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