captain mike hoy & catherine quealy family
Capt. Mike Hoy was a colorful character in the history of the City of Minneapolis
Minnesota. An early marshall of the City of St. Anthony, he continued his
law enforcement career with the City of Minneapolis after the two cities
merged. A contemporary biography appeared in History of the fire and police
departments of Minneapolis : their origin, progress, and development
by Augustine E. Costello:
CAPTAIN MICHAEL HOY has won
distinction in many ways. During the war he served his country in the field,
fighting on the side of liberty, and bears to-day and will carry to his grave
the terrible marks of the southern bullets, his right arm being almost entirely
disabled from a fearful bullet wound above the wrist, received at
the battle of
Nashville, where he was promoted from first lieutenant to captain on
the field for gallantry in action. He joined Co. K. 10th Minnesota, Capt.
J. H. Baker commanding, on the 22nd day of August, 1862, and served until
the 16th day of December, 1864.
Captain Hoy belonged to the St. Anthony volunteer fire service for seventeen
years, and was foreman of Minnesota Engine Company for four years. He was
elected city marshal (east division) in the summer of 1867, and filled that
position for seven years, until St. Anthony became consolidated with Minneapolis.
In him, during this period, was centered the entire criminal and police system.
He was also a deputy sheriff. For over two years he did all the criminal
business of the whole county, and a great portion of it for many years after.
After the consolidation he was appointed chief of police, under Mayor Brackett.
Afterwards he held the position of chief of detectives, under Mayor Wilson.
Later he was appointed by the council one of the police commissioners and
served for two years as vice-president of that body, until April, 1868. Captain
Hoy was also appointed deputy U.S. marshal by President Cleveland, which
position he held until October, 1890. He is still hale and vigorous, with
many years of usefulness yet in store...
While Captain Hoy was marshal, there was in the county but one small structure
used as a jail, located near Central avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets.
This was known for a long time as "Hoy's little stone jug," and it was the
only lockup west of St. Paul. When prisoners were committed for any prolonged
period they were taken to St. Paul, the county paying for their maintenance,
as there was no place to keep them elsewhere. Sometimes "Hoy's little stone
jug" would be filled to overcrowding, and if there were any females among
the unfortunates they were placed apart from the male prisoners in one of
the two rooms that served for the the lock-up. The duties of the jailor (Marshall
Hoy) were simple enough. He merely turned the key on them and went about
his business. Sometimes in the morning on his return he would find his little
stone jug empty, the inmates having taken French leave. After a time, a high
fence was built around the jail and the escapes were less numerous in
consequence. Further on, a new lock-up was located under the court house
(west side) where it is at the present time-Eighth avenue south and Fourth
The city of St. Anthony got its charter in 1855, and consequently was 16
years old when united with Minneapolis in 1872.
( Minneapolis : Relief Association, 1890, pp. 243-244.)
Hoy's law enforcement career may be best known for his failed attempt to
arrest the fake Lord Gordon Gordon in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1872. The fake
lord had bamboozled financier Jay Gould and others out of some capital and
Gould's lawyers prevailed upon Minneapolis Mayor Brackett to dispatch an
officer to Canada to retrieve Gordon. Bracket chose Hoy for the job. Canadian
authorities disputed this irregular practice of extradition and Hoy plus
his associate, Owen Keegan, were detained for months until political pressure
brought about a plea bargain and Hoy and Keegan were released. A crowd of
two thousand plus two marching bands and the Irish Rifles were present to
welcome home the detainees. This story is fully told in William Watts Folwell's
History of Minnesota (v. III, Appendix 5. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical
According to historian Kevin Geraghty, the Dakota County Tribune had occasional
reports of Michael and Catherine Hoy visiting their "cousins,"
Owen and Margaret (Quealy) Hyland in Lakeville.
Capt. Mike and Catherine Quealy Hoy are buried at St. Anthony Cemetery in
northeast Minneapolis Minnesota.
MICHAEL HOY (1837-1895) m. 1860
John M. (Abt. 1863-1940) m. Dorothea Fleetham
Mary ? (Bef 1860 - )
Michael J. (Aft. 1865 - )
James (Abt. 1869 - )
Esther C. (1826-1931) m. James M. Lennon (1862-1933)
Frank P. (Abt. 1873 - )
Albert H. (Abt. 1874- )
Frederick J. (Abt. 1879- )
Capt. Mike Hoy's brother William, also a Civil War veteran, became a housemover
in Minneapolis. Nephew William Hoy was a Minneapolis banker associated with
Anthony Kelly, one of the first grocers in Mineapolis and later, a large
food wholesaler. (See
John M. Hoy married Dorothea Fleetham of the Fleetham furniture store family.
Esther C. and James M. Lennon are buried in the Michael Hoy plot at St. Anthony
cemetery in northeast Minneapolis.
This data is from Timothy Roebeck,
a Fleetham family researcher.
JOHN M. HOY (Abt. 1863-1940)
DOROTHEA FLEETHAM (1865-1944)
Ralph L. (1885-1959)
Gerald (Abt. 1889 - )
Joane (Abt. 1890 - ) m. J. Edward McGill
Milton (Abt. 1893 - )
Mary Hoy (Abt. 1899 - ) m. Edward Alexius Regnier
Irene M. (1890-1971)
John and Dorothea are buried in the Michael Hoy plot at St. Anthony cemetery
in northeast Minneapolis.
MARY HOY (Abt. 1899 - ) dau.
of John M. Hoy and Dorothea
REGNIER (1895 - ) son of
Joseph Regnier & Zepherine Mongeau
Edward John (1928 - )
Gerald Anthony (1929 - )
Mary Celestine (1932 - )
John Joseph (1938 - )
This data is unverified. One source Jean Whitney Muse, a Regnier descendent.
The data is posted at
A source Muse cites on her
is Regnier Families in North American by Rev. Martin Keith O.P. available
on LDS film #1597649, Item 5. Less detailed identical data
Connect in Dick Dutton's Master File (sources not cited). [search Mary
Hoy] [search Susie Qualey]. Both of these sites have extensive information
about the Regnier families. See also
Timothy Roebeck's history of
the Michael Hoy and John M. Hoy families.
Timothy Roebeck's Family Page
Hennepin County MN Genweb