Blacksod Bay Assisted Emigration Sailings

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James, Mary (Ginnelly) Lyncheron Belfarsad / Mweewillin, Achill Parish to Cleveland, Ohio, SS Waldensian

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James, Mary (Ginnelly) Lyncheron with their children, Michael, Mary, John, Martin, Cath, Ellen and Sibby, from the Mewillan, Belfarsad area of Achill Parish, left Blacksod Bay and the shores of County Mayo onboard SS Waldensian 22nd June 1883. The manifest stated the Lyncheron family were headed for Cleveland, where an established Achill-Mayo community already existed. Many families who journeyed to Cleveland, worked in the shipyards and Iron Foundries.  Most families remained there, as recorded on the 1900 US Federal Census.

At eight years of age Martin Lyncheron boarded the ‘Allan Line’ steamship anchored in Blacksod Bay, with his parents James, Mary and siblings. The Waldensian arrived at Boston on the evening of 3rd July 1883 with the Achill and Erris families disembarking the next morning 4th July!

Standing next to a section of the Exhibition featuring the Lyncheron family, is Martin’s Grandson Ken with his family! Ken, Terri and family travelled from North Carolina, U.S.A. visiting Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, the Memorial Garden, Blacksod and also Achill Island.


Patrick, Anne (McNamara) Monaghan Family, Aghadoon, Mullet Peninsula to Livingston, Montana SS Corean

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Pat and Anne (McNamara) Monaghan with their family Michael 18, James 16, Pat 13, Ann 10 and Neal (Cornelius) 6, emigrated from Aghadoon, near Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland. The family boarded the SS Corean for Quebec on the 10th May 1884 at Blacksod Bay. Although headed for Quebec, the ship’s manifest stated Livingston, Montana, as the onward destination. The Allan Line steamship arrived at Quebec 22nd May 1884. Honor Lavelle was also travelling with the Monaghan family to Livingston, Montana.

Pat and Anne’s son Michael Monaghan, would later marry Catherine Lavelle of Aghadoon (daughter of William and Honor Lavelle) in Montana. Keith Groom and family from Washington State, recently visited Aghadoon and the Blacksod Memorial Garden. Keith is a great grandson of Michael Monaghan, who boarded SS Corean age 18 at Blacksod Bay.

Also boarding the same sailing, Bryan Carey Family destination Lost Creek, Pennsylvania, Thomas Murphy and Michael O’Boyle families destination Wisconsin from the same townland of Aghadoon. Reilly families from the Mullet Peninsula, were also travelling to Montana.

Owen, Rose (Calvey) Doran Family, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo to Leavenworth, Kansas. SS Waldensian

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Owen Doran, his wife Rose and their family Cath 20, Mary 17, John 15, Martin 13, Bryan 12 and Pat 9 boarded the SS Waldensian 22nd June 1883.  The Doran family were leaving their small island home of Inishbiggle. Destination stated on the ship’s manifest was Leavenworth, Kansas. Owen’s brother Patrick had settled in Kansas many years earlier. The 1900 US Census shows Owen and Rose with daughters Catherine and Mary still living in Leavenworth.

Sarah Doran, an older daughter of Owen and Rose, married Bryan Navin. The young couple with their infant son John, left Inishbiggle Island earlier that year in the month of April, boarding SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay. The Navin family were living in Huron County, Ohio in 1900. The next family Tom and Sibby (McEneeley) Navin with their infant daughter Cath, boarding after Bryan and Sarah, was also leaving Inishbiggle. Tom, Sibby and family settled in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. A Peter Calvey was also travelling with the Navin families

Catherine Doran visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, making the journey from L.A. California. Catherine is the g,g, granddaughter of Owen’s brother Patrick, and has a great deal of family history carried out on the Doran family of Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo.

Bridget (Kavanaugh) Dixon Family Morahan and Anna (Reilly) Keane Family Mullaghroe, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo

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Adam with family and friends travelled from Ohio, USA

Mary Josephine (Dixon) Murphy’s great grandchildren at the plaque of SS Nestorian

Mary Josephine Dixon, born in Morahan, on the ‘Mullet Peninsula’, boarded SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay 30th March 1883 with her mother, Bridget (Kavanaugh) Dixon and siblings Margaret, Martin and Julia. The Dixon family were headed for Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Siblings Adam Maloney and Margaret are great grandchildren of Mary Josephine aged 16 on the manifest. They are also direct descendants of Anna (Reilly) Keane, who embarked on the sailing of the SS Phoenician 2nd May 1884 with son Henry Keane and Henry’s children John, Anne, Pat, Richard, Margaret and Owen. The Keane family from Mullaghroe were travelling to Bellaire, Belmont, Ohio. Anna’s daughter Bridget Keane/Kane, had already emigrated to the United States in 1865 with her husband Richard Murphy and son Dennis. Dennis was born in Devlane, Clogher, on the Mullet Peninsula, Dennis Murphy would later marry Mary Dixon, (also of the Mullet) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1888.

At the plaque of SS Phoenician 1884 bearing the names of Anna (Reilly) Keane, son Henry and family of Mullaghroe

Adam with family, friends and present day Murphys from Devlane in Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod.

Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852. Conference at Quinnipiac University June 2019

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The following link is to video clips, recorded at the Quinnipiac University Conference, Hamden, Connecticut. June 2019

Thank you to descendants who attended the Conference for sharing this link

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty Family, Drum, Mullet Peninsula to Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Ruth and Jose at the Tuke Exhibition. Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Annie Geraghty daughter of Henry and Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty born in Drum, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo

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.

Annie’s granddaughter Ruth Stein Gaytan and Jose recently travelled back from St. Paul, Minnesota. On arrival in Ireland Ruth and Jose headed straight for the Mullet Peninsula. A ‘journey of discovery’  Exploring well known landmarks, enjoying the beautiful scenery and beaches of the Mullet Peninsula. But first and foremost, searching out and making new family connections, discovering that indescribable ‘sense of place’ …….re-establishing a heartfelt bond once again.

Ruth at the Blacksod Memorial Garden

Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852

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A Conference will be held at at Quinnipiac University, Hamden Co.  Connecticut,  June 12–15 2019

“Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852”

The schedule is also there for Saturday morning June 15th and this section will focus on James Hack Tuke and be held at Quinnipiac University’s York Hill Campus. There is also an exhibition titled, James Hack Tuke: Quaker, Philanthropist and Friend to Irelands Poor. The exhibition will be located in the Arnold Bernhard Library, (Quinnipiac University) and run until September 2019.

Unfortunately we are unable to make it this time. Representatives of Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, attended a Conference there in 2014 and received a great welcome. It is a good opportunity to meet up with other descendants, who share a common bond and who may be there.

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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Highlighting a comment received for the post: Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower. The Lavelle Family were Ned, and Bridget with their children Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6

Comment :  Sabina (Binnia) Lavalle Kenney is my grandmother! She passed in June 1957 before I was born. You can tour the mine that they worked in Ashland Pa. Its both fascinating and humbling experience going down in the mine. My family will be visiting County Mayo this August. Needless to say I am very excited to discover my personnel connection and looking forward to visiting the center

William, Mary (Mulrooney) Hopkins, Attycunnane, Belmullet to Wolfe Island

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In May 1883 William Hopkins and his wife Mary, along with their family Mary 18, James 16, Thomas 13 and John 3 emigrated from the townland of Attycunnane, Belmullet, County Mayo.  The Hopkins family along with many others, boarded SS Manitoban at Blacksod Bay. When the anchor was raised and SS Manitoban left the Bay, 247 extra Passengers were onboard headed for the Port of Quebec.

Descendant, Michael Potts has carried out extensive research into his family history. William, Mary and family settled on Wolfe Island, Lake Ontario near the entrance to the St Lawrence River.  By 1891 the family were still living on Wolfe Island as the Census of Canada shows. The 1900 United States Federal Census sees the Hopkins family eventually settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michael and Marjorie Potts from Centreville, Virginia, also Brian Veasey of Somerdale, New Jersey recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre and the Blacksod Memorial Garden. Michael’s Great Grandfather Thomas Hopkins was age 13, when he boarded SS Manitoban with his parents and siblings at Blacksod Bay,  Brian is also a descendant of Thomas Hopkins and his Veasey family was from Achill

Patrick, Catherine (Walsh) McManmon Family, Glencastle to Lowell, Massachusetts. SS Nestorian

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The above photograph is of Patrick and Catherine (Walsh) McManmon, who with their family James 17, Francis 9, Peter 7 and Michael 5 emigrated from Bunahouna, near Glencastle, Belmullet, County Mayo. Their destination was stated as Lowell, Massachusetts. The McManmon family settled in Lowell, as did other relatives who had travelled out before them.

Many thanks to Peter McManmon for kindly sending in a photograph of his Great Grandparents Patrick and Catherine. The family are documented as McManaman on the Ship’s manifest. Peter is a Grandson of James who was age 17 on the sailing of SS Nestorian.

Great-Granddaughter of Bridget Tougher, Tip, Belmullet, travels from Toronto, Canada.

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Kathleen at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod

Frank and Sarah (McKeon) Tougher with their family Anthony 16, Bridget 14, Francis 10, James 8, Michael 6 and Ellen 3 lived in Tip, Aughalasheen on the Mullet Peninsula.

The Tougher family like many others, left Blacksod Bay onboard the “Allan Line” steamship SS Scandinavian, on the 22nd April 1883 for the port of Quebec. Two Hundred and fifty nine passengers boarded that day at Blacksod. Families of Erris, Achill and Newport West, all journeyed together. The ship’s manifest stated, “No destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers” On the 3rd of May the SS Scandinavian arrived at Quebec

The 1891 Census of Canada, shows Sarah, along with sons Frank, Michael and daughter Ellen living at Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario. Bridget married John Mahon and eventually settled in Sudbury, Ontario.

Kathleen Howes, a great granddaughter of Bridget Tougher (age 14 on the sailing), travelled from Toronto back to her family roots on the Mullet Peninsula.

As with many Toughers arriving in the US and Canada, the name Tougher became Tucker.

Patrick, Catherine (Walsh) McManmon Family, Glencastle to Lowell, Massachusetts

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Patrick and Catherine (Walsh) McManmon with their family James 17, Francis 9, Peter 7 and Michael 5 emigrated from Bunahouna, near Glencastle, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland. On the 30th March 1883, they stood on the shores of Barnagh Island, along with other local  families.  All were waiting, to be rowed out to another ship, which then ran up alongside the SS Nestorian anchored in the deeper waters of Blacksod Bay. The McManmon family were travelling to Boston, with an onward destination stated as Lowell, Massachusetts, where other family members had previously settled. Patrick Catherine and family also made their home in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The surname McManmon, appears as McManaman, on the ship’s manifest.

Pictured above is Katherine May, a Granddaughter of John McManmon born in Glencastle and Jeannie Coggins Lockinger, Granddaughter of John’s sister Agnes, born in the United States. Katherine and Jeannie travelled from Massachusettes and Virginia respectively.

Many thanks, to Peter McManmon for leaving a comment on the site in 2017. “My great grandfather, Patrick James McManmon left Blacksod Bay on the Nestorian in 1883 for Boston. He ended up staying in Massachusetts”

Photographs, by kind permission of Katherine May.

Message from Peter McManmon. The photo of the couple is of my grandparents James j and Anne L Colins McManmon he was the eldest son of Patrick J McManmon and the one furthest to the left in the group photo

Blacksod Bay Emigration at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, is privileged to see so many descendants, travelling great distances back to the homeplace of their ancestors. Our and descendants’ site, were brought about by transcribing manifests and a great deal of continued Local History research, to form a focal point for descendants of the families of our communities.

Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, County Mayo…Rosemarie    

Dominick, Bridget (Meenahan) Barrett Family, Mullet Peninsula to Delaware, Ohio.

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From the townland of Barhauve, near Belmullet, Dominick, Bridget and their young family, Michael age eight, Honor seven and Bridget six months, headed for Elly Bay to board the SS Canadian on April 13 1884. Bridget was formerly Bridget Meenahan from Gortmellia.  The couple, married in Aughoose Church, just a few miles away from Gortmellia and went on to live in Barhauve.

With the Atlantic Ocean crossed, the Canadian arrived in Boston, later that month on April 24. After disembarking,  the Barrett family travelled onwards to their destination of Delaware, Ohio. Dominick worked for the railroad, as did Bridget’s cousins. The Meenahan cousins had emigrated to Delaware some years earlier. On the 1900 United States Census, the Barretts were still living in Delaware, Ohio.

A journey from Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A. led Linda Cox back to the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Linda’s Grandmother was Bridget (Bridgie) Barrett, the youngest child, aged only six months, born in Barhauve, on the ‘Mullet Peninsula’ in 1883. Linda and husband Charles are pictured above, at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Blacksod

Many variations of the surname Meenahan are seen on records in the U.S. and Canada, including Meenaghan, Moynihan and Minahan

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Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University invites you to their biennial Conference, 12-15 June 2019.

Famines in Ireland before 1845 and after 1852

The Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 has cast a long shadow over the subsequent history of Ireland and its diaspora. Since 1995, there has been a renewed interest in studying this event, by scholars, students, archeologists, artists, musicians, folklorists etc.  This interest shows no sign of abating. New research, methodologies and approaches have greatly added to our understanding of the causes, impact and legacies of this tragedy.

The focus on the Great Hunger has overshadowed other periods of famine and food shortages in Ireland and their influences on a society in which poverty, hunger, emigration and even death, were part of the life-cycle and not unique to the 1840s.

‘Famines before 1845 and after 1852’ will explore the impact of these intermittent crises on the people of Ireland. Scholars, students and researchers of all disciplines are welcome to submit a proposal.

Confirmed keynote speakers, Dr. Ciarán Reilly, of Maynooth University, will speak about the famine of 1831, and Dr. Gerard Moran, Social Science Research Centre, NUI Galway, will speak about ‘The Forgotten Famine of 1879-1882’.

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to   by 15 January 2019.

All other queries, direct to:

Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, near to the beautiful Sleeping Giant Mountain, its name, like Quinnipiac, being derived from native American folklore.  The programme will include visits to the exhibition, ‘James Hack Tuke: Quaker philanthropist and friend to Ireland’s poor’, to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, the Knights of Columbus Museum, Yale University and downtown New Haven.

Convenors: Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University and Dr Jason King, Irish Heritage Trust. In partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown.

New publication by Gerard Moran

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Fleeing from famine in Connemara: James Hack Tuke and his assisted emigration scheme in the 1880s

Gerard Moran has published extensively on 19th century Ireland, including Sending out Ireland’s Poor: assisted emigration to North America in the nineteenth century (Dublin, 2004).

Families from the Connemara area of County Galway, Ireland, were also assisted by the Tuke Emigration Scheme in the early 1800s. The Connemara families mainly from Clifden and Oughterard regions boarded at Galway Bay.

Peter, Rose (Barrett) McAndrew Family, Glencastle, County Mayo to Erin Prairie, Wisconsin

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On Friday the 11th of May 1883 Peter and Rose (Barrett) McAndrew with their family Anthony, Anne, John, Henry (Harry), Helen, Cath, twins Rose and Bridget, and Mary emigrated from their home in Glencastle. The McAndrew family (including another Rose McAndrew, also travelling with them) left the Barony of Erris, directly from Blacksod Bay onboard SS Prussian. Peter, Rose and family settled in St Croix County, Wisconsin and farmed in Erin Prairie.

Cath McAndrew was age six when she left Glencastle with her parents and siblings, her granddaughter Maria Meade visited the McAndrew family homestead in 2011.

“I thought people would like to know about this song. My Cousins shared the song on a cassette with me initially when I was there. They knew the song. Apparently many in Belmullet and surrounding areas know the song.
The photo is the owner of McDonnell Pub in Belmullet, singing the song to us one night in the pub, accompanied by the guitar player who was entertaining.
It was a life-changing moment. Perhaps you could post it on the site”

Dominick, Bridget (Meenahan) Barrett Family, Barhauve, Belmullet to Delaware, Ohio

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Andrew and family at Blacksod Memorial Garden. 

Dominick Barrett with his wife Bridget and children Michael 9, Honor 7 and Bridget age six months, lived in the townland of Barhauve, near Belmullet. Bridget was formerly Bridget Meenahan from Gortmellia. The Barrett family emigrated on the SS Canadian 13th April 1884, the first of four sailings that departed in 1884 directly from Blacksod Bay. The destination stated on the ship’s manifest was to Delaware, Ohio. After they arrived at the Port of Boston on the 24th April, the family continued on their life changing journey. On the 1900 United States Census, the Barretts were still living in Delaware, Ohio.

Andrew Paul and family travelled from Washington D.C. back to the Mullet Peninsula, the homeplace of his ancestors. Bridget (Bridgie) Barrett, age just six months, onboard the sailing of SS Canadian, was Andrew’s Great Grandmother.

Andrew at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre Eachléim, Blacksod.

The ‘Mullet Peninsula’ is the Kilmore Erris, Church Parish, Diocese of Killala. ‘Mullet Peninsula’ Civil Records come under the Belmullet District.

Anthony, Margaret (Prendergast) Barrett Family, Tip, Aughalasheen and Shraigh, Bunnahowen. SS Nestorian

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Anthony and Margaret (Prendergast) Barrett were originally from the townland of Tip, on the Mullet Peninsula, where their elder children were born.
At the time of emigrating, Anthony and Margaret with their family, John 20, Rose 16, Bridget 14, Edward 9, Michael 7 and Honor 5, were living in Shraigh, Bunnahowen. The Barrett family were in familiar company, when they boarded the SS Nestorian on 30th March 1883 at Blacksod Bay.

The next family on the manifest was Mary Lally, along with children Pat 10, John 7, Cath 4 and William 8 months. Mary’s husband Patrick had travelled out, before the rest of the family. They settled in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, in Jessup, then on to Winton Borough. Mary (Barrett) Lally was Anthony and Margaret’s daughter.
William Barrett, an elder son of Anthony and Margaret, born in Tip, had emigrated at an earlier date to Pennsylvania.
Members of the Barrett and Lally families were engaged in mining, and lived in the Jessup and Winton Boroughs of Lackawanna County.

Cousins Katie, Lucy, Pattie, Deanie, Mary, Melissa and Katie’s daughter Michaela, Edward Barrett’s Great granddaughters and great,great, granddaughter, journeyed back to Blacksod Bay. Edward was age nine, when he boarded the Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, with his parents and siblings. The Barrett descendants travelled from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

On their visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Anthony and Margaret’s descendants noticed a letter written by Richard Le Maire, a descendant of Ned Barrett from Bunawillan. Ned and family lived in the same area, boarded the same sailing and both families were headed for Pennsylvania. Ned’s family were miners in Sugar Notch Borough, Luzerne, County.

Richard’s Letter: 2013

Many thanks to you and the staff at the Heritage Centre. The results of the research you are carrying on are invaluable and a gift to those of us searching for our connection with Erin, our ancestors’ native land. Be reminded that most never returned “home”, never saw their own again except in their hearts and memories, but never forgot. They instilled this love in generations of their progeny over 40 million strong in America today.
Again, thank you so much for finding me on the internet. I am 82 now and feel a sense of closure with this side of my family. I was practically brought up by my Mayo grandparents, Michael Dent, Ned Barrett’s grandson of Bunnawillan, and Anne Barrett, Harry, of Doolough. I spent so much time with them as a child and had the sense to ask questions even to memorizing” The Wren, The Wren” in Irish.
I am indebted to all at the Heritage Centre. Thanks for seeing to it that the poor souls who left part of their lives behind will be remembered by generations to come.

Katie left a message on this site: To Richard Le Maire,
Your letter exactly describes our feelings. Several of the Anthony Barrett/ Margaret Prendergast descendants visited Ireland and found this Memorial on our journey. I will never forget Rosemarie and her kindness or Philomena (Phil). Their warmness toward us and their enthusiasm about our family was overwhelming.
Our ancestors came over on the S.S. Nestorian. In fact, I’m wondering the connection between our Anthony Barrett and your Ned Barrett. Perhaps they were brothers?? Anthony was born in 1825 and from what I’ve seen, I believe Ned was born in 1823.
Thank you again for your kind words in your letter. We read it aloud at our meeting with Rosemarie and all felt it very much captured our feelings.
With gratitude,
Katherine (Katie)…great great granddaughter of Anthony Barrett (spelled Barratt on the passenger list) and Margaret (Prendergast). Great granddaughter of Edward Barrett, also on that list, traveling with his parents to Pennsylvania.

Anthony and Margaret Barrett’s descendants in Blacksod (An Fód Dubh)

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

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Cath Heveran, daughter of Patrick Heveran and Honor (Reilly) Heveran , was born in Fallmore, Blacksod on the 9th November 1873. At he age of ten, Cath, along with her siblings Ellis, Bridget, Annie, Pat and widowed mother Honor, emigrated from their home on the Mullet Peninsula.

On the 30th March 1883 the Heveran Family boarded SS Nestorian for the port of Boston, with an onward destination stated as Ohio. When the ship docked at Boston, Cath and family journeyed onwards to Youngstown, Ohio, where they settled.

On the day Cath emigrated, an Irish Times Report  mentions … the weather in the early part of the morning was cold, with several showers of rain and sleet falling, later however the day cleared up and the sun shone warmly from a blue sky, here and there relieved with white masses of clouds……  while all around were visible the lofty rugged mountains of Mayo, their snow-clad heights glistening in the sunlight.

Maryanne Dunmire travelled from Detroit, Michigan, to the townland of  Fallmore, to see with her own eyes, the home of her Reilly / Heveran ancestors. Where Maryanne’s Grandmother Cath and siblings, must surely have played in the fields as children and gone back to the nearby beach. Maryanne also visited St. Deirbhile’s Well in the same townland.  Fortunately the sun also shone from a blue sky that day!

Fallmore, Blacksod on the Southern tip of the Mullet Peninsula, looking over to Achill Island. Photo C Geraghty

Maryanne Dunmire, Grandaughter of Cath Heveran, visiting Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim (photo of Cath, courtesy of Diann Fahey, Grandaughter of Cath’s sister Annie)





Patrick, Mary (Everett, Everard) Lavelle Family, Devlane, Clogher, Mullet Peninsula. SS Canadian 1883 Quebec

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Patrick and Mary Lavelle with their family, Edward 19, Bridget 17, Mary 14, Nancy 11, James 9, Thomas 5 and Cath age 1, emigrated from the small coastal townland, of Devlane, Clogher, on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo.
The Lavelle family boarded the SS Canadian, at Blacksod Bay on the 19th May 1883.  The Ocean Steamer was headed for Quebec and arrived on the 1st of June. As with many of the families, no destination was stated on the manifest.

Anne Oldaker and daughter Katie, travelled from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, back to Devlane. Anne is a Granddaughter, of James Lavelle aged nine, when he left Erris. James eventually settled in Pennsylvania. Anne and Katie are pictured above at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, home of the Blacksod Bay Emigration Exhibition and Research.

Thanks to Phil McIntyre always so helpful, also Pap and Catherine Murphy for an informative visit to Turas Siar Heritage Centre, in nearby Cartron.

Anne and Katie, by pure coincidence, also left the Mullet Peninsula on the 19th May (2018) after re-establishing a bond, with the home of their Lavelle family ancestors.

Versions of the surname, Everett have also been recorded as Everard, Everitt and Hereford. Blacksod Bay Emigration Research, finds families of Erris and Achill who boarded the same sailing at Blacksod, settled, in the Provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, also Pennsylvania, Cleveland Ohio, Bellaire Ohio and Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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“The long procession wended its way seawards, some walking, and bending beneath the weight of huge bundles containing the entire property of the family, while others rode slowly forward in carts, the father leading the horse, and the mother and children and baggage occupying the vehicle. For hours this scene continued with few intervals”
Extract from the “Irish Times” entitled “Departure of the first batch of Emigrants” published Saturday March 31 1883.

Ned and Bridget (Deane) Lavelle with their family Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6, were part of this life changing moment, in our local history. (as were other families we now remember) The Lavelle family travelled from their home, in the townland of Inver, Knocknalower, County Mayo, to board the SS Nestorian Friday, 30th March 1883 at Blacksod Bay.
On the 1900 US Federal Census members of the Lavelle family are living in Conyngham, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. As with many families who settled in Pennsylvania, members of the family were miners. Back breaking work, doing whatever they could, to give their families a better future.
John Eyre, is a great Grandson of Peter Lavelle who was just seven, when he left Inver, with his parents and siblings.  John and wife Lucyann, travelled from North Carolina, USA, back to his family roots in Inver and also visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachleim, Blacksod.

Groups of families leaving from Blacksod Bay, often settled in the same areas, engaged in the same employment. On one page alone, of the 1900 US Federal Census for Conyngham, Columbia County, are three of our Mullet Peninsula families. Anthony, Mary Gaughan and family from Inishglora Island (SS Scandinavian 1883), Bridget Hogan and family, who journeyed from Inishkea Island (SS Canadian 1884), also Bryan, Mary Mooney and family from Ardmore, Binghamstown (SS Prussian 1884)

Bridget Mulgrew (nee Kelly), Rosturk Co. Mayo to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, via Quebec, aboard the S.S. Manitoban

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Bridget Kelly Mulgrew (Mulgrue on the passenger list), daughter of Martin Kelly and Catherine Hammill, was born in Rosturk, Co. Mayo in about 1861. She married Michael Mulgrew of Murrevagh, Co. Mayo, son of Bryan Mulgrew and Honora Grealis, in the Newport Chapel on May 11, 1881. The witnesses were John Gorman from Newport and Mary Joyce from Rosgalliv. While listed on the passenger list as traveling alone, Bridget was accompanied by her parents; Martin and Catherine Kelly (nee Hammill), and her siblings, Anne (18), Michael (16), Philip (13), Patrick (10), Catherine (7), and Martin Jr. (4), her grandmother, Sarah Hammill (60), and her uncle, John Kelly (25).
Bridget , along with her grandmother, Sarah Hammill (Hamilton on the passenger list), and her Uncle John Kelly, waited in Quebec for the arrival of her husband, Michael, her daughter, Kathryn, and sister, Mary Kelly. The rest of her family pushed on to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They may have chosen the Luzerne area because Catherine Hammill’s siblings, Patrick Hammond (Bridget Keenan) and Mary Needham (Thomas), immigrated there years earlier, as did a few of the Hammill/Hamil/Hammond cousins. The Hammill cousins are difficult to sort out at this time, as Sarah was born a Hammill and married, Michael Hammill, both are believed to be from in and around Raigh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
After Michael Mulgrew and the rest of the family arrived in Quebec, they continued on to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, and purchased a modest home on Welles Ave., It’s believed that they had a total of 11 children, seven survived to adulthood; Kathryn Ring (William), John Mulgrew (Irma Piedfourck), Annie Maloney (Christopher), Thomas Mulgrew, and Fr. Edward Mulgrew, Elynor “Nellie” Mulgrew and Florence Roblee (Clayton). Four of their children passed away in infancy or at a young age, they were; Esther, Maggie, Arthur, and one unknown.
Bridget passed away on August 23, 1898 in Parsons, PA. Michael passed away October 13, 1910
Wilkes-Barre Times, August 24, 1898 Parsons
Mrs. Michael Mulgrew, one of our most excellent ladies, died yesterday morning of heart failure after a painful illness. Mrs. Mulgrew was possessed of many Christian traits of character which endeared her to all. She is survived by her husband and seven children, the oldest a girl aged 16 years, and the youngest a baby 1 year old. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kelly, and three sisters and four brothers are also left to mourn her death. Her funeral will take place Thursday.
The Wilkes-Barre Record from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania • Page 25
October 15, 1910
After a week’s Illness of pneumonia Michael Mulgrew, for thirty years a resident of this place, died at his home on Welles Avenue early yesterday, deceased was 65 years of age. He was well known in this vicinity and in Pittston, Pa.
A large number of friends mourn his demise. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. William Ring, John Mulgrew, Mrs. Christopher Maloney, Thomas, Edward, Nellie and Florence Mulgrew. The funeral will be held Monday (October 17, 1910) afternoon at 3 o’clock wit h Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Plains.
Their Children:
Kathryn “Katie” Mulgrew (1882-1961) married William Ring, son of John Ring and Mary Hurley. They had 9 children, 7 whom survived to adulthood; Mary “Mamie” Perry (John), Jack Ring, Virginia “Irma” Hopkins (Terrence), Thomas (Devona Mast), Edward (Eileen Scheid), James (Marilyn McCarthy), and Patricia Smith (William).
John “Johnny” Mulgrew (1883-1947), played baseball under the name “Johnny Hughes.” He was one of the all time catching greats of the American Association, and played for the Brewers. He was the Catcher for Harry Clark’s Pennant Willing Clubs of 1913 and 1914. He adopted the name “Hughes” so he could play professionally while attending college. He used the name for the remainder of his baseball career, which was his great grandmother’s maiden name on the Mulgrew side of the family, He married, Irma Piedfourck, and had 6 children; June Lango (Roy), Jack Mulgrew, Mary Schneider (Raymond), Robert (Joyce) Mulgrew, James Mulgrew and William “Barney” Mulgrew.
Annie Mulgrew (1886-1926) married Christopher Maloney (1883-1938), son of Michael Maloney and Anna McCauliffe (McAuliffe?). They had 7 children; Martin (Elizabeth), Anna Ruth (James), Christopher (Angela Patla), John (Viola), Edward, Florence Greenblatt (Erwin) and Helen Rogan (Joseph).
Thomas Mulgrew (1889-?), never married, and worked in the coal industry, he eventually retired to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and I lost track of him.
Rev. Edward Mulgrew (1892-1934), was assistant pastor of St. Aloysius’ Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Elynor Mulgrew (1894-1964), never married and moved to Cleveland, there she owned a Detective agency, Trucking company, and finally a small Delicatessen, she was also was a secretary, a nurse, Vice President of Smith Messenger Service and a State Representative.
Florence Mulgrew (1896-1934), moved to Milwaukee with her brother, John, she married, Clayton Roblee, son of Melvin Roblee and Josephine “Nancy” Large. They had two children; Theodore (Doris Pritzkow) and Jerome (Emily Poliak).

Edward O’Malley

Many thanks to Edward for kindly sharing his story and photograph of Bridget, with other descendants. This post is also featured as a DISQUS message re: Bridget Mulgrue age 18, SS Manitoban, on our main site. There are also DISQUS messages kindly left by Jack McNulty and John Loughney re: Martin Kelly age 45. SS Manitoban. 


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 »