Thanks for the information. I'm having a devil of a time trying to find my Kately ggrand (Edward) and his parents.
The UK does seem to be the most likely place for the surname. However, since posting my message, I have been able to find some 1900 New Jersey Census information for my ggrand wherein it was reported that he was born in Vermont in 1854 and noted that both his parents were born in Germany. What a mess, huh?!
I also found a Joseph Kately in the 1920 NJ Census. He is noted as being born in Massachusetts (approx. 1868). No mention of his parents' birthplace. I think he could be a brother of my ggrand, but have no concrete proof. My ggrand named one of his sons "Joseph" so it is only speculation that Joseph could be a family name.
If your friend is interested in the Census information I have for Edward Kately or Joseph Kately, please let me know. I'll forward on what I have.
I can't find anything more. And I am really stuck because things don't seem to make sense. I do know that the Kately name has appeared with the notation (Gately) and Gately (Kately) on some on his children's baptismal certificates.
I've done a little searching of the Vermont census records at my library, but came up empty. I fear that they didn't stay in Vermont long enough, and have no clue as to where the early family wandered to. Joseph Kately's birth in Massachusetts does present one possibility, but I'm reluctant to put much hope in that right now. I also have had no luck with the ship's records on the internet.
I'm hoping that my cousin can find some marriage information in the Trenton, NJ library. My hands are tied because I live in San Antonio, TX and there are only Federal Census records for the states in their archives.
I really appreciate your reply. I will try to press my cousin to dig deeper in Trenton and will let you know if we get anywhere. It is a longshot, but it would be really something if your friend's Kately/Gately kin correspond with mine.
Please let me know if your friend has any success and I will try to follow her trail.
The Germany birth thing for my Kately gggrands seems weird, but understandable if people moved from country to country to find jobs.
One thing your friend can add to her spelling dilema is the possibility of spelling the names as Kateley/Katley/Keightly and Gateley/Gatley. I've run across those variations during my search.
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