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The Louisburgh/Clinton Connection: A Social Study [Paperback]

Edward M. Gill


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Jan. 3 2006


The Louisburgh/Clinton Connection recounts the suffering and harassment the early emigrants from Louisburgh endured on their journey through Ireland to Liverpool, in order to get a passage to America or Canada, and onward to their final destination. Having survived a sea journey or sometimes up to 6 weeks, often without sufficient food, water and proper sanitary facilities, these early immigrants arrived mostly in Canada, with countless suffering from cholera, typhus, malnutrition, or other diseases. They were immediately put into quarantine but a large number did not survive here in spite of the devoted care and attention given to them. Many died on board ship especially in the late 1840's and early 1850's and were buried with little ceremony at sea. Those free of disease were allowed to continue their journey on "The Immigrant Trail" through the New England states, to their pre-planned destinations, which for a large number was Clinton and the other industrial towns of Massachusetts, a journey that also took its toll on the old and weak.

An analysis is made of 4 popular Louisburgh surnames showing their influx and decline in Clinton between 1972 and 1992 and a similar analysis is made of their influx in 3 major manufacturing industries in Clinton from 1882 until the Depression when the factories closed in the early 1930's. The influence these early emigrants had on the Catholic church and many of the clergy past and present who were associated with the church are recorded. The appendices with over 2000 names of Louisburgh emigrants to America has records dating back to 1843, but principally deals with emigrants from 1892 to 1925 and focuses on the following: (1) those emigrants boarding ship at Queenstown for Boston and (2) those boarding ship at Liverpool and Queenstown for New York. There are instances where the final destination is not recorded for some emigrants as they were not recorded on the ships manifest and also due to the excessive amount of time required in checking the ships' manifests.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (Jan. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412055474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412055475
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 19 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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4.0 out of 5 stars Making a Better Connection Jan. 19 2013
By Brian Burgwinkle - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up in and still live in the Town of Clinton. I am of predominantly Irish descent. My father was half Irish(Garvey) and my mother was all Irish(McNamara). My mothers grandfather Patrick McNamara came to America and Clinton by my own estimation sometime in the late 1880's from Louisburgh County Mayo. My mothers father(Frank A. McNamara) was born in Clinton in 1892. I remember from a very young age the mention of Ireland, and things Irish, and County Mayo and a town called Louisburgh. When I was young I always thought it an odd name for an Irish town. Now having briefly visited Louisburgh several times and reading about the area I understand how the town got its name. I have not been able to find where exactly where in the Louisburgh area my mothers grandfather may have come from.
I was always very much aware of a connection between Louisburgh and the Town of Clinton, Massachusetts.
This was reinforced and validated when I did visit Ireland. I enjoy reading Irish literature and Irish history and about County Mayo.
This book is a good study documenting the very strong connection between Louisburgh and Clinton. I am glad it has been given some scholarly attention. There are probably many rich veins of this connection yet unexplored.
This was a good beginning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Research Tool Oct. 13 2007
By Our Miss Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was able to locate my maternal GF and his
brothers and sisters in the early 1910's
using Gill's book...something like 11 members of
my family. I do wish there was more on early 20th century
Clinton itself. But still I was able to recommend it
on several Irish lists. It is an interesting piece
in the puzzle of the study of Irish Americans
in my state. I am grateful for his time and research.

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