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Alternate Spellings include: Claffee, Claffy, Clafy,
Carolina Claffey Families
Below are South Carolina Claffey/Claffy
families several of us are trying to
find more information on. If
you can offer any corrections or additions,
please email Family101@earthlink.net
Mary Margaret Claffe McArdle was
born 20 Oct 1860 in SC and died 6 Oct
1942 in San Francisco,
CA. Who were her parents?
In 1880 Patrick Claffy b @ 1841 in
Ireland was living in Charleston on Wall
St. with his wife Margaret
ClaffyIreland and their daughter Mary J. b @ 1871
in NY. Mary J. married John
A. Helander. 1920 and 1930 Charleston census
indicates Margaret H. Claffy came
to USA in 1869 and became a citizen in
1871. A man named Patrick
Claffey was living and working in Charleston in
1889 and 1890. Near
Charleston, in St. Andrews lived James Claffy b @ 1838
in Ireland. b @ 1850 in
Patrick F. Claffey served South
Carolina in the Confederate army during the
Civil War in the 1860's.
Does anyone have information on his family?
In 1870 in Charleston were
William b @ 1831 and his wife Maria b @ 1830 who
were shopkeepers. Both were
born in Ireland and had been married within the
In 1860 living in Charleston, Ward
4 was T. Claffy b @ 1837 in Ireland who was
a tavernkeeper and his wife Marianne b @ 1829. They had been
Jacob Claffy b @ 1858 in SC and
his wife Cinty b @ 1862 in SC were living in
Amelia, SC (Orangeburg Co.) in
1880. They were black. There seems to be no
record of them before or since
1880. Were they former slaves? Did they later
change their last name?
Because Sherman burned Columbia,
SC literally to the ground during the War
of Northern Aggression (called
Civil War by non-Southerners) every record in
the city was destroyed.
Fortunately, some few Columbia records were stored
in Charleston and those are about
the only documents which survive. Below
is one SC family that lived in
01-James Claffy b 1823 Kings Co.
Ireland d 30 Nov 1873
02-+Rose Eliza McKenna married
1853, d 15 July 1875
Robert Michael Claffy b July 1855 d 15 Sep 1915
+Annie Teresa Hughes b Oct 1854 SC d 1930
Robert Michael Claffy, Jr. b Apr 1881 d 15 Nov 1951
+Lorena Teresa Forde b @ 1890
Son died in infancy
Robert Forde Claffy b @ 1910
Joseph Claffy b @ 1915
Teresa Louise Claffy b @ 1917
Lillian Claffy b @ 1919
Ann Claffy b @ 1921
James Tobin Claffy b @ 1923
+Sophia Elizabeth (Betty) Price Singley
Elizabeth Singley Claffy
Thelma (Tina) Claffy
James Tobin Claffy, Jr.
Richard Forde Claffy
Thomas Hughes Claffy b 21 Feb 1885
James Frederick Claffy b Apr 1883 d 26 Nov 1932
+Bertha Rubling Claffy b @ 1896
Leonard R. Claffy b 21 Aug 1926 d 1976
James F. Claffy, Jr. b 20 Apr 1928
Mary Eliza (Ellie) Claffy Collins b Dec 1886
+George Washington Collins b @ 1874
Mary Louise Collins b @ 1909
Betty Collins b @ 1911
Ann Catherine Collins b @ 1913
Robert Joseph Collins b 1921
David Harvey Collins b 29 Jan 1926 d 5 June 2003
+Betty Prim Collins b 27 Feb 1928 d Mar 1978
Eleanor Hughes (Betty) Collins McDougall
George W. Collins, Jr. (deceased)
Clare Collins (deceased)
Mary Louise (Wee-Wee) Claffy b Jan 1889
James Henry Claffy b Feb 1858 d 3 Feb 1924
+Miss Connelly from Charleston, SC, first wife
Jennie Claffy b June 1888
+Mana Rickenbaker b Mar 1879 d 1959, second wife
Mana E. Claffyb July 1898
James Claffy d age 18 mo.
Kathleen Claffy b 1904
John Claffy b 1859, d in childhood, Columbia, SC
Annie Claffy b 1862 d 11 July1930
+Artemas Thomson Darby b 1859 d 1907
James Elliott Darby
Margaret Eliza (Lilah) Darby
Artemas Keitt Darby
Harry Northrup Darby
+Emily Hay Bates
Annie Thompson Darby
Derrill Burnham Darby d 8 Oct 1901
Francis Peter (Frank) Claffy b 1864 d 21 Dec 1942
+Mattie A. Cannon b @ 1877
Dorothy Claffy b @ 1904 in SC
Frank P. Claffy, Jr. b 21 July 1907 in SC d 6 Feb 1974
James Owen Claffy b 7 Aug 1921 in GA d June 1979
01-James Claffy need name of Irish
town or parish of birth, place of marriage,
Port of Entry and date of immigration. He worked on the Columbia Canal and
lived near St. Peters Catholic Church. He built the wall around the church, part
of which is still standing in 2005, behind the old cemetery. On 1860 census he
owned a barroom and employed a barkeeper Timothy Claffey age 26 who lived
with him. Listed as owner of slaves in 1860 SC Slave Schedule. Lived in
Columbia, SC until 1872, purchased 362 acres and moved to Ft. Motte, SC where
he and his wife died of typhoid fever. May be buried at St.
Church in Columbia, but no grave
marker found. Graves may have been covered
by church addition. Record
of Deaths in Columbia by John Glass states: "James Claffey
departed this life
November 30, 1873 in Columbia, SC aged fifty years. A
native of Kings County,
Ireland, and a resident of Columbia for a quarter of a
century. He married Miss
Eliza McKenna, by whom he had several children, four
of whom survive him. Mr. Claffey was a real genuine Irish
Catholic. Mr. Claffey
was a good citizen, and had filled the position of Alderman for two terms."
James and his wife are mentioned in the book, "Catholicity in the Carolinas".
02-Rose Eliza McKenna
(called Eliza). Record of Deaths in Columbia by John
Glass states: "Mrs. James
Claffey died in Columbia, SC July 15, 1875. The
writer did not know her."
Research into the family of Eliza McKenna is on-going. There were several
McKenna families in Charleston and in Columbia during her lifetime. Living two
houses away from Eliza and James Claffy was a Charles
McKenna age 31 who also owned a barroom and employed a barkeeper named
Michael McKenna. Both McKennas were born in Ireland.
Claffy lived on the original Ft. Motte family tract until 1891
when he purchased a cotton plantation of 722 acres in Ft. Motte known as "Rush". There is a townland of
130 acres in Kings Co. Ireland named Rusheen. In 1930
he lived in Amelia (Calhoun Co.) SC.
04-Annie Teresa Hughes
Claffy was born in SC and her parents were born in
Ireland. She was raised in a
convent in Charleston. She lived with her daughter
Mary E. Claffy Collins in Columbia after her husband died.
05-Robert Michael Claffy,
13-James Tobin Claffy lived
at "Rush" until age 11 when he moved to Eastover, SC
14-Sophia Elizabeth (Betty)
Price Singley's first husband was killed in WWII and
James T. Claffy adopted her daughter Elizabeth Singley around age
2 or 3.
21-James Frederick Claffy
lived with his sister Mary E. Collins and her family in Columbia. Sometime
between 1920 and 1930 he married and moved to Howard
St. in Spartanburg, SC where he owned a filling station. He lived
next door to
his in-laws, the Rubling family. In 1918 his WWI registration stated he was tall,
stout, blue eyes, brown hair, nearest relative Mrs. Anna Teresa Claffy, permanent
home address Ft. Motte, employer was a steel company in Cleveland, Ohio.
24-James F. Claffy, Jr.
died 19 May 2000 in Seabrook, TX
25-Mary Eliza (Ellie)
Claffy Collins was b in Ft. Motte and died in 1960's. She
was married 25 May 1908. She is buried in St. Peters Cemetery
next to Elmwood Cemetery
in Columbia, SC
Collins lived in Columbia and managed a filling station
and auto storage shop. He
owned the first filling station in Columbia, was an
alderman, temporary mayor, layed the first brick in the paved road system, put
the bell in St. Peter's Church and got the statue of Wade Hampton to the State
House grounds when no one else could figure out how to get it there. He always
led the Christmas parade on horseback or had the honor to ride with Santa, had
a racehorse named for him and helped to found the Woodyard Fund (firewood
for the poor). As a young man he came from Rockingham, NC and worked for
Robert Claffy at Rush.
27-Mary Louise Collins
married a Mr. Dillon. She died at age 93 in 2002.
29-Ann Catherine (Kitty)
Collins Heath died at a nursing home in Conway, SC
in 2005 and is buried with her
husband, Marvin Heath in Hardy, Arkansas.
31-David Harvey Collins d 5
June 2003. Seven children survive.
32-Betty Prim Collins d Mar
34-George W. Collins, Jr.
was the son of George W. Collins and his first wife
who died when George, Jr. was born. He lived with his maternal grandparents
until George, Sr. married Mary Eliza Claffy and he then lived with them and
considered her his mother. He called her "Miss Ellie".
35-Clare Collins died at
about 6 months of age.
36-Mary Louise (Wee-Wee)
Claffy died @ age 15 in Fort Motte, buried in St.
Peters Cemetery (not the cemetery
behind the church). On the 1900 census her
name is listed as Louise T. Claffy.
38-James Henry Claffy
buried Sunnyside Cemetery in Orangeburg, SC
39-Miss Connelly from
Charleston currently being researched.
40-Jennie Claffy was living
with the family of her aunt Annie Darby in 1900.
41-Mana Rickenbaker Claffy
married @ 1897, buried Sunnyside Cemetery in
46-Annie Claffy Darby
buried in Ft. Motte, SC
55-Francis Peter (Frank)
Claffy lived in Langleytown, Aiken Co, SC in 1920 and
worked as a sweeper in a cotton mill.
If you have information on these
or other Claffey, etc. families in SC,
please let me know at Family101@earthlink.net
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