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Edward Boles family photos, late 1800s, early 1900s

Edward Boles of Fingreah

Edward Boles of Fingreagh (1855-1940), probably around 1875-1880, taken in Dublin

My great grandfather Edward Boles was born on June 4, 1855, in Fingreagh Upper, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, to James Boles of Fingreagh and Jane Payne. The couple had seven children: Edward, Robert, James, Jane, Alexander, William and Benjamin. Edward died on October 26, 1940, in Dublin. His wife, my great grandmother, was Sarah Nixon. She was one of 14 children of William Nixon and Rachael Millar: Edward, James, William, Elizabeth, Rachael, Jane, Mary, Sarah, Kate, Mark, Benjamin, John, Thomas, and Robert. Supposedly there were two sets of twins. I’m not sure whether they all survived to adulthood, but supposedly, of those who did, Sarah was the only one (or one of the very few) who did not end up emigrating to the US. I have yet to figure out if that was really the case.

Edward (a farmer) and Sarah Boles had six children: John James, Jane Kathleen (“Jennie”), Mary Elizabeth (“May”), William Robert (my grandfather), and Edward Benjamin (“Ben”). Ben’s twin Beulah Sarah died young. My grandfather William R. Boles was 20 when he emigrated to the US (Oct 21, 1912, from Londonderry via the ship Columbia), and I suspect the one photo below was taken on the eve of his departure. It was his Uncle Robert Nixon (one of Sarah Nixon Boles’ brothers), living on Elm Street in Summit, NJ, with wife Blanche, who sponsored him when he initially came to the US.

In front of the Drumkeerin house "Clooneen": Edward Boles seated with wife Sarah holding his left shoulder. In rear: John, Jenny, Mary "May", and Ben. Possibly taken in 1912.

In front of the Co. Leitrim house in Cloneen: Edward Boles seated with wife Sarah holding his left shoulder. In rear: John, Jennie, May, and Ben. Possibly taken in 1912, before my grandfather’s emigration to the US. Edward was tall — over 6′, while Sarah was very petite — 4’11” or thereabouts.

William R. Boles, served in US army in WWI

William R. Boles, served in US army in WWI, while still a British subject.

James Boles and wife Sarah Nixon, probably late 1930s

Great grandparents, James Boles and wife Sarah Nixon, probably mid-1930s; Sarah died in Sept 1938, and Edward in Oct 1940.

Fingreagh Upper (B) and Drumkeeran (A)

Fingreagh Upper (B) and Drumkeerin (A)

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