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[Post Followup] [Mount Saint Joseph's Orphanage, San Francisco Board]

Posted by Jini Scammell-Tinling on Saturday, July 09, 2011 at 12:10:23 :

So to whom does one apply for information, or are the stacks open? My 3rd great grandmother, Bridget Gill Searey arrived with 2 young boys (11 months apart) born in 1852 (OR 3) and 1853 (or 4). They probably arrived before 1860. Her husband was dead. Bridget worked as a housekeeper for the parish priests. The boys attended school at the orphanage (St. Patrick's if my grandmother's data is correct). I'd like to settle this and find out if the Surname spelling was changed. John Joseph Searey was the older son, the younger one was Michael Thomas Searey. One Patrick Searey "appears" to have been their father.

Any and all help gratefully accepted. John Searey was my 2nd great grandfather. His oldest daughter, born in SF, was Alice May Searey. Her daughter, my own grandmother was Alice Anna Howell.

Thank you!!!

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