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John Tighe and Mary Cribbin of Co. Mayo, Ireland > Massachusetts.
Posted by: JV (ID *****3398) Date: September 23, 2010 at 19:27:28
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I'm researching the family and origins of some ancestors, John Tighe and Mary A. Cribben, who immigrated to Massachusetts in about 1863. I'm especially hoping that someone out there might be related to this family and have some more insight regarding where they came from in Ireland...

John Tighe was a tailor who purportedly hailed from co. Mayo, Ireland (possibly Ballyhaunis - please read below); he was b. circa 31 May 1835, the son of Luke Tighe & Catherine Cribbins. John Tighe married Mary A. Cribbin in about 1858. John Tighe d. 26 Jun 1914 in Brockton, Plymouth co., Massachusetts. Mary A. Cribbin was b. circa 18 May 1826, possibly also in co. Mayo. Her parents have been recorded as John Cribben and Catherine Cruise. Mary (Cribbin) Tighe d. 30 Mar 1914 in Brockton, Mass.

John and Mary A. (Cribben) Tighe emigrated from Ireland to Massachusetts sometime before Oct 1863. Based on my research to date, I believe they arrived in Boston on 31 Jul 1863 aboard the ship "Pericles" with their two young children who were both born in Ireland: Mary Ann Tighe, b. circa 13 Feb 1860, who later m. Anthony Enos Mayo, and John Edward Tighe, b. circa Jun 1861, who later m. Mary Ellen Rowen.

The family settled first in North Bridgewater, Plymouth co., Massachusetts, USA (this town later became the town of Brockton). They went on to have at least two additional children who were all born in North Bridgewater: Bedelia Clarra Tighe (aka Delia), b. 2 Oct 1863, who m. Steve Tonry; Catherine Winnefred Tighe, b. 11 Feb 1869, who m. Lester Wells Huntley, and George Henry Tighe, b. 27 Dec 1879, who m. Mildred Small. Note that Brockton records show that George Henry Tighe's name was changed by reason of adoption on 18 Oct 1880, from George Greeley to George Henry Tighe.

From about 1873 - 1891, the family resided at 381 Montello St in North Bridgewater/Brockton, and John Tighe worked as a tailor at 417, 423, and 427 1/2 Main St. By 1891, the family moved to Stoughton, Norfolk co., Mass, residing at 17 Winter St (located at the corner of Perry and Winter Sts), where John continued working as a tailor near the corner of Wyman and Washington Sts (Atwood Block?) until sometime after 1905. By 1910, John & his wife Mary had returned to Brockton and were residing at 287 Belmont St., where they remained until they died. They were both buried in Saint-Patrick's Cemetery, Brockton.

I've had little success thus far in my attempts to trace the origins of this family. So far the only lead I have is that John Tighe may have been from Ballyhaunis; one of the few records I have regarding his origins lists that he came from "Ballkaimes, co. Mayo." However no such place exists to my knowledge - and Ballyhaunis seems to be the closest I can find, and so far I've found evidence suggesting that the three surnames of Tighe, Cribbin, and Cruise were fairly common in this area in the 1901 and 1911 censuses.

Does any of this sound familiar to anybody out there?


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