From Killererin to Ellis Island

Emigration from Killererin to the United States of America

First published in Killererin - A Parish History

Ellis Island

Between 1892 and 1954, over 12 million people entered the USA at the small harbour of Ellis Island in New York.[1] Up to 1924 the names of these people are available for researchers seeking information on their family history. The Ellis Island Foundation has made the information available on their website and as well as the name of the person entering the US this includes, in some cases, their nationality, age on entering the country, the name of the ship they travelled on, their height and colouring and information on the person they were meeting or where they intended traveling on to. Details of some of the people from the parish taken from the ships’ manifests are included below.

Mary, Cunnane, Barnaderg, Co. Galway

Mary Cunnane was from Barnaderg in Co. Galway and arrived in New York on 16th December 1924. At that time Mary was aged 21 years and unmarried. She travelled aboard the Doric and departed from the port of Cobh in Cork. Passage was paid by her aunt Miss Kate Cunnane who was living in Pike Street, Cincinatti, Ohio. It is recorded that Mary was 5 feet 3 inches tall with fair hair, a fair complexion and brown eyes. She was in good health and arrived in the US with the intention of staying permanently.[2]

Thomas Molloy, Garrane/Gurrane, Tuam, Co. Galway

Thomas Mulloy was from Garrane and arrived in New York on 5th April 1906, aged 24 years. Thomas was unmarried and had departed from the port of Cobh aboard the Baltic.[3] Unfortunately, the original manifest does not list Thomas and no further information could be obtained.

Kate Kelly, Barnaderg, Co. Galway

Kate Kelly was from Barnaderg and was aged 19 years when she entered New York on 1st June 1905 aboard the Oceanic. Kate had departed from Cobh and she recorded her occupation as a servant. She could read and write. Kate’s final destination was New York and she had paid the passage herself. She had $10 in her possession and intended to join her cousin Patrick Lally who resided at 87 Elm Street, New York. Kate was recorded as being in good health at that time.[4] In 1901, Kate Kelly was listed aged 15 living in the townland of Tigreenaun with her mother Bridget who was aged 60 and her brother who was aged 21.[5] According to the 1901 census, Kate was a farmer’s daughter and could not read or write. There is no mention of Kate or any of the Kelly family in the 1911 Census in Tigreenaun.

Kate Kelly, also from Barnaderg, Co. Galway

Another Kate Kelly was listed arriving in New York on 30th March 1911. She was 24 years of age on arrival in the US and was unmarried. Originally from Barnaderg, Co. Galway, she left from the port of Cobh aboard the Saint Paul. Kate paid the passage herself and had $11 dollars in her possession on arrival. She hoped to join her cousin Mrs Jordan who lived in New York. Kate was 5 feet tall with dark hair and blue eyes. It is recorded that Kate had been to the US before in 1910, staying at that time in New York.[6]

Timothy Connolly, Barnaderg, Co. Galway

Timothy Connolly was also from Barnaderg, Co. Galway, and arrived in New York aboard the Oceanic. He left Cobh and arrived in Ellis Island on 29th June 1905 aged 22 years. He was unmarried. Timothy recorded his occupation as a labourer and could read and write. He hoped to join his cousin Mrs Mason who lived in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Timothy had $10 in his possession on entering the US. He was in good physical condition entering Ellis Island.[7] There is no record of a Timothy Connolly on the 1901 census for Co. Galway.

Mary Delaney, Barnaderg, Co. Galway

Mary Delaney arrived in the US on 9th May 1921, aged 10 years. Mary was from Barnaderg, Co. Galway and she left the port of Cobh aboard the Cedric. Passage was paid by her aunt, Mrs Healy, 510 High Street, Holyoke Massachusetts. Mary had $30 in her possession on entering the US. Mary was 5 feet 2 inches tall with fair hair and blue eyes and was in good health on entering Ellis Island.[8]

Michael Burke, Barnaderg, Co. Galway

Michael Burke was aged 27 years when he arrived in New York on 4th May 1892 aboard the Teutonic. Michael was a married man and had departed first from the port of Cobh and later from Liverpool. Michael was from Barnaderg, Co. Galway, and recorded his occupation as a labourer. He hoped to travel on to Philadelphia and he had only one piece of baggage with him.[9]

Agnes Fleming from Brackloon, Ballyglunin, Co. Galway

Agnes Fleming was from Brackloon and was 21 years old on entering the US on 17th October 1915. Agnes travelled aboard the Philadelphia and left from the port of Liverpool. Agnes’ final destination was Philadelphia where she hoped to join her sister Kate Fleming, 33rd Street, Philadelphia. Kate had $10 in her possession and was 5 feet 5 inches tall with a fair complexion, fair hair and blue eyes.[10]

The following people stated they were from Grange; this could be Grange, Killererin, but there is no way to know this with any great certainty.

John Forde

John Forde arrived in the US on 9th September 1908, aged 41 years, aboard the Caronia. John was single and from Grange, Ireland. John had $50 in his possession and planned to travel to Parsons where he hoped to join his aunt, Hannah McCabe. John was 5 feet 10 inches tall with a dark complexion, dark hair and dark eyes.[1]

John Fahy

John Fahy was also from Grange, Ireland. John travelled aboard the Arabic from Queenstown, arriving in the US on 22nd May 1904, aged 20 years. John was single. Unfortunately, the ship’s manifest does not include any further information.[2]

Sarah Fahy

Sarah Fahy was from Grange, Ireland, and left Cobh aboard the Cymric, arriving in the US on 27th May 1901, aged 18 years. Sarah was single and she listed her occupation as a maid. She hoped to meet up with her sister in Union Street, Brooklyn, New York and she had $5 in her possession.[3]

Other emigrants to the US from outside the parish

As it would not be possible to list all those who left from just outside the parish, only a small sample of them is listed below.

Brigid Mulry, Derheen

Bridget Mulry was from ‘Derheen’ and aged 18 years when she entered the US on 9th May 1904. She had departed from the port of Cobh aboard the Celtic.[4] Unfortunately, the original ship manifest does not name Bridget and no further information could be obtained.

Catherine Mulry, Ballyglunin

Catherine Mulry was aged 22 years when she arrived in the US on 13th October 1924. Catherine was from Ballyglunin and was single. She travelled aboard the Celtic from Cobh.[5] Catherine hoped to join her aunt, Mrs Fox at 756 10th Avenue, New York. Catherine had $25 in her possession, was 5 feet 7 inches in height, with a fresh complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.

Michael Rabbitt, Ballyglunin

Michael Rabbitt was from Ballyglunin and arrived in the US on 15th September 1911, aged 24 years. Michael was single and had left Cobh aboard the Baltic. On arrival, Michael had $10 in his possession and hoped to join his brother in law, a Mr Connolly in New York. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall and had a fair complexion with fair hair and light coloured eyes.[6]

Nellie Rabbitt

Nellie Rabbitt was aged 25 years when she arrived in the US aboard the Ivernia on 13th April 1903. Nellie left from the port of Liverpool. Nellie listed her occupation as a servant and she hoped to travel to St Louis where she hoped to meet her sister Mrs Sheehan, 4719 St Louis Avenue, St Louis. Nellie had $50 in her possession on arrival.[7]

Katie Rooney

Katie Rooney was from Ballyglunin and arrived in the US on 9th May 1909, aged 20 years. She was single and had travelled aboard the Cedric from the port of Cobh. Katie had $25 in her possession and had paid the passage herself.  She hoped to join her sister, Ellen Rooney, Prospect Avenue, New Brighton.  Katie was 5 feet 8 inches tall with a ruddy complexion fair hair and grey eyes.

[1] Ibid.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ellis Island, ‘Original Ship Manifest’ (http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passRecord).
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.
[7] Ibid.

[1] Ellis Island, ‘Ellis Island’ (http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_history.asp).

[2] Ellis Island, ‘Original Ship Manifest’ (http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest).

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] NAI, ‘1901 Census’ (http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/)

[6] Ellis Island, ‘Original Ship Manifest’ (http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passRecord).

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

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