An American Family History

Bridget Moran Treahy

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Great Famine or the Irish Potato Famine was between 1845 and 1852. About a million people died and a million more emigrated. It was caused by a potato blight. The famine permanently changed Ireland.

Bridget Moran Treahy was born about 1788 in Ireland. Her parents are not know, but she was probably related to Terence Moran who led the 1821 uprising.

She married Barthlomew Treahy. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Bartholomew and Bridget Treahy.

She died at age 75 was buried on September 10, 1863. According to the burial register, she is buried in St. Michael's Cemetery at 1409A Yonge Street in Toronto with her husband. 

The peak period of Irish immigration to Canada was during the Great Famine between 1845-1849. Most immigrants went to Canada because the fares were lower. Ships that reached Canada lost many passengers and even more died while in quarantine. From the reception station at Grosse-Ile, most survivors were sent to Montréal. The typhus outbreak of 1847 and 1848 killed many of the new immigrants. An economic boom following their arrival allowed many men to work in on the expanding railroad, in construction, in the logging industry, or on farms.

The city of York was incorporated as Toronto on March 6, 1834. The city grew and developed significantly during the the 19th century. The Irish famine brought a large number of Irish immigrants to the city and they became the largest ethnic group.

Toronto 1856
Toronto 1856