Monday, September 19, 2005

Michael, Bridget and Children Information Found

Pictured above, the Paxton Depot, home of the Illinois Central Rail Road Historical Society.
Today's mail from the Urbana Public Library filled information gaps about the namesake of this blog, Michael Foley.
His resting place
Saint Mary's Cemetery in Champaign was established by Father Charles Berry on the south edge of Champaign near the center of county section 24-19-8. It is bordered on the north and east by the University of Illinois and the University farm. It is situated on one of the high rolling ridges that extend through the south part of Champaign. It is smartly laid out, fenced and meticulously maintained. It is supported by assessment and a permanent care fund derived from the sale of lots and under the jurisdiction of a committee appointed by the pastor of Saint Mary's Church. There are 18 Civil War veterans and four World War veterans buried there.
The stone on Michael Foley's grave reads simply:
Foley, Michael
Born (blank)
Died Jan. 31, 1889
68 Years

His Daughters in Champaign
Michael died while visiting with two daughters in Champaign, Mary Hollingsed, and Alice Dunbar.
Both are buried in adjacent lots to his, as well as Mary's husband, James C. Hollingshed.
Mary has three different birthdays listed on various records: grave marker reads born 1863, her death certificate reads born December 12, 1860, and the newspaper article recounting her passing reads that she was born on December 12, 1861. She was born in Chicago and, in 1884, married James Clinton Hollingsed, a conductor for the Illinois Central Railroad. Mary and James had four children: James C. Jr., D. J. (I think this is David) and two daughters who married to a J A Welty in Chicago and a W W Findley in Los Angeles. She had two brothers who survived her, Daniel E. Foley of Carbondale and William Foley of Terre Haute Indiana. And two sisters who survived her lived in Chicago, Ellen and Delia Foley.
Mary died from heart failure. She came ill upon the death of her sister Alice Donahue just five weeks earlier. A full accounting of this was reported in the January 26, 1934 edition of the Champaign News Gazette.
James, born in 1853, passed away in 1902.

Alice Marie
Alice M. Foley was born 1854 and died that same terrible 1934 winter. Alice died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. T. Williamson in Clinton Illinois, where she had been visiting over the Christmas holidays. Alice was born October 20, 1854 in Massachusetts. She married twice, first to Patrick Dunbar, then to Charles Donahue. Surviving Alice were daughters, Mrs. Charles Clayborne, Peoria, Mrs. W J Ryan, 613 West Green Street, Champaign at whose home the wake was held, Mrs. A J Berbaum, also of Champaign, Mrs. Williamson of Clinton and one son C. R. (probably Charles) Donahue, North Coler Avenue Urbana Illinois.
The January 2, 1934 edition of the Champaign News Gazette provided these details.
One of Alice's children was Wilhemina Dunbar, born January 14, 1882 in Champaign. Alice's husband Patrick was born in Ireland and was working as a brakesman on the Illinois Central Rail Road at the time Wilhemina as born. This information from a birth registry kept by the County.

Michael married Bridget O'Brien in Massachusetts about 1850. Mary Hollingsed's death certificate, indicates that both Michael and Bridget were from County Waterford Ireland. Some time after Alice was born in Massachusetts in 1854, the family moved to Chicago, where Mary was born.


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