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Genealogy Index: Census Index

Town of Lisbon Irish Born 1850 Population

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 02/24/2009

Census Year Population Comments
1850 1,036 555 males, 481 females, no "colored", 299 Male HOH listed.

    Of 1,036 individuals, Irish born accounted for 116 persons in the town of Lisbon, compared to 3,049 Irish born living in 1850 city of Milwaukee (not including Milwaukee County). 

    Note: The surnames below may be variations of the actual/original spelling.

Name/Approx. Birth Year Name/Approx. Birth Year Name/Approx. Birth Year Name/Approx. Birth Year
Ann Bannin  1812
Ann Bannin  1841
Mary Bannin   1837
Patrick Bannin  1835

Margaret Bonner  1794
Peter Bonner  1791

George Booth  1808

Ann Brady  1841
Cathleen Brady  1824
Dennis Brady  1800
Elizabeth Brady  1812
Margaret Brady  1808 
Michael Brady  1810 
Michael Brady  1843 
Patrick Brady  1812 
Patrick Brady  1843 
Peter Brady  1840 

Abigail Caldwell  1822 
Alexander Caldwell  1819

Mary Candell  1802

Ann Carberry  1819 
John Carberry  1810 
Michael Carberry  1820 
Patrick Carberry  1819

Bridget Caton  1800 
Ellen Caton  1798 
Jas Caton  1810 
John Caton  1825 
Mary Caton  1832 
Michael Caton  1835 
Michael Caton  1798 
Patrick Caton  1830 
Sarah Caton  1827 

Clarence Cocklin  1807 

Patrick Coffee  1815

Catharine Conelly  1804 
Michael Conelly  1804

Jane Conner  1782 
Richard Conner  1779 
Samuel Conner  1827

Mary Donelly 1808 
Mary Donelly   1828 
Peter Donelly   1829 
Peter Donelly  1803 
Sarah Donelly  1833

Ann Fahe  1833

Thos Flanagan  1820

Ann Gainor  1812 
James Gainor  1838  
James Gainor  1810 
John Gainor  1844 
Margaret Gainor  1848 
Mary Gainor  1841 
Nicholas Gainor  1846 
Thos Gainor  1836

Chas Gallagan  1813

Daniel Kavenaugh  1818 
Mary Kavenaugh  1820 

Bridget King  1826

Daniel Kusick  1801 
Daniel Kusick  1833 
Edmund Kusick  1829 
Ellen Kusick  1804 
Ellen Kusick  1835 
John Kusick  1826 
John Kusick  1827 

Berthold Le Ward  1818 
John Le Ward  1822 
Martha Le Ward  1827 
Mary Le Ward  1828

Ellen Lilly  1819 
John Lilly  1809 
Margaret Lilly  1841 
Mary Lilly  1842

John Mackey  1799 
Margaret Mackey 1810

Gasin Mc Garrow 1822

John Mc Laughlin  1815 
Mary Mc Laughlin  1820

Hugh Murphy  1837 
John Murphy  1845 
Michael Murphy  1804 
Patrick Murphy 1842 
Paul Murphy  1839

Edward Newman  1849 
Edward Newman  1824 
Mary A Newman  1829 
Mary J Newman  1780 

? O'Driscoll  1814 
Thos O'Driscoll 1810

Hugh O'Neil  1820 
John O'Neil  1812 

Catharine Quelk  1829 
Chas Quelk  1803 
Eliza Quelk   1840 
James Quelk 1835 
Mary Quelk  1830 
Michael Quelk  1833 
Thos Quelk   1804 
Thos Quelk  1841

John Quilligan  1828

Jas Rankin  1804 
Mary Rankin  1812

Dennis Roche  1806 
Mary Roche  1825

Bridget Sammon  1801

Daniel Sammon  1827 
James Sammon  1829 
Michael Sammon  1779

Anna Scholard 1836

Wm Taylor  1823

John Thompson  1802

Bridget Tracy  1804 
Patrick Tracy  1800

Wm Wiley  1827  
John Wylie  1825

     The Irish born population grew slightly in 1860 to 125 individuals. By 1870 the number had shrunk to 85, and to 64 in 1880.

    By 1900 only 11 remained: Patrick Carberry, 1813 (1850); Michael Carroll, 1840; John Kesting/Keating, 1825; Edward Lannen/Lannon, 1833; Maier (Mary) Pendergast, 1832; Merrit (Michael?) Pendergast, 1832; Margret Rigney, 1835; Bridget Roots, 1842; Ellen Salmon, 1840; James Salmon, 1828 (1850 - listed as Sammon) ; Margaret Silly/Lily, 1841 (1850). Those originally from the 1850 still alive are in bold.

    The other 115 1850 Irish born have died, moved on, or married. As had happened to the many other Irish born that followed them to the town of Lisbon afterward; some of those still remain in 1900.

Retrospect: The Irish were among our pioneer settlers

First of three parts

Sussex and Lisbon were in great part settled by English, Scotch and New England pioneers, but they were joined by a significant number of Irish settlers, especially along Town Line Road between Silver Spring and County Line roads.

Lannon was mostly Irish, including its namesake, William N. Lannon, who was born in Ireland on Oct. 20, 1814, and died in Lannon Springs on April 18, 1897. Today his surname appears on a Wisconsin State Historical Society marker near Lannon Village Hall, but to note the product that also bears his name: Lannon Stone.

The name also graces Lannon Elementary School, Lannon Road, Lannon Estates, Lannon House, Lannon Stone Products Co., Lannon Tank Co. and Lannon Welding, not to mention Lannon Village Hall, Lannon Post Office and the Lannon Police Department and Fire Department.

William N. Lannon’s homestead, Lannon Springs, however, is no more. Lannon Springs was a vast tract of land that stretched from St. James Catholic Church north and east across Highway 74 almost to the Bug Line Trail. It was named for the three springs that were on his land. Lannon’s post office stood near the Willow Springs intersection and its new traffic roundabout, whose centerpiece is a raised platform built of shaped Lannon Stone donated by the Halquist Stone Co.

Some of Lisbon’s Irish (and Scotch-Irish) immigrants on the west side of Town Line Road sported some typical Irish family names: Pendergast, Salmon, Hanafin, McLaughlin, Carberry, McCann Maas and Connell.

So did those across the street in and around Lannon: DeLany, McCarthy, McCarty, Keating, Kennedy, Walsh, Murphy, Gill, Guilfoy, Guilfoyle, Newman, Harmon, Cawley, Brogan, Burke, Quirk, Gaynor, Lonergan, Higgins, O’Neill, Kennan, Higgins, Hanafin, Boyl, Flanagan and many others.

The vast majority were were Catholics, and they built St. James Catholic Church in 1846-47 on land donated by Lannon and James Brogan.

Before St. James was established, the Brogan cabin, just north of today’s Whiskey Corners Tavern, served as the Irish Catholics’ meeting place. The first masses were held there in 1842.

Today this cabin is a center piece at Old Falls Village (Pilgrim Road and Highway Q). It was moved there in 1981 and restored the following year by the Knights of Columbus.

St. James’ cemetery became the major burial ground for the Irish, but a significant number were also interred at Sunnyside Cemetery, Union Cemetery on Town Line Road and Sussex’s Rose Hill Cemetery.

Many of the early priests at St. James had Irish surnames: Fathers Colton, Doughtery, Dumphy, McGrowan, Hagerty, O’Connor and Fitzgibbon. Father Francis Finnegan was the longest serving Irish pastor, 25 years, from 1942 to 1967.

Another large Irish community grew up in northern Lisbon around Highway Q (County Line Road) and old Highway J (today’s Highway 164) and in the Lank Five area. St. Columba's Church (now defunct) just across Lisbon’s northern border served this community.

So did the church’s cemetery across the street. The names on the headstones are distinctly Irish: Discoll, Shehan, McCartan, Kelly, Dunn and others.

Both of these Irish enclaves founded Catholic churches just over the border from Lisbon, making Lisbon the only town in Waukesha County that does not, and never did have, a Catholic church.

Germans eventually took over both neighborhoods, but to this day, the Irish are still a major part of the diverse communities that make up Sussex-Lisbon-Lannon.

Next week we’ll take a look at some Irish bigwigs: McCarty, Lannon, Carberry, Grogan and Harmon.

Retrospect: Lannon and Carberry leave Irish legacy in Lisbon, Lannon

Second of three parts

The most visible remains of Irish Catholic community that once dominated the east Lisbon/Lannon area are St. James Catholic Church on the Menomonee Falls side of Town Line Road and the Village of Lannon itself, named after an Irish pioneer, William N. Lannon, whose remains lie in St. James Cemetery, in ground he once gave to the church.

Lannon originally called his 220-acre land claim Lannon Springs. Willow Spring Learning Center and the new traffic roundabout mark a part of his holdings.

Lannon was born Oct. 20, 1814, in Louth, Ireland. He ran the water-powered Merton flour mill (today the Merton Feed Mill) for a while before he began farming and quarrying his land. He earned a little side income as the local postmaster.

His first wife died shortly after they married (around 1850). He remarried an Irish lady, Ann Gallagher, soon afterward. They had five children – three sons and two daughters – William P., Eliza, John, Mary and Andrew, in that order.

Only their fourth child, Mary E., married. She had one child, who died at 2. Without grandchildren, no offspring of William N. Lannon remain. He died April 13, 1897, at 82. Ann died May 17, 1916.

The oldest son, William P., lived the longest, dying Nov. 29, 1937, at 78. He had a home on Mill Road, east of Whiskey Corners.

William N. Lannon lived to see the community that grew around the triangle intersection of Main Street and Good Hope and Lannon Roads get his name in 1890.

Another Town Line Road Irishman, Patrick James Carberry, has a Lisbon subdivision road named after him in the Plainview area. He was reputed to be 100 years old when he died, but he was actually 97 years, 8 months and 15 days old, still the oldest Lisbon resident at the time.

He was born March 6, 1818, in Ireland and travelled to the United States in 1840, settling first in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Vermont. Sometime between 1846 and 1848 he arrived in Wisconsin, rtavelling via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes to Milwaukee.

He set out to to claim some homestead land, settling on a parcel in east Lisbon across the Town Line from today’s Menomonee Park. He started with 40 acres of government land at $1.25 per acre, but later increased his holdings to 120 acres.

He and his wife, Ann Coughlin of Brooklyn, suffered many privations in their pioneer years. They had four children, their only son, John, who grew up to become a medical doctor, and three daughters: Mrs. Katherine Tague, who lived on the home estate; Mrs. Edward McMonigle of Wakonda, S.D.; and Mrs. James McGovern of Rochester, Minn.

Carberry died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1909, at his Lisbon homestead, where his daughter, Katherine, had taken charge as the woman of the house after Ann’s death 30 years earlier.

The newspaper account of Carberry’s death reported he had been an exemplary citizen, with the strictest integrity throughout his long life. In his last years, people frequently sought him out to talk over old times.

Friends from around the Midwest – including Minnesota , Chicago and Milwaukee – attended the Requiem High Mass funeral at St. James presided over by the Rev. Paul E. Scheidel. Unable to attend was a nephew, Eugene Carberry, who was at West Point, N.Y. Patrick James Carberry was laid to rest in the family plot in St. James Cemetery.

Carberrys still live in the area. Several of them have been active in Hamilton student sports.

Small-time farmer Thomas McCarty grows into Menomonee power

Last of three parts

Lisbon and Lannon saw a huge influx of Irish immigrants in the first wave of pioneers in the late 1830s and the early 1840s. The Irishman in this feature was not actually born in Ireland, but came soon after his father came to America.

Dennis McCarty was born about 1800 in County Cork, Ireland. He arrived in North America in the 1820s, landing in Quebec. By 1830, he had moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where he married the Irish-born Sarah Judge. Born in 1817, she was considerably younger than her husband.

Her brother, Charles, came here from Ireland in the 1850s and later served in the Civil War, ending his days at Soldiers Home in Milwaukee.

In the fall of 1842, the McCarty family immigrated to what is now downtown Lannon at Lannon and Good Hope roads, but not before bringing their first son, Thomas, into the world. (The couple had four more children: two daughters and two more sons.)

Dennis built a 16- by 22-foot log cabin on his 80-acre claim. The roof was made of 3-foot long red oak shingles, while the floor was built from bass wood. The cabin had just one door and one window. The biggest thing in the cabin was a massive fireplace for heating and cooking.

Thomas was only 4 years old when he came to Lannon and just 9 when his father died in February 1848. Dennis' body was buried at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Marcy, but in 1862 it was unearthed and moved to St. James Catholic Church Cemetery, which had become the McCarty family church and cemetery.

His widow, Sarah, later married a James Fox, with whom she had another daughter. She died Dec. 3, 1891, and was buried next to her first husband, Dennis, at St. James.

After his father's death, Thomas McCarty became the man of the house at the tender age of 9 and carried on the work of his late father's farm.

He attended the District Schools of Lannon and Menomonee Falls. By experience and observation he became a well-informed man, going through all the hardships and trials of pioneer and frontier life.

His farm grew to 240 acres around both sides of Lannon Road south of Good Hope Road. The Town of Menomonee was the forerunner of today's Menomonee Falls and Lannon, and he became political power in Menomonee politics, starting with his election in spring 1869 as a Democrat to the post of town assessor.

Later that year, he campaigned successfully for a seat in the State Assembly, representing Menomonee, Lisbon, Oconomowoc, Delafield Pewaukee and Brookfield. Once there, he was instrumental in changing county boards from appointed to elected bodies. He served just one term, but was elected a for in 1877..

In between his two terms in Madison, he spent 14 years as the Menomonee town chairman, plus a few terms on the Waukesha County Board, serving two terms as county chairman, when he presided over the construction of a new county jail.

McCarty did not marry until he was 55 years old – in 1894, three years after his mother died – when he married a neighbor, Mary Ann Boyle, daughter of John and Catherine Boyle. The couple had no children

He died in 1907 at 69. He was buried in the McCarty family plot at St James Catholic Church. The Rev. Paul F. Scheidel officiated.



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