My great, great grandparents, John Lynskey and Mary Mullen, left Galway aboard the Brig. G. W. Brinckerhoff of Boston bound for New Orleans shortly after the Young Ireland Rebellion in 1848.They arrived at the Port of New Orleans on Jan. 31, 1849. They brought with them three of their four children: Bridget, Celia, and Tady.The youngest, Mary, was left behind.She was an infant less than a year old.She did not join the family in Ohio until she was 19 in 1867.My grandfather said his father was from County Mayo.
The G.W. Brinckerhoff was an American ship which suggests John either had some money or someone other than an Englishman paid his fare to the US.He was in Sandusky, Ohio within a year of his emigration and bought a house.I can't imagine a parent leaving an infant behind in a famine and disease ridden country unless she felt there was no other alternative.What could have prompted her to do so?Do you know anything about the Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848 and what if any support it may have received in Galway and Mayo?We assume Mary was left with relatives and was politically unable to leave until 1867.
There was also a Thom Lynskey, aged 19, on the same ship, but I do not know if he was related.I have no idea where he went after New Orleans.I do know that my great grandfather, Timothy, had some involvement in a lumber mill somewhere in Arkansas around the turn of the century.He was living in Ft. Wayne, IN at the time, so he may have had relatives in Arkansas.Although the name was clearly Lynskey on the Passenger List, it has been Linsky ever since.
My understanding is that Loinsigh is Irish for Lynch and Loinscig is Irish for Lynskey. According to the parish priest in Bohola, County Mayo, Patrick Lynch in the Jacobite ballad, "The County of Mayo," was actually Patrick Lynskey in the original 17th century Gaelic lyrics.