The Foley family came from the townland of Breanamore (sometimes spelled Brenamore) in the parish of Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. The farthest back we can trace the Foleys is to Michael, the father of Anne below. We are only assuming that her father's name was Michael because in Griffith's Valuation (carried out in 1857 and 1858 for Roscommon), the only record for a Foley in Breanamore is for a Michael. In the 1901 census, there is no return for any Foley family in Breanamore.
It is thought that Anne's father was a pig exporter.
It is possible that Anne's mother's name was Bridget Doherty because a baptismal record has been located on the FamilySearch website for an Ann Foley of Tibohine, Co. Roscommon (not far from Castlerea), daughter of Michael Foley and Bridget Doherty, who was christened on 4 May 1839 in Loughglynn. This date ties in with the year of birth of 1839 previously provided to me by family sources for our Anne Foley.
According to a family source, a Foley headstone in Clonard (also spelled Cloonard) Cemetery in Co. Roscommon is the burial place of Anne's father. The same source has told me that Anne's father died in Yorkshire, England (I do not know if this information appears on the headstone). If Anne's father was a pig exporter then I suppose it is possible that he may have done some travelling to Yorkshire. However, I have not yet managed to visit Clonard/Cloonard Cemetery, and, as I have no more information on Anne's father, I am unable to research this further at the moment. If anyone is visiting this cemetery in the near future and has time to search for the Foley grave I would be very grateful if you could send me details of the headstone inscription. could you please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Thank you.
The Foley surname comes from the Irish surname 'Ó Foghladha', from 'foghlaidh' meaning 'pirate' or 'marauder'. The name originated in Co. Waterford and from there spread to counties Cork and Kerry. The name is most common now in these three counties, although it is numerous generally throughout the southern half of the country.