Mountbellew Workhouse, County Galway, Ireland
Irish Girls who came to Canada in 1853 (some to Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario)

September 18, 2017:

Map Source, below left: This map of County Galway 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.

The parish map, (below, on the right), shows the Roman Catholic parishes for the eastern half of County Galway. Map Source:
Page 84 in the book : A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland by Brian Mitchell details on our Famine Bibliography Web Page

Thanks to Martin Mac Oirealla for letting us know about the boundaries of the Mountbellew Poor Law Union: "Mountbellew PLU would take in Moylough (#60), Menlough (#57), Caltra, Newbridge & Ballygar (#12) parishes" on the next map. Mountbellew parish is shown in red (#60) on the above map. The starting point for our project to hopefully trace the fifty Irish girls and women who were sent to Canada from the port of Limerick City in the summer of 1853, from the Mountbellew Workhouse, is a terrific article by professor Gerard Doran. This article, title page below, forms Chapter 8, of the book Women and the Great Hunger. Three sections of this paper are included in the following text images. This will give us some background to begin looking at this emigration scheme. This book is also listed on our Famine Bibliography web page. It is edited by Dr. Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA), Dr. Jason King (from the Strokestown, County Roscommon Famine Museum) and by Dr. Ciarán Reilly.

The Mountbellew Workhouse Web Page, including a history of the workhouse. Mountbellew Workhouse, Ireland, Cemetery Restoration Facebook Page A .pdf file: Young women and girls sent to Quebec City from the Mountbellew Workhouse, County Galway, in 1853 on board "The Primrose" This .pdf file was sent in by Paula Kennedy and by Martin Mac Oirealla and has been transferred to a text file included in the table below. By making this into a text file, we can add clickable links to the names of the individual emigrants as information is discovered about them. So far we have some brief information about two of the young ladies, Ellen Egan and Anne McGrath. Both of these girls spent some time in Renfrew County, Ontario, after arrival in Canada. One of them spent time in the town of Pembroke, west of the City of Ottawa. Name Year of birth Age Electoral Division Length in Workhouse Pauper Number Biddy Molloy 18 Annagh 3 1/2 94 Mary Carr 19 Annagh 2 104 Biddy Barrett+ 16 Ballinakill 7 1/2 910 Catherine Connolly 20 Ballinakill 7 3/4 892 Peggy Lohan 18 Ballinakill 5 93 Mary Rafferty 17 Caltra 3 1/2 1016 Biddy King 18 Castleblakney 6 993 Catherine Higgins 19 Castleblakney 3 1/2 901 Ellen Egan 15 Castleblakney 6 659 Honor Gibbons 23 Castleblakney 3 246 Kitty Loughnane 15 Castleblakney 3 269 Mary Shannon 15 Castleblakney 3 1/2 1042 Bessy Fallon 16 Castleffrench 6 252 Biddy Kelly 18 Castleffrench 3 1/2 835 Kitty Rabbitt 18 Castleffrench 7 62 Ellen Madden New 18 Clonbrock 5 145 Ellen Brennan 18 Cloonkeen 5 35 Honor Corbett 15 Cloonkeen 6 819 Mary Brennan 22 Cloonkeen 3 1/2 810 Mary Coffey 17 Cloonkeen 3 1/4 844 Mary Down 20 Cloonkeen 4 818 Winny Dowd 17 Cloonkeen 3 696 Anne McGrath 15 Cooloo 6 640 Biddy Healy 16 Cooloo 6 3/4 231 Honor Brady 16 Cooloo 3 269 Margaret Coffey 19 Cooloo 3 1/2 843 Mary Concannon 15 Cooloo 5 128 Biddy Toohey 1835 18 Derryglassann 5 114 Celia McCabe 1834 19 Derryglassann 4 1/2 915 Jane Murray 1839 15 Derryglassann 7 605 Judy Healy 1833 20 Derryglassann 5 95 Mary Killarney 1832 21 Derryglassann 2 69 Biddy Cox 1833 20 Derryglessann 3 1026 Catherine Kilgannon 1838 15 Derryglessann 5 3/4 791 Honor Quinn 1835 18 Derryglessann 4 3/4 826 Mary Daly 1833 20 Derryglessann 4 1/2 823 Biddy Breheny 20 Killeraran 5 127 Catherine Fallon 17 Killeraran 4 39 Kitty Heneghan ?? 26 Killeraran 3 99 Mary Dooly 20 Mount Hazel 4 1/4 865 Mary Coffey 18 Mount Hazel 5 3/4 995 Mary Kilfoyle 18 Mount Hazel 3 32 Mary Warde 16 Mount Hazel 5 3/4 65 Mary Mitchell 16 Mount Hazel 3 3/4 116 Catherine Keogh 20 Mountbellew 4 1/2 896 Jane Kelly 40 Mountbellew 5 1068 Fanny Gereghty 15 Tameboy 6 877 Biddy Ruane 40 Union at Large 4 1/4 774 Honor Connell 20 Union at Large 3 1/2 978 Pollocrossaun 2 McCabe baptisms in Moylough 1870s - no other record Possible link to Murrays Carnacregg or Pollnabrone Gatestown, Clooncallaga Killarneys Clooncurreen 2 Coxs in Griffith's: Rahins and Newtownbellew Guilka or Derrylissane Guilka A Quinn family were in Clooncurreen and transferred to Guilka c 1875 Newtownbellew
New September 19, 2017: An article on the Primrose girls will appear in 'Women and the Great Famine' edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Ciaran Reilly (Quinnipiac University Press) in January 2017. Further reading in Gerard Moran, Sending Out Ireland's Poor, Assisted Emigration to North America in the Nineteen Century (Four Courts Press, 2004). Posted to the Facebook Group Irish Famine Migration to Canada, 1846-1854 yesterday by Paula Kennedy.

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