I have been trying to write about new ancestors this year so I am truly struggling with this one. I have already told you a great deal about Sarah Larkin Beardsley, my 2X Great Grandma who was a doctor and died at 39. Then there was my Dad’s Uncle Berlindo Moro who was murdered, protecting a friend in 1928, he was only 19. So I am truly stumped about for this prompt. So what I started to do is look at the Family tree and see if anyone jumps out at me.
Well I stumbled upon the Hurley Family. They are my husband’s relatives on his Mom’s side. My mother-in-law used to like to hear about my genealogy research and was always amazed about what I found out on my family. She told me I was luck to be able to trace my family as her family were recent immigrants to the United States. Coming in the early 1900s. I never did a huge amount a research while she was alive and that bothers me. She would of been so happy with what I found out. Also I miss not asking questions because people always know more than they let on. So back to the Hurley family, particularly Joseph Hurley.
Joseph Hurley, is G’s 2nd Great-granduncle. He was born 22 May 1881 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was born to David Hurley and Bridget Gleason Hurley. We first find Joseph on the 1891 Canada Census of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. In the household are William Butler 29, Head, Mary 22, Mary E. 3, Margaret 8/12, Bridget Hurley, 44, Mother-In -law, David 50, Father In Law, Glass Labourer, Edward 14, Joseph P. 9.
We then find Joseph in the 1900 US Census for Brooklyn, Kings Co, NY living on Atlantic Avenue. He is now 18 and the only child living with David 55 and Bridget 55.
I did find Mary And William Butler a few families up on the page.
In 1905, Joseph Hurley age 24, is listed as a boarder in the house of William and Mary Butler. Also living as boarders in the House are David Hurley, 69 and David Hurley Jr. 30. Sadly Bridget died in 1903/4, I haven’t been able to find her death certificate on the NYC Historical records site.
In 1910, Joseph Hurley, 28 is listed in the US Census for NY, Queens living with his wife Nellie, 22. They have been married 2 years have no children and it lets me know that Joseph Hurley is a Naturalized citizen. The 1900 census happens to be one of my favorite records as it has so much information.
Interesting fact about the Naturalization listed in the 1900 census is that Joseph did not file a Declaration of Naturalization until 1914.
The 1920 census of Brooklyn, NY has Joseph 37, Helen M, and son David 5/12. It shows that Joseph became a citizen in 1914. I think I need to go find that whole Immigration file and see if it has any goodies. Joseph is a traveling salesman.
The 1925 NY State Census for Orange County, Newburgh we find Joseph age 44, Eleanor 31 and David age 5.
At this point, I lose the family and can’t find them together again. The next record I find is the death certificate for Joseph P. Hurley.
This is actually the record that sent me on the whole journey to figure out who Joseph Patrick Hurley was. I love finding out about other relatives not in a direct line and trying to piece together their story and learn a bit more about them and create a story in my mind about them.
I would love to figure out what happened to his family. Joseph’s Nephew James Hurley was the informant so I want to learn more about James and why was it his responsibility to look after his Uncle. I have a feeling I will find out more as I continue to research. Not sure if the life of Joseph Patrick Hurley would be a movie but it could be a story of Hope, Perseverance, love and loss.