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Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] A Quandry
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 21:27:14 -0600
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Sharon in CA wrote <It was apparently very common for the Irish to travel from Ireland to Canada (it was cheaper to sail to Canada than to the United States), and alot of them traveled down the Great Lakes and crossed into the US. My ggrandmother arrived in 1854 and crossed into Wisconsin, and eventually ended up in Chicago. >


I have been trying to no avail to find how my MCDERMOTTs and MORRISSEYs/LEDWELLs arrived. I was told that, as you stated, they went from Liverpool to Canada and then crossed over, but how? The MCDERMOTTs came from Liverpool (I think as they lived in Haslingden, Lancashire, England at the time).

The MORRISSEYs came from Newfoundland. I find Elizabeth (my 2 x great grandmother) and Ella (my great grandaunt) in the 1870 census in Chicago living with her sister, Johanna Dooley. My great grandmother, Hannah MORRISSEY, I can only surmise was left in Newfoundland, since she was not in the census.

Elizabeth married John MORRISSEY in ~1860. They had 2 daughters. John, according to family lore, died at sea in ~1870. Elizabeth remarried Patrick LEDWELL. Evidence (i.e., the census) suggests that they were not married in Newfoundland. A search of the cyberdrive site was to no avail also. However, there is a Patrick Cotter and Elizabeth Morrissey married in 1882. I'm not sure it is them. In the 1880 census, Patrick is there with Elizabeth, Ella, Hannah, and 4 of their children. They had 2 more after the census was taken. Patrick is not in the 1870 census.

I have checked the Castle Garden site for the MCDERMOTTs to no avail. I have checked the ancestry site during their free period for the MCDERMOTTs and the MORRISSEYs/LEDWELLs, also to no avail. If they crossed the border, why isn't there any record. Were they illegals? This is a quandry.

Bill Karr in Peoria, IL., USA

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