The Hoy Family


Saint Joseph's Church, Easton PA

All of the generation born in Ireland and some of their children are buried here.




Saint Bernard's Church, Easton PA

Thomas Hoy and Elizabeth Lynch were married here.




A view of the Lehigh Canal near Glendon, PA




The Chain Dam on the Lehigh Canal near Glendon, PA.

It was at this location that James Hoy drowned in 1862.




A map of Ireland in the year 800 showing the Gaelic kingdoms.

Uladh was the original home of the Hoys before the coming of the Gall (the strangers) about 1170.

Uriel or Orial (Airgilia in irish) was the home of the Hoys from 1200 until the present day.


The coming of the Normans


The Normans invaded Ireland 100 years after they conquered England.

There were never many Normans in Ireland and they quickly married into leading Gaelic families and adopted Irish ways. It was said that they became "more Irish than the Irish".

John de Courcy invaded county Down which is marked Uliad on this map. The leading family there were the MacDuinnsleibe or MacDunlevy which were a branch of the O'hEochaidh or Hoys.

By this time, most of the O'hEochaidh had moved to county Louth which was controlled by the UaCerbaill or O'Carrolls.

It was Bertram de Verdon who invaded Louth and the Babes who built Darver castle would have been in his company.

After the initial invasion, the Norman-Gaelic families were among the leaders in the fight against the English. One of the leaders of the United Irishmen's Rebellion of 1798 was Napper Tandy. He was hidden in Darver Castle until he escaped to the United States.




The gravestone of James Hoy of the County Louth, Ireland at Saint Joseph's Church, Easton PA




The gravestone of Sarah Jane Kelly nee Hoy, the daughter of James Hoy at Saint Joseph's Church, Easton PA.

Using the word nee to indicate a married woman's maiden name comes from the Irish word ní which is pronounced nee.

It designates 'daughter of' just as mac (mc) means 'son of'.