Clan Travel Journals of 1849

As much of this website contains records of the written variety, these notes aptly commemorate three journals which were compiled in 1849. Bryan Fergus, Donogh and Terence OLoghlin maintained their individual journals through their departure from the port of Limerick to their arrival at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA in October 1849.


Bryan Fergus O’Loghlin’s Farmhouse (c. 1900) – St. Peter, Wisconsin The original structure is under snow covered roof. Peak of Terence’s home is barely visible at right. The brick structure at left was built in early 1880’s. By 1930’s dinner bell was on one of the porch supports

During the first days of September 1849, the three brothers began their many goodbyes to their relations at Glandine (Kilfarboy), Smithstown (Kilshanny), and Cullaun (Rathborney) before heading to Limerick, by way of the north Clare medieval town of Kilfenora. The journals compiled while crossing the Atlantic retell their encounter with a serious storm, before arriving in New York. They also record their conversations with those they meet during their lengthy journey from New York to Wisconsin which became a state, the previous year. This year commemorates the 170th anniversary of that trip which took them across The Great Lakes.

Immigration Map 1.1


Their twenty three stops along that journey were commemorated at the Milwaukee Clan reunion of August 2014 which was coordinated by the extended Bares family of Wisconsin.

Bryan Fergus, Donogh and Terence OLoghlin (1849 journals)
J Gilbert Hardgrove, former custodian of those three journals c  (1935)

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1 Response to Clan Travel Journals of 1849

  1. edwardologhlen says:

    Ben – Wonderful that you have captured the 1849 journeys of the three OLoghlin brothers through the map of twenty three ‘pit-stops’ and the farm houses which they resided at, St. Peter.

    Your image of the original constructions and various additions from 1880 to the dinner-bell on the porch in 1930, illustrates their progress through half a century. Finally, while you compiled your notes in the month of May, the 170th commemoration of their travel-diaries; the house-image evokes a Christmas post-card atmosphere! – edward


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