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Vere Foster

Mr. Vere Foster was an Irish philanthropist who helped many young women emigrate to Canada and the United States. In 1852, he established the Irish Female Emigration Fund. The first party sailed with the assistance of the Fund in 1852.

Mr. Foster sailed from Liverpool with 70 female emigrants for Canada in May, 1856. One young lady, Elisa Adams [alias Doolan] sailed to Quebec in June, 1856, on the Arran. A party of 75 sailed on the Lady Franklin on May 15, 1856. Another party of 40 sailed to New York, on June 5, onboard the Calhoun. This was followed a few days later, on June 9, with five women sailing on the Orient, also to New York. We are indebted to the Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser of July 23, 1856, for the following list of names.

The ship Lady Franklin had the following women onboard:
NameAgeDestination
Alice Barton 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Maria Bellow 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Brady 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine Brady 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Brady 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Rose Brady 18 Paterson, N.J.
Catherine Byrnes 20 Amlanaville[Amianaville?], N.Y.
Ellen Byrnes 18 Amlanaville[Amianaville?], N.Y.
Anne Campbell 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Campbell 19 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Campbell 16 New York City
Bridget Carney 22 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Carroll 19 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine Carrollan 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Biddy Carry 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Clarke 25 Port Dover, C.W.
Margaret Coleman 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Condra 22 New York City
Anne Conlan 17 Newburg, N.Y.
Mary Connor 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine Creaton no age given Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Cummerford 21 Port Dover, C.W.
Andrew Cunningham 20 New York City
Bridget Cunningham 20 New York City
Margaret Drumgoole 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Duffy 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Duffy 18 New York City
Elizabeth Duffy 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Durain 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Ellen Flanagan 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Gaherty 16 Port Dover, C.W.
John Gartland 25 Boston, Mass
Mary Gartland 22 Boston, Mass
Mary Green 17 Port Dover, C.W.
Bessie Grimes 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine Grimes 17 Port Dover, C.W.
Jane Hand 14 Sisters of Mercy for Seneca Falls
Ellen Kernan 17 Port Dover, C.W.
Mary Lamb 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Margaret M'Ardle 17 Port Dover, C.W.
Margaret M'Canna 21 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne M'Canna 19 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine M'Cormack 20 New York City
Mary M'Donald 21 Port Dover, C.W.
Eliza M'Integart 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine M'Lean 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Anna M'Neill 14 Rochester, N.Y.
Margaret Mackie 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Margaret Malone 16 New York City
Mary Malone 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Rose Marron 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Margaret Mathews 14 Troy, N.Y.
Mary Mathews 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Meade 17 Port Dover, C.W.
Bridget Murphy 23 Troy, N.Y.
Jane Murphy 21 Port Dover, C.W.
John Murphy 21 Troy, N.Y.
Mary Murphy 22 Troy, N.Y.
Catherine O'Brien 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Margaret Reilly 17 Richmond, S.I.
Essy Reynolds 18 New York City
Anne Rogers 26 New York City
Isaac Sanders 22 Boston, Mass.
Henrietta Shallcross 16 New York City
Catherine Sheridan 24 Boston, Mass.
Patrick Sheridan 26 Boston, Mass.
Catherine Skelly 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Kate (Bridget) Smith 20 Port Dover, C.W.
Catherine Smith 16 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Taffe 15 Port Dover, C.W.
Jane Tiernan 18 Port Dover, C.W.
Anne Victory -- New York City

The Calhoun also had some women onboard who were going to Canada.

NameAgeDestination
Elizabeth Brady 20 Simcoe C.W.
Margaret Byrne 17 New York
Mary Campbell 20 Simcoe C.W.
Mary Cassidy 20 Simcoe C.W.
Ann Conolly 24 Simcoe C.W.
Catherine Conolly 17 Simcoe C.W.
Mary Crany 22 Simcoe C.W.
Catherine Craven 20 Chillicothe, Ohio
Catherine Cummerford 18 Simcoe C.W.
Jane Devlin 18 Simcoe C.W.
Maria Devlin 20 Simcoe C.W.
Catherine Downes 19 New York
Biddy Durnin 16 Simcoe C.W.
Bridget Flanagan 18 Boston
Peter Gallagher 23 New York
Ann Halligan 24 Simcoe C.W.
Ann Harmon 17 New York
Judith Hickey 23 Simcoe C.W.
Margaret Kavanagh 17 Simcoe C.W.
Mary Kelly 22 Simcoe C.W.
Betty King 20 Simcoe C.W.
Margaret Lamb 25 Simcoe C.W.
Mary Lannon 19 Simcoe C.W.
Patrick Levins 22 Boston
Ann M'Avoy 17 Simcoe C.W.
Rose Magee 20 Simcoe C.W.
Bridget Magennis 17 Simcoe C.W.
Bridget Matthews 20 Providence, RI
Mary Matthews 17 Simcoe C.W.
Bridget McCabe 16 Simcoe C.W.
Bridget McDonald 18 Simcoe C.W.
Ann McGuire 20 Simcoe C.W.
Catherine McGuire 24 Simcoe C.W.
Bridget McKeown 17 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mary McKeown 23 Simcoe C.W.
Mary Murray 18 Simcoe C.W.
Ann O'Brien 19 New York
Margaret O'Neil 20 Simcoe C.W.
Catherine Poor 26 Simcoe C.W.
Margaret Quigly 17 Bradford, C.W.
Bridget Smyth 16 Simcoe C.W.

The Orient sailed within days of the Calhoun (listed above).

NameAgeDestination
Bridget Anglin 19 Broklyn, NY
Honora Burke 14 Broklyn, NY
Mary Butler 17 New York
Winifred Duffy 22 Springfield, Ma
Margaret Fitspatrick 20 Amsterdam, NY
The City of Mobile sailed in May, 1857, to New York with 120 women. Only some of the names of the women from this voyage appeared in the newspaper. (list to follow).

If any one has additional information on any of these children please contact me.


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