Michael McHale (1855-1932)
son of James McHale and Mary Gibbons McHale
Born 6 Aug 1855, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Son of James McHale and Mary Gibbons McHale of County Mayo, Ireland
In Philadelphia, married fellow immigrant Mary Ann Grady, Oct 6, 1887 on condition that he quit seafaring.
RESIDENCES: All Philadelphia
Before 1887 marriage, 54th St. and Thompson Sts.
In 1900 Census, with 6 children, 742 Tree St.
Purchased final home at 1532 Ritner St. on March 18, 1920.
FIRST ON TELEPHONE:
Marie McHale (Sr. Rose Alice) wrote in 1973 that when a telephone for the family of Michael and Mary Ann Grady McHale was installed at 1532 Ritner St.in the 1920's, (for son Michael's plumbing and heating business), they were the first McHale in the Philadelphia telephone directory.
Before marriage, Michael sailed as a crewman from Liverpool, England. He met his bride-to-be, Mary Ann Grady, in Philadelphia, but, according to daughter Marie, she agreed to marry only if he gave up the sea.
His occupatiion was recorded as "laborer" on his marriage license in 1887. He was listed as a packer in 1900, and rigger in 1919.
Per son James:
According to daughter Marie, Michael was the first of his McHale family to sail to America (1870's), and, she said, "he worked and saved and so brought his three brothers and a sister over."
Petitioned for citizenship Nov. 3, 1885, after completing at least the required minimum five years of residence in the country. See Certificate from 1885.
Became U.S. citizen Sept 24, 1888 before prothonatory in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas No.4. (Original certificate is retained by grandson J.L.McHale.)
The sixCHILDRENof Michael and Mary Ann (all born and died in Philadelphia) were:
1. James Joseph McHale b. 6 Sept 1888 - d.7 Aug 1970
CENSUS : In 1910 U.S. census, the name was misspelled McScale.
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