The Patrick Gorman and Bridget Hastings Family of South Bend, Indiana: An Analysis of Patrick's Family with First Wife Birgitta and Second Wife Bridget Hastings, Their Migration from Ireland to South Bend Indiana in South Bend St. Joseph and Sacred Heart Church Records, Census and other Resources

It appears that Patrick Gorman married his first wife Bridget Gorman on August 31, 1854 in St Joseph County Indiana according to a Marriage License I found on Familysearch.org Indiana Marriages 1811-1959. She is referred to as Birgitta in Sacred Heart Baptismal Records from the Baptism of Joseph in 1858, Jacobus in 1860, Margarita Ann in 1862 and Maria Catherina in 1864. My best guess is that Birgitta Gorman, mother of these children died sometime between the birth of Maria Catherina in 1864 and about 1871 or 1871 when Patrick Gorman and Bridget Hastings had son John. The 1876 St Joseph Church Census records Patrick Gorman, wife Bridget and Children John age 5 and Eliza age 1. The 1880 Census lists Patrick Gorman with wife Bridget Hastings, the children from his first marriage (Jimmie, Joseph, Maggie, and Mary) and those from his second marriage, Johannis, Lizzie, Anne, Patsy and Katie. I have yet to find the Church Marriage or Indiana Marriage record for Patrick Gorman and Bridget Hastings, and have not been able to confirm his first wife's maiden name. There is an Ed (50) and Margrette (42) Gorman Family in the 1860 Portage Township Census who may very well be related to Patrick Gorman (24 in that census), that remains to be proven! Patrick does not appear to be his son as he already has a son Patrick, age 16.

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of these two families in the United States through all available resources.

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. Please contact me if you feel that you are descended from this family or another South Bend, Indiana Irish Family so that we can share information, see if there were common migration trails followed and delve further back into their origins in Ireland!

Research Observations and Analysis:I have been able to trace Patrick and Bridget Gorman in the 1860-1910 St Joseph County, South Bend, Indiana Census records. Copies of their marriage applications, marriage records (church and governmental), death records, and obits could all yield huge clues on the origins of this Irish family. What I did find of particular interest if that Joseph Gorman, son of Patrick and Birgitta is listed as being in Omaha in the 1880 St Joseph Church Census. My 2nd great grandfather's son Michael as well as James McNulty all were listed as being in Omaha in this Church Census. I found Joseph Gorman living in the same residence with James McNulty on Capital Avenue in the 1880 Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska Census. He was age 18, a Foreman for a Livery St., born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland. The plot thickens!!! It appears from the 1900 Census that Patrick naturalized. There were three Patrick Gormans in the "Naturalization Records in pre 1907 Order Books of Indiana County Courts." They were in Cass, Fountain and Huntington Counties, none in St Joseph County where they resided from the late 1850's one. Huntington and Cass County area south of St Joseph County, with Fountain being more in Southern Indiana. He may have naturalized elsewhere, out of state as well. There are some Civil War Pension records for name Patrick Gorman from Indiana that most probably are not the same Patrick, but may be worth checking in to.

There is a Burial Plot listed for a Gorman Family in the Cedar Grove Cemetery that may be this family: Per Microfilm 1737531, the Gorman family plot is in Section B, Lot 127. There is also an entry in the Cedar Grove Cemetery records on a page entitled L.W. McGann (I believe a funeral home) for a Gorman Vault $50.00 on March 14, 1923. There also is a Baptismal record for a Bartley Gorman born OCtober 21, 1914 to Bartley and Delia Gorman that may be related in some fashion to this family. (Microfilm 1617236 item 4).

Census, Church or other Record Date Born, Baptized, Married Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child Occupation; Misc.
Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 Familysearch.org website August 29, 1854 Marriage License obtained; August 31, 1854 Marriage in St Joseph County, Indiana Gorman, Patrick Gorman, Bridget   Samuel M Chord Clerk of St Joseph Circuit Court witnessed the license; married by a Catholic Priest; Film 1503390, page 446
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Records February 12, 1858 Birth and February 14, 1858 Baptism Gorman, Patricio of Hibernia Lorman?, Birgitta of Hibernia (likely Gorman) Josephi (Joseph) Joseph Donahoe Sp
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Records April 7, 1860 Birth and April 8, 1860 Baptismal Record Gorman, Patricio of Hibernia ?, Birgitta of Hibernia Jacobus Harria Prairie Parish; Joannes Donaghue and Mar. Gorman Sp
1860 US Census for South Bend, Portage Township, St Joseph County, Indiana June 16, 1860 Census Taken Gorman, Patrick, age 29? born in Ireland Gorman, Bridget age 33, born in Ireland Gorman, Edward, age 5 born in Indiana $200 value of Real Estate; $100 value of Personal Estate; Patrick is a Laborer
" "     Gorman, Joseph, age 2 born in Indiana  
" "     Gorman, James, age 2/12 born in Indiana  
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Records April 3, 1862 Birth and April 6, 1862 Gorman, Patricio of Hibernia Gorman, Birgitta of Hibernia Margarita Anna Jacobus Burk and Margar. Donoghoe? Sp; microfilm 1617239
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Records May 10, 1864 Birth and May 15, 1864 Baptism Gorman, Patricio of Hibernia Gorman, Birgitta of Hibernia Maria Catherina Christamus? Schulty adn Marg. Donoghue Sp
Sacred Heart Church Confirmation Record June 9, 1867     Joannes Joseph Gorman (likely Josephi born in 1858) Microfilm 1617238 item 10
1870 US Census for the City of South Bend, Portage Township, St Joseph County, Indiana July 9, 1870 Census taken Gorman, Patrick, age 40 born in Ireland Gorman, Bridget age 50 born in Ireland Gorman, Joseph age 13 born in Indiana Patrick is a Laborer with $1000 in Real Estate; Bridget keeping house. They were married within the year in August (so August 1869?) Joseph is at school
" "     Gorman, James, age 10 born in Indiana in School
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Record October 19, 1870 Birth and November15, 1870 Baptism Gorman, Patricio of Hibernia Hasting, Birgitta of Hibernia Joannis Joannes and Margarita Hastings sp
Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame Baptismal Record August 17, 1872 Birth and September 15, 1872 Baptism Gorman, Patricio of Hibernia Hastings, Birgitta of Hibernia Catharina Helena Jacobus Hastings and Helena Hastings Sp
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Baptismal Record November 23, 1874 Birth and December 13, 1874 Baptism Gorman, Patricio Hastings, Brigitta Elizabeth Guillielmus Heagur-?? Sp Lowell
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Census for 1876 1876 Gorman, Patrick age 45 Gorman, Bridget age 35 Gorman, John age 5  
" "     Gorman, Eliza, age 1  
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Baptismal Record April 18, 1876 Birth and April 30, 1876 Baptism Gorman, Patricii Hastings, Brigitta Annam (Anne) Thomas Hastings and Margarita Hastings Sp
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Baptismal Record July 11, 1879 Birth and August 5, 1879 Baptism Gorman, Patricii Hastings, Brigittae Patricum Thomas (Patrick Thomas) George -wartz and Mary Davis? sp
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Baptismal Record May 10, 1879 Birth and May 25, 1879 Baptism Gorman, Patricii Hastings, Brigittae Catharinam (Catharina) Michaeles Doyle andCatharinae Meiller? Sp
St Joseph Church, South Bend, Indiana Church Census for 1880 1880 Gorman, Patrick age 50 Hastings, Bridget age 40 children of first marriage: Gorman, Jimmie age 20  
" "     Gorman, Joseph, age 22 in Omaha  
" "     Gorman, Maggie, age 16  
" "     Gorman, Mary?, age 15  
" "     children of second marriage: Gorman, Johannis? age 9  
" "     Gorman, Lizzie, age 7  
" "     Gorman, Anne, age 4  
" "     Gorman, Patsy, Age 3  
" "     Gorman, Katie, age 1  
1880 US Census for City of South Bend, Ward 4, St Joseph County, Indiana; Residence on Notre Dame Avenue June 8?, 1880 Gorman, Patrick, Head age 55 born in Ireland; Parents born in Ireland; looks like Lorman Gorman, Bridget, wife 37 born in Irleand; parents born in Ireland Gorman, John, age 9 Son born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Patrick works at a Sewing Machine Factory (most probably Singer); John is home
" "     Gorman, Eliza, 5 yr old daughter born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Home
" "     Gorman, Anna, age 4 born in Indiana Home
" "     Gorman, Patirck, age 1 born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Home
" "     Gorman, Catherine, age 1 born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Home
1880 US Census for Douglas County, Omaha, Nebraska (probable census record for Joseph son of Patrick and first wife Birgitta) Residence 134 Capital Avenue June 2?, 1880 Gorman, Joseph, age 18 born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland     James McNulty age 18 born in Indiana is listed in this residence as well. Occupation: Hostler
1900 US Census for the City of South Bend, Portage Township, St Joseph County, Indiana; Residence is on 708 E Sorin June 6, 1900 Gorman, Patrick, Head, age 70 born February 1830 Ireland; parents born in Ireland Gorman, Bridget, wife 56, born July 1843 Ireland; Parents born in Ireland Gorman, Anna, 24 yr old single daughter born April 1876 in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Patrick came here in 1853? Here 45 yrs Naturalized? Occupation Night Watch; Both he and Bridget married 31 years; Bridget 6 children 3 living. Here in US for 38 yrs since 1862. Anna is a Spinster
" "     Gorman, Patrick, 22 yr old single Son born July 1877 in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Day Laborer
" "     Gorman, Katie, 20 yr old single daughter born May 1880 in Indiana; Parents born in Ireland  
South Bend City Directory 1901 1901 Gorman, Patrick (Bridget)     works Singers; res 708 E Sorin; Patrick Jr (works Singers), Katie, Annie also at this residence
South Bend City Directory 1903 1903 Gorman, Patrick (Bridget)     Watchman Singer Mfg Co. Res. 708 E Sorin; Patrick Jr (Fireman SB Electric Co, Katie and Anna (Seamstress) also at this residence
Indiana Deaths 1882-1920 (possible death record for Bridget wife of Patrick) July 21, 1904 South Bend   Gorman, Bridget died at age 64   Ch 44, page 408
South Bend Indiana City Directory 1905 1905 Gorman, Patrick (Bridget)     Patrick works at Singers Old Plant; residence 708 E Sorin, South Bend, Mishawaka, IN; Patrick Junior (South Bend Fuel and Gas) and Ann both live at this residence as well
Indiana Death Index 1882-1920 (possible death record for Patrick, son of Patrick and Bridget) June 16, 1907 South Bend, Indiana     Gorman, Patrick age 30 Ch-43; Page 264
1910 US Census for Sout Bend, Ward 4, St Joseph County, District 176; Residence 819 E Sorin Street April 18, 1910 Gorman, Patrick, Head age 78 born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland;   Gorman, Anna, 34 yr old daughter in law? 6 yrs this marriage; 1 child, 1 living; born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland Patrick's marriage #2; 51 yrs this marriage; 12 kids, 4 living is crossed out; no occupation, he rents his home; immigration year 1853, naturalized; own income; It doesnt list him as a widow.
" "     Gorman, Catharn?, 6 single, daugher? born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland  
Indiana Deaths 1882-1920 Ancestry.com Database on Line (Possible Death Record ford Patrick) August 5, 1914 South Bend, Indiana Gorman, Patrick died at the age of 85     Ch 47, Page 131