John Begley in Sept. 1857 he married Margaret Leary in Scotland. The next record I can find has him, Margaret, and 4 children in New York City in the 1880 census. In 1890 they are in Oswego,NY.
John Bagley 40 yrs born Ireland, wife Margaret 29 yrs born Scotland, Mary A 7 yrs born Kings county, Alice 5 yrs born Kings county resided in 1865 in Brooklyn ward 6, Kings county, NY. 
John Begley 48 yrs, wife Margurite 37 yrs, Mary A 16 yrs born Scotland, Alice 14 yrs born Scotland, Louisa 9 yrs born NY, John 7 yrs born Pennsylvania, Francis 5 yrs born Oswego, NY, Elizabeth 1 yr born Oswego, NY resided in 1875 in Oswego, NY. 
John Begley, 45 yrs old, wife Margaret 39 yrs, Louise 14 yrs, John 12 yrs, Frank 9 yrs, Elizabeth 5 yrs resided in 1880 in Oswego, NY. 
John Begley 66 yrs old, widower, dau Louise 34 yrs, son Frank F. 28 yrs resided in 1900 in Oswego, NY. 
John Begley was my great-grandfather. I never met him. But my mother told me his story many times. I am still looking for his birth-place,parents,etc. The story as I remember it: John was born in Ireland. I don't know where, but it may have been Co. Armagh. When he was a "very young man" he ran away from home. I don't know where the family was living at that time. Ireland or Scotland. But his mother searched and found him working on a farm. Again, not sure if Ireland or Scotland. But he told his mother he would go back home with her. While she waited for him to pack his belongings he sneaked out the back door and ran away again. He never saw or contacted his family again. When he was old he told this story to his family (in Oswego,NY) because he regretted not seeing his mother again.
His life from birth (1834-1835) to marriage in 1857 is my Brick Wall. I feel that if I could find his family and fill in the past it would somehow,at least in my mind, make up for his not making amends with his mother.
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