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.
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)