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Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Co. Mayo representation in Chicago
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 22:42:48 EDT
Thank you for sharing this bit of history, Tom.
My father's paternal aunt, Honor (Nora) Hopkins Fahey, married in Crimlin
Chapel (Turlough Civil Parish in Mayo) a widower from Chicago, John Fahey. He
had brought home to Mayo, his wife Bridget O'Donnell Fahey, so she could die at
home in Ireland. I think John hired my great aunt to take care of the very
ill wife. I believe that's how my great aunt met John Fahey. John was from
Turlough and his first wife was from Islandeady.
John and Honor's first child, John, was baptized at Holy Name Cathedral in
I do find it interesting that the paternal relatives of Mayor John P.
Hopkins were from Mayo. Maybe he was a relative. There were a lot of Hopkinses in
Turlough Civil Parish in particular on Crimlin and Derrylahan townlands.
Nora Hopkins FitzGerald
Searching for Fahey/Hogan/Keane/Hopkins in Chicago from Mayo
In a message dated 9/7/2006 4:57:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
County Mayo had the largest concentration of emigrants in the Holy Name
(Cathedral) parish on the northside of Chicago, far out of proportion to their
representation elsewhere in the city. The parish's marriage records for the
period 1908-1913 reveal that 36% of the parties involved were born in Co. Mayo,
and the percentage of Chicago Daily News funeral notices reveals 46% of the
Holy Name parish decedants were from Mayo. Mayo people were also the leading
county group in Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Belmont
They were less prevalent west of the Chicago River on the northside. For
instance, Annunciation parish's largest group were Clare immigrants who took
employment in the North Chicago Rolling Mills early in the city's history. In
St. Stephen's parish south of Goose Island founded in 1869, it was Kerry
immigrants that made up the leading class as a percentage. And this group was
also well represented in the parish of St. Columbkille's just west of St.
Of County Mayo parishes and towns, Crossmolina, Kilmeena, Killedan,
Killasser, Islandeady, Knock, Ballintubber, Aghagower, Louisburgh and Glenisland
were noteworthy for the number of people that came to Chicago, along with the
Unions of Westport, Castlebar and Newport.
The Chicago Citizen commented about the frequency of Mayo people in the city
in its edition of 10 February 1894:
"Mayo people and their descendants simply swarm in Chicago. They originally
abounded on the northside section still called "Mayo," but they are now
omnipresent and not only with regard to locality, but to nearly every rank and
profession including Judge Dick Prendergast, Judge Tom Moran, Richard Hooley,
the father of John M. Smyth, the furniture merchant, "Bad Jimmy" Connerton,
Mike McGurn, the parents of John P. Barrett, city electrician....and also the
paternal relatives of Mayor John P. Hopkins.
An army of 42,368 emigrants steamed out of Mayo during the decade 1881-1891,
the greatest exodus since the famine decade. Back rents, bad crops and
general hard times were the prongs that drove the people out. Among other
distinguished Chicagoans who were born in Mayo or whose fathers were, may be
mentioned ex-Alderman John and Michael Sweeney, Thomas McCormick, Coroner McHale,
Thomas H. Cannon, High Secretary of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the
late Col. James A. Mulligan, and Ald. J. J. McCormick...."
Immigration and Settlement after 1871
[from Chicago Irish Families 1875-1925, Ancestry.com, 1993]