Seek siblings, parents, or any info about life in Ireland, England or journey to USA, etc.
Michael Frances RAFTER* b abt 1830 Ireland m Bridget DEE/DEA b abt 1831 possibly Tipperary. (Unknown married in Ire. or Eng.) Moved to Eng & had 5 children: Mary b abt 1854, Eng. Katherine b abt 1858, Eng. John b abt 1861, Eng. Margaret b abt 1862, Eng. Michael b abt 1866, Eng.
Whole family immigrated to USA between 1866 & July 1868; unknown if all traveled together; unknown port of departure from Eng. or arrival in US. Made their way to Pittsburgh PA & had two more children (twins Cornelius & Edward b 10Jul1868); Michael worked in coal mines in PA. Can account for most descendants from 1870 forward.
1861 England census RG9/2783 Folio 86: Michael "Raftree", 31, b Ireland, coal miner Bridget, wife, 33, b Ireland Mary, 7, b Warrington, Lancashire Catherine, 3, b Orrell, Lancashire John, 10 months, b Orrell, Lanchasire
Michael Rafter Year 1866 Qtr Apr-Jun Dist: Wigan Vol 8C pg 39