My 3rd great grandparents, Thomas (1809-1885) and Jane (Covahey) Scally (1815-1900), were married in Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland, on the 24th of February, 1840. They emigrated to Texas, Maryland somewhere around 1853. According to family stories (and with some evidence), they came separately – Thomas and his son Patrick (my 2nd great grandfather) coming first, followed later by Jane & their other sons, John, Michael, and Malachi (aka Lackey). Thomas and Jane also had a daughter, Mary, who apparently died in Ireland. More on the Covahey family later.
Patrick Scally (1844?-1921) married Annie Cummings (1850-1906), daughter of Lawrence & Catherine (Holly) Cummings, all of whom were also from County Roscommon, Ireland. More on the Cummings family later.
As far as I know, John Scally (1845?-1889) never married, but he was engaged in the liquor business with his brother, Patrick, before moving to Baltimore to find work. John died suddenly at age 29 – actually his body was found in the Union tunnel in Baltimore, a victim of a train accident.
His brother, Michael Scally (1846?-1911) also never married, but was a well known and respected member of the Texas, Maryland community and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church when died.
Malachi Scalley (1855-1932) married Catherine Duke (1857-1940), daughter of Michael & Rose Ann (Manning) Duke who were also from County Roscommon, Ireland. More on the Manning and Duke families later.
Here are some of the clippings I found related to this first and second generation of immigrants. Note that the spelling was both Scally and Scalley. Subsequently, Malachi Scalley’s descendants kept the latter spelling. In another post, I will expand on the 3rd generation – descendants of brothers Patrick Scally and Malachi Scalley.