“Luck of the Irish” is this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge. My dad’s side of the tree has plenty of Irish branches and ancestors to pick from. I decided to focus on my great grand uncle, Amandus Logue.
Amandus was the son of Manus and Ann (Brown) Logue. He was born in Ireland on September 1, 1859, probably in County Donegal. One day in October 1864, he and his mother boarded the ship Thornton in Liverpool, England and sailed to America to join his father, who had already been living in Allentown, PA for 4 years. They arrived in New York on October 28, 1864.
The family settled in Allentown, where Manus was employed at the nearby furnace. Young Amandus grew into manhood there, and most likely joined his father working at the furnace where he might have learned the boilermaking trade.
By the year 1883, Amandus left Allentown, and moved to Paterson, NJ. City directories and census records indicated that Amandus was employed as a boilermaker. The Grant Locomotive Works on Market and Spruce Streets, was one of the largest employers in Paterson during that time period. So it is likely that Amandus was employed there.
Sometime around 1864, Amandus married Delia Fanning. They had at least 7 children born to them, however at 3 of them died when they were very young. Their surviving children were Alice, Mary Ellen, Lillian and Charles.
In 1900, Amandus and his family were living in Brooklyn, NY. However, they were back in Paterson by 1910. It is possible that the locomotive works was in financial troubles and had closed during that time period, forcing Amandus to seek employment elsewhere.
However, in 1911 Amandus was lucky and did find employment on a little construction project, known as the Panama Canal. He boarded a ship for Panama on January 3, 1911 and arrived on January 11th. He was employed as a boilermaker, first class. He worked there until the end of May and arrived back into the port of New York on June 6, 1911 on the ship “Colon.”
Amandus died on September 14, 1944 at the age of 85. He is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totawa along side his wife, Delia.