Carolyn, I have started genealogy on my family . My grandfather was Timothy Connell. In the 1900 census was in Victory Township, NY a servant of the John Manning family at age 18. He later changed his name from Timothy Connell to Timothy James Manning as seen on marriage records. He was born in NY Owego Tioga County. His father was born in Ireland and his mother Mary Sullivan Connell was from NY and according to 1880 census of Tioga County, NY the father was 40 the mother 30. He had a brother, John 7,sisters Mary 5, Maggie Margaret or Peg age 2 ang Geanna 9mo. Tim was born October 25 1881 so he was not in the 1880 census.
The father Timothy Connell was on the NY,NY census in 1850 age 10, Sisters Ellen 20,Mary 16, Ann 14, Julia 8,brother Dennis age 18. The father Dennis was 40 ? and the mother was 37.
In the 1860 census Dennis aged 58 and Joanna age 46 lived in NY City, NY alone.