Liverpool to New York in 1850

Liverpool to New York 3,168mi.jpg

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.

John Morgan & Mary Flynn from County Meath Ireland

John Morgan and Mary Flynn Morgan headstone in Bloomington IL.

John Morgan and Mary Flynn Morgan headstone in Bloomington IL.

John Morgan and Mary Flynn were married in Moynalvey parish County Meath on 2nd March 1824.

I am very lucky to have such an early marriage record for a family member.  John and Mary were the parents of James – 1825, Jane – 1827, Patrick – 1830, William -1834, John – 1838, and Mary – 1840.

The family moved to Bloomington, McLean County, IL.  John died 10 April 1861. Mary lived until 20 Feb 1880.

I found a bio of one of William and Rose’s children, ” At the age of nineteen the father came to the United States with his parents and first settled in Albany, New York.  From there he removed to Bloomington and was for many years a member of the police force of that city.  Because of an injury to one hand resulting in the loss of a finger he was not accepted for active service during the Civil war but entered the secret service.  He had two brothers, however, who were in active service.  In 1875 he came to Nebraska and live for one year in Saline county at the termination of which time he came to York county and bought a relinquishment of one hundred and sixty acres on section 34 West Blue township.  Here he engaged in farming until his death in 1894.”

I am taking time this week to see if I can find any more information about this family.  I did make an exciting discovery a couple of years ago.  When I stopped to get the photo of John and Mary’s headstone.  I discovered another headstone of Mary Morgan Hanley.  I discovered that Mary was also a daughter of John and Mary Morgan.  Mary Morgan’s husband was Edward Hanley who was also from Moynalvey County Meath.  I identified Mary in her brother’s obit. It is exciting to find a new branch of the family tree.

A couple of years ago I found out that they don’t have have any records for people who might have worked in the ‘Secret Service’ during the Civil War!

William and Rose Morgan are buried in Exeter Nebraska.

I am a descendant of William and Rose Morgan’s daughter Anna Morgan who married John Neville.