The Hutchinson Family, Abbeyville
Linking with the Hutchinson Families in Boston
The Hutchinson Family, Abbeyville, Abbey, Co Galway, John and his wife Mary are listed on the 1901 and 1911 census. They had seven children, four sons and three daughters. Mary’s mother, Bridget Martin, also lived with them.
Records show that in 1908 one of their sons, Patrick, made his Confirmation and, as was the custom at that time, took the Pledge to abstain from all intoxicating drink until the age of twenty-one.
The family later moved to a cottage in Abbey Village. One of the Hutchinson daughters, Bridget, married Mick Slattery. Two of Bridget’s brothers, Michael and Patrick, emigrated to the United States and made their homes in Boston.
Bridget and Mick Slattery had five children and they continued to live in the Hutchinson home in Abbey. One of their daughters, Mary Slattery, trained as a nurse in England and married Alan Wright in 1950.
Both of the Hutchinson brothers, Michael, by then known as Mick and Patrick called Paddy, played hurling in Boston with the Clare Hurling Club and were members of the successful Champions of Massachusetts team in 1928.
1928 Champions of Massachusetts team: Back Row: N S Turner, President; J Concannon, Manager; J A Turner; M Wren; M Howard; M Vaughan, Treasurer; C V Turner; M F Naughton; T J Hurley, Secretary. Middle Row: J Brown; A Maloney; P Keffe, Vice Captain; P Reilly, Captain; P Loughman; P J Naughton; T Gough; Front Row: J B McAllister; B Murray; P J Hutchinson; J F Turner; M Hutchinson; M T Joyce.
In 1994, Joan Comer and Maureen Danforth, both daughters of Paddy Hutchinson and Joan’s daughter, Joanie Durgin, visited Abbey with their cousin Mary Wright and her son Michael, as part of their trip to Ireland. Below are some photographs from that trip.
Patrick Hutchinson’s grand-daughter, Joanie Comer Durgin has taken a great interest in the family history and we thank her for donating most of the photographs in this article.
The Hutchinson/Slattery home in Abbey still stands although not currently occupied. Bought many years ago, the owner has restored it with great care.