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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

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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 Sweeney family, of Doona, Ballycroy, kindly shared by Roseann.

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.

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“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 EMIGRATION.ie 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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Happy Christmas 2015

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.      http://registers.nli.ie/

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.

James, Annie Dugan (Doogan) and Family, Tonatanvalley, Achill Island, County Mayo

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Annie McManamon Dugan (Doogan)

Annie McManamon Dugan (Doogan)

James and Annie Dugan (Doogan) with their infant son Patrick, together with Annie’s children by her first husband, Anne and Mary Dugan and Bridget Gallagher, as well as John Gallagher, a relative of Annie’s first husband, left from Tonatanvalley, Achill, and sailed from Blacksod Bay on the SS Scandinavian, 22nd April 1883 and arrived in Quebec May 3rd

James, Annie and family made their way to the Cleveland area via Detroit. They were headed to a neighborhood called Newburgh, but soon settled instead in a neighborhood near the Cuyahoga River called the Angle. The Dugans ran a bar in the Angle, and when they moved out of the Angle they continued to run a bar near West 58th Street and Detroit. Annie’s daughter May Dugan Reynolds continued to run the family bar after Prohibition. Today there is a neighbourhood centre in the vicinity that is called the May Dugan Center in honor of May’s generosity and stature in the neighbourhood. (Kindly sent from Cleveland by Margaret Lynch to remember the Dugan Family, Tonatanvalley)

May Dugan Center, Cleveland.

Her compassion is legendary. At one time, 25 penniless and homeless people were housed and fed in May’s attic, basement and garage. Countless other times, when neighbors needed food for their children, they came to May; she always provided assistance, even if it had to come from her own meager resources. In addition when someone was charged justly, or unjustly, May knew where to go downtown and who should be seen. The late Abe Dudnick, one of Cleveland’s most eminent attorneys, described May Dugan as having “a combination of intelligence, tenacity, and charity, unmatched in her fight for the down and out and the forgotten.” In 1932 May opened the first of a series of Irish neighborhood taverns, with the last one established in 1940 on W.58th and Detroit, and known as Dugan’s. Under May’s proprietorship, they offered a venue for May to help her neighbors find jobs, food and clothing, and legal advice.

May Dugan’s mother and father came to Cleveland in 1882 [1883] arriving in a horse-drawn wagon from Detroit, and part of the Irish migration from Achill Island on the northwest coast of Ireland. May, born in 1892, married William Reynolds in 1910 at St. Malachi’s Church. They had six children: James, Hazel, Francis, Rita, Hubert and Mary Jane.

Her memory is still honoured by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people she helped many years ago; they still remember their parents talking about hard times and the “generous warm hearted Irish lady who put food on their table when no one else cared.” (Based on the article, May Dugan: Honored for a Life-Time of Caring, by Joe Finan.)

Descendant of Peter Gaughan, Shraigh, County Mayo, travels from New York to Blacksod Bay

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Descendant of Peter, Mary Gaughan Shraigh

Peter, Mary Gaughan with their children Michael 12, Peter 9 and James 7 were passengers on SS Nestorian, the first ship to leave Blacksod Bay on 30th March 1883 arriving at Boston 15th April. The Gaughan Family had an onward destination to Pennsylvania and settled in Olyphant.

Looking for relatives of Austin Gaughan and Mary Perkins, Shraigh (Mother and Father of Peter Gaughan) Also looking for descendants of Michael Munnelly and Nellie Reape. You can contact me at  mary38731@gmail.com   Thank You

James Hack Tuke. Assisted Emigration from Blacksod Bay 1883-84

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It was by accident that I visited Ionad Deirbhile in Dec. 2013 and realised that Rosemarie Geraghty was researching and cataloguing the ships and emigrants details that sailed from Elly/Blacksod in 1883-84. I grew up in Belmullet and the famine was never talked about, much less the emigrant ships that sailed from Elly/Blacksod Bay in the 1880’s. I played on the beautiful strand of Elly Bay and also swam there – who would have thought that such extreme scenes were played out in that same place all those years before. Why did no one mention them.

I was introduced to Irish famine History when I completed a degree in History at National University Ireland Galway in 2008. I was encouraged to write about J. H. Tuke by a lecturer as I felt so strongly that history and the Mayo/Belmullet people owed this man a debt of gratitude for his work. The late Rita Nolan in her book “Within the Mullet” stated ‘to these men and to their organisation we are forever indebted’; and ‘many people in the Mullet probably owe them their very existence. Without the help given by these strangers, our ancestors too might have perished with the many who died’. Fr. Kevin Hegarty has also written at least two articles that I am aware of in honour of J. H. Tuke in which he mentions his ‘Charity’ and states that J. H. Tuke ‘did not pass by on the other side’. Many of those emigrant families now have descendants in the U.S. and Canada who are in touch with Rosemarie Geraghty of Ionad Deirbhile – the museum located in Aughleam (Blacksod) near the area where the ships left Elly/Blacksod Bay all those years ago.

I have personally visited the Quaker burial ground in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and said a ‘Thank You’ at James Hack Tuke’s grave. It is in the middle of a busy town but you get a sense of ‘peace’ when there. I applaud Rosemarie for her achievements by bringing our past to the community’s attention. That J. H. Tuke will be remembered in Blacksod is fitting as Rita Nolan states ‘that is the least he deserves, since he was surely one of the greatest, if not the greatest benefactor Erris ever had.

Kathleen O’Donoghue (Chalk)   Belmullet and U.K.

Bryan, Margaret McManmon and Family, Margaret, Mary, Hugh, Julia and Anne. Tonatanvalley, Achill Island, County Mayo. SS Scandinavian

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Bryan was my two times great grandfather.

My great grandmother had already emigrated to Scotland, married William Smith and bore my grandmother Margaret. They then emigrated to Cleveland. I had already found their emigration records at Ellis Island.

The remainder of the family eventually ended up in Cleveland, but I was never able to find any record. Thank You very much for the new information. I may now be able to find their path through Canada to Cleveland. Any other available information on families of Bryan or Margaret would be very much appreciated.

Thanks again for this valuable information.

Thomas Arthur

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

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Sandy, Tom and Louise Olsen travelled from Virginia and Florida USA to the home place of their Ancestors, to meet with their relatives the "Erris" Sweeneys.

Sandy, Tom and Louise Olson travelled from Virginia and Florida 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.

The Olsens and Sweeneys visit Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim Blacksod.

The Olsons and Sweeneys visit Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim Blacksod.

Remembering the People of Erris, Achill and Newport West, County Mayo

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Our history is their history

Blacksod Bay Emigration remembers the people of Erris, Achill and Newport West, County Mayo who emigrated on the ships from Blacksod Bay 1883-84 assisted by “The Tuke Fund”. It is hoped that the database will help descendants of the emigrants in North America and Canada to engage with their relations and the community in the West of Ireland, and that their shared experiences will re-establish a bond between the Belmullet and Achill areas and those areas in the United States and Canada where the emigrants settled. This is the start of a process which will strengthen the connection between the descendants of the emigrants and the home place of their ancestors. The people left together as a community with a sense of identity, they are now being remembered in this way.

We thank descendants of the families who left these shores. Their encouragement and support have been the inspiration for the Blacksod Bay Emigration Site.

Blacksod Bay Emigration is proud to be acknowledged by Professor Christine Kinealy Director of Irelands Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University, USA and Dr. Gerard Moran, Emeritus in History at National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Prof. Christine Kinealy, Dr. Gerard Moran and Rosemarie Geraghty Researcher at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Prof. Christine Kinealy, Dr. Gerard Moran and Rosemarie Geraghty Researcher at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod

Philip, Ellen Gaughan and Family, Pat, Lawrence, Anthony, Maggie and Mary. Binghamstown area, County Mayo

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My husband is Dirk Martin Garrity (Geraghty). He is a descendant of Lawrence Gaughan who left Blacksod Bay aboard the SS Corean on May 10th 1884. Lawrence was my husband’s Great-Grandfather. Lawrence arrived with his family in Quebec, and the entire family headed to Minnesota. Lawrence’s daughter, Ellen Gaughan, married Martin Geraghty (my husband’s grandparents). They lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is where my husband was born. I hope some day we can visit the Blacksod Bay area! My husband has ties to many families there; Gaughan, Geraghty, and Ginnelly (Ginley).

Michelle Madrigal Garrity

John, Margaret (Tollett) Toole and Family, Tallagh, Belmullet, County Mayo

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John, Margaret (Tollett) Toole and family, James, Mary, Thomas, John, Michael, Cath, Ellen and Pat were from Tallagh, Belmullet, County Mayo. The Toole family emigrated on the SS Grecian from Blacksod Bay 2nd June 1883. Annie Toole was born on the voyage of SS Grecian.

Photographs: Courtesy of descendant

Photographs: Courtesy of descendant T Hospod

Seeking relatives

John and Margaret Toole were my Great-Great-Great Grandparents. John was the son of James Toole and Helen McGraw/McGrath. Margaret was the daughter of Michael Tollett. I was hoping to connect with distant relatives in Co. Mayo. If you’re at all connected with this family please email me at  tfxhospod@gmail.com  Thanks!

Jane Kennedy St. Paul, Minnesota travels back to the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo, the home of her Ancestors.

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Jane’s grandfather Martin was age 8 years old when he left Cross, Binghamstown, with his parents Anthony Kennedy and Mary Reilly Kennedy along with his siblings Pat, Mary and Sabina. The Kennedy Family made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the SS Austrian. The ship left Blacksod Bay 25th May 1883 arriving at Boston 7th June 1883. The family continued their journey onwards to Baldwin, Wisconsin. Jane Kennedy is pictured at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam

Jane’s Grandfather Martin was age 8 years old when he left Cross, Binghamstown, with his parents Anthony Kennedy and Mary Reilly Kennedy along with his siblings Pat, Mary and Sabina. The Kennedy Family made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the SS Austrian. The ship left Blacksod Bay 25th May 1883 arriving at Boston 7th June 1883. The family continued their journey onwards to Baldwin, Wisconsin
Jane Kennedy  7-j@msn.com is pictured at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam

Anthony & Martin Kennedy

 

 

Descendant of Barrett, Dixon Families, Leam and Binghamstown, returns to the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo.

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Connor Barrett Harlander, USA, is a Great, Great, Grandson of Michael Barrett and Anne (Dixon) Barrett, Leam and Binghanstown, also a Great, Great, Great Grandson of Pat and Mary Dixon, Binghamstown who with their families all sailed on the S.S. Austrian from Blacksod Bay 25th May 1883 arriving at Boston 7th June 1883.

Connor Barrett Harlander, USA, is a Great, Great, Grandson of Michael Barrett and Anne (Dixon) Barrett, Leam and Binghamstown, also a Great, Great, Great Grandson of Pat and Mary Dixon, Binghamstown who with their families all sailed on the S.S. Austrian from Blacksod Bay 25th May 1883 arriving at Boston 7th June 1883.

Heveron Family descendant returns to Blacksod Bay

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Diane Heveran Rothaar, Washington, USA, descendant of Philip and Mary Heveron Doolough, made the journey back to Erris, County Mayo, where Philip, Mary and family emigrated on the SS Waldensian from Blacksod Bay 22nd June 1883 for Boston arriving 4th July.

Diane Heveran Rothaar, Washington, USA, descendant of Philip and Mary Heveron Doolough, visiting  Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Blacksod.  Diane made the journey back to Erris, County Mayo, where Philip, Mary and family emigrated on the SS Waldensian from Blacksod Bay 22nd June 1883 for Boston arriving 4th July.

David Heveron, Doolough was age 8  when he left Blacksod Bay with his parents and siblings onboard the SS Waldensian

David Heveron, Doolough was age 8 when he left Blacksod Bay with his parents and siblings onboard the SS Waldensian

Donnelly descendants make the journey back to Blacksod Bay

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Donnelly Family Descendants with Researcher Rosemarie Geraghty, Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Blacksod (right) Descendants of Thomas and Bridget Donnelly, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo, made the journey from Wisconsin USA to County Mayo to see where their people boarded the ship that would take them to the “New World”. The Donnelly Family sailed onboard the SS Canadian from Blacksod Bay 13th April 1883 for Boston arriving 28th April.

Donnelly Family Descendants with Researcher Rosemarie Geraghty, Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Blacksod (right)
Descendants of Thomas and Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo, made the journey from Wisconsin, USA to County Mayo to see where their people boarded the ship that would take them to the “New World”.  The Donnelly Family sailed onboard the SS Canadian from Blacksod Bay 13th April 1883 for Boston arriving 28th April. Thomas, Bridget and family settled in Elroy,Wisconsin.

Thomas and Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo.

Thomas and Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo. Photograph: Courtesy of descendant Judy Sebranek

Descendants Seeking Relatives

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Thomas, Kate (Murray) Tougher and Family. Aughalasheen, Belmullet, County Mayo.

I would like to thank Rosemarie Geraghty for contacting me through Ancestry.com My name is Richard Tucker Rook, and I am the grandson of Thomas Tougher, who sailed from Blacksod to Boston with his parents (Thomas and Kate (Murray) Tougher) and family, on the “Phoenician” in 1883. The story of this emigration, and Mr. Tuke’s fund, is wonderful and inspiring, and I am so glad you are preserving and spreading it.  And I only wish I had known about Ionad Deirbhile in 2009, when we last visited Ireland. If there are other Toughers out there, or anyone willing to share more information on the Toughers, I would be delighted, and happy to share what I have. Thank you again, Rosemarie.    Richard Rook

John, Margaret (Tollett) Toole and Family. Tallagh, Belmullet, County Mayo

Toole Family SS Grecian. John and Margaret Toole were my Great-Great-Great Grandparents. John was the son of James Toole and Helen McGraw/McGrath. Margaret was the daughter of Michael Tollett. I was hoping to connect with distant relatives in Co. Mayo. If you’re at all connected with this family, please email me at tfxhospod@gmail.com Thanks!

James, Catherine (O’Malley) Jordan and Family. Doolough, County Mayo

Jordan family SS Austrian. I am a Great-Great Granddaughter of Sarah (Sally) Jordan who was a daughter of James and Catherine. Any cousins feel free to email me: akcsgirl@hotmail.com

Mary (Gunnigal) Jordan and Family, Patrick F., John, Mary, Bridget and Ellen.  Doolough, County Mayo

Jordan family SS Austrian. Mikki Jordan Granddaughter of Patrick F. Jordan. Any Jordan descendants feel free to email me at: akcsgirl@hotmail.com

John, Ann (O’Donnell) McGarry and Family John, Michael, James, Thomas and Ann. Aughoose, County Mayo

The McGarry Family emigrated on the SS Grecian. Descendant in the U.S. looking for relatives or connections with this family in County Mayo.

Michael, Anne (Dixon) Barrett and Family, Leam, Belmullet, also Pat, Mary and Sarah Dixon, Binghamstown, County Mayo

Michael and Anne left Blacksod Bay on the SS Austrian. They travelled with their six children John, Mary, Pat, Margaret, Michael, Sarah and Anne’s parents Patrick, Mary Dixon and daughter Sarah. Descendant in the US looking to connect with relatives. Thank You

Patrick, Bridget (O’Donohoe) Monaghan and Family, Tallagh, Belmullet, County Mayo.

Patrick, Bridget with their two children Ann and John left on the SS Canadian 13th April 1883. Descendant looking to connect with relatives.

Remembering the Emigrants 24th July 2013 Photo Gallery

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