The John Gannon and Sara Morisey Family of South Bend, Indiana: An Analysis of this Irish Family's Migration from Ireland to South Bend Indiana and Beyond in South Bend Sacred Heart Church Records, Census and other Resources

John Gannon and Sara Morisey were married at Sacred Heart Church, St. Joseph County, Indiana in July of 1859. John was the son of Patrick Gannon of Terre Coupee. Terre Coupee is part of Olive Township, St Joseph County, Indiana. Olive Township is two townships west of Portage Township (where a large segment of the Irish population in the South Bend, Indiana area lived in the mid 19th century). Sara Morisey (as her maiden name was spelled in both their marriage record and a baptismal record for son Silvestri) was the daughter of Joseph Morisey of this location (I am assuming this means the South Bend general area). Sara's father Joseph Morisey appears to have been from the local area.

I have yet to find John Gannon or Sara Morisey in the South Bend or other Census records. My second great grandfather Martin Brennan was one of the sponsors at their son Sylvestri's baptism in 1859. I have very little information on this family; their presence in the South Bend Irish Community appears to be brief, but they are none the less an important part of this compilation.

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of this family in the United States through all available resources. I would love to hear from anyone who believes that they may be a descendent of this family so that we can work together to find their origins in Ireland and migration trail to the U.S. This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with Ireland and U.S. marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical resources. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate.

Census, Church or other Record Date Born, Baptized, Married Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child Occupation; Misc.
Sacred Heart Church Marriage Record July ?, 1859 Gannon, Joannem Morisey, Mariam (Maria)   John is the son of Patricii of Terra Coupee and Maria is the daughter of Joseph of this location. Alexis Granger Priest
Sacred Heart Church Baptismal Record April 20, 1859 Birth and May 3, 1859 Baptism Gannon, Joanne Morisey?, Sara Silvestri documented as being from Hibernia (Ireland)