Irish Families Identified in the Olive Township, St Joseph County, Indiana 1860 Census

Olive Township is located west of the City of South Bend (and west of Warren Township). New Carlisle is part of this township. When the 1860 St Joseph County Census for Olive Township was conducted, there were nine families with Irish-born individuals. The men were all Farmers or Day Laborers and the Women were Domestics. 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/Other Female adult Child/ Other Miscellaneous
  Burk, Ellen 60 born in Ireland   (she lives with the Gilfoys- listed below)
Comer, John 37 born in Ireland Comer, Mary 27, born in Ireland Comer, Mary 1 born in Indiana John is a Farmer with $50 in personal estate
Gilfoy, Mikel 35 born in Ireland Gilfoy, Ellen, 26 born in Ohio Gilfoy, Patrick 3 born in Indiana Mikel was a Farm Laborer with Personal Estate of $52
" " Gilfoy, Marian, 6/12 born in Indiana (Ellen Burk from Ireland lives with this family)
Kelly, Frances 30 born in Ireland Kelly, Mary 27 born in Ireland Kelly, Patrick 4 born in Canada Frances was a Laborer with $100 Personal Estate
Manon, John 30 born in Ireland Manon, Bridget 25 born in Ireland   John is a Laborer with $50 in Personal Estate
  O'Coner, Margaret 21 born in Ireland   Margaret is a Domestic who lives with the Ivins family from New Jersey
Porter, Nathaniel, 40 born in Ireland Porter, Manda, 33 born in Ireland   Nathaniel was a Day Laborer wiht $100 Personal Estate value
  Tolbert, Margret 19 born in Ireland   Margret was a Domestic who lived in the home of Benjamin Fulsom
West, Edman 24 born in Ireland     Edman was a Farm Laborer who lived with the Jacob Shimp Family