Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tyrone Dig - Day 2
Then you enter the booking office to get your ticket to board the ship. The ticket could cost several weeks' wages. Some landowners bought tickets for their renters just to get them off of their land. For the next 6 weeks or up to 12 weeks, this would be your home.
Once you disembark you are in America. The park has replicated or actually brought over examples of housing such as log cabins, early American barns, and a stone house. What did Hugh experience? Walter researched his Naturalization record showing him to be living in Charlestown running a brewery. Very quickly he has jobs doing light engineering work. What was his life like in Crossan to prepare him for this role in Boston, and within 5 years of his arrival, Lowell?
The more answers we get, the more questions arise. Don't forget Hugh's story is our story. What he experienced thousands of others also experienced. Maybe your own? I've reflected on this a bit. We have no real certainty of my own Irish ancestors, just stories. (Have you written them down? Don't wait for your kids to ask you to do it. Make it a unique Christmas gift.) Since I don't know about my family, I am using Hugh's experience to help fill in the blanks in my family's story.
Working with the group I am in is an unbelievable pleasure. I cannot tell you the wonderful bonding the folks have for each other. BUT stress happens as it does in all families. And this is where Colm finally has it out with Stewart.