(1867 – 1900)
John Woods -
The births of James and Elizabeth’s thirteen children
span the time frame from 1867 to approximately 1900. Nine of the thirteen children emigrated to the United States;
Eight settled in the Essex and Union Counties of New Jersey.
The emigrations probably occurred in the 1890 to 1910 period.
A brief bit about the background to Ireland and Jersey can
be found here.
Cluskey (1867 – 1900)
(Jennie) Woods (1867 – 1934)
Maryjane was born in Clonburton, County Meath, Ireland on 20th
February 1867 and baptised at the Roman Catholic chapel of Drumconrath in the
Union of Ardee on the following day, 21st February 1867.
She was the first of thirteen children and was possibly named after James
mother Mary Caraher and one of her godparents, Jane Cluskey.
Maryjane emigrated from Ireland to the US around 1893, initially living
in the Orange area of Essex County. She
married Patrick Crawley, a native of Carickmacross, (County Monaghan) on 17th
January 1897. Although Maryjane Woods and Patrick Crawley initially lived in
Orange, they moved to Montclair sometime before the birth of their first child
in 1897. Maryjane and Patrick had
eight children, seven boys and one girl, all born in Montclair N.J. all their
children eventually left Montclair, settling in other parts of New Jersey, New
York and Minnesota. Maryjane died
on 24th September 1934 in Montclair and is buried in the Immaculate
Conception cemetery. Patrick died on 21st May 1942 and is buried with
Woods (1868 – 1963)
Richard was born in Drumconrath parish on 16th July 1868 and
baptised the following day. Richard
was probably named after his paternal grandfather, emigrated to the Oranges N.J.
most likely in the 1890’s. Richard’s name frequently appears in
documentation when immigrants from the family in Ireland arrive in America,
prompting one to assume that he may have been the sponsored for several of his
brothers and sisters coming into America. He
settled in the Oranges living at 376 White St for most of his married life.
Richard married Elizabeth Quinn in 1896 in East Orange, although documentary
evidence has not been located to verify this. Richard and Elizabeth lived most
of their married lives at 376 White St. White St. has since been sectioned and
No 376 no longer exists, but it was adjacent to North Jefferson St. on the
north, going west towards Main St. They
had four children, three girls and a boy. Richard died at St Mary’s Hospital in Orange on 28th
February 1963, and is buried with his wife and one of their daughters, Mary
Chapman, in St Johns cemetery in orange. Elizabeth
died at home on 27th October 1949.
Woods (1870 – 1962)
The third child, Margaret, was born in Clonburton on 7th January
1870 and baptised on the 30th January the same year.
She was probably named after her paternal grandmother Margaret Halpeny.
Margaret emigrated to America in the early 1890’s and married Edward
Meeker on 3rd July 1895. Edward
was an early singer on Edison records and achieved a certain amount of fame in
this area. Margaret and Edward had
three children, two girls and a boy, all born in Orange, Essex, N.J. Margaret died on 10th May 1962 in Overbrook
Hospital in Cedar Grove, N.J. and is buried in St John’s cemetery in Orange.
Edward was born in Orange on 26th February 1875, one of five
children of Enoch and Hattie Meeker. He died in Orange Memorial Hospital in 1937
and is buried in the Immaculate Conception cemetery in Montclair, N.J.
Woods (1871 – 1933)
Thomas was born on 2nd May 1871 and baptised three days later in
Drumconrath parish. Thomas’s death certificate identifies him as Thomas H
Woods Snr, since the ‘H’ does not appear on his birth certificate; it is
assumed the ‘H’ represented a confirmation name.
Thomas emigrated to America where he married Anna Clarke
and settled in Cranford, N.J. They
had five children, three girls and two boys.
Thomas retired as a sergeant of police and died on 21st July
1933 after being stuck by an automobile. He
is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Plainfields, N.J.
(Nellie) Woods (1873 – 1958)
Ellen was born on 20th April 1873 and baptised on 20th
August the same year in Drumconrath parish.
She emigrated to America with Thomas and eventually married Patrick J.
Taaffe around 1900. Ellen and Patrick had four children, three girls and a boy
while living at 92 Ridge Avenue, West Orange N.J.
Ellen died on 4th November 1958 in West Orange and is buried
with her husband in St John’s cemetery in Orange N.J.
Woods (1875 - ?)
James is the one child of James and Elizabeth that very little is known off.
He was born on the 12th April 1875 and baptised two days later
in Drumconrath parish. He emigrated
to America, and according the several family sources, left the N.J. area and
‘headed west’. All efforts to
locate James’s whereabouts have proved fruitless.
(Lizzie) Woods (1877 – 1936)
Elizabeth was born on 19th March 1877 and baptised the following day
in Drumconrath parish. She emigrated to America, and in turn sponsored the
immigration of her sisters, Anna and Teresa.
They initially lived with Elizabeth on arrival in America. Elizabeth married twice; the first husband was a minister,
who died. The second was Frederick
William Lehman, sometime before 1913. Frederick,
according to his daughter Ann, came from Goerlitz, Germany, and jumped ship at
Yorktown then stayed in America. Elizabeth met Frederick in Summit N.J. where she was employed
as a cook and he was the gardener. Frederick
was a Catholic who converted from the Lutheran faith.
They initially lived in Newark at the LaWarren
apartments where Frederick was the superintendent.
Their three children, two girls and a boy were all born at this address.
In 1916 they moved to 50 Prospect St in Bloomfield N.J. where their
daughter Ann still resided in 1981. Elizabeth
died on 19th June 1938 and is buried with Frederick in Mount Olivet
Cemetery in Bloomfield.
(Katie) Woods (1879 – 1949)
Catherine was the first of the children to stay in Ireland.
She was born and baptised on 6th January 1879 in Drumconrath
parish. She married Thomas Manning
at Tallanstown chapel in County Meath on 4th June 1913.
There is some indication that Catherine was what is commonly known as a
faith healer. They had five
children, three girls and two boys. Catherine died in Ardee, County Louth, on 10th December 1949.
At present it is undecided where Thomas died, but it is believed to be in
Woods (c1880 – 1966)
Patrick was the first of the children to be born outside of Drumconrath parish.
It was in this period that James moved his family to County Louth. Patrick’s birthplace appears to be Lobinstown (not
verified) in northern County Meath. Patrick
married Mary Josephine O’Callaghan in September 1910 in Dunboyne, southern
County Meath. They had four
children, two boys and two girls. Patrick’s
first three children Joseph, Ann and Bernard, appear to be named after
Josephine’s family. Ann and
Bernard, twins, died shortly after birth.
Patrick was a gardener by trade, having studied at
the Dublin Botanical Gardens. He
was later the head gardener at the Sienna Convent in Drogheda in County Louth.
Patrick and Josephine apparently moved often in their early years
together. Joseph, their first son
was born in Kilcock, County Kildare, while their other children were born in
Morningtown, outside of Drogheda. Patrick
eventually retired from Sienna Convent following an accident and lived with his
wife in Julianstown, south of Drogheda. Patrick
died on 18th January 1966 and is buried in Moorechurch in the
(Frank) Woods (1885 – 1956)
was born at Rokeby Hall, Walintown, Clogherhead where the family had settled and
James was working as a herdsman at Rokeby Hall.
Francis’s exact date of birth is unknown but he was baptised at St
Michael’s Catholic Church in Clogherhead on 15th December 1885.
Frank followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a herdsman.
He married Elizabeth Ceary who was born in Tallanstown in 1895.
The family home was is in Stickillen, Ardee where Francis worked as a
herdsman for the estate. With the land reforms he was allocated a parcel of land in
Stickillen that became the family home. At that time there was no electricity or
running water. All there seven children, five boys and two girls, were born at
Elizabeth as well as running the family home was a faith
healer. The art is pasted down
through the female line of the family with Annie, the oldest son, Shamus’s
wife the current custodian.
Frank died on 11th June 1956 and is buried with
Elizabeth, who died 10th February 1952, at Louth Village Cemetery.
(1894? – 1936)
Anna was one of the last three children born to James and
Elizabeth. According to Anna’s
death certificate she was born in 1894. This
date is suspect for two reasons. Firstly Elizabeth would have been 49 years old;
secondly the pattern with James and Elizabeth was a child every two to three
years. Assuming the data of Patrick
and Francis birth is correct, the remaining three children should have been born
before 1892 when Elizabeth was 45 years old.
Anna’s sisters Maryjane, Ellen and Elizabeth’s death certificates
indicate a birth date some five years after the actual date.
Anna Woods entered America with her sister Teresa around
1920. Anna initially lived with her
sister Elizabeth Lehman, on Prospect St. in Bloomfield N.J.
She married Richard Sullivan and had no children.
At the time of her death on 4th April 1936 she lived with her
sister, Teresa, at Harlow St. in East Orange N.J.
She is buried with her husband Richard in Mount Olivet cemetery in
Woods (1896? – 1936)
Like Anna, Teresa’s birth date is suspect.
Teresa entered America with Anna around 1920.
Teresa also initially lived with her sister Elizabeth Lehman on Prospect
St. in Bloomfield. She Married
James Alfred Phillips and lived on Harlow St. in East Orange N.J.(no longer
exists). Teresa and Alfred Died in 1954 and 1953 respectively and are
buried in Mount Olivet cemetery in Bloomfield.
John is the last child of James and Elizabeth.
All that is known of him is that in 1906 he was an amputee.
He is buried in the family plot with his parents in Louth Village
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