Month: August 2014

24. Manus Logue – Please come out from behind that brick wall!

I have some major catching up to do in the 52 Ancestors challenge. It seems to be a theme I see in reading other’s blog posts. We all seems to be a little behind.

But, for this week, I am focusing on my great, great grandfather, Manus (or Amandus) Logue. He was the first of my Logue ancestors to come to America, and probably the one ancestor that I would love to find out more about the most.

His basic info is this: he was born sometime around 1840, in County Donegal, Ireland. He married Ann Brown and had a son, Amandus, who was born around 1859. Manus came to America in before July 1860, and his wife and young son came over later in October 1864. The family settled in Allentown, PA, where Manus was employed most of his life working at the nearby furnace. He and Ann had several more children before she passed away in 1893, and he in 1901.

I have yet to find out what townland in Ireland Manus came from, and who his parents may be. His naturalization papers only indicate that he was born in County Donegal, and that he came to America from the port in Derry. I still have not found any ship records for him. He naturalization papers say he arrived in New York in May of 1860. And I did find him in the 1860 Census living as a boarder in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

However, I did find ship records for his wife, Ann and his son. They arrived in New York on October 28, 1864 on the ship, Thornton, which sailed out of Liverpool England.

Manus and Ann lived at 134 Liberty Street in Allentown, PA. This was across the street from the Catholic church where all their children were baptized. The baptism records have indicated that both Manus and Ann (Brown) Logue were both from County Donegal.

Recently, I have come across more clues of other family members. A few years ago, I received an email from someone, inquiring about Manus. His ancestors were next door neighbors of my Logue family in Allentown in the 1870 Census. They were also the godparents the youngest daughter of Manus and Ann. Francis Hines and Mary Shiels were the godparents to Catherine Logue, who was baptized at Immaculate Conception Church on March 7, 1880. I learned from this person that Francis and Mary later moved to Philadelphia and had more children. One of the godparents of their children was a John Logue. I do not know if this John Logue was a son or other relative of Manus. Perhaps the most significant information, was on Mary’s death certificate. Her mother was listed as Bridget Logue. This did indeed seem like there was a connection. Recently, we have both taken Ancestry’s DNA test, and confirmed that we are Distant Cousins. But, we still need to find out where exactly we connect.

Last month, I happened to stumble across another significant clue. I was browsing They now have the Allentown Leader and the Allentown Democrat online. I typed in “Logue” and discovered a wealth of good articles. But among those was an obituary for Bridget Brown, widow of Bernard Brown, who died at the home of her son-in-law, Manus Logue, 134 Liberty Street, Allentown. Bridget died on February 10, 1900, 7 years after her daughter, Ann, had died. I had never found Bridget living with Manus in any of the Census records.So, when did Bridget come to America?

I’m not quite sure where to go to next with my research. Hopefully, with all this new information, I can coax my great, great grandfather to come out from behind that brick wall.