Ann Toy and Jane Hamilton

By | 7 February 2016

New clues about the Toy family in Ireland are rare these days, but I recently received something interesting from a distant cousin concerning the names of the mothers of both Daniel and Rosanna.

Notes on the Tree

This bit of information comes from Hanne Huisjes in Amsterdam.  Like me, he is a Toy cousin by marriage.  His wife, Josephine Ann Kelly, was born in Wilmington, Delaware and descends from the line of Ann Toy (1821-1896) and Paul Bogan (1810-1888).  The information comes in the form of several hand-written annotations on their copy of the 1941 Genealogy compiled by Eugene I. Toy II (1904-1961) and Francis J. McLear (1880 – 1945).  Most of the original 1941 genealogies that I’ve seen have some sort of notes and marginalia added, generally to fill in the births and marriages that occurred after 1941.  My wife’s copy has a note that Paul Bogan’s wife Ann Toy was also known as ‘Nancy’.   The annotations on this particular copy are shown below.


It’s a bit difficult to read, but next to Daniel’s entry it appears to say “mother’s name: Ann Faculter”.  To the right of Rosanna’s entry, it says “mother’s name: Jane Hamilton” and “98 yrs old”.  To the left of Rosanna’s entry, it says “Called Rhoda”.

Rhoda and Rose

I particularly like the note about Rosanna being called Rhoda, because it supports my theory about the nickname and the inscription on Daniel’s grave marker.  It’s always nice to have corroborating evidence.

Names and Naming Patterns

Daniel and Rosanna had daughters named Ann (1821-1896) and Jane (1822-1909).  With a strict adherence to the Irish naming pattern, the oldest daughter would have been named after the mother’s mother and should have been called ‘Jane’.  The second oldest would have been named after the father’s mother and be called ‘Ann’.  The names are reversed in this instance, but I don’t believe that this is an argument against the validity of these names, since other versions of the naming pattern state that eldest daughter can be named after either one of the grandmothers, as a matter of family preference.  It’s also possible that the pattern was not as strictly followed for girls.

The “Faculter” Surname

Here is where I can use your help.  From what I can tell, Faculter is not a surname!  It doesn’t appear on any surname list that I’ve found (Irish or otherwise).  I’ve also attempted to search for similar names and search phonetically, but came up with nothing.  I’m pretty sure I’m reading the handwriting correctly…

So what do you think?  Have you ever heard either of these names mentioned?  Any other interpretations of the handwriting?



8 thoughts on “Ann Toy and Jane Hamilton

  1. Susan

    Hi Reese very nice I’ll have to ask around will let you know this is wounderful more family maybe one day will have a family meeting. The best to you susan

  2. Hanne

    How about Ann F. Coulter? Coulter seems to be a solid irish name. Let’s look into that.

  3. Nancy Van Dyke-Dickison

    It doesn’t seem to make sense that Rosanna Coyle Toy’s mother would be a Hamilton, unless her mother “Hamilton” was first Coyle and then remarried. I have from family records that Rosanna’s father was Michael and her mother Ann. They had three children, Rosanna being the first, then John and Patrick.

    1. Reese Post author

      Great find, Tuesday! I think the idea that Daniel’s mother’s name was some variation on Faulkner is the best suggestion yet. It’s easy to imagine the switching of the ‘L’ and ‘C’ which would make this much closer, especially when you consider all of the variations on the name Faulkner. From

      “The name Faulkner in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O’Fachtna Sept that was located in County Longford. The name was also brought to the country by settlers who arrived into the Province of Ulster, especially during the seventeenth century. Variants include Faughnan, Faulkney, Faughney, Falkiner and Falconer. “


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