George Foyle immigrated 1818 to Washington County, New York

2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the emigration of 300 Presbyterians from Cahans church, near Ballybay, County Monaghan, to America with their pastor Revd Thomas Clark. The organisers would love to hear from decendants of Cahans emigrants.
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George Foyle immigrated 1818 to Washington County, New York

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compiled by Polly Lynn, with reliance on Wikipedia article on New Orleans

George Foyle and Margaret Harrison probaby chose to move to Washington County, New York, because of the
large Presbyterian congregation that was in Salem, Washington County. Rev. Clark had been from Ballybay,
County Monaghan, and the Foyles were from County Monaghan also.

Here is research done on the family of George Foyle. They arrived in New York in 1818, bought land in 1825, and
eventually went to New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. where most of the Foyles caught yellow fever and died. To survive
was Prudentia Louise Dawson Foyle (15 years old) and a possible son, Harrison Foyle (who was in an insane asylum
in New York City). Prudentia went north to join her grandparents, Arthur Noble Harrison and Jane Phillips. There she
met and married Robert Moore Nugent, who became a general in the American Civil War.

On 5 February 1825 George Foyle signed an indenture, perhaps a kind of loan, to buy land in Argyle, Washington County, New York.
(Dee Book Q.)

in 1830 George declared his intent to become an American citizen. "George Foyle of Argyle in the County of Washington and State of New York an alien, Reports to the Clerk of the County of Washington that he was born in that part of the kingdom of Great Britain called Ireland, in the county of Monaghan and is now in his twenty-ninth year as he is informed by his parents that he never took any oath of allegiance to the kind of Great Britain and that he embarked at Warren-point in Ireland a four mmm [sic] on the twelfth day of June on the our and [sic] eight hundred and eighteen and arrived at Quebec in Lower Canada on or about the first day of September then after that from Quebec he came to the State of New York and stopped for about six months at Hoosick in the County of Renfelow [sic] after which he was employed + continued for about seven years on board the steam boats in the Hudson river and then came is [sic] the town of Argyle in Washington County where he now resides there and a [sic] ever since. That he has tended [sic, remained?] constantly in the State of New York since his first arrival in 1818 -- That he has a wife named Margaret and two children, the one named Latitia aged two years last August, the other named Margaret I am [sic] aged one year the Eighth day of April last and that he came to this country with a view of burning auction [sic] things and is now a first holder in Argyle of union [sic]
Dated May 25 1830
George Foyle"
(Washington County Archives, Office of Washington County Clerk, package received by Polly Lynn on 29 October 2012.)

"Washington County js: I George Foyle do swear + declare that it is bona fide my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce and abjure all allegiance of fidelity to every foreign prince potentate and State whatever and particularly to the king of Great britain of whom I am a Subject.
Sworn + Subscribed in open court George Foyle
before me this 24 day of May
I. S. Seigh clk [clerk]

In the matter 325
George Foyle
an alien
(paid fees)
Filed May 25. 1830
(Washington County Archives, Office of Washington County Clerk, package received 29 October 2012. Dennis Lowery, archivist, cites naturalization Papers, 1830, folder 22-40, roll 576, x-1411, invoice #12969, location 03C13. )

The above is "a Declaration of Intent for George Foyle. [In the archives] There was no final Oath of Citizenship for George." (Dennis W. Lowery, Washington County Archivist, letter to Polly, 25 October 2012.)

George's [father or possibly brother] John Foyle also applied for citizenship and did become a citizen.
(Dennis Lowery, archivist, cites naturalization Papers, 1830, folder 22-40, roll 577, x-0398 and 0443, invoice #12969, location 03C13.)

Margaret Harrison (born about 1803, died in about 1848) of Argyle, New York, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Margaret married George Foyle. They had Letitia Foyle who married John Wallace, possibly Harrison Foyle of Blackwell's Island, New York City, Prudentia Louise Dawson who married Robert Moore Nugent, Rebecca, and Alice Foyle. Rebecca was born 6 January 1835 and baptized in New York City on 11 June 1835. (Baptismal record for Rebecca Foile, daughter of George Foile and Margt., Christ Episcopal, Broadway and Seventy First Street, New York City, New York. on 11 June 1835.)

Margaret, her husband, and younger daughters, moved to New Orleans in the late 1830s or 1840s. Only thirty years earlier "n April 1803, Napoleon [had] sold Louisiana (which then included portions of more than a dozen present-day states) to the U.S in the Louisiana Purchase." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p. 3, accessed 12 November 2012.) The cost was just under three cents an acre. (Lynne Cheney, A Patriotic Primer.) It was handed over on 20 December 1803. (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.)

"The population of the city doubled in the 1830s with an influx of settlers." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.) "Large numbers of German and Irish immigrants began arriving at this time [1830s]. The population of the city double din the 1830s an 1840 New Orleans had become the wealthiest and third-most populous city in the nation." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.)

"The introduction of natural gas (about 1830); the building of the Pontchartrain Rail-Road (1830-1831), one of the earliest in the United States; the introduction of the first steam cotton press (1832), and the beginning of the public school system [in New Orleans] (1840) marked these years; foreign exports more than doubled in the period 1831-1833. In 1838 the commercially important New Basin Canal opened a shipping route form the lake to Uptown New Orleans. Travellers in this decade have left pictures [drawings and paintings] of the animation of the river trade more congested in those days of river boats and steamers and ocean-sailing craft than today; of the institution of slavery, the quadroon balls, the medley of Latin tongues [hard to draw], the disorder and carousals of the river-men and adventurers that filled the city. Altogether there was much of the wildness of a frontier town, and a seemingly boundless promise of prosperity. The crisis of 1837, indeed, was severely felt, but did not greatly retard the city's advancement, which continued unchecked until the Civil War. In 1849 baton Rouge replaced New Orleans as the capital of the state. In 1850 telegraphic communication was established with St. Louis and new York City; in 1851 the New Orleans & Jackson Railway, the first railway outlet northward, now part of the Illinois Central, and in 1854 the western outlet, now the Southern Pacific, were begun." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, pp. 3-4, accessed 12 November 2012.)

In 1836 the city was divided into three municipalities: the first being the French Quarter and Faubourg Treme, the second being Uptown (then meaning all settled areas upriver from Canal Street) and the third being Downtown (the rest of the city from Esplanade Avenue on down river). For two decades the three Municipalities were essentially governed as separate cities, with the office of Mayor of New Orleans having only a minor role in facilitating discussions between Municipal governments." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.)

"The importance of New Orleans as a commercial center was reinforced when the United States Federal Government established a branch of the Untied States Mine there in 1838, along with two other Southern branch mints at Charlotte, North Carolina and Dahlonega, Georgia. Such actions was deemed necessary largely because in 1836 President Andrew jackson had issued an executive order called a specie circular which demanded that all land transactions in the United Staes be conducted in cash, thus increasing the need for minted money." "[T]he New Orleans Mint pro ducted both gold and silver coinage… ." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p. 4, accessed 12 November 2012.)

On May 3, 1849, a Mississippi River levee breach upriver from the city (around modern River Ridge, Louisiana) created the worst flooding the city had ever seen [until Hurricane Katrina in 2005]. The flood, known as…Sauve's Crevasse, left 12,000 people homeless. New Orleans has not experienced flooding from the Mississippi River since Sauve's Crevasse… ." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.)

According to Wikipedia, "The population of New Orleans suffered from epidemics of yellow fever, malaria, and smallpox, which would periodically return throughout the 19th century. Doctors did not understand how the diseases were transmitted; primitive sanitation and lack of public water [?] contributed to epidemics, as did the highly transient population of sailors and immigrants. The city successfully suppressed a final outbreak of yellow fever in 1905." (Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.)

"In the yellow fever epidemic of 1848, [Prudentia's] entire family was wiped out except for herself." (Harvey, p. 138.) I think this means that George and Margaret, Rebecca and Alice died. A good thing was that Prudentia's sister Letitia was already married and still safely living in Argyle, New York. Prudentia's brother [or uncle] Harrison Foyle was less safe, living at the [insane] asylum. "Friends of the [Foyle] family in New Orleans had difficulty locating [Prudentia's] relatives but finally were able to send her alone at the age of 15 to live with her grandparents at No. 5 Mott Street in New York City. Her grandfather was William Henry Harrison [sic, he was Arthur Noble Harrison], a kinsman [bla, bla, bla]. He was a prominent New York lawyer. Her grandmother [Jane Phillips or the mother of George Foyle] is said to have been in England, a daughter of Lord Dawson, a British peer." Yea, well. (Harvey, p, 138.) Prudentia's husband was General Robert Nugent, who "organized and commanded throughout the Civil War, the Sixty-ninth New York volunteers, composed largely of New York Irish immigrants." (Harvey, 138.) After the Civil war General Nugent was stationed in Montana, Dakota, Utah and Nebraska, "Indian Territory." (Harvey, 138.) Interesting stories there.

In the 1875 New York State census we see a John Wallace in Granville, Washington County, New York.
1875 New York state census for Granville, Washington County, New York.
John Wallace, 30, m, w, [no relationship, possible boarder] Ireland, Hd Hired?] Laborer
He lived with the Evarts family.

1. Dennis Lowery, archivist, Washington County Archives, New York, Office of Washington County Clerk, research package on Harrisons and Foyles, received by Polly Lynn on 29 October 2012.
2. Wikipedia, History of New Orleans, p 3, accessed 12 November 2012.
3. Baptismal record for Rebecca Foile, daughter of George Foile and Margt., Christ Episcopal, Broadway and Seventy First Street, New York City, New York. on 11 June 1835.
4. Lynne Cheney, A Patriotic Primer.
5. Harvey (a genealogy of the Harvey brothers).
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