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Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 5:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Does anyone out there have any photos or information regarding the Irish Patch in Lewiston, ME? Its location if standing on Lincoln St. is North St. to your right, and Water St. which runs parallel to Lincoln and on the left side is a canal. It is across from an old mill on Lincoln St. and there are still a few houses there but my understanding is that the houses remaining will soon be gone in lieu of a park. Many of my family lived there in the 1900s and went to St. Joseph's Church (now closed) but photos are few and far between. Other families who lived there were McSherry, McDonald, Bean and O'Connor. There were some McCarthys but they were primarily from the Strawberry Patch and the Burnt Woods (now Willow Ct.) Any help would be most appreciated.

Re: Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 7:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
First, I would recommend you post on the county board for Lewiston here

http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mai...

A site which may help is www.linkpendium.com Choose the site for Androscoggin - they list several local genealogy/historical societies that may be able to help.

Re: Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 9:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Howka, also try here
Lewiston Public Library
200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 513-3004
http://www.lplonline.org

or here
http://www.sunjournal.com/node/57945
Memories of the Patch recalled

Advice | Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 5:00 am
Dear Sun Spots: When I was a young girl, from age 5 in 1924, through age 10 in 1929, I lived on Water Street Patch in Lewiston. Most of the people there were Irish and descendants of John and Catherine Quigley through their son Michael and daughter Catherine.

This family emigrated from Ireland to St. John, New Brunswick, and then to Lewiston and Auburn before 1890. I remember the names of all these people. There were McDonalds, McBeans, Sullivans and McCarthys, to name a few. Is there any written history of this area on the bank of the Androscoggin River? I would like to know when the first houses were built and also any stories about the Patch and the people who lived there. Thank you. - Mary, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots contacted John Henderson who is researching the Irish patches of Lewiston and Auburn. He noted that he only recently discovered the Water Street Patch and may have more information in a few months. Michael Lord, executive secretary of the Androscoggin Historical Society, also suggested contacting the Irish Heritage Center in Portland at 780-0118.

Vinny O'Malley, board member of the center, recommended the books "They Change Their Sky" by Michael Connolly and "Hard Times, Hard Men: Maine and the Irish 1830-1860" by James Mundy. He said that Connolly's book has an essay by Margaret Buker Jay about the Irish experience in Lewiston, but it is limited to the mid- and late-19th century, which is also the period covered by Mundy's book. Both books are available in the center's library.

One of the center's genealogists, Margaret LaCombe, also said she would love to interview you informally, so Sun Spots will put you in touch with her.

Re: Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 9:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is why I like genealogy, you find out all kinds of interesting stuff you didn't know!

Re: Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Posted: 25 Aug 2012 9:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you.

Re: Gilroys and McCarthys of Lewiston, ME

Posted: 28 Aug 2014 10:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Maybe this reaches you: read your piece on the Irish Patch at Androscoggin Historical Soc. I am currently researching that area ... an descendant of several from the patch (and Lincoln St. ... it is considered by some as part of the Irish Patch ... plenty Irish & married folk in the back yard ... Water Street. Primary connection is Holmes ... married into Sullivan Murphy McSherry Constantine (yes, from Ireland) Nixon families. email wiso1938@yahoo.com
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