The Foleys of Massachusetts and Vermont

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One line of my family came from Ireland in the late 1800s.

A few years ago, my Foley cousins sent me scans of their scrapbook (thanks!). I tend to believe the newspaper account of my great-grandfather's life (though I couldn't read all of it), but I was confused on at least one point. For one thing, I always thought my great-grandmother Foley, who died at some point before 1920 so I never met her, was named Lena. Yet, here she was called Carrie. Ironically, my other great-grandmother, whose son married their daughter, was named Caroline and called Carrie.

My great grandfather, John E. Foley was born on December 21, 1871 in East War(ILLEG), son of Edward and Margaret Ryle Foley. On June 30, 1896, he married Carrie Rice in Bethel VT. They had three daughters, Nellie, Pat and Phyllis. John Foley was a blacksmith. Carrie died not long after Phyllis was born, and the younger girls lived with their sister Nellie.

John Foley died at the home of his sister (ILLEG)li Fletcher of Burlington, VT. He left one other sister, Mrs. J(ILLEG) Syne of Burlington.

John Foley,
Rochester Blacksmith, 1914 Phyllis Foley and Pat Foley  with their Nephews, Early 1990s
John Foley, Rochester Blacksmith, 1914 Phyllis Foley Monahan, Pat Foley with Their Nephews George, Bill and Winslow Trask, Early 1990s, Montpelier, VT

His daughter, Nellie, married my grandfather John Trask in 1916. John Foley died in the spring of 1957.

(Origin of the Foley Family name.)