Ellen's Intro to America
Ellen Gibbons was 20 when she took off from Ireland. It was 1871. She arrived at the end of September and made her way to Chicago, a favorite destination for Irish émigrés.
By her own account, passed through the generations, within a couple weeks of her arrival, Chicago went up in smoke.
According to the Irish of Chicago:
What an introduction to the New World -- out of the frying pan and into the fire, literally. You have to wonder... where did she go? Who did she stay with? How did the devastation of her new community change her plans? Did it hasten her exit toward St. Louis? Or did the massive rebuilding of the city attract Frank Barrett to the area and lead to their marriage? Would I, in my current form, be here today if it weren't for the Chicago Fire?
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HER PASSAGE TO AMERICA
Name: Ellen Gibbons
Arrival Date: 25 Sep 1871
Estimated Birth Year: 1851
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination: United States of America
Place of Origin: Ireland
Ship Name: City of Brooklyn (Steerage Class)
Port of Arrival: New York
The Chicago Fire, October 8-10, 1871