Re: O'Toole or Toole in London or U S A
In reply to:
Pat O'Toole 7/20/97
Can anyone help with a family called TOOLE who may have anglicised their name from O'Toole and emigrated from Ireland to England , ending up in the London suburb ofWoolwich in the mid 1800's. My grandmother was Mary Jane TOOLE , born in London, England in 1873 , whose father was Joseph TOOLE and her mother, Charlotte CATLIN.There was possibly an uncle called Christopher TOOLE who was Trunpet Major of the Royal Artillery, based at the Woolwich Barracks in London in 1881.
JOSEPH TOOLE [ who may have been also known as SEAN] is aid to have been involved in a fight in which a man died and fled to the USA around the 1890's, ending up in the kLONDIKE Gold Rush of 1896.The family story is that his claim was jumped and he was thrown over a cliff but survived. My grandmother's sister and mother contacted Pinkertons Detective Agency in the U S around 1900 and were told that father /husband could be traced , providing they put up the equivalent in today's money of a few thousand dolars which they did NOT have. So TOOLE or O'Toole melted away into turn of the century America[ or maybe Canada], perhaps changing his name but certainly starting a new life and a new family.Does this ring a bell with any O'Tooles ?
Incidentally, My grandmother's sister married a Royal Canadian Mountie around 1880 0r 1890. All I know of him is that my father referred to him as Uncle 'Taff', which might mean that he was originally a Welshman. Any Canadians out there who can link with this ?