A map helps visualize the journey that my family made. Abraham and Margaret (Molloy) Neville traveled on the William D Sewall from Liverpool to New York. They arrived on 11 April 1850 in New York City. A voyage of 3,168 miles on the cold North Atlantic Ocean.
Margaret gave birth on this voyage, William Neville was one of 15 babies born. They brought their daughters Mary Ann age 7 and Bridget age 5. They left their two sons, Joseph age 9 and John age 3 with family in Lynally Glebe, Kings County (Offaly).
My grandmother Mary Veronica (Neville) McTygue told me the story of her father John being left in Ireland. Her version was that the English wouldn’t let them take all of their children. I think the real reason was John was only three, they left Joseph age nine to help look after him. Margaret knew she would be giving birth on the voyage. I don’t think she could watch a three year old and also take care of a new infant.
John Neville arrived and found the family about 1864. I know from land records that John was in Wisconsin in 1874 when the family was purchasing land in York County, Nebraska.