Tag Archives: Mary Ferrigan Carroll

John Carroll’s Emergency Passport Application

4 Dec

John Carroll was the son of Mary Ferrigan Carroll and John Carroll of County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He lived in Detroit in 1920 with his sister Mary Slocum. Mary Ferrigan Carroll adopted Mary around 1894 after the death of her biological daughter, Mary Ann in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Family story is that Mary was an Orphan Train child.



Mrs. Mary Carroll aboard the Aurania to America

2 Dec

Mrs. Mary Carroll, wife of the recently deceased John Carroll, of County Down and Armagh, Northern Ireland made her way to New York and arrived on 20 APR 1891 with three of her children: Mary Ann, age 19; Peter, age 11; and Maggie, age 11 (9 would be correct). She was on the ship Aurania, departing from Queenstown, Ireland and Liverpool, England. She carried two pieces of luggage for the entire family.

You will note that her son John Carroll was also aboard this ship. He is listed on another page of the ship’s documents.


Source Citation: Year: 1891; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 565; Line: 4; List Number: 498.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data:Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Mary Ferrigan & John Carroll Family of County Down

11 Sep

John Carroll died in 1890 and is purported to be buried in the Catholic church cemetery in Killeavy, Armagh. There is a Lower Killeavy Chapel in the village of Cloghogue. My grandmother, Bridget Carroll Butler’s daughter, visited this grave on a trip to Ireland in the 1970’s. My grandmother told me that Mary Carroll insisted on the burial being in this spot despite the problem it caused with transportation of the deceased.

After John’s death, Mary Ferrigan Carroll immigrated to the United States to join some of her children in Iowa.  On the 1910 US Census, Mary reported that she immigrated in 1891 and was 70 years old. She was living in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa at the time with her son, Peter J Carroll, aged 30.

Here is a list of Mary Ferrigan & John Carroll’s children that can be found on familysearch.org and the children’s exact birth dates and locations:

Click here:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bfather_givenname%3AJohn~%20%2Bfather_surname%3ACarroll~%20%2Bmother_givenname%3AMary~%20%2Bmother_surname%3AFerrigan~&collection_id=1584963

Note that on Catherine Margaret’s information John is listed as being born in Cloghogue, Newry, Down.

The children listed are:

Mary Ann

Catherine Margaret :  Catherine married Robert Steele on 24 AUG 1904 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Thomas:  Thomas married Allie Mcenteer on 24 OCT 1869 in Belle Plain, Benton, Iowa.



Bridget : This is my great-grandmother. Born 15 OCT 1867 in Rathfriland, County Down, Ireland. I have had a different date of birth for many years. The Catholic church in Rathfriland at the time was St. Mary’s.


I have also finally found John & Mary’s marriage date and place:

From the Roots Ireland site.

From the Roots Ireland site.

Mary Ferrigan Carroll’s Grave

7 Jun

Mary Ferrigan Carroll was buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her daughter, Mary Ann and her son Peter J.

Click on the link here to see this grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=841&GScid=95519&GRid=69207140&

Mary Ferrigan Carroll was from County Armagh, Ireland, the widow of John Carroll. She is my great-great grandmother.