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I am trying to trace the ancestors who moved from Ireland to Newcastle under Lyme in approx. the 1840s, there appears a record of Edward Rutlidge and Mary Rutlidge both in their 30s having been born in Ireland, this is in the 1861 Census.

In the 1851 Census there is a record of Edwards Mother aged 60 living as a widow in Newcastle Under Lyme giving details of her birth in 1791 the location of Pausb Kilbrean Roscommon. I am assuming that the Enumerator who took the census has in fact written what he has heard and that is Kilbryan.Stopping in the house at that time was a visitor a Dommel Bulger. There were also visitors recorded in the 1861 census of Patrick Cole,William Sneake,Thomas Alyce and Owen Byrne. 

As a matter of interest they were living in an area known as the Lower Green and with there being a lot of industrialisation at that time in the Iron Foudries and Coal Mines there were a great many Irish Immigrants in the town all living in that area, it became known as Dunkirk, they were referred to as `Newcastle Blacks`, on account of there being o wash houses at the Mines or the Founderies.

best regards Chris Cooper


Wednesday 26th Feb 2014, 03:37PM

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