Irish Immigrant Advertisements

Immigration shipPlaced in the Boston Pilot and Irish-American

The adverts were requests for information about the persons named and their whereabouts


The Boston Pilot
7 September 1850

Of MARY SPELMAN, wife of MICHAEL McCURICK, of Gorlbrack, parish of Shruhel, Co. Galway. Direct to Michael Maly, Gloucester, Massachusetts.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 1 page 517) 8 March 1851

Of WINIFRED BURKE, native of Co. Mayo, Killamorik, parish of Shruil, who left home about 2 years ago. When last heard of (last July) she was about 300 miles in the country. Any information respecting her will be thankfully received by her sister HONORA BURKE, care of Tim Mooney, No.3 Townsend  Place, off Commercial St. Boston, Massachusetts.

(Ad. of 29 Mar 1851 omits places of origin; and is placed under “Galway”)


Boston Pilot

(Vol 2 page 29)  1 January 1853

Of JOHN CONNORS, from townland Bola, parish Sruil [Co. Mayo], who landed in New York about 4 years since. Left his brother Michael, in the State of Maine 3 years ago last June. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by his brother, MICHAEL CONNORS, Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 2 page 320) 16 April 1853

MARY BURKE is anxious to hear from her brothers WALTER or PATRICK, from parish Shrule [Co. Mayo]. Walter is in this country about 7 years; Patk about five. They were near Concord, N.H, working for Mr. McGuire, when last heard from. Direct to her, care of Mr. P. Mullin, Dock St, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 2 page 384) 11 November 1854

Of JOHN CARNEY, of Rossdoff, parish Shrool, Co. Mayo, who sailed from Liverpool some 8 or 9 years ago for America. Information of him will be received by his cousin MICHAEL CARNEY, Bath, Maine.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 3 page 207) 6 January 1855

Of JOHN CORBETT, of Kinlough, near Shrule, county Mayo, who came to America about 4 yrs ago; when last heard of was in Woonsocket Falls, Rhode Island.Information will be received by his brother THOMAS, care of Timothy Mooney, 49 Charter St, Boston, Massachusetts.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 3 page 234) 17 February 1855

Of PATRICK PURCELL, of parish Shrule, Co. Mayo, who when last heard of was with his nephew MICHAEL TIGUE, in North Killingly, Connecticut. Please address his sister BRIDGET TIGUE and family, Daysville, Connecticut.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 3 page 259) 24 February 1855

Of JOHN CARTY, of parish Shrule, County Mayo, who came to this country about 5 yrs ago, and when last heard from was in Illinois. Information will be received by his sister BRIDGET, care of Denis McNamara, 250 Magazine St. New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 3 page 263) 5 May 1855

Of EDWARD BIGGANS, parish of Shrule, Co. Mayo, who left Galway port in 1849 for this country, and is supposed to be in the State of Maine. He is about 27 yrs of age, deeply regretted by his mother, brother, and sisters. Information of him will be received by his mother SARAH BIGGANS, Cleveland, Ohio.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 3 page 301) 4 October 1856

Of THOMAS KELLEY of parish Shruel [Co. Mayo]; when last heard from was in Wheeling, Ohio. Information received by JOHN KELLY [sic], Wilmington,Delaware.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 3 page 569) 14 March 1857

Of THOMAS VADANCE, a native of Moyne, parish Shruel [Co. Mayo], who sailed from Liverpool to New Orleans 5 years ago; when last heard from was in St. Louis, Missouri, in July, 1854, with JAMES GOLDING. Please address his brother JOHN, care of Patrick Earner, No 40 Walnut St, Wilmington, Delaware.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 4 page 38) 20 June 1857

Of JOHN CONNOR, a native of Rosstaff, parish of Shruel [Co. Mayo], who sailed from Liverpool to New York in November, 1851, remitted ,8 to his parents in November, 1853, and has not been heard from since. He is supposed to be in St. Louis, Missouri. Information received by his sister SCISLEY, care of Patrick Earner, 40 Walnut Street, Wilmington, Delaware.


The  Boston Pilot

(Vol 4 page 92) 26 September 1857

Of PATRICK CONROY, from parish Shruel [Co. Mayo], who sailed from Galway and landed in Boston 11 years ago; when last heard from, 7 years ago, was in Vermont. Information received by his nephew, MATT WALSH, North Lee, Massachusetts.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 4 page 154) 31 July 1858

Of JAMES CONNOR (otherwise BIGGINS), of parish Shrule [Co. Mayo], who when last heard from, was in England, about two years ago. Information of him will be thankfully received by his friend Catherine McGruff, care of P. C Hall, Medford, Massachusetts.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 4 page 275) 11 June 1859

Of MARTIN CRODOCK, a native of Kinlough, parish of Shruel, Co. Mayo, Ireland; arrived here 11 years ago. And also MARY WALSH, native of Kilmain; came to New York about 4 years ago. Any information of the parties will be thankfully received by ROBERT and JULIA CRODOCK. Address Robert Crodock, Greenpoint, Long Island, New York.


Irish-American (page 123)

26 November 1859

Of JAMES MORAN and WILLIAM DAVEN, of Bracloon, parish of Shrule [Co. Mayo]. The former left home about eight years ago, and landed in New York. When last heard from, four years ago, was in Galena, Illinois. Information will be thankfully received by THOMAS MORAN, Peoria, Illinois. The latter left home about 1_ years ago, was in Massachusetts. Direct to MARGARET DAVEN, care of Thomas Moran, Peoria, Illinois.


The  Boston Pilot

(Vol 4 page 462) 21 April 1860

Of BRIDGET VARLEY, of Caherard, in the parish of Shrule [Co. Mayo], who sailed from Galway for Halifax on the ship “Barber”, about 12 or 13 years ago, accompanied by her father MICHAEL VARLEY, and her sister CATHERINE. She is now about 32 years old, and when last heard from 9 years since, she was in Quebec. Information concerning her will be gladly received by her sister, MARY VARLEY, Cleveland, Ohio.


The  Boston Pilot

(Vol 4 page 518) 21 December 1861

Of  THOMAS SWEENY, eldest son of MICHAEL SWEENY, Shruel, Mayo, who enlisted in 88th regiment, and afterwards volunteered to the 45th. When last heard from was Commissary Conductor at King Williams Town, Cape of Good Hope, Address MILES SWEENY, 767 South Sixth St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. British Army Gazette please copy.


Irish-American(page 150)

22 March 1862

Of MARTIN FEENEY, son of ANTHONY FEENEY and SARAH MURPHY, native of Ballybockough, near Shrule, County Mayo, Ireland, sailed from Galway about 14 years ago, supposed to be in Maysville, State of Kentucky. Any information of him will be thankfully received by his sister, JUDY FEENEY, by writing to her in care of the Rev. George Montgomery, Catholic Priest, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England; or send his address to James Boyle, 168th East 24th Street, New York City. Kentucky papers please copy.


Tthe Irish-American (page 154)

31 May 1862

Of MICHAEL FEENY, formerly shopkeeper in Shrule, County Mayo, Ireland.

If dead, his heirs will please apply at The Pilot Office


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 5 page 121) 11 June 1864

Of JOHN O’BRIEN, a native of Mayo, parish of Shrule, who emigrated from England about nine years ago; when last heard from was in Nashville, Tennessee. Any information of him will be thankfully received by his sister, MARY O’BRIEN, by writing to his cousin JULIA CONRY, care of A S Abell, Sun Iron Building, Baltimore, Maryland.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 5 page 345) 30 July 1864

PATRICK MACKEAGUE, of Shrule, Tuam, Ireland is anxious to get tidings of his brother JOHN MACKEAGUE, alias McCABE, who, when last heard from, eight or nine years ago, was living on Grape-Hill, St. Louis. St. Louis papers please copy. [appeared under County Tipperary].


Irish-American (page 154)

10 March 1866

Of JOHN and JAMES MAGRAH, from Shrule, between county Mayo and Galway, Ireland. They came to this country about 18 years ago, and when last heard from were in New York. Please address their sister, MARGARET LORKIN, Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 28) 7 April 1866

Of THOMAS, JAMES and CORNELIUS HIGHLAND, sons of CORNELIUS HIGHLAND, from parish Shrule, near Headford, County Galway. Any Information of them will be thankfully received by their niece, MARY GARREY, Willoughbey, Lake County, Ohio.


The  Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 41) 5 May 1866

Of EDWARD BIGGINS, native of Ballasmahiny, parish of Shrule, County Mayo. Left Ireland about the year 1848 of 1849, and when last heard from, about ten years ago, he was in the State of Maine. Any information of him will be thankfully received by his sister, SARAH BIGGINS, No 447 West River Street, Cleveland, Ohio.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 51) 2 June 1866

Of BRIDGET VARLEY, a native of the village of Cahirord, parish of Shrules, County Mayo; she left Ireland about the year 1844 of 1855. Her father and her sister, with herself, sailed from Galway for Halifax, Nova Scotia; they were but a short time there when her father and sister died; and when last heard from was in Quebec, Canada. Any information of her will be thankfully received by her sister MARY VARLEY, at No. 447 West River Street, Cleveland, Ohio.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 62) 30 March 1867

Of BRIDGET HIGGINS, a native of Risdaff, parish of Shule, County Mayo, who came to America near three years ago; when last heard from she was in the city of New York. Any information respecting her will be thankfully received by her sister, MARY. Direct to her husband, Mr. WILLIAM GARVEY, Natick Post-office, Massachusetts.


The  Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 181) 19 September 1868

Of PATRICK and HONORIA DERHAM. Also of their children BRIDGET, CATHERINE, JAMES and MARY Derham, who left Shrule, County Mayo, Ireland, October 1851. They have been heard from once since, and were then in New Orleans. I have been informed that the girls were in a Nunnery. Any information of them will be thankfully received by JOHN DERHAM, care of Owen Sweeney, Union Street, West Troy, New York.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 385) 30 July 1870

Of MICHAEL GARVEY, a native of Rustaff, parish of Shrule, County Mayo, who emigrated from Headford, County Galway, 23 years ago, and was brother ANTHONY GARVEY, of the same place. Information of him will be received by his nephew, PATRICK GARVEY, Address James Beswicke, Quinsigamond Wire Works, Worcester, Massachusetts; when last heard of was in Orleans.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 635) 1 October 1870

Of JOHN CONNOR, of Roystaff, parish of Shrule, County Mayo, who left Ireland 20 years ago; when last heard from was in St. Louis, Missouri. Information of him will be received by his brother and sister, WILLIAM GISLEY CONNOR, No. 708 Curlet Street, Wilmington, Delaware.


The Boston Pilot

(Vol 6 page 655)26 April 1873

Of PETER DIVINE, born in the parish of Schruell, County Mayo, who left Liverpool 20 years ago, as a cabin boy; when last heard from he was in Canada, 13 years ago; his sister MARGARET DEVINE, has not heard from him since. Information of him, dead or alive, will be received by Michael Tury, 641 East 12th Street (rear) New York.


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  1. REFERENCE to the Irish-American (Pg123) ThE said William Davin maY have been a relative of mine as aLLj my FATHERS sIDE CAME FR bRACKLOON, sHRULE



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