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Shrule, Ireland to Delaware: from Togher to Tucker in 1850

Updated January 26, 2012

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The Toghers came from the townland of Gortatober,County Mayo,Ireland,during the Great Famine. Togher was anglicized to Tucker once they left Ireland for Delaware. They arrived in Delaware City in 1850. They came one after the other: Patrick,John,William, Mark, Thomas and in 1866 Michael Tucker (Togher). Two sisters Ann and Bridget also followed. Patrick married Mary Finn. John married Bridget Keegan. William married Ellen McDonough. Mark married Mary Walsh. Thomas married Theresa Hauser. Anne married James Gorry, Bridget married Dennis McCormic. Their father and mother, John Togher and Mary Hessian also had family relatives who emigrated to Delaware. Familiar names that lived in and around the Shrule/Headford area as Walsh, Fahey, Duddy also appeared at baptisms and marriages in Delaware City and Wilmington, Delaware between 1850 and 1900.

When Michael Tucker arrived in Wilmington in 1866, he had left Ireland while his wife Winnie Fahy and their six children stayed home in Shrule. When the passengership Iowa arrived in New York on August 12th, 1867, his family was aboard (manifest number 903163). As the years progressed some families moved from Delaware. After 1860, John Tucker's family moved to Virginia then to Temperanceville, Pennslyvania (1870 Census). John Tucker and Bridget Keegan had three daughters and six sons. During WWII one of the grandsons of John Tucker, a James Tucker of Houston, Texas, wrote Reverend John Francis Tucker O.S.F.S. a letter. Father Francis, a grandson of William Tucker, was the first American Oblate, and had achieved international recognition as the Provincial of the American Oblate Order of Saint Francis De Sales. James Tucker's letter inquired about the "Delaware Tuckers". James Tucker mentioned in his letter, a relative in New Orleans named John Francis. So, it is easy to understand that the Togher family from Shrule,Ireland, propagated near and far since the year 1850. If you are one -- contact us.

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Thomas Tucker

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