Brothers Patrick & John Rafferty - Kenosha City WI - 1850
My grt grt grandparents Patrick Rafferty (born ca 1820 Ireland)& Catherine Riley/Reilly (born ca 1820 Ireland) first appear in 1850 Federal Kenosha City WI census. Census shows their children:
Bridget - born 1843 in New York
Mary - born 1844 Wisconsin
John J - born 1848 WI
Michael - Born May 1850 WI
Lving in the same household is John Rafferty - born ca 1816 in Ireland (brother of Patrick?) and Patrick Riley - born 1824 Ireland (brother of Catherine?).
Since the family was living in a "port city" and their first child was born in New York I'm guessing they may have traveled to Kenosha via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes.
Sometime between 1852 -1857 Patrick & Catherine moved to Lake County IL.I found 2 references to property owned by Patrick Rafferty in the town of Newport form Lake Co Gen Society publications.Also found family in 1860 & 1870 Federal census.The 1860 census shows 3 more children:Daniel, born 1852 in WI; Catherine born 1857 in Illinois; and Henry (my grt grandfather) born Nov 7 1859. The 1870 census shows daughter Margaret born 1862 in Illinois.
Sometime between 1870 and 1875 the family moved to Lyndon Station, Juneau Co WI.I found John J Rafferty in the 1875 Census; and 1880 census found John Rafferty, wife Mary, son Edward, daughter Clara. Also in same household is Patrick & Catherine Rafferty and son Henry.
In the 1860 Kenosha Co, Pleasant Praire WI census I located
Dw 1235/fam 1139:
John Rafferty age 45 (Patrick's brother)
Julia, wife, age 32 (born 1828 in Ireland):
Mary Rafferty - age 7 - born WI
James Rafferty - age 67 - born WI(an error in age? - 6 yrs old?)
Francis Rafferty, age 4 - born WI
Bridget Rafferty, age 3 - born WI
Ann Rafferty - age 24 - born WI
Mary Rafferty - age 16 - born WI (dau of Patrick & Catherine?)
Sarah Rafferty - age 13 - born WI
Marcella Rafferty - age 9 - born WI
Following the above is listed Dwel1237/fam 1141
Patrick McCarron, age 40, born Ireland;
Margaret, age 30, born Ireland
Bridget, age 10, born IL
Michael Rafferty, age 4, born WI (son of Patrick & Catherine?)
Following is Dwell1238/Fam 1142:
James Rafferty - age 58, born WI (error?)
Mary Rafferty age 58, born WI (error?)
Bridget - age 26, born WI
Rose Ann McCarron - age 9, born Ireland
James McCarron - age 7, born Ireland
Jeramiah McCarron -age 7, born WI
Mary McCarron - age 5, born Ireland
Thomas McCarron - age 1, bornWI
I believe the McCarrons may be related to the Rafferty's.
The 1870 Kenosha Pleasant Prairie census shows John Rafferty age 56, but not Julia.Listed in household 136/137 are:
Mary, age 17, Born WI
James, age 16, born WI
Frank, age 14, born WI
Bridget, age 13, born WI
Michael, age 9, born WI
John, age 8, born WI
Ellen, age 6, born WI
Anna, age 4, born WI
Household 137/138 are
James Rafferty, age 69, born Ireland 1801
Mary, wife, age 59, born Ireland 1811
Marcella,age 18, born WI
I'm trying to confirm that John Rafferty/wife Julia and James & Mary Rafferty, and somehow the McCarrons are related to my Patrick Rafferty & Catherine Riley.
Any help solving this mystery will appreciated!