Brick Wall: Thomas O’Malley of Ireland and Louisiana

The family of my great grandfather is one of my most impermeable brick walls. Charles Francis O’Malley was born 1876 in Louisiana and went west to New Mexico in around 1900, where he married Augusta Fleck.  I know his parents names and quite a bit about his possible maternal ancestry, which includes Irish revolutionaries and Cajuns.  But Charles’ paternal ancestry, and a personal connection with that branch of the family are missing.  I chip away at it this way and that, and have pieced together bits and pieces.

I have some information from the Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church records and from the Census.  The family of Mary Burke is based mostly on help from some kind descendants of some of Mary Burke’s siblings.  And although I am so glad for their help, I have not yet seen the proof that Mary Burke who married Thomas O’Malley is the same person as Mary Rosa Burke, d/o Judge Junius Burke and Alexandrine Millet.

Here is the lineage I have documentation for:

1.  Thomas O’Malley and Ellen McDermot of Ireland, were parents of

2.  Thomas O’Malley, b. 1837, Ireland; emigrated 1850; worked as a Levee Contractor d. possibly sometime around 1900 in Ascension County, Louisiana,

m1. 1865 Katherine ‘Kate’ Rush b. 1849, Ireland; d. 1872, Ascension Parish, LA; d/o Thomas Rush & Katherine Gaffney, both b. Ireland.

Children, all b. Ascension Parish, LA

3.1 John O’Malley b. 1866 (when his mother was only 16!; don’t know what happened to him)

3.2 Mary ‘Maery’ Anne O’Malley b. 1868; m. Thaddeus A. Dunn; d. probably sometime between 1905 and 1910 in Baton Rouge, LA.

m2. 1874 Mary Burke b. 1850 in Louisiana; d. sometime after 1920

Children, all b. Ascension Parish, LA

3.3  Thomas Archibald O’Malley b. 1875; m. Henrietta Louise O’Rourke; d. after 1956.

3.4  Charles Francis O’Malley b. 1876 ; m. Augusta Fleck; d. 1969 Las Vegas, San Miguel, New Mexico

3.5  Patrick Burke O’Malley b. 1878; maybe alive in 1920 in Biloxi, Mississippi, living with his mother Mary B. O’Malley?


I’ll keep chipping away!


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