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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

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.

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)

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

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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.

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 »

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. 

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.

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.