Looking at the census, I would guess they lived in the Glenville part of
Greenwich. Because around them are many woolen factory workers, and also
they are only two pages away from Samuel LeFevre, who with his father ran
Glenville Woolen Mills. The Le Fevre's had a large house right in the
center of Glenville. Also, you see a number of screw & bolt factory workers
around them, which refers to Russell, Burdsall and Ward, which was in
Pemberwick at that point, just south of Glenville. Also, a number of the
farmers in the pages near them show up on the Greenwich 1867 map in the
Glenville area. So that is the general area where your McIllvey lived.
Even in those days, Greenwich had commuters to New York City, and New York
City was intertwined with Greenwich life. The railroad had been there for
20 or 30 years, and I forget when the first station was in Greenwich, but
there were several commuter trains a day by 1870, and there was also a
station in Port Chester which was closer to Glenville, just down King
Street. This was the heyday of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall in New York
City, and Tweed lived in Greenwich, and was a colorful and generally
well-liked figure there. So it is not so surprising that some connection
between Greenwich and the city led your ancestor there for a time.
I see he was from Scotland. Most of the Scottish were Presbyterian. But I
guess his Irish wife prevailed in the choice of church :-) Perhaps Alice
was his second wife? Or the ages aren't exact in 1870? She would have been
very young when John, age 14, was born. Although my
great-great-grandmother, also living in Greenwich at that time, married at
age 15 in 1833.
Good luck in finding more clues,
East Bangor, PA
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On Behalf Of Sheila Block
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 10:18 AM
Subject: [CTFAIRFI] City Directories-Greenwich
Thanks everyone for your prompt replies. It helps me a lot.
I am struggling to find traces of my great grandparents Thomas and Alice
McAvoy who are listed with their children John and Lizzie in the 1870
Greenwich Census (as McIllvey, Alice spelled Allyce). The baby Lizzie,
was born 9 mos previous, About Oct 1869. She would have been baptized
Since they spent much of their lives in Brooklyn NY, I would love to
know what Thomas, a coachman, was doing in Greenwich.