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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] More on Irish Immigration Canada to Chicago
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2007 06:24:21 -0600
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Ellen, You should find some good information and leads for more info
on the Irish in Rutland Vermont at this link:

Below is an extract:

> John McEneney of Albany, a current state legislator
> and past county historian; Jeanne Keefe, a founder and webmaster of
> the Troy Irish Genealogical
> Society (TIGS;; and Michael Austin, a
> history professor and
> authority on the Irish in Rutland.
> The Ballykilcline rent strike, evictions, and forced emigration in
> Famine time of several
> hundred people were described in historian Robert Scally’s 1995
> book, The End of Hidden
> Ireland. The Society, which was organized after members recognized
> their own stories in Scally’s
> account, has learned that dozens of immigrants from Ballykilcline
> settled in or stayed for a time in
> Rutland, which had social, commercial, and economic contacts with
> Troy and Albany due to
> proximity, connecting rail lines, markets, and so forth. About 15%
> of the people evicted and then
> emigrated at Crown expense in 1847 and 1848, at the height of the
> Great Famine, went to or
> through Rutland. Many of the men joined the marble quarry work
> force there as that industry
> boomed after rail lines were built

On Feb 4, 2007, at 6:08 AM, wrote:

> Bonnie,
> My LAVIN family of County Sligo, first appear in the 1850 census in
> Rutland, Vermont, where my ggrandmother was born in 1855. By 1860
> they were farming in Oregon, Wisconsin, a small community near
> Madison. Then my ggrandmother worked as a domestic in Chicago,
> married and stayed there.
> I know that there were marble quarries in Rutland where many
> worked, but what got them there in the first place? Was it easily
> accessible to Boston arrival? Could they have advertised in
> Ireland for workers? I have always been curious why they first
> settled in Rutland.
> Thanks,
> Ellen
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> Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] More on Irish Immigration Canada to
> Chicago
> I enjoy the thread about Irish immigration through Canada to Chicago.
> Thanks to the contributors for sharing their knowledge.
> I'll add my example. My John LANE, from Askeaton, County Limerick,
> Ireland, first shows up in Rutland County, Vermont in the 1860
> census. He
> works
> for the railroad (Grand Trunk I believe). By 1880 he is in Cass
> County,
> Michigan (southwestern Michigan--near what we Chicagoans now
> call Harbor Country ), and 1900 his family is in South Bend, Indiana,
> while he works in Paducah, Kentucky. He is a Paymaster, so I'll
> assume
> he was taking care of the paychecks for the many Irish crews that were
> building
> the railroad west.
> John's half-brother fought in the Civil War, and in his pension
> papers, he
> describes
> that he, as a baby, and his mother, arrived in Quebec, and as a
> result of
> a 2nd marriage to my gr-gr-grandfather, they came to Vermont. Of
> course he
> doesn't
> say HOW he got to Vermont (transporter, perhaps), but nevertheless, it
> confirms they
> came through Canada.
> Thanks for the tips...keep them coming!!
> Bonnie
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