Troys of Caledonia, Kent, Michigan
My Troy family descended from Edmund and Mary Crowe Trehy/Trihy/Trohy and were from the Oola and Solohead Parish of County Tipperary, Ireland.
The family legend is that they were evicted from their land because their sons were more fond of hunting than farming.I suspect it fed them better as well.About 1847 they sold all their goods, paid all their debts and went to Cork where 32 family and near-family members boarded a ship for America.
That is my first obstacle.I can't find them on any passenger list.I have been looking for years with no luck.It is said that they landed in New York but I have searched every passenger list available on the internet for every port imaginable and haven't located them.
They crossed upper state New York and are on the 1850 census in Ann Arbor, Michigan.At least about 19 of them are.Children John and Mary were not listed with the rest of the family.I found a Mary working as a domestic for a family in Ann Arbor which I am assuming is their daughter.
I found a John working as a farm laborer in Northfield, Michigan which brought on my second stumbling block.It appears he has a wife, Ellen.This is bad because Ellen had never been previously mentioned.It was good because John's and Bridget's first child was said to be born in 1856 and they weren't married until 1857.The introduction of Ellen makes me wonder if John's daughter, Mary, was his and Ellen's daughter, if Ellen died in childbirth and he then married Bridget.
In 1854 the family bought land in Caledonia.Edmund's and Mary's daughter, Mary, married Michael Meehan.John Crowe Troy married Bridget Malloy.Patrick Troy married Catherine Welsh.James Troy married Margaret Kilmartin.Edward Troy may have married Mary Hannah.Winifred may have married William O'Brien.I have no idea what became of Brigid Jane.Michael enlisted in Co E of the 21st Michigan Inf Reg during the Civil War and was never heard of again.
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