came to the US; his brothers Con, Dennis, Neil and James had gone to Scotland and Mary (Minnie) remained in Meenatotan (later the grandmother of the Campbells who are still in Meenatotan.) We finally located sisters Fanny Boyle and Anna Boyle.

Fanny born in 1876 remained in Meenatotan. The 1911 Census shows Fanny as 33 years old, married just 2 years (1909) to John Duffy in Oughtmeen. John was also 33 and they were living with Connell Duffy, a farmer, then 72. Fanny & John had no children in 1911 but if they did later, there are probably some Duffy cousins somewhere.

Anna, born 1875 left Meenatotan. She married a Pat Doherty in Belfast, soon went to Scotland to her brother Neil’s home in Broxburn, where their first child (another Patrick) was born. By 1911 they lived in Shankill, Belfast – a predominantly Protestant neighborhood with 3 additional children. It seems unlikely they would have stayed in that neighborhood where, as Catholics, they were surely not welcome. But I don’t know where they went. It does however, suggest there are some Doherty cousins around somewhere. One possibility is Pat Doherty, a MP and the VP of Sinn Fein, the ‘right hand’ of Gerry Adams. Pat’s bio says “Pat Doherty was born and educated in Glasgow where his parents had migrated to from Donegal in search of work.” Not proof, certainly, but an intriguing idea. (There were a fair number of Doherty families in Donegal – but I didn’t find any named Patrick other than the husband and son of Anna Boyle.)



Monday, May 17, 2010

White Tree Frog

Spotted a white tree frog in Whiting, NJ USA of all places!
Looked it up.
They do exist, but, in other countries!

Check it out at:

Here's another link, too:

More info on White Tree Frogs:

My photos of a White Tree Frog
May 16, 2010
in Whiting, NJ USA

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Guess Who Came for Dinner & Gardening

May 16, 2010

Click on the photos to enlarge them. Then use your return button to return to the regular size photos.

It's that time of year again, gardening time. After May 15th I start up my garden...

Just put in some tomatoes, peppers, and marrigold flowers. Just finished it up today, and noticed some visitors to the gardening area. They beat the deer and our local groundhog, known as Whiting Willie who has been terrorizing my veggie gardening for several years. He loves eggplant, so, I fooled him, didn't put any in this year.....

The first visitors to the garden....

Anyway, saw a whitish frog. First time I ever saw one that color. He/she is about two inches long and is bigger than any of the other ones I've seen in this area.

A white frog?

A butterfly also stopped by. Unusual markings. Like a cross between a moth and a monarch butterfly was my first impression of it.

Butterfly... Unusual markings

This years (2010) crops consist of...

I container garden. Have 6  large plastic laundry containers, about 33 gallon size. I put 4 tomato plants and 2 pepper plants in each one.

Tomatoes & Peppers

 The tomatoes will be growing up and through the tomato cages as they've done in previous years.  They are deep rooted. The peppers are low growing plants and are shallow rooted. They're actually related.


Have two rows of oblong planters in front of them that contain the yellow and orange marigolds. There's  four marigold plants in each one of the eleven planters.

The other side

Over on the other side of my steps, I have one of those shepherds poles that has potted hot pink geraniums in it. Also have a brown clay pot that has more marrigolds close to that. My left-over marigolds that is.


Just a wee bit past that there are some daylillies. I usually don't even get to see them because the deer eat the buds even before they bloom. I put out a couple bars of  Dove soap  that's supposed to help keep them away from same.

Orange Tiger Lilies

Have a cluster of the orange Tiger Lillies along with several other varieties. If they ever get a chance to bloom, I'll take some photos of them, if I can beat the deer to them... LOL.

To sum it up....

Radio in the window

The reason that the radio is in the window is to keep the deer and Whiting Willie, the groundhog away. Did I say that I live in a senior citizens complex is why I do the container gardening?

Friday, May 7, 2010

More on our "Boyle" clan

All –

Since returning from Ireland, and with the help of Angela Kirk in Donegal, I think I’ve got accurate information on Cornelius Boyle, son of our great grandparents, AKA “Uncle Corney”. Previously, I had him confused by with another Cornelius who also came from Donegal and ended up in Detroit. Here ‘tis:

Cornelius arrived in America in October 5, 1905 on board the SS Columbia bound for Bayonne where his sister, Cecelia lived. The passenger manifest showed him as "Corney" Boyle, age 21, a clerk, who was headed for his cousin John Deery at 481 Ave. D in Bayonne.

I have not established the Boyle-Deery family connection, but John Deery is probably the son of Joseph Deery and (Isa)bella Boyle who resided in Roshine Acres where the Boyle family lived. The 1901 Census for Roshine Acres identifies a son to John and Bella Derry, named John, not living with them then, who had been born Oct. 15, 1874. On May, 11, 1896, a John Deery arrived in New York on the SS Furnessia from Londonderry. John was identified on the manifest only as a 20 year old farmer, no doubt the same John Deery (Jr.). The names and ages match, unlike all other immigration records for a John Deery. It’s safe to conclude that John's mother, Bella, who died before 1901, was the daughter of a brother of one of Cornelius’ father, Michael’s brothers.

Cornelius does not appear on a US Census in 1910. A US Border Crossing record shows him as a Bookkeeper entering the US at Niagara Falls from Canada on April 24, 1919. It also says he was in the US from 1905 until he joined the Canadian military on June 10, 1918 (in Denver, where his cousin, Rev. Manus Boyle lived!). He had not received his US Citizenship, left the US and joined the Canadian military as a British citizen. A Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force Attestation Paper was signed by Cornelius on June 10, 1918 He then returned to the US coincident with his Canadian Army discharge on April 24, 1919. The record also says his brother Michael was then living at 766 Broadway in Bayonne, NJ.

I was unable to locate a conclusive match to Cornelius on the 1920 or 1930 US censuses. The records are elusive, with Cornelius coming to the US, going to Canada, and returning to the US. In 1931, Cornelius became a US Citizen at the Detroit District Court.

His nephew Michael Boyle (son of Cornelius' sister, Cecelia) visited "Uncle Corny" in Detroit in 1939 hoping to find work. (We know "Uncle Corny" worked for Dodge Brothers.) The 1942 Michigan telephone directory shows a Cornelius Boyle living on Waverly Road South, Holland Township. I assume it's the same person. As far as I know, he never married and I have not located anything suggesting that he ever married or had children.

Coincidentally, there were two Cornelius Boyles who also arrived in the US on the SS Columbia. The other arrived on October 30, 1905 - just 25 days after “Uncle Corney”! That Cornelius was married, born in Ireland in 1867.

Another Cornelius born in Ireland also lived in Michigan. That Cornelius was born June 23, 1889 - 4 years after “Uncle Corney”. He died in Detroit in January 1975 having raised a family with his wife, Hazel.

I have not located a death record for "Uncle Corny" Boyle, but believe he lived into the 1960’s.

(I have documents to substantiate the above.)

Re the Deery’s. Cornelius’ immigration record shows him going to John Deery at 481 Ave. D in Bayonne. None of you seems to know about them, but they must have been cousins (by way of his John’s mother Bella Boyle). Ave. D is now Broadway. According to Google Maps, even the building is gone.

John Deery was a saloon keeper in Bayonne and I’d guess the saloon was at that address. The 1900 US Census shows this John Deery in Bayonne. The hand-written census record showed his birth in Ireland of Irish parents but “Scotland” was written over the birth location. Either way, it must have been this John Deery. His parent’s were in Ireland in 1910 but may have been working in Scotland when John (Jr.) was born. The 1920 Census shows him in Woodbyne (Woodbine, Camden County), born in Ireland, married (wife Kathryn) with 2 daughters Anna & Sarah and 2 sons Francis & William. He was then a Steamfitter in a shipyard. The 1930 Census shows the family still in Woodbine with wife Catherine and son Frank, then a ‘Pipefitter”. it shows him born in “Northern Ireland”. So whether John was born in Donegal, Scotland, or in between, this has to be the same family, and if Cornelius says John Deery was his cousin, there probably are still some Deerys around. There are a few Deerys in South Jersey, but are not necessarily related to us. (I’m not researching Deery any further, but if the above tweaks any latent memories, let me know.)

I will however look into Isabella, Bella Boyle to try to determine how she was related to our G-G-F Michael Boyle.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Info on Grandpa Michael L. Boyle from Cousin Greg

An e-mail from Cousin Greg on May 4, 2010:

Dan, Peggy, Tim:

I recently completed a great, if volcano-extended visit to Ireland that was, in part, the culmination of a journey that I began several years ago when I started trying to learn about my Boyle origins.

My wife, daughter and I were able to visit the Campbell family in Meenatotan (2nd cousins on my grandfather, Patrick's side).

We also traveled to The Rosses where Michael Leo Boyle taught. The postman in Burtonport directed us to the site of the Roshine School. It's now a private but unoccupied residence.

A modern school was built a short distance away.

I don't remember how much I might have sent you about the "Boyle Masters" but from census records, I'd determined that almost every teacher in The Rosses was named Boyle and pretty much conclude it was a family profession. Either Michael's brother, John or brother Cornelius (father of Rev. Manus Boyle from Denver), taught in Annagry (they pronounce that Anna-ree and pronounce Gallaher, Galla-her so the G is silent when it's in the middle of a word). Annagry is a few miles north of Burtonport. I'm pretty certain that Cornelius taught there. The school is gone but an innkeeper had an 1898 photo of the school:

Too bad the teacher was not in the photo!

Cornelius definitely taught in Doochary where he retired. There is a school in Doochary but I can't be certain if it's been there for 100+ years. (Doochary is only a short distance from Meenatotan.)

Michael's widow, Mary Gallagher-Boyle, lived in Carrigart until she died sometime after 1937 with her daughter Grace who married Ed Griffin. Alas - I was unable to locate any traces of the Griffin family in Carrigart. They had 2 children, Mary Josie who married a Sweeney and Ed Griffin. (Months ago I sent an e-mail to a Niamh Sweeney in Carrigart but got no response.) The cemetery had no Griffins or Boyles nor does the phone directory. All I got were the following photos!

Today, I received additional information from Ireland.

For one thing - there were two Roshine Schools and the one mentioned in Paddy the Cope was not the school where Michael Leo taught, hence, he was not the "Mickey Neddy" in the Patrick Gallagher's book. Michael Leo's school was in Roshine Acres a KM from Burtonport, north of Dungloe. "Mickey Neddy's" School was "Roshine South", south of Dungloe, near Cleendra Brae. When we visited both locations, I could not figure out how he would have taught one place and lived miles away!

I also learned that Michael Leo seems to have died before 1900. The 1901 Census Leckenagh, Templecrone shows a widow Mary and 2 children living with her in Leckenagh (or Lackenagh) right next to Burtonport/Roshine Acres.


· Mary (Gallagher Boyle) - birth suggested on 1901 census 1856. We think it was 1847.

· Minny (Mary) - birth suggested on census was 1876. My guess was 1873 (Close enough!)

· Mick - birth suggested on census as 1881. We know it was 1878. (Close enough!) (It's safe to discount the ages on the censuses compared to when we believe or know people to be born. I've found many such errors. Also see my notes following the 1911 census, below.)

The 1911 Census Leckenagh, Templecrone shows her still living there.

Angela Kirk in Donegal who has compiled many of the Donegal censuses, led me to the Leckenagh record. (We probably drove right past where Mary had lived - a short distance from the correct Roshine School - on our way to Annagry.)

I believe that it's the same Mary (Gallagher) Boyle on both censuses. The records for Mary are listed between the Denis & Ann Boner (Bonner) households and the Donald & Sally Molloy family, suggesting the same physical household. Mary's age in 1911 suggests she was born in 1861! Somehow, she had aged only 5 years in the 10 years between censuses! Mary's neighbors likewise had aged differently than 10 years between censuses. (It may have been a 'family tradition' but Mary's daughter Cecelia did not age at the same rate as censuses were compiled! There were also age inconsistencies on other records, especially among the women!)

So the "Mick" in Leckenagh in 1901 is the Michael Leo Boyle of NJ bootlegging fame!
(Peggy says: That was my grandpa!)

The census records are at:

I have a question for all of you: Have you ever heard of a Deery family in Bayonne? The records for Cornelius (Corney) Boyle who emigrated on the 'Columbia' 2 Oct 1905 shows him going to "his cousin John Deery in Bayonne." Angela Kirk suggests that the Deery family was from in Roshine Acres.


I ran into several Boyles in The Rosses but can't be certain any are related to either side of my Boyle families. The Dungloe cemetery is loaded with Boyle headstones.

When discussing 'relatives' with the Irish folks, my impression is that unless a person is known to be an uncle, aunt or first cousin, they are not considered 'family'. There may be an acknowledgement that there was once a family connection, but no one seems to care! (I found the same thing in County Clare with my wife, Kathleen's family. I've been putting pieces of that family together and every time I do, it comes as a surprise to the locals!!))

My physical journey to Meenatotan and The Rosses may have concluded but the research continues.

That's all for now. Hope you are all well.