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James MEHIGAN family from Little Hampton, Sussex, England to America & Australia
Posted by: Michelle M. Roy (ID *****4186) Date: January 08, 2009 at 17:32:18
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CONCLUSION [as stated at bottom of post]
Born to James MEHIGAN and Ann O’RILLEY [or Ann O’REILLY], while living in England were at least seven children. 1. John Thomas MEHIGAN, born January 19, 1893 in Little Hampton, Sussex, England. Died April 12, 1972 in Ramsey, Minnesota; 2. Albert MEHIGAN, b. abt. 1902; 3. Harry MEHIGAN, probably b. abt. 1903; 4. Unknown; 5. Unknown; 6. Unknown; 7. Unknown.


[The following is a letter dated Sept. 27, 1927, from Albert MEHIGAN in Sydney, Australia to his brother, John Thomas MEHIGAN (aka “Jack”) while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Transcribed via photocopy by Michelle M. Roy, a great-granddaughter of John Thomas Mehigan. Original in possession of Bridget Staley, his granddaughter. Summary Conclusion from transcriber at bottom.]

[Note at top]
This address will find me any old time.
Mag. Sent me yours.
[Signed] Albert

[From]
8 Wrights Road
Drummoyne
Sydney
N.S.W.
Australia

27th, Sept. 27

My Dear Jack,

       They say it’s better late, than never. So here I am writing to you from Australia at the age of 25 years, when it was something like 18 years or more ago when I was quite a kid, that I said good-bye to you when you started off to America.
       Well Jack old sport I have been to America also by now and have met some folk who have known you in by gone days.
       I came out to Sydney last January, worked for 3 weeks here then joined Dan’s [?] boat the “Sonoma” and made a trip to San Francisco. I had only wished I could have seen you and Pauline and baby, but of course it was out of the question for now anyway. By the way Jack I must congratulate you on presenting us – or should I say Pauline -- (that is the wife’s name is it not?) with another Miss MEHIGAN. I don’t know how long it is going to be before I meet my nieces and sister-in-law, but surely we are bound to meet one day.
       I made two trips to the States and Dan[?] wanted me to settle there, but I had my own planes [sic], for you see I had a Girl in England and she wanted to come out as soon as she could, so as we could be married, now as it happens she is on her way.
       She will be in Sydney next month and so then I shall be married, that will only leave Harry out of seven of us, not married.
       Well you see Jack I made up my mind to settle in Sydney so as to get the girl out, so that’s why I’m here now. I am working under Government in the Armament Supply Department at present. I did not get much trouble to get fixed up, for I had 10 years at the same class or work in England.
       I don’t know if I shall stay very long in Sydney at this work because, I may as well be on the same job in England, any how I have enjoyed the change and I feel quite at home here.
       Now perhaps you could find time to write and I would like some snaps of you all. I will write again and let you have some later [?] I am enclosing an old snap it will give you some idea how Harry and myself look these days. I will get Harry to write you later, he is in Cape Town, South Africa at present.
       Best of Wishes to you all.

Remain
Your fond brother,
Albert
[END]

Conclusions from letter by Michelle M. Roy:
1.       Albert MEHIGAN’s address on Sept. 27, 1927 was 8 Wrights Road, Drummoyne, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.
2.       Albert MEHIGAN was 25 years old. This would make his birth year about 1902.
3.       Albert came out to Sydney in January of 1927 (or 1926, his words in Sept., 1927 were “I came out to Sydney last January.”)
4.       Albert worked in Sydney in January, 1927 (or 1926, see above) for three weeks on the boat “Sonoma” and made a trip to San Francisco, California, USA.
5.       Albert had plans to get married in Sydney, Australia, to his girlfriend from England, about November, 1927.
6.       Albert was working for the Government in the Armament Supply Department. This is probably for the British Royal Navy.
7.       Albert worked in a similar position in England for about ten years. Probably about 1917 to 1927.
8.       Another brother, Harry MEHIGAN, was in Cape Town, South Africa, in late 1927.
9.       The brother, Harry MEHIGAN, was not married yet as of Sept. 27, 1927.
10.       There were seven siblings total in the MEHIGAN family. From this letter three can be identified: 1) John Thomas MEHIGAN (aka, “Jack”); 2) Albert MEHIGAN; and 3) Harry MEHIGAN.
11.       John Thomas MEHIGAN left England about 1909 heading towards United States of America.

Facts known from a U.S. Social Security Account Number Application:
1.       John Thomas MEHIGAN (aka, “Jack”) was born January 19, 1893, in Little Hampton, Sussex, England. His parents were listed as James MEHIGAN and Any O RILLEY (probably Ann O’RILLEY or Ann O’Riley). John Thomas MEHIGAN was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota at that time. Application was signed by him, at age 43, on Nov. 27, 1936.

CONCLUSION [as stated at top of post]
Born to James MEHIGAN and Ann O’RILLEY [or Ann O’REILLY], while living in England were at least seven children. 1. John Thomas MEHIGAN, born January 19, 1893 in Little Hampton, Sussex, England. Died April 12, 1972 in Ramsey, Minnesota; 2. Albert MEHIGAN, b. abt. 1902; 3. Harry MEHIGAN, probably b. abt. 1903; 4. Unknown; 5. Unknown; 6. Unknown; 7. Unknown.



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