Thursday, May 19, 2005

Margaret Agnes Conboy (1866-1951) who emigrated from Ireland

Margaret Agnes Conboy (1866-1951) aka Maggie Conboy; Immigrant from Ireland to USA around 1880 to 1882, Indentured Servant at Rooming House in Brooklyn (b. October 1866, Hollygrove, Athleague, Killeroran, County Roscommon/Galway, Ireland - d. Tuesday, November 07, 1951, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, 07307, USA)

Margaret was the daughter of James Conboy I (1837-1902) and Bridget White (c1840-1866?).

Her mother, Bridget, was said to have died in childbirth and James, her father, took the children to New York in the United States around 1880-1882.

Margaret's siblings include: James Conboy II (c1862-?); Patrick Conboy (1864-1927) who emigrated to the US and lived in Arizona but is buried in Jersey City, New Jersey; and Thomas Conboy (c1865-?). All her siblings are mentioned in her autograph book, and so is a cousin named Katherine Doulin who may be a Hogan or a Conboy that married a Doulin. Several Hogans from Hollygrove came to the US and they are her cousins.

Rooming House:
Margaret worked at a rooming house with her two cousins: Sarah (Sadie) Jane Carr (1866-1950) who married Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905); and Katherine (Kitty) Carr (1865-1952) who married James Joseph Kennedy (1870-1926).

Around 1890 Margaret married Owen McLaughlin (1863-1931) possibly at Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, although no certificate has been located yet. Owen ran a coal and ice delivery business in Jersey City.

Together they had three children: James Alyosius McLaughlin (1892-1964) who never married; Katherine Agnes McLaughlin (1893-1989) who married William Thomas Rankin I (1890-1970); and Margaret Mary McLaughlin (1897-1985) aka Marge McLaughlin, who married Christopher Aloysius Enright I (1888-1980).

Jersey City, New Jersey:
In 1900 Margaret was living at 152 McAdoo Avenue in Jersey City.

She died in 1951, living at 28 McAdoo Avenue.

She was buried in Holy Name Cemetery with: Owen McLaughlin, who was her husband; James Conboy II, who was her son; James Conboy I, who was her father; and Patrick Conboy who was her brother.

Her obituary from the Jersey Journal reads as follows: "McLaughlin - of 28 McAdoo Avenue on Tuesday, November 5, 1951, Margaret A. McLaughlin (nee Conboy) beloved wife of the late Owen E. McLaughlin. Devoted mother of James A. McLaughlin, Mrs. Catherine A. Rankin and Mrs. Margaret M. Enright."

Margaret Agnes Conboy (1866-1951) was the first cousin, three times removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). She was the grandmother of Christopher Aloysius Enright II (1927- ).