52ancestors, Twomey

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week #10

Written by Amy Johnson Crow’s Challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 

Week 10: Bachelor Uncle If you want to be technical about it, an ancestor is someone from whom you descend. But there are other people in our family trees. This week’s theme of “bachelor uncle” is inspired by the brothers who never married and never had children. Another way to think of it would be a man who married late in life, the one who people thought would always be a bachelor.

We are fortune to have two bachelors in our family. Jeremiah and Patrick Twomey. They were twin brothers. They are my husband’s great grandmother’s brothers. They were born in Ardiwanig, Kerry, Ireland on April 3, 1880.

According to the census, These two arrived about 1901. They came with their mother and two sisters. They had older siblings. Daniel who stated to census to have come in 1885, Edmond in 1886 and their sister Nora in 1893 and Hannah in 1897. I believe the reason for rest the rest of the family moving later was due to the passing of their father in 1901.

The whole family started over in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I wish I had a juicy story or memory about these two but I don’t. It appears from the census records and US City Directories, that both of these men worked hard and led a great life. Both were Steamfitters for a plumbing company that worked for the Dayton’s Department Store in Minneapolis. Both appear to have lived with their mother for some time. Once she passed they lived together. At an early age of 63, Patrick passed on. Jerry lived with his sister Margaret for some time.

I have a great fondness for these men after receiving boxes of one of their nieces photos and belongings. They are in nearly every photo and at every family get together. Always smiling and looking like they are having the best time. I wish I could have been there to hear the stories and share in the good family times.

Until next week – Take Care.


  • Title U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 Author Ancestry.com Publisher Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Publisher Date 2011
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Minneapolis Ward 3, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T624_700; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1374713
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Minneapolis Ward 3, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T625_832; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 45; Image: 961

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