NELLIGAN, Edward Jr.

NELLIGAN, Edward Jr.

Male 1834 - 1880  (45 years)

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  • Name NELLIGAN, Edward  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 15 Jun 1834  Ballinclare, Ballynacourty, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Immigration 20 Jun 1850  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Name Edward Nelligen  [6
    Naturalization 25 Oct 1854  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Declaration of Intention 
    • U.S. District Court.
    Naturalization 2 Nov 1855  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Petition & Oath 
    • U.S. District Court
    Died 7 May 1880  Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7, 8
    Cause: arsenic poisoning at age 44 
    Buried Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    Washington Street (Route 53)
    Weymouth, MA
    781.331.4192 
    Notes 
    • EDUCATION:

      Edward signed his Declaration of Intention by making an 'X' which suggests that he could not write.

      DEATH:


      On the morning of Wednesday, May 5, 1880, Edward Nelligan was employed at his regular occupation, that of a farm laborer, showing no indications of illness. He had a hearty dinner at noon but at about 2 o'clock p.m. he acted unwell and complained to a companion that his dinner distressed him, saying that he felt sick in the stomach. Soon after he was observed to vomit, and within an hour vomited several times. He also appeared thirsty and drank water in considerable quantity. Despite being sick, he continued to work until evening, when he was attacked with nausea, vomiting, stomach distress and excessive thirst. This continued throughout the night, preventing him from getting any rest. On Thursday morning, medical attention was called in. He was seen by two physicians, on separate occasions, who agreed that the symptoms of the case were of unusual character and severity, and indicative of inflammation of the stomach, the cause of which they were unable to explain. Death ensued Friday afternoon. The suspicions of the attending physicians were aroused, as the case was a mysterious and baffling one, and an autopsy was made over the strong objections of the family of the deceased. The stomach, a portion of the intestines and two pints of their contents were submitted to a chemist for analysis, who reported the presence of arsenic in quantities sufficient to cause death. The discovery by the chemist confirmed the physicians in their opinion that the deceased had been poisoned, and the case was so reported to the district attorney, who immediately detailed G. C. Pratt and C. T. Bailey of the district police to investigate. Suspicion and public rumors about domestic infidelity and harsh treatment pointed toward Edward's wife, Bridget, but the officers failed to find any tangible evidence in that direction. Bridget was not known to have purchased poison anywhere in the vicinity, and stoutly maintained that she never had any in her possession.

      PROBATE:

      According to the Administrator's inventory, Edward owned $188 of personal estate when he died, including a cow, a yearling, a pig, farming utensils, a cart, a sleigh, a plow, and household furniture. His real estate holdings were valued at $2230 and included "one fourth of an acre of land with a dwelling house and barn situated on Central Street in South Weymouth" and "two and three fourths acres of mowing and pasture land situated on Main Street in South Weymouth." [6, 9, 10]
    • (Research):Found a baptism of a EDMUND Nelligan born to EDMUND Nelligan and Mary Connnors. Address was given as "Duragh". Can' find this anywhere, but I did find Doorah on JohnGrenham. There was an Edmund Nelligan in Doorah in Griffiths Valuation living in the Civil Parish of Ballinvoher.
    • (Medical):The cause of death recorded in the death register of the Town of Weymouth, MA, was "acute gastritis." The 1880 US Census Mortality Scheduled listed the Edward's cause of death as "arsenical poisoning." [8, 11]

    Father NELLIGAN, Edward,   b. , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother CONNOR, Mary,   b. Cal 1798, , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1875, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 

    Spouse REED, Bridget,   b. Feb 1827, , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, , , Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1857  Randolph, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    152 1857 Nelligan Reed marriage register
    152 1857 Nelligan Reed marriage register
    MARRIAGES REGISTERED in the Town of Randolph for the Year 1857 No. [blank] Edward Nelligan and Bridget Nelligan married on 25 Dec 1857. It was the first marriage for both. At the time of the marriage the groom resided in Weymouth, was 21 years old, a laborer and listed his birthplace as Ireland. He gave his parents names as Edward and Mary. The bride resided in Weymouth, was 26 years old, had no occupation and listed her birthplace as Ireland. She gave her parents names as Martin and Mary. The couple was joined in marriage by A.L. Roche, priest. H.C. Alelese, Clerk.
    Children 
     1. NELLIGAN, Edward Thomas,   b. 20 Oct 1858, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1894, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     2. NELLIGAN, Mary Jane,   b. 19 Aug 1860, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940, , , Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +3. NELLIGAN, William Christopher,   b. 28 Jan 1862, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1936  (Age 73 years)
     4. NELLIGAN, Delia T.,   b. 6 Apr 1866, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1935, , , Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jun 1834 - Ballinclare, Ballynacourty, Co. Kerry, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 20 Jun 1850 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - Declaration of Intention - 25 Oct 1854 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - Petition & Oath - 2 Nov 1855 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1857 - Randolph, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - NELLIGAN, Edward Thomas - 20 Oct 1858 - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - NELLIGAN, Mary Jane - 19 Aug 1860 - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - NELLIGAN, William Christopher - 28 Jan 1862 - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - NELLIGAN, Delia T. - 6 Apr 1866 - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: arsenic poisoning at age 44 - 7 May 1880 - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Washington Street (Route 53)
    Weymouth, MA
    781.331.4192 - - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
    Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    152 1880 Edward Nelligan probate Adm No. 21,961
    152 1880 Edward Nelligan probate Adm No. 21,961
    Probate packet for Edward Nelligan of Weymouth who died on May 7, 1880. The Administrator was his son, Edward T. Nelligan.

    Headstones
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side A
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side A
    This stone, located in Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery, Weymouth, MA, marks the graves of Edward Nelligan (1836-1880), Deborah Nelligan Ford (aged 70), Delia T. Nelligan (1866-1935), Bridget Nelligan (1826-1912), Edward T. Nelligan (1859-1894), Ellen Nelligan (1867-1927), William C. Nelligan (1862-1936) and Mary J. Nelligan (1860-1940).

    Inscripton on base reads: NELLIGAN
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side A detail
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side A detail
    Inscription reads: EDWARD NELLIGAN  ~  DIED MAY 7, 1880  ~  AGED 44 YRS.  ~  5 Mos. 7 days. ~~ A NATIVE OF BALLIN CLARE  ~  CO. KERRY IRELAND
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side B
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side B
    Inscription reads: DEBORAH NELLIGAN FORD ~ AGED 70
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side D
    152 2011 Nelligan Family headstone side D
    ELLEN NELLIGAN  1867-1927    WILLIAM C. NELLIGAN  1862-1936    MARY J. NELLIGAN  1860-1940

    Maps
    152 1876 Norfolk County Atlas South Weymouth E Nelligan detail
    152 1876 Norfolk County Atlas South Weymouth E Nelligan detail
    This image was clipped from a color copy of the 1876 Norfolk County Atlas. It is a detailed view of the Columbian Square area of South Weymouth. Edward Nelligan's house and lot on Central Street is circled in red. [Source: Historic MapWorks]
    152 1876 Norfolk County Atlas South Weymouth E Nelligan highlighted
    152 1876 Norfolk County Atlas South Weymouth E Nelligan highlighted
    This map from the 1876 Norfolk County Atlas shows South Weymouth. Edward Nelligan's lot on Central Street is circled in red. [Source: Ancestry.com, U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, Massachusetts, Norfolk, 1876, pages 82-83]

    News
    152 1872 Edward Nelligan house fire news item Weymouth Gazette
    152 1872 Edward Nelligan house fire news item Weymouth Gazette
    This news item, which appeared on page 2, column 1, of the Weekly Gazette and Reporter on September 27, 1872, describes a suspicious fire which completely destroyed Edward Nelligan's house and barn on Sunday evening, September 22, 1872. (Source detail: "Weymouth Gazette and Reporter," Weymouth & Braintree Publishing Co., Weymouth, Massachusetts, Friday, September 27, 1872. page 2, column 1, "FIRE")
    152 1880.05.11 Sudden Death of Mr. Edward Nelligan news item Boston Post
    152 1880.05.11 Sudden Death of Mr. Edward Nelligan news item Boston Post
    This news item appeared on page 3 of the Boston Post on Tuesday, May 11, 1880.
    152 1880.05.12 Edward Nelligan death news item Portland Daily Press
    152 1880.05.12 Edward Nelligan death news item Portland Daily Press
    This news item appeared in the Portland Daily Press on Wednesday, May 12, 1880.
    152 1880.05.14 Sudden death of Edward Nelligan news item Weymouth Gazette
    152 1880.05.14 Sudden death of Edward Nelligan news item Weymouth Gazette
    This news item appeared on page 2 of the Weymouth Gazette on Friday, May 14, 1880.
    152 1880.06.09 Edward Nelligan death news item Boston Post
    152 1880.06.09 Edward Nelligan death news item Boston Post
    This news item appeared on page 3 of the Boston Post on June 9, 1880.
    152 1880.06.09 Edward Nelligan death news item Springfield Republican
    152 1880.06.09 Edward Nelligan death news item Springfield Republican
    This news item appeared on page 6 of the Springfield Republican on Wednesday, June 9, 1880.
    152 1880.06.11 Ed Nelligan autopsy results news item Weymouth Gazette
    152 1880.06.11 Ed Nelligan autopsy results news item Weymouth Gazette
    This article appeared on page 2 of the Weymouth Gazette on Friday, June 11, 1880.
    152 1880.05.12 Was He Murdered news item The Fall River Daily Herald
    152 1880.05.12 Was He Murdered news item The Fall River Daily Herald
    This news item appeared on page 2 of The Fall River Daily Herald on Wednesday, May 12, 1880.
    152 1880.06.09 Poisoned news item Boston Weekly Globe
    152 1880.06.09 Poisoned news item Boston Weekly Globe
    This news item appeared on page 5 of the Boston Weekly Globe on June 9, 1880.

    Vital Records
    152 1858 Edward Nelligan birth register
    152 1858 Edward Nelligan birth register
    152 1860 Mary Jane Nelligan birth register
    152 1860 Mary Jane Nelligan birth register
    152 1862 William Nelligan birth register
    152 1862 William Nelligan birth register
    152 1866 Delia Nelligan birth register
    152 1866 Delia Nelligan birth register
    152 1857 Nelligan Reed marriage register
    152 1857 Nelligan Reed marriage register
    MARRIAGES REGISTERED in the Town of Randolph for the Year 1857 No. [blank] Edward Nelligan and Bridget Nelligan married on 25 Dec 1857. It was the first marriage for both. At the time of the marriage the groom resided in Weymouth, was 21 years old, a laborer and listed his birthplace as Ireland. He gave his parents names as Edward and Mary. The bride resided in Weymouth, was 26 years old, had no occupation and listed her birthplace as Ireland. She gave her parents names as Martin and Mary. The couple was joined in marriage by A.L. Roche, priest. H.C. Alelese, Clerk.
    152 1866 Delia T Nelligan baptism record
    152 1866 Delia T Nelligan baptism record
    April 22nd - Baptized Delia born 6th of Edward Neligan and Bridget Reed - Sponsors WIlliam Walsh and Elizabeth Casey - A. L. Roche

  • Sources 
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      152 1880 Edward Nelligan Jr mortality schedule
      152 1880 Edward Nelligan Jr mortality schedule


    2. [S80] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.), Year: 1870; Census Place: Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts ; Roll: M593_; Page: ; Image: . (Reliability: 3).
      152 1870 US Census Edward Nelligan Jr household
      152 1870 US Census Edward Nelligan Jr household


    3. [S150] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.), Year: 1850; Census Place: Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts ; Roll: M432_329; Page: 270B; Image: . (Reliability: 3).
      152 1850 US Census Edward Nelligan Jr household
      152 1850 US Census Edward Nelligan Jr household


    4. [S405] Massachusetts - State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950 on Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.), District Court, Massachusetts > Petitions, V 17, 1855 > Pages 383-384 of 626, Edward Nelligan (Reliability: 3), 18 May 2020.
      152 1855 Edward Nelligen naturalization Petition and Oath
      152 1855 Edward Nelligen naturalization Petition and Oath
      [Declaration] UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Massachusetts District, ss. To the Honorable the Judge of the District Court of the United States, within and for the District of Massachusetts. RESPECTFULLY represents Edward Nelligan of Weymouth in said District Laborer an alien, and a free white person, that he was born in the County of Kerry Ireland on or about the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty four and is now about twenty one years of age; that he arrived at Boston in the United States of America, on or about the Twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty being then a minor under the age of eighteen years; that it then was, and still is, his bona fide intention to reside in and become a citizen of the Unite States of America, and to renounce all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, State, Potentate, and Sovereignty whatsoever - more especially to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, whose subject he has heretofore been: And the said Edward Nelligan further represents, that he has ever since continued to reside within the jurisdiction of said United States, to wit, at said Weymouth landing that he has never borne any hereditary title, or been of any of the orders of nobility; that he is ready to renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to Victoria, Queen, as aforesaid whose subject he has heretofore been; that he is attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America, and well disposed towards the good order and happiness of the same. Wherefore your petitioner prays, that he may be admitted to become a Citizen of the said United States of America, according to the forms of the states in such case made and provided. Edward his X mark Nelligan
      [Deposition of Witnesses] UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Massachusetts District, to wit: CITY OF BOSTON, 18. We William McGinney and Owen Connor of Weymouth and both citizens of said United States, severally depose and say, that we have known Edward Nelligan the foregoing Petitioner, for five years last past, during which time he has resided in said Weymouth and that he has resided within the State of Massachusetts one year at least; and has conducted himself and behaved as a man of good moral character attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed towards the good order and happiness of the same. William McGinney and Owen his X mark Connor
      [Oath] I Edward Nelligan do solemnly swear, that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatsoever - particularly to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland whose subject I have heretofore been; and that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America - So help me God. Edward his X mark Nelligan
      [Admission] United States of America. District of Massachusetts, to wit: At a District Court of the United States, Specially holden at said Boston, on the second day of November in the year of our Lord 1855, the said Edward Nelligan was admitted to become a citizen of the United States of America; and the Court ordered, that record thereof be made accordingly. ATTEST, Clerk.


    5. [S138] 1855 Massachusetts State Census, FamilySearch, (http://FamilySearch.org), Weymouth in the County of Norfolk, Reel Number: 21, Volume Number: 29, Dwelling Number: 56, Family Number: 68, line 8, Edward Nelligan (Reliability: 3), 29 May 2020.
      152 1855 MA Census Edward Nelligan in Wilson Tirrell household
      152 1855 MA Census Edward Nelligan in Wilson Tirrell household
      In the 1855 Massachusetts State Census, Edward Nelligan was 21 years old and living in the household of Wilson Tirrell, a trader. Edward listed his occupation as "trader."   *   Edward Nelligan -- age 21, male, trader, born Ireland


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      152 1854 Edward Nelligen naturalization Declaration of Intent
      152 1854 Edward Nelligen naturalization Declaration of Intent
      United States of America. To the Honorable the Judges of the District Court of the United States, at Boston, within and for the District of Massachusetts, Respectfully represents EDWARD NELLIGEN OF WEYMOUTH in said District, LABORER an alien and a free white person, that he was born in THE PARISH OF BALLY-NA-COURTY IN THE COUNTY OF KERRY, IRELAND on or about the ----- day of ----- in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and THIRTY-FOUR and is now about TWENTY years of age; that he arrived at BOSTON in the District of MASSACHUSETTS in the United States of America, on or about the ----- day of JUNE in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and FIFTY; that it then was, and still is, his bona fide intention to become a citizen of the United States of America, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince, State, Potentate, and Sovereignty whatsoever - more especially to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, whose subject he has hertofore been. He therefore prays, that this his Declaration and Intention may become a record of this Honorable Court, agreeably to the laws in such case made and provided. Edward Nelligen Massachusetts District, to wit: United States District Court, October 25, 1854. Then the above name petitioner personally appeared before the Clerk of said Court, and made oath to the truth of the facts as set forth in the above Declaration to the Court by him subscribed. Attest. S. C. Mague, Clerk.


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      152 1880 Edward Nelligan death register
      152 1880 Edward Nelligan death register
      DEATHS REGISTERED in the Town of Weymouth for the Year 1880 - No. 59, 7 May 1880, Edward Nelligan, male, married, died in Weymouth at age 44 years 6 months and 7 days from Acute Gastritis. He was born in Ireland, resided in Weymouth and his occupation was laborer. His parents, Edward and Mary Nelligan, were both born in Ireland. Place of burial is Weymouth, Mass. Recorded in May 1880.


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      152 1880.06.09 Poisoned news item Boston Weekly Globe
      152 1880.06.09 Poisoned news item Boston Weekly Globe
      This news item appeared on page 5 of the Boston Weekly Globe on June 9, 1880.


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      152 1880 Edward Nelligan probate Adm No. 21,961
      152 1880 Edward Nelligan probate Adm No. 21,961
      Probate packet for Edward Nelligan of Weymouth who died on May 7, 1880. The Administrator was his son, Edward T. Nelligan.


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      152 1880.05.14 Sudden death of Edward Nelligan news item Weymouth Gazette
      152 1880 Sudden death of Edward Nelligan news item Weymouth Gazette
      This news item appeared on page 2 of the Weymouth Gazette on Friday, May 14, 1880.