Posted by debbie on November 26, 2010 at 09:48:33:
Looking for ggg grandparents born in Ireland.
His name was Patrick (James was probably his middle name) McManus b. 1830 The date he came to US is unknown - most likely around 1850. He became a naturalized citizen in 1861. Patrick died in the spring of 1888 in Greeley County, Nebraska.
Patrick McManus married Margaret McCluskey. (Last name spelled McCloskey, McClusky, etc. on various family documents.) Margaret and her sister Anna were close in age, born approx 1840 (likely Derry or Fermanagh since that is where many other Greeley Neb families stem from) - Margaret immigrated to NYC during the Civil War. (approx 1861)Margaret married Patrick McManus (most likely in NYC), also an Irish immigrant. Don't know where in Ireland he was from. Their children: Mary b.1869 in NY(married to Patrick Kierney; buried in NY), Hugh (died in infancy), Rose (died in infancy), Maggie b. 1871 in Virginia(never married, died when she was 30 yrs), Katie aka Kitty b. 1879(died young of appendicitis) Sarah & James (twins, b. 1873 in Pennsylvania both died age 90+ in Neb).
Margaret (McCluskey) and Patrick McManus left NYC and went to Virginia where he was a miner and daughter Maggie was born. Then they moved to Pennsylvania where he was a coal miner and he worked for the railroad. In the spring of 1877 the family moved to Greeley County Nebraska where they filed for a homestead claim on February 19, 1878.
Margaret was over 90 when she died in the 1930s. Newpaper clipping says her four brothers and two of her sisters had previously died in Ireland.
Margaret's sister Anna McCluskey (never married) lived in NYC & worked as a domestic until she was quite old, then Anna moved to Greeley to be with her widowed sister Margaret. When Anna died she too was over 90.