For anyone who is Irish-American, and whose family came to America before 1900, the question of where in Ireland those people came from is all too often unanswerable. But for those who came to Rhode Island, some under-studied bank records are opening doors.
Founded in 1819, the Society for Savings in Providence was the major savings bank for much of the immigrant population as early as the 1840’s. Before the mid-1860’s, very little information was attached to the individual when he or she signed in to the “Signature Books.”
However, by 1863, occupations and addresses were being added to the signings. In the day before photo identification, and with so many people carrying the same names, it became necessary to add information that could properly identify the bank customer.
For those tracing their Irish roots, the most exciting addition to the collected information came toward the end of the 1860’s when the Irish home counties were added to the records. It is from this time on that we can see more clearly where individuals and families originated.
It is a twist of fate that in the 1990’s Rhode Island Historical Society was able to obtain the records of the Society for Savings, popularly known as the “Old Stone Bank” after it’s 1854 home on South Main Street.
It is from these signature books that the following list is compiled. It is by no means complete, even for the pages recorded. If names were difficult to read they were not included. Neither were the entrees of women as it is unclear whether they used their maiden names or their husbands. And thus, county origin of the name could not be certain. It is a shame, because more women opened bank accounts than did men.
In cases where the handwriting was difficult to read, names were cross-referenced with city directories and naturalization records.
It also must be noted that those listed, while mostly from Rhode Island, included people from the nearby Blackstone River Valley and Fall River, and in some cases, further afield. It makes sense when one considers that the immigrants in Providence worked for companies with mills in those two areas. People not only traveled up and down the Blackstone River Valley for work, but also met spouses and settled in those towns.
Finally, the spelling of the names in the signature books, while mostly accurate, could still be in error. We have certainly seen that in other documents, including city directories, census records and even naturalization records.
There is one more caveat. In the aftermath of the Great Hunger, there was a great dispersal of population throughout the island. And thus, someone listed as coming from County Cork, for instance, may have had a parent from County Kerry to the west who came to Cork for food or work. And thus, that family might have been just one generation in Cork and yet many generations in Kerry. I have a great grandmother, for example, whose parents and ancestors were natives of County Roscommon. Because she was born in Manchester, England, and even though the family returned to Roscommon after her birth and before emigrating to Rhode Island, she is still listed on documents as being a native of Manchester.
As we have seen, the southern part of Ulster, the province in the north of the island, accounted for perhaps half of the famine generation of Irish immigrants to Providence. A more comprehensive list of the natives of counties Tyrone and Monaghan are listed separately in the essay “Federal Hill Surnames in the Late 1860’s.” By the late 1860’s, twenty years after the first wave of famine immigrants reached our shores, large numbers of folk from counties like Leitrim and Roscommon will joining their Ulster friends in Providence.
This project will be updated regularly. Currently, there are 1993 surname and county combinations (2/21/17).
County Antrim (including Belfast)
Barry, Bowers, Boyce, Boyd, Byrne, Briant, Bryant, Campbell, Chapman, Cogan, Cowperthwaite, Gowdy, Hamill, Holloday, Jordan, Kelly, Kelso, Kennedy, Livingston, Lowry, Magill, McAninch, McCarthy, McCarty, McCaughin, McCrum, McGilfin, MaGill, McGowan, McIntire, McIntosh, McKelvey, McKnight, McMeekin, McQuitty, Moore, Morris Morrisson, Sellers, Vanner, Walker, Wilson
Bannon, Brannon, Burns, Campbell, Carbery, Cunningham, Cusack, Donnelly, Doyle, Fagan, Goff, Hannoway, Henry, Hughes, McCusker, McFall, McGlennan, McGlinn, McGough, McKenna, McKnight, McKowan, Nugent, Robinson, Thornton, Tierney
Burns, Campfield, Cavanagh, Darcy, Doan, Doran, Drew, Fenlon, Finlan, Gahan, Hayden, Kavanagh, Kinsella, McCann, Nolan, Reiley, Reynolds, Ryan
Baker, Bannon, Barker, Baxter, Black, Boylan, Brady, Cannon, Carbin, Carroll, Cavanagh, Clark, Clarke, Conlin, Connell, Connelly, Corcoran, Coyle, Cregan, Creighton, Cronin, Crossen, Curran, Curry, Dolan, Donough, Donahue, Dorey, Dowd, Doyle, Dullhide, Fenner, Finnegan, Fitzpatrick, Fitzsimmons, Flemming, Flood, Gaffney, Galligan, Goldrick, Gough, Halton, Higgins, Johnson, Johnston, Kavanagh, Heating, Keenan, Kelly, King, Lahey, Leddy, Lee, Leonard, Liddy, Lynch, Lynn, Maguire, Mahon, Maloney, Martin, Masterdon, Masterson, McAdams, McCabe, McCall, McComb, McCormick, McDermott, McDonald, McDonnell, McEwen, McFadden, McGinity, McGinn, McGivna, McGovern, McKenna, McKiernan, McNulty, McPhillips, Mohan, Morris, Morrow, Mullen, Murphy, O’Reilly, O’Riley, Owens, Patterson, Quinlan, Reilly, Reynolds, Riley, Sheridan, Shields, Smith, Tully, Waters
Cahir, Callahan, Claire, Coffey, Davit, Dugan, Edwards, Fitzgerald, Flanigan, Fury, Galvin, Gleason, Gorman, Grady, Gullion, Healy, Howard, Kelly, Kennedy, Keough, Kerough, King, Madden, Mahoney, Maloney, McClune, McMahon, Monaghan, Nestor, Noon, O’Brien, O’Connor, O’Laughlin, Quinn, Reynolds, Slattery
Ahern, Arnold, Barry, Breen, Buckley, Burke, Cahill, Callahan, Cashman, Caule, Coakley, Colbert, Collins, Colman, Conroy, Cordie, Costigan, Costine, Cronan, Cronin, Crowley, Cullin, Cusick, Daily, Daly, DeCourcy, Denahy, Desmond, Donohue, Donovan, Drew, Driscol, Driscoll, Dwyer, Egan, Finton, Fitzgerald, Flynn, Foley, Forrester, Glavin, Goggin, Griffin, Grogan, Haggerty, Haley, Haggerty, Halloran, Hanna, Harrington, Hart, Hegarty, Hennessey, Hern, Holland, Hurley, Keleher, Kelleher, Kidd, Lane, Lehane, Loughlin, Lynch, Maher, Mahoney, Mansfield, Mathews, McAuliff, McCarthy, McCarty, McDonald, Mead, Meade, Mooney, Morrison, Murphy, Murray, Negle, Noonan, O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Hearn, O’Keith, O’Neill, Potts, Reardon, Regan, Scanlon, Shea, Sheehan, Shugrue, Sliney, Smith, Sullivan, Tobin, Tyson, Welsh, White, Williams
Drummond, Dunlop, Flynn, Kearney, Kerr, Lynch, McAlister, McCall, McCann, McCartney, McEldowney, McKenna, McLaughlin, McPeak, O’Kean, O’Neill, Scandlan, Walker
Bogan, Bradley, Carr, Cassals, Crosby, Daly, Dougherty, Ingraham, Irvine, Maguire, McArdle, McGlenna, McGowan, McLaughlin, Mulhern, Mullin, O’Donnell
Aiken, Burns, Clark, Greg, Gribbon, Hagan, Hannity, Herald, Hughes, Loughlin, Magoran, McCartan, McGammelly, McGoran, McKitchen, McVey, Meagan, O’Hare, Poland, Rogan, Small, Ward
Ahern, Barrett, Brennan, Burns, Byrne, Callahan, Cole, Connor, Corrigan, Crawford, Croker, D’Arcy, Darcy, Delancy, Delaney, Doyle, Dunn, Finnegan, Gallagher, Hagan, Higgins, Kearney, King, McDuff, McGuinness, Mulholland, Murphy, O’Keefe, Oldham, Rice, Rooney, Ryan, Smith, Stapleton, Toole, Wright
Barton, Clark, Clarke, Corrigan, Farry, Farrell, Gallagher, Greene, Hughes, Keefe, Maguire, Maginn, Martin, McAllon, McCaffrey, McCanna, McCarren, McCarthy, McGee, McGinn, McGuire, McHugh, McKenna, McManus, Murphy, Murray, Quigley, Reilly, Swift, Tierney
Bohan, Brady, Broderick, Burke, Cain, Carey, Coen, Cone, Conlan, Conley, Connors, Connelly, Conroy, Coughlin, Creighton, Delaney, Devine, Devlin, Drury, Dwyer, Egan, Fahey, Fanning, Finnigan, Flaherty, Galvin, Geraghty, Giblon, Gordon, Golden, Hughes, Kelly, Kennedy, Lane, Lynch, Lyons, Marrins, Martin, McCarthy, McCormick, McDonagh, McGrath, McNamara, Mullen, Mulvey, Murphy, Murray, Newell, Nolan, Nutley, O’Brien, Pursell, Quinn, Rafferty, Raftery, Rooney, Smith, Stanton, Tobin, Toolan, Tracy, Tully, Washington
Ahern, Brown, Butler, Coakley, Connell, Connor, Connors, Cronin, Daily, Daly, Dowling, Egan, Falvey, Garin, Garvey, Gearin, Griffin, Headen, Holohan, Lawler, Lewis, Lynch, Lyons, Mahoney, Maloney, McCarthy, McCarty, McGillicuddy, Murphy, O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Connor, O’Leary, O’Mara, O’Meara, O’Neil, O’Reilly, O’Shea, O’Sullivan, Price, Reilly, Rice, Roach, Shaw, Shay, Slattery, Stratton, Sullivan, Toohey
Berta, Carr, Cummings, Dolan, Henry, Kelly, Nolan, Waldron, Walsh, Wilson
Brazell, Brown, Butler, Cahill, Carroll, Cooney, Crotty, Dady, Deady, Dempsy, Doyle, Dunne, Farnum, Fitzpatrick, Fletcher, Hennessy, Kennedy, Keough, Lynch, Maddigan, Meagher, Meaney, Murphy, Nolan, Noonan, O’Hearn, Powers, Reddy, Ryan, Welsh, Whelan, White
Kings County (today County Offaly)
Coughlin, Duffy, Dunigan, Lally, Feeney, Haven, Kelly, Kennedy, Murray, O’Connell, Sullivan
Bannon, Baxter, Bennis, Bland, Blessin, Blessing, Bohan, Bowen, Brady, Burns, Campbell, Canning, Cannon, Carley, Carrigan, Carter, Carty, Condry, Conlan, Cox, Cramer, Cregan, Crofton, Cullen, Curran, Daly, Degnal, Degnan, Deigan, Doherty, Dolan, Donahoe, Donnelly, Doonan, Doran, Dorsey, Doud, Dow, Dowd, Dyer, Early, Fanning, Farrell, Flanagan, Flannigan, Flynn, Foley, Ford, Fox, Freeeman, Gaffney, Gallagher, Gaynor, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Gildea, Gilhaney, Gilheeny, Gilleney, Gillogley, Gormley, Grane, Gray, Green, Greenan, Greene, Haslan, Healy, Heeran, Howard, Island, Johnston, Keany, Keegan, Kelly, Kiernan, Kilkenny, Lloyd, Maguire, Mahon, Mahoney, Mallaney, McCabe, McCaffrey, McCauley, McCarten, McCartin, McCormick, McDermott, McGarty, McGee, McGinnis, McGirl, McGlinn, McGough, McGovern, McGrail, McGuire, McHugh, McIntire, McKenny, McKeon, McLaughlin, McLoughlin, McMorrow, McQueeny, McTeigue, McTierman, Moran, Mullen, Mulvey, Murray, O’Connell, O’Malley, O’Neil, O’Neill, O’Reilly, O’Rourke, Packingham, Prior, Quinn, Regan, Reilly, Reynolds, Riley, Roarke, Rogers, Rourke, Roseter, Shanley, Short, Smith, Sweeney, Terry, Tiernan, Travers, Ward, Welch, Whalen
Baggottt, Cronin, Darcy, Dillon, Donovan, Egan, Fox, Hennessey, Holland, Howard, Kennedy, Lynch, Lyons, Mahoney, McElliott, Mulloy, O’Bannon, O’Connor, O’Donnell, O’Keefe, Shannon
Brady, Bromley, Burke, Burns, Cadden, Carr, Casey, Cooney, Courtney, Donnelly, Dooris, Duke, Early, Fallen, Farrell, Flanagan, Gillen, Givney, Glancy, Gormley, Green, Farrell, Halligan (priest, not nec part of family), Harrington, Hay, Hudson, Lynch, Martin, McCabe, McDermott, McMartin, Monaghan, Murphy, O’Neill, O’Riley, Power, Reilly, Rourke, Sheekey, Sheridan, Smith, Sullivan, Tally
Bullock, Cassidy, Conway, Cook, Corrigan, Duff, George, Hanlon, Henry, Hodge, Hoey, Kane, Leach, Murphy, Tracy
Barrett, Beddington, Coleman, Cummings, Doonan, Drury, Duffy, Dunleavy, Durkin, Fahey, Finnegan, Golden, Hefferan, Higgins, Hughes, Hunt, Jordan, Joyce, Larvin, Lyon, McCarthy, McHale, McNally, McNulty, O’Malley, Rooney, Scanlon, Ternay, Tierney, Wallace
Brennan, Carr, Casey, Clark, Coyle, Cunningham, Donnelly, Farley, Fitzsimmons, Flanagan, Flemming, Foster, Keeffe, Kiernan, Kingly, Larkin, Lyons, McKenna (one found in St. Mary’s, Pawt) Monaghan, Muloney, Reilly, Sheridan
County Monaghan (for additional Monaghan names see the blog entry, “Federal Hill Surnames in the Late 1860’s”).
Bashford, Brady, Banagan, Branagan, Burke, Burns, Callaghna, Callahan, Carney, Carroll, Cassidy, Cavanagh, Clark, Clarkin, Clinton, Collins, Conley, Conlin, Connelly, Connery, Connor, Connors, Conway, Corbett, Cormack, Corran, Corrigan, Cosgrove, Costello, Cox, Coyle, Coyne, Creighton, Crosby, Cullen, Cummings, Cummiskey, Curley, Curry, Dailey, Daly, Darcey, Degan, Delaney, Devlin, Donaldson, Doherty, Donnelly, Douglas, Dowd, Dowe, Downey, Drugan, Duffy, Duggan, Dunn, Farmer, Farrell, Feany, Feeney, Finn, Finnegan, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Flanagan, Flood, Flynn, Foley, Ford, Foye, Fraser, Gagin, Galligher, Gardiner, Garlan, Geraghty, Gibson, Gillan, Gillen, Goff, Golden, Goodwin, Gordon, Gorman, Gormley, Gough, Greene, Hackett, Hamill, Hamilton, Hand, Handy, Hangan, Harris, Hart, Henry, Hickey, Holland, Hoye, Hughes, Jackson, Johnson, Johnston, Kane, Kavanagh, Keenan, Keirns, Kelligan, Kelley, Kelly, Kennedy, Larkin, Laughlin, Leary, Lee, Lennon, Logan, Loughran, Lynch, Lyons, Macklin, Magee, Maguire, Mahoney, Markey, Marky, Martin, McAleer, McAnally, McAtee, McBride, McCabe, McCaffrey, McCahey, McCann, McCanna, McCarren, McCarron, McCaughey, McConnell, McCormick, McCullen, McCusker, McDermott, McDonnell, McElheney, McElroy, McFadden, McGarrell, McGee, McGill, McGinley, McGinn, McGinnis, McGinnity, McGlone, McGough, McGovern, McGough, McGowan, McGrath, McGuigan, McGuinnes, McGuire, McHenry, McKamee, McKanna, McKenna, McKenny, McKeon, McKnight, McLaughlin, McMahon, McMan, McManus, McMurray, McNally, McNulty, McPhillips, McQuade, McQuillan, McShean, McSherry, McVicker, Meegan, Meehen, Miner, Moan, Monaghan, Monahan, Mooney, Moore, Moris, Morris, Mullen, Mulligan, Mulvaney, Mulvey, Murphy, Murray, Nelson, O’Brien, O’Connor, O’Donnell, O’Neil, O’Reilly, Owens, Phillips, Quinn, Rattigan, Reynolds, Rice, Roberts, Robinson, Roe, Rogers, Roney, Rooney, Rowley, Russell, Ryan, Sheridan, Smith, Smyth, Sullivan, Sweeney, Swift, Thompson, Thomson, Tierney, Trainor, Treanor, Turbot, Tyrrell, Vicker
Queens County (today County Loais)
Adams, Buggy, Dalton, Delany, Dowling, Fitzpatrick, Ryan, Sandy, Vero, Whelan
Bannon, Beatty, Benson, Boland, Bolen, Borkin, Braman, Brennan, Burke, Burns, Butler, Cain, Campbell, Carley, Carroll, Casey, Cassidy, Cavanagh, Clabby, Coffey, Coleman, Conlon, Conly, Connell, Connelly, Connor, Connors, Conry, Cooney, Corcoran, Couley, Cox, Cramer, Croghen, Cuddy, Cuff, Cuffe, Curley, Daly, Daily, Dalton, Degnan, Devaney, Devenish, Divine, Difley, Dillon, Dinegan, Dolan, Doland, Donegan, Donnelly, Doolan, Dooly, Dougherty, Dowling, Doyle, Drudy, Drury, Duffy, Eagan, Egan, Fahey, Fallon, Fane, Fanning, Farrell, Featherstone, Feeley, Feeney, Flanagan, Flynn, Foster, Gaffney, Garin, Garvey, Gately, Gavan, Geraghy, Gibbin, Gibbons, Gilmartin, Gilroe, Golden, Gorman, Gormley, Graham, Greene, Grey, Hanley, Hanly, Hanson, Hart, Harvey, Havey, Head, Healey, Henry, Higgins, Holden, Hynds, Jennings, Kain, Kearney, Keaney, Kearns, Keegan, Kelly, Kielty (most likely near the border with Sligo), Killian, Killion, Kilmartin, Kilroe, Kirwin, Kneeland, Lambert, Lannon, Larkin, Larvin, Lee, Lenihan, Lennon, Lester, Logan, Lowrie, Lyons, Mahan, Malady, Mangan, McAndrews, McAvoy, McCarey, McCarthy, McCrann, McCormick, McDermott, McDonagh, McDonald, McDonnell, McEvoy, McGloughlin, McGreevy, McHugh, McSloey, Meed, Monahan, Moran, Morris, Mullin, Mulvaney, Mulvey, Murphy, Murry, Neilan, Nolan, Oates, O’Conor, O’Connell, O’Donnell, O’Dowd, Owens, Padian, Parker, Phillips, Queeny, Quigley, Quinn, Radican, Ratigan, Rattigan, Reddington, Regan, Reilly, Reynolds, Riley, Ryan, Scandlen, Scanlon, Shannon, Shea, Singele, Stretch, Stroker, Sullivan, Sully, Sweeney, Taafe, Thompson, Trimble, Tully
Barritt, Brannon, Bree, Bryan, Carty, Cavanagh, Clark, Connors, Corcorran, Crain, Crane, Drury, Dyer, Feely, Feeney, Finn, Fletcher, Flynn, Fury, Gaffney, Gallagher, Gillan, Gilligan, Gore, Hannan, Hart, Healy, Henigan, Hennigan, Hunt, Kielty (the Irish spelling. Here it is often Kelty), Keogh, King, Laighton, Loughlin, May, McCabe, McCarthy, McDermott, McDonough, McGowen, McHugh, McLaughlin, McLoughlin, Meehan, Mehan, Mullen, Mulvaney, O’Donnell, Quinn, Rogers, Wall, Waters, Winn
Armstrong, Bourk, Bromley, Brophy, Brown, Burke, Carew, Carey, Carroll, Casey, Clifford, Cody, Collins, Condrick, Conors, Cook, Corbett, Cronin, Crowley, Cuddy, Cullin, Cushing, Cummings, Day, Delahunt, Delaney, Doherty, Dwyer, Edmonds, Edmunds, Enright, Eustice, Fanning, Farrell, Fee, Fogerty, Garriety, Gleason, Glennan, Grimes, Hanley, Hennessey, Hickey, Higgins, Hines, Hogan, Holloran, Houlihan, Howard, Jones, Kane, Kelly, Kennedy, Lanagan, Leahy, Lee, Lonergan, Maloney, Marksby, McCarthy, McCormick, McDonnell, McNamara, Meher, Morrissey, Mulcahy, Mullally, Mullen, Murphy, Norris, O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Connor, O’Donnell, Peters, Powers, Quick, Quirk, Raleigh, Reardon, Regan, Rourke, Ryan, Sadler, Scofield, Shaughnessy, Slattery, Sullivan, Sweeney, Swift, Tracy, Troy, Walpole, Walsh, Warren
County Tyrone (for additional Tyrone names see the blog entry, “Federal Hill Surnames in the Late 1860’s”).
Achason, Anderson, Armstrong, Bailey, Barlow, Beagan, Berryman, Birney, Bogue, Bradley, Brooks, Brophy, Buchanan, Burk, Burke, Campbell, Cannon, Carey, Carney, Carlin, Carney, Carr, Carroll, Cassidy, Clark, Collins, Colwell, Conley, Connelly, Conners, Corrigan, Cousins, Cox, Coyle, Crawford, Crosby, Crothers, Cullen, Curran, Curtiss, Cusick, Daily, Daly, Degnan, Derry, Devlin, Donahoe, Donally, Donley, Donnelly, Doran, Dorghety, Doris, Dorris, Dougherty, Doyle, Duffy, Dugan, Duggan, Duress, Falls, Farrell, Flanagan, Fulton, Gallagher, Gallegher, Gamble, Garlan, Gartland, Gillan, Golden, Goodwin, Gorman, Gormley, Gough, Gowdy, Graham, Gray, Hackett, Hagan, Hamill, Hamilton, Harley, Harvey, Haughey, Hawkins, Healy, Henry, Holland, Hopkins, Hughes, Johnson, Kane, Keenan, Kelly, Kelley, Kennedy, Lawless, Loughlin, Loughran, Lynch, Maguire, Marlow, Martin, McAleer, McAnally, McAnanly, McAvoy, McBarron, McBride, McCaffrey, McCann, McCanna, McCanon, McCarn, McCarren, McCarron, McCaslin, McCarty, McCaughy, McCauley, McCluskey, McConnell, McCormick, McCort, McCurry, McCusker, McDermott, McDonald, McDonnagh, McDuff, McElroy, McEnanly, McElvaney, McEvey, McFadden, McGair, McGarr, McGarra, McGee, McGill, McGinley, McGinn, McGirr, McGoldrick, McGrath, McGuigan, McGuire, McGuirk, McGunagle, McLelland, McKearney, McKenna, McKennah, McLaren, McLeer, McLelland, McLaughlin, McLeer, McManus, McMaugh, McNamee, McNanly, McNulty, McOsker, McQuade, McSoley, McVey, McVicker, McWilliam, Meehan, Meenen, Mellen, Miner, Minor, Mitchell, Moan, Moffitt, Monaghan, Monahan, Montague, Moran, Morris, Mortan, Mulgrew, Mulholland, Mullin, Mullen, Murphy, Murray, Mutry, Nelson, O’Brien, O’Neil, Parker, Quinn, Rafferty, Reed, Reid, Rice, Rogers, Ruttledge, Ryan, Sally, Scallan, Scallon, Scanlon, Scullen, Sherry, Slavin, Smith, Stafford, Tague, Terney, Teague, Terney, Tierney, Tighe, Todd, Toman, Tracy, Trainer, Trainor, Trimble, Turbitt, Turbot, Wallen, Wilkinson, Willock, Woods
Ahern, Carberry, Carroll, Collins, Crowley, Curran, Devine, Doley, Dower, Dunn, Dunne, Grace, Holly, Hubbard, Kehoe, Keogh, Kirby, Lynch, McKenna (rare), Morrissey, Murphy, O’Grady, Powers, Revens, Shea, Smith, Tracy, Walsh, Whalen, White
Black, Boylan, Brooks, Cahill, Connor, Connors, Conroy, Dolan, Feeny, Geraghty, Kelly, Kennedy, Lynch, Lynn, McCabe, McDermott, McLaughlin, Nagle, O’Neil, Radigan, Reilly, Reynolds, Riley, Ryan, Smith, Tracy, White
Burns, Callahan, Cullen, Delaney, Furlong, Gainor, Hopkins, Kavanagh, Kehoe, Kelly, Manton, Monks, Murphy, Nolan, O’Leary, Prole, Sinett, White
Cavanagh, Crane, Kirwan