Friday, November 29, 2013

The Journey of Daniel Daniel Buckley of Millstreet, Cork, Ireland Part 1 (re-created)

  In fact, my blog is following the story of my great grandfather, Daniel Daniel (Daniel II) Buckley and my search for his ancestors. For some reason my first post disappeared, but the gist was that when he was 6 years old in Millstreet, Cork, Ireland his mother Ellen Hickey sent him off to apprentice to a tailor. He became a full-fledged tailor at age 14, and was here in the U.S. by age 16. He set up a successful tailor shop in North Adams, Berkshire, MA and that's where he fell in love. Louise (Louise I) Noetzel, from Magdeburg, Germany, came to the U.S. with her brothers. They seem to be from money, because Louise I was a lady tailor and spoke American English without an accent. You wouldn't be able to tell she was not American. She walked into Daniel's II shop and he fell in love with her right there and then. She became Roman Catholic to marry Daniel II, much to the chagrin of her family. They were married and had three children, Daniel (Daniel III) "Buck" Buckley, Owen Buckley, and Louise (Louise II) Gertrude Buckley Bass. Louise I died of meningitis when Louise II was only seven years old. She was the only one in the city that year.  Daniel II and children moved in with Aunt Kate, Daniel's II sister. Kate had lost her husband and a son recently, and was taking care of the other three brothers and their families as well.

Kate was known to feed the Hobos cake and sandwiches out her kitchen window, back when Hobos were good men who simply lived by traveling the rails. She had a blanket, floor and pillow for anyone down on their luck. She even forgave my grandfather, Robert Bernard Bass, for being English and Protestant when he joined the Army. She even wrote to him every day he served. This was not a small thing for a woman who'd witnessed rape and pillaging back in Ireland.

Kate and her four brothers, Daniel II, Eugene, Cornelius, and John had come over together with their mother Ellen Hickey, already a widow of Daniel (Daniel I) Buckley.  According to the 1900 Census, she had had ten children of whom five were living, presumably the five that came with her.

Feel free to make suggestions or make comments.  This is a new journey into Irish Genealogy, so I am open to all commentary and assistance.