My "Doolings" were listed as Dolan in an early census
(1860) in PA. In the 1850 census they were listed as
Dooley; in the 1870 Census they were listed as Doolin and
from the 1880 census onward they were listed as Dooling.
In Boyd's Directory, 1867-68, for Pottsville, Tamaqua,
Mahanoy City, Ashland and Minersville listed under
Minersville "James Dooling, laborer, h. Coal alley."
This is a lot of info, but if anything sounds familiar, I
would appreciate your thoughts:
James DOOLING/Dooley/Dolan/Doolin (born: Bet. 1805 - 1810
in Ireland died: 30 Aug 1888 in Minersville, PA) married
Elizabeth Mc DONNELL (born: Bet. 1805 - 1811 in Ireland
married: Abt. 1840 in Ireland died: Aft. 1890 in PA) They
immigrated to Minersville sometime between 1845 & 1850).
James Dooling & Elizabeth McDonnell had a child named
James J Dooling (born: Bet. 1845 - 1849 in Ireland married:
Abt. 1870 in PA died: 27 Feb 1901 in 2528 Parrish St.,
Phila., PA) who married a Margaret "Maggie" Haughney (born:
Bet. 06 Jul 1853 - 18 Jul 1856 in Ireland died: 18 Mar 1934
in Ridley Township, PA).
Maggie Haughney Dooling's parents were Michael HAUGHNEY
(born: 1820 in Ireland died: Bef. 01 Jun 1880 in PA) and
Ellen (Maiden Name unknown) (born: Abt. 1801 in Ireland m:
1840 in Ireland died: Sept 1882 in Phila., PA)
Michael & Ellen Haughney had the following children
that I know about:
1) Maggie Haughney (who married James J Dooling) &
2) Bridget HAUGHNEY (who married James or John KILROY).
Bridget & John Kilroy had Mary KILROY, John KILROY. James
KILROY, Leonna KILROY)
3) Mary HAUGHNEY (born: Abt. 1844 in Ireland) who married
Edward DOYLE (born: Abt. 1840 in Ireland married Mary on 18
Nov 1875 in Phila., PA). Mary & Edward had Lizzie DOYLE
born: Abt. 1877 in PA ), John DOYLE (born: Abt. 1879 in
James Dooling & Elizabeth McDonnell had the following
children that I know about:
1) James J Dooling (who married Maggie Haughney),
2) Patrick DOOLING (born : Abt. 1841 in Ireland died: 23
Jun 1904 in Phila., PA) and
3) Mary DOOLING (born: Abt. 1842 in Ireland died: 23 Feb
1919 in Little Sisters of the Poor, Phila., PA) and
4) Elizabeth DOOLING (born: 16 Sept 1850 in Minersville, PA
died & Elizabeth married an O'DONNELL who left her a widow
sometime before the 1900 census) and
5) Bridget DOOLING (born: Abt. 1844 in Ireland died:
Unknown & Bridget married John W TUCKER (born: 1848
married: 19 Dec 1886 in Minersville).
James J Dooling & Maggie Haughney Dooling had a son
John Aloysius DOOLING (born: 24 Feb 1888 in 1350 Carlton
St., Phila., PA died: 16 Jun 1949 in Boston, MA) who
married Sadie Dermitt LOVE (born: 11 Oct 1890 in 1400 S.
20th St., Phila., PA m: 06 Sept 1911 in New York, NY d: 22
Nov 1974 in Center Valley, PA).
John Aloysius Dooling & Sadie Love had
John Stuart DOOLING (born: 27 Jun 1913 in Phila., PA died:
07 Mar 2001 in Pittgrove, NJ) &
Joseph James DOOLING (born: 31 Jan 1920 in 310 Horace Ave.,
Palmyra, NJ died: 05 Aug 2004 in ATH Heights Hospital, 1917
Ashland St, Houston, TX 77008).
Joseph James is my father. His brother (John Stuart)
became a priest and from 1965 until 1978, Father Dooling
served as the first president of Allentown College, which
in January changed its name to De Sales University.
We don't know where the Haughneys or the Doolings emigrated
from in Ireland. I recently found the grave stone of a
Bridget Dooling in St Vincent De Paul's cemetery in
Minersville. Based on the information on her gravestone, I
can't find any direct relationship to our Doolings, but the
gravestone at least gives some information about her Irish
By the way, this gravestone is NOT one of the ones listed
in any survey of people buried in St Vincents and the
church has no record of her death. I don't know why that
is, because her name (Bridget Dooling) is clearly readable.
The balance of the grave stone took us hours to interpret.
The inscription reads:
To the memory of Bridgett Dooling
A native of Ireland, Queens
County, Parish of Mayo who
departed this life Nov 21, 1859
in the 60 year of her age
May her soul rest in peace Amen
Erected by sons Laurence
John & Edward Dooling
(The addition of Ellen Brennan was obvious added much
Mrs Ellen Brennan
Died Feb 11, 1914
I am speculating that Bridget came to the US some time
after 1845 (at the age of 45) and, if so, her sons were
probably born in Ireland. Another speculation, since she
wasn't buried with her husband (and no other Dooling
appears to have been buried in St Vincents (except for a
Patrick Dooling who was a private in the Civil war and was
buried without a stone marker. Patrick was single & died
in 1904), her husband could have died before they
Further speculating, that my Doolings (James & Elizabeth)
were related to Bridget & her husband. Since James &
Bridget's husband were of approximately the same age, they
could have been brothers. There are other Doolings in the
area that I can not connect to James & Elizabeth and they
could be related to Bridget & her husband.
More speculation, since Ellen died 54 years after Bridget,
it is possible she was Bridget's daughter who married a
Brennan. It seems unlikely that she was not some relative
of Bridget's and with the difference in age, it seems
likely she was the next or maybe even the following
generated (could have been Bridget's granddaughter)
The DOOLING name is somewhat difficult to trace. James &
Elizabeth could not read or write, so their name was
probably spelled based on whatever the writer heard, rather
than an exact spelling.
I have identified the following variations of Dolan/Dooling
that might include information regarding my family:
I realize I have gone on for too long with this.
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