Margaret Haughery

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Margaret Haughery (Gaffney)

Birthplace: Ireland
Death: Died in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Place of Burial: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Gaffney and Margaret Gaffney
Wife of Charles Haughery
Mother of Frances Haughery
Sister of Kathleen Gaffney; Kevin Gaffney; Thomas Gaffney; Mary Gaffney and Annie Gaffney

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About Margaret Haughery

Margaret Haughery (1813–1882) was a philanthropist known as "the mother of the orphans".

She opened up four orphanages in the New Orleans area in the 19th century. Many years later in the 20th and 21st centuries several of the asylums Margaret originally founded as places of shelter for orphans and widows evolved into homes for the elderly.

Margaret was born into poverty in Ireland in 1813, as the fifth child of William and Margaret O'Rourke Gaffney. Margaret was birthed in a stone cottage, as were her siblings. Margaret’s parents were from Tully South, in the parish of Carrigallen. Her father William was a small farmer and possibly a tailor, who owned a small shop.

Based on Irish parochial, baptismal and newspaper records,the Gaffney family lived in Tully, Carrigallen County Leitrim.

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Margaret Haughery's Timeline

October 10, 1835
Age 22
February 9, 1882
Age 69
New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States