|Estimated birth year:||abt 1798|
|Home in 1850 (City,County,State):||Pigeon Ward 6, Vanderburgh, Indiana|
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A couple of other interesting facts emerged. Every one of the men in this household over the age of 17, with the exception of the father, was employed as a brickmaker. That was the occupation also listed for Hugh Ryan and is probably partially responsible for how the young couple met. I cannot decipher the occupation of the father, but he had assets of $4000 -- a good amount of assets for that time period. I think it is possible that Ellen McGuire is Mary Ellen's grandmother. Seventeen people comprised this one household.
One of the joys of my search for Ryan roots was locating a copy of the Marriage License for Hugh and Mary Ellen. Since they got married on May 4, 1852, I was able to determine that my Irish ancestry in this country begins with them. The Church record of the marriage lists Patrick and Mary Ryan as witnesses. I know Mary was Hugh's younger sister, at least they shared a residence, but who was Patrick?
I was able to contact the Diocese of Evansville in an effort to identify marriage and baptismal records for Hugh, Mary Ellen and several of their children. They were very helpful. I asked them to identify what church in the Evansville area served the Irish Catholic population. I was told that it was most likely Assumption Church and a check of their records bore that out. Here is a picture of the church, which at one time served as a cathedral. Unfortunately, it was torn down to make room for the Evansville Civic Center.