Tombstone Tuesday – August 4, 2020 – Anthony O’Malley

Anthony O’Malley was born on October 12, 1829 in Balleycastle, Mayo County, Ireland. He was the son of William and Mary (Finnerty) O’Malley.

An Anthony “Malee “ arrive in the United States through Ellis Island on June 24, 1852 having sailed on the ship “Repeater” which departed Liverpool, England. The 1900 Federal Census states that he arrived in the United States in 1850 which matches this record. He states that he has been in the country for 50 years and is a Naturalize citizen.

The next record that I find for Anthony is his marriage record on April 12, 1866 in Emmett, Michigan, Anthony O’Malley married Isabella Cameron. I search through the 1860 Federal Census for him but I did not find him. I did discover a very large Irish population in the community in Emmett where Isabella Cameron and her family lived.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Anthony is listed with a wife whose name if Gertrude O’Malley (We know it is Isabella) and they have three children, William (1867), Mary (1868) and Charlotte(1869) (which I later determined was really Charles)

In the 1880 Federal Census, Anthony and Isabella live in Speaker, Sanilac County, Michigan, They have eight children; William, Mary , Charles (1869), John (1871), James (1873), Peter (1875), Anthony Jr. (1877), Margaret Ellen (1879).

Anthony O’Malley Family taken in 1906 in Irish Town near Emmett, Michigan.

Anthony O’Malley Family taken in Irish Town in 1906 – Anthony, Isabella, William, Mary, Charles, John, James, Peter, Anthony Jr, Margaret Ellen.

By the 1900 Federal Census, Anthony and Isabella have five children who remain at home. All of these children are adults. They list their occupations as Farm Laborers.

One hundred and twelve years ago today, Anthony O’Malley died in Speaker, Sanilac County, Michigan.

Rest in peace, Anthony!

Love, Jan

Special thanks to O’Malley family members for sharing family photos on Ancestry.

Anthony O’Malley was my first husband’s two times Great Grandfather and three time Great Grandfather of my two sons.

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