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Re: Roscommon, Ireland Tansey clan - Canada
Posted by: kathleen tansey Date: January 14, 2002 at 08:10:07
In Reply to: Re: Roscommon, Ireland Tansey clan - Canada by Caralyn Tansey of 187

Dear Caralyn; Thanks for your response. A warning--I am more toaster than computer literate and do not usually have computer access so I left you my husband's e-mail address. All of my family tree notes and research are at the office and I am not this week so I'm working from memory and dates are not a strong point. Patrick and Annie were in their 40's when they immigated to Canada with, I believe their 5 children, one of whom was Bernard, age 12. The family was to sail from Sligo a month earlier but the ship was overbooked so they had to wait in Sligo for a month for passage. The ship on which they were to sail was lost at sea and there were no survivors so there must have been a bit of Tansey luck to get us into this country. There was also a bribe; when the ship did arrive in Quebec, many of the passengers were sick and dying with 'ship's fever'. Those who were so stricken were sent to fever sheds and most died. A test was devised to determine whether one was well enough to leave the ship-- one had to be able to jump over a rope held at a certain level. Bernard was too ill to do so and his father, Patrick, bribed the guard to either lower the rope or to allow Bernard to crawl under it.

Sorry, I have much more but that's my limit for today due to lack of time. Best regards, Kathleen

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