I have hit a roadblock tracing the Starrs family in Ireland. Peter J Starrs, born about 1836 in Ireland, immigrated to New York between then and 1860 (most likely in the 1850s). I cannot find who his parents were, if he had any siblings, etc. He married Mary Ann McDowell (1844-1880) who was also born in Ireland, but I do not know if they married in Ireland or the U.S. as I cannot find marriage records or immigration records on them.
I'll start by asking whether anyone can help me by finding a record of Peter J Starrs in the USA prior to the 1870 Census?
Timeline for Peter J Starrs:
- born about 1836 in Ireland
- immigrated to New York - sometime between 1836 and 1860 (probably 1850s?)
- married Mary Ann McDowell (1835-1880; born in Ireland)
1855 immigration record to USA from Ireland: have not 100% verified this is him
"New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27R4-7DD : accessed 6 January 2016), Peter Stars, 1855; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm.
1862 naturalization record: also not 100% verified that it is my Peter starrs, his name is spelled 3 different ways in image of transcript. Application dated 26 Feb 1862, Superior Court of the City of New York, Peter Starrs, age 25 (b. abt 1837), native of Ireland, boiler maker, of 81 East 27th St, New York, naturalized 27 Oct 1864.
New York, Petitions for Naturalization, 1794-1906, Original images available on Ancestry.com.
1870 census record showing Peter Star, age 40, fishmonger, living in Greenburgh, Westchester, New York with his wife and 3 young boys. Both Peter and wife, Mary, were born in Ireland. The children were all born in New York: George (8), Peter (5), Charles (2).
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M82Q-JBT : accessed 5 January 2016), Peter Star, New York, United States; citing p. 78, family 576, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,613.
1880 census record showing him still residing in Greenburgh, Westchester, New York with wife and children
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZNF-X4D : accessed 5 January 2016), Peter Starr, Greenburgh, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 99, sheet 325C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0945; FHL microfilm 1,254,945.
Wife, Mary McDowell Starrs, died in July 1880. Notice in the New York Herald, 7 Jul 1880 reads: "STARRS.—On the 6th inst., MARY A. McDOWELL, native of county Cavan, Ireland, the beloved wife of Peter Starrs. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, Thursday, July 8, at half-past one P.M., from her late residence, Irvington, N.Y. The remains will be interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery."
Original image available on fultonhistory.com