German Township, St Joseph County, Indiana Irish Born Individuals and their Families in the 1860 Census

The 1860 Census for St Joseph County Indiana has the sections grouped by Townships. There were a smattering of Irish immigrants living throughout German Township when the 1860 US Census was conducted, Clay Township has a South Bend Post Office. The 1860 Census does not give street names or addresses that would have been helpful to differentiate the areas covered.

I am going to document these families alphabetically in one section as there don't appear to be too many Irish immigrants. Many of the Surnames appeared to have been spelled phonetically and some look like a wild guess; this would make them a challenge to find in a census search. My Great Grandparents are listed as Martin and Catherine Bowman (Brennan) and their neighbors and close friends the McNultys are spelled McAnulta. I am transcribing them exactly as I see them without correction. I will include the entire family if one individual was born in Ireland (many times the spouse and children were born elsewhere). The 1860 Census does not document how individuals listed at the same location are related to the head of the house unlike later census years, so it is impossible to ascertain if they are borders, related or even working for them.

One caveat: I think it is important to keep in mind that the 1860 census does not give the origins of their parents; or if or how those listed in the same residences are related. If a family happens to have arrived in the US earlier than the bulk of the Irish famine immigrants (such as Scotch Irish) then the descendents we see in this census may have been born in the U.S. but still have Irish roots. They will not be reflected in this compilation even if they have an Irish surname.

Father/ Male Adult Mother/Female adult Child/ Other Miscellaneous
Blaurney, A.G. 30 yr old born in Ireland Blaurney, Lavina, 22 yr old born in Indiana Blaurney, Minna 5 yr old (girl) born in Indiana A G is a Painter living with the Stansn Family from PA. He has $200 Personal Estate
Cunningham, James 30 yr old born in Ireland Cunningham, Matilda, 60 yr old born in Ireland   James is a Shoemaker; they live with the Rollen Family from Germany
Dimsey, James 63 yr old born in Ireland     James is a Farm Laborer living with the Barnhart Family from MD
  Lanis?, Mary 26 yr old born in Ireland   Mary is a Domestic who lives with the Miller family from Indiana
McCarty, James 21 yr old born in Ireland     James is a Farm Laborer who lives with the Skinner Family from PA