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Category: S.S. Scandinavian, Quebec 1883

Owen, Rose (Calvey) Doran Family, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo to Leavenworth, Kansas. SS Waldensian

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Owen Doran, his wife Rose and their family Cath 20, Mary 17, John 15, Martin 13, Bryan 12 and Pat 9 boarded the SS Waldensian 22nd June 1883.  The Doran family were leaving their small island home of Inishbiggle. Destination stated on the ship’s manifest was Leavenworth, Kansas. Owen’s brother Patrick had settled in Kansas many years earlier. The 1900 US Census shows Owen and Rose with daughters Catherine and Mary still living in Leavenworth.

Sarah Doran, an older daughter of Owen and Rose, married Bryan Navin. The young couple with their infant son John, left Inishbiggle Island earlier that year in the month of April, boarding SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay. The Navin family were living in Huron County, Ohio in 1900. The next family Tom and Sibby (McEneeley) Navin with their infant daughter Cath, boarding after Bryan and Sarah, was also leaving Inishbiggle. Tom, Sibby and family settled in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. A Peter Calvey was also travelling with the Navin families

Catherine Doran visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, making the journey from L.A. California. Catherine is the g,g, granddaughter of Owen’s brother Patrick, and has a great deal of family history carried out on the Doran family of Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo.

Great-Granddaughter of Bridget Tougher, Tip, Belmullet, travels from Toronto, Canada.

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Kathleen at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod

Frank and Sarah (McKeon) Tougher with their family Anthony 16, Bridget 14, Francis 10, James 8, Michael 6 and Ellen 3 lived in Tip, Aughalasheen on the Mullet Peninsula.

The Tougher family like many others, left Blacksod Bay onboard the “Allan Line” steamship SS Scandinavian, on the 22nd April 1883 for the port of Quebec. Two Hundred and fifty nine passengers boarded that day at Blacksod. Families of Erris, Achill and Newport West, all journeyed together. The ship’s manifest stated, “No destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers” On the 3rd of May the SS Scandinavian arrived at Quebec

The 1891 Census of Canada, shows Sarah, along with sons Frank, Michael and daughter Ellen living at Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario. Bridget married John Mahon and eventually settled in Sudbury, Ontario.

Kathleen Howes, a great granddaughter of Bridget Tougher (age 14 on the sailing), travelled from Toronto back to her family roots on the Mullet Peninsula.

As with many Toughers arriving in the US and Canada, the name Tougher became Tucker.

Bryan, Margaret (Curregan) McManmon Family, Tonatanvally, Achill Island to Cleveland, Ohio (via Quebec)

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Bryan McManmon, his wife Margaret and family, Margaret, Mary, Hugh, Julia and Anne, lived in the townland of Tonatanvally, (Tóin an tSeanbhaile) Achill Island. The McManmon family boarded the Allan Line Steamship SS Scandinavian in May of 1883. More Achill families from the same townland, were also on the sailing, including Doogans – Dugans, Gallaghers and English.   A Mangan family from Doogort was also embarking with them. On the Ship’s Manifest it stated “no destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers”. Although no destinations were given, the Achill Islanders were headed for Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Where there was an established Achill Community.

The McManmon Family settled in Cleveland, where their daughter Margaret, married James Kilbane. James was the son of Mary Kilbane from Dooega, who emigrated with her family James, Bridget, Mary, Edward, Patrick and Sabina onboard SS Canadian in 1883, also via Quebec to Cleveland.

Thomas Arthur and wife Gloria travelled from Cleveland, Ohio, back to Tonatanvally, (Tóin an tSeanbhaile) Achill Island and to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Blacksod. Thomas is a great, great grandson of Bryan and Margaret McManmon. Another daughter Bridget McManmon had earlier emigrated to Scotland and married William Smith. (parents of Thomas’s Grandmother Margaret) they too settled in Cleveland.  McManmon, McManamon, McManimon and McManaman are just some of the many spelling variations of the surname. Many thanks to friends in Achill, who met up with, and gave such a warm welcome to Thomas and Gloria on their visit. “Go raibh míle maith agat”

Same sailing and townland

Gallagher Sisters & Family, The Valley, Achill Island

James, Annie Dugan (Doogan) and Family Tonatanvally, Achill Island

Newport West families, with the names Lynn – Lunn of Derrycooldrim, McLoughlin from Roskeen, Kerrigan Gortfahy and Conway from Mulranny, were travelling on the same voyage. 1900 sees all the afore mentioned and Achill Families, living near one another in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

In 2003 Achill was twinned with the City of Cleveland, Ohio. 


Frank, Sarah (McKeon) Tougher Family. Tipp, Belmullet to Ontario, Canada. SS Scandinavian 1883

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Max Leighton, descendant of Frank, Sarah (McKeon) Tougher Family, who boarded SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay. A family of our Community remembered at Blacksod Memorial Garden

Max Leighton, Toronto, descendant of Frank, Sarah (McKeon) Tougher and Family, who emigrated onboard SS Scandinavian in 1883, remembered at Blacksod Memorial Garden

Researcher Rosemarie Geraghty and Max at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Researcher Rosemarie Geraghty and Max at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Frank and Sarah with their family Anthony, Bridget, Francis, James, Michael and Ellen left Blacksod Bay  onboard SS Scandinavian 22nd April 1883 for the port of Quebec.  Other families of Erris, Achill and also the same townland of Tipp, made the voyage together. The manifest stated “No destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers”. On the 1891 Census of Canada, the Tougher family are living at Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario. As with many Toughers arriving in the United States, the name Tougher in Canada,  became Tucker.

Bridget Tougher  was age fourteen when she travelled from Tipp to Canada with her parents and siblings.  Max Leighton, a great, great grandson of Bridget, made the journey back to Tipp from Toronto. Thank you to Phil McIntyre, for kindly guiding everyone around the townland of Tipp.

Richard Rook, a descendant of John and Cath (Murray) Tougher of Tipp, was also visiting the Centre from Massachusetts, with his wife Dyan.  John, Cath and   family, emigrated a week after Frank and Sarah, onboard SS Phoenician from Blacksod Bay. Max, Richard and Dyan also attended a Tougher Family Re-union, organized by Anna Lynskey  and held in Cartron, at Turas Siar Irish Language, Culture Research and Genealogy Centre ran by Pap and Catherine Murphy.

Max, Anna, Richard and Dyan.

Max Leighton, Anna Lynskey, Richard and Dyan Rook at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim.

In April 1883 two families left from the same townland on different ships, one to the United States and the other to Canada. On a weekend in October 2016 a descendant of each of those families met up on the Mullet Peninsula, where it all began.

Descendants sharing a common bond and history.


Pat, Anne (Shevlane) Murphy, Tallagh, Belmullet to Indiana (via Quebec) SS Scandinavian

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Jon and Lori Murphy Murphy Family SS Scandinavian

On the 22nd April 1883 the Murphy family from Tallagh, Belmullet boarded the “Allan Line” steamer SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay for Quebec. The manifest stated for all the families boarding “No destination given, all Tuke’s passengers.” Pat and Anne Murphy with their young children Margaret, Michael and Pat made a life changing journey, that would see them settling in Parke County, Indiana. The Murphy family eventually made their home in Mecca, Indiana.

Jon Murphy, a Grandson of Pat Murphy Jnr. travelled from Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Lori, back to Tallagh, Belmullet, the ancestral homeplace of his family.

(Many families left from the townland of Tallagh, Belmullet situated on the Mullet Peninsula).

Pat, Anne (Shevlane) Murphy, Tallagh, Belmullet, County Mayo. SS Scandinavian to Quebec

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Pat, Anne (Shevlane) Murphy with their family Margaret, Michael and Pat.

“My grandfather and great grandfather and great grandmother (Pat and Anne Murphy) are listed here, they settled in Parke County, Indiana and ended up in Mecca Indiana. If you have any information please feel free to contact me. Thanks so much for the site.”……………………………Jonathan Murphy.

(original comment from Jonathan Murphy on Letters from the Emigrants)

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. 

James, Annie Dugan (Doogan) and Family, Tonatanvalley, Achill Island, County Mayo

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Annie McManamon Dugan (Doogan)

Annie McManamon Dugan (Doogan)

James and Annie Dugan (Doogan) with their infant son Patrick, together with Annie’s children by her first husband, Anne and Mary Dugan and Bridget Gallagher, as well as John Gallagher, a relative of Annie’s first husband, left from Tonatanvalley, Achill, and sailed from Blacksod Bay on the SS Scandinavian, 22nd April 1883 and arrived in Quebec May 3rd

James, Annie and family made their way to the Cleveland area via Detroit. They were headed to a neighborhood called Newburgh, but soon settled instead in a neighborhood near the Cuyahoga River called the Angle. The Dugans ran a bar in the Angle, and when they moved out of the Angle they continued to run a bar near West 58th Street and Detroit. Annie’s daughter May Dugan Reynolds continued to run the family bar after Prohibition. Today there is a neighbourhood centre in the vicinity that is called the May Dugan Center in honor of May’s generosity and stature in the neighbourhood. (Kindly sent from Cleveland by Margaret Lynch to remember the Dugan Family, Tonatanvalley)

May Dugan Center, Cleveland.

Her compassion is legendary. At one time, 25 penniless and homeless people were housed and fed in May’s attic, basement and garage. Countless other times, when neighbors needed food for their children, they came to May; she always provided assistance, even if it had to come from her own meager resources. In addition when someone was charged justly, or unjustly, May knew where to go downtown and who should be seen. The late Abe Dudnick, one of Cleveland’s most eminent attorneys, described May Dugan as having “a combination of intelligence, tenacity, and charity, unmatched in her fight for the down and out and the forgotten.” In 1932 May opened the first of a series of Irish neighborhood taverns, with the last one established in 1940 on W.58th and Detroit, and known as Dugan’s. Under May’s proprietorship, they offered a venue for May to help her neighbors find jobs, food and clothing, and legal advice.

May Dugan’s mother and father came to Cleveland in 1882 [1883] arriving in a horse-drawn wagon from Detroit, and part of the Irish migration from Achill Island on the northwest coast of Ireland. May, born in 1892, married William Reynolds in 1910 at St. Malachi’s Church. They had six children: James, Hazel, Francis, Rita, Hubert and Mary Jane.

Her memory is still honoured by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people she helped many years ago; they still remember their parents talking about hard times and the “generous warm hearted Irish lady who put food on their table when no one else cared.” (Based on the article, May Dugan: Honored for a Life-Time of Caring, by Joe Finan.)

Bryan, Margaret McManmon and Family, Margaret, Mary, Hugh, Julia and Anne. Tonatanvalley, Achill Island, County Mayo. SS Scandinavian

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Bryan was my two times great grandfather.

My great grandmother had already emigrated to Scotland, married William Smith and bore my grandmother Margaret. They then emigrated to Cleveland. I had already found their emigration records at Ellis Island.

The remainder of the family eventually ended up in Cleveland, but I was never able to find any record. Thank You very much for the new information. I may now be able to find their path through Canada to Cleveland. Any other available information on families of Bryan or Margaret would be very much appreciated.

Thanks again for this valuable information.

Thomas Arthur

Letters from the Emigrants – Barrett Family

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From Patrick Barrett (late of Elly, B’stown South), Winnipeg, Manitoba.

To William Gilbert, Belmullet

…… I rent a house in the town for £2 a month, Pat and Michael are working together under the same man, they are getting seven shillings a day.  I am working myself about three miles from the town…. Catherine would get 15 dollars a month but I could not spare her.  Anastatia is getting 10 dollars a month.  Bridget is getting six dollars a month minding two small children. They see me every evening.  I took good care of Bridget McGrath and got her 15 dollars a month and got her to service. She says she will soon remember you. I had a letter from William McGorman, and we are very glad to hear he is coming here…..Provision is not to say too dear here, 14 stone of flour is only £1. Beef, 7d. a pound ; Butter, 35 cents ; eggs, 25 per doz. ; but clothes are very dear…..I hope I will see you in Ireland yet, or in Winnipeg.  The next letter I send will not be empty.  If you were here you would make 4 dollars a day on wild duck….All that sailed on 5th of May arrived here.

Patrick Barrett and family left their home in Elly to begin their voyage across the great Atlantic Ocean on the Allan Line Steamer S.S. Scandinavian for Quebec, eventually settling in Winnipeg. William McGorman arrived in Quebec on the 1st June 1883 having left Blacksod Bay on 19th May onboard S.S. Canadian (Footnote added by blacksodbayemigration)