Patt Tenpenny

Marriage Register
Microfilm 04222 / 03 | Page 77
Multiple Parishes; Multiple Counties; Archdiocese of Tuam. Marriages, June 1822 to Nov. 1823

“Sept 7th [1822] Patt Tenpenny to Sealia McDonaugh”

This has nothing whatsoever to do with my own family, but I love the name.

It also gave me a clue to an unrelated mystery. There is a classified ad in one of the databases on Ancestry that has always perplexed me.  

Searching for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in “The Boston Pilot,” 11 Jan 1868

Who is Seatia? That is not a name that’s found in the area of Ireland these folks come from. However, Celia is, and 19th century spelling being what it is, the name often shows up as Sealia. I think that’s the name in the ad. Either there’s an OCR failure or there was a mistake made when the ad was originally placed.

Not that this helps me figure out who these folks are. I think the Catherine in the ad must be Catherine Moore, who married Patrick Basquill in 1831. They emigrated to England, and he died there in 1860. Afterward Catherine came to the US and settled in Cincinnati. I know she was living on Water Street at one point, so this ad had to have been placed by her.

I’m not sure who Sealia would be, though. It would have been a nickname, but for which girl? There was a daughter named Bridget. Delia seems to be a common nickname for Bridgets in this family, and it’s similar to Sealia. But as far as I can tell Bridget never left Ireland.

There is a son named John, but again, as far as I can tell he stayed behind in Ireland. At least, he and Bridget were still there as of the 1901 census. If either of them came to the US, they later returned to Ireland.

James is the only one of the three that fits. He was in Cincinnati by 1874, but I don’t know where he was in 1868. The only problem here is that he would have been about 8 years old in 1858, the point in time when Catherine lost track of the children.

Lastly, she describes herself as their step-mother. I don’t know of a previous marriage for Patrick. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t one, of course.

It’s just all very odd to have one piece of the puzzle clearly pointing to Catherine Moore being the woman who placed the ad (the address), but none of the other pieces quite fit.

But at least now I can be fairly certain–thanks to the newly Mrs. Tenpenny–that the Seatia in the ad is really Sealia.

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