John J. Vallely (1861-1935), son of Michael Vallely and Mary Ryan, was born 21 January 1861, in Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to Grand Forks, North Dakota about 1882.
Anna Lillian (“Lila”) Moran (1861-1915), daughter of Alexander (“Sandy”) Michael Moran and Mary Ann Leavy, was born 17 May 1861, at Huntley township, Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada. She emigrated to Grand Forks, North Dakota about 1888 (and here she joined several Moran siblings who already emigrated to Grand Forks).
On 28 November 1889, at Grand Forks, North Dakota, John Vallely married Lila Moran.
The couple had four known children:
- Mary Lillilan Vallely (1896-1982)
- Margaret Irene Vallely (1898-1970)
- Alonzo Joseph (“Jack”) Vallely (1900-1983)
- Michael Alexander Vallely (1903-1947)
And here, with permission from the owner of the photograph, are the four Vallely-Moran children. This photograph is not a casual snapshot: it is a highly stylized studio portrait. It was probably taken about 1905: