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From: "Cece" <>
Subject: Bill----------Ireland to Chicago?
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 10:11:26 -0400
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Thank you for writing.

I suspect that family already in a city, was the driving force for picking
where to live. Possibly word of mouth about jobs (letters) was the second
reason for choosing a city.

I am almost convinced there was a clan of Breen's in Chicago waiting on my
Bridget. Now to find out which clan is another thing !!

My father's favorite teacher in school (Indianapolis) was Sister Alma
Cecile. In trying to put a scrapbook together about her, I received info.
from the order of nuns she belonged to.

Would you believe her mother's surname name was Breen, and they were from
Chicago. I found sister and her family in the Chicago census. My Breen
connection was on my mom's side, but it is still a small world. I haven't
had a chance to dig deep to see if there is a connection in the two

May all your brick wall's come tumbling down,

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Ireland to Chicago?

> Cece,
> Good question! I have Michael and Mary McDermott. Very common Irish names,
> along with Thomas and Alice Kerr, John J. O'Toole, my McEvoy (McAvoy)
> line. Then, there is the Hennessey/Morrissey/Ledwell/Kearney line which
> came from Newfoundland.
> I have yet to find my relatives on any ship's manifest. There are many
> Michael and Mary McDermotts, but not together. The same goes for the rest
> of my relatives.
> I have wondered also how they arrived in Chicago. Not only how they
> arrived, but why did they choose Chicago over Dubuque, St. Louis, or
> Philadelphia or any other city? Did they have relations in Chicago? Who
> were those relations?
> Of course, these are the questions we all ask, but it doesn't hurt to
> verbalize them. Again, a good question, Cece.
> Bill Karr in Peoria, IL., USA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Cece
> Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 1:40 pm
> Subject: [Irish in Chicago] Ireland to Chicago?
> To:
>> If a person came to America (specifically Chicago) from Ireland
>> in 1880,
>> which city would have been the most likely arriving destination?
>> Would they
>> have traversed by train or horse and buggy to Chicago?
>> MY GG Grandmother had such a common name (Bridget Breen), that
>> even if I
>> found a Bridget Breen on a ships manifest, what criteria is
>> available to
>> make sure it is the right Bridget?
>> TY------------Cece
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