My great great grandmother was Marcella Tormey
born in Westmeath in 1830-31. Her brother, James
was born in 1836 in the same parish. There were
12 children in the family. James was my great great
grandmother's brother. Marcella and a sister
emigrated to NY in 1846. The following year her
mother, Catherine McManus Tormey and the other 10
children and one adopted daughter emigrated to NY.
They lived in Brooklyn. Lawrence Tormey was arrested in 1846 in Westmeath by the British for
stealing a sheep to feed his family during the famine. He was to be sent to the penal colony
in Australia the following year, but received a
reprieve. According to family docs the family
sent the fare for him to join them in America
and he took the money and opened a tavern in
Westmeath with his father - my great great great
grandfather, Charles and never emigrated.
James moved to Tomah, La Crosse, County Monroe
upon reaching adulthood. His brother, Patrick
Tormey was a laborer there and was married to
Elizabeth Tormey - they had four children,Edward,
Letitia , Agnes and Martle...That info was from
the 1880 US Federal Census..
Hope some of this helps.