On the 30th March 1883, John and Bridget Tighe with their family, Bridget, Pat, Bryan, Anthony and John, along with many others, made the walk from Toorglass, Belmullet back to Elly Bay where the SS Nestorian lay at anchor. A second family from the same townland, Anthony Dougan, wife Mary (Tighe) and seven children were also walking with the Tighes. The Nestorian arrived in Boston on the evening of 15th April, the families of our communities disembarked the next morning.
The 1900 U.S. Census shows John, Bridget and family in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. John Snr. and sons Patrick, Anthony and John are all Anthracite Mine workers. The Dougans were living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This is Joe (pictured above) and Lori’s second visit back to Toorglass. Joe Tighe is a Grandson of Bryan Tighe, who at the age 11 boarded the sailing of the first ship Nestorian with his family. Joe and Lori travelled from Colorado, USA to meet with relatives, visit Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre and new found friends!
Other families who left from Toorglass during the assisted emigration, are seen on the 1900 Census, (SS Scandinavian 1883 via Quebec)) William, Ellen Gallagher and family were also in Scranton, Lackawanna and are Coal Miners. Two families Anthony, Ellen (Tighe) Geraghty and Michael, Anne Tighe are seen living in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota respectively. The Geraghty and Tighe families travelled via Quebec having boarded SS Corean at Blacksod in May 1884. Michael and Margaret (Tighe) Gaughan of Toorglass, (SS Phoenician 1883), settled in Mayfield, Lackawanna also miners. – John & Ann (O’Donnell) McGarry who travelled from Aughoose, onboard SS Grecian June 1883, were living next door to the Gaughan family. Descendants of some of the aforementioned families have contacted the Heritage Centre and are highly likely connected.
Gaughans of Shraigh – Gallaghers of Cross – Cawleys of Lurgacloy – Heverans of Fallmore – Barretts of Shraigh – McManmons of Glencastle – Geraghtys of Drum – Dixons of Morahan – Lavelles of Inver and Tighes of Toorglass, all onboard the sailing of SS Nestorian 30th March 1883……. Incredibly, descendants of all those families have made their own journey back to Blacksod!