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Category: S.S. Prussian, Boston 1883

Peter, Rose (Barrett) McAndrew Family, Glencastle, County Mayo to Erin Prairie, Wisconsin

by ionaddeirbhile

On Friday the 11th of May 1883 Peter and Rose (Barrett) McAndrew with their family Anthony, Anne, John, Henry (Harry), Helen, Cath, twins Rose and Bridget, and Mary emigrated from their home in Glencastle. The McAndrew family (including another Rose McAndrew, also travelling with them) left the Barony of Erris, directly from Blacksod Bay onboard SS Prussian. Peter, Rose and family settled in St Croix County, Wisconsin and farmed in Erin Prairie.

Cath McAndrew was age six when she left Glencastle with her parents and siblings, her granddaughter Maria Meade visited the McAndrew family homestead in 2011.

“I thought people would like to know about this song. My Cousins shared the song on a cassette with me initially when I was there. They knew the song. Apparently many in Belmullet and surrounding areas know the song.
The photo is the owner of McDonnell Pub in Belmullet, singing the song to us one night in the pub, accompanied by the guitar player who was entertaining.
It was a life-changing moment. Perhaps you could post it on the site”

John, Rose (Cormack) Hogan Family, Rossport to Connecticut. SS Prussian 1883

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“Rose Hogan (nee Cormack) was my great, great aunt, born in Rossport, Co Mayo; she emigrated with her husband, John Hogan, and their five children to America, thanks to the free emigration in 1883. They settled in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut.”
Teresa Jackson

Thank you to Teresa for leaving a message, on our main Blacksod Bay Emigration Site. Other County Mayo families of Erris and Achill, with onward destinations to Connecticut, also left directly from Blacksod Bay. Work in the Cotton Mills had been secured for many of the families prior to leaving County Mayo.
Erris Families : John, Cath Tougher, Tip, Belmullet to Grosvenordale SS Phoenician 1883  : Anthony, Mary Keane, Dooyork to Grosvenordale SS Phoenician 1883  : Owen, Rose Mullowney, Rossport to Grosvenordale SS Prussian 1883  : Patrick, Ellen Cafferty / Cafferky, Muingmore, Glencastle to Grosvenordale SS Prussian 1883  : Anthony, Cath Healy Rossport / Rossdough to Grosvenordale SS Canadian 1884 . Achill Families Michael, Bridget McGinty Meelan Achill Island SS Waldensian 1883 : Edward, Margaret Carrigan, Valley, Achill. SS Phoenician 1884.

The 1900 US Federal Census sees the Hogan and McGinty families are still in Connecticut. The Tougher, Keane and Mullowney families, are now employed in the Textile Mills of Cumberland Town, Providence, Rhode Island.
The Cafferty / Cafferky and Healy families are in the Paper Mills of Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Carrigan family are settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
Families working in the Cotton Mills, had employment as Cotton Weavers, Cotton Operatives, Mule Spinners and Spooler Tenders. The Paper Mill employees, are seen as Paper Makers, Paper Cutters and Paper Counters.

Peter, Rose (Barrett) McAndrew Family, Glencastle to Erin Prairie, Wisconsin. SS Prussian

by ionaddeirbhile

Bill and Jerrilyn McAndrew at Elly Bay, an inlet of Blacksod Bay, County Mayo.

Peter and Rose McAndrew with their family Anthony, Anne, John, Henry (Harry), Helen, Cath, Twins Rose and Bridget, and Mary, (another Rose McAndrew was also travelling with the family) ranging in age from twenty to ten months, boarded SS Prussian on Friday 11th May 1883 at Blacksod Bay. The older children were born in Ederglen, near Glencastle. By 1883 the family were living in Glencastle (Belmullet-Erris Region).

The McAndrews arrived at the Port of Boston twelve days later, Wednesday 23rd May. An onward destination for the family was stated as Baldwin, Wisconsin. On the 1900 U.S. Census, Peter, Rose and family were farming, in Erin Prairie. Three of the girls were teachers. As with many families, who left these shores, given the chance and opportunities, they prospered. On the same sailing as the McAndrews, a Willis/Wills family, from the Mullet Peninsula, also with a destination to Baldwin, settled and farmed in Erin Prairie. Other ships of the “Allan Line” leaving from Blacksod, brought families by the name of Kennedy, Lavelle, O’Rourke, O’Boyle, McGuinty and Donnelly to Fond du Lac, Elroy, Tiffany and Erin Prairie in Wisconsin.

Bill and Jerrilyn McAndrew, from Colorado, U.S.A. recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre in Eachléim. Bill is a Grandson of John McAndrew, aged 16 on leaving Blacksod Bay.

The Belmullet-Erris region has a strong connection with Erin Prairie. Many of the families, who emigrated during the 1840s, including Barretts, McNallys and Stephens, also Geraghtys in the 1900s, settled in St Croix County and farmed in Erin Prairie. Many of our local families are now laid to rest in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Erin Prairie,

Sarah Barrett, Dooyork, County Mayo

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Sarah Barret, Dooyork was age 4 when she emigrated on the SS Prussian

Sarah Barrett, Dooyork was age 4 when she left on the SS Prussian from Blacksod Bay 11th May 1883.  Photo courtesy of descendant

Sarah Barret, Dooyork,  married John McGinley from the Mullet Peninsula

Sarah Barrett, Dooyork  married John Ginnelly (McGinley) from the Mullet Peninsula. Photo courtesy of descendant