Catholic Church, Connecticut, From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley, Naugatuck Connecticut, Naugatuck River Valley
I apologize that technical difficulties have delayed the book, as I know that many of you are almost as anxious for it to arrive as I am, but a proof should be here within days and, given no problems, copies should be available within a week or so after that. Please save the date and plan to come, if you can, to the Naugatuck Historical Society on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm. I will give a short talk about From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley: Early Irish Catholics in New Haven County, Connecticut and will sign copies! Hoping to see you there!
Table of Contents
I: Background Ireland; Arrival of the Normans; Conquest of Ireland; Rebellion; Thomas Francis Meagher; Some Potential Connections Between New Haven County and Ireland
II: Catholicism in New England; Catholic Churches; Christ’s Church, Saint Mary’s Church, New Haven; Immaculate Conception/Saint Mary’s Church, Derby; Catholic Schools in Early New Haven; Early New Haven County Cemeteries; Early Catholic Waterbury; Catholic Schools in Waterbury; Old Saint Joseph Cemetery
III: Catholicism in Naugatuck; The First Catholics; Saint Anne and Saint Francis Churches
IV: Vignettes of Selected Families: The Butlers; The Brennans; The Martins; The Conrans; The Learys; Some New Haven Mahers; Adelaide Quigley, Thomas Maher, Matthew Maher, Michael Maher; Anthony Meagher, John Maher, Jeremiah Maher; Ireland and America Letters; Josephine Maher and Family
V: Saint Francis Cemetery Transcriptions: Sections A & B; Sections C, G & Portion of H; Sections F & Portion of H; Sections E & Portions of D, H; Section H; Modern Section; Tombstones That Cite A Location in Ireland
Appendix: Selected Additional Photographs
(399 pages; 336 images)
©2012 Janet Maher/Sinéad Ní Mheachair
All Rights Reserved
I am so thrilled for you, Janet… it looks great. As much as I wish I could be whizzed over for the book signing ….alas, I’ll have to be sending you good thoughts from afar. I’m so proud of you my friend, and wish you well.
John Wiehn said:
Congrats on publishing the book! Please save me a copy, I won’t be able to come on June 21st, will be in Boston that day. Will you be in Naugatuck on the June 18-20? If so please stop by the library. John W.
Hello Chris and John, Thank you for the good wishes – it’s all a big extended network, wouldn’t have been possible without it, and you two are certainly part of that! Will likely be there the 20th and will stop in. The Monasterevin Monument is my favorite photograph, but it is not on the cover. In the book, although I have screened out some of the background, you can still see the cars and everything around it at the intersection where it stands. Here I’ve taken it all the way out of its surroundings and made a postcard w/info on the back to announce the book. There is a brochure too. Now that there is a first date, I’ll start mailing them out. Cheers to you in Australia and CT! Janet
I just put it into my calendar. Congratulations for a job well done! See you soon
So glad you’ll come. Will look forward to seeing you!
Janet…are tthere any Naugatuck Fitzpatrick’s mentioned in your book? My husband, John Fitzpatrick (84 years old) knows a lot of his family history. His grandfather came from the old sod…and the family lived on West Street for almost 100 years.
Beth, While there is not a vignette on them as there are for some other names, there are references to certain Fitzpatrick names in places. I would so love to be able to talk with your father! Please contact me at this email – firstname.lastname@example.org – and maybe we can find a way to meet or to at least talk on the phone. If you are in CT, please try to come to the Naugatuck Historical Society on June 21. Thanks so much for commenting here!
Pat Girard said:
Just found this so am writing with hopes that your John Fitzpatrick might be related to my Patrick Fitzpatrick. Patrick was born 1866-68 near or in Abbeyleix. He came to the US in 1883. He married mary davidson in 1896 in waterbury and they had many children, my grandfather Thomas being one of them. He was born in 1906. Hope this is familiar to you. Pat Girard, Rhinebeck, New York
Pat, I’m sorry that I don’t know anything that might be of help, but I will post your comment here in case someone else can. I will check my tombstone transcriptions for Waterbury and see if anything comes up there.