Name: Michael McNamara
Birth: in County Clare, Ireland
Fact 1868 Came to the United States after his wife died.
Information given to me by:
kate & david clabough <firstname.lastname@example.org>
March 4, 2002
By Alice Mack Turner: (Daughter of Henry Mack)
Papaís dad, Michael McNamara, was born and raised in County Clare, Irelan d. He came to the United States in 1868 after his wife died. I never did k now her name. I was told she was accidentally shot by their oldest daught er and the family came to the States to forget the tragedy and build a n ew life. Being what they called shanty Irish, Michael was very poor and u neducated like many of his fellow countrymen. According to family legen d, while Michael was waiting in the emigration line at Ellis Island, he fo und that there was a possibility that he might not be allowed to enter bec ause he was unable to write his name. A German emigrant, also waiting in l ine, helped
him learn to spell Mack. From that time on, he used that as his surnam e. He worked nearly a year to earn the money to pay the steerage fare f or passage for his mother and children from Ireland. His wages were lunc h, beer and 10 cents a day.
My papa, Henry, was only five years old and his brother Martin was sev en when they finally made the voyage to America. Their four isters Bridge t, Margaret, Mary, and Annie and Michaelís aged mother accompanied them. P apa never talked much about his childhood except to say it was hard and th ey were very poor. In later life, Martin was the only family member that e ver contacted Papa. He had kept the name McNamara. He considered it a matt er of pride. I heard once that he had fallen in love with my motherís sist er, Elizabeth (Betty) Lucinda Ryan. She died from pneumonia at the a ge of seventeen [in some places she writes that Betty died at 18 and somet imes she says her middle name was Ann]. Uncle Martin never married and di ed a bachelor. We always thought that was really sad.
- Henry Mack
- Martin Mack
- Bridget Mack
- Margaret Mack
- Mary Mack
- Annie Mack