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Re: Charles S. Tooley
Posted by: Tim Paulson (ID *****6566) Date: April 17, 2007 at 11:10:46
In Reply to: Re: Charles S. Tooley by Sheila Labbe of 837

Although I do not possess extensive knowledge of the Tooley tree, what I do know may be of value to your research. For the sake of maintaining accuracy, separating truth from conjecture and fascinating anecdotes, I will label each of my paragraphs with either of the tags, "FACT" or "UNSUBSTANTIATED".

FACT: I personally saw the family Bible of Samuel and Letitia Tooley. They lived in London, England during the mid-1700s and raised a family of 12 children (5 boys and 7 girls). Noah was the oldest son and Charles was the youngest. At various times, 3 of the sons (Noah, Charles and Luther) had each emigrated to Canada. While both Charles and Luther settled near Ottawa, Noah went westward to the Great Lakes region (where he became a Ship Captain). While most of Luther's descendants remained in Canada, nearly all of Charles' descendants gravitated to upstate New York. While some of Noah's descendants remain in the Great Lakes region of both Canada and America, some had gone as far south as Texas.

FACT: While in Belfast, Ireland, Charles had met Sarah Bolger (the author of the first biography of Florence Nightengale). Whether they emigrated together or traveled separately, they were married in Canada. Whether Lovina was one of their daughters, they had five sons (Samuel, Lemuel, Joseph, Andrew and Christopher). I never found a list of their daughters (assuming they had one or two... or more).

UNSUBSTANTIATED: One of the two brothers (Luther and Charles S) tricked the other in order to gain passage from England to Canada. Fact: To the present day, descendants of each claim that the culprit was the other!

FACT: Lemuel (son of Charles S; grandson of Samuel & Letitia) had a son named Noble John. I do not know if he and his wife (name unknown) had any additional children.

FACT: Judd Tooley (Ottawa, Canada) was a descendant of Luther (brother of Charles S).

FACT: Noble John (son of Lemuel; grandson of Charles S) had a son named James Lemuel. I do not know if he and his wife (name unknown) had any additional children.

FACT: James Lemuel (son of Noble John; grandson of Lemuel) had three sons named Victor (3/6/1898-8/1/68), Orley Noble (7/5/1904-6/15/91) and Carl (1/31/06-12/13/90). I do not know if he and his wife (name unknown) had any daughters.

FACT: While Carl and his wife (name unknown) never had any children, Orley Noble and his wife (Francis - maiden name unknown) had two sons (names unknown), both of whom settled in Port Jarvis, New Jersey.

FACT: Victor (son of James Lemuel; grandson of Noble John) and his wife Elizabeth (Molson) had two sons and five daughters. Elizabeth was a daughter of the Founder of Molson Brewery. After she died (date unknown), Victor then married Ruth (Deitz). The two sons were Robert James (10/2/19-12/20/95) and Paul (1927 - present). The five daughters were Betty, Felicia, Pat, Louise and Carolyn.

FACT: Robert James (son of Victor; grandson of James Lemuel) and his wife Agatha (Douglas) had two sons and one daughter. The two sons are Robert James Jr (7/11/42), Dudley, NC, and Donald Richard (9/19/48), Menomonee Falls, WI. The daughter is Cheryl Elizabeth (5/25/47).

FACT: Paul (son of Victor; grandson of James Lemuel) and his wife Helen (maiden name unknown) had one son and two daughters. The son is Roger (DOB unknown) and the names of the two daughters are unknown. Roger presently lives in Joliet, Illinois.

FACT: The name, Tooley, is 100% English...
According to knowledgeable people in both the Westminster Abbey (where all English family shields are displayed) and the Institute of Heraldry, the upside-down "V" in the family shield signifies that the progenitor of the Tooleys was an illegitimate son (a "bastard", if you will). Legend has it, that the Norwegian king, Saint Olaf (who was actually anything, but a "saint"), had a number of paramours in Londinium (as London was called in ancient times). One of them gave birth to the illegitimate son: The name, Tooley, is a derivation of "St Olaf".

FACT: Tooley Street runs parallel to the River Thames (on the South side), connecting the new London Bridge with the London Tower Bridge. The English would not appreciate the idea that the legendary street was named after an Irishman!

I hope that my information represents some measure of assistance in your research. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

- Tim Paulson


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