Emigration from County Mayo, Ireland to Canada and the USA, 1818 to 1855
November 12, 2011:
Map Source: This map is a portion of a widely-distributed black and white map showing Ireland in 1848.
It appears in many books, for example, The Great Hunger, Ireland, 1845-1849, by Cecil Woodham-Smith, page 13.
County Mayo has been extracted from the main map and appears below. It is located in the Province of Connacht. Its western
boundary is the Atlantic Ocean. Inland, it borders on County Sligo, County Roscommon, and County Galway.
Some Canadian Reference Works used in the creation of this web page:
The McCabe List - Early Irish (1829) in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1991
DROUIN Records at ancestry.ca for Roman Catholic records in Bytown / Ottawa, 1829-1855
For King and Canada, by A. Barry Roberts -- This book and many others are listed in our Bibliography.
November 7, 2015:
From the Mayo Genealogy Group: Thanks to Maureen for this wonderful photo.
A distant relative shared this old photo with me last year. He received it from someone in the town of Eskeragh,
Crossmolina Mayo during one of his many visits. He was told that all townswomen of Eskeragh had gathered at this tea
to learn decorum and the social graces. If your female relative lived there at the time, she may well be in this
photo. Although my grandmother would have been of age and included in this photo, I cannot identify her. I love
the photo though. Perhaps one of you will recognize one of your ancestors.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Michael Johannesen who received it from Kathleen Kelly of Ballina, County Mayo, his 1st cousin once removed.
Emigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, to Ontario and Quebec, Canada, 1820-1855
Note: In this table, ML# refers to the person's number on the McCabe List.
ND refers to records from Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Many of these immigrants to Canada, especially at the time of the great famine, were cleared from Lord Sligo's vast
holdings around Westport, County Mayo.
|ACTON, John||and Mary BECKETT||from Castlebar in 1836||to Kemptville area
|BOURKE, Thomas||m. Elizabeth BURROWS||to Richmond in 1839||records at St. Philip's
|STEPHES, Richard||ML# 147||to Westport, Ontario||
|O'DONNELL, John||ML# 164||Westport, Mayo to Pontiac County||known to Lord Sligo of Westport
|RONE / ROWAN, Hugh||ML# 165||Killala||six brothers in Killala, County Mayo
|BARRETT, Thomas||ML# 170 and ND Records||Kilalla||Two brothers, Patrick and Peter
|FLAHERTY, Patrick||ML# 177||Ballingore||brother-in-law is Luke WILLS
|MADDEN, Thomas||ML# 195 and ND Records||Kilalla, wife is Barbara MADDEN||brother-in-law is Michael O'BRIEN
|McDERMOTT, Owen||ML# 199||Ballysakeery, Killala||
|MILLS, James||ML# 200||Crossmaline||Cousin named Michael WELSH / WALSH
|BURROWES / BURROWS, James||ML# 206||from Castlebar||
|KENNY, Arthur||ML# 323||Westport||known to Lord Sligo
|CROWLEY, John||ML# 341||Ballina||
|WATSON, William||ML# 379||Ballysakeery, ||
|HUMES, William||ML# 380||Ballysakeery||
|EVANS, John||ML# 501||Castlebar||Relations all in Canada
|BATTLE, John and Patrick||ML# 522||Creevack||Cousin named Michael WELSH / WALSH
|HAMILTON, James||ML# 632||Turlogh / Molina||his father is John HAMILTON
|McGINLEY, Dennis||ND marriage||
|LYNNOTT, Patrick||ND baptism of children||to Cantley, Quebec
|NOLAN, John||ND died from Cholera in 1834||
|JORDAN, Thomas||ND marriage of Bridget to Lawrence BURNS||to Osgoode Township||
|GILDAY, Michael||ND marriage||was a shoemaker||
|MELIA / MALEY, Thomas||ND marriage||to March Township||
|JUDGE, Ellen||ND marriage to Edward FINLAY from Wexford||
|GRIMES, Patrick||ND marriage to Mary McNALLY||both from County Mayo||Ellen from Westport, Mayo
|GALLAGHER, John||ND marriage , 1846||
|LAFTES / LOFTUS, William||ND Marriage||settled in Richmond||
|McDONNELL, Francis||ND marriage, 1846||
|McANDREWS, Mary||ND marriage , 1846||
|REARDON, John||ND marriage , 1846||
|NORMAN or GORMAN, Catherine||ND marriage , 1846||
|HOLLAND, Patrick||ND marriage , 1846||to March Township||
|LALLY, Owen||ND baptism of son , 1846||son named Patrick||
|HOWARD, Richard||ND marriage , 1846||married Ann MALONEY, also from Mayo||
|DENIN / DINEEN,||ND marriage , 1846||
|BAILEY, Patrick||ND marriage , 1847||married Ann COOLIGAN / COOLICAN||
|CARROLL, Daniel||married Ellen SWAIN, also from Mayo||
|O'BOYLE, Thomas||married Mary CLYNE, also from Mayo||
|CONWAY, Michael||ND marriage , 1847||married Ann CULLIGAN / COOLICAN||
|FARRELL, Frank||ND marriage , 1847||married Ann CULLIGAN / COOLICAN||
|McHALE, Patrick||married Mary FARRELL also from Mayo||to Fitzroy Township
|McCABE, Thomas||retired 99th Regiment of Foot||to Goulbourn Township
| HAMILTON, John||married Ann "Jane" PLUNKETT||to Fitzroy Township
|COONEY, James||married Catherine MULROY|
|O'MALLEY, Edward P.||born Ottawa, 1847||to OHIO, USA|
|McHALE, Miles||to Manotick Station Road||wife= Mary NEILON|
|MURDOCK, James, John, Ellen||weavers, to Bytown in 1834|
October 30, 2015:
New Photo, Source: Wynne Collection, Mayo Library site
Many pioneer settlers from County Mayo settled across the Ottawa River in the village of Mayo, Quebec, Canada.
Some of them sailed on the famine ship the Elzabeth and Sarah, from Killala, County Mayo, to Quebec, in 1846.
April 2, 2014:
The following link will take you to a terrific paper written by Michael McBane. It concerns the oral
tradition of the Irish famine immigrants to the Ottawa Valley. In the article, Mr. McBane offers an
alternative view of Irish immigration from the convential wisdom of well-known Irish scholars in
Canada such as Donald Akenson and Cecil Houston. Some of their books are listed in our bibliography.
This paper is an important work regarding the Irish Catholics of the Ottawa Valley. It discusses many
of the immigrants who came to Irish settlements in the Ottawa area in the years surrounding "Black '47".
Featured are the immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland who settled in Pontiac County, Quebec,
Fitzroy Township, Ontario and the village of Mayo, Quebec in the Gatineau Valley.
I have printed off a copy of this paper in case the original is removed from the Internet at some point.
Some of the surnames mentioned are Dunnigan, Joyce, Gibbons, Stanton, Gavan, Rowan, Moyle, Mulligan,
O'Mally / O'Malley, O'Donnell. McMahon, Madden, Dolan, Phillips, Doherty, Jordan, Costello, McHugh,
O'Hara, Dowd, Doyle, Draper, McBane, Houlihan / Houlahan, O'Reilly, McColgan, Kilroy, Gavan, Quinn,
To read this important work, visit http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf/article/view/144/194 .
This is a .pdf file; the article runs from page 7 to 26.
Thanks to Thelma Hartman for passing this link along to us.
September 28, 2016:
Some of the Irish immigrants who came over from County Mayo have descendants in the Martindale Pioneer Cemetery.
They landed at the wharf on the Ottawa River, a stone's throw from Notre Dame Cathedral
where some of them are recorded. I believe that some of them joined family and friends who had arrived twenty years earlier
to build the Rideau Canal here. The Notre Dame records for June to August of 1847 show many deaths from Typhus. Fever sheds,
similar to those at Grosse Isle, were set up along the waterfront here where the Rideau Canal joins the Ottawa River. A very tragic
part of our history, but the new arrivals in 1847 were given help from the churches and from their earlier-arrived Irish
friends. Most of them (including deaths from Typhus) are recorded in the registers of Notre Dame Basilica in downtown Ottawa, a hundred yards from
the fever sheds and the famine wharf where the Rideau Canal joins the Ottawa River.
November 28, 2016:
Here are cemetery photographs and inscriptions from the cemetery at Mayo, Quebec, Canada. Theye are many familiar names here of families who came to Canada from County Mayo, Ireland.
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