Immigration and Naturalization
Select records from the mid
information was taken from the records of Immigration and Naturalization on
file at the Carbon County Courthouse. Much
of my research has centered on the Protestant Irish of the Bann Valley of
Counties Derry and Antrim in Ireland.
Beginning in the 1820s, Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill was a magnet for
Protestant immigration from this part of Ireland. The Presbyterian Church of Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill were
daughter churches of the First Presbyterian Church of the Parish of Dunboe,
near the city of Coleraine in Co. Derry, and many of these names can be found
in the Presbyterian Church records of Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill. In many cases, Carbon Co. was not the final
destination of these Scotch-Irish; some migrated west to Protestant Irish
settlements in Adams Co., Illinois (Quincy being county seat of Adams Co.) and
to Sullivan Co., Missouri, where there was a large community of Bann Valley
immigrants registered for citizenship in Carbon Co., but for various reasons
didn’t finish the process. Some died,
but most moved on to other places where they eventually completed the
list is not restricted to Protestant Irish; several of the entries are from
Native Irish (Roman Catholic) immigrants.
There is also a
page of German immigrants, who mainly settled in the Mauch Chunk area. The mid section of Upper Mauch Chunk was
known for a while as “Germantown”, due to all the German Immigrants settled
there. The lower part of Upper Chunk
was originally mainly Protestant Irish followed by Catholic Irish.
There is also a
short list of immigrants from Wales, England and Scotland.
stated ages were taken at the time of registry, which is the first of the two
dates given in the REGISTRY-SWORN IN column.
these records were looked up for a reason.
Either they are in my family or in the family of some other
researcher. There is a lot of interest
and activity among the researchers of the Bann Valley Migration. If you find a family member on this list, contact me. We may be related, or I may
be able to connect you with a relative.
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