Fanning Immigrants from Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland to America 1900-1921

These Fannings from Thurles are on the Ellis Island records

Bridget Fanning, from Thurles (spelt Tharles), arrived May 10 1900 on the “Oceanic”. Listed as labourer. Her final destination was New York where she had a brother living at 403 E.185th St. She had been in America before, looks like, 18 mths ago. She was 25 and single.

Katie Fanning, arrived 22 Sept 1909, age 26, a servant and single on the “Caronia” which departed from Queenstown Ireland. She had a brother living at 446 West 27th St New York. Her father was James Fanning of Ballycahill, Thurles. With her were three cousins:

Maggie Costelloe aged 21, her father was Jeremiah Costelloe of Moycarkey, Thurles.

Andrew Berkery, age 22, his mother was Margt Berkery of Lewagh Beg, Thurles.

William Bannon age 25. His father is listed as John Bannon of Ballycahill, Thurles. His mother was Mary Fanning from Clondoty, Loughmore.

Michael Fanning of Thurles, aged 33, arrived on the “Majestic” on Oct 3 1901. He had a brother Martin Fanning living at 4645 South Halisles?? St Chicago. He had been in America before in 1893 for 9 mths. Listed as a farmer. Departed from Queenstown, Ireland.

On the 1901 Census for Co Tipperary there is a Michael Fanning listed at Coolcroo in Two-Mile-Borris aged 33.

Laurence F. Fanning, aged 30, from Thurles arrived on the “Teutonic” on 25 May 1905. He was a US Citizen, occupation clerk. His final destination was 4659 State St Chicago and reason for journey was “returning home”. Port of departure was Queenstown, Ireland. The story goes that Laurence Fanning eloped to America after or to marry his first cousin Bridget Fanning of Clondoty. He worked in a bar there and when he returned to Tipperary he had a pub in The Ragg, Bouladuff.

Helena Fanning from Borisoleigh, age 26 and single arrived on Oct 25 1921.

Mary Fanning from Borisoleigh, 23 and single arrived on Dec11 1910 on the “Coronia”.

I have included these last two women from Borissoleigh, Co Tipperary, as there was a Fanning family in Victoria who came from Borisoleigh. They lived at Penshurst, near Hamilton, and most likely still have Fanning descendants there. Borrisoleigh is not that far away from Thurles and there were quite a few Fannings living there although I have not made any direct connections with them yet.

The Victorian Gold Rushes 1851 and Immigration Australia

While looking at records from the Pioneer Index for Victoria which covers the period 1838-1888 I noticed that a huge number of records related to gold rush towns and settlements. Their names reflect their gold prospecting origins as well as the different nationalities of immigrants. So many places were gullies, leads, creeks, flats, diggings and they were all far from Melbourne.

Some interesting place names are Yankee Creek, Deep Lead, Italian Gully, Jobs Gully, Scotchman’s Lead, Welshman’s Reef, Frenchman’s Creek, Eldorado, Digger’s Rest and Chinaman’s Flat.

Gold Rush Vic Narrena Fossickers Ballarat
Gold Rush Vic Narrena Fossickers Ballarat

While investigating the impact of gold I came across this interesting article on a great site which answered some of my questions. I have included parts of it below.

Immigration and Ethnicity: Overview – Theme – Electronic Encyclopedia of Gold in Australia

 

“Immigration and Ethnicity: Overview

When we talk about the Victorian gold rushes, that occurred from 1851 onwards, we are really talking about people, specifically the movement of people. During the gold rushes, people moved on a small scale: trying their luck at different locations on the diggings, or shifting from one town to another. Many people moved from the city of Melbourne into the centre of the colony, leaving certain industries and businesses desperate for workers. There was movement between colonies too, for example hundreds of workers abandoned the copper mines in South Australia and switched to gold seeking in Victoria. Many folk in Melbourne were appalled to see Vandemonians streaming into Victoria from Tasmania to look for gold, fearing increased crime and social unrest.

But perhaps the most significant population movement was the migration of thousands of people from overseas countries to the Victorian goldfields. The influx led to dramatic changes in Victoria’s population, and more importantly, to its society and culture. This group of people is described as the ‘gold generation’, a generation that left a profound and lasting impact on the colony and on the Australian nation. Continue reading The Victorian Gold Rushes 1851 and Immigration Australia

Victorians Born in Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland

These are records from the Victorian Pioneer Index of those born in Thurles Co Tipperary. The Pioneer Index covers the period 1836-1888. Some may be born in Thurso Scotland. But most I think are Thurles natives.

Surname: WEBB; Given Names: M; Event: B; Spouse Surname/Father: William; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Matilda Ann CLARK; Birth Place: THURST ; Year: 1859; Reg Number: 4630

Surname: ELDER; Given Names: John; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: Henry; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Margaret MILLER; Age: 73; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1858; Reg Number: 6028

Surname: MANSON; Given Names: Janet; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: William; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Mary DUNCAN; Age: 45; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1866; Reg Number: 12123R

Surname: SHOELL; Given Names: Jane; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: Thomas; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Mary DISS; Age: 22; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 11586

Surname: CUMMINS; Given Names: Margaret; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: Sheedy John; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Margaret DWYER; Age: 67; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 11635

Surname: TREACY; Given Names: William; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: William; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: UNKNOWN; Age: 54; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 6338

Surname: MACKAY; Given Names: George Edward; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: John; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Jane UNKNOWN; Age: 56; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 9435  Continue reading Victorians Born in Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland

Co Tipperary Irish Emigrants to Australia 1828-1866

All of these indexes were compiled by Peter Madden of Newcastle NSW Australia.

TIPPERARY EMIGRANT INDEX : 1828 to 1866

This is the combined index of people who were born in Tipperary, Ireland, and emigrated to Sydney, New South Wales, or Moreton Bay, Queensland in the years 1828 to 1866 inclusive.

MARRIAGES OF TIPPERARY People in Victoria

TIPPERARY EMIGRANT DEATH DETAILS

 

Life for Many Irish Immigrants in America

“The mass exodus from Ireland following the Potato Blight of 1846 saw over 1 million Irish emigrants pass through Castle Gardens between 1847-1861,  all seeking to escape starvation, poverty and hardship.  The majority arrived on American shores penniless.

For most Irish emigrants a farm environment in Ireland was all they would have known, where very little time and attention was paid to literacy.  This meant that their only source of employment on arrival in New York was in the unskilled labour market (for men) and domestic service (for women). The 19th Century unskilled labour market was a dangerous one with very little pay, as our Irish Ancestors helped dig America’s first canals, lay the first Railroad tracks, and pave New York’s Streets.  The Domestic Service market was no better, where hard labour and long hours was met with minimal pay.

With no savings, income or employment, many of our Irish Ancestors found themselves trapped in New York.  The farmhouse and green fields of Ireland were replaced with over-crowded tenements filled with destitution, filth and disease.  Whilst in Ireland, our Ancestor may have complained about having to share the family home with numerous siblings, parents and grandparents.  In New York, they would have found themselves sharing a room with three, maybe four different families.  In 1862 over 6,000 families were found to be living in Cellars in New York, with no light, drainage or sanitation.    The stark reality in those early years of emigration was that most Irish Ancestors were worse off for leaving Ireland – many wanted to return home: few could afford to.

Yet despite the hardships of life in the New World, with perseverance, our Irish Ancestors were able to claw their way out of the slums and secure a better future for themselves, and ultimately their families, both in the New World and in Ireland.”

Source Irish Family Research