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I am participating in the #52Ancestors challenge. Each week I will follow a prompt and write about an ancestor.  You can join too, click the link on the top left.  The stories about our ancestors are what helps to keep their memories alive!   

This weeks prompt is MISFORTUNE.
Escaping a potato famine, losing a leg in the Civil War and later dying in an accidental home fire seem pretty misfortunate to me.  That just seems to be the lot in life for my great grandfather Jeremiah Crowley.  There is still a lot I don't know about him.  He is a very elusive ancestor with  much conflicting information.   It's misfortunate for me  that there are way too many people with the name Jeremiah Crowley in Middlesex County Massachusetts.  It makes it really hard to sort out the correct family.  Who would have guessed Jeremiah Crowley would be a common name?
The first indication of misfortune for Jeremiah is found on census records.  He immigrated from Ireland in 1851 around age six. That is po…

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