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Ancestor Acessment. By Jake. Who immigrated: My Great, Great, Grandfather When they came: 1850s Why they came: For a better life and to escape the Potato Famine Where they came from: Ireland

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Ancestor acessment

  • Who immigrated: My Great, Great, Grandfather

  • When they came: 1850s

  • Why they came: For a better life and to escape the Potato Famine

  • Where they came from: Ireland

  • Where they moved to in the United States: Where they first moved to is unknown. The farthest back we can look is Louisville, KY

Potato famine 1845 1851
Potato Famine 1845-1851

  • In 1845 and lasting for six years, we give the you Potato Famine, where over a million citizens died, and causing another million to immigrate to a new country. It all started in September 1845 as the leaved on potato plants started to turn black and curl. Then they rotted. The cause was an airbornefungus transported from ship traveling from North America. Wind from England took the fungus to the countryside around Dublin. The fungus spread on fields as fungal spores landed on the leaves of healthy potato plants, which multiplied and were taken in millions. There was a nauseous stench as the potato plants blackened under the eyes of some Irish Peasants. By October 1845, the news had reached Sir Robert Peel, who established a Scientific Commission immediately to look at the problem. After examining the situation, who issued a bad report that over half of Ireland’s potato crops might die due to “wet rot.” The first year of the Famine, deaths of starvation came because lots of people depended on there Potato Crops. The potato crop in Ireland had never failed for two years in a row.

Potato famine 1845 18511
Potato Famine 1845-1851

  • Everyone was counting on the next harvest to be healthy. But the fungus just kept spreading. Throughout the summer, people had high hopes of finding a good potato crop field. But they couldn’t find any healthy potato crops, and the British (trying to help) continually sent in soldiers. Many citizens of Ireland asked ”Would people sent us food rather than soldiers?” People were dying. So the living citizens worked to try to get money for ordering food from another country or to leave Ireland. 500,000 people came to work but still some people died right when they were working. Public works relief plan for Ireland had failed. The people still living in 1847 were mostly diseased or emaciated. By 1849, most people there were homeless and feeding off dead bodies. People who had never been in trouble in their lives now deliberately committed crimes in order to be arrested and transported to Australia. "Even if I had chains on my legs, I would still have something to eat," said an Irish teenager after his arrest. Throughout the famine years, nearly a million Irish a arrived in the United States. Boston landlords sold cheap housing, charging Irish families up to $1.50 a week to live in a single nine-by-eleven foot room with no water, sanitation, ventilation or daylight. 52,000 immigrants from Ireland landed in New York. 2,500,000 lives were lost and 1,500,000 were lost because of the effects of the famine.



  • Airborne: carried by the air,  as pollen or dust.

  • Fungus: any of a diverse group of eukaryotic single-celled or multinucleate organisms that live by decomposing and absorbing the organic material in which they grow, comprising the mushrooms, molds, mildews, smuts, rusts, and yeasts, and classified in the kingdom Fungi  or, in some classification systems, in the division Fungi  (Thallophyta) of the kingdom Plantae.

  • Emaciated: marked by abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease.

Glossary continued
Glossary continued

  • Spores: a walled, single- to many-celled, reproductive body of an organism, capable of giving rise to a new individual either directly or indirectly.

  • Peasant: a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means.

  • Nauseous: causing nausea;  sickening; nauseating.

  • Sanitation: the development and application of sanitary  measures for the sake of cleanliness, protecting health, etc.

  • :Ventilation: to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated.

Long good bye
Long Good Bye

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