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Posted by: Maureen Jackson-Fusco Date: June 05, 1999 at 11:12:42
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This may be a stretch, but is worth trying in light of the way surnames have undergone spelling changes in US immigration.

My great-grandfather was EDWARD KATELY. He lived in Jersey City, NJ at least during the period of 1874 thru 1894. I am curious as to whether the surname Gately may have become Kately at some point, since there is little activity, or records, for the Kately name. I do not know when or where he was born, but I figure it might have been anywhere from Massachusetts to New Jersey. New Jersey vitals and church records have turned up nothing. I'm hoping to get whatever info I can regarding him, his wife, and ancestors.
The following information is offered to see if some connection can be made by anyone with Gatelys in their background.

EDWARD KATELY married MARY ELVIS. They had 8 children -- all born in Jersey City, NJ. Names: Frederick; George; Joseph; Catherine; Edward; Jane (Mary Jane/Eliza Jane/ Elizabeth/Lizzie or combo thereof); Clara; and Mary Veronica, my grandmother, who married John P. ("Patrick") Jackson. I have baptismal certificates for all except Jane from St. Bridget's Church, Jersey City.

Jane married Martin Butler and had 6 children
-- all in Jersey City -- all baptized at St. Bridget's (I have certificates).

Clara also married a Butler (I think first name might have been Tom, Joe, Jack, or Eddie). They had one daughter, Veronica, who died either in teens or as young adult.

The question of Gately to Kately comes about because some of the certificates on Jane & Martin Butler's children (all born between 1898 and 1907) show Jane's maiden name as Gately, with Kately in parentheses.

It may be helpful to know that some sponsor surnames for the children of my great-grandparents(KATELY/ELVIS) are: Curran; Mille; Mc Cann; Mc Carthy; Connay; Hopkins; Mann; and Kurch.

Sponsor names on the certificates for Jane & Martin's children include: Sweeney; Kirk; Jackson; Tuttle; Murphy; Hunter; Mc Govern; and Pehlan, as well as Kately & Elvis.
(Remember, Jane is also identified on these certificates as Mary Jane; Jennie; and Elizabeth.) Jane & Martin Butler's children were named: Jane (married Vincent Stout); Martin; Joseph; Thomas Joseph; Edward; and Mary Eliza.

The Kately/Elvis marriage tells of a gg/ggg/ggggrandfather born on Bunker Hill-Boston. There is also mention of a gg? grandmother named Monahan (I think she was on the Elvis side, but can't say for sure). I believe either one could be Kately related, particularly in the case of the Bunker Hill birth. His name might actually have been Gately.

Any help is appreciated. Also, if any of the above names may ring a bell with anyone, I can provide more details from specific baptismal certificates.




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