my great grandfather and mystery man, Jeremiah Crowley.
When I first started researching Jeremiah I thought this will be so easy with an unusual name like that!! Boy, was I ever wrong. There are so many Jeremiah Crowley's it isn't funny and they all have wives named Mary. Okay, not all of them, but enough of them to make it difficult to find the right one!! And by the way, his father's name is Jeremiah. Guess what his mother's name is.....your right Mary!!!
Jeremiah immigrated to the USA from Ireland around 1851 (info from the 1900 census) as a little boy. I don't have any ancestors in the US prior to that time. The first record I can find of him, though is not until 1880, when he is on the census living in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. So there is no information for almost 30 years!! Where in the world was that man!!!
Interesting family stories about Jeremiah are that he was married three times and that he lost a leg in the Civil War. There are 43 Jeremiah Crowley's listed in the Civil War database. I was unable to find one that matched the information I had. I do however have his death certificate. He died in a fire in his bedroom caused from a oil lamp being knocked over.
So, I will keep looking, I know one day I will find out more information about this ancestor!! I truly appreciate his family's struggles in coming to America so I could be born here!!