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We suggest that you review these Genealogy: Passenger Arrival List Research Tips and NARA’s page on Immigration Records for suggestions on how to locate immigration information for Patrick Cashin. There are numerous ways that individuals could enter the United States from Europe such as on a ship that arrived at various coastal ports or over land from Canada, etc. Ship passenger arrival lists were a requirement beginning in 1820, but that does not guarantee that person was recorded or that the list still exists. Many of the passenger lists have been digitized and are name-searchable online using Ancestry and FamilySearch. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may wish to contact your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for patrons.
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Another way to obtain immigration information about Patrick Cashin, would be to search for his naturalization records. Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. However, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. Since you mentioned that he settled in Chicago, then Wisconsin, we suggest that you contact the National Archives in Chicago [RM-CH] via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine if records from lower courts are available. If the records are not available, we suggest that you request a search for the naturalization records from the Illinois State Archives or the Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives. If Patrick Cashin resided elsewhere, you also may wish to contact the National Archives facility and the State Archives or County Historical Societies of the appropriate location.
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Found Patrick Cashin and wife on findagrave.com
Patrick Cashin donated one acre of land in the southeast corner of the north east 1/4, of section no. 14 Town No.8 North, Range 21 East, on Feb. 8, 1845 to Bishop John M. Henni, Rec. Vol. 36 for one penny to be used for St Michael's Cemetery. Patrick died in 1879 at the age of 92 years. Many of his descendants are buried in the cemetery. (Source: Milwaukee County Wisconsin Genealogy website)
Thanks Alice, this is the correct person. I am looking for WHEN he emigrated from Ireland and WHERE he/they came from in Ireland. So far I only find “Ireland” with no detail. Probably in the 1800-1835 time period. He bought that farm in 1839, but that was the official purchase date and many farmers were homesteading/trespassing prior to that time.
I can find nothing about him in Ireland.
Thanks for your help!!!