The Patrick Foley family lived just a few blocks from the New Hampshire State House in the Fisherville neighborhood of Concord during the 1870s. This was before the family settled in Tara Township. The four Foley children – Timothy, Margaret, Mary, and John – were baptized at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Concord. Patrick worked at the Concord Axle Works, as well as in a machine shop.
Patrick Foley was able to read and write English, which were unique skills among immigrants from County Cork, Ireland during this period (he immigrated in 1864.) I knew that Patrick had served as a Tara Township clerk for many years, and I learned in Concord last week that Patrick served as secretary and president for both the St. Patrick’s Benevolent Society and the Catholic Temperance League.
By the 1886 Tara plat map, Patrick Foley owned 80 acres in section 16 and 240 more in section 21. Matthew Quigley, who also came from Concord, was sandwiched in between, owning 80 acres in the northeast quarter of section 21.
When Patrick Foley died in October 1913, his pallbearers were, according to his obituary, “Thomas O’Brien, James Flemming, D.F. McDermott, J.L. Doherty, John Gossen, and James O’Donnell.” All men were either Tara neighbors or fellow pioneer settlers in Clontarf.
I will have more to say about other Tara pioneers who came from Concord once I sort through my research!
Photographs taken by Regan McCormack