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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)

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Bridget Mulgrew (nee Kelly), Rosturk Co. Mayo to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, via Quebec, aboard the S.S. Manitoban

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Bridget Kelly Mulgrew (Mulgrue on the passenger list), daughter of Martin Kelly and Catherine Hammill, was born in Rosturk, Co. Mayo in about 1861. She married Michael Mulgrew of Murrevagh, Co. Mayo, son of Bryan Mulgrew and Honora Grealis, in the Newport Chapel on May 11, 1881. The witnesses were John Gorman from Newport and Mary Joyce from Rosgalliv. While listed on the passenger list as traveling alone, Bridget was accompanied by her parents; Martin and Catherine Kelly (nee Hammill), and her siblings, Anne (18), Michael (16), Philip (13), Patrick (10), Catherine (7), and Martin Jr. (4), her grandmother, Sarah Hammill (60), and her uncle, John Kelly (25).
Bridget , along with her grandmother, Sarah Hammill (Hamilton on the passenger list), and her Uncle John Kelly, waited in Quebec for the arrival of her husband, Michael, her daughter, Kathryn, and sister, Mary Kelly. The rest of her family pushed on to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They may have chosen the Luzerne area because Catherine Hammill’s siblings, Patrick Hammond (Bridget Keenan) and Mary Needham (Thomas), immigrated there years earlier, as did a few of the Hammill/Hamil/Hammond cousins. The Hammill cousins are difficult to sort out at this time, as Sarah was born a Hammill and married, Michael Hammill, both are believed to be from in and around Raigh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
After Michael Mulgrew and the rest of the family arrived in Quebec, they continued on to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, and purchased a modest home on Welles Ave., It’s believed that they had a total of 11 children, seven survived to adulthood; Kathryn Ring (William), John Mulgrew (Irma Piedfourck), Annie Maloney (Christopher), Thomas Mulgrew, and Fr. Edward Mulgrew, Elynor “Nellie” Mulgrew and Florence Roblee (Clayton). Four of their children passed away in infancy or at a young age, they were; Esther, Maggie, Arthur, and one unknown.
Bridget passed away on August 23, 1898 in Parsons, PA. Michael passed away October 13, 1910
Wilkes-Barre Times, August 24, 1898 Parsons
Mrs. Michael Mulgrew, one of our most excellent ladies, died yesterday morning of heart failure after a painful illness. Mrs. Mulgrew was possessed of many Christian traits of character which endeared her to all. She is survived by her husband and seven children, the oldest a girl aged 16 years, and the youngest a baby 1 year old. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kelly, and three sisters and four brothers are also left to mourn her death. Her funeral will take place Thursday.
The Wilkes-Barre Record from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania • Page 25
October 15, 1910
After a week’s Illness of pneumonia Michael Mulgrew, for thirty years a resident of this place, died at his home on Welles Avenue early yesterday, deceased was 65 years of age. He was well known in this vicinity and in Pittston, Pa.
A large number of friends mourn his demise. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. William Ring, John Mulgrew, Mrs. Christopher Maloney, Thomas, Edward, Nellie and Florence Mulgrew. The funeral will be held Monday (October 17, 1910) afternoon at 3 o’clock wit h Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Plains.
Their Children:
Kathryn “Katie” Mulgrew (1882-1961) married William Ring, son of John Ring and Mary Hurley. They had 9 children, 7 whom survived to adulthood; Mary “Mamie” Perry (John), Jack Ring, Virginia “Irma” Hopkins (Terrence), Thomas (Devona Mast), Edward (Eileen Scheid), James (Marilyn McCarthy), and Patricia Smith (William).
John “Johnny” Mulgrew (1883-1947), played baseball under the name “Johnny Hughes.” He was one of the all time catching greats of the American Association, and played for the Brewers. He was the Catcher for Harry Clark’s Pennant Willing Clubs of 1913 and 1914. He adopted the name “Hughes” so he could play professionally while attending college. He used the name for the remainder of his baseball career, which was his great grandmother’s maiden name on the Mulgrew side of the family, He married, Irma Piedfourck, and had 6 children; June Lango (Roy), Jack Mulgrew, Mary Schneider (Raymond), Robert (Joyce) Mulgrew, James Mulgrew and William “Barney” Mulgrew.
Annie Mulgrew (1886-1926) married Christopher Maloney (1883-1938), son of Michael Maloney and Anna McCauliffe (McAuliffe?). They had 7 children; Martin (Elizabeth), Anna Ruth (James), Christopher (Angela Patla), John (Viola), Edward, Florence Greenblatt (Erwin) and Helen Rogan (Joseph).
Thomas Mulgrew (1889-?), never married, and worked in the coal industry, he eventually retired to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and I lost track of him.
Rev. Edward Mulgrew (1892-1934), was assistant pastor of St. Aloysius’ Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Elynor Mulgrew (1894-1964), never married and moved to Cleveland, there she owned a Detective agency, Trucking company, and finally a small Delicatessen, she was also was a secretary, a nurse, Vice President of Smith Messenger Service and a State Representative.
Florence Mulgrew (1896-1934), moved to Milwaukee with her brother, John, she married, Clayton Roblee, son of Melvin Roblee and Josephine “Nancy” Large. They had two children; Theodore (Doris Pritzkow) and Jerome (Emily Poliak).

Edward O’Malley

Many thanks to Edward for kindly sharing his story and photograph of Bridget, with other descendants. This post is also featured as a DISQUS message re: Bridget Mulgrue age 18, SS Manitoban, on our main http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie site. There are also DISQUS messages kindly left by Jack McNulty and John Loughney re: Martin Kelly age 45. SS Manitoban. 

 

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.

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”

http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie/passenger/32-bryan-mcmanmon/

Same sailing and townland

Gallagher Sisters & Family, The Valley, Achill Island

https://blacksodbayemigration.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/gallagher-sisters-family-the-valley-achill-island-to-cleveland-ohio-via-quebec/

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

https://blacksodbayemigration.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/james-annie-dugan-doogan-and-family-toneytonvalley-achill-island-county-mayo/

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. 

 

Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and Family, Inishbiggle Island to Elroy, Wisconsin.

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Jennifer Donnelly Helbach and husband David, recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, travelling from Colorado, U.S.A. back to County Mayo. Jennifer’s Great Grandparents, Thomas and Bridget Donnelly and children were from Inishbiggle,  a small island, nestled between Achill Island and mainland Ballycroy. The Donnelly children Mary 13, Bridget 11, Anne 9, Margaret 8, Catherine 5 and Thomas age 6 months, with their parents, boarded SS Canadian on the 13th April 1883. So began, a life-changing journey. A journey that would take them from their island home, to Elroy, Juneau County, Wisconsin. On the 1900 U.S. Census Thomas Snr. is working on the Railroad and Patrick, Jennifer’s Grandfather, born in Elroy, is attending school. “Céad Míle Fáilte ” Jennifer and David, who, with extended family and friends also visited the Centre in 2014. Link to the Donnely Family (Note: Manifest spelling is Donnely)

http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie/passenger/425-thomas-donnely/

 

 

Pat, Cath (Dixon) Monaghan Family, Leam, Binghamstown to Warren, Rhode Island. SS Waldensian

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On the 22nd of June 1883 Pat and Cath (Dixon) Monaghan, with their seven sons, Michael, Anthony, John, Patrick, William, Peter and Thomas, boarded SS Waldensian. A life changing journey lay ahead of them. The Monaghan family were travelling from their small village of Leam, situated on the Mullet Peninsula to Warren, Rhode Island U.S.A. When the Waldensian arrived at Boston on the 4th of July, the Monaghan family continued their journey onwards, to Warren, for work at the Textile Mills.

One of the seven Monaghan brothers, was William age five, on leaving his village. Many years later another William Monaghan stood in the village of Leam……… in his Grandfathers footsteps. William H. Monahan (3rd) grandson of William, travelled from Vermont, U.S.A. with his daughters and sister Maryagnes, Granddaughter of William. Maryagnes made the journey from New Hampshire, U.S.A.

The name Monaghan became Monahan in the United States. Other families leaving from Blacksod, on the same sailing were also travelling to Rhode Island. A Michael and Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family, also left from the same village, onboard SS Austrian for Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and Family, Inishbiggle Island to Elroy, Wisconsin

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Judy Sebranek and husband Pat, from Wisconsin, U.S.A. pictured on their recent visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod. Thomas and Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly were Judy’s Great Grandparents.

The Donnelly Family lived on the small Island of Inishbiggle, situated between Achill Island and Ballycroy, County Mayo. Thomas, Bridget and children Mary, Bridget, Anne, Margaret, Catherine and Thomas, made the voyage onboard SS Canadian 13th April 1883, with an onward destination stated as Wisconsin. The Donnelly Family settled in Elroy, Wisconsin, where Judy’s grandfather Patrick was born. The Donnellys worked on the Railroad.

Judy and Pat, with extended family and friends also visited in 2014. Welcome back again. Céad Míle Fáilte.

http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie/passenger/425-thomas-donnely/

William, Annie (Geraghty) Cawley, Lurgacloy, Mullet Peninsula to Rushville, Indiana. SS Nestorian

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William Cawley, with his wife Annie (Geraghty) and family William, Michael, Cath, Frank, James, Margaret, Maria and Anthony, emigrated on the 30th March 1883 onboard the Allan Line Steamship Nestorian. The Cawley family were from Lurgacloy, near Drum, on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. The family’s onward destination, on reaching Boston, was to Rushville, Indiana.

Annie Geraghty’s parents were James and Bridget (Lynch) Geraghty, from Termoncarra, in the North of the Peninsula. Annie’s siblings had also emigrated, before the Assisted Emigration, to Rushville.  Her brother Lawrence Geraghty was a well-known Blacksmith there.

Carole Thomson and daughter Carolyn travelled from New York State, back to Blacksod Bay.  Carole’s Great, Grandmother was Margaret Cawley aged 8, when she boarded the Nestorian, along with her parents and siblings. Many thanks to all, who met with Carole and Carolyn at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre. Thank you also to Jim Hufferd, Massachusetts, (Grandson of Cath) for preserving the family history and keeping the Cawley Geraghty Families, in touch with their Erris roots.

(On the 1900 U.S. Federal Census the Cawley family were known as Cauley)

http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie/passenger/228-william-cawley/

Peter, Honor (Gallagher) Murphy Family. Corclough East, Belmullet to Montana. SS Phoenician 1883

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The Murphy Family were from Corclough East, situated on the outskirts of Belmullet Town.

Patrick Murphy was just six months old, when he and his brother James age three, along with parents Peter and Honor Murphy,  boarded SS Phoenician  on the 27th April 1883. The boys’ Aunt Sabina,  also accompanied the family on the voyage. Honor (Gallagher) Murphy and her sister Sabina, were originally from Tawnaghmore, Belmullet.

After fourteen days at sea, the Allan Line Steamer Phoenician, arrived in Boston on the 10th May 1883. The Murphy family including Sabina, were headed for Montana, as were  the families of Pat and Bridget (Sullivan) Loftus  also Michael and Sabina (McKeown) Murray,  from Tip, Belmullet.

The 1900 United States Census, sees the Murphy family living in Chestnut, Gallatin County, Montana.

Patrick Murphy was the Grandfather of David Murphy and Megan Murphy Deebach. Great Grandfather also of Erin and Megan Murphy and Griffin Deebach. Patrick’s descendants travelled from Washington State and Tennessee, back to their roots in Corclough East and Tawnaghmore.

Descendants returning and meeting with present day relatives. Re-establishing a bond, broken so many years ago. Photograph: Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachleim, Blacksod.      http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie/passenger/292-peter-murphy/

Other families of Erris and Achill, who boarded the same sailing at Blacksod, were destined for Hudson Wisconsin: Lost Creek and Shenandoah Pennsylvania: Chicago, Illinois: Grosvenordale Connecticut: St. Paul, Minnesota: Cleveland & Leetonia Ohio and Worcester Massachusetts.

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

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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,