Need information about John Bolger and Patrick Joyce

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Looking for details about the father of John Bolger. Son, John Bolger (born 2 July 1832 in ? Ireland); arrived in Grand Rapids MI in 1852. Married Mary Joyce in 1853 in Grand Rapids, MI., died 2 Aug 1906. Mary arrived from Ireland in 1848. She was born in 1833 and died 17 Aug 1900. Her father was Patrick Joyce and I would like more information about him as well. Mothers of both are unknown.

John Bolger was an adult when he treaveled to MI but Mary was only 13 so I believe it possible she came with her family.
in Genealogy Help by Pam McAllister G2G2 (2.9k points)

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In Grand Rapids census data John and Mary Bolger, both born in IRE, have children Michael and Patrick born  in PA, then Perry and Margaret born in NY.  Is this the same family?  That would mean the marriage was likely in PA.

https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3Amary~%20%2Bsurname%3Abolger~%20%2Bbirth_place%3Aire~%20%2Bbirth_year%3A1825-1836~%20%2Bany_place%3Apa~%20%2Bany_year%3A1840-1860~%20%2Bspouse_givenname%3Ajohn~%20%2Bspouse_surname%3Abolger~

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (892k points)
Thanks for trying. I have that information. Have US census from 1860,70, 80, 1900, 1910. Also have death certificates and burial information. I need information on their activity prior to 1860. Need information on parents-have only names of fathers from death certificates. Need to know mother's names and where they lived in Ireland. Need names of grandparent etc. These are very difficult to find since there are so many with the same names in Ireland.
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John and Mary Bolger, of Grand Rapids, Mi, are my great great grandparents, on my father's side.

I've just started looking into my family history and have gotten about as far as you have.  

Their son, Patrick, was my great grandfather, and their daughter, Anna, was my grandmother.  She married John E. Smith, known as "Eddie Nelson." He was a boxer in Grand Rapids, Mi.

I also, would like to find out more about John and Mary.  Who were their parents, and where in Ireland are they from.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thank you.
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