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

by ionaddeirbhile

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 http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie site. There are also DISQUS messages kindly left by Jack McNulty and John Loughney re: Martin Kelly age 45. SS Manitoban. 

 

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