Cecelia Gallagher (1841-1930) and Thomas E. Joyce (1841-1922)

I am researching Cecelia and Thomas Joyce because they are the 2nd great grandparents of my friends Heidi Thornbladh and Kurt Thornbladh.  During the years of our friendship, Heidi has shared stories about the life of “Celia” Gallagher from Ireland. I found those stories captivating! This short essay will present some of the genealogical facts and historical documents that I have come across.

Cecelia F (“Celia”) Gallagher was born on May 3, 1841, in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of Margaret Madden and William Gallagher.

She married Thomas E. Joyce on October 11, 1868, in Newton, Massachusetts. They had four children during their marriage.

Cecelia’s occupation was a nurse. This is documented in the US census records of 1900. In the 1900 census, Cecelia states she has had 5 children and only 4 are living. In this census, Cecelia also states that she immigrated to the United States in 1860 (that would have made her 19 years old.) Her immigration date is up to question because in the 1920 census she states she arrived state side in 1865. (Cecelia became a citizen by naturalization).

By the time of the 1930 census, Cecelia is using the name “Celia”. She is 88 years old at the time of the 1930 census and is no longer working. In that 1930 census, 2 of her daughters are living with her. Their names were Mary (age 56) and Carrie (age 54). It is interesting to note that Carrie was also a registered nurse. They lived in Manchester, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Cecelia died on May 19, 1930, in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the age of 89, and was buried there in Saint Joseph Cemetery. This is the link to see the tomb stone marker:


I have also found her death certificate (this was also an important document as it lists her parents names – or the 3x great grandparents of Heidi and Kurt!)

death of Cecelia Joyce

This shows the records of Cecelia’s direct descendants:

Cecelia F (Celia) Gallagher (1841 – 1930)
2nd great-grandmother
William Lawrence Joyce (1875 – 1940)
Son of Cecelia F (Celia) Gallagher
Celia Marion Joyce (1898 – 1961)
Daughter of William Lawrence Joyce
Ruth Beverly Moller (1924 – 2006)
Daughter of Celia Marion Joyce
Heidi Thornbladh
the daughter of Ruth Beverly Moller

Thomas E. Joyce was born in 1841 in Manchester, New Hampshire to Mary Fitzsimmons Foley and Lawrence Joyce. Manchester was a mill town. During the 1800’s the town would be changing from a farm based economy to factory work.

In the 1900 census, Thomas states that both of his parents were born in Ireland. He was born in New Hampshire.  At the time of the 1900 census, Thomas was 60 years old and working as an iron moulder. At this time, he lived in a rented house with his family.

Thomas died on June 17, 1922,  at the age of 81, and was buried in Manchester, New Hampshire. I was able to find his death certificate, which is again important because it lists the names of his parents.

Death of Thomas Joyce

This shows the record of Thomas’ direct descendants:

Thomas E. Joyce (1841 – 1922)
2nd great-grandfather
Celia Marion Joyce (1898 – 1961)
Daughter of William Lawrence Joyce
Ruth Beverly Moller (1924 – 2006)
Daughter of Celia Marion Joyce
Heidi Thornbladh
 the daughter of Ruth Beverly Moller

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