01 Jul 2022

Looking for Tobin and Caulfield ancestors

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

I am desperately seeking information on my Irish ancestors. My mother, Dolores “Taffy” Logan Reese, had Alzheimer’s and it would make her very anxious that she could not remember where her grandparents had come from in Ireland, when she knew that she once had known the info.

She was so very afraid that she too would be forgotten. I wasn’t able to locate this information before she passed away but I have decided to keep trying in her memory. I believe I have exhausted all the resources I can find here in the USA. I am hoping to find someone in Ireland that can help or at least offer suggestions. I know my mother had taken my sister and I (ages 7 & 8) to Ireland to meet some of her distant relatives in their home towns. I know they have to be out there but can’t figure out how to find them. All the photos were lost in a fire.

James Caufield Logan, born somewhere in Ireland 1844 but I don’t know where. His mother was Mary Caufield and father was Thomas? Logan. Everything I have been able to find just lists “Ireland” and no county or town, one piece does state “free Ireland.” Immigrated 1860 to USA and settled in Philadelphia, 1889 intention to become a citizen,1904 naturalization. Died 25 Feb 1926 just outside Philadelphia in Ridley Park Heights, PA at Our Lady of Peace Church

1884 James Caufield Logan married Mary Margaret Tobin in Philadelphia, Roman Catholic.

Mary Tobin was born 9 May 1867 Harristown Graigue Graiguenamanagh Co. Kilkenny, (I believe this is her but not 100% sure) and baptized 12 May 1867, father Joseph Tobin and mother Mary Dwyer (would love to trace them back to where they came from, dates, etc.)

Mary Tobin 1881 immigration to USA, settling in Philadelphia, PA. Mary Tobin passed away on 16 Oct 1918 in Philadelphia: children of James Caufield Logan and Mary Tobin all born in Philadelphia, PA, USA; Thomas Philip Logan 1886-1964 (my grandfather); Margaret Mary Logan 1888-1963; James Caufield Logan, Jr 1890-1943 and Philip Neri Logan 1892-1981

My mother’s grandparents did not marry in Ireland, but in Philadelphia, so they might not have even known each other over there. I do know they married in a Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia but the listing doesn’t state their parents’ names or more detail than “place of birth, Ireland.” Also have had no luck finding out what ships they came over on or even where they landed. I do believe they were very poor, so land records in Ireland might not work. Is there any way to write to every Logan and Tobin in Ireland today? (only sort-of kidding) Or a place to post an ad for information--some newspaper or such? I do have a detailed (USA side) tree on where most of my scanned documents for each person is under the “stories” on their individual pages. Any suggestions on where I might find information?

Thank you so very much for any help,

Yours etc.,

Judy Reese

1304 Edwards Lane, Apt D


Virginia 24112,


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