Paul Lewis' 1997 and 1998 AP U.S. History classes worked on a research
project involving the settlement of New Ireland (Carrolton/Carrollton)
which was located in Cattaraugus County near the present day town of
New York. During those years, he and his classes added
to this website containing data that had been gathered from multiple
including the internet. Utilizing e-mail, listservs, and the
Wide Web, the students attempted to write a chronicle of events from
first Irish immigrants who started this small settlement to its last
They hoped to trace the background of each settler from their points of
Irish origin to New Ireland. They looked into the growth of their
families, occupations pursued, and any unique happenings that took
while they resided there. Upon completion of this study, the
turned over their finished work to the Cattaraugus County library, the
Cattaraugus County Historical Society and to some of the descendants of
the settlers of New Ireland.
The project received support from the second year history classes of the Ennistymon Vocational School in County Clare Ireland. They took on the task of connecting our New Ireland families to their Irish heritage. They provided a look at the locale and historic conditions that these new immigrants to the United States had left behind in mid nineteenth century Ireland.
We would like to thank Alan Cantwell and Sinead Crowley of Clare FM Radio in Ireland for broadcasting our research efforts throughout County Clare. They allowed four students to explain the project to their listening audience in hopes of making connections with any possible ancestors still residing in Clare.
The classes would like to express their sincere thanks to NYgenweb coordinator Kim Harris Myers, Cattaraugus County Museum Curator, Ms. Lorna Spencer, Cattaraugus County Clerk Mr. James Griffith, and Mr. Frank Hannaway our local Irish historian for their assistance. Special thanks to Mr. Larry King, his technical expertise and ever present sense of humor has made the creation of this website possible. Without their help and encouragement our work to date would have been much more difficult.
On one of our first trips to Limestone, we were lucky enough to receive the help of Betty and Wayde Thrush, along with Mary Jeanne McCarthy-Lucco who provided us with pictures as well as a great deal of secondary research data on New Ireland. They showed us St. Patrick's church and cemetery in Limestone which was the parish of the New Ireland families. In the church we were shown stained glass windows that were donated by three of the original families in New Ireland. We would also like to thank Mr. James Keough who is a surviving resident of the original settlement and now resides on the west coast of the United States. When Mr. Keough was nine years of age he served as the janitor in the school that existed in New Ireland. Part of his job would be to arrive an hour ahead of the other students and make sure that the fire/stove in the classroom was lit so that the room would be heated for the start of school each morning. We also had the honor of interviewing Mr. John Walker who was 103 years of age at the time. He lived at a time when many of the original families still resided in New Ireland. Mr. Walker worked in both the oil and lumber industries around the Limestone area. His stories gave our class a refreshing look at what life was like in the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th Century. He also provided us with something no archival record could show us: a personal side to many of these same people we were researching.
We would like to give special thanks to one of our "guardian angels": Sue Rood. Sue was in constant touch with our class from the beginning of our project. She provided good insight as well as suggestions as to how to solve various problems that confronted us. Teresa Townsell a descendent of one of the original New Ireland families, who is now living in Seattle, provided us with a family manuscript along with great enthusiasm for our project . Teresa interviewed James Keough in regard to his colorful remembrances of New Ireland and those who lived there and passed on the data to us to use on our website.
Through the efforts of these helpers we have been provided with pictures of some of the original houses, barns, the schoolhouse and some family members. These are posted on the Family Album page of this website.
of help and enthusiasm were Hook France and Janet Pfohl who accompanied
us on one of our expeditions to New Ireland. Both are very familiar
the area and helped our team make a positive identification of certain
foundations. Special thanks to Phil Blair of Allegany for
the mystery of one of the missing O'Laughlin houses that we had
for over the last two years.
Our goal is to make this as accurate a historical study as possible. With this in mind we ask that anyone with further information or photos relating to New Ireland or its people get in touch with us.
and some of the students that worked on this project are available to
on the various educational topics included on the site. They have
made presentations to several schools and organizations throughout the
Western New York and Pennsylvania area such as; the University of
Graduate School of Education, the Allegany State Park Historical
the Salamanca Genealogical Society, the Cattaraurgus County Ancient
of Hibernians, the Ellicottville Historical Society, the Allegany
Elementary School, the Irish Festival in Olean, New York and
You may contact them at the following e-mail
New Ireland As It Looks Today
This photo shows one of the foundations that remain from the original settlement. Using the maps (see Map page) discovered in our research, we have been able to identify it as the Fall residence. It consists of two rooms of cut stone with no mortar used to keep the stones together. You can see there is an entry way to the cellar which may have been used to store food and even in the earliest days of the settlement, shelter their livestock.
These are photos of two of the buildings that existed in New Ireland. The picture on the left is of one of the O'Loughlin farmhouses as it looked circa 1920. The person standing in the doorway is Jim Keough. We now have located all three of the O'Loughlin foundations. The photo on the right has recently been identified to us as the public school that was located in New Ireland. The people in the snapshot are Mrs. Parkhill (rgt), her son and her granddaughter.
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This site reconstructed by Richard Allen with the permission of Mr. Paul Lewis who graciously provided the archived files.