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Michael Joseph Lalley, [1.1.8],

Two records state that Thomas Lalley was the father of Michael Joseph Lalley who, in turn, was the father of Joseph Michael Lalley. The Marriage Register for the Cathedral Parish of St. Peter, Wilmington, Delaware records the name of Michael Joseph’s father as Thomas Lalley of County Roscommon. The baptismal record for Edward Hart Lalley, first child of Joseph Michael and Anna Hart Lalley, lists Thomas Lalley of County Roscommon as the grandfather of Edward.

DNA test results reveal that a descendant of Michael Joseph Lalley and his father Thomas is closely related to a Lally currently living whose relatives still live in County Roscommon. Both have a 37 marker DNA match with a generic distance of three, clear evidence that both descended from a male ancestor having a similar Irish surname who lived in the not-too-distant past.

The search for additional documentation that may reveal the name of this common Lally ancestor and his relatives continues, including the location in County Roscommon where they lived. The common surname may be recorded Ó Maolalaidh.

Data from the 1880 and 1900 U.S. Censuses for Philadelphia suggest that our grandfather, Michael Joseph Lalley, was born between 1847 and 1850. [1] According to the 1900 Census, he was twenty-five years old, migrated to the United States in 1875. [2] Three years later on 8 May 1878, he married Honor Anna Hart, the then twenty-seven year-old daughter of Edward Hart and Bridget Hannon.

Anna, born 10 August 1848, was the second child of Eammon Harte and Bridget Hannon. On May 24 of that same year her parents embarked on The Messenger, a sailing ship departing from Galway City and bound for New York City. They had left their daughter, Mary, behind with her father's family in Luggawannia, Cargin Parish, County Galway.

Michael Lalley and Anna Hart were married at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, DE on 8 May 1878 in Wilmington, Delaware. The official witnesses were Thomas Flaherty and Agnes Traynor. The priest officiating was Father James Lyons.[3]

Soon afterwards, the couple moved to Philadelphia where they had eight children. By the time of the 1880 U.S. Census for Philadelphia, Michael, his wife and their first child Edward A. Lalley and had moved to 1169 South 16th Street located in the Moyamensing district of South Philadelphia.

Any knowledge leading to the whereabouts of Michael Joseph Lalley's ancestors, or information about his siblings, their spouses, or descendants, or the locale in County Roscommon from whence he emigrated will be greatly appreciated. We have been searching a long time. Please contact --

Joseph M. Lalley, Jr., Grandson

E-mail: jmlalley@lalley.com


[1] 1880 U.S. Census Philadelphia County, Philadelphia E. D. 553, p. 556 B [16], line 18. 1900 U.S. Census Philadelphia County, Philadelphia Ward 26 E. D. 645, Sheet 7 B. FHL Microfilm #044860.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census Philadelphia County, Philadelphia Ward 26 E. D. 645, Sheet 7 B

[3] Cathedral of St. Peter, Register of Marriages, 8 May 1878, 41.