The McNally family, from Edenderry/Clonmore/Ballinabrackey, immigrated to the USA in the late 1869 -1870. At that time rural peoples stayed in the local areas in which they were born…married locally, stayed there. This common custom allows one to find family in Ireland once they know the birth townland areas. However once transportation developed, with other options available, and a need to leave due to the famines became a viable option.
This month’s article in the OffalyHistory Blog demonstrates an example of this.
“The extension and building of the railway line to Edenderry in the 1870s gave much needed employment to the area which was further bolstered by the arrival of two Quaker entrepreneurs from Bristol, England namely Daniel and John Alesbury. There had been a large Quaker community in Edenderry since the end of the seventeenth century and Daniel Alesbury commenced working with one such family, Williams, who owned a timber factory located in the towns market square. He subsequently married into the family and quickly commenced his own business before these premises were burned by fire in 1888. From here the factory moved to its location along the Grand Canal opposite New Row Corner at the junction which leads to the village of Rhode. Read more of this post”- Dr Ciaran Reilly- Offaly History
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