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I am looking for information on my 3rd GG Moses Hanlon, who with his wife Isabella (nee Scott) and some of their children, arrived in 1857

Name:Moses Hanlin


Birth Year:abt 1815

Arrival year:1857

Arrival Place:St. John, New Brunswick

Primary Immigrant:Hanlin, Moses

Source Publication Code:5704.8


Date of departure and intended destination.

Place of origin and name of ship are also provided.

Source Bibliography:MITCHELL, BRIAN. Irish Passenger Lists, 1847-1871. Lists of passengers sailing from Londonderry to America on ships of the J. & J. Cooke line and the McCorkell line. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. 333p.

Moses Hanlin 

Source Citation

Place: St. John, New Brunswick; Year: 1857; Page Number: 135

Source Information U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010.

Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.


Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of approximately 4,838,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year, etc.

He did not join the Donegal Hanlons in Pennsylvania, but brought his family to Alma, New Brunswick, Canada.  His daughter, Annie, born February 27, 1847 in Templecrone, is my 2nd GG.  My question is - who is his father?  I can find a Patrick Hanlon, a James Hanlon in the area that could be his father.  Do you have any suggestions on how I go back on this line?  My sister and I went to Donegal Town last year, and were very moved to be back in the general area where they migrated from.

Thanks for any suggestions...

Jo-Ann Leake in Toronto

Jo-Ann Leake

Wednesday 2nd Oct 2019, 05:18PM

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  • Jo-Ann:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    The church records for the RC parish and the Church of Ireland parish for Templecrone parish both start much later than you need to track your ancestors. (I was not sure of the religious denomination).

    I did look at the Tithe listings from 1828 and there were 21 Hanlon records in the parish but there is no way to make a connection to Moses. Do you possibly know the townland where they resided which would allow you to narrow down the possibilities.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 2nd Oct 2019, 06:01PM
  • Hi Roger:

    Thanks for the rapid response!

    Dungloe, or Dunglow, repeatedly shows up in the references to our family in New Brunswick.  In looking at the listings, I would favour

    "A. C. Hanlon" over all of the others, as this entry specifically refers to Dungloe.  We have thought "James" but this ancestor is part of the 

    Pennsylvania group.  Next question: who might "A. C." be??  Why New Brunswick when most went to the USA?

    In terms of religion...they are often identified as Methodist in New Brunswick, or Church of England.  Recently, some documents suggest

    there may have been a Roman Catholic connection owing to whom some of the kin folk married.  Do you have some idea as to the 

    religious "flexibility"?  There are similar elements in my other Irish families,

    I presume that we are in some related to many of the Donegal Hanlons. 

    The other interesting note is that this family arrived in 1857 intact during the Famine.  My sister and I toured the famine related exhibits while

    in Ireland, and this felt remarkable under the circumstances.  Even at this time, it pierces the heart in learning of such a time of loss.


    Jo-Ann Leake


    Jo-Ann Leake

    Thursday 3rd Oct 2019, 01:48AM
  • Jo-Ann:

    I thought possibly they were Church of Ireland only because the surname Scott tends to be non-RC as well as Moses not being a given name you don't see very often on RC records. Mixed marriages in Ireland were not a usual occurence in the 19th century.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 4th Oct 2019, 03:51PM

    Hi Jo-Ann, 

    Do you know anything of your Scott side? My cousins & I have many DNA matches to Brunswick, Canada, we live in Australia, and the connection appears to be from Scott's and Longs from County Donegal. 


    Jennifer Winter


    Saturday 23rd Nov 2019, 10:59PM
  • Hello Jennifer!

    So pleased to hear from you.  Hope you are enjoing spring!

    We know very little about our 3GG Isabella Scott.  I may have solved the issue of 3GG Moses Hanlon's father,

    looks like he may be A. C. Hanlon based upon information sent to me.  Moses and Isabella emigrated to Alma,

    Albert County, New Brunswick in the 1850s.  His birthplace is surmised as Dungloe, Templecrone, Donegal,

    Ireland.  I have yet to determine Grandma's birth place - still looking thorugh the records.  So, we have family

    named Scott AND Long.  In respect to religious faith, the Hanlons appeared to be Methodist once they were in

    Alma.  I've been told that mixed marriages were rare in the early yo mid 1800s, so were the Scotts Methodist also?

    Long is a new name.  Do you have a Scott name in particular on your direct line?

    Warm regards from Toronto,

    Jo-Ann Leake

    Jo-Ann Leake

    Wednesday 27th Nov 2019, 03:53PM
  • For help with Methodist records you might try There weren’t a lot of Methodists in the Dungloe area as far as I know but there were a variety of Methodist missions during this time period. Hanlon is usually a RC name but the Moses suggests that there was a renaming , perhaps upon joining the Methodist church. Isabella Scott is also unusual for an RC name in this parish.Could there have been a love match ? Maybe they were ostracized because of the mixed marriage which led to the emigration 


    Saturday 30th Nov 2019, 04:19PM
  • It's worth pointing out that in the 18th and 19th Centuries, the name Moses Hanlon was a very common one in Ireland and in the Irish diaspora. This leads to a lot of confusion and conflation of different figures, especially since there are examples of different founding Moses Hanlons for families in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Brunswick, and New South Wales, Australia. That said, there's a cluster of "Moses Hanlons" associated with Templecrone Parish, Donegal, which is the southern part of an area now known as "The Rosses" and centered on the town of Dungloe. There are many people to this day there with the name of Hanlon, who are found in both the Catholic Church and Church of Ireland (Anglican) population there, though the name Hanlon and, in particular, Moses Hanlon is associated with the Church of Ireland. This would be an example of the minority of Church of Ireland members who would be of native Gaelic rather than British settler origin and would have been likely part of the middle class during the Protestant Ascendency in Ireland.

    Hope this helps,


    Sunday 3rd Oct 2021, 01:41AM

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