Timothy Wholey was born in Kilkillleen to Bridget (Shannahan) and Patrick Wholey. His baptism was recorded on 12 June 1853, Cork & Ross, Aughadown Parish, Cork, Ireland as Tade Howly.
Tim immigrated to the United States around 1870 and settled in Massachusetts. Around that same time, the youngest daughter of Elllen (Ryan) and Long Dan and Driscoll left Skibbereen to join her sisters in Andover, Massachusetts. Seven years later on 15 April, 1877, Catherine Driscoll married Timothy Wholey at St. Augustine's Church in Andover, MA. Katie and Tim then moved to Lowell where they raised their nine children: William (b. 7/4/1878), John (b. 2/1/1880 – d. 4/3/1880), Mary (Powers b. 1/29/1881), Daniel, my grandfather, (b. 1/23/1883), Joseph (b. 12/29/1884), Helen (listed in census as Ellen) Nellie (Tully b. 11/13/1886), Margaret (11/3/1890) who never married, John (b. 6/24/1892, and Timothy (b.1894).
In 1875, Tim’s sixteen year old brother arrived in Boston. The 1881 Lowell City Directory indicates that both Timothy and Daniel worked at Lawrence Manufacturing, one of the many textile mills in Lowell. It also states that Daniel boarded with Timothy at 18 Salem St. in a section of Lowell then known as Paddy’s Irish Acre because of the number of Irish immigrants who had settled there.
In 1881, Daniel Patrick Wholey married Catherine Dunfey. Daniel and Catherine had eleven children: Elizabeth (McNamee b. 1882), Rev., Sister Alice Leo (b. 1885), William (b. 1883), John (Lieut. Lowell Fire Dept. b. 1887), Matthew (b. 1889), Mary (b. 1891), Catherine (b. 1893), Daniel (b. 1894), Rev. Brother Timothy OMI (b. 1897), Helen( Tully b. 1900), and Rev. Patrick Leo OMI.
By 1885, the two brothers had their own homes in the Pawtucketville section of Lowell: Daniel at Fourth Ave near Mt. Hope St., and Timothy at Second Ave. I'm not sure if this area later became White St., but, according to the 1900 Census, Timothy lived at 49 White St., and Daniel lived at 94 White St.
Tim and Dan also had a sister, Mary Dwyer , and on 11 May, 1891 the forty-three year old widow arrived in Boston aboard the Pavonia with her eight children: Nellie (b. 8/1875), Dennis (b. 9/1876- d. 1926?), John (b. 9/1878), Maggie (b. 7/1880), Mary L. (b. 6/1881), Katherine (b. 7/1884), Timothy (b. 7/1884), Bridget (b. 6/1886). The 1900 Census lists a Mary Dwyer and children living next door to Daniel at 96 White St
Tim died on 26 March 1906 at the age of 48, and Katie passed away 7 September 1938 at the age of 80. Daniel died in 1924, two years after the death of his wife Catherine and Mary Dwyer on 20 May 1935 at the age of 87. All are interred at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts.