Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Travel Tuesday - Fayal to Norfolk, 1826

In January I wrote about my third-great-grandfather, John O'Brien, who may have fought in the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie for the American side, or for the British. I have been looking for port and ship records from the period of 1808-1831 for any potential matches for John O'Brien. This post is on a potential interesting match.

In the Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists 1820-1873 and 1893-1959 database on Ancestry, there is a record for an arrival on the Brig Callao in the port of Norfolk and Portsmouth on 14 March 1826.
The Callao had departed from Fayal in the Azores. John O'Brian (perhaps a misspelling) is listed on the passenger list as a seaman, age 28, from the United States. Although John was born in Ireland, by 1826, he may likely have been claiming the United States as "the country to which belonging", as recorded on the passenger list.

The next step is to see if the Callao kept records which may shed more light on whether this is my John O'Brien.

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