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Category: S.S. Nestorian, Boston 1883

John, Bridget (Murphy) Tighe, Toorglass, Belmullet to Scranton, Pennsylvania

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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!

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle Family, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania

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The 30th March 1883 was the day Ned and Bridget (Deane) Lavelle with their family Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6, emigrated from the Townland of Inver, Knocknalower. (Belmullet District)
They were one of many Erris and Achill families,  boarding the SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, beginning life changing journeys.

On the 1900 US Federal Census members of the Lavelle family are living in Conyngham Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania with family members employed in the Anthracite Mines

Lenora Kenny Daniel (pictured at the Exhibition in Eachléim) is the granddaughter of Sabina Lavelle, who at eight years of age journeyed to the U.S. aboard SS Nestorian.
Lenora and Peter travelled from New York to the Belmullet area, visiting Inver also Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Hamden CT

Local Families leaving from Blacksod Bay, often settled in the same areas, engaged in the same employment. On one page alone, of the 1900 US Federal Census for Conyngham Township, Columbia County, are three of our Mullet Peninsula families. Anthony, Mary (Wilson) Gaughan family from Inishglora Island, Bridget (Corduff) Hogan family, who journeyed from Inishkea Island, also Bryan, Mary (Barrett) Mooney family Ardmore, Binghamstown. The families were all Mine workers.

Bridget (Kavanaugh) Dixon Family Morahan and Anna (Reilly) Keane Family Mullaghroe, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo

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Adam with family and friends travelled from Ohio, USA

Mary Josephine Dixon, born in Morahan, on the ‘Mullet Peninsula’, boarded SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay 30th March 1883 with her mother, Bridget (Kavanaugh) Dixon and siblings Margaret, Martin and Julia. The Dixon family were headed for Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Siblings Adam Maloney and Margaret are great grandchildren of Mary Josephine aged 16 on the manifest. They are also direct descendants of Anna (Reilly) Keane, who embarked on the sailing of the SS Phoenician 2nd May 1884 with son Henry Keane and Henry’s children John, Anne, Pat, Richard, Margaret and Owen. The Keane family from Mullaghroe were travelling to Bellaire, Belmont, Ohio. Anna’s daughter Bridget Keane/Kane, had already emigrated to the United States in 1865 with her husband Richard Murphy and son Dennis. Dennis was born in Devlane, Clogher, on the Mullet Peninsula, Dennis Murphy would later marry Mary Dixon, (also of the Mullet) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1888.

Adam with family, friends and present day Murphys from Devlane in Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod.

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

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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Highlighting a comment received for the post: Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower. The Lavelle Family were Ned, and Bridget with their children Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6

Comment :  Sabina (Binnia) Lavalle Kenney is my grandmother! She passed in June 1957 before I was born. You can tour the mine that they worked in Ashland Pa. Its both fascinating and humbling experience going down in the mine. My family will be visiting County Mayo this August. Needless to say I am very excited to discover my personnel connection and looking forward to visiting the center

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.

Patrick, Catherine (Walsh) McManmon Family, Glencastle to Lowell, Massachusetts

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Patrick and Catherine (Walsh) McManmon with their family James 17, Francis 9, Peter 7 and Michael 5 emigrated from Bunahouna, near Glencastle, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland. On the 30th March 1883, they stood on the shores of Barnagh Island, along with other local  families.  All were waiting, to be rowed out to another ship, which then ran up alongside the SS Nestorian anchored in the deeper waters of Blacksod Bay. The McManmon family were travelling to Boston, with an onward destination stated as Lowell, Massachusetts, where other family members had previously settled. Patrick Catherine and family also made their home in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The surname McManmon, appears as McManaman, on the ship’s manifest.

Pictured above is Katherine May, a Granddaughter of John McManmon born in Glencastle and Jeannie Coggins Lockinger, Granddaughter of John’s sister Agnes, born in the United States. Katherine and Jeannie travelled from Massachusettes and Virginia respectively.

Many thanks, to Peter McManmon for leaving a comment on the site in 2017. “My great grandfather, Patrick James McManmon left Blacksod Bay on the Nestorian in 1883 for Boston. He ended up staying in Massachusetts”

Photographs, by kind permission of Katherine May.

Message from Peter McManmon. The photo of the couple is of my grandparents James j and Anne L Colins McManmon he was the eldest son of Patrick J McManmon and the one furthest to the left in the group photo

Blacksod Bay Emigration at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, is privileged to see so many descendants, travelling great distances back to the homeplace of their ancestors. Our  www.blacksodbayemigration.ie and  https://blacksodbayemigration.wordpress.com/ descendants’ site, were brought about by transcribing manifests and a great deal of continued Local History research, to form a focal point for descendants of the families of our communities.

Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, County Mayo…Rosemarie    

Anthony, Margaret (Prendergast) Barrett Family, Tip, Aughalasheen and Shraigh, Bunnahowen. SS Nestorian

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Anthony and Margaret (Prendergast) Barrett were originally from the townland of Tip, on the Mullet Peninsula, where their elder children were born.
At the time of emigrating, Anthony and Margaret with their family, John 20, Rose 16, Bridget 14, Edward 9, Michael 7 and Honor 5, were living in Shraigh, Bunnahowen. The Barrett family were in familiar company, when they boarded the SS Nestorian on 30th March 1883 at Blacksod Bay.

The next family on the manifest was Mary Lally, along with children Pat 10, John 7, Cath 4 and William 8 months. Mary’s husband Patrick had travelled out, before the rest of the family. They settled in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, in Jessup, then on to Winton Borough. Mary (Barrett) Lally was Anthony and Margaret’s daughter.
William Barrett, an elder son of Anthony and Margaret, born in Tip, had emigrated at an earlier date to Pennsylvania.
Members of the Barrett and Lally families were engaged in mining, and lived in the Jessup and Winton Boroughs of Lackawanna County.

Cousins Katie, Lucy, Pattie, Deanie, Mary, Melissa and Katie’s daughter Michaela, Edward Barrett’s Great granddaughters and great,great, granddaughter, journeyed back to Blacksod Bay. Edward was age nine, when he boarded the Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, with his parents and siblings. The Barrett descendants travelled from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

On their visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Anthony and Margaret’s descendants noticed a letter written by Richard Le Maire, a descendant of Ned Barrett from Bunawillan. Ned and family lived in the same area, boarded the same sailing and both families were headed for Pennsylvania. Ned’s family were miners in Sugar Notch Borough, Luzerne, County.

Richard’s Letter: 2013

Many thanks to you and the staff at the Heritage Centre. The results of the research you are carrying on are invaluable and a gift to those of us searching for our connection with Erin, our ancestors’ native land. Be reminded that most never returned “home”, never saw their own again except in their hearts and memories, but never forgot. They instilled this love in generations of their progeny over 40 million strong in America today.
Again, thank you so much for finding me on the internet. I am 82 now and feel a sense of closure with this side of my family. I was practically brought up by my Mayo grandparents, Michael Dent, Ned Barrett’s grandson of Bunnawillan, and Anne Barrett, Harry, of Doolough. I spent so much time with them as a child and had the sense to ask questions even to memorizing” The Wren, The Wren” in Irish.
I am indebted to all at the Heritage Centre. Thanks for seeing to it that the poor souls who left part of their lives behind will be remembered by generations to come.

Katie left a message on this site: To Richard Le Maire,
Your letter exactly describes our feelings. Several of the Anthony Barrett/ Margaret Prendergast descendants visited Ireland and found this Memorial on our journey. I will never forget Rosemarie and her kindness or Philomena (Phil). Their warmness toward us and their enthusiasm about our family was overwhelming.
Our ancestors came over on the S.S. Nestorian. In fact, I’m wondering the connection between our Anthony Barrett and your Ned Barrett. Perhaps they were brothers?? Anthony was born in 1825 and from what I’ve seen, I believe Ned was born in 1823.
Thank you again for your kind words in your letter. We read it aloud at our meeting with Rosemarie and all felt it very much captured our feelings.
With gratitude,
Katherine (Katie)…great great granddaughter of Anthony Barrett (spelled Barratt on the passenger list) and Margaret (Prendergast). Great granddaughter of Edward Barrett, also on that list, traveling with his parents to Pennsylvania.

Anthony and Margaret Barrett’s descendants in Blacksod (An Fód Dubh)

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)

 

 

 

 

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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“The long procession wended its way seawards, some walking, and bending beneath the weight of huge bundles containing the entire property of the family, while others rode slowly forward in carts, the father leading the horse, and the mother and children and baggage occupying the vehicle. For hours this scene continued with few intervals”
Extract from the “Irish Times” entitled “Departure of the first batch of Emigrants” published Saturday March 31 1883.

Ned and Bridget (Deane) Lavelle with their family Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6, were part of this life changing moment, in our local history. (as were other families we now remember) The Lavelle family travelled from their home, in the townland of Inver, Knocknalower, County Mayo, to board the SS Nestorian Friday, 30th March 1883 at Blacksod Bay.
On the 1900 US Federal Census members of the Lavelle family are living in Conyngham, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. As with many families who settled in Pennsylvania, members of the family were miners. Back breaking work, doing whatever they could, to give their families a better future.
John Eyre, is a great Grandson of Peter Lavelle who was just seven, when he left Inver, with his parents and siblings.  John and wife Lucyann, travelled from North Carolina, USA, back to his family roots in Inver and also visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachleim, Blacksod.

Groups of families leaving from Blacksod Bay, often settled in the same areas, engaged in the same employment. On one page alone, of the 1900 US Federal Census for Conyngham, Columbia County, are three of our Mullet Peninsula families. Anthony, Mary Gaughan and family from Inishglora Island (SS Scandinavian 1883), Bridget Hogan and family, who journeyed from Inishkea Island (SS Canadian 1884), also Bryan, Mary Mooney and family from Ardmore, Binghamstown (SS Prussian 1884)