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The Family of Margaret and James Talty from Miltown Malbay Updated July 17, 2005
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As a child in Ireland, Margaret Talty remembered her happy childhood, playing with her brothers. When they were ready to embark to the New Wrld, Margaret got behind her father and hid at the sight of a "negro". Her father told her not to be afraid as she would see any more of them where she was going.
Margaret Talty was born August 12, 1832 in Milltown Malbay, Ireland. She lived in a rock house as her father was a stone mason or bridge builder. The schoolmaster lived with them and they all studied at a long table. Anthony, the brother who died with Charles and his father Michael, had just finished his studies and was preparing to enter the monastery. The "so-called" ship fever that killed them was typhoid. They were shipwrecked for six weeks. On the journey to America, they recieived the information the Daniel O'Connell was dead and that Ireland had lost a great man.
The match for the mariage of Margaret Talty and James Talty was made in Ireland. They were married in Buffalo, New York in a church that was burned down twice by gigots and was twice rebulilt by Protestants who felt that a great wrong had been done.
Margaret Talty was about 18 years of age at the time of her marriage and James Talty was 13 years older.
In Ireland women weren't allowed in school. Margaret sat on the steps while her brothers were being taught and picked it up. When she moved to Iowa,Dubuque was divided into the German section and the Irish section. When relatives wrote from Ireland, Margaret would translate and then record a reply in Gailic. Lucy her daughter caught on too and was sent out of the room when her mother was reading because she understood and could speak some Gaelic too. She died in 1919 (as related by Margaret Ludwig 4/84 to James Babcock)