Genealogy questions? Ask a genealogist for answers ASAP
Hello,Welcome to our site and thanks for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will do whatever I can to try to help you.
Do you know when they came to the US?
Where did they live in the US?
Do you know if they had children and their names?
By the way, Killarney is in Co. Kerry, not Co. Kilkenny.
Just Answer cannot receive SMS. To make sure any information gets to me, you can type your information in the reply box here and I will get it. It will also become part of the entire exchange so that you can copy and print it at your leisure.
Thanks so much, Colleen,
If they arrived in New York prior to 1892, it would have been at Castle Garden (1820-1891), since Ellis Island didn't open until 01 January 1892.
I will see what I can find.
The ones who arrived on the Caractacus 04 May 1849 were *****, ***** and Michael (that's what Mich. stands for). They all wound up in Minnesota in the spring of 1855, where they joined their brother John who was one of the first settlers of Washington Lake, MN in 1854. They were the children of Michael Shaughnessy and Margarita Cain of Killaloe parish in Co. Clare.
The curious thing is that I can't find your Martin and Margaret in the 1860 or 1870 censuses anywhere in New York. I expected to find them there since you mentioned son Martin J. was born there in 1868.
It's particularly difficult since Shaughnessy is such a common name in Ireland and so are the given names: Michael, Patrick, *****, *****, Catherine, Bridget, etc.
Hi again, Colleen
It doesn't necessarily mean that they entered the country illegally. It may mean that they entered somewhere other than New York, and on a passenger manifest that has not been transcribed and published or it may not still exist.
I had another thought: Do you know if Martin J. had siblings and their names?
I found an 1880 census for*****, Cohoes, Albany Co., NY with the following:
Yes, there is no problem tracing Martin Joseph. It's his parents who are the mystery :-)
1860 Census Dwelling #218 - North Granville, Washington Co., NY
There was a Margaret Droney baptized 02 Jul 1838 in Manister parish, Co. Limerick, Ireland, daughter of Jacobi (James) Droney and Margarita Ryan. Sponsors were Nicholas Spelman and Maria Mulcahy.
So, if this is the correct Margaret Droney, evidently Martin Shaughnessy and Margaret Droney were married in New York between the 1860 census and the birth of daughter Mary Shaughnessy in about 1863.
Yes, Martin J. shows up in the 1900 census in New Britain Hartford Co., CT with with "Myra" and children Martin, John, and Mira.
In 1910 they are in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY and have added another son, Anthony.
In 1920 they are still in Watertown, with just Anthony living with them.
In 1930 and 1940 the are still in Watertown, and all the children are out on their own.
Martin J. Shaughnessy died 12 April 1950 in Watertown. Mira Widdowson Shaughnessy had died 15 Apr 1945.
Please don't forget a rating (hopefully a 5) since that is the only way I am paid anything for my work.