Thank you so much! This puts a lot of things in order, but it doesn't quite match up with the 1901 Census I pulled up on Ancestry.com.
My grandmother, Margaret Ann Drury, was the daughter of Catherine Barrett and Peter Drury. She was born in February 1892. Her mother died 6 months later from consumption and her father died when she was 7, ca. 1899, in London, as the oral history goes. Or else he worked in London while Margaret lived with her grandparents, James Barrett and Anne Dowd. Anyway, after her grandparents died she had to come to the States ca. 1904 to live with an Aunt Eleanor (married name Loughman) in Chicago. I have always thought Eleanor was a Barrett, but maybe she was a Drury.
One story we always heard was that James Barrett had a wooden leg because he had lost a leg working on the railroad in the western U.S. as a young man. I'm thinking this story was partly romanticized or even fabricated. He could have lost his leg in a farming accident, but if he was working in the U.S. on the railroads in, say, the 1850s, he was more than likely working in Pennsylvania in coal country or something like that. Irish workers were really mistreated on the railroads, but in general as well. Who knows, though. I have to try to research this more one day.
Anyway, the 1901 Census record I found matches up more directly to my grandmother's story and oral history. Here it is:
Name: James Barret
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: abt 1826
Birth Place: Co Roscommon
Residence Date: 31 Mar 1901
Residence Place: Teevnacreeva, Buckhill, Roscommon, Ireland
Relation to Head: Head of Family (Head)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Language Spoken: Irish and English
Literacy: Cannot read
Household Members Age Relationship
James Barret 75 Head of Family (Head)Anne Barret 70 WifeMargaret Barret 80 SisterMargaret Anne Drury 9 Grand Daughter (Granddaughter)
So this James Barrett was born in 1826 and his wife Anne in 1831.
What do you think?
Anxious to hear back!