Immigration and Naturalization
Select records from the mid 19th Century
The following information was taken from the records of Immigration and Naturalization on file at the Carbon County Courthouse. Much of my research has centered on the Protestant Irish of the Bann Valley of Counties Derry and Antrim in Ireland. Beginning in the 1820s, Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill was a magnet for Protestant immigration from this part of Ireland. The Presbyterian Church of Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill were daughter churches of the First Presbyterian Church of the Parish of Dunboe, near the city of Coleraine in Co. Derry, and many of these names can be found in the Presbyterian Church records of Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill. In many cases, Carbon Co. was not the final destination of these Scotch-Irish; some migrated west to Protestant Irish settlements in Adams Co., Illinois (Quincy being county seat of Adams Co.) and to Sullivan Co., Missouri, where there was a large community of Bann Valley natives.
Many immigrants registered for citizenship in Carbon Co., but for various reasons didn’t finish the process. Some died, but most moved on to other places where they eventually completed the citizenship process.
This list is not restricted to Protestant Irish; several of the entries are from Native Irish (Roman Catholic) immigrants.
There is also a page of German immigrants, who mainly settled in the Mauch Chunk area. The mid section of Upper Mauch Chunk was known for a while as “Germantown”, due to all the German Immigrants settled there. The lower part of Upper Chunk was originally mainly Protestant Irish followed by Catholic Irish.
There is also a short list of immigrants from Wales, England and Scotland.
The stated ages were taken at the time of registry, which is the first of the two dates given in the REGISTRY-SWORN IN column.
All these records were looked up for a reason. Either they are in my family or in the family of some other researcher. There is a lot of interest and activity among the researchers of the Bann Valley Migration. If you find a family member on this list, contact me. We may be related, or I may be able to connect you with a relative.
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