Blacksod Bay Assisted Emigration Sailings

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John, Rose (Cormack) Hogan Family, Rossport to Connecticut. SS Prussian 1883

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“Rose Hogan (nee Cormack) was my great, great aunt, born in Rossport, Co Mayo; she emigrated with her husband, John Hogan, and their five children to America, thanks to the free emigration in 1883. They settled in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut.”
Teresa Jackson

Thank you to Teresa for leaving a message, on our main Blacksod Bay Emigration Site. Other County Mayo families of Erris and Achill, with onward destinations to Connecticut, also left directly from Blacksod Bay. Work in the Cotton Mills had been secured for many of the families prior to leaving County Mayo.
Erris Families : John, Cath Tougher, Tip, Belmullet to Grosvenordale SS Phoenician 1883  : Anthony, Mary Keane, Dooyork to Grosvenordale SS Phoenician 1883  : Owen, Rose Mullowney, Rossport to Grosvenordale SS Prussian 1883  : Patrick, Ellen Cafferty / Cafferky, Muingmore, Glencastle to Grosvenordale SS Prussian 1883  : Anthony, Cath Healy Rossport / Rossdough to Grosvenordale SS Canadian 1884 . Achill Families Michael, Bridget McGinty Meelan Achill Island SS Waldensian 1883 : Edward, Margaret Carrigan, Valley, Achill. SS Phoenician 1884.

The 1900 US Federal Census sees the Hogan and McGinty families are still in Connecticut. The Tougher, Keane and Mullowney families, are now employed in the Textile Mills of Cumberland Town, Providence, Rhode Island.
The Cafferty / Cafferky and Healy families are in the Paper Mills of Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Carrigan family are settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
Families working in the Cotton Mills, had employment as Cotton Weavers, Cotton Operatives, Mule Spinners and Spooler Tenders. The Paper Mill employees, are seen as Paper Makers, Paper Cutters and Paper Counters.


Bryan, Margaret (Curregan) McManmon Family, Tonatanvally, Achill Island to Cleveland, Ohio (via Quebec)

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Bryan McManmon, his wife Margaret and family, Margaret, Mary, Hugh, Julia and Anne, lived in the townland of Tonatanvally, (Tóin an tSeanbhaile) Achill Island. The McManmon family boarded the Allan Line Steamship SS Scandinavian in May of 1883. More Achill families from the same townland, were also on the sailing, including Doogans – Dugans, Gallaghers and English.   A Mangan family from Doogort was also embarking with them. On the Ship’s Manifest it stated “no destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers”. Although no destinations were given, the Achill Islanders were headed for Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Where there was an established Achill Community.

The McManmon Family settled in Cleveland, where their daughter Margaret, married James Kilbane. James was the son of Mary Kilbane from Dooega, who emigrated with her family James, Bridget, Mary, Edward, Patrick and Sabina onboard SS Canadian in 1883, also via Quebec to Cleveland.

Thomas Arthur and wife Gloria travelled from Cleveland, Ohio, back to Tonatanvally, (Tóin an tSeanbhaile) Achill Island and to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Blacksod. Thomas is a great, great grandson of Bryan and Margaret McManmon. Another daughter Bridget McManmon had earlier emigrated to Scotland and married William Smith. (parents of Thomas’s Grandmother Margaret) they too settled in Cleveland.  McManmon, McManamon, McManimon and McManaman are just some of the many spelling variations of the surname. Many thanks to friends in Achill, who met up with, and gave such a warm welcome to Thomas and Gloria on their visit. “Go raibh míle maith agat”

Same sailing and townland

Gallagher Sisters & Family, The Valley, Achill Island

James, Annie Dugan (Doogan) and Family Tonatanvally, Achill Island

Newport West families, with the names Lynn – Lunn of Derrycooldrim, McLoughlin from Roskeen, Kerrigan Gortfahy and Conway from Mulranny, were travelling on the same voyage. 1900 sees all the afore mentioned and Achill Families, living near one another in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

In 2003 Achill was twinned with the City of Cleveland, Ohio. 


Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and Family, Inishbiggle Island to Elroy, Wisconsin.

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Jennifer Donnelly Helbach and husband David, recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, travelling from Colorado, U.S.A. back to County Mayo. Jennifer’s Great Grandparents, Thomas and Bridget Donnelly and children were from Inishbiggle,  a small island, nestled between Achill Island and mainland Ballycroy. The Donnelly children Mary 13, Bridget 11, Anne 9, Margaret 8, Catherine 5 and Thomas age 6 months, with their parents, boarded SS Canadian on the 13th April 1883. So began, a life-changing journey. A journey that would take them from their island home, to Elroy, Juneau County, Wisconsin. On the 1900 U.S. Census Thomas Snr. is working on the Railroad and Patrick, Jennifer’s Grandfather, born in Elroy, is attending school. “Céad Míle Fáilte ” Jennifer and David, who, with extended family and friends also visited the Centre in 2014. Link to the Donnely Family (Note: Manifest spelling is Donnely)



Pat, Cath (Dixon) Monaghan Family, Leam, Binghamstown to Warren, Rhode Island. SS Waldensian

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On the 22nd of June 1883 Pat and Cath (Dixon) Monaghan, with their seven sons, Michael, Anthony, John, Patrick, William, Peter and Thomas, boarded SS Waldensian. A life changing journey lay ahead of them. The Monaghan family were travelling from their small village of Leam, situated on the Mullet Peninsula to Warren, Rhode Island U.S.A. When the Waldensian arrived at Boston on the 4th of July, the Monaghan family continued their journey onwards, to Warren, for work at the Textile Mills.

One of the seven Monaghan brothers, was William age five, on leaving his village. Many years later another William Monaghan stood in the village of Leam……… in his Grandfathers footsteps. William H. Monahan (3rd) grandson of William, travelled from Vermont, U.S.A. with his daughters and sister Maryagnes, Granddaughter of William. Maryagnes made the journey from New Hampshire, U.S.A.

The name Monaghan became Monahan in the United States. Other families leaving from Blacksod, on the same sailing were also travelling to Rhode Island. A Michael and Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family, also left from the same village, onboard SS Austrian for Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and Family, Inishbiggle Island to Elroy, Wisconsin

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Judy Sebranek and husband Pat, from Wisconsin, U.S.A. pictured on their recent visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod. Thomas and Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly were Judy’s Great Grandparents.

The Donnelly Family lived on the small Island of Inishbiggle, situated between Achill Island and Ballycroy, County Mayo. Thomas, Bridget and children Mary, Bridget, Anne, Margaret, Catherine and Thomas, made the voyage onboard SS Canadian 13th April 1883, with an onward destination stated as Wisconsin. The Donnelly Family settled in Elroy, Wisconsin, where Judy’s grandfather Patrick was born. The Donnellys worked on the Railroad.

Judy and Pat, with extended family and friends also visited in 2014. Welcome back again. Céad Míle Fáilte.

William, Annie (Geraghty) Cawley, Lurgacloy, Mullet Peninsula to Rushville, Indiana. SS Nestorian

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William Cawley, with his wife Annie (Geraghty) and family William, Michael, Cath, Frank, James, Margaret, Maria and Anthony, emigrated on the 30th March 1883 onboard the Allan Line Steamship Nestorian. The Cawley family were from Lurgacloy, near Drum, on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. The family’s onward destination, on reaching Boston, was to Rushville, Indiana.

Annie Geraghty’s parents were James and Bridget (Lynch) Geraghty, from Termoncarra, in the North of the Peninsula. Annie’s siblings had also emigrated, before the Assisted Emigration, to Rushville.  Her brother Lawrence Geraghty was a well-known Blacksmith there.

Carole Thomson and daughter Carolyn travelled from New York State, back to Blacksod Bay.  Carole’s Great, Grandmother was Margaret Cawley aged 8, when she boarded the Nestorian, along with her parents and siblings. Many thanks to all, who met with Carole and Carolyn at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre. Thank you also to Jim Hufferd, Massachusetts, (Grandson of Cath) for preserving the family history and keeping the Cawley Geraghty Families, in touch with their Erris roots.

(On the 1900 U.S. Federal Census the Cawley family were known as Cauley)

Peter, Honor (Gallagher) Murphy Family. Corclough East, Belmullet to Montana. SS Phoenician 1883

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The Murphy Family were from Corclough East, situated on the outskirts of Belmullet Town.

Patrick Murphy was just six months old, when he and his brother James age three, along with parents Peter and Honor Murphy,  boarded SS Phoenician  on the 27th April 1883. The boys’ Aunt Sabina,  also accompanied the family on the voyage. Honor (Gallagher) Murphy and her sister Sabina, were originally from Tawnaghmore, Belmullet.

After fourteen days at sea, the Allan Line Steamer Phoenician, arrived in Boston on the 10th May 1883. The Murphy family including Sabina, were headed for Montana, as were  the families of Pat and Bridget (Sullivan) Loftus  also Michael and Sabina (McKeown) Murray,  from Tip, Belmullet.

The 1900 United States Census, sees the Murphy family living in Chestnut, Gallatin County, Montana.

Patrick Murphy was the Grandfather of David Murphy and Megan Murphy Deebach. Great Grandfather also of Erin and Megan Murphy and Griffin Deebach. Patrick’s descendants travelled from Washington State and Tennessee, back to their roots in Corclough East and Tawnaghmore.

Descendants returning and meeting with present day relatives. Re-establishing a bond, broken so many years ago. Photograph: Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachleim, Blacksod.

Other families of Erris and Achill, who boarded the same sailing at Blacksod, were destined for Hudson Wisconsin: Lost Creek and Shenandoah Pennsylvania: Chicago, Illinois: Grosvenordale Connecticut: St. Paul, Minnesota: Cleveland & Leetonia Ohio and Worcester Massachusetts.

Peter, Rose (Barrett) McAndrew Family, Glencastle to Erin Prairie, Wisconsin. SS Prussian

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Bill and Jerrilyn McAndrew at Elly Bay, an inlet of Blacksod Bay, County Mayo.

Peter and Rose McAndrew with their family Anthony, Anne, John, Henry (Harry), Helen, Cath, Twins Rose and Bridget, and Mary, (another Rose McAndrew was also travelling with the family) ranging in age from twenty to ten months, boarded SS Prussian on Friday 11th May 1883 at Blacksod Bay. The older children were born in Ederglen, near Glencastle. By 1883 the family were living in Glencastle (Belmullet-Erris Region).

The McAndrews arrived at the Port of Boston twelve days later, Wednesday 23rd May. An onward destination for the family was stated as Baldwin, Wisconsin. On the 1900 U.S. Census, Peter, Rose and family were farming, in Erin Prairie. Three of the girls were teachers. As with many families, who left these shores, given the chance and opportunities, they prospered. On the same sailing as the McAndrews, a Willis/Wills family, from the Mullet Peninsula, also with a destination to Baldwin, settled and farmed in Erin Prairie. Other ships of the “Allan Line” leaving from Blacksod, brought families by the name of Kennedy, Lavelle, O’Rourke, O’Boyle, McGuinty and Donnelly to Fond du Lac, Elroy, Tiffany and Erin Prairie in Wisconsin.

Bill and Jerrilyn McAndrew, from Colorado, U.S.A. recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre in Eachléim. Bill is a Grandson of John McAndrew, aged 16 on leaving Blacksod Bay.

The Belmullet-Erris region has a strong connection with Erin Prairie. Many of the families, who emigrated during the 1840s, including Barretts, McNallys and Stephens, also Geraghtys in the 1900s, settled in St Croix County and farmed in Erin Prairie. Many of our local families are now laid to rest in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Erin Prairie,

Michael, Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family, also Pat, Mary and Sarah (O’Reilly) Dixon, Leam, Binghamstown to Minneapolis, Minnesota. SS Austrian

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Mike and Marji at Blacksod Memorial Garden

In May 2017 Mike Bailey and his wife Marji travelled from Minneapolis, Minnesota, back to the village of Leam on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Mike’s ancestral home. Mike’s Grandmother Sarah, (Sadie)  also travelled in the month of May, from Leam to Minneapolis in the year 1883.

At the tender age of  only 4 months, with her parents Michael and Anna,  siblings Mary 10, John 8, Pat 7, Margaret 5, and Michael 3,  all boarded the SS Austrian on Friday 25th May 1883. Sarah’s maternal grandparents, Pat and Mary (O’Reilly) Dixon, and  her aunt Sarah, were also travelling with them. All bound for Boston, headed for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Three generations of the Barrett – Dixon family left that day, embarking on a life changing journey.

As mentioned in  earlier posts, more  descendants, of the Barrett – Dixon families, travelling  from the states of Minnesota,  Colorado and Oregon, have also visited the Mullet Peninsula. Thank you to Thomas J. Barrett, descendant of Sarah’s sibling Anthony (born in Minneapolis), who has been corresponding with the Centre for many years, and kindly shared research of his ancestors’ journey with us.

Mike and Marji Bailey are members of “the Center for Irish Music” at the (Celtic Junction) Arts Centre, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Message received from Mike and Marji Bailey 30th May 2017

Love to gather with other descendants of The Mullet. My great-great grandparents, and great grandparents came to Boston and onward to Minneapolis, Minnesota. They came on The Austrian in May 1883. Sarah/Sadie was the youngest child of Michael and Anna Barrett. Sarah, also known as Sadie, was my grandmother. The Blacksod Bay descendants were shared with me and my wife on a visit with Rosemarie Geraghty at the Ionad Dierbhile Heritage Centre in Aghleam, The Mullet, Co. Meigh O, Ireland in mid-May 2017. All of the research Rosemarie had done brought my long ago family home to me. What a tremendous gift she has wrought from the immense collection of details. Many thanks Rosemarie. I have so much to share with my Barrett cousins and be sure I will. We are many and all over the world now. I hope to hear more if a gathering of descendants of the S.S. Austrian. Today is Tuesday 30 May 2017 and we have recently returned to our home in Minneapolis, MN. All the best, Mike and Marji Bailey.

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty & Family, Drum, Binghamstown to Minneapolis. SS Nestorian

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Annie Geraghty, daughter of Henry & Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty along with her family, Mary age 24, Pat 22, Ellen 20, Kate 18, James 9, Annie 6 and Lizzie 4, emigrated from the townland of Drum, near Binghamstown, situated on the Mullet Peninsula.  The Geraghty family left onboard SS Nestorian 30th March 1883. No destination was stated for the family, on the ship’s manifest.

The 1885 Minnesota State Census shows Ann and husband Henry “Garrety, Garrity” (who may have travelled out before the family) also Mary, Patrick, Kate, James, Annie and Elizabeth, living in Minneapolis. The family continued to make Minneapolis in Hennepin County, their new home. (The Geraghty surname for many families leaving Mayo at this time and later, often became known as Garrity).

We are fortunate to have Bob, Mary and Ruth, descendants (respectively) of Patrick, Kate, and Annie Geraghty, three of Ann’s children onboard the sailing, in contact with the site. Ruth, kindly shared the beautiful photograph of her Grandmother Annie. Descendants of Henry and Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty in the U.S. would like to contact present day relatives. Anne (Gaughan) Geraghty’s parents were Malachy Gaughan and Ann Lavelle (source descendants)

Through the ongoing research, almost all the families who boarded SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, 30th March 1883 are remembered in some way. This may be by descendants, or finding a Birth, Baptismal or Marriage Record, sourced here in their ancestral homeplace of County Mayo. Also with the absence of relevant Census records, we sometimes have to wait a while to find family members again, (Thankfully not too long for the Minnesota State Census 1885, to show our Mayo families who settled there) When we re establish that bond, we then re discover  part of our community, having forged out a future for themselves and children in the US and Canada, and being proudly remembered by their families today.

Thank you to everyone, who continues to make, re establishing this  bond possible, by interacting with the website.




Most recent, descendants’ messages, in reply to posts

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Bryan, Mary (Reilly) Carey Family, Aughadoon, Belmullet to Lost Creek, Pennsylvania. SS Corean 1884

My ancestors settled in Centralia, Pa. very close to Lost Creek. My ancestors were the Ned Lavelle family and crossed on the SS Nestorian March 30, 1883. I am writing a family history of the Lavelle family and have documented and told the story of all who came over. If you would like to share, so would I.

John Eyre


Jordan, Barrett, Cawley, Geraghty Families, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo to Rushville, Indiana.  (SS Nestorian & SS Waldensian)

My Grandmother Annie Geraghty (Garrity) was on this ship also. I wonder if we are related, as her [mother] was Anne Gaughen. [My Great-Grandmother]

Ruth Gaytan


Variations of Surnames. BLACKSOD BAY Main Website.

Another variation of Togher is Taugher. Pat Taugher of Shraigh,Bunniwillan area married my grandfather’s sister, Mary Dent, Grand-daughter of Ned Barrett from his first wife, Nappy Gaughan. The Taughers went to Holyoke and later settled near there in South Hadley, MA.

Richard Le Maire  (Richard’s ancestors Ned Barratt & Family boarded SS Nestorian and settled in Pennsylvania.)


Anthony, Mary McManmon and Family, Tallaghanduff, Doohoma to St. Paul, Minnesota SS Waldensian

My great grandfather, Patrick James mcmanmon left blacksod bay on the Nestorian in 1883 for Boston. He ended up staying in Massachusetts.

Peter McManmon

Hoping to plan a reunion in the U.S.

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Highlighting a greeting from Jane Kennedy, received December 24th and included as a comment. (just in case anyone missed it) Jane’s family were Anthony, Mary (Reilly) Kennedy and children, who left from Cross, Binghamstown, Belmullet.

“Merry Christmas to everyone at Ionaddeirbhile Heritage Center and to all of the descendants (especially those who traveled with my family on the SS Austrian in May 1883). I’m hoping to plan a reunion in the U.S. in 2017 for descendants who traveled on this ship – but all descendants are welcome!”


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James, Ellen (Cormick, Coristine) O’Malley Family. Doolough to Warren, Rhode Island. SS Phoenician 1884

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Barbara (Coristine) Klein

Barbara (Coristine) Klein from California at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre.

James O’Malley and wife Ellen (Cormick, Coristine) O’Malley, with their family Thomas, Anne, James, Pat, Hugh, Charles, Rose and John, emigrated on board SS Phoenician from Blacksod Bay on the 2nd May 1884. Ellen’s  late husband was James Coristine, son of Charles Coristine of Belmullet. Their children Thomas, Anne, James, Pat, Hugh and Charles travelled under the name of O’Malley. Rose and John were children of Ellen’s second marriage to  James O’Malley. Members of the family were living in Warren Town in 1900, working at the Textile Mills.

Barbara (Coristine) Klein is the great granddaughter of Thomas Coristine.  Barbara and husband James made the journey back to Blacksod and Doolough in Erris, from California.

The SS Phoenician Passenger list appears to have Ellen listed in error as Edward. A family travelling together, is more likely to be found and accurately recognized, by other members of the sailing party (as seen with the Coristine – O’Malley Family).  Later in May 1884 on board SS Prussian, several other families left Erris, for the Textile Mills of Warren Town.  

Michael, Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family. Leam, Binghamstown to Minneapolis, Minnesota. SS Austrian

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Kevin Barrett Harlander, is a Great, Great Grandson of Michael Barrett and Anna (Dixon), who, with their six children, boarded the SS Austrian 25th May 1883 at Blacksod Bay. He can even go back another generation as his Great, Great, Great, Grandparents,  Pat and Mary Dixon with their daughter Sarah, were also leaving along with their son in law, Michael and daughter Anna.

Rosemarie, Kevin and Anna

Rosemarie, Kevin and Anna

Kevin  and Anna Bird  travelled from Portland, Oregon back to his ancestors’ birthplace of Leam, on the Mullet Peninsula. Other descendants, of the Barrett – Dixon families, have also visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre. This includes Kevin’s brother Connor in 2013 from Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Scheurer – Moloney family earlier this year, travelling from Denver, Colorado. Thank you to all descendants who travel a great distance, back to their ancestral home place.

Descendants of Mullet Peninsula Families “SS Austrian” meet up in St. Paul, Minnesota

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Amongst the families leaving onboard SS Austrian from Blacksod Bay on the 25th May 1883, were  Anthony and Mary (Reilly) Kennedy and family from Cross, also Denis and Bridget (Lavelle) Ginnelly and family of Morahan.

Our community leaving at that time in history, were all united in a shared hope, that of a brighter future for their children. Descendants of the Kennedy and Ginnelly (McGinley) families met up in St. Paul, Minnesota to remember their ancestors’ journey from Blacksod Bay to the United States. (and their shared history) In the photograph are Jane Kennedy, descendant of Anthony and Mary Kennedy also Kathryn Dreier and Rick Goffin descendants of Denis and Bridget Ginnelly.

Many thanks for sharing this.

Frank, Sarah (McKeon) Tougher Family. Tipp, Belmullet to Ontario, Canada. SS Scandinavian 1883

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Max Leighton, descendant of Frank, Sarah (McKeon) Tougher Family, who boarded SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay. A family of our Community remembered at Blacksod Memorial Garden

Max Leighton, Toronto, descendant of Frank, Sarah (McKeon) Tougher and Family, who emigrated onboard SS Scandinavian in 1883, remembered at Blacksod Memorial Garden

Researcher Rosemarie Geraghty and Max at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Researcher Rosemarie Geraghty and Max at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Frank and Sarah with their family Anthony, Bridget, Francis, James, Michael and Ellen left Blacksod Bay  onboard SS Scandinavian 22nd April 1883 for the port of Quebec.  Other families of Erris, Achill and also the same townland of Tipp, made the voyage together. The manifest stated “No destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers”. On the 1891 Census of Canada, the Tougher family are living at Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario. As with many Toughers arriving in the United States, the name Tougher in Canada,  became Tucker.

Bridget Tougher  was age fourteen when she travelled from Tipp to Canada with her parents and siblings.  Max Leighton, a great, great grandson of Bridget, made the journey back to Tipp from Toronto. Thank you to Phil McIntyre, for kindly guiding everyone around the townland of Tipp.

Richard Rook, a descendant of John and Cath (Murray) Tougher of Tipp, was also visiting the Centre from Massachusetts, with his wife Dyan.  John, Cath and   family, emigrated a week after Frank and Sarah, onboard SS Phoenician from Blacksod Bay. Max, Richard and Dyan also attended a Tougher Family Re-union, organized by Anna Lynskey  and held in Cartron, at Turas Siar Irish Language, Culture Research and Genealogy Centre ran by Pap and Catherine Murphy.

Max, Anna, Richard and Dyan.

Max Leighton, Anna Lynskey, Richard and Dyan Rook at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim.

In April 1883 two families left from the same townland on different ships, one to the United States and the other to Canada. On a weekend in October 2016 a descendant of each of those families met up on the Mullet Peninsula, where it all began.

Descendants sharing a common bond and history.


John, Cath (Murray) Tougher Family. Tipp, Belmullet to Grosvenordale, Connecticut. SS Phoenician 1883

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Richard and Dyan Rook at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre.

Richard and Dyan Rook,  Massachusetts, at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre.

On Friday 27th April 1883 John and Cath (Murray) Tougher with their family, left Tipp, Aughalasheen, Belmullet, to set out on a life changing journey. The Tougher family boarded the SS Phoenician at Blacksod Bay for Boston. On arrival,  John, Cath and children journeyed onwards, to Grosvenordale Textile Mills in Connecticut. The Tougher family, were especially mentioned in the Tuke Report, referring to the arrival of the Phoenician, featured in the Boston Daily Advertiser. By 1900 the Toughers were in Cumberland Town, Rhode Island working in the Textile Mills, with younger children being educated at school. The name Tougher also became known as Tucker in the United States.

Tom, Rchard and Dyan

Tom, Richard and Dyan

Richard, Rosemarie (researcher) and Dyan

Richard, Rosemarie (researcher) and Dyan

Richard Rook, wife Dyan and friends from Boston, Massachusetts, visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre in Eachleim, Blacksod. Richard’s grandfather Thomas, was age seven  on leaving his home in Tipp with his parents and siblings.

Local man Tom Keane, was also at the Heritage Centre to meet with Richard and Dyan. Tom is a descendant of the Murray family. Thank you to Ms. Phil McIntyre for making this connection and also being with us at the Heritage Centre.

Max Leighton a descendant of  another Tipp family, Frank and Sarah Tougher,  who emigrated onboard the SS Scandinavian, was also visiting the Centre.

Richard, Dyan and Max  also attended a Tougher Family Re-union, organized by Anna Lynskey and held in Cartron, at Turas Siar Irish Language, Culture Research and Genealogy Centre ran by Pap and Catherine Murphy

In April 1883 two families left from the same townland, on different ships, one to the United States and another to Canada. On a weekend in October 2016 a descendant of each of those families met up on the Mullet Peninsula, where it all began.

Max, Anna, Richard and Dyan.

Max Leighton, Anna Lynskey, Richard and Dyan Rook , visiting Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim

Descendants sharing a common history.

“Thank you to descendants of other families, also on this sailing of SS Phoenician who have connected with Blacksod Bay Emigration”.

The Mullet Peninsula (Erris), looking across to Achill Island.

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Sharing with descendants, a video clip taken recently, October 2016 by Eamon Mangan.

We see the southern tip of the “Mullet Peninsula” showing Blacksod and the Memorial Garden, dedicated to the memory of the families who emigrated in 1883-84. The clip shows clearly the route the ships of the “Allan Line” would have taken on leaving Blacksod Bay.  With the Lighthouse to starboard, Achill Island to port, the Atlantic Ocean lay ahead and a life changing journey began.

Blacksod, Southern Mullet Peninsula

Erris Head, Northern Mullet Peninsula

Thank you to Eamon (a good friend and supporter of the Blacksod Bay Emigration Project) for sharing this with us.

Bryan, Mary (Reilly) Carey Family, Aughadoon, Belmullet to Lost Creek, Pennsylvania. SS Corean 1884

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carey-descendants-ss-corean-1On the 10th of May 1884, the Allan Line Steamship SS Corean lay anchored in Blacksod Bay, awaiting her passengers. One of the families boarding the ship that day, was Bryan Carey with his wife Mary (Reilly) and young son Robert. The Carey family lived on the north of the Mullet Peninsula, in the townland of Aughadoon. When the family arrived at the port of Quebec on the 22nd of May, Bryan, Mary and Robert continued their journey onwards to Lost Creek, Pennsylvania.

carey-descendants-ss-coreanGranddaughter, Helen Marie Keogh and her family, travelled from New York back to Aughadoon, the homeplace of their ancestors. Thank you to Ms. Phil McIntyre for kindly connecting the Carey Family with present day relatives. Thanks also to the Carey Family descendants for sharing their photographs.

Many County Mayo families boarding SS Corean at Blacksod Bay, were “ticketed” to destinations in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Montana.

Anthony, Ellen (McAndrew) Noone Family, Tallagh, Belmullet to Warren, Rhode Island. SS Prussian 1884

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Anne Noonan is a Granddaughter of Edward Noone aged 4 on leaving Tallagh, Belmullet

Anne Noonan, Granddaughter of (Ned) Edward Noone

On the 30th May 1884 at Blacksod Bay, Anthony and Ellen (McAndrew) Noone along with their 10 children Bridget 17, Pat 15, William 14, Michael 13, Ellen 11, Mary 8, Anne 6, Cath 5, Ned (Edward) 4 and Peter 8 months, boarded the “Allan Line” steamer SS Prussian. When the anchor was lifted on leaving Blacksod Bay, the Prussian did not call at Galway. As Blacksod Lighthouse and Achill Island faded into the distance, the ship headed straight across the Atlantic Ocean, “next stop” being the Port of Boston, 9th of June.

Anthony, Ellen and Family had an onward destination stated as Warren, Rhode Island. In Rhode Island, members of the Noone (Noonan) family worked in the Textile Mills. By 1900 the family were living in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Anne Noonan is a Granddaughter of (Ned) Edward Noone, who left Tallagh Belmullet aged 4 years old. Anne and husband Jim travelled from Westport, Massachusetts, to visit the birthplace of  Anne’s Grandfather, Great Grandparents and generations before them.

Other local families by the name of Phillips, Bourke and Doherty, were also travelling on the same voyage to the Textile Mills of Warren, Rhode Island. We thank Diane Heveran Rothaar for the many comments, left on our main site, regarding the Warren, Rhode Island and Erris families. Diane, a descendant, of Philip and Mary Heveron, Doolough (who also travelled out to Warren, Rhode Island onboard SS Waldensian), is in turn helping other descendants.

Honora (Reilly) Heveran Family, Fallmore, Blacksod to Youngstown, Ohio. SS Nestorian

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Ann Heveran - Heavern

Ann Heveran – Heavern

Honora (Reilly) Heveran (widow of Pat Heveran) with her family Ellis, Bridget, Annie, Cath and Pat lived in the townland of Fallmore, Blacksod on the Mullet Peninsula. The Heverans left County Mayo onboard SS Nestorian 30th March 1883, bound for the port of Boston. On leaving Blacksod Bay,  their home would have been clearly visible, off the starboard side of the ship

The family journeyed onwards  to their destination, stated as Ohio. The Heveran / Heavern family settled in the Youngstown, Ohio area.

Thank you to Diann Fahey for sharing family photographs of Grandmother Ann Heavern and siblings. Diann’s grandmother Ann met and married James Fahey and they moved to Buffalo, New York in the 1890s


The surname Heveran has many spelling variations. In the United States the family were known as Heavern

Anthony, Mary (Reilly) Kennedy, Cross, Binghamstown to Baldwin, Wisconsin. SS Austrian

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Jane and Joe standing beside photographs of the Kennedy Family, Cross, Binghamstown, included in the Blacksod Bay Emigration Exhibition.

Jane and Joe standing beside photographs of the Kennedy Family, Cross, Binghamstown, included in the Blacksod Bay Emigration Exhibition.

Jane Kennedy of St. Paul, Minnesota, with son Joe, visiting Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, having previously visited, with husband Paul, in 2015. Jane’s grandfather Martin was age 8 on leaving Cross, Binghamstown, with his parents and siblings, onboard SS Austrian 25th May 1883. The Kennedy Family originally settled in Baldwin, Wisconsin (Erin Prairie), before moving to St. Paul.

Many thanks Jane for the photograph and comments to our site

Michael, Anna (Dixon) Barrett and Family Leam, Binghamstown to Minneapolis, Minnesota. SS Austrian

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Dick, Jan, Martin & Megan Barrett Dixon SS Austrian

Dick Scheurer, wife Jan, daughter Megan and husband Martin Moloney, travelled from Denver, Colorado, back to their family roots in Leam, Binghamstown on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Dick’s grandfather Michael was just 3 years old, when he boarded SS Austrian on the 25th May 1883 in Blacksod Bay, with his parents Michael and Anna and siblings Mary 10, John 8, Pat 7, Margaret 5, and Sarah aged 4 months.  Anna (Dixon) Barrett’s parents, Pat and Mary Dixon, and  her sister Sarah, were also leaving the Mullet Peninsula with the Barrett family. All were bound for Boston, with an onward destination stated as Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Many descendants of families boarding SS Austrian at Blacksod Bay, have now made contact with Ionad Deirbhile  Heritage Centre and “also each other”.

Thank you to the Scheurer Family for kindly sharing their photographs

Dick’s Grandfather Michael working as a young man of about 21, as a telegrapher at the Milwaukee Road Depot, the Minneapolis train station at the time

Dick’s Grandfather Michael working as a young man of about 21, as a telegrapher at the Milwaukee Road Depot, the Minneapolis train station at the time. Michael is in the foreground.

Michael Barrett and Anna Dixon Barrett and their family of 10 children, 6 of whom were born in Ireland. Michael, Dick’s Grandfather is in the back row on the left.

Michael Barrett and Anna Dixon Barrett and their family of 10 children, 6 of whom were born in Ireland. Michael, Dick’s Grandfather is in the back row on the left.

Edward, Bridget (Sweeney) Deane, Doona, Ballycroy to Ashley, Pennsylvania. SS Canadian 1884

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Roseann Freeman descendant of Edward Bridget Sweeney Deane Ballycroy SS Canadian 84

Edward Deane and his wife Bridget (Sweeney) Deane, along with their family Hugh 15, Francis 13, Pat 11, Mary 8 and Bridget 6, lived in Doona, Ballycroy, County Mayo. On the 13th April 1884 the Deane family left their home in Erris and boarded the “Allan Line” ocean steamer SS Canadian, anchored in Blacksod Bay. Edward, Bridget and family arrived in Boston 24th April and continued their journey onwards, to their ticketed  destination of Ashley, Pennsylvania.

Francis Anthony Deane

Francis Anthony Deane


Roseann Freeman, great granddaughter of Francis Deane age 13, also Bill travelled from West Virginia, USA to visit Ballycroy and Blacksod Bay. The Deane family settled in Pennsylvania, later moving to New York, where the Deane and Sweeney families lived as part of a close knit Irish communitydeane-family-1909-doona-ballycroy-canadian-84Photographs of the Deane family, of Doona, Ballycroy, kindly shared by Roseann.

The family photograph is the Deane Family who emigrated in 1884. The photograph was taken in 1909. Back row: Hugh Deane (was 15 when he sailed, was 40 this photo); Mary Deane (8 when sailed, 33 in this photo); Bridget (was 6 when sailed, 31in this photo). Front row seated: Edward Deane and Bridget Deane nee Sweeney (both 36 when sailed, 61 in photo). The little girl is Kathleen B. Deane, granddaughter of Edward and Bridget, daughter of Francis Anthony Deane who is not pictured in the group photo but is pictured on the blog page. Francis Anthony was my great-grandfather. My grandfather was his oldest son, Francis Harold Deane, born in PA.

Roseann Freeman.

Many families emigrated from Achill Island, with destinations to Cleveland, Ohio, onboard the sailing of SS Canadian in 1884

Anthony, Mary McManmon and Family, Tallaghanduff, Doohoma to St Paul, Minnesota

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Anthony McManmon, wife Mary (McManamon) McManmon and family Bridget, Michael, Anthony and  Margaret left Blacksod Bay on the 22nd June 1883 onboard the SS Waldensian bound for Boston, with an onward destination stated as St. Paul, Minnesota.

We thank Virginia Kuenster Yarbrough (great-great-granddaughter of Anthony and Mary McManmon) for kindly sharing their story.

The McManmons Leave Ireland

Virginia Kuenster Yarbrough – November 2015

At high tide on Friday morning, June 22nd in 1883, Anthony McManmon and his wife Mary McManamon McManmon waited with four of their six children (Bridget, Michael, Tony and Margaret) for the shore-boat that would carry them into Blacksod Bay in the west of Ireland to board the ship Waldensian, bound for America. With forty-eight other Belmullet area families, the McManmons had been selected to have their passage subsidized on this voyage by the Tuke Fund Committee in a program of assisted family emigration. Their two oldest sons, James and Patrick, had preceded them in April on the Phoenician, passage also subsidized by the Tuke Fund, with additional help from their grandmother, Maud Haggerty McManamon, whose recent death had allowed them to sell her family cows.

At the time, it was more than thirty years after the Great Famine, but bad harvests once again “foreboded distress. McManmon Story MapThe rain was continuous, and Ireland was threatened with a double calamity, a potato famine and a peat famine: for the potato crop was a failure, and as there was no sun to dry the peat, a fuel famine seemed imminent.” James Tuke, a wealthy English Quaker who had advocated for the impoverished and starving inhabitants of Ireland in 1847, once again went into action, re-establishing his humanitarian Committee in 1882.

Tuke visited the West of Ireland to “concern himself once more with its welfare.” He found that tenants were still “trying to eke a living on holdings that were much too small to support a family,” and proposed a plan of assisted emigration. He traveled to North America seeking support and looking for country places where work could easily be obtained. In Minnesota he noted that “many a poor Irishman had found a home and an honourable future, under the Catholic Colonisation Association directed by the splendid energy of Bishop Ireland” whose parish priests “go with the people and enter into their interests. Schools and chapels are opened at once, and strict rules are enforced against the sale of spirits.”

Tuke’s committee decided to focus its efforts on the poorest areas, Clifton in County Galway, Newport and Belmullet in County Mayo. They interviewed and selected only the “strongest and the brightest” as emigrants. In addition to bearing most of the cost of passage, the Committee provided travelers with tickets to their final destination, clothing when necessary, and ‘landing money’ to assist in their relocation. The
committee engaged ships from the reputable ‘Allan’ line which provided passengers with blankets and mattresses for the voyage.

After being chosen for Tuke’s final emigrant group of the year, the McManmon family spent two weeks settling affairs in their tiny townland of Tallaghanduff. They said good-bye to neighbors and friends with “little hope that they would ever see each other again,” and spent their last Thursday night at lodgings in Belmullet. Next morning, they climbed into a skiff that ferried them to a larger boat for transport to the waiting Waldensian. Their two pieces of luggage followed. Once aboard, after an interview with the ship’s doctor, the emigrant passengers climbed ‘below decks,’ Anthony and the boys going to the forward compartment with the men, Mary and Bridget staying ‘amid-ships’ with most of the women and infants. Only seven-year old Margaret was assigned ‘aft.’

The Waldensian was headed for Boston. Originating in Glasgow where it had boarded about 70 Scottish passengers, the ship stopped first up north in County Donegal at Moville before arriving at Blacksod Bay, and would be making one more stop, in Galway, before steaming across the Atlantic. The 517 passengers who would land in Boston two weeks later included 198 souls hailing from areas around Belmullet, McManmon Story 2and a baby girl born to James and Mary Lynch about 200 miles off the Irish coast. On this voyage, the McManmons were the only passengers traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota.
In a June 1883 letter to the Times of London, James Tuke had written: “This may undoubtedly be said, that no emigrants have left their homes in Ireland under happier auspices, with less risk of failure, or with better chances of success. Well clothed, and conveyed from their door to the port of embarkation, where they are met and have lodgings and food provided by the agents of the Government and the Committee, until the ocean steamers are ready to convey them to their destinations; provided with free passages and railway tickets to any part of Canada or the United States that they may select and are approved by the Committee; and, on landing, met by agents appointed by the English or Canadian Governments, the emigrant feels that he is cared for, and that friendly hands have been stretched out to aid and succour him.”

On Independence Day (July 4th) 1883, the Waldensian steamed into Boston harbor. Agent Fitzgerald of the Tuke McManmon Family Story 3Fund was on board to dispense family travel allotments (in general, 1₤ per emigrant) and to facilitate the travelers’ onward journey, which in the case of the McManmons meant a four-day overland journey by rail. Soon they would take a westbound train from Boston to Albany (New York), change to a long-distance train that traveled along Lake Erie, through Cleveland (Ohio) and Fort Wayne (Indiana) to Chicago (Illinois), and once again change trains, traveling twelve more hours west through Wisconsin and north to Minnesota. It would seem like an eternity, but the family finally reached its destination.

About a month after the McManmons arrived, Bishop Ireland wrote to Mr. Tuke:

St. Paul, Minnesota
August 12th, 1883
Dear Sir, Your last batch of emigrants arrived in due time in St. Paul, and are now earning their own living. All your emigrants sent to Minnesota are, without a single exception, doing well. Beyond a little trouble given after their arrival they are no burden to us. Next Spring we will be ready for fresh installments if you continue in the good work. I will furnish you lists of places in Minnesota to which families may be sent. . .
I have on several occasions had the opportunity to give to the Press my opinions of your work, and I have always – and happily with good effect – asserted that the “Tuke Emigrants” were in all cases selected with care, and are, by their industry and physical strength, of great value to our country. In making these statements I spoke the simple truth. Permit me to congratulate you on the good you have done to so many poor families.
Very respectfully, John Ireland 

Unfortunately, Anthony (1836-1893) would not stay. A fisherman by occupation, he became convinced that it would be impossible for him to live so far from the sea and soon departed St. Paul hoping to return home. His wife Mary McManmon Story 4(1834-1919) worked to keep the family together. Twenty-three year old Bridget took a job as laundress at St. Paul’s Merchants Hotel. The older boys, James and Patrick, rejoined the family from their sojourn in the Pennsylvania coal mines. The younger boys, Michael and Tony, found employment where they could. By 1888, with everyone pitching in, Mary was able to open her first boarding house in the ‘Connemara Patch,’ a neighborhood of humble cottages (“miserable shanties,” according to the newspapers), that lined a foul-smelling creek leading to the Mississippi River mud flats. Six years later in 1894, she moved the successful family business into a neat, red brick house near the Union train station, feeding many a hungry laborer with homemade meals and her famous lemon meringue pie. This is a family photograph of the resilient Mary McManamon McManmon.

A later historian noted that “In November 1888, after the emigrants had been settled some five years in their new home, Father Martin Mahoney, who had helped with the assisted emigration program, had traveled with the emigrants aboard ship, and had himself settled in Minnesota, addressed to Tuke a full report of how they were faring, together with a detailed account of visits to the homes of many of them. The report was little short of a triumphal song; it described the emigrants as busy, prosperous, well fed, and almost, as wealthy.”

At the turn of the twentieth century, Mary’s oldest son (my mother’s grandfather) James (1862-1927) was a family man with four children, working as a freight elevator operator. His brothers never married. Patrick (1864-1927), employed by the Great Northern and other railroads, would eventually make his home in the Alaska Territory until his accidental death on a train trestle. Michael (1866-1924) became a conductor for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad whose routes featured spectacular scenery, traveling through the mountainous mining country of Colorado to Nevada’s exotic salt flats. Tony (1868-1938), a plumber, spent much of his life in Chicago but traveled widely, working on large projects as far away as Bermuda. Older sister Bridget (1860-1931), reportedly a ‘dear woman with a thick Irish brogue’ and loved by all, married happily but remained childless. Younger sister Margaret (1875-1960) married early and divorced soon, raising her daughter as a single mother at a time when that was almost a disgrace. Both ‘Bridy’ and ‘Maggie’ continued to work with Mary at the family boarding house until 1915 when rail lines, expanding into their neighborhood, forced its closure.

Maggie’s daughter (Marie Kneasey Bonner) had three girls whose descendants still live near St. Paul. Of James’ four children, only John and Catherine McManmon Murphy had children. Catherine’s daughter and grandchildren live in Illinois. Two of John’s six children live in St. Paul: Eleanor McManmon Daly (1925 – ) and Elizabeth McManmon who became Sr. Mary Lenore McManmon CSJ (1920 – ) in the order of St. Joseph of Carondelet, which had been joined earlier by Bishop Ireland’s sister. John’s daughter (my mother) Helen McManmon Kuenster (1917 – ) lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
John Thomas McManmon (1891-1966), my grandfather, became a very successful business man. As chief freight McManmon Story 5claims agent for Great Northern Railroad, he always dressed impeccably. He was a true advocate for education and his children excelled in their studies. At a time when women in the workplace were rare, every one of his five daughters enjoyed a career (as executive secretary, registered dietitian, diocesan teacher, college librarian and physical therapist). His only son, John T. McManmon Jr., became a mechanical engineer for 3M Corporation in St. Paul. John Sr. was the beloved grandfather of twenty-four, three of whom bear the McManmon name.

John T. McManmon is pictured here in 1917 with his grandmother Mary McManamon McManmon, his father James (both formerly of County Mayo), and his daughter Marguerite.
During the “Gathering” in 2013, some of our family visited Ireland and, through Mayo North Family Heritage Centre in Ballina, learned of the humanitarian efforts of James Hack Tuke, a truly remarkable man. Most of the family is now aware of our great good fortune to have been beneficiaries of Mr. Tuke’s work.
We are grateful for the historical investigations of Rosemarie Geraghty, for the establishment of the Blacksod Bay Emigration website and Memorial Garden, and to the people of North West County Mayo for their continuing efforts to reestablish long-lost family connections.

McManmon Story 6

“The best fireplace is your own fireplace.”

McManmon descendants Ginny and Maureen visit Ireland July 2013
We offer all of you our many sincere thanks.
Fry, Edward, “James Hack Tuke, A Memoir” (London, 1899)
Nolan, Rita, “Within the Mullet” (Ireland, 1997)
Tuke, James H., “A Visit to Connaught in the Autumn of 1847” (London, 1848)

Chambers and Hoban Families from Newport West to Cleveland & Youngstown, Ohio

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My husband’s, (Jim Pischel), great grandmother, Catherine Chambers & great, great grandfather Nicholas Chambers (Chalmbers) were on the ship “Canadian” that docked in Boston on April 24, 1884. The year before, other members of Catherine and Nicholas’ family, were also part of the Tuke Emigration Scheme and were on the “Manitoban” that docked in Quebec on May 18, 1883.

1) Anna Chambers Hoban (daughter of Nicholas), her husband Peter Hoban, and infant daughter Mary Hoban. 2) Mary Chambers (daughter of Nicholas) 3) Mary Hoban (assuming sister of Peter Hoban)

I’ve been told that families left Ireland together.  Since the mother (Anna Mary McIntyre Chambers) never came with them, I’m assuming that the family left at two different times because she might have been ill.  I’ve never found a death date for her. Nicholas, Catherine, Anna, Peter, Mary Hoban, and Mary Chambers all ended up on the west side of Cleveland.  I do not know what happened to Mary Hoban the sister. Read the rest of this entry »

Pat, Anne (Shevlane) Murphy, Tallagh, Belmullet to Indiana (via Quebec) SS Scandinavian

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Jon and Lori Murphy Murphy Family SS Scandinavian

On the 22nd April 1883 the Murphy family from Tallagh, Belmullet boarded the “Allan Line” steamer SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay for Quebec. The manifest stated for all the families boarding “No destination given, all Tuke’s passengers.” Pat and Anne Murphy with their young children Margaret, Michael and Pat made a life changing journey, that would see them settling in Parke County, Indiana. The Murphy family eventually made their home in Mecca, Indiana.

Jon Murphy, a Grandson of Pat Murphy Jnr. travelled from Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Lori, back to Tallagh, Belmullet, the ancestral homeplace of his family.

(Many families left from the townland of Tallagh, Belmullet situated on the Mullet Peninsula).

Michael, Julia (Currigan) Mulloy and Family, Newport West, County Mayo. SS Austrian

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Barbara Roseman Mulloy Family AustrianMichael and Julia Mulloy with their family John 19, Michael 16, Rose 13 and James 10 from the Rosturk, Mulranny area of Newport West, County Mayo, emigrated onboard the steamship SS Austrian from Blacksod Bay, 25th May 1883. A Cath Mulloy 60 also appears to have been travelling with the family. The Mulloys were making the journey to Boston. Initially having a destination to Ashley, Pennsylvania, the family settled in Scranton, Lackawanna County. Barbara Roseman direct descendant of Michael and Julia Mulloy, with husband David travelled back from New York to the Rosturk, Mulranny area of Newport West and also to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod Bay.

Thank you to friends in the Newport area, who also met with Barbara and David. “Cead Mile Failte to our first “Newport West” Mulloy family descendant”

Other local families also left from the Rosturk, Murrevagh, Rosgallive areas of Newport West, onboard SS Austrian, including Michael, Honor (Moran) Mulloy family: Pat, Cath (Mulloy) Gorman family: Michael, Mary (Keane) Grehen family and Pat, Cath (Murtagh) Malley family, with onward destinations to Cleveland, Ohio

Variations of Surnames. BLACKSOD BAY Main Website

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Barrett, Barratt – Barry – Baylan, Boylan – Bell – Bourke, Burke – Butler – Cafferty, Lafferty – Calpin – Callaghan – Campbell – Carey – Carolan – Carrigan – Cattigan – Caufield, Caulfield – Cawley – Chambers, Chalmbers – Coleman – Colleran – Connor – Cooney – Coolichan, Coolican – Conway – Corduff – Cormick , Cormack – Coyle – Cregg – Creone – Cuffe – Curley – Davis – Deane – Dinnery – Divers – Dixon – Doherty – Doogan, Dougan – Donnely – Doocy, Ducey  – Doran – Dunbar – Dunleavy – English – Farry – Flannery – Fleming – Forde –  Gallagher, Gallacher – Gannon – Garvey – Gaughan, Gaugham – Gaynard – Gennings – Geraghty – Gilboy, Gilroy – Ginnelly, Ginnely – Godden – Gorman, McGorman – Grant – Gravin – Grealis, Grealish – Grehen – Guiness – Hamilton – Hanley – Healy – Henne – Heveran, Heveron, Hevesan – Hoban – Hogan – Horkan – Jordan – Joyce – Keane, Kane, Caine – Kearns – Kelly – Kennedy – Kerrigan – Kilbane – King – Lally – Langan – Lavelle – Loftus – Loughney – Lyncheron, Lynch – Lynn – Madden – Malley, O’ Malley – Mangan – Masterson – McAndrew – McAneila, McNeila – McCoy – McDonagh – McDonnell – McEwan – McGarry – McGinty, McGuinty, Guinty – McGuire – McIntyre – McLoughlin, McLouglin – Meenaghan, Menaghan – Mills – Mullowney – Mulloy, Molloy – McLean, McLane – McManmon, McManamon, McManaman – McNeill – Monaghan – Munnelly, Mounelly – Murray – Murphy – Navin – Needham – Noon, Noone – O’Boyle – O’Donnell – O’ Hara – O’Rourke – Padden – Patten – Philbin, Fibbon – Phillips – Reilly – Rowan – Roylan – Ruddy – Sheerin, Sheerine – Sullivan –  Tighe – Toole – Tougher, Touger, Dougher –  Walsh, Walshe – Wilson

The site is searchable by American states, also Erris, Achill and Newport West Townlands. “Go n-éirí Leat”

Jordan, Barrett, Cawley, Geraghty families, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo to Rushville, Indiana

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Kevin Hufferd at Elly Bay, an inlet of Blacksod Bay

Kevin Hufferd at Elly Bay, an inlet of Blacksod Bay

A direct descendant, of two families who emigrated on different sailings from Blacksod Bay, recently travelled from California, to the Mullet Peninsula, home of his ancestors.

Kevin’s future Great Grandmother Cath Cawley along with her parents William, Annie (Geraghty) Cawley and Cath’s siblings William, Michael, Frank, James, Margaret, Maria and Anthony, left from Lurgacloy, Drum, near Binghamstown. The Cawley family, accompanied by future Great Grandfather John Jordan, all embarked on the sailing of SS Nestorian leaving Blacksod 30th March 1883 for Boston, with an onward destination to Rushville, Indiana.

Soon afterwards on the 22nd June, John’s parents John and Bridget (Barrett) Jordan, siblings Anthony, Mary and Bridget left their home at Ballybeg, Binghamstown. The Jordan family made the voyage aboard SS Waldensian to Boston. After 12 days at sea the vessel arrived in Boston on Independence Day 4th July. Both families made their homes in Rushville Indiana.Emigration Plaque Elly Blacksod Bay - Copy

Message from Kevin Hufferd

My visit to the Mullet Peninsula in May, shortly after the passing of my father, was extremely moving. Thanks to the excellent research and generosity of Rosemarie Geraghty and her volunteer Philomena McIntyre I was able to visit the various sites where my ancestors lived, prayed and were laid to rest. And for those that ultimately immigrated from this beautiful stretch of land, I was able to follow the road they traveled down to the beach on Elly Bay on a cold Friday morning, on March 30, 1883 and from which they were rowed to a gunboat and then ferried to the S.S. Nestorian for the trip to Boston and ultimately on to Rushville, Indiana. I came to the area to try to get a more intimate sense of the lives of my ancestors and because of the excellent work by the kind folks at the Ionad Deirbhile I was able to do this beyond my wildest imagining. I left with a deeper appreciation of the special bond between the Irish and American people.

Blacksod Bay Emigration Event, at West Side Irish American Club, Cleveland, Ohio

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Event at West Side Irish American Club Cleveland

A presentation regarding the “Tuke Assisted Emigration Scheme” was made at the West Side Irish American Club, Cleveland. Representatives of Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, County Mayo, met with descendants of Burke, Masterson, Dugan, Gallagher and McManamon families. Also in the photograph Margaret Lynch I.A.A.S. Cleveland and Belmullet area native Mary Gilbert Mangan and her husband Mike. The families of Erris, Achill and Newport West emigrated  together, from their homes in County Mayo and are now being remembered in this way.

Thank you to all who made this inspirational event and visit to Cleveland possible.

Pat, Anne (Shevlane) Murphy, Tallagh, Belmullet, County Mayo. SS Scandinavian to Quebec

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Pat, Anne (Shevlane) Murphy with their family Margaret, Michael and Pat.

“My grandfather and great grandfather and great grandmother (Pat and Anne Murphy) are listed here, they settled in Parke County, Indiana and ended up in Mecca Indiana. If you have any information please feel free to contact me. Thanks so much for the site.”……………………………Jonathan Murphy.

(original comment from Jonathan Murphy on Letters from the Emigrants)

Pat, Sarah (O’Toole) Barratt, Elly Bay, Binghamstown. SS Manitoban to Quebec.

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Pat, Sarah (O’Toole) Barratt with their family Anthony, James, Pat, Bridget, Kate, Sarah, Anthony and William.

“My great grandmother who was 8 years old at the time, along with her family, left Belmullet on the SS Manitoban in 1883. The family name is Barrett. Patrick and Sally (O’Toole), with their 7 children and a brother (?) They ended up in Lucan, Ontario, Canada. Catherine my great grandmother married and ended up in Toledo, Ohio. She had 10 children, the last was my grandmother. Looking forward to going to Ireland to see the birthplace of my ancestors”  …………………….Kathleen Siegirst

(original comment from Kathleen Siegrist on Descendant of Barrett Dixon families)

Descendant of Bridget (Tougher) Colleran, Ardmore, travels back from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Tammy descendant of Bridget (Tougher) Colleran ArdmoreOn the 19th May 1883 Bridget (Tougher) Colleran with her family Mary 21, Ellen 18, Anthony 16, Michael 14, Bridget 7, Anne 5 and Cath 2 made the short journey from their home in Ardmore, Binghamstown to embark on SS Canadian at Blacksod Bay. This was to be their last foot on Irish soil and the start of a life changing journey. The ship arrived at the Port of Quebec 1st June 1883, no onward destination was recorded. Bridget and family settled in Jessup, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania.

Tammy Colleran Jackson, Great, Grand daughter of Ellen made the return journey from Scranton, back to Ardmore, Binghamstown, to visit the home where her ancestors, going back four generations once stood.

Many families from the Erris Region of North West Mayo settled in Pennsylvania working in the Anthracite mines, striving for a better future for their children.
Some of the families embarking at Blacksod for the sailing of the SS Canadian emigrated to Lackawanna and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Bellaire and Cleveland, Ohio, also Holyoke, Massachusetts.

We express a Céad Míle Fáilte and welcome our Diaspora home to Erris and Achill.

William, Margaret (Hunt) Gaughan and Family, Tallagh Hill, Belmullet to Ontario, Canada.

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William Gaughan Great, Great, Grandfather

William Gaughan Great, Great, Grandfather

My 2nd Great Grandfather William Gaughan, and my 2nd Great Grandmother, his wife Margaret (Hunt) emigrated from Blacksod Bay on the S.S. Manitoban in May 1883. They had lived in Bellmullet and Tallagh.  They emigrated with their children; son Michael, daughter Mary, son Thomas, daughter Margaret, who was age 13 and my Great-Grandmother, and lastly their daughter Annie.  They traveled to Toronto Canada and settled in Milton, which is in the Halton region of Ontario, located approximately 25 miles West of Toronto. According to the 1891 Canada census record William was widowed and I do not yet know what year his wife Mary died. One unconfirmed source says they are buried side by side in Georgetown, Ontario.

Margaret Gaughan "Jnr." Great grandmother

Margaret Gaughan “Jnr.” Great grandmother

My Great Grandmother Margaret married an Englishman named Robert Sills in 1891. My grandmother’s family actually called him “The Englishman”.  They lived in Ontario in the Halton and Wellington regions. While living in Canada they had three children; Robert, Mary and Thomas. The family emigrated to Detroit, Michigan sometime between 1901 and 1903. They had three more children; George, Ethel and Joseph.  My grandfather Robert Sills was a builder. He owned a building company and became quite wealthy during Detroit’s Golden Age.

Margaret’s daughter Ethel Irene was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1906. The family lived very well in Detroit until the Great Depression wiped out my Grandfather financially.  He died destitute in 1944 and my Great-Grandmother died in 1932 during the Great Depression.

My grandmother Ethel married a man named Harold Stock in Detroit in 1926. Harold was also half Irish, his mother Katherine Manion’s parents, were Irish emigrants from Limerick. My grandmother Ethel had six children. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Descendants of Patrick Sweeney, Attawallia, Bangor travel to County Mayo to meet the “Erris” Sweeneys

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Visit of Kate Olsen

Kate Olson Nichol and son Greyson travelled from Michigan, USA to the home place of their Ancestors, to meet with their relatives, the Sweeneys from Erris. Patrick, Michael and Anne Sweeney were passengers on the SS Buenos Ayrean, leaving Blacksod Bay 9th June 1883 for Quebec.

Gallagher sisters & Family, The Valley, Achill Island to Cleveland, Ohio (via Quebec)

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 Bridget “Elizabeth” Gallagher-Sammon and Anna Gallagher-Laird

Sisters (Bridget) Liz Gallagher - Sammon & Ann Gallagher - Laird

Bridget “Elizabeth” & Anna of the Valley, Achill Island, County Mayo.   

Bridget Gallagher was born on November 25, 1874 in Tonatanvalley (The Valley), Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. Her sister, Anna, was born two years later on December 12, 1876. The girls were known as “Bridgie Rhua” and “Anna-Rhua” for their red hair.

The sisters were born to Anthony Gallagher of Clare Island and Anne McManamon of Achill Island. They were baptized at Dookinella Roman Catholic Church, the same church where their parents had married in February 1874. Bridget’s baptism sponsors were Patrick and Judy Grealis, and Anna’s sponsors were Martin and Honor McManimon.

Bridget and Anna were only four and two years old respectively when their father passed away in 1879. Two years later, their mother married James Dugan at Dookinella Church. In 1883, the family emigrated from Blacksod Bay, just north of Achill, aboard the S/S Scandinavian as part of the Tuke Emigration scheme. They arrived at Grosse Ile, Quebec, Canada on May 3, 1883. After crossing into the United States at Detroit, Michigan, the family made its way to Cleveland where other Achill friends and relatives already lived.

The Dugan family eventually settled in the Angle, an Irish neighborhood on Cleveland’s west side. On December 13, 1892, 18-year-old Bridget married Cleveland-born Thomas Sammon at St. Malachi’s Church. The witnesses were James Hugh and Julia McManamon. Thomas Sammon worked as a machinist at Midland Steel in Cleveland. In America, Bridget went by the name Elizabeth or “Liz” for short. Her name was listed as Lizzie Gallagher on the civil marriage record, but she was listed by her baptismal name, Bridget, on the church record.

Upon her marriage, Bridget moved into the home of her in-laws, Martin and Maria (Fox) Sammon, who were both immigrants from Newport, County Mayo. The home was located on Root Street (now West 47th Street) in St. Patrick’s parish. Thomas and Bridget Sammon had four children: Marie Violet Sammon-Sullivan (b. 1894), Thomas Gabriel Sammon (b. 1897), Ann Geraldine Sammon-Kirby (b. 1901), and Ursula Germaine Sammon-Kelley (b. 1909).

Bridget’s sister, Anna Gallagher began working in the restaurant business in Cleveland in the late 1890s and later moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she lived for more than 50 years. She married a stage actor named Major Laird in 1904 and was widowed 10 years later. Anna was the head-waitress at Heilig’s Restaurant on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk for many years. She met many dignitaries and celebrities while working at Heilig’s. She also traveled frequently and owned property back in Cleveland.

During most of her time in Atlantic City, Anna lived at the Wellington Apartments, right across the street from Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. In her later years, she returned to Cleveland and lived with the family of her niece, Ursula Sammon-Kelley.

Bridget Gallagher-Sammon passed away on June 16, 1943 at the age of 68. Her sister Anna Gallagher-Laird died on April 19, 1961 at age 84. The Gallagher sisters were laid to rest in the same family plot at Cleveland’s Calvary Cemetery along with Bridget’s husband Tom, two of their children and a son-in-law. In addition to Bridget Gallagher-Sammon’s four children, her descendants include 22 grandchildren, 76 great grandchildren, and more than 150 great great grandchildren, so far.

Article and photograph kindly sent in by descendant Terry Gallagher, Cleveland. 

Descendant of Cath (Donohoe) Gallagher Family, Cross, Binghamstown, travels from Hawaii to Blacksod Bay

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Jean Morris

Dominic and Cath (Donohoe) Gallagher with their family Mary 15, Bridget 14, Sabina 12, Anne 10, Anthony 8, Margaret 4, David 2 and Peter age 4 months left their home in Cross, Binghamstown 30th March 1883 and boarded the SS Nestorian in Blacksod Bay bound for Boston. The Gallagher Family were travelling onwards to New York to Cath’s sisters. They later settled in Bellaire, Ohio. Cath Donohoe’s sister Ann also left from Belmullet, on a later sailing onboard the SS Canadian for Quebec 19th May 1883, with her husband James Butler and family Michael 4, Ann 2 and James 1, they too settled in Ohio.

Cath (Donohoe) Gallagher and Anne (Donohoe) Butler were sisters to Jean’s Great Grandmother Mary Donohoe who also emigrated from the Mullet Peninsula.

Great Grandaughter of Grace McManamon returns to Achill also Blacksod Bay

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Helen Skidmore Great Grandaughter of Grace McManamonHelen Skidmore and son Shaun, on their visit from America to Achill, County Mayo, the home of their Ancestors, also visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre in Eachléim, Blacksod, to see the Blacksod Bay Emigration Exhibition and research. Helen’s Great Grandmother Grace McManamon, also Grace’s sister Honor McManamon Henne with their families left Tonatanvalley, Achill Island  on the same sailing of SS Austrian 25th May 1883 from Blacksod Bay for Boston. Both families had  an onward destination to Newburgh, (Cleveland) Ohio.

Peter, Honor (Gallagher) Murphy & Family, Corclough East, Belmullet to Montana

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Photographs: Courtesy of descendants

Photographs: Courtesy of descendants

Peter and Honor (Gallagher) Murphy with their sons James age 3 and Patrick 6 months, left Erris from Corclough East, Belmullet.  On the 27th April 1883 they embarked on the Allan Line Steamer SS Phoenician, leaving directly from Blacksod Bay and arrived at Boston on the 10th May.  The Murphy family  continued their journey onwards  to the state of Montana. Sabina Gallagher (Gallacher) a sister of Honor also made the Journey with them.

Bridget (Tougher) Colleran and Family, Ardmore, Binghamstown to Jessup, Pennsylvania.

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Colleran – Tougher – Granahan Family, Ardmore, County Mayo. My name is Tammy Granahan Jackson, I am the great, great granddaughter of Anthony and Bridget Tougher Colleran. My family departed Ireland from Blacksod Bay on May 19th 1883 on the SS Canadian. They settled in Jessup, Pennsylvania, USA. My great grandmother was Ellen Colleran. She married Thomas Granahan.

Bridget (Tougher) Colleran age 38 and Family,  Mary 21, Ellen 18, Anthony 16, Michael 14, Bridget 7, Ann 5 and Cath 2 from Ardmore, Binghamstown, County Mayo, Ireland

Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland website

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The website contains images from the National Library of Ireland’s collection of Catholic parish register microfilms. The registers contain records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to 1880.

The Parishes of Kilmore Erris, Belmullet, Kilcommon Erris, Bangor Erris and Ballycroy are in the Erris region. The Parish of Achill covers Achill Island and Corraun Peninsula, with the Parish of Burrishoole covering the Newport West area.


Michael, Margaret (Tighe) Gaughan and Family, Toorglass, Belmullet to Lost Creek, Pennsylvania.

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Frank and Debbie at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre Eachléim, Blacksod

Frank and Debbie at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre Eachléim, Blacksod.

Michael, Margaret (Tighe) Gaughan and family Patrick, Bridget, Mary, Hannah (Honor) and Margaret left Toorglass, County Mayo and began their momentous journey, leaving Blacksod Bay onboard SS Phoenician 27th April 1883. The Gaughan Family arrived in Boston 10th May and continued onwards to Lost Creek, Pennsylvania.

One hundred and thirty two years later their Great, Great Grandson Frank Smith and Debbie from Virginia, USA have made the journey back to Blacksod Bay to remember the Gaughan family.

Patrick, Catherine (Mulloy) Gorman and Family, Murrevagh, County Mayo to Cleveland, Ohio. SS Austrian

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Patrick Gorman and Catherine Mulloy sailed on the SS Austrian May 25 1883 with 7 children Patrick, Mary, Michael, Thomas, Anthony, Catherine, James and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Catherine’s mother was Catherine Moran Mulloy, she was the sister of my GG. Grandmother Anna Moran Mulloy, who I believe sailed on the SS Canadian with her children Mary and Thomas the following year on April 13 1884 also settling in Cleveland. They joined Anna’s sons Patrick, Michael and John who had arrived several years prior. Anna was married to James Mulloy. I cannot find any record indicating he ever left Ireland and believe that Anna must have been a widow when she traveled. Anna was also traveling with a Mary Masterson. Catherine Gorman’s sister Julia Mulloy had married Patrick Masterson. So I believe Anna was bringing their daughter to Cleveland with them.

Would love to know if anyone has more information on what happened to Anna’s husband James Mulloy. Both Patrick Masterson and Patrick Gorman were from the Murrevagh townland.

Carole Maheu Ritter

James, Mary (Ginley) Lynch and Family, Achill, County Mayo to Cleveland, Ohio

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Photographs: Courtesy of descendant K Lynch

Photographs: Courtesy of descendant K Lynch

My great, grandfather, James and his family settled in “The Angle” or “Irish Town” on the west side of Cleveland.  Grandfather Martin was a plumber and worked with James Joseph, also a plumber. My grandfather died young, but he transmitted his love of our Irish heritage to my father, James Martin Lynch. Dad was very active in the Irish Civic Association which organized the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cleveland for many years and raised money for a local orphanage. The three sisters were frequent visitors at our house. They never married. Mary, the oldest was a gentle woman who took care of the home while the others worked. Nellie was very artistic and once traveled to Limoges, France to learn porcelain painting. Cecelia was a teacher and principle at various schools in the Cleveland area.

Patrick who traveled by way of Blacksod Bay in 1884, may also have been a plumber. His wife Winifred (Gallagher) Lynch and Alice, the wife of James Joseph, were sisters and from the Achill area. Thanks for all your work in helping to preserve these memories of our ancestors.

Kenneth Lynch, Cleveland

James, Mary Lynch (Lyncheron) and Family Michael, Mary, John, Martin, Cath, Ellen (Nellie) and Sibby (Cecelia) left from Achill and sailed from Blacksod Bay on the SS Waldensian 22nd June 1883 to Boston with an onward destination to Cleveland. Patrick, Winifred, Ellen and Mary Lynch (Lyncheron) left on the SS Phoenician 2nd May 1884 also with an onward destination to Cleveland.

Peter J. Gaughan age 9, Shraigh, Co. Mayo, with his parents and siblings left Blacksod Bay onboard SS Nestorian 30th March 1883

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Peter J. Gaughan Jnr. SS NestorianPeter J. Gaughan (b. 16 Jul 1872, Mayo, Ireland. d. 29 Jun 1935, Scranton, Pa., USA). Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Blacksod Bay Emigration Database. As an American, it is an invaluable service for me to find a connection to my ancestors, who left Ireland on the S.S. Nestorian on March, 30, 1883. I look forward to checking back regularly to the site to learn more about relatives and friends of my ancestors … and to maybe someday connect with living relatives of mine in Mayo.  Peter J. Gaughan, my great grandfather, stood 6-foot-3 and by all family accounts was a handsome, charming man with an engaging personality. He took a lot of pride in being well-dressed, often wearing a top hat and tuxedo. It’s a practice he apparently handed down to his son, Austin P. Gaughan, who wore a white dress shirt with a collar every day of his adult life. Peter J. Gaughan loved politics and was involved in Scranton area election campaigns. He was the head of the board of education in Jessup, just outside Scranton, for a time. He was the Superintendent of Mines for the D&H Coal Co. in Jessup. Austin P. Gaughan, an only child, went on to have a long and successful career as a salesman and moved his family to Buffalo, N.Y., where numerous Gaughans still live. Unfortunately, family anecdotes and oral history of life in County Mayo is almost non-existent. Peter J. Gaughan and his father, Peter Gaughan, left in 1883 for America to start a new life, and there was not a lot of reminiscing with their children and grandchildren about the old country, no doubt because the conditions in Ireland that caused them to leave were so difficult.

Mark Gaughan, Buffalo, N.Y.

More information on the main site Peter (J.) Gaughan age 9, with parents Peter, Mary (Munnelly) Gaughan and siblings Michael and James.   SS Nestorian 30th March 1883, Shraigh, County Mayo to Pennsylvania.

Gaughan Family, Doolough, County Mayo to New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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John and Mary (Connell) Gaughan with all the US descendants. Photo: Descendant Kathi Gaughan .

John and Mary (Connell) Gaughan with all the US descendants. Photo: Descendant Kathi Gaughan .

John Gaughan and family Doolough, County Mayo, left Blacksod Bay on the SS Austrian 25th May 1883 bound for Boston, with an onward destination to New Bedford, Massachusetts. John was the son of Thomas Gaughan and Bridget Monaghan. John’s first wife was Margaret Bourke Gaughan who died in 1882. Margaret had an older sister Catherine in Ireland married to a “Flannerty” they had four sons. Also Margaret had a brother Miles Burke. (Myles Bourke and family left Blacksod Bay  onboard SS Prussian in 1884)

Kathi Gaughan USA, Great Granddaughter of John Gaughan and Margaret (Bourke) Gaughan,  Doolough, kindly sent in the photograph of a Gaughan Celebration, with all the US descendants. Kathi is seeking to make contact with existing relatives in the Doolough area to confirm family connections. More information on the main site, John Gaughan 30 SS Austrian 25th May 1883 Doolough to New Bedford, Massachusetts

Patrick Donnelly Great Grandson of Thomas and Bridget Donnelly, Inishbiggle Island , County Mayo, Ireland

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Patrick and Naomi at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod

Patrick and Naomi at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod

Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and children left their home on Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo and made the voyage from Blacksod Bay onboard the SS Canadian 13th April 1883 arriving at Boston 28th April. The Donnelly family had an onward destination to Wisconsin where they settled in Elroy.

Patrick Donnelly and Naomi made the journey from Madison, Wisconsin, to Blacksod Bay, County Mayo to see where Thomas and Bridget Donnelly with their family Mary, Bridget, Ann, Catherine, Margaret and Thomas boarded the ship and left Ireland in search of a brighter future.