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Seeking a Nun in New York.
« on: Monday 13 November 17 19:17 GMT (UK) »
Margaret Doherty was born 10 May 1873 at Craghey/Craghy, Breenagh, near Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. Her parents were Edward and Bridget nee McCormick/McCormack. She was processed at Ellis Island in 1898 having arrived on the "State of Nebraska". Family history said she became a nun in New York. I am hoping she knew which order she intended joining before she arrived and indicated on arrival documents. As there are close to 50 or more orders in New York I can not bring myself to ask 49 Sister archivists to fruitlessly search their records.
My Mum reckoned there were two and the other was Mary but as I have found an older half sister Mary  here in NZ I think she may have the name wrong. If there is another she would have been born 1861/1862 as that is the only years she could slot in.

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Re: Seeking a Nun in New York.
« Reply #1 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:34 GMT (UK) »
Hello,

Just to confirm with you - she is going to her cousin in Philadelphia, is that right? Is it family belief, that she then went to NY? Have you looked for her in US censuses?

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Re: Seeking a Nun in New York.
« Reply #2 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:37 GMT (UK) »
Is this a possibility?

A Mary Doherty who is a nun in 1920.  She is a teacher.  Wrong arrival year though, and age is out by a couple of years.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GRNR-XY6?i=21&cc=1488411

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Re: Seeking a Nun in New York.
« Reply #3 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:42 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Heywood.
This is the first I have tried looking for her. Between name changes on joining an Order and the vagaries of "family lore" thought it was a lost cause.
Does she say who her cousin is as as you know Irish records leave little scope for knowing who Edward or Bridget's siblings were.

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Re: Seeking a Nun in New York.
« Reply #4 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:46 GMT (UK) »
Thanks hurworth. We were tapping at the same time

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« Reply #5 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:47 GMT (UK) »
Sorry, I thought you had the information from the ship’s manifest.
Connell Doherty , Philadelphia.
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Re: Seeking a Nun in New York.
« Reply #6 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:49 GMT (UK) »
Ooops sorry - that's a Mary, not a Margaret.

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« Reply #7 on: Monday 13 November 17 19:56 GMT (UK) »
No just had the basic listing. Craghy was down to 12 households by 1901.

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Re: Seeking a Nun in New York.
« Reply #8 on: Monday 13 November 17 20:11 GMT (UK) »
OK Connell  born 23 Aug 1874. My first (relatively) confirmed sibling for Edward. My day has been made.