John & Sarah Quinn John Quinn was born 1836, John’s wife Sarah Morrisroe born in 1839 married on the 27th May 1860 in St.Nathys Roman Catholic Cathedral in Ballaghaderreen ( Built between 1856 and 1890 ) the Cathedral is in the Parish of Castlemore and Kilcolman and is the Cathedral for the Diocese of Achonry Co. Roscommon Ireland . Shortly after their marriage they moved to No 4 Swan Street Hanley Stoke on Trent (why to Hanley this is not yet clear to us) a family of the same name as Sarah’s had lived in Hanley at the same time so maybe it was because Sarah had family connections in the area . Sarah could be related to Bishop Patrick Morrisroe from Co.Roscommon like the Morrisroe’s in Hanley are. John and Sarah decided in ca1871 shortly after the birth of their son James that they would emigrate to Ohio in America the land of opportunity. John worked for the pacific railroad but sadly in 1874 John died in an accident on his way to or from the railroad this is unclear as no records can be found of the accident as yet. Sarah was pregnant with her fifth child when her husband John died, at this time in her life Sarah must have thought her world had just fallen apart so Sarah decided to bring her children home, just 6 weeks after the birth of her fifth child Eleanor, Sarah and her children set off from Cleveland Ohio then sailed to England from New York. Sarah and her five children docked at Liverpool then made their way to Hanley, they settled in Marsh Street Hanley. When John jr got married he and his new wife Mary moved to Stockport, work was plentiful in the area. John jr got a job working at the Bredbury pits, in 1888 John jr’s wife died giving birth to their first child, John jr’s mother Sarah moved to Stockport to look after her grandchild and lived in her son’s house at No 3 Crowther Street Hillgate Stockport until her death in 1893 aged 54.
Sarah must have been a very strong and courageous woman. Today we can only wonder at what hardships Sarah and her children encountered on their journey.