Sandra Kelly Sawatzky
1911 Census: Residents of 15 Perry[Ferry] Street (Portaferry, Down)
Kelly, Hugh, 55, head of family, Presbyterian, tractor engine driver, married
Kelly, Isabella, 54, wife, Presbyterian, married 33 yrs, 10 children born, 5 living
Kelly, Alice S, 23, daughter, Presbyterian, dressmaker, single
Kelly Luisa Maria, 15, daughter, Presbyterian, seamstress, single
McWatters, Hugh Alex, 5, grandson, Presbyterian, scholar, single
Hugh MCWATTERS is the son of Eliza Jane KELLY and David MCWATTERS.
Marriage Date: 22/06/1904
Location: Portaferry Pres, Ards, Ballyphilip, Down
Husband: David MCWATTERS of Innishargie, carpenter, son of Alexander [farmer]
Wife: Eliza Jane KELLY of Kircubbin, daughter of Hugh [engineer]
Witnesses: Martha KELLY, William MCWATTERS
Eliza Jane MCWATTERS [nee KELLY] died on 8 Aug. 1908 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Cause of death was dysentery. She is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chicago, IL. There is no headstone on the grave.
Although the whole family had immigrated to Chicago, after the death of their mother, Hugh and his younger brother William James returned to County Down to be raised by their grandparents. William James MCWATTERS shows up in the 1911 census in the household of his paternal grandmother Rachel MCWATTERS in Kircubbin.
1911 Census: Residents of 34 Inishargil (Kircubben, Down)
McWatters, Rachel, 50, head of family, Presbyterian, sewer, widow, married 20 yrs, 9 children born, 8 living [nee FILSON]
McWatters, Frances, 22, son, Presbyterian, farmer, single
McWatters, Robert, 16, son, Presbyterian, farmer, single
McWatters, Nellie, 14, daughter, Presbyterian, scholar, single
McWatters, Alexander, 12, son, Presbyterian, scholar, single
McWatters, William James, 4, grandson, Presbyterian, born in America, single
Record Type: Civil Marriage
Date of Marriage: 23 Sep 1880
Groom Name: Alexander MCWATTERS
Bride Name: Rachel FILSON
Church: Kircubbin Holy Trinity Church of Ireland
Civil District: Newtownards
Rachel & William James MCWATTERS arrived in Boston, U.S.A. on 12-Jul-1925 aboard the S.S. Laconia which sailed from Liverpool on 04-Jul-1925.
The passenger manifest identifies that Rachael was: 64 yrs; widow; 5’10”; born at Kircubbin, Ireland; a housekeeper; joining her son Mr. James MCWATTERS at 19 Garrison Ave, Somerville, Boston, on a temporary visit planning to stay for 1 year; visa #849 issued at Belfast 25/5/25. Her son Robert MCWATTERS of Ballymullen, Kircubben is identified as his closest relative in Northern Ireland.
The passenger manifest shows William in two locations – as an American citizen and also grouped with his grandmother as an Alien Passenger however that entry is crossed out. William James was: 17/18 yrs [variation between the two entries in the manifest]; single; 5’6” tall; born at Chicago March 13, 1907, ; a shop assistant; joining his father Mr. David MCWATTERS at 6423 S. Campbell Ave, Chicago, Illinois , planning to stay permanently in the U.S.A. His uncle Robert MCWATTERS of Ballymullen, Kircubben is identified as his closest relative in Northern Ireland.
Hugh MCWATTERS arrived as a landed immigrant in Quebec, Canada on 14-May-1929 aboard the S.S. Montroyal which sailed from Belfast on 26-Apr-1929. The passenger manifest identifies that Hugh was: 24 yrs; single; born at Kirkcubbin, Co. Down, N.I; employed as a clerk prior to this journey and planning to continue that occupation in Canada; joining his uncle Mr. David KELLY at Trewdale, Saskatchewan. His grandfather Mr. Hugh KELLY of Ferry St, Portaferry, Co. Down is identified as his closest relative in Northern Ireland.
By 04-Apr-1930, Hugh and William have both re-united with their father David MCWATTERS in Chicago and appear on the 1930 US Census in Ward 18, Block No. 282, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. David MCWATTERS has remarried and had additional children.