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John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

55 Scott Street

My family, I should say families, lived in this house for four generations. It's on Scott Street in Naugatuck Connecticut in an area that was called Kelly Hill, for two reasons. An immigrant named Kelly owned almost all of the property on the hill and cut it up it up parcels and sold it to newly arrived Irish immigrants. Kelly acted as the bank, holding the mortgage until the house as paid for. In the late 1880s, my great grandfather, Cornelius Tuohy married one of the Leary daughter and the Leary family (Who owned a house a few feet away) purchased this house for them. The  Tuohy's lived there until about 1980 when the property was sold. For a short time they also owned the red house behind 55 Scott Street (Scott Street is named for the Scott family who sold the land to Kelly). That house was built in 1716.