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Re: Michael Angelo McHale family, OH
Posted by: Vera McHale (ID *****8900) Date: October 03, 2011 at 17:54:42
In Reply to: Michael Angelo McHale family, OH by SHARON WALTON of 462

Gallia is a county on the Ohio River and accessible by water from Pittsburg Pennsylvania on the west side of the Allegheny mountain range. So your relatives probably came in by Baltimore port since Ellis Island didn't open until 1892. You could come in via New York but finding the rest of the the McHales would have been harder. Mayo county, Ireland, had well over 300 McHale families before the potato famine of 1845- 1850. By the time of a second famine in 1878 the irish went to England, Scotland and some were transported as prisoners to Australia. Most, who went to the USA, went to Pennsylvania because it had mining work and all along the Ohio River also. Many were miners in Mayo and lived in England long enough to save money in the New York Irish League banks to get better interest and eventually passport to the USA. Our McHale family stopped by the next county on the Ohio River, Lawrence county, married and came to Cincinnati, Ohio. The river banks always had work for a hungry decent man. So working one's way down the river was not unusual. You can follow their trail in the city directories along the river. It was a voluntary post office book where you trade was listed with your name and open to the public. If you were not a miner in Jackson, Gallia or Lawrence county you were probably a farmer. After the WWI all males draft registration, the name McHale became the standard way of spelling our name which before was quite varied. Look in for the best source of McHales who died in Cincinnati. It is the online Irish cemetery for much genealogy here. Yours may have worked his way down river with a load of bricks.
I found a brick from Scioto county in our parks here by crick bed. Most Cincinnati buildings were made of brick. Look in Ohio History .org for death by the name of McHale which they have listed for 1913 to 1937. If you get a death certificate you get an address and his parents names and a spouse and the informants name which is often a child of the deceased. Since he died in 1912 his children may be listed or a cemetery named for burial in that county.

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