In my first post about the Noone family I mentioned that my husband’s ancestors Peter and Catherine (Mulherin) Noone arrived in New York City 11 Apr 1863 on the ship Thornton with their two small daughters Bridget and Winifred, and that Peter’s younger, single brothers James and Patrick were also aboard. Like many others from Crossmolina parish in County Mayo, these Noones settled in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where their older brother Daniel had already made his home.
Early ship manifests provide very little information, and the list for this voyage tells us only that “Patt” is a male laborer, age 18, coming from Ireland to America in steerage, and that he did not die in the crossing. Though Catholic baptisms for Crossmolina survive from 1831, there is a gap in the records between 1841 and 1845, and I have not found Patrick’s baptism, but I think he was born about 1845 as the manifest indicates.
By the 1870 census some of the Noones and a related Mulherin family were living on Railroad Avenue, filling up more than half of a page for Scranton’s Sixth Ward. The Sixth Ward was a small section of the city, conveniently sandwiched between the Oxford (coal) Mine where most of the Noones then worked, and the yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, which would employ several of them later.
Near the top of this census page are a couple I believe to be the parents of the nine Noone siblings I know of: Peter and Bridget (Hopkins) Noone, ages 70 and 64 respectively, living with their youngest son Michael, age 20. (Their eldest son Andrew remained in Ireland on the farm in Killacorraun.) Next door are Patrick and his wife Bridget Jordan, who must have married about 1867 because they have a son Peter born in 1868, as well as a son John born in 1869, the first of their eventual 11 children. Also on this page are Patrick’s brother and shipmate James, and his sister Catherine (Noone) Rowan/Ruane.
Patrick is listed as a laborer, and was possibly learning stonemasonry, as this was his occupation according to an 1873 Scranton directory as well as the 1880 census. By 1880 he and Bridget have had four more children, and their two eldest, now ages 12 and 10, are already “Laboring.”
For years I could not find anything about Patrick’s death, though I saw that Bridget was listed as his widow in Scranton directories after 1890. Eventually I found an 1891 newspaper notice mentioning that Patrick was killed on the Southern Pacific in California, and that Bridget had received compensation from the railroad. Looking for articles about his death outside Pennsylvania I found several about the tragic accident that occurred 13 Feb 1890.
Patrick had been part of a crew repairing storm-damaged railbeds on the line between Sacramento and Placerville, California. The construction train he worked from was composed of an engine, a tender, several gravel cars and a caboose. The engine and tender were uncoupled from the other cars in order to take the workers to lunch in Placerville. Unfortunately the brakes failed on the return trip, and the engine ploughed into the caboose sitting on the track, killing Patrick and two other men who were riding on the cow-catcher.
After an inquest the other two men were buried locally, but Patrick’s body was shipped to Scranton for burial at Cathedral Cemetery. Bridget died in 1903, and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the local Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen attended her funeral.