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Created by John Eipper on 04/16/18 4:40 AM

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A John Heelan Ancestor... (John Heelan, UK, 04/16/18 4:40 am)

Patrick Mears's interesting report about searching for his Irish roots (15 April) reminded me that in Cripple Creek's (Colorado) Gold Mining Museum, I spotted a waybill dated in the 1880s and signed by one "John Heelan." He was of my forebears escaping the Great Famine no doubt. It was a strange experience!

I found this interesting website about the 1880 famine in the West of Ireland that perhaps inspired my eponymous ancestor to make the move:


JE comments:  The engravings above remind us that just over a century ago, many Irish lived in Stone Age conditions.  Look at the primitive lodgings.  Compared to a mud-and-thatch hovel, a coldwater flat in New York or Boston would have seemed luxurious.

There's nothing quite as uncanny as coming across your Doppelgänger.  Some years ago our dear friend Randy Black found the following for Yours Truly:


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