The harsh conditions associated with Irish immigration during and after
the potato famine caused many friends and family to lose track of each
other. Some placed ads in newspapers seeking their loved ones. What
follows are a handful of such ads with Clarendon connections placed in
the Boston Pilot. This newspaper has been in continuous publication since Sept. 5, 1829 and is the oldest Catholic newspaper in the country.
Sept. 28, 1850:
Of Daniel Walsh, native of parish Portumna, co. Galway; when last heard from was in East Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont. Any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his brother, Patrick Walsh, No. 217 Mott street, New York, NY.
Dec. 14, 1850:
Of Peter Carlon, from Nockbrague, parish of Burrisull, co. Mayo, - he landed Quebec 12 months ago last August. In June last was reported to be in St. Albans, Vt. Information respecting him will be thankfully received by his brother, Thomas Carlon, East Clarendon, Vermont.
February 22, 1851:
Of Thomas Gilligan, from Ballycumber, King's co. When last heard from (May 1847), he was in Thorold, U.C. Any person knowing anything of him will confer a favor by writing to his brother, John Gilligan, Clarendon, Vermont.
November 12, 1853:
Of Patrick Feehan, son of Edwd Feehan from near the Nine Mile House [co. Tipperary]; he wrote from Clarendon Springs, Vt in May 1850. Address his uncle, Roger Sullivan, 422 Hamilton st., Fairmont, Philadelphia.
July 10, 1875:
Of James Moran, a native of county Clare, son of James and Mary Moran (maiden name Mary Dwyre); when last heard of was in Clarendon, Vt.,about 24 years ago. His sister, Mrs. Bridget Redden, is very anxious to hear from him. Address Martin Blake, Atlantic, Cass county, Iowa.
The sought after James Moran was in Clarendon but had died 2-19-1867 at age 52 , more than 8 years prior to the ad being placed, and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Rutland.