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William B. Morey, Jr – 1928 Yearbook

Bill Morey’s high school yearbook photo has turned up at

I had only the vaguest recollection of him going to Boston College High School. I did recall that he was the youngest student in his graduating class, having skipped at least two grades in his earlier schooling.

The Boston College High School yearbook entry paints a distinct image of Bill in his teen years. And it included several references that continued to be part of his later life, including his fascination with physical fitness.

Here’s a reduced copy of the yearbook entry. Click the image to see it larger.

Willam B Morey - 1928 yearbook photoOr, if you’d like to save the full page from that yearbook, as showed it, right-click (on a PC) this link: Monahan and Morey – BC High Yearbook 1928.

Ellen Donnelly McLaughlin

This is a photo of Ellen “Nell” Donnelly, who became Mrs. John McLaughlin.

Ellen Donnelly McLaughlinHer sister was Jane Donnelly (Mrs. Charles Boyle), who was the mother of Mary Ann Loretta Boyle Morey.

I’m pretty sure John and Ellen Donnelly McLaughlin had just one daughter, Mary McLaughlin, who never married and — as far as I know — died without issue.

Mary was a sharp-tongued woman with long, grey hair that she pinned up. She traveled a lot, collected things for resale, and left a considerable fortune when she died… almost all of it to charity.

So, people like my father — who spent a lot of time with Mary in her late years — were kind of stunned when she left them nothing.

The thing is, she’d often mentioned “someone’s” will she’d read, and the person left everything to charity, a little here and a little there. She kept saying how it was one of the most interesting wills she’d ever seen. To this day, I have no idea if she’d copied the idea herself, or if she was simply dropping hints to everyone, describing her own will.

I liked her a lot. She was a merry woman with a hearty laugh, and she was always very entertaining. I think she had a falling-out with my maternal grandmother over some joke Mary had made, but that incident was far beyond my understanding. Mary was a fun relative, and I’d enjoyed every time she visited us.

William Bernard Morey (1871 – 1943)

William Bernard Morey — or Bernard William Morey, depending on the records — was born on 11  Aug 1871 in Brighton, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts to Cornelius Morey and Anna J. Maloney Morey, both from Co. Cork, Ireland.

Here’s a photo of Cornelius Morey and his son — my grandfather — on his knee.

My grandfather, William Morey, on his father's knee.

My grandfather, William Morey, on his father’s knee.

William — called “Billo” by the family — was described as a good kid whose dad, Cornelius, died when Billo was 10 years old. Suddenly, Billo’s mom was a widow with six children.

After that, Billo had to help take care of the family.  As Cornelius and Annie’s oldest son, Billo worked at a variety of jobs, and became good at defending himself and his family.

According to my uncle Ted (Edward Morey), when Billo was older, he went to work in New York City where some of his cousins lived.  Billo was a conductor on the street cars, and some passenger tried to pick a fight with Billo.  Ted said that there were big, wooden mallet-type pieces that the conductors used to get the street cars to go in one direction or the other.  Billo pulled one of those out and beat the unruly passenger pretty badly.  After that, Billo had to leave New York in a hurry and didn’t go back.

That’s one of the few stories Ted told me about his dad.

Here are some photos of Billo in his youth:


I’m not sure which one is William “Billo.” Back center or (especially) middle right are most likely. Photo was marked to indicate that he was in it.


Another party, and I think Billo is the man in the front row, on the right side. In that photo, he looks a lot like my dad when he was young.


Ted said his dad had worked for the gas company.  Billo was kind of a daredevil, and he was really bright.  So, he’d go into buildings where a gas leak was suspected.  Billo would close the line that was leaking, and then administer emergency first aid to revive any victims.

Here’s Billo in later life, with his wife, Mary Ann Loretta Boyle (1880 – 1960).


William B. Morey, Sr. with his wife, Mary Ann.

"Billo" Morey and his wife, Mary Ann.

“Billo” Morey and his wife, Mary Ann.

And, here’s a photo of Billo with his sons.


William Bernard Morey, Sr., and his three sons. (The boys, left to right: John “Jack” Morey, Edward “Ted” Morey, and William “Bill” Morey, Jr.)

According to Ted, his dad (Billo) came to the dinner table one evening in May 1943, and complained about not feeling quite right.  A few minutes later, he fell over, dead. It was an aneurism.  According to Ted, it looked like his dad never felt a thing.