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The Edward Joseph Tullys of Birmingham, AL

Updated June 2, 2010

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My grandfather, John Tully, came to the US from Donegal, Ireland around 1900. He settled in New York City and became a steam fitter, working to establish himself financially so that he could send for his intended bride and get married. My grandmother, Bridget Boyle came to the US in 1907 and they were married in Philadelphia. They lived in NYC (mostly - I think they may have lived for a short time in Scranton, PA as well) until 1914 when they moved to Birmingham, AL. My grandfather came from a very large family - his father, Edward, had been married twice and had about 10 children in each marriage. I believe that over the years all the children left Ireland and came to the US. John was part of the second set of kids so by the time he was 20 he had quite a number of half-brothers and sisters as well as siblings from the second family in the US. My paternal grandparents settled in B'ham and never left. They raised 5 children Ed (my father), Dan, Catherine, Pat, and Madge. Eventually, they had 22 grandchildren. All of my father's siblings and in-laws have passed away. Most lived in B'ham with the exception of Catherine who married and moved to Mobile, AL. My grandfather started a business - Tully Plumbing and Heating Co. - in 1914 which remained open until 1976. It was a commercial construction business and was a union shop. After my grandfather retired the business was run by the three sons. When they retired they closed the business.

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