My Great Grandfather Thomas Patrick Quigg became a naturized citizen in Philadelphia on October 10,1832.
He and his wife Hanna Parker Cullen whose family dates back much earlier to Maryland's Eastern Shore resided in their home located at 4th and Race Streets across from Old Saint Augustine Church. Both my great grandparents and grandparents James William and Sara Quigg McDermott are buried in family vaults in the church's graveyard.
My great grandparents were blessed with eleven children one whom was John Travis Quigg, born in 1836.
Travis as he was called, died on 5/30/1893 and had been of the first graduating class from Chester County's Saint Thomas College that is now called Villanova U. He his wife Eleanor Senett Quigg were quite
accomplished; he as a renowned joournalist, she was a very popular comic opera singer.
Obviously, our John Quigg is not the same John Quigg born in 1842. However, there was a John Quigg listed as a passenger on the sailing vessel "ASIA" that sailed from Londonderry, Ireland for Philadelphia on 25 June 1828. He was listed as being 30 years of age that would place his birth year as being 1803.
That gentleman, who apparently was not of my great grandfather's immediate family could well have been a close cousin? Our Thomas Patrick Quigg was born in Ireland in about 1799. He died in their summer home in Cape Island (now Cape May) on July 5,1863. They purchased that home in 1856 and it is now operated as a guest house and upscale restaurant named The Washington Inn" located on the corner of Washington and Jefferson Streets.
Thomas Patrick Quigg had a least two brothers who came to Philadlphia. Hugh became a naturized citizen in Philadelphia on 9-29-1832 and Joseph on 10-8-1832. Very little is known by us today about them but we do know that they remained in the Philadelphia area that surely would have included Chester County.
The John Quigg born in 1842 would probably have been about the same age as my great uncles' children about whom we have no real knowledge since they follow other trees.
We do know that the Quigg name can be traced back centuries in Ireland which is among our genealigical records. Hopefully this information can provide some imput when
seeking your roots. Quigg is not nearly as common in Ireland as McDermott but it surely is Irish.
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