James Joseph Conroy
November 9, 2010 § 5 Comments
James Joseph Conroy was born 23 Feb 1882 in County Laois to James Conroy and Catherine Heffernan, parents of about twelve children who included siblings Ellen and Sarah, who have been discussed previously (see Meet the Conroy’s). While the evidence of an existing birth record is slim, later documents do confirm his tie with the family.
James was not present in the Conroy household for the 1901 Irish census (neither was his father, if the returns are accurate; he was also listed elsewhere) but he immigrated in May of 1904 into Boston where he was met by his sister Ellen who had paid for his passage. He lived with Ellen and her husband, Thomas Harney, in Newton, Massachusetts for a short period, and then appears to bounce between Newton, Natick, and Waltham for the next several years. In 1911 he is married to Delia Connelly of Carraroe, Co. Galway and they start a family.
Sometime between 1925 and 1928, while living in Waltham, James apparently has a change in wives, even though he is still living at the same address. I do not know if there was a divorce or what may have happened, nor do I know the fate of Delia, although if an online tree is to be believed then according to the Social Security Death Index she eventually moves to and dies in Holliston, Massachusetts.
James is then married to a woman named Annie M Sullivan, whom I believe has at least one child from a previous marriage herself. After 1931, however, the trail goes cold since Natick does not have any city directories past that time available online. The quest to fill in the gaps, of course, will continue.