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ROCHE, MATHEW[1]

Male (Baptized 29 Jan 1809) - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name ROCHE, MATHEW 
    Born (Baptized 29 Jan 1809)  Trabolgan, Cork, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I595  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father Roche, James,   b. Est 1765, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Toumy, Catherine,   b. Est 1770, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family unknown, Catherine,   b. Abt 1805, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [1
    Married 1835 
    Children 
     1. ROCHE, Maria,   b. Abt Apr 1836, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1886, Milwaukee, Milwaukie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
     2. ROCHE, Catherine,   b. Abt 1842, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    1-5. The Roche's, Burns & Myatt's
    1-5. The Roche's, Burns & Myatt's
    ~1800 - Somewhere in Ireland:

    My great-great-great grandfather, Mathew Roche [aka Roach], was born somewhere in Ireland around 1805. He may have immigrated to America before 1830. At the time of the 1830 Census a Mathew Roach of approximately the right age was living [and working] at the US Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York. Mathew married an Irish immigrant named Catherine around 1835 and settled, for a while at least, in New York, probably in West Chester Township, Westchester County, just across the Hudson River from northern New Jersey. He may have immigrated with a brother or cousin and shared living quarters for several years after their arrival in this country. In the 1840 census there was a Mathew Roach of the right age with a wife of the correct age sharing a home with another couple in the same age group in West Chester.

    In April, 1836, Mathew and Catharine’s daughter, Maria [Marie?] Roche, was born in New York. They also had at least one other child, Catharine Roche, who was born in New York about 1842. They may also have had several children who died.

    Sometime between 1842 and 1850 the Roche’s moved across the Hudson River and settled in the town of Harrison in Hudson County, New Jersey, just a short distance north of Newark. Mathew worked as a gardener in Harrison.

    It is possible that Mathew Roche and his family joined the increasing number of hardy souls heading west for cheap land and an, eventually, better life style, but it seems more likely that they remained in the Newark area for the rest of their lives. I have not been able to locate them in any census after 1850, so Mathew, at least, may have died young. It is possible that his wife, Catherine, survived him but remarried before 1860.

  • Notes 

    • [From LDS Ancestral File Number 12NV-CSN.
      Mathew was born at an undisclosed place in Ireland around 1805.
      He emigrated to America which is where he probably met and married his wife Catherine around 1835. They lived in New York State at least until after the birth of their daughter Maria. It is possible that they subsequently settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin while Maria was still with them.

    • [research by Kim on Roots Ireland]

      A search on Roots Ireland website for Mathew Roche, born 1805 ± 16 years returned only one hit, a Mathew Roche born to James Roche and Catherine Toumy (baptized on 29 January 1809) in Trabolgan, Cork, Ireland.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] File (merged): C:\Users\Don\Desktop\RodBen1.fh_data\RodBen1.ged.
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