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John Kingyon Leary and Catherine M. Gallagher Mystery

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Location: Jersey City, NJ, USAmap
Surnames/tags: Leary Gallagher
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My grandfather, John Kingyon Leary, married Catherine M. Gallagher on 23 Nov 1921 in Jersey City. John was born in Peabody, KS on 20 Aug 1899; Catherine was born 22 Aug 1898, in Jersey City, NJ.

Catherine died about Jan 1929, location unknown. The family story is that John took his 2 sons, John (my father, born 1923) and Edward (born 1927), to live with friends somewhere in NJ (presumably Jersey City) and then took his dying wife into the mountains of New Jersey where she died. Her cause of death is unknown and her burial location is unconfirmed.

Approximately one year after leaving the boys with friends, John returned to Jersey City with a new wife / step-mother for the boys. This woman's name was Olive C. Hurley.

Unfortunately, Olive obliterated all reference to Catherine Gallagher, so she is a complete mystery to me. Because my grandfather and father never spoke of this history, my search for Leary genealogical information has been a struggle.

Any and all information is appreciated. Thank you.

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