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Henry & Thomas Corley

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:02 am
by fjcorley
I will be visiting Ireland for the first time next week and want to see if there is any connection to my ancestral family. All I know is that my great grandfather, Henry Corley, born about 1823 in Caracloghan Hamlet, Clontibret Parish, County Monaghan. His father was Patrick Corley, a flax grower who held a 14 acre lease from his landlord, the Viscount Templeton. Thomas Corley may have been his brother, or perhaps a cousin. Henry came to America in about 1848. I am just wondering how I might find records of his birth or his family or those who remained in the home country. Thank you. Frank J. Corley

Re: Henry & Thomas Corley

Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:19 pm
by kmsbears
Henry Corley was also my great grandfather. His 1899 obituary from the Troy Mo newspaper states that he arrived in the US in 1839. The obit also stated that he was in California in 1849 and settled in Lincoln County in 1852. Im pretty sure Henry had an older brother Bernard who took over the leasehold for the farm after his father Patrick died. Bernard had a son named John, born 1864, who shows up in the 1901 Ireland census living in Corracloghan. He had three children, but I think that generation was the last of the Corleys to live in Corracloghan. I read online that the last of the Corracloghan Corleys was a woman who died in the mid-eighties, still living in the ancestral Corley farmhouse. I found Henry Corley in the 1852 California census employed, as stated above, as a wagon maker. That census shows his previous location to have been Illinois. I've never been able to find him in the immigration records. I suspect that Thomas Corley was Henry's older brother. In Lincoln Co courthouse records, it shows Thomas living in Millwood in the 1850s and records land transactions between him and Henry. He returned to Skaneatales, NY and lived to a ripe old age. My grandfather was Joseph Bernard Corley MD. Monty Corley Winnetka Il