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I have a wall and half with my G-G-Grandfather Hugh Divers. My G-Grandmother Margaret Mary Divers was his daughter, purported to have been born in NYC on January 22nd, 1877.
Maggie told stories to her daughter, my Great-Aunt Margaret (Connell) Porter who relayed them to my mother in both typed and handwritten letters throughout the 1980's and 1990's when she was in her 70's and 80's.
These letters are just about all I have to go by. They mention that Maggie was born in Manhattan on January 22nd, 1877 on Bank St. in Manhattan. They then tell of her mother becoming ill when she and her brother (name not provided) were very young, and her father (name also not in letter) took them to be with her mother's family in a town called "Mayfield" in Cork, Ireland.
According to the letters, her mother got better, but her father died there in Cork. Her mother remarried a man which she wasn't sure of the name, but believed it to be Jordan.
Margaret Divers was married to Patrick Joseph Connell on Dec 26th, 1901 at St. Luke of The Field's in Manhattan, while residing near Christopher and Bleeker (Greenwich Village). She died on December 25th, 1945.
The marriage record I obtained matches everything else known, and provides her father's name as "Hugh Divers" and her mother as "Hanna Mulcahy". I have found numerous records for the Mulcahy's where they lived in Mayfield, Cork, IRE, and some of her cousins who immigrated to Boston.
Where things get real murky is that Maggie took numerous trips back and forth, and also worked as a nanny in England, as many as 6 trips back and forth from what I've heard. Other letters from Maggie's cousins refer the priest who baptized her, in Cork Ireland. That contradicts the other letters which state that she was born in NYC.
The bigger mystery is Hugh Divers. I don't have a single record with him listed, except his daughter Margaret Diver's marriage record. I've checked the census records, birth records, death records, everything I can access, not a single one can shed any light on him.
I looked on the Italian Genealogy site and didn't find a birth cert. Not a surprise because most were born at home and some not recorded. That is why for many of that generation even the federal government accepted Baptismal Certs as proof of birth.
I do have a branch - by marriage - of Mulcahy's who lived in Jersey City/Bayonne area of New Jersey. I will have to check if there is a Hannah.
Thanks Billy's Mom,
That makes sense, some of my family was purported to have been born at home, one on Bank St. for example. I should look around the area for a baptismal record.
Even my father never had a birth cert, he was born in Queens in 1940, but his birth cert was lost in a fire shortly afterwards. Made things difficult to say the least.
Also she might have been baptized as an adult,.. did you check for a Baptism in Ireland for her? might answer a lot of ??
then theres this again the name spelled "DEVERS"
Ireland's Young Giant Only a Year Old but the League Has Balfour at Bay
Date:Saturday, March 18, 1899
Location:New York, New York
Article type:Newspaper Article
Devers sounds plausible...
The only record I have of my G-Grandmother Margaret (Divers) Connell that shows her maiden name is the marriage record for her from 1901, and by her own words, her father had already been dead for probably over 10 years. I therefore don't put much weight behind the exact spelling.
I should look and see if I can obtain her death cert though. Even my G-G-Grandfather Martin Connell had some good insight on his, solved a given name question for his father that had been frustrating me, as the hand-written century-old Irish records were in Latin.
I do have some other family that went to work at the steel mills in Bethlehem, PA, some of my G-Grandfather's siblings.