My 2nd Great-Grandfather was William Lahy, born 1801 in County Cavan. His parents were William Lahy and Fanny Wood. They were farmers and the land was leased from British landowners. He married Elizabeth (Eliza) Porter in 1818 and they had about eight or nine children. He farmed in Mulloughboy, Ballymachugh. Their oldest, Hugh, born 1824, immigrated to New York first with his wife, Jane Stafford.
William could not pay his debt to Lord Farnham and requested to leave his land to his brother, James, and he was denied this. So he and his family fled probably to Dublin and they took a boat to Liverpool where they eventually immigrated to the U.S. with six of their children in 1846. Those children were Mary, James, Elizabeth, May, Anna Jane, and John.
Eliza Porter Lahy died in 1849. She is buried in NYC in an unmarked grave.
Willaim remarried in 1850 to Fanny Kilroy, also from County Cavan. They had two children in NY and then moved to Granby, Massachusetts where they gave birth to my Great-Grandfather, George F. Lahey. The family then moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts; they had a total of nine children. William was illiterate. But he was not only a farmer, he also was referred to as a "vet surgeon" so he probably knew a lot about animals. He died at the age of 79 in Jersey City, NJ., and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY with other family members including his wife, Fanny.
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