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The Falvey Family

Ruins of the O'Falvey Castle, Dingle, Co Kerry 2005

O Failbhe

Although Falvey's are found in Counties Clare and Cork it is essentially a Kerry name. From the eleventh century, when hereditary surnames came into existence, until the present day Kerry has been their homeland.

The O'Falveys, O'Sheas and O'Connells were three branches of the same stock tracing their descent to Conaire I,
King of Ireland at the beginning of the Christian era.They were powerful chiefs and hereditary admirals of Desmond. The name was also cited as a rebellious one in the 17th century in Ireland.

The family managed to maintain lands into modern times around Cahirciveen.  Passing from legendary to historical times we find O'Falveys chiefs of Corcaguiney from the twelfth century to the final destruction of the Gaelic order.

Father Donough O'Falvey was one of the many west-Munster priests hanged in Cork during the Elizabethan religious persecution. In 1657 they are mentioned with the McCarthys, O'Sullivans, O'Donoghues and MacElligotts and other well known Kerry families as "plotting for trouble." Even after the upheaval of the Cromwellian Settlement they still held considerable lands around Cahirciveen, some of which remained in their hands in unbroken succession until in quite recent times the property of this branch of the family passed by alliance to the Morrough-Bernards.

In 1690 at least four Falveys were serving as officers in King James' army. Quoting from Keating's "History of Ireland" : "O'Falvey the warrior.. from Mang westward is the estate possessed by O'Falvey as far as Ventry..without dispute an extensive land, was obtained by O'Shea, Chief of Iveragh."

Thereafter, like other formerly great Catholic and Gaelic families living in the more inaccessible parts of the country, they were content to remain in obscurity until Catholic Emancipation.

Two Falvey's married sisters of my great great grandmother, Mary Margaret Sullivan. Jeremiah Falvey married her sister Johanna, and Michael Falvey married her sister Catherine. The two families were very close and were sponsors for baptisms and witnesses to marriages.




Descendants of Jeremiah Falvey

Generation No. 1
1. JEREMIAH1 FALVEY (JEREMIAHA) was born 1826 in Ireland , probably Co. Cork or Co Kerry, and died August 6, 1889 in East Providence , RI. He married JOHANNA SULLIVAN August 28, 1858 in Providence, RI, daughter of JOHN SULLIVAN and CATHERINE. She was born 1830 in Ireland, probably Co. Cork or Co Kerry, and died 1896 in USA.

Notes for JEREMIAH FALVEY:
Jeremiah Falvey was born about 1826 in Ireland. He was born either in Co Cork or Co Kerry. His father was Jerimiah and his mother was Julia (  ).
He arrived in the Boston, Massachusetts on June 24, 1852
On August 28, 1858, he married Johanna Sullivan, daughter of John and Catherine Sullivan.
Johanna was about 28 and Jerimiah was 32.
They were married in Providence, RI, probably in Saint Patrick's Church.
Several of their children were born in Providence.
They moved to East Providence about 1874.
Jeremiah died on August 6, 1889. The death info said he was 54, but he was more likely about 62.
Johanna died in 1893. More info needed.
She was the sister of Mary Margaret Sullivan, my great great grandmother
Census: 1885, Jerimiah, age 50, Mason, Johanna age 45, Keeping House, Julia age 26, Domestic Servant, Mary, age 20, buttonmaker
Naturalization: October 17, 1876, United States District Court, Providence, RI
Occupation: Stone Mason

Notes for JOHANNA SULLIVAN:
Johanna Sullivan Falvey was the sister of Mary Margaret Sullivan, my great-great grandmother, the mother of Julia Sullivan Cole.


Children of JEREMIAH FALVEY and JOHANNA SULLIVAN are:

i. DANIEL2 FALVEY.
ii. JOHN FALVEY, b. June 21, 1857.
September 18, 1857, Date of death

2. iii. JULIA THERESA FALVEY, b. August 28, 1858, Providence, RI; d. Aft. 1929, East Providence, RI.

iv. ELLEN FALVEY, b. June 20, 1862.

v. MARY FALVEY, b. February 1, 1865.

vi. JEREMIAH FALVEY, b. June 13, 1867, Providence, RI; d. June 16, 1897, East Providence, RI.
Notes for JEREMIAH FALVEY:
There were no Falvey families in East Providence in 1920.
June 17, 1867, Baptized at Saint Joseph's Church, Prov. John Sullivan/Susan Hurley witnesses

Generation No. 2
2. JULIA THERESA2 FALVEY (JEREMIAH1, JEREMIAHA) was born August 28, 1858 in Providence, RI, and died Aft. 1929 in East Providence, RI. She married OLIVER WILLIAM COLE June 28, 1888 in Sacred Heart Church, Taunton Ave. East Providence, RI, son of JOSEPH COLE and HARRIET ROACH. He was born November 19, 1850 in Seekonk, Bristol County, MA, and died December 25, 1929 in East Providence, RI.
More About JULIA THERESA FALVEY:
Burial: Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Notes for OLIVER WILLIAM COLE:
Oliver was the brother of Arnold F. Cole, and the step brother of Charles W. Cole.
He married Julia Falvey, the daughter of Jeremiah and Johanna Falvey. When they married, Oliver was 37 and a saloon keeper. Julia was 27. They were married by Fr. O'Reilly in Sacred Heart Church, East Providence, RI.
Julia Falvey was the cousin of Julia Sullivan, my great grandmother.
On the 1910 Census, Sheet 19, Ed 98 Oliver and Julia lived at 217 Warren Ave. East Prov., RI
Oliver 55 married 22 years
Longshoreman
Julia wife
Six children, 4 living
Ellen, Julia's sister, age 38, boarder, rosary maker lived with them

More About OLIVER WILLIAM COLE:
Burial: 1929, St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Occupation: 1920, Watchman
Property: 1900, Owner of home at 17 Arlington Street, East Providence, RI
Residence: 1920, 753 North Broadway, East Providence, RI

Children of JULIA FALVEY and OLIVER COLE are:

i. JAMES OLIVER3 COLE, b. August 16, 1888.
ii. MABEL H. COLE, b. February 1892.
iii. HELEN C. COLE, b. July 3, 1894.
iv. BERNARD L. COLE, b. February 1897.
v. LEROY B. COLE, b. 1898; d. Bef. June 1900.
vi. LOUISE COLE, b. February 1900; d. Bef. June 1900.


Providence, Rhode Island
Falvey Births
1851-1870
Ellen
D
Jeremiah
Joanna
June 20, 1862
8:11
Jeremiah
S
Jeremiah
Joanna
June 13, 1867
8:11
John
S
Jeremiah
Joanna
June 21, 1867
8:203
Julia
D
Jeremiah
Joanna
August 28,1858
7:75
Mary
D
Jeremiah
Joanna
February 1,1865
8:121



1870 Census 3rd Ward, Providence, RI
Jeremiah, age 40, Laborer , born in Ireland as were  his parents.
Johanna, age 40, Keeping House, born in Ireland as were her parents.
Children:
Julia, 11, at school
Ellen, 7, at school
Mary , 5, at school
Jerry, 2
All children born in RI.



Descendants of Michael Falvey

Generation No. 1
1. MICHAEL1 FALVEY (HUGHA) was born May 1834 in Ireland, and died April 25, 1908 in East   Providence, Rhode Island .
He married CATHERINE SULLIVAN June 16, 1858 in Saint Joseph's Church, Providence, RI, daughter of JOHN SULLIVAN and CATHERINE. She was born February 1835 in Ireland and died Aft. 1910 in USA. She was his second wife.

More About MICHAEL FALVEY:
Burial: Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket , Rhode Island, Section 9, Lot 83
Census: 1900, 15 Arlington St. East Providence, RI, ED 128
Emigrant Ancestor: 1854, On the 1900 Census, Catherine said they came in 1864. This is wrong, because they were married in 1858 in Rhode Island. The correct date of immigration is 1854
Occupation: Mason
Property: Owner of the home at 15 Arlington St. East Providence, RI
1905 Occupation: Stone Mason
Notes for CATHERINE SULLIVAN:
Catherine Sullivan was the sister of Mary Margaret Sullivan, my great great grandmother, the mother of Julia Sullivan.
On June 16, 1858, she married Michael Falvey in St. Joseph's Church, Providence, RI.
Marriage Fact: Book 58, Page 20, CT28 Providence Marriages.
Michael was24 and a laborer.Catherine was 23.
They were married by Fr. Peter Browne, Pastor.
They lived in Ward 3 Providence, and later moved to 15 Arlington St., East Providence, RI. They owned the house at that address.
Michael was related to Jerimiah Falvey, who also married a sister of Mary Margaret Sullivan.
Michael emigrated at the age of 19 in 1854
More About CATHERINE SULLIVAN:
Burial: Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Section 9, Lot 83
Census: 1910, She appears on the Federal Census as Katherine, widow, age 60, 15 Arlington Street, East Providence, 8 children born, 5 living
Children of MICHAEL FALVEY and CATHERINE SULLIVAN are:
i. MARY2 FALVEY, b. June 18, 1859, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
ii. HUGH P. FALVEY, b. 1861; d. December 31, 1889, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.

More About HUGH P. FALVEY:
Never married
Occupation: Stone Mason
Burial: Rhode Island
iii. HANNAH FALVEY, b. December 4, 1862, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; d. July 30, 1865.
iv. ELLEN FALVEY, b. August 31, 1864.
2. v. JOHN JOSEPH FALVEY, b. November 24, 1866, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
vi. JOANNA FALVEY, b. September 1, 1868, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
vii. MICHAEL FALVEY, b. July 14, 1870.
More About MICHAEL FALVEY:
Baptism: July 17, 1870, Saint Joseph's Church Church, Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island
Occupation: Farmer and Mason
1890 Michael boards at 15 Arlington St., Occupation: Laborer
1894 Michael boards at 15 Arlington St. Occupation:
Farmer
1905 Michael boards at 15 Arlington St. Occupation:
Stone Mason
viii. CATHERINE FALVEY, b. 1873; d. March 3, 1875.

Generation No. 2
2. JOHN JOSEPH2 FALVEY (MICHAEL1, HUGHA) was born November 24, 1866 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. He married MARGARET WHALEN July 2, 1891 in East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
More About JOHN JOSEPH FALVEY:
Occupation: Bricklayer

Home on Quarry Street in 1894
1894 Occupation: Bricklayer
Child of JOHN FALVEY and MARGARET WHALEN is:
i. MARION3 FALVEY, b. May 1894.

Groom: Michael Falvey
Age 24
Laborer
Born in Ireland
Second Marriage
Parents: Hugh and Mary (Sweeney) Falvey
Bride: Catherine Sullivan
Age 23
Born in Ireland
Second Marriage
Parents: John and Catherine Sullivan
Providence Marriages, Book 58, Page 620, CT 28
Date of Marriage: June 16, 1858
Saint Joseph's Church
Hope Street Providence, Rhode Island
Fr. Peter Browne, Pastor




Census Information
1875 Rhode Island State Census, Providence, RI
Surname
Given
Name
Age
Occupation
Marital
Status
Birth Place
Falvey
Michael
40
Head
M
Ireland
Falvey
Catherine
39
Wife
M
Ireland
Falvey
Mary
15
Daughter
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
Hugh
14
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
Ellen
10
Daughter
S.
Providence, RI
Falvey
John
8
Daughter
S
Providence, RI

1900 Federal Census, East Providence, RI 15 Arlington St.
Surname
Given
Name
Age
Birthdate & Place
Years Married
No. of Children
Occupation
Falvey
Catherine
51
Head
Feb. 1849
Ireland
41
8 born
5 living
Falvey
Michael
59
Husband
May 1841
Ireland
41
Mason
Falvey
Marion
6
Grand
Daughter
May 1894
Rhode Island
At School
Falvey
Michael
24
Son
July 1875
Rhode Island
Single
Mason
Providence, Rhode Island
Falvey Births
1851-1870
Ellen
D
Michael
Catherine
August 31, 1864
8:101
Hannah
D
Michael
Catherine
December 4,1862
8:31
Joanna
D
Michael
Catherine
September 1,1868
9:47
John J.
S
Michael
Catherine
November24,1866
8:181


Mary
D
Michael
Catherine
June 18, 1859
7:101
Groom: Michael Falvey
Age 24
Laborer
Born in Ireland
Second Marriage
Parents: Hugh and Mary (Sweeney) Falvey
Bride: Catherine Sullivan
Age 23
Born in Ireland
Second Marriage
Parents: John and Catherine Sullivan
Providence Marriages, Book 58, Page 620, CT 28
Date of Marriage: June 16, 1858
Saint Joseph's Church
Hope Street Providence, Rhode Island
Fr. Peter Browne, Pastor




Other Falvey Families in Rhode Island
1854-1908


1866 Providence, Rhode Island Street Directory
Surname
Given Name
Occupation
Business
Residence
Falvey
Daniel
laborer
House
Spring St.
Falvey
Daniel
tailor
42 Wickenden St.
House
87 Brook St.
Falvey
Timothy
mason
House
Olneyville
Falvey
Mrs. Mary
milliner & cloakmaker
98 Westminster St.
House
same



1875 Rhode Island State Census
District 25
Ward 3
June 1, 1875

53 South Main St.
Providence, RI
Family 95
Falvey
Daniel
45
Head
Clothing Dealer
M
Ireland
Falvey
Johanna
40
Wife
M
Ireland
Falvey
Catherine
21
Daughter
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
Francis P,
14
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
John
12
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
Dan
10
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
William
7
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
George
5
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
Joe
Son
S
Providence, RI
Falvey
Charlotte
Daughter
S
Providence, RI




Providence, Rhode Island  Falvey Births 1851-1870
Anna M.
D
Daniel
Joanna
Nov.20,1855
6:156
Catherine
D
Daniel
Joanna
Jan. 15,1854
6:106
Daniel
S
Daniel
Joanna
July 2, 1857
7:29
Daniel
S
Daniel
Joanna
July 2, 1865
8:136
Francis
S
Daniel
Joanna
March 17,1861
7:189
George A.
S
Daniel
Joanna
March 15,1870
9:122
John
S
Daniel
Joanna
Sept. 5, 1862
8::29
William H.
S
Daniel
Joanna
Feb. 22, 1868
9:22

Ellen
D
Timothy
Mary
April 15,1860
7:141
John
S
Timothy
Mary
October 29, 1855
6:147
Michael
S
Timothy
Mary
January 1, 1858
7:51

Jeremiah
S
Daniel
Mary
December 29,1855
6:157
S
Daniel
Mary
July 13, 1861
7:212

Patrick
S
Jeremiah
Ellen
May 30, 1859
7:100
D
Jeremiah
Ellen
March 19, 1858
7:59



Falvey Deaths in Rhode Island

Helen Falvey, daughter of Timothy and Mary, died March 1, 1891, 112 Union Street, Riverside, East Providence, Rhode Island, age 28 years, 10 months, 12 days. (East Providence Death Returns 1891) Her sister, Mrs. William McSweeney was the Informant.

Joanna Falvey, daughter of Patrick and Mary Duffy, wife of Michael F. Falvey died January 2, 1890, rear 470 Atwells Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, age 32 years, 6 months.(State Death Register, Vol. 1890, page 740)

Michael Falvey, age 78, died in Rhode Island on April 9, 1860. son of Timothy and Mary (60-826-28)

Dennis Falvey, age 40, son of Michael and Catherine died on July 3, 1856 (56-878-28)

Ellen Falvey, infant, died November 2, 1862, daughter of Edward and Mary (62-944-28)

Jeremiah Falvey, age 52, no parents listed, died on April 25, 1865 (65-972-28)

John Falvey, age 84, born in 1788,son of Daniel and Margaret, died on July 1, 1872 (72-1332-28)

Mary Falvey, sister of Joanna (Gerrin Falvey), age 38, died on July 13, 1861 (61-992-28)

Elizabeth C. Falvey, no parents listed, age 60, died on September 16, 1903, Newport, Rhode Island (Newport 84)

Helen Falvey, daughter of Michael and Julia, age 64, died in Providence, Rhode Island on February 17, 1904 (Prv 131)

John F. Falvey, son of James and Bridget, age 36, died on November 22, 1903, Providence,Rhode Island (Prv 226)

Mary Falvey, daughter of John and Margaret, age ten years, eight months, ten days, died on October 30, 1904 in Providence, Rhode Island ( Prv 201)

Margaret, daughter of Dennis and Mary, age 55, died on February 11, 1906 (Prv 142)

Providence Deaths:
Mary Falvey died in 1892   Vol. 1 Page 260
Jeremiah Falvey died 1888 Vol. 2 Page18
Hugh P. Falvey died 1889  Vol. 2 Page 24
Margaret Alice Falvey died 1895 Vol. 2 Page 49
Michael Falvey died 1908  Vol. 2 Page 126