Opinions Wanted!!

What do you think? I’m “crowd-sourcing” for an answer! I know what I think, but I may be just seeing what I want to see. Compare these two NY censuses. Do you think these are the same family? Both censuses are for the city of Albany in New York. Unfortunately (and strangely) I haven’t located a similar family in the 1860 US Census. Note: although the last name is written “KINNEY” it is really “KENNY” – this was verified by looking for KINNEYS in Albany city directories

Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1855 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Now – here is Part Two of my question: I am trying to recreate Catherine’s early life. I have NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE, immigration information (if she even was born in Ireland as she occasionally said) nor a marriage certificate. She lied on pretty much every form she completed as as adult, so her death certificate is really of little use. The question is: Do you think the Catherine in the 1855 census above is my Catherine?

Here’s what I do know:

  • Catherine was probably born between 1834-1840
  • Catherine’s mother was named Mary Allen.
  • Catherine’s father had the last name Kenney.
  • Catherine married in 1860 so she would not be in the family home in 1865.
  • Catherine had a sister named Frances (Information verified from a letter she wrote). 
  • Mary (Catherine’s mother) had a “William” listed on her probate papers as “next-of-kin” 
  • Mary named her daughters in her will: Teresa, Maria and Catherine.Frances was her executrix.
Post your opinions in the comments. I’m interested to see if I can finally solve this riddle with the help of my genealogy friends!!

2 thoughts on “Opinions Wanted!!

  1. Do you mean you have found a similar family with a Rose Ann/Rosa and no Mary in censuses other than the three I have posted so far? Supposedly, Catherine also had another sister named Maria, but I haven't found them living together at any point. Mary – the mother, was living with daughter Francis in 1880. She died somewhere around 1884.


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