A surname of England, Ireland and Guernsey (Channel Island); in England and Guernsey,? a variant of FOLLETT; in Ireland (O) Foley, Ó Foghladha, Ir. foghlaidhe - plunderer, though in Co. Roscommon a synonym of Mac Sharry, MacSearraigh, from searrach - foal. MacLysaght states that "The distinguished English family of Foley is said to be of Irish origin," but Cottle suggests that the Worchestershire family has probably another origin. (MacLysaght, Cottle, Bardsley, Turk). See also FOWLER. Traced by MacLysaght in the south Munster and Co. Roscommon, by Cottle and Bardsley in Worchestershire and neighbouring counties, and by Spiegelhalter in Devon.



At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Patrick Foley.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Thomas Foley, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Thomas Foley, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Thomas Foley, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: Thomas Foley, fisherman.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1908 - Thomas Foley.
Family History: According to an old map of Caplin Bay, Thomas Foley had several properties on the northeastern end of the Old Woman's Pond. We know very little about the early origins of the Foley family, other than the fact Thomas' father, Patrick, had been at Caplin Bay since at least 1840. Thomas Foley married Mary Healey, a daughter of Edward (Ned) Healey and Johanna Malone, probably about 1860. The Healey family initially lived at Ferryland but moved to Caplin Bay in the 1840s. It appears that Thomas and Mary Foley had five children, two sons and three daughters. I could not track their daughters, but I did locate some information on their two sons, John and Thomas (Jr.) In the Rossiter family research of the late Ray Curran, he stated that John Foley married Bridget Rossiter (both from Caplin Bay) after they emigrated to the United States. They lived in Bristol, Connecticut, and had sixteen children, six of whom died young. Most of this information is verified as factual by data recorded in the United States Census of 1900. It appears that Thomas Foley (Jr.) married Elizabeth (Bessie) Kelly of Ferryland. After the birth of one child at Caplin Bay, this couple also emigrated to the United States, settling in Bristol, Connecticut. In the Newfoundland Census of 1921 for Caplin Bay, there is no instance of the Foley surname.

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