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Category: SS Canadian, Boston 1884

Dominick, Bridget (Meenahan) Barrett Family, Mullet Peninsula to Delaware, Ohio.

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From the townland of Barhauve, near Belmullet, Dominick, Bridget and their young family, Michael age eight, Honor seven and Bridget six months, headed for Elly Bay to board the SS Canadian on April 13 1884. Bridget was formerly Bridget Meenahan from Gortmellia.  The couple, married in Aughoose Church, just a few miles away from Gortmellia and went on to live in Barhauve.

With the Atlantic Ocean crossed, the Canadian arrived in Boston, later that month on April 24. After disembarking,  the Barrett family travelled onwards to their destination of Delaware, Ohio. Dominick worked for the railroad, as did Bridget’s cousins. The Meenahan cousins had emigrated to Delaware some years earlier. On the 1900 United States Census, the Barretts were still living in Delaware, Ohio.

A journey from Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A. led Linda Cox back to the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Linda’s Grandmother was Bridget (Bridgie) Barrett, the youngest child, aged only six months, born in Barhauve, on the ‘Mullet Peninsula’ in 1883. Linda and husband Charles are pictured above, at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Blacksod

Many variations of the surname Meenahan are seen on records in the U.S. and Canada, including Meenaghan, Moynihan and Minahan

Dominick, Bridget (Meenahan) Barrett Family, Barhauve, Belmullet to Delaware, Ohio

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Andrew and family at Blacksod Memorial Garden. 

Dominick Barrett with his wife Bridget and children Michael 9, Honor 7 and Bridget age six months, lived in the townland of Barhauve, near Belmullet. Bridget was formerly Bridget Meenahan from Gortmellia. The Barrett family emigrated on the SS Canadian 13th April 1884, the first of four sailings that departed in 1884 directly from Blacksod Bay. The destination stated on the ship’s manifest was to Delaware, Ohio. After they arrived at the Port of Boston on the 24th April, the family continued on their life changing journey. On the 1900 United States Census, the Barretts were still living in Delaware, Ohio.

Andrew Paul and family travelled from Washington D.C. back to the Mullet Peninsula, the homeplace of his ancestors. Bridget (Bridgie) Barrett, age just six months, onboard the sailing of SS Canadian, was Andrew’s Great Grandmother.

Andrew at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre Eachléim, Blacksod.

The ‘Mullet Peninsula’ is the Kilmore Erris, Church Parish, Diocese of Killala. ‘Mullet Peninsula’ Civil Records come under the Belmullet District.

Edward, Bridget (Sweeney) Deane, Doona, Ballycroy to Ashley, Pennsylvania. SS Canadian 1884

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Roseann Freeman descendant of Edward Bridget Sweeney Deane Ballycroy SS Canadian 84

Edward Deane and his wife Bridget (Sweeney) Deane, along with their family Hugh 15, Francis 13, Pat 11, Mary 8 and Bridget 6, lived in Doona, Ballycroy, County Mayo. On the 13th April 1884 the Deane family left their home in Erris and boarded the “Allan Line” ocean steamer SS Canadian, anchored in Blacksod Bay. Edward, Bridget and family arrived in Boston 24th April and continued their journey onwards, to their ticketed  destination of Ashley, Pennsylvania.

Francis Anthony Deane

Francis Anthony Deane


Roseann Freeman, great granddaughter of Francis Deane age 13, also Bill travelled from West Virginia, USA to visit Ballycroy and Blacksod Bay. The Deane family settled in Pennsylvania, later moving to New York, where the Deane and Sweeney families lived as part of a close knit Irish communitydeane-family-1909-doona-ballycroy-canadian-84Photographs of the Deane family, of Doona, Ballycroy, kindly shared by Roseann.

The family photograph is the Deane Family who emigrated in 1884. The photograph was taken in 1909. Back row: Hugh Deane (was 15 when he sailed, was 40 this photo); Mary Deane (8 when sailed, 33 in this photo); Bridget (was 6 when sailed, 31in this photo). Front row seated: Edward Deane and Bridget Deane nee Sweeney (both 36 when sailed, 61 in photo). The little girl is Kathleen B. Deane, granddaughter of Edward and Bridget, daughter of Francis Anthony Deane who is not pictured in the group photo but is pictured on the blog page. Francis Anthony was my great-grandfather. My grandfather was his oldest son, Francis Harold Deane, born in PA.

Roseann Freeman.

Many families emigrated from Achill Island, with destinations to Cleveland, Ohio, onboard the sailing of SS Canadian in 1884

Chambers and Hoban Families from Newport West to Cleveland & Youngstown, Ohio

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My husband’s, (Jim Pischel), great grandmother, Catherine Chambers & great, great grandfather Nicholas Chambers (Chalmbers) were on the ship “Canadian” that docked in Boston on April 24, 1884. The year before, other members of Catherine and Nicholas’ family, were also part of the Tuke Emigration Scheme and were on the “Manitoban” that docked in Quebec on May 18, 1883.

1) Anna Chambers Hoban (daughter of Nicholas), her husband Peter Hoban, and infant daughter Mary Hoban. 2) Mary Chambers (daughter of Nicholas) 3) Mary Hoban (assuming sister of Peter Hoban)

I’ve been told that families left Ireland together.  Since the mother (Anna Mary McIntyre Chambers) never came with them, I’m assuming that the family left at two different times because she might have been ill.  I’ve never found a death date for her. Nicholas, Catherine, Anna, Peter, Mary Hoban, and Mary Chambers all ended up on the west side of Cleveland.  I do not know what happened to Mary Hoban the sister. Read the rest of this entry »

Patrick, Catherine (Mulloy) Gorman and Family, Murrevagh, County Mayo to Cleveland, Ohio. SS Austrian

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Patrick Gorman and Catherine Mulloy sailed on the SS Austrian May 25 1883 with 7 children Patrick, Mary, Michael, Thomas, Anthony, Catherine, James and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Catherine’s mother was Catherine Moran Mulloy, she was the sister of my GG. Grandmother Anna Moran Mulloy, who I believe sailed on the SS Canadian with her children Mary and Thomas the following year on April 13 1884 also settling in Cleveland. They joined Anna’s sons Patrick, Michael and John who had arrived several years prior. Anna was married to James Mulloy. I cannot find any record indicating he ever left Ireland and believe that Anna must have been a widow when she traveled. Anna was also traveling with a Mary Masterson. Catherine Gorman’s sister Julia Mulloy had married Patrick Masterson. So I believe Anna was bringing their daughter to Cleveland with them.

Would love to know if anyone has more information on what happened to Anna’s husband James Mulloy. Both Patrick Masterson and Patrick Gorman were from the Murrevagh townland.

Carole Maheu Ritter