O’Laughlin, Denis North-East USA
Daniel O’Laughlin from Drexel Hill, PA, who attended the 2014 gathering in Milwaukee,.provides this entry:
Denis/Dionysius was born 1831 in Ballyvaughan or Lisdoonvarna, County Clare and to the best of our knowledge came to the U.S.A. through Canada. He settled in the New York City, North Jersey area. Married 1860 in Hoboken New Jersey. Denis and his wife Julia (Mahon) had seven children.
Denis was a railroad worker. He and his family traveled across Pennsylvania living in several small railroad towns, finally settling in western Pennsylvania in the Cambridge Springs/ Meadville area. The railroad was their life blood.
Denis was killed in 1887 in a railroad accident. His son Denis was hit by a train in 1908 and was killed instantly. My grandfather James Clare was injured uncoupling railroad cars. Sons John and Frank had various jobs such as conductor, dispatcher and yard master. The family literally lived and died by the railroad.
O’Laughlin, Elizabeth Jenkinson (1836 – 1914)
Elizabeth was born in New York State in 1836 when her parents moved south from Canada, eventually settling on a farm carved out of the wilderness raised near Fairwater, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin Territory.
Her father, Robert, was born in county Wicklow, Ireland and was of English heritage. He immigrated to North Amercia in 1832 and first settled in Montreal, Canada. There he married Georgianna Pommenville, and began raising a family. By 1836 the family had moved south to New York, but after catching the pioneer spirit of the times, he decided to move west.
As the eldest of twleve children, ‘Lizzie’ as she was known to family and friends, helped with the farm chores as well as the household tasks such as cooking, sewing, and quilting.
Her father, Robert served as County Sheriff in 1852 and County Treasurer in 1854 and was allowed to pasture his cows and other livestock on the Courthouse lawn. Lizzie milked the cows each day and used some of the milk to make pumpkin pies for prisoners in the County Jail.
The Jenkinson family’s prosperity was cut short when Robert Jenkinson died after a brief illness on January 19, 1855 at the age of 46 years. He left behind a wife and twelve surviving children, seven boys and five girls.
Elizabeth married Bryan Fergus O’Loghlin (Kilfenora, County Clare, Ireland) on 28th January 1856. Bryan Fergus had previously arrived in Wisconsin during October 1849 with brothers Donogh and Terrence. They had twelve children and Lizzie taught each of her six daughters to sew.
According to Lizzie’s descendants, her 1850’s red and green ‘Whig Rose’ quilt was one of several quilts made by the women in her family, near Fond du Lac. It has been passed on and lived in by generations of Lizzie’s descendants.
The quilt has been mended over the years with each successive generation making its own contribution to the quilt. Presently, the Whig Rose with Sashing quilt continues to remain in Wisconsin with a great-granddaughter of Elizabeth’s.
Bryan Fergus O’Loghlin was one of six sons of Michael Ruaidhri O’Loghlin and Bridget Talty O’Loghlin who left Glandine, Kilfarboy after the famine in 1848 – 1851. In his diary at the time, he noted in Latin “No man is at all times wise, the wisest may make mistakes”. One can only speculate as to the misgivings he had regarding the imminent emigration to America.
All of the sons were well educated for their time – able to read and write – and comprehensive journals of their experience were documented and copies are now held in the Library at the University of Wisconsin. As they arrived on the Montreal, Bryan described the scene “I have never in my life witnessed such fine scenery, beautiful buildings, lighthouse and battery containing 355 cannons leading into New York Harbour”.
They took a steamboat up the Hudson River into Albany. Then, they travelled by train through Troy, Utica, Rome, Rochester, Batavia and onto Buffalo. On another steamer, they sailed through the Great Lakes stopping at Portland, Erie and Detroit.
The final leg of the voyage began in Mackinaw and then on to Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan. Then, they went north to Sheboygan arriving on Saturday October 27th 1849, fifty two days after they set out. They had been advised by other travellers that this locality was the most healthy and richest part of America but thinly settled.
Bryan’s brother Donogh purchased 160 acres in the town of Taycheedah for $200. They set about clearing the land but Donogh developed pneumonia and sold the land to Bryan Fergus. The men continued to clear the land for timber eventually establishing the early days of the logging industry and allowing the land to be used for dairy farming.
Living conditions improved and Bryan built an impressive brick home at St.Peter, Wisconsin, USA. He raised a large family including:
Acknowledgement – Ben Bares, Madison, Wisconsin
“Clare woman lives to 100”
Elizabeth O’Loughlin travelled from Kilrush, County Clare to Brewster, USA as a young woman and married Michael O’Loughlin.
She had two sons Thomas J and Edward O’Loughlin who lived in Brewster, her brother Michael Shea of Danbury and a sister Katherine O’Shea of Hartford.
The actual date of her birth was unknown, but she was believed, according to the Carmel Putman Country Courier to be 100. She died at home, and her Mass was celebrated by her nephew, Rev. Edward Shea.
Parishes: Ennis / Drumcliff, Clare; and New York
Fiona O’Loughlin studied drama over eight years at the Ennis School of Performing Arts. She graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts after 2 busy years which gave her the opportunity to work with many talented actors. The recent production that she was involved in – an off Broadway play called Seventeen Come Sunday, was written and directed by Bryan McHaffey. It was set in the west of Ireland.