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From: "jim at syracuse" <>
Subject: [S-I] Amos Sisters
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 12:58:40 -0700
We are looking for illusive materials on the AMOS sisters who were born somewhere in Ireland, but emigrated to Scotland and California before 1867.
In our search for my great grandfather, John Amos GAFFIGAN, we found that he possibly arrived in the United States with his mother and brother Thomas in July 1867 aboard the SS Iowa from Glasgow. We know that he was born in Paisley, Scotland, about 1859, but his parents, Mary AMOS and Patrick GAFFIGAN, were born somewhere in Ireland. .Patrick was born about 1822 and Mary was born about 1833
The family, without the father who had apparently passed away, stayed in New Haven, Conn. to get bearings from their relatives or sponsors before they made the trip to California. But we have no idea who those people were.
And how they transited to the isthmus we dont know. But they boarded the Moses Taylor from Nicaragua to San Francisco, and there they were met by Mary GAFFIGANs sisters. But we have run into an identification problem. It seems as though they were sponsored by either one or both of her sisters, who were resident of San Francisco at that time.
The Gaffigans (or Goffigans as listed in the Manifest), and (who may have started out in Scotland as McGaffigan according to the Scotland 1851 census) were met in San Francisco by a Mrs. Charles (Isabella nee AMOS) CAMPBELL, who lived at #6 Thompson Avenue in South Park, San Francisco, and a Miss ANNIE AMOS of #5 Thompson Avenue. There appeared to be on the other side of the South Park or Thompson Avenue the South Park Matt House.
Mr. Charles Campbell was evidently employed as a collar maker at the Kimball Company at 4th and Bryant. They lived on that block that had a Miss Kelly and daughter, the Crennan family (John married a Maggie Crennan), the Driscolls and the Goodenoughlys.
Now we know that Catherine (nee MURPHY) CRENNAN's (born Queens County, Ireland) daughter, Margaret, had a sister named Rosa CRENAN (or Crennan), and although Catherine (Murphy) had been born in Ireland it appeared that the children were possibly from New York. There was a Rosa CRENAN that was a witness at the wedding of Maggie CRENNAN and John GAFFIGAN, along with the brother, Thomas Gaffigan.
The Gaffigans stayed with Annie (or Anna) Amos (who may have been a Mrs. McKee, but we do not know; SF Census, 1880, born about 1832) when they landed about August 1867 and had to move to Alameda in 1868 with Annie because of the earthquake that year. They resided with a Dr. Lambert for the rest of the year and returned to San Francisco in 1869, where they resided with a Mr. James OCONNELL who had a stationary and book store at 310 5th street.
We would like to confirm that these Isabella CAMPBELL (CAMPPELL in SF 1880 census, born about 1834)) and Annie AMOS (possibly McKEE) were the sisters of Mary AMOS GAFFIGAN. We are pretty sure of that, but have no idea where in Ireland they originally came from. We would like to see just where they had come from before they were in San Francisco if it is possible.
Perhaps other records will give us a clue. I think this is most everything that we might have a handle on. But we do need to follow up the material to see who it was that came from Dunkineely, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland because apparently Maggie Gaffigan might have visited that area in 1910. Could it have been the Crennans or could it have been the Amos, or even the Gaffigans?
Thank you, Jim Carroll
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