Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Man From County Wexford – Martin Furlong

B. 12 Nov 1797 in County Wexford, Ireland
M. (1) 15 Jun 1818 in Rathangan, Ireland
Wife: Ellen Radford
M. (2) about 1826 in (probably) County Wexford, Ireland
Wife: Mary Butler
D. 28 Jul 1889 in Pine Bend, Minnesota
Emigrated: December 1851 on the ship Essex

Martin Furlong was born in County Wexford, Ireland on November 12, 1797. He married Ellen Radford on June 15, 1818 in the Rathangan Parish section, and the baptisms of many of his children are also from there, so presumably this is where he was from. The area around Rathangan was mostly farmland that bordered the southern coastline; it's still largely farmland today.

Martin and Ellen had at least five children between 1819 and 1825, three boys and two girls. Sometime between 1825 and 1827, Ellen died, and Patrick married Mary Butler (their marriage is not amongst the Rathangan Parish records). They had nine daughters and one son born between 1827 and 1848.

The Furlong family migrated to America during the Irish potato famine, arriving at the port of New Orleans on the ship Essex on December 13, 1851. In 1852, Martin moved the family to West St. Paul, Minnesota, an immigrant community in Dakota County. He was one the first white settlers to have his family with him. One of his daughters was noted as the first death in the town. It was said that the soil was so rocky on their land, that they couldn't dig a well and that "water had to be carried for blocks." Martin was listed in West St. Paul as a farmer in 1860 and 1870, but in about 1878 moved to the town of Rosemount.

Martin died on July 28, 1889 at the age of 91. His obituary stated that “he was highly esteemed,” and that he left behind many friends. It also said that he lived in Pine Bend, Minnesota at the time of his death. The funeral took place at the Catholic church in Inver Grove and he was buried at St. Patrick Cemetery. Martin Furlong had 62 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren at his death, and his wife Mary survived him.

Children by Ellen Radford:
1. James S. Furlong – B. 1819, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 31 Aug 1875, Minnesota; M. Catherine — (1835-1909)

2. Mary Furlong – B. 1820, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland

3. Ann Furlong – B. 1822, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland

4. Anthony Furlong – B. 1823, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland

5. Patrick Furlong – B. 1 Jul 1825, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 16 Mar 1917, Rosemount, Minnesota; M. Catherine Fox (1837-1902), 14 Jan 1862, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Children by Mary Butler:
1. Margaret Furlong – B. about May 1827, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 24 Nov 1889, Dakota County, Minnesota

2. Eliza Furlong – B. 18 Sep 1830, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 3 Feb 1912, Maple Lake, Minnesota; M. Francis Labree (1828-1909), 23 Jan 1854, St. Paul, Minnesota

3. Frances Furlong – B. about Aug 1832, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland

4. Mary Furlong – B. about Sep 1834, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland

5. Ellen Furlong – B. about Jul 1836, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 24 Apr 1921, St. Paul, Minnesota; M. Michael Kennedy (~1830-?)

6. John Furlong – B. about 1838, (probably) County Wexford, Ireland, D. 1851, at sea

7. Catherine Furlong – B. 26 Jul 1841, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 21 Jun 1923, Le Sueur County, Minnesota; M. Thomas Furlong (1828-1908), 21 Jan 1869, St. Paul, Minnesota

8. Alice Furlong – B. about Dec 1843, Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland; died young

9. Jennie Furlong – B. 10 Jan 1847, County Wexford, Ireland; D. 30 May 1935, Kilkenny, Minnesota

10. Bridget Furlong – B. about 1848, Ireland; M. William Maher, 2 Jan 1873, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Sources:
Marriage and baptismal records of Rathangan Parish, County Wexford, Ireland
Passenger list of ship Essex, Liverpool to New Orleans, December 1851
History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings, Rev. Edward D. Neill and Fletcher Williams, 1881
Letters from Hazel Swenson, 1977-1978
1857 and 1875 Minnesota State Census
1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. Census, Minnesota
Obituary of Martin Furlong reprinted 50 years later in the Hastings Gazette, Hastings, Minnesota, 10 Aug 1939
Obituary of Margaret Furlong, Hastings Gazette, Hastings, Minnesota, 30 Nov 1889
Tombstone inscriptions of St. Patrick's Cemetery, Inver Grove, Minnesota
Obituary of Patrick Furlong, Hastings Gazette, Hastings, Minnesota, 17 Mar 1917
Marriage record of Patrick Furlong and Catherine Fox, 14 Jan 1862, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Death certificate of Eliza Labree, 14 Mar 1912, Maple Lake, Minnesota
Death certificate of Francis Labree, 28 Dec 1909, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriage certificate of Francis Labree and Eliza Furlong, 23 Jan 1854, St. Paul, Minnesota
Birth record of François Labree, 15 Jan 1828, Quebec, Canada
Minnesota death certificate index
Death certificate of Catherine Furlong, June 1923, Kilkenny, Minnesota
Death certificate of Thomas Furlong, 1 Aug 1908, Kilkenny, Minnesota
"Pioneer Woman Buried Monday," Montgomery Messenger, Montgomery, Minnesota, 29 Jun 1923
Death certificate of Jennie Furlong, 31 May 1935, Kilkenny, Minnesota

1 comment:

  1. not sure how to respond to this as my grandfather is Martin P Furlong his father was Martin Furlong his father was Patrick Furlong and his father and mother were martin furlong and ellen radford...i would love to hear from you in regards to how we would be related and to see if we can find out who Martin father was to go another generation..very excited to see this post and would love to hear from you !! my email address is euros96@aol.com if you would like to send me a email...thanks Terry Furlong

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