Stephan Curran 1862

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Stephen Curran was born in the Carna area of Connemara in early January 1862 or December 1861.

He was baptized in the Moyrus Catholic parish church in January 1862.

He arrived in Boston on 22 June 1880, having left Galway on the steamship SS Austrian with his family and over 30 other families adversely affected by the 1879-1880 famine. From there the Curran family traveled by train to their new homes near Graceville, Minnesota. They spent less than a year farming land made available to them by Bishop John Ireland and the Irish Catholic Colonization Association. After the experiment failed in the spring of 1881, due to weather and a lack of farming expertise, the family moved to St Paul, and then on to Tacoma, Washington, in around 1889.

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Stephen Curran, met Hannah Foley, who worked in the laundry room at the Merchants Hotel, one of the largest and most prominent hotels in downtown St Paul. Hannah went by the name “Annie” as a young woman. Her place of birth, birth date and identity of her parents are not known at this time. She possibly immigrated from County Galway in the late 1870s and early 1880s. As was common during the time, she probably did not know exactly when she was born. United States federal decennial census returns on which her name was found until the time of her death in 1933 variously recorded her birth year as from 1856 to 1860. Stephen and Hannah married at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on 17 November 1885.

Stephen  and Hannah had seven children. All worked as laborers in local Tacoma industries. The only child to leave the area, John, moved to the Oakland, California, area in the late 1920s. He tragically died in an industrial site accident on 19 April 1938. Hannah died 16 May 1933, in Tacoma. After her death, their daughter Katherine Curran Carlson and husband Elmer Carlson moved into the Curran home to care for Stephen and raise their two boys, Raymond and William. Stephen passed away on 11 July 1939. His obituary  recognized the extensive length of his residence in his adopted hometown of Tacoma.

Stephan Curran and Family 1910



Additional Information
Date of Birth Jan 1862  
Associated Building (s) Carna Emigrants Centre  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Michael Curran VIEW SOURCE
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Ann Flaherty Michael and Ann were married 2 December 1855 in Cill Chiaráin, Carna.  
Names of Siblings Matthew 1860, Bridget 1863, Patrick 1866  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Hannah Foley  
Place & Date of Marriage Cathedral of Saint Paul on 17 November 1885.  
Names of Children Mary Curran Zehnder 1886-1954 Agnes Curran Whitaker Larson 1888-1965 Bridget Curran Loska 1889-1963 John Curran 1891-1938 Michael Curran 1893-1950 Katherine Curran Carlson 1895-1969 James Curran 1898-1963  
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  • Very interesting particularly as my Flarety Burke families are from Galway as well as connects to Walsh and other surnames in this post. How interconnected we all are who are from Galway!


    Saundra campfield carr

    Tuesday 14th May 2019, 12:09PM

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