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THE FAY FAMILY HOMEPAGE

GENEALOGIES
   
What the Census Records Can Contribute
  
1880 - 1930
  
   
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It is not known yet exactly when Patrick Fay or Mary Murray arrived in the States. According to the information in the 1900 census, Patrick arrived in 1852 as a child of 1 or 2, and Mary arrived in 1862, as a child of 9. In 1910, the dates are given as 1848 and 1860 (note that the 1910 makes mistakes in numbers). Patrick seems to have been naturalized; Mary does not. The census does not ask where in Ireland they came from, and there is no hint of it until the census of 1930. In that one, Nellie, the daughter of Patrick and Mary, says that her parents came from Tipperary. Patrick and Mary had been married for 30 years in 1900, putting their marriage in 1869 or 1870. Such numbers are not absolute, though, and it is possible that they were married in 1868. The birth of their first child in January or July 1869 would seem to indicate a marriage in 1868.
   
According to his biography, Frank was born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. By the time we see Patrick, Mary and Frank in 1880, they are living in East Cleveland in Cuyahoga County.
   
1880
Patrick L. Fay
East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH
   
P. H. Fay 32 Ireland Ireland Ireland Head
Mary Fay 29 Ireland Ireland Ireland Wife
Frank Fay 11 Ohio Son
Nellie Fay 9 Ohio Daughter
Agnes Fay 7 Ohio Daughter
Gertrude Fay 5/12 born Jan 1880 Ohio Daughter
In 1880, Patrick was a railroad conductor; in 1900, he is still with the railroad, now as a switchman. The 1900 census provides birth dates for the family as well as immigration dates for Patrick and Mary. The number "30" for number of years married seems likely to have been an approximation; 5 for the number of children agrees with the other census information. Agnes and Frank are not at home; Frank has his own household; and Agnes has married Michael J. Deering and has started her family.
   
1900
Patrick L. Fay
Census Place: Cleveland Ward 36, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Roll T623 1258; Page 18A; Enumeration District 171.
   
   
1900
Frank L. Fay
Census Place: Cleveland Ward 2, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Roll T623 1252; Page 8B; Enumeration District 12
   
   
Frank married Marie Wells of Buffalo, New York, in 1896. In 1900, he was still living in Ohio and was working as a clerk on the railroad. The census page shown above for 1900 is somewhat uncertain. Frank's birth is given as January rather than July; but that is an easy mistake to make. He was born in Ohio and his parents both in Ireland. He works on the railroad. He has been married four years. His wife was born in 1871 in Pennsylvania; her parents were born in Pennsylvania and Maine (an unusual combination; we see that again in the 1910, which we KNOW is ours). But - we know Frank's wife as Marie, and the woman here is Loretta. I assume that she was Loretta Marie; and started to use her middle name and stayed with it then. The more significant discrepancy is the child reported on this census. We know that Frank and Marie had a daughter Helen, who is said to be 12 in 1910. The couple we see here in 1900 has, according to the census, a son. I believe that the census is wrong here; that the census taker simply made a mistake. That kind of mistake did not happen often, but it did happen. There is however a possibility that this is not ours.
   
Agnes married Michael J. Deering about 1895. By 1900, they have two children, Frank and Mark.
   
1900
Agnes Fay Deering
Census Place: Cleveland Ward 37, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Roll T623 1259; Page 15A; Enumeration District 180
   
Patrick is a switchman on the railroad in 1910; with him are Mary are three of their daughters.
   
1910
Patrick L. Fay
Census Place: 4-Wd Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Series T624; Roll 1167; Part 1; Page 81A
   
By 1910, Frank is living in Pennsylvania with Marie and 4 living children, one of whom is Helen, now 12. Note that there was a fifth child, but it cannot be the son listed in 1900 who died, since that would leave Helen unexplained.
   
1910
Frank Fay
Census Place: 3-Wd Greenville Boro, Mercer, Pennsylvania
Series T624; Roll 1374; Part 2; Page 132B
   
Agnes and Michael added Gertrude to their family in 1902.
1910
Agnes Deering
Census Place: 4-Wd Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Series T624; Roll 1167; Part 1; Page 77B
   
Patrick and Mary both seem to have gone by 1920. Nellie is living in the same city with her sister Gertrude. The third sister, Loretta, also seems to be gone. She might have married; she was only 25 in 1910. With Nellie and Gertrude are two girls, their nieces, Gertrude and Marie Deering. It was this that enabled me to find out whom Agnes married. Marie was born in 1914, a gap of twelve years between the last two babies. Michael Deering is a widower in 1920, and living close, but not with his daughters. My guess is that Agnes did not survive the birth of her younger daughter by long.
   
1920
Nellie Fay
Census Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Roll T625_1361; Page 9B; ED 53
   
   
1920
Frank L. Fay
:Census Place: Greenville, Mercer, Pennsylvania
Roll T625_1603; Page 1B; ED 48
   
1930 brings few surprises, but it adds a bit of information in the census report for Nellie. Gertrude Deering has now left, probably to be married, and Gertrude Fay is not there either. The younger daughter of Agnes still lives with Nellie, but she is called Agnes here; thus her name must have been Marie Agnes or Agnes Marie. No occupation is given for either Nellie or Agnes.
   
This is the only place we see "Tipperary" for the place where Patrick and Mary came from.
   
1930
Nellie Fay
Census Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Roll 1764; Page 19A; Enumeration District 49
   
1930
Frank L. Fay
Census Place: West Salem, Mercer, Pennsylvania
Roll 2078; Page 3A; Enumeration District 81
   
1930
Frank Wells Fay
Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Roll 1972; Page 18B; Enumeration District 104