Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! Especially to all my ancestors who made the long journey from Ireland in the 19th century:

  • John Bogue – arrived 1825, age 16, to Baltimore
  • Margaret (wife of Henry Bogue) – arrived 1825, age 43, to Baltimore
  • Mary Ann (wife of Nicholas Gorman) – arrived 1824-1826, age 26-28, from County Down to Baltimore
  • Nicholas Gorman – arrived 1827, age 48, from County Down to Baltimore
  • Henry Bogue – arrived after 1833, from County Fermanagh
  • John Cummings – arrived 1834, age 8, to Baltimore
  • Alexander Cummings (father of John Cummings) – arrived 1834, age 32, from County Tyrone to Baltimore
  • Mary McKuskey (mother of John Cummings) – arrived 1834, age 35, from County Tyrone to Baltimore
  • Thomas Leland (father of Mary Ellen Leland) – arrived after 1837, from Woodfield, Knockvicar, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
  • Mary Martin (mother of Mary Ellen Leland) – arrived after 1837
  • Patrick F. Collins – arrived before 1840, from County Cork
  • Dorothy “Dolly” Kelly (mother of James O’Conor) – arrived after 1840
  • Michael Loughran – arrived before 1842
  • Bridget Flanagan – arrived before 1842
  • Daniel Hurley – arrived before 1842
  • Maria Ann (wife of John Bogue) – arrived before 1845
  • James Lacy (father of James Joseph Lacy) – arrived 1847-1854, age 29-35, from Kilbrin, County Cork
  • James Joseph Lacy – arrived 1848, age 8, from County Cork to Baltimore
  • Mary Elizabeth Sheehan (mother of James Joseph Lacy) – arrived 1848, age 30, from County Cork to Baltimore
  • Sarah Lee Farrell – arrived 1849, age 9, from County Roscommon to Baltimore
  • Edward Francis Levelle – arrived in 1849, age 11
  • Rose McKeyley (grandmother of John Cummings) – arrived before 1850
  • Mary Josephine O’Connor – arrived 1850-1853, age 5-8, from County Cork
  • William Galvin – arrived 1850-57, age 24-31, from County Galway to Baltimore
  • James O’Conor – arrived 1852, age 23
  • Mary Ellen Leland – arrived 1853, age 16, from County Roscommon

For reference, the Great Famine lasted from 1845-1852, but there were previous failures of the potato crop:

  • 1821-1822 – Munster and Connaught
  • 1830-1831 – Counties Mayo, Donegal, and Galway
  • 1835 – Ulster
  • 1832-1834, 1836-1837, 1839, 1841, 1844 – general crop losses due to dry rot and curl

    The counties of Ireland

James Joseph Lacy

Water meter cover created by the Lacy Foundry (image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/monceau/108361452/in/photostream/)

Water meter cover created by the Lacy Foundry (image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/monceau)

James Joseph Lacy, my three-times great grandfather, was born on August 20, 1840 County Cork, Ireland. He founded the Lacy Foundry (then known as he James J. Lacy Company) that seems to be still in operation today, and still run by Lacy’s. He died December 23, 1913.

Below is his obituary: (Sorry for any incorrect words or names; the original is very hard to read)

James J. Lacy Dead

Head of Iron Works Victim of Asthma at Home

James J. Lacy, president of the James J. Lacy Company, industrial iron works, dies of asthma at 10:40 o’clock last night at his home, 2032 East Baltimore street.

For a week Mr. Lacy had suffered considerably, but his death was not expected so soon. He had a sinking spell in the early evening and the Rev. James F. Donahue, pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, was summoned to the home to administer extreme unction. Mr. Lacy ws surrounded by members of his family and was conscious almost to the end.

Mrs. Catherine Lacy, his wife, died a year and a half ago in the same way as her husband – sitting in a chair. They celebratd the golden anniversary of their wedding only a few days before her death.

Born in County Cork, Ireland, Mr. Lacy was a son of James Lacy, who brought his family to this country when the younger Lacy was only a year old. Mr. Lacy was educated at St. Vincent’s School and started his business in early life. With five others he founded the firm of which he was head 45 years ago and was actively in charge of the business until a few days ago. He ws the youngest member of the original firm and the last to die. The others were Patrick Rigner, Michael McMahon, W. R. Beatty, William Jordan and William C. Corner.

Deeply interested in his home and his church, Mr. Lacy spent little time else where, except at his business. He was a member of he Elks and the Hibernian Society. He had a summer home on the __ __ Catonsville. He is survived by four children, Joseph J. Lacy, Miss Lee Lacy, Mrs. J. E. Bradly and Mrs. C. F. Butterfield: 12 grandchildren, one brother Harry F. Lacy of Washington, and a sister, Mrs. Joanna Whearett.

Below is the original obituary:

1913 Obit – James Joseph Lacy

The Origin of the Bogues

Henry Bogue Sr. was born in County Fermanagh, Ulster, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) in 1767.  He married a woman named Margaret who was born about 1782 in Ireland. Together they had 6 children: John, Henry Jr., Robert, William, Mary Ann, and Catherine. Margaret immigrated to the United States with her six children in 1825. They arrived at the Port of Baltimore between April 1st and June 30th. Margaret would have had someone to meet them in the new world, to set up a house/farm/homestead, but I do not know at this point who that was. You would assume it was her husband, but according to the Tithe Applotment, there was a Henry Bogue in Tatnabuddagh, Aghalurcher, Co. Fernmanagh in 1833. Whether this is the same Henry or not, there is no way to know right now. It is possible that Margaret was meeting another family member or that Henry met them, then returned to Ireland for a period of time. The one connecting factor between Margaret’s Henry and the one listed in the Tithe book is that being listed in the Tithe Applotment Books means he occupied agricultural land and John Bogue (Henry and Margaret’s son) was listed as a farmer on the passenger list. Not a strong connection, but there it is.

Henry Sr. died December 13, 1863 (age 96, a remarkable feat for that time period) and Margaret December 6, 1832 (age 50).  They are buried in New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore.

It is harder to uncover any further ancestors due to Irish records before the 1900s being mostly destroyed or never existing. Any records that do exist would be with parish records (baptismal and marriage records), graveyard, or family members and I don’t have access to any of these.

In my research of the Bogue surname, I came across a book written in 1944 called Bogue and Allied Families by Virgil T. Bogue. While there are no connecting ancestors listed, the history of the surname is interesting. It seems that the Bogues are originally from Scotland. During the reformation, many of them became protestant. To escape persecution, many fled from Scotland to America. Those who still held to the Roman Catholic faith fled to Ireland. (The Bogues in my family are buried in a Catholic cemetery, so I believe they were Catholic).

It is also believed that there are two separate Bogue lines within Ireland. There are those Bogues I just described, descended from Scots settled in and around Co. Fermanagh, and then there are those who live around Co. Cork. These Bogues are believed to be purely of Irish descent and of a mainly Catholic persuasion, whereas the other line has a stronger protestant leaning.

Henry Bogue Jr. made quite a name for himself as he is listed in books amongst other prominent Marylanders. Sadly, he is not my direct ancestor so I will save his story for another post along with photographs of the gravestones from New Cathedral.