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From: "Boydstun" <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Travel between Chicago and Elgin Ill
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 12:16:56 -0600
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Thanks Kathleen,
I learned lots of useful things about Elgin from this site. Since my great
grandfather doesn't show up in the Chicago City directories before his
marriage like his brothers do, perhaps he was working on the railroad in or
near Elgin. Hmmmm! It bears looking into.

Alice Lynne

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathleen M. Klimek" <>
To: "Marti" <>; <>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Travel between Chicago and Elgin Ill


>I live in kane county currently, although none of my genealogy searches are
>in this county.
>
> I have stumbled across this link to information about kane county history.
>
> http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ilkane/KaneCoHistory.htm
>
> There are links to information about railroads and the like in here.
>
> Also this other link may help in giving you an insight to early lifestyles
> in kane county:
>
> http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilkane/
>
> Kathleen
>
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Marti <>
>>Sent: Nov 28, 2007 9:24 PM
>>To: Boydstun <>,
>>Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Travel between Chicago and Elgin Ill
>>
>>Elgin is directly west of Chicago. The main road out there is and I
>>believe
>>always has been Lake St. This is at least a 40 mile trip. There is a train
>>that runs from Chicago out to Elgin and it probbably did as early as 1900.
>>Until 15 - 20 yrs ago there were parts of Lake St near the Elgin area that
>>were still 2 lanes. In the 1800's this would have been a very long trip.
>>
>>
>>
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Boydstun" <>
>>To: <>
>>Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:47 PM
>>Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Travel between Chicago and Elgin Ill
>>
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I have a question for some historian. How likely would it have been
>>> that
>>> in
>>> 1850 or so someone living in Elgin, Illinois could have met and married
>>> someone living in Chicago? Were there roads, railroads, or waterways
>>> that
>>> would have made travel not so difficult?
>>>
>>> I find the following family living in Kane Co. Ill in 1850. It is the
>>> only
>>> Hennessy family in the area that has as any similarities to the things I
>>> know about my Hennessys:
>>> I know my great grandmother, Johanna Hennessy's father was named
>>> Patrick.
>>> She had an older brother named Patrick.
>>> She was 17 in that census and so was my great grandfather, Edward L.
>>> Powell.
>>> In later censuses they were the same age.
>>> Also, in 1848 on the Ship Laurel, Edward Powell and part of his family
>>> and
>>> some friends immigrated from Ireland. On that ship was coincidentally a
>>> young man named Michael Hennessy.
>>>
>>> 1850 United States Federal Census Elgin, Kane, Illinois
>>>
>>> Name: Patrick Hennessy;
>>>
>>> Age: 60;
>>>
>>> Estimated birth year: abt 1790;
>>>
>>> Birth Place: Ireland;
>>>
>>> Gender: Male;
>>>
>>> Home in 1850(City,County,State): Elgin, Kane, Illinois;
>>>
>>> Household Members:
>>>
>>> /485 Patrick Hennessy 60 M, Farmer, Ireland;
>>>
>>> Margaret Hennessy, 56, F, Ireland;
>>>
>>> Patrick Hennessy, 30, M, Laborer, Ireland;
>>>
>>> Michael Hennessy, 21 M, Laborer, Ireland;
>>>
>>> John Hennessy, 19, M, Laborer, Ireland;
>>>
>>> Johanna Hennessy, 17, F, Ireland;
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thank you for your expertise on Chicago and surrounding areas.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Alice Lynne Boydstun
>>>
>>>
>>>
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