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Including Members Of The Hayes, Tierney, Lewis, Beattie, Sheehan, Yerks, Condos, Smith and Other Families

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The other day I received a notice that my subscription had expired. is generally a large newspaper collection, but they have other related content too.  As this is a website I use often, I decided to renew it.

I am not sure why I chose my great x2 grandfather as the subject of my test search after renewing, but I did. His name was Jeremiah Hayes and he had settled in Manchester, New Hampshire after leaving Ireland at a young age and stopping over in England for a handful of years.  While living in England, he was married to Catherine / Margaret Ahern and had two children… John J Hayes (my great x1 grandfather) and William M Hayes.

I have been able to find birth records for his children in England as well as tracking him through Manchester for more than a decade using additional birth records of children born in the United States, census records and Manchester City Directories.  According to numerous records, he was “grocer”.  But then his trail went cold in 1869 when he last appears in the City Directory.  Two years later, Catherine, his wife,  appears in the City Directory as his widow, but still running a “grocer” business.  This pretty much told me that he had died Circa 1870… but where, how and when?

I have been looking for proof of his death since I started researching the Hayes family many years ago. The death records in the Manchester, New Hampshire area, are quite extensive and available on multiple websites. I have searched through them numerous times, trying many different strategies that included variables on the spelling of his last name, but turned up nothing.

He also does not appear in the burial database of St Joseph’s Cemetery in Manchester where his son and many other relatives were buried.

So, last week, when I renewed my subscription to, he was the first person I searched for.  An BOOM!  There is was… The seventh item in the list of search results.


This turned out to be a detailed obituary and funeral description.  The obituary tells me when he was born and where. It also tells me where he died and when…. Boston.  The only odd thing missing from the obituary was the name of his wife and children.  Odd, but not suspicious of any problem there.

Jeremiah Hayes Obit

So based on his obituary, we know that our Hayes family name comes from Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.  His obituary certainly makes him sound like a hard working, well respected man.  Pretty cool!

Jeremiah Hayes FuneralJeremiah Hayes Burial

Two more articles about his funeral tell us about his burial at St Joseph’s Cemetery.  It appears, over 300 people were in attendance.  Pretty impressive.

And now for the sad news. After discovering he died in Boston, I was able to find his death record in Massachusetts records.

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Jeremiah Hayes (Hays) died in City Hospital on May 7, 1869 of Disease of the Liver (Cirrhosis) and “Drunkeness”.

How sad.  After reading how well respected he was, this was a bit of a let down.  But then again, times were tough back then, and our family line survived.  Jeremiah successfully immigrated to the United States and established a family here.  There is something to be said for that.  Many were not as fortunate.

So.. why did these articles suddenly appear?  These websites are constantly adding new content.  They probably just recently added some new content from the Manchester, NH newspapers.  So the lesson is… you need to keep trying… don’t give up.  There is so much more content out there that is yet to be indexed.

By the way… I already new his father’s name was John from his marriage record in England.  But I did not know that is Mom’s name was Hanorah.  Guess what I discovered when I plugged those names into the search… more to come on that later.

Jonathan J Foley, Sr, – Saturday afternoon, March 4, 1967, at a local infirmary. Survived by son, Jonathan J Foley, Jr; granddaughter Ms. Betty Foley; grandson Jonathan J Foley III. Remains are at the Chapel of Martin’s and Bracey-Walsh, 209 Louise Ave. where services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Conducted by Rev. Robert S Hayden. Interment Woodlawn. Pallbearers announced later. Martins & Bracey=Welsh Inc., 209 Louise Ave. 291-0610

Nashville Tennessean
05 Mar. 1967


Jonathan J Foley III, a businessman from Atlanta, died of heart failure Friday at the Nashville home of his mother, Harriet Foley.

A private memorial service will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Mr. Foley graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy and Mercer University, where he was president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

He attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Nashville, studying business law and finance. Mr. Foley worked here for his father’s law firm, Foley and Weiss, and Third National Mortgage company before moving to Atlanta.

He was the founder and president of American National Financial Inc., in Atlanta.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his son Jonathan (Jay) Foley IV and Mitchell Foley, and a sister, Betty Wentworth. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Owen Christopher Foley, and his father J. J. Foley Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation or Montgomery Bell Academy.


Saturday morning, December 28, 1963, at her residence, 1618 Stokes Ln., Mrs. Mary Agnes Foley, widow of the late John Joseph Foley. She is survived by one son, Jonathan J Foley; one grandson, Jonathan J Foley J; two great grandchildren, Betty Bruce Foley and Jonathan J Foley three, all of Nashville; several nieces and nephews. Her remains are at Martin’s, 209 Louise Ave., funeral Monday morning, December 30, 1963, leaving at 9 o’clock for Requiem High Mass at Christ the King Church, at 9:30 o’clock. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Nolan Wright, Merrill R Stone Jr, Charles E Lepley,A. D. Boensch, Walter Bracey Jr, William Day, Julian Taylor, and Albert Valiquette will serve as pallbearers. The Rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 730 o’clock. Martins, 209 Louise Ave.


Nashville Tennessean
30 Dec. 1963


Prominent Nashville attorney Jonathan (Jack) Foley, 75, died Saturday morning after a long illness.

Services for Mr. Foley are scheduled for 11 AM tomorrow at St. George’s Episcopal Church

Mr. Foley practice law in Nashville for 40 years, until his retirement in  1989. He was a senior partner in the Foley and Weiss law firm and former president of Tennessee title lawyers Association.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, who moved to Nashville in early childhood, Mr. Foley attended Montgomery University. He was then commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Navy and saw firsthand the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He served throughout World War II in the Pacific and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat and a Presidential Citation for bravery for his duty in battle on the USS San Francisco.

After the war, Mr. Foley was discharged with the rank of Commander and attended Vanderbilt Law School. He joined the Naval Reserve as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the Navy’s legal branch.

Mr. Foley served as a President of the Tennessee Council of Navy Leagues before he retired from the Reserves in 1979.

He was also an avid sportsman who founded the Middle Tennessee Field Trial Association and served as a president of the group.

Mr. Foley was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and was an active volunteer for St. Luke’s Community Center.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet, a daughter, Betty Wentworth, Nashville; a son, Jonathan Joseph Foley III, Atlanta; five grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

Visitation is 10 AM to 11 AM tomorrow at St. George’s Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels at St. Luke’s Community Center.




TAUNTON–Andrea M. (Hayes) Brady, 84 years old, died on Saturday morning January 8, 2011 in Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston after becoming ill on Christmas Day. Born in Manchester, NH, daughter of the late Jeremiah and Margaret (Sheehan) Hayes. Andrea was a graduate of Mt. Saint Charles School in Providence. For a few years after her marriage she worked as a secretary for the former Balfour, Co in Attleboro, but was primarily a housewife and mother. She enjoyed cooking and making desserts for her family. She is the wife of Donald Brady of Taunton and the mother of Patty Hogan and her husband Brian of Raynham. Andrea is the grandmother of Ashley and Kevin Hogan of Raynham. She was sister of the late John Hayes and is the sister in law of Jeanne Hayes of NY and John “Jack” Brady and his wife Joyce of Taunton. Andrea is the aunt of Jerry, Philip =and Peter Hayes, Peter Bourgeois and John Brady,Jr.

Funeral Information

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral from the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave,.( Route 138 South) Taunton on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at 9AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ann’s Church, Raynham, at 10AM. Visiting hours on Tuesday from 6-8PM. Interment St Joseph’s Cemetery.

Jean L. Condos Yerks,  of Port Chester, died peacefully at age 67 on December 4 after a brief illness.  She was born in Stamford on March 31, 1943.  She is survived by her mother, Patricia Barnes, brother Rick Barnes, son James Yerks, daughter Colleen Hayes and her husband Philip and grandchildren Samantha Yerks, Philip and Kevin Hayes. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial gathering from 1PM to 5 PM on Saturday December 18, 2010 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. A service will be held 2PM during the gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Humane Society or ASPCA would be an appropriate and appreciated way to celebrate her love of animals.

Craft Memorial Home, Inc.
40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY
(914) 939-0131

Bert P Record is the husband of Leta Ethel Smith, sister of Frank Edward Smith,  Bert was born March 8, 1878 near Dewitt Iowa.  He married Leta Smith on July 3, 1905.  Bert died in his home in Rock Island after a 10 year battle with an illness.

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Leta Ethel Smith Record is the sister of Colleen’s great grandfather, Frank Edward Smith.  After much research, some genealogists from the Rock Island area of Illinois found her obituary for me.  Leta was born May 30, 1887 on a farm in Homboldt, Iowa.  She married Bert Record on July 3, 1905 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Leta died in Rock Island on August 28, 1966.

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Muyrll Turner was born Muyrll Record on August 25, 1909 in Rock Island, Illinois.  She died at the age of 21 following two operations for an intestinal ailment.  She was survived by her husband, Roy Turner, her son; Clarence and her daughter; Leta Ellen.

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