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Looking for anyone that had a relative drowned at sea during the Great Gale off George's Bank, MA on February 24, 1862.
Looking for relatives of Patrick Connell and Margaret Welch which had a son Michael Connell b abt 1820 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Michael married wife Johanna Walsh b. abt 1818 in Ireland, D. May 16, 1883. Her father was Thomas Walsh b abt 1794 of Kilkenny and Mother was Ellen Barry b. abt 1798. Michael and Johanna emmigrated to Newburyport, MA in 1865 or 1866 along with their children Julia, Michael J. and Patrick. Family changed their name back to their pre-Queen Ann rule name of O'Connell in 1873. Michael J. married Johanna(h) Hamilton, daughter of Robert and Mary Hamilton. Robert was lost at sea during the Great Gale off George's Banks, MA on Feb. 24, 1862, along with his cousin Michael Welsh and James Roach. All are recorded on the Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial on the 1862 plaque along with Jame's brother John Roach which was lost at sea on Jan. 1, 1862. All of these mariner's were originally from Dungarvan, Ireland according to their death records:(Fishermen's Memorial and Record Book By George H. Procter.) Robert Hamilton's paymaster recorded his name as Hambleton but, the paper record was corrected by Robert's grandaughter Agnes Hamilton O'Connell Healey during the unveiling of the Gloucester Fishermen's Monument in the 1920's.
Note about spelling prior to 1860's: Prior to 1850's spelling of last names were subject....find records spelling name welsch, welch, welsh, walsh of the same person.
Note about Irish Immigrants from the late 1800's. The Irish organized themselves due to discrimination...Irish Need Not Apply....Check out the Irish Foresters to see if your Irish relative joined this organization. They maintained membership records from 1879 - 1935. They are no longer called Foresters but, The Irish Ancestral Research Association - http://tiara.ie/index.php.
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