On the 30th April 1823 Mr Stebbings of Norwich was brought before the City Mayor to answer charges that he had sold his wife for £6.10s to a Mr Turner. Mr Stebbings thought he made a good deal when he took up with his ‘more favourable wife’, Turner having made a down-payment of £4 on the old Mr Stebbings.




Turner took the ex-Mrs Stebbings home and immediately turned his lawful spouse out of the house. When the now-destitute Mrs Turner applied to the authorities for poor relief, they were not satisfied with her story. Both husbands were ordered to appear before the Mayor, together with their rightful wives, to undergo investigations as to their legal marital position.




After listening to their individual versions at length, the bewildered Mayor finally ordered each husband to take only his original and legal wife back into her rightful home and support her. The unhappy four were subjected to a hustling from a jeering crowd which had gathered outside the Town Hall, and had difficulty in making their way home. Whether Stebbings ever returned the £4 down-payment to Mr Turner was never recorded.








Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 96, 24 April 1937, Page 6


Ambrose Hilliard Douglas, a 92-yearold negro, and the father of 37 children, told the Board of Social Welfare at Rooksville, Florida, that there will be another little Douglas soon. The Welfare Board will present the new baby, the thirteenth by Douglas's present wife, with a -complete layette. Douglas lives north of Rooksville with his wife and eleven of his children, ranging from seventeen months to eighteen years old. Douglas said he was born in slavery in North Carolina on May 5, 1845. He married Julia Stacy, and before she died in 1916 she became the mother of twenty-five children. In 1918 Douglas married his present wife.


Thames Advertiser, Volume XXIX, Issue 9113, 9 August 1898, Page 3

Rev, Isitt at the Academy.

The Rev, F W. Isitt lectured to a very fair audience in the Academy of Music last evening, his subject ''Fred Douglas" the coloured orator who rose from slavery to the American Senate., The lecturer told in glowing language-the story of his life, how he fought the bonds of slavery, succeeded in educating himself, was several times sold, and finally found freedom and fame. He classed Douglas as one of the ten greatest orators that had over lived.


Evening Star , Issue 10836, 21 January 1899, Page 4


A remarkable statue has recently been erected at Rochester, in the State of New York. It is in honor of Frederic Douglas, who, though born a slave, lived to hold responsible offices under the Federal Government, and for nearly forty years was conceded to be the foremost man of the negro race in America. The monument has been erected at Rochester, because fame and distinction came to Douglas while his home was there. At one time (says the Sunday at Home) Douglas was United States Minister to Hayti. Later on he held the well paid office of Recorder of Deeds at Washington and he was living in retirement with his family at Washington at the time of his death two years ago. Douglas, was inevitable from his race origin, was throughout his public life associated with the Republican party, and during the seventies and the eighties lived on terms of intimacy with many men who had become prominent in national politics during the period of the conflict between the North and the South arising out of the slavery question. He was a man of singularly fine built and his figure and head, which betokened his mulatto origin, have been excellently portrayed in the bronze statue at Rochester. The tribute to Douglas's memory cost £2,000. The money was raised by public subscriptions, except for the sum of £2OO, which was contributed by the Republic of Hayti, as a testimony to his work while representing the United States at the capital of the Negro Republic.



Irish Examiner 1841-1999, Wednesday, 15 October, 1845; Page: 3

A meeting was held yesterday in the City Courthouse for the same excellent object as the above. H was attended by over one hundred ladies and a large audience of respectable gentlemen and citizens generally.

The Mayor presided; after some resolutions had been proposed and seconded by Mr Martin, Rev. Mr Whitelegge, Mr John Bernard, Mr Buffan and Mr J F Maguire Barrister. Mr Douglas came forward to second the resolution proposed by Mr. Maguire, and was received with the heartiest applause. Mr. Douglas then delivered one of the most eloquent and impressive discourses we ever heard, in which he detailed, more fully than at the breakfast, the suffering of his early years, the horrors and the horrors and the inhumanities arising from the iniquitous traffic in human beings.  of that system of slavery which strips a man not of one  right, or of one privilege, but by the laws of the land, deprives a man of his own body and delivers him up to the unlimited control of an irresponsible master, to deal with as he would with his meanest chattel . Mr Douglas expressed the surprise and embarrassment which his reception in Ireland had caused him-he who had been accustomed to regard white men as a superior and different race of beings, and who had never before been looked on himself by white men with such complacency as by the audiences he had addressed in the Emerald Isle. When a child, he had been taught to acknowledge the while man as his master, and to bend the obsequious knee before him  and even then he had not overcome this feeling of self-abasement, for  here were so many in America who would remind him of his colour, and the difference of skin which placed him and the while man apart. He described how at an early age he had dreams after liberty, his young mind revolted from his condition and how after self-questioning, as to the reason and right of his slavery and his master's authority, he felt that he was not burn to be a slave, and that no right, either human or divine, or based upon the law of God, authorized a fellow creature to hold him in bondage, he had been given to a brute boy as his slave, who, when he was fretted or annoyed at anything, was told by his good mamma to kick Freddy. He alluded to the marks of the lash which he bore on his back, which he would carry with him to the grave; but he said that they were not the degrading marks of his bondage, for he bore them on his soul, debasing his humanity, and often crushing down his spirit to the very darkest depts. Of shame and degradation (great -sensation). He then referred to the atrocious laws of the slave states, amidst the expressions of the deepest execration. For losing a boat from its chain, the penalty was, the loss of an ear, for the second offence! and he saw men and even women nailed by the ear to wooden posts .For carrying a club 39 lashes —for travelling in any but the most general and frequented road 40 lashes. for being out at night 40 lashes for being found in any other plantation, 40 lashes.  for hunting with dogs, 30 lashes — for riding a horse in the day time, to be whipped, cropped.(ear cut off) and branded on the cheek the letter " R." the initial for rogue; and he had seen the slave flung down on his back, his hands and feet tied, and the hard-hearted master coolly applying the branding iron to the cheek, and holding it there until it burnt into the quivering flesh! These and other details produced a feeling and expression of horror impossible to describe. He then tore the mask off the religious cant of those dealers in human flesh, the Wesleyans and Episcopalians of America, particularly the former, who preached from their pulpits the most atrocious doctrines justifying the system of slavery, and perverted the sacred word of God to the base purpose of human oppression. One quotation used by these canting scoundrels to defend the brutal torture inflicted on the slave, is" He that knoweth his master's will and doeth it not, shall be punished with many stripes. This-infamous system, like all other evil systems is upheld by ignorance—the mental and moral darkness of its victims and by the laws of some of the States, it is death to teach a slave his letters. Mr. Douglas then dwelt on the glorious services of  Mr O'Connell to the cause of the slave—how his mighty voice had shaken slavery to the centre, and paralysed the soul of the slave-dealer. He eloquently concluded by a splendid burst of soul stirring oratory, and sat down amidst enthusiastic cheers. The above is but a mere outline of a speech which occupied over two hours in delivery. Mr. R Varian moved a vote of thanks to Mr, Wm. Martin for his services in the cause of abolition and for having been the means of procuring the visit of Mr Douglas and Mr Buffan. Mr Logan said In seconding a resolution of thanks to William Martin, I feel there can be no difficulty in passing such a resolution in a meeting of the citizens of Cork.There are two grounds for adopting this resolution; William Martinis a member of that community which mainly effected the abolition of one of the greatest evils the world ever witnessed West India Slavery (.cheers). We are asked what have we to do with American Slavery; the claims upon our benevolence at home are too numerous and too urgent to permit our attention to foreign objects. William Martin, we all know, is not the man who shews no regard or compassion for the sufferings of his fellow countrymen, or the evils which atfflict his own country; but we always find the men who are alive to the claims of humanity in every clime and in every country are the men of the most active benevolence at home (cheers). We are to thank William Martin for bringing to our city Frederick Douglas and James Buffan (hear). It was only necessary to bring such men before us to awaken Irish feeling and the expression of Irish sympathy on this great question. We should ask why such a man as Frederick Douglas should have been a slave? such a specimen of our common humanity, and we must feel the injustice and cruelty of slavery more than ever. There are millions of such men still in slavery. Did you ever hear a more eloquent description of freedom than that which came from Ids lips? Could the sacred and inalienable rights of man be more distinctly asserted: did you ever hear the horrors of slavery more forcibly or justly depicted? The fact is, the arrival of these men on our shores should be a great epoch in our history on this great question; the liberties of the world are nor safe whilst three millions of men in the freest country in the world are in slavery. I have heard at the great Anti-slavery Meeting in London, year after year, those indignant denunciations against American Slavery which you have heard have been wafted across the Atlantic, and have made the conscience of the Slaveholder to tremble; but notwithstanding their effect on England and upon America they have never yet awakened in Ireland an adequate expression of feeling and sympathy for those who are suffering all the horrors of slavery in America. We See the power of public opinion on political injustice or legislation at home; let it be exerted for the removal of personal slavery abroad, and it will be omnipotent (cheers).

Mr Martin returned thanks, but was surprised that any merit should have been attributed to him, for having merely done his duly. He had an abhorrence of slavery for the last 50 years (cheers).

The Mayor being called from the chair and Alderman Lyons thereto, and a vote of thanks having been given to him for his conduct, the meeting separated.



Nenagh Guardian 1838-current, Saturday, 25 October, 1845; Page: 3


There is at present an extraordinary man in Cork—a self-liberated American slave—one who strong in his aspirations for liberty, braved the dangers of the blood-hound the slave holders rifle—and the perils of fatigue and famine ; and following the north star, reached a free State in safety. For some time after his escape, he supported  himself in honest respectability by the labour of his hands ; but having been at length prevailed on to speak on the anti-slavery platform, he has since travelled through various parts of America, exposing the wrongs and sufferings of his enslaved brethren. Several advocates of the colonial race, both here and in America, having judged it might be useful for him to visit these countries he crossed the Atlantic last month, and has held a series of meetings in Dublin with excellent effect. From thence he proceeded to Wexford and Waterford both of which places he held meetings before visiting Cork. Frederick Douglas is truly a specimen of nature's nobility, tall and erect in figure, and commanding in appearance; he feels that he has regained his manhood, and is now no longer a chattel, but one of nature's great human family, as his father was a white man, (very probably his master). He has not the block colour, although he has the black hair of the negro, as a speaker, he is strong, forcible and convincing his audience that he is speaking the truth and the whole truth. He has also published a short account of his life it is a striking narrative, and we may probably allude to it on some future occasion. He has excited much interest, and is still audiences large audiences in  Cork.



We understand that Mr Charles Bianconi has purchased Longfield in this county, for the sum of £24,000. Mr O'Connell, accompanied by Dr Gray, and a staff of Reporters, arrived at Brundley's hotel about four o'clock on Thursday evening, from Rathkeale, after having attended the Repeal banquet given to Mr S. O'Brien, and immediately afterwards left en route for Dublin.


The rise in the price of Irish whiskey is owing to the bad condition of the potato crop, and the anticipated large consumption of oats in this country.


Lieutenant-Colonel F. Maunsell, and Major French, are the only officers of the 85th who served in the Peninsular war under the late Lieutenant-General William Thornton.

Old Papers 3

Irish Abroad, Ships, Sea Plane Foynes, Ships lost sad story

Sir A. Sinclair Commons



HC Deb 21 January 1942 vol 377 cc335-6

I understand that the Civil Aeronautics Board at Washington have recently authorised Pan American Airways to extend their Atlantic service from Lisbon to Foynes. I am not in a position to say when scheduled flights will commence.

Mr. Simmonds

Could my right hon. Friend say that there is no difficulty with Southern Ireland about this service being run, on account of that country's neutral status?

Sir A. Sinclair

I am not aware of any difficulties.


Telegraphic Address—"O'Connor, Foynes."

HC Deb 08 July 1908 vol 191 cc1678-9 1678

MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to a complaint made by Mr. Robert Gibson, butter merchant, of Limerick, that on Friday last he sent a telegram and prepaid for reply to the village of Foynes, County Limerick, addressed to O'Connor, Foynes, asking to have half a ton of ice forwarded on the same date, and that it was notified to Mr. Gibson some two hours later that the address was insufficient, and that, having wired again, he was informed that it was then too late to have the ice forwarded on that day; and whether 1679 seeing that O'Connor is the only person who deals in ice in this small village, so that the address should have found him in the first instance, he will have the matter inquired into with a view of putting a stop to this annoyance and damage to traders.




FARE, North Atlantic summer route (direct). Dec 19 1945

£ s. d.

Poole to Foynes 11 10 0

Poole to Botwood 120 0 0

Poole to Baltimore 142 0 0

Winter route (via Bermuda).


Poole to Lisbon 35 0 0

Poole to Bathurst 65 0 0

Poole to Trinidad 173 0 0

Poole to Bermuda 190 0 0

Poole to Baltimore 198 0 0

Eastbound. $

Baltimore to Bermuda 80

Baltimore to Foynes 525

Baltimore to Poole 647


Return fares, where available, show a reduction of 10 per cent.




Tarbet Tourist Steamers—Government Subsidy.

HC Deb 03 May 1904 vol 134 cc254-5 254


I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether arrangements can be made during the summer for a service of steamers, aided by a Government subsidy, between Kilrush and Foynes.


I cannot hold out any hope that the subsidy in the case of the Tarbert to Kilrush steamer will be continued beyond the 31st instant.


From Western Argus 13 July 1937

AMERICAN 'PLANE. ARRIVES Foynes, July 6. 1937. The Pan-American clipper arrived at 10.45 a.m. The coast was shrouded in mist and rain, but by a great stroke of fortune the .weather cleared as the 'plane descended, enabling the crowds to obtain a splendid view. The silver conqueror of. the Atlantic was fastened to its moorings at 10.50 a.m., and had thus taken 12 hours 40 minutes to cross the Atlantic. Mr. de Valera, Mr Lemass and officials of the Air Ministry and Imperial Airways, welcomed the crew, who were loudly cheered by the onlookers, many of whom arrived in donkey-drawn jaunting Cars.






From Daily Advertiser NSW 13 July 1944



. NEW YORK, Saturday: Cspt. Charles Thompson set a trans Atlantic speed record for commercial planes, completing 3075 statute miles from Foynes, in Ireland, to New York in 18 hours 16 minutes, bettering the previous record by 27 minutes.


From Cairns Post 23 June 1942

INAUGURAL FLIGHT. NEW YORK TO FOYNES. (Australian Assodated Press.) LONDON, June 21.1942

The Minister of State (Mr. Oliver Lyttelton) crossed the Atlantic as a passenger on the inaugural flight of the new service between New York and Foynes. The crossing occupied 18 hours. The service is conducted by American export airlines, using 28-ton Sikorski flying boats.

Mr. Lyttelton, referring enthusiastic- ally to increasing Canadian and American production, said that one corporation at the end of the year would be producing munitions at the rate of 4,000,000,000 dollar’s worth a year, which was equivalent in terms of money to building the Panama Canal once every six weeks.


From Examiner Launceston Tasmania 2 August 1937

Atlantic Air Service Partible FOYNES (Ireland), July 30. 1937 "I am now convinced of the practicability of the Atlantic air service. It has reached the routine stage," said the captain of the Pan-American Clipper, which completed the second experimental flight from Botwood (Newfoundland) in 12hr. 47min. The Clipper's speed was aided by a tail wind, and was approximately 160 miles an hour.




Second Trans-Atlantic Flight. BOTWOOD Newfoundland), July 2.1937. The Pan American clipper left at 5.5 Eastern Standard time, on its flight to Foynes. A London message stated that the clipper arrived at Foynes at 9.50 a.m. DEPARTURE OF CAMBRIA. LONDON, July 29. Carrying a crew all under 20, the Cambria left Foynes. Ireland, for Botwood (Newfoundland), on Its second experimental Trans-Atlantic flight at 7 p.m. The crew carried flasks of hot water to enable them to shave enroute. LONDON, July 30. At 1.80 ?a.m. Cambria. was 1500 miles out, About 4 a.m. the Cambria and the Pan American Clipper passed each other in mid-Atlantic about 80 miles apart.

From Queensland Times 31 July 1937.






From Patrick Lynch Tarbert

Thanks for press reports on the visit of the American ambassador to the Shannon estuary in 1851. Lucky for them their trip was uneventful because in 1867


the same steamboat the ‘Erin’ collided with Tarbert pier. She was on her way from Kilrush to Limerick when she struck the head of the pier as she was attempting to come alongside.


She was beginning to sink when the railway boat the ‘Ross’ towed her to safety.


Comment from Patrick on article below.



Taken from Tablet of 27th Sept. 1851, Copied from Limerick reporter and Leader.








The Hon. Mr.Lawrence arrived in Limerick on Them day, accompanied by Mrs. Lawrence, and Miss Lawrence, and by Mr. Perry, one of the Directors of the Great Western Railway. He has been already in Dublin, whence he went to Galway, and after seeing Galway bay he crossed the country to Athlone, which he left on Thursday morning by the Shannon. At Killaloe his Excellency was met by the American Consul, Michael Robert Ryan, Esq.,




Break in article ----------


The day proved delightfully fine. Nothing of particular interest occurred until the steamers arrived off Foynes Harbour, into which the Erin proceeded, for the purpose of allowing his Excellency to estimate the ad. vantages of that port for the Transatlantic packet station. Foynes is one of the finest sheltered harbours in the world, being completely land-locked, while the Bounding at low water is upwards of ten fathoms There is a substantial pier and quay built at Foynes, and additional works are in active progress, at the expense of Lord Monteagle and the Board of Works. The American Ambassador embarked in a small boat, with the Mayor and Lord Monteagle, to new the operations going fur ward, and acquire a knowledge of the roadway which leads from thence to Glin and Tarbert.




From Foynes the Erin steamed down the Shannon, When the steamers had reached Olin Castle, the residence of the Knight, hundreds of the peasantry had assembled on the banks of the river with banners and music to salute the American Ambassador as he passed. Along the elevated mound flags were placed, while here and there between the trees guns were discharged. His Excellency was moth pleased at the unexpected display, and stood upon the gangway to acknowledge the compliment.








I The company then, at two o'clock, retired to the banquet room, where every delicacy was exhibited, and the most recherche viands provided.




The MAYOR presided, and after dinner his worship rose, and in most suitable terms proposed " The Health and Prosperity of their distinguished Guest, the Hon. Abbott Lawrence, American Ambassador . " which was drunk with nine times nine, and one cheer more.




The AMBASSADOR returned thanks, and assured them he was deeply se.ible of their gratitude and the great honour which had been so unexpectedly paid him—their hospitality knew no bounds. He expressed great satisfaction at what he had seen, and said it would be his wish and desire to see this country happy. The important question of Transatlantic intercourse would, he trusted, be soon decided; from what he thought their river was admirably adapted; but no matter to what pcirt in Ireland the first ship would be dispatched, his Excellency would pay a visit to Limerick. Having spoken murk in praise of the Irish in America, he alluded to the successful exertions made by Lord Monteagle to promote and advance, not only the trade and commerce of Limerick, but the interests of the citizens, and concluded by proposing Lord Monteagle's health, which was drunk with applause.




Lord MONTRAOLE returned thanks, Alderman WATSON proposed " The Health of the Mayor." Drank with applause. The MAYOR having returned thanks, the company again went on deck, and found themselves near Kilrush, but did not touch there. The quay was crowded, and the concourse cheered as the Erin passed on towards Seattery Island, from which the Ambassador had a view of the mouth of the river at the entrance from the bay.




After sailing round the island, the steamer proceeded homeward, nudes the passage up the Mayor presented his Excellency with an address, which his Excellency said he felt much pleasure in receiving, and would send a written answer from London.




At Mount Trenchard, the residence of Lord Monteagle, the steamer was brought to, as the American Ambassador had been invited to spend the night with Lord Monteagle. His Excellency, his lady, and daughter, therefore, took their leave of the gentry on board, returning thanks to all friends for the honour which had been done them in Limerick. As the boat moved towards shore, the engineer shot off steam, so as to cause a din charge like the noise of a cannon, which was repeated nine times, and the company on board uncovered, and cheered lustily.




The Erin-go Bragh than returned to Limerick, where she arrived about ten o'clock.



Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser

12 August 1910


Queenstown s Grievance.




The feeling in Queenstown shipping circles in regard to the concession of

the Cunard Company that all the Cunard steamers from and to New York with

the exception of the Lusitania and the Mauretania, shall call at

Queenstown is that it does not remove the grievance of the Irish people as

expressed at the All-Ireland meeting. It was then complained that the

American mails for Ireland brought by the fast Cunard liners from New

York, which pass within three miles of Queenstown Harbour, are carried to

a Welsh port, where they frequently remained for periods averaging from

five to ten hours before being transhipped to the. cross-Channel packet

for conveyance to Ireland, resulting in many instances in delays of from

20 to 30 hours before being delivered at their various destinations in

Ireland. In accordance with arrangements completed with the United States

Postmaster-General by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr. R. Mennessy, J.P.,

chairman of the Queenstown Council, and Mr. J. H. Campbell, J.P., of

Queenstown, the All-Ireland deputation to America on the question of the

abandonment of Queenstown by the fast Cunard steamers on the eastbound

voyages from New York, will be received by the American Postmaster-General

at Washington on October 1 next. The deputation will leave Queenstown on

September 22 for New York. Captain Donelan, M.P. for East Cork. received

on Saturday a cordial communication from Mr. Theodore Roosevelt,

ex-President of the United States, from New York, stating that he was

already moving in the matter of the Cunard call at Queenstown, in

accordance with the promise which he made when in London to Mr. John

Redmond, Mr. John Dillon and Captain Donelan, and that he would go fully

into the question with Mr. Redmond on the latter's arrival in America next



Contributed by Dennis Ahern March, 2013


source - The Cork Examiner,

22 April 1912 -


A list of [Titanic] survivors published today contains no reference to the names

of Mr. Patrick Colbert, Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale (Not Limerick as given) Mr. James

Scanlon, Rathkeale, nor of other young men said to have been on board from East

and North Kerry. Pat Colbert, for whose parents and family the greatest public

sympathy is felt, was until his recent departure for the States, a porter at

the railway station here (Abbeyfeale) and a young man noted for his industry,

intelligence and temperate habits.


Contributed by Dennis Ahern



Immigrant Ships

Transcribers Guild; SS Ivernia

Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts

18 June 1901




73 Shea, Johanna 50 f Irish Listowell Barre, Vt servt 2

74 Shea, Hanny 17 f Irish Listowell Barre, Vt servt 2

75 Shea, Jno 21 m Irish Listowell Barre, Vt labr 1

76 Shea, Edmund 13 m Irish Listowell Barre, Vt labr 1

77 M^cCarthy, Mary 23 f Irish Listowell Keene, NH servt 2





Immigrant Ships

Transcribers Guild


RMS Teutonic

Page 4 of 5

Liverpool, England & Queenstown, Ireland to New York

27 May 1891



942* Ja? Fitzgerald 22 M Lab'r. Irish Listowel Chicago For'd. Stge 1 perma


944* ?at'k. Sullivan 18 M Lab'r. Irish Kerry Chicago For'd. Stge 1 perma

Honora Leahy 18 F Serv't. Irish Dingle, Kerry Thomsonville Aft. Stge 1 permanent



Immigrant Ships

Transcribers Guild; SS Caronia

Page 40 of 45

Liverpool, England via Queenstown, Ireland to New York, NY; 30 October 1910





1311 Fitzmaurice, Ellie 40y; female; single; Occ-Servt- ditto to above, but "Dom"

written in; can read/write; Brit. Cit; Irish race; Last Perm. Residence:

Ireland, Tarbert; Relative from Whence Came: Bro, John Fitzmaurice, Tarbert, Co.

Kerry; Final Dest: Ill-Chicago; No ticket; pd by self; $30 (Bracketed w/1312);

in US before-no; Joining: Sister, Mrs. Lanagan, 3533 S. Francisco Ave, (San

Francisco?) Chicago, Ill; in prison-no; polygamist-no; anarchist-no;

promise of labor-no; health-good; deformed/crippled-no; 5'10" tall; fair

complex; fair hair, blue eyes; no marks; Born: Ireland, Listowel.



1312 Fitzmaurice, Gerald (-sis- written, but believe it should be for above entry)

35y; male; single; Labourer; can read/write; Brit. Cit; Irish race; Last Perm.

Residence: Ireland, Tarbert; Relative from Whence Came: (See Pass. 1311); Final

Dest: Ill-Chicago; No ticket; pd by self; $ (Bracketed w/Pass. 1311); in US

before-no; Joining: Sister, Mrs. Langan (diff.sp?), (See Pass. 1311); in

prison-no; polygamist-no; anarchist-no; promise of labor-no; health-good;

deformed/crippled-no; 5'11" tall; dark complex; dark hair, brown eyes; no

marks; Born: Ireland, Tarbert.



1324 Moloney, Lizzie 20y; female; single; Servt; can read/write; Brit. Cit; Irish

race; Last Perm. Residence: Ireland, Hospital (USA-New York crossed out);

Relative from Whence Came: Brother, William Moloney, Hospital, Co. Limerick;

Final Dest: NY-New York; Has ticket; pd by Sister; $30; in US before-no;

Joining Sister, Mary Moloney, 1 Arcadia New Palt?, (New Paltz?) New York; in

prison-no; polygamist-no; anarchist-no; promise of labor-no; health-good;

deformed/crippled-no; 4'10" tall; fair complex; brown hair, blue eyes; no marks;

Born: Ireland, Hospital. (An "X" was written over Passenger number on

Manifest, which indicates this passenger was detained. See "Record of Detained

Aliens", Page 44, #17).



1325* Moloney, Margaret 24y; female; single; Servt; can read/write; Brit. Cit;

Irish race; Last Perm. Residence: USA-New York; Relative from Whence Came:

Brother (See Pass. 1324); Final Dest: NY-New York; Has ticket; pd by self;

$40; in US before-yes, 1908-10, New York; Joining Cousin, James Dooley, 57

Beech St, New York in prison-no; polygamist-no; anarchist-no; promise of

labor-no; health-good; deformed/crippled-no; 5'0" tall; fair complex; brown

hair, blue eyes; no marks; Born: Ireland, Hospital.




source - The Freeman's Journal [Dublin],

31 January 1801 -



The utility of express boats from here to Holyhead is every

day more apparent ; on the 24th, the Frolick left this harbour

with the mail, and at the same time sailed the Besborough

packet.--The Frolick had delivered the mail, and was coming

away, when the other was entering the harbour of Holyhead.


It is mentioned that the plan and report given into Government,

by Captain Bligh, respecting the forming of a harbour of greater

safety for shipping, and a Canal communication to it, is different

from that plan which was generally believed to have been

determined on.


Extract of a letter from Captain Stewart of the transport ship,

Anne, which sailed last year with convicts, for New South

Wales, dated Rio Janeiro, Aug. 26, 1800.--"We continued our

voyage from Cork without anything happening very particular,

until the 29th, when we were in latitude 6.32. north, and

longitude 21.34. west of Greenock. The surgeon being taken ill

a short time after sailing, I took upon myself to administer every

thing to the convicts to preserve their health. During this part of

the passage the prison was whitewashed twice, fumigated twice

a week with gunpowder and vinegar mixed, and washed with

vinegar twice a week ; and I had them upon deck for the benefit

of air twice a week. This attention was followed by the most

beneficial effects ; all the sick we had at our departure were

nearly recovered, one old man only having died. On the 26th, as

above, I went to see the prison fumigated, attended by the mate

and gunner. The instant the smoke began I was seized by the

throat by a convict, vociferating death or liberty.

"The gunner and mate were seized at the same time by others ;

and the party of them upon deck, about thirty, wrenched a

cutlass from one of the centinels [sic], and some iron bars from

the cab-house ; the alarm became general, and the officers and

men were quickly armed at the prison door. The convicts mutiny

on deck being quickly quelled, I extricated myself from the man

who first seized me, and was rescued from the crowd by two

convicts, and got upon deck. The mate and gunner being still in

their custody, and the mutiny still continuing, recourse was had

to firearms, when one man attempting to take a pistol from a

seaman was shot dead, and two more were wounded. This had

the effect of rescuing the mate and gunner, but not until the first

had received some violent concussions on the head.

"At this crisis a speedy and exemplary punishment was

necessary, and from the information of the mate, as well as my

own recollection, Marcus Sheehy was the ringleader. He

confessed his guilt, and was, by the sentence of all the officers,

immediately shot, in the presence of the convicts. Christopher

Grogan, the ringleader upon deck, was sentenced to 250 lashes ;

and thus ended the disagreeable affair. We arrived here Aug. 22."


Contributed by Dennis Ahern


Source - Limerick Evening Post and Clare Sentinal,

3 April 1832 -


New wives for New South Wales--a vessel, we

believe the Red Rover, has been taken up by the

Government, for the purpose of conveying 200

free female emigrants from Cork to New South Wales,

who are to be provided with situations or husbands

as chance may offer, on their arrival.


Contributed by Nick Reddan



Cardiff Evening Express

28 November 1892




In accordance instructions received from the United States Government, all emigrants embarking at Queenstown for the future will have to declare on oath that they are proceeding to join, in America, either a father, mother, sister, or brother. This new regulation came into force on Saturday, and the emigrants who embarked on Sunday on the Cunard Liner Aurania for New York had previously to appear before a Queenstown magistrate and make the above declaration on oath.


Contributed by Dennis Ahern May, 2013



Daily Iowa State Press

Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Feb. 10, 1899




Little Alice Knearsey's story is a sad one. She is only 6 years old and when she left her native land, Ireland, two weeks ago, her father, John, a stalwart young Irishman seemed in the best of health. He had been on the police force in Dublin and had risen to be a sergeant. Then he lost his position and with Margaret, his wife, and his little Alice, he decided to come to this country. Two other children were left with their grandparents. The first night at sea a shriek went through the steerage of the Aurania. Ship's officers, crew and the passengers found Knearsey insane, standing over his wife threatening to kill her. Next morning the frightened child crept to the main deck and saw her maniac father struggling in a straitjacket. Mother and daughter passed a cheerless Christmas together. As the madman seemed better the next night the straitjacket was partly removed. During the night the devoted wife crept from her bed to see her husband. The delirium returned to him in a flash and Knearsey attacked the woman. Three days later she again saw her husband, who was once more violently insane. The shock wrecked the woman's nerves and that night the ship's physician found her in convulsions. A few hours later she died. Mrs. Knearsey was buried at sea, and little Alice, weeping and frightened, was taken to the cabin. A collection was taken up for the child and she will be sent back to Ireland.


Contributed by Cathy Joynt Labath



Daily Iowa State Press

Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

March 24, 1899




History of the First Ever Fired Here for that Purpose


A twenty-four-pound shot, with a short chain attached, now lying on the

table of General Superintendent Kimball of the life-saving service, recalls a

noted occurrence long since forgotten to many people. The Washington Star says

that this ball is the first ever fired in the United States for the purpose of

saving life. After performing its noble service it lay for more than twenty

years at the bottom of the sea.


On December 26, 1849, the British ship Ayrshire sailed from Ireland, bound

for New York, with two hundred and two persons on board, mostly immigrants,

seeking homes and fortunes in the States. In those days transatlantic steamers

were not numerous, the first regular line, the Cunarders, having been

established only nine years before, and thousands of immigrants were transported

in sailing packets.


Six week later the Ayrshire was off the port of destination in a northeast

tempest, which rolled and pitched her about with great fury.

About midnight of January 12, 1850, she struck bottom with terrific force,

heeled over toward the beach and the sea began to sweep over her sides. Many of

her passengers were women and children, who were either crowded into one of the

small deck-houses, or lashed to the bulwarks and rigging to prevent their being

swept away. The night was dark and bitter cold, and despair reigned on board.

However, about two hours after she struck, the half-frantic company beheld

a flash of light inshore. Then they heard a sound as of a muffled cannon, and a

moment later a heavy iron ball came crashing on board. That was the ball above

referred to. Attached to it was a life-line.


A larger line was soon drawn to the ship by the sailor, and then came the

life-car-at that time a new untried device. It was a small iron boat, covered

over, so that it was very nearly alike on both sides and having in the top and

opening through which persons to the number of six could crawl and shut

themselves in.


To some of the more timid the remedy seemed almost as bad as the disease,

but all save one were taken to and without the smallest mishap. The person lost

was a Mr. Bell, whose sisters and her daughters had been place in the car, when

he insisted on accompanying them. As there was no room inside the car, he

undertook to cling to the outside of it, and as a matter of course, was washed

off and drowned.


Soon after the storm was over the bulk of the wreck began to settle in the

sand and was finally covered. There it lay for twenty-three years, till a heavy

gale set up a strong current along the shore that dug away the sand and once

more exposed the skeleton of the wreck. A party of wreckers were soon on board,

and in searching the cabin, they came across the old mortar ball.


There was no doubt of its identity, and it was returned to the

companionship of the little mortar which had sent it whizzing seaward on its

errand of humanity more than twenty years before. Since the recovery of the

ball, it and the mortar have been on exhibition at all the great interstate and

international exhibitions.



Contributed by Cathy Joynt Labath





Source - The Connaught Journal, Galway,

13 February 1840 -



A beautiful barque, the St. Lawrence, D. Chambers, Master, laden with timber

from Dalhousie, New Brunswick, 400 tons, the property of Mr Turner of

Carnarvon, was driven into Ballyheigue Bay, Kerry, on Tuesday morning.

Though we regret that this very handsome and entirely new vessel has been

lost, it gives us sincere pleasure that all the crew, consisting of 17

persons, have been providentially saved. The coast guard party stationed at

Ballybeigue, on seeing the vessel in distress, immediately put out their

boat, under the command of Lieut. Laurence, R.N., chief officer, which was

nearly swamped together with the crew. This scene caused the greatest alarm

to the spectators on shore; they, however, attempted to proceed to the

vessel in vain. Eventually, after several signals and several shots being

fired by the party, the master and men of the vessel, finding it impossible

to save her, committed themselves to their boat in a very exhausted state,

and reached the shore, to the delight of all the inhabitants of the

neighborhood, who assembled and appeared in great anxiety for the safety of

the poor men, who were immediately carried to the watchhouse, where they

were, with the greatest humanity, supplied with clothes and refreshments,

and are quite recovered. We understand the vessel is insured; she has

drifted on the rocks and will ultimately go to pieces.


Contributed by Cathy Joynt Labath



Source - The Connaught Journal

Thursday, September 24, 1840


ARRIVAL OF THE H.M.S. RODNEY- The second division of the 19th regiment,

commanded by Captain Hudson, embarked yesterday at Cove, in H.M.S. Rodney,

Captain Munsell, that vessel having arrived on Tuesday from Portsmouth. The

Rodney sailed for Gibraltar this day. At an early hour on Thursday morning

the first division of the 88th or Connaught Rangers, under the command of

Captain Elliott, arrived at our quay from Dublin, in the Arab steamer, and

proceeded to the barracks. The Arab sails this evening to return from Dublin

on Saturday with the remainder of the regiment.--Cork Reporter


A woman, apparently the wife of one of the privates of the 88th

Regiment, who embarked in the Arab steamer for Cork, at one o'clock today

threw herself into the river as that vessel left the quay. Assistance was

immediately rendered, and the wretched creature was saved from a watery

grave. It appears that she would not be permitted to accompany her husband

(if such he can be called), and in a moment of despair committed this

desperate act; when brought on shore she appeared insensible.---Monitor.


One hundred and twenty-three paupers landed at Cork on Tuesday evening, by

the Jupiter steamer, having been transmitted by the Poor Law Officers in



The Erin-go-bragh, iron steamer, just completed in Liverpool, for the

navigation of the lower Shannon, though larger than any steamer at present

on the line, will not draw four feet of water.


Contributed by Cathy Joynt Labath




source - Limerick Standard

1 November 1841 -


Loss of the Barque Amanda, of Limerick

"Metis, 29th September, 1841.



"I have to inform you of the loss of the barque Amanda, Captain Davis,

from Limerick, which came ashore at Little Metis Point, at five o'clock,

on the 26th instant - She had forty passengers and a crew of eighteen. The

captain, two seamen, and two apprentices were amongst those saved."


A.C. Buchanan, Esq., Emigrant Agent, has kindly favoured us with the

following list of passengers and crew:-


List of the passengers and crew of the barque Amanda, Solomon Davis,

master, bound for Quebec, cleared on the 17th August, and sailed on the

22d August, from Limerick:


Passengers Saved.


James O'Neill and Catherine O'Neill, of the County of Clare; Patrick

Hanlon, county Kerry; Timothy Murphy, Michael Hall, Maurice Hall, Philip

Sarsfield, James Nevill, and Margaret Molony, of county of Limerick; and

Anne O'Neill, of the county of Cork. Total passengers saved- 10.


Passengers Lost.


Stephen Rennals, county of Clare; James Slattery, Patrk. Clancy, Anne

Murray, Mary Hall (aged 6), J. Hinchey, Margaret Hinchey, Maria Hinchey,

John Hinchey, Frederick Harden, Daniel Carney, Margaret Carney, James

Carney, Mary Carney, Daniel Carney, Jeremiah Conners, Catherine Eustace of

Limerick; John O'Brien, and Michael O'Brien, county of Clare; Mary

Cummins, Bridget Cummins, Anne Cummins, Catherine Cummins and Michael

Cummins, of the county of Galway; Julia Crawley, andPatrick O'Neill, of

Clare; Thomas Kennedy, of Dingle. -29.


Male adults lost 11.- Female adults lost 12.- Total Adults 23.-

Children Lost 6. Total passengers lost -29.


Crew Saved.


Solomon Davis, master; Edward Roundy, second mate; Timothy Behane,

seaman; Patrick O'Brien, and Charles Donnelly, apprentices.- Total 5.


Crew lost.


Patrick Blake, 1st mate; James M'Inerney, carpenter; Michael Hegarty,

cook; John Fahy, steward; David Keeffe, John Harper, John Graham, Thomas

Allan, Patrick Shannon, Thomas Harte, and John Hynes, sea-men; James

Cusack, and Francis Johnson, apprentices.- Total crew lost, 12.


Contributed by Nick Reddan


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HICKSON Spinning Wheels Dingle area


Hickson          Christopher         Ballinvoher          Kerry


Hickson          Christopher         Dingle               Kerry


Hickson          George              Ballyduff            Kerry


Hickson          James               Killury              Kerry


Hickson          James               Kinard               Kerry


Hickson          John                Killiney             Kerry


Hickson          John                Killury              Kerry


Hickson          Judith              Dingle               Kerry


Hickson          Thomas              Kinard               Kerry






Leslie           Robert, Esq.        Terbert              Kerry


Leslie           Sir Edward          Terbert              Kerry


O'Keefe          Denis               Kilflyn              Kerry








Berkley          Patrick             Kilteely              Limerick


Bermingham       John                Kilteely              Limerick






Coffee           James               Kilteely              Limerick


Dea              James               Kilteely              Limerick


Fitzgerald       William             Kilteely              Limerick


Galligan         Dennis              Kilteely              Limerick


Hayes            Daniel              Kilteely              Limerick


Hayes            Dennis              Kilteely              Limerick


Hayes            Edmund              Kilteely              Limerick


Hayes            William             Kilteely              Limerick


Henesy           John                Kilteely              Limerick


Hicksey          John                Kilteely              Limerick


Higgins          James               Kilteely              Limerick


Holton           William             Kilteely              Limerick


Howard           Patrick             Kilteely              Limerick


Keary            John                Kilteely              Limerick


Lee              Matthew             Kilteely              Limerick


London           James               Kilteely              Limerick


London           Michael             Kilteely              Limerick


Lynch            Andrew              Kilteely              Limerick


Lynch            Patrick             Kilteely              Limerick


Mackafy          Margaret            Kilteely              Limerick


Maher            Timothy             Kilteely              Limerick


Murnane          Dennis              Kilteely              Limerick


Murnane          Michael             Kilteely              Limerick


Murray           Garrett             Kilteely              Limerick


Murray           James               Kilteely              Limerick


O'Donnell        John                Kilteely              Limerick


Portly           Robert              Kilteely              Limerick


Power            Richard             Kilteely              Limerick


Quinn            James               Kilteely              Limerick


Ryan             Bridget             Kilteely              Limerick


Ryan             James               Kilteely              Limerick


Ryan             Lanty               Kilteely              Limerick


Ryan             Patrick             Kilteely              Limerick


Ryan             Timothy             Kilteely              Limerick




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