Anna & Ned Rodgers, 1915
As mentioned earlier, the Rodgers descendants believed that Ned fled Ireland for England and then went back to get his wife. This might be reflected in their information on the 1900 Census. When asked for their year of immigration to the United States, Ned said 1867 and Anna said 1870.1 They could be referring to the years they separately left Ireland, or it could be just another case of the typical inaccuracies of immigration years found on censuses.
The birthplace of their third child, William, is consistently reported on all American records as "England," so the Rodgers remained there until at least July 1871. And as a matter of fact, we find the following information for Anna in the New York Passengers List at ancestry.com2:
Arrival: 15 Apr 1872
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Port of Arrival: New York
Ship Name: City of New York
Place of Origin: Ireland
65. Ann Rogers, 28, female, wife, Origin: Ireland
66. Mary " , 5, child, youngster
67. William " , 1, child, youngster
Note that there is a four year gap between Mary and William's birth. This is a bit of proof that they did have a child, Hugh, in between the two surviving children.
Note also that Ann is listed as "wife" but there is no Edward on the manifest. I have not yet found him on any passenger lists. Was he still keeping a low profile until arriving in America?
Still it is likely that they arrived together or shortly after one another. According to their granddaughter Ellen (O'Rourke) Guarnieri, when Ned and Ann were riding the train from New York to Ohio, Ned wanted to get off in Scranton, Pennsylvania, because the other immigrants they were with were all talking about how easy it was to get work in the mines. Ann said, I didn't come all this way to have you spend your life underground, we're staying on this train to Ohio.' This seems to imply that they arrived together, or that one or the other waited in New York for the other to make the voyage.
For this complete series of articles, see:
Part two: Ned Rodgers: a Fenian in the Family?
Part three: Edward and Anna Rodgers: the Outbound Journey
Part four: Edward and Anna Rodgers: the Cleveland Years
Part five: Ned Rodgers and the Blind Pig
1. 1900 Federal Census, 26th Ward of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Series T623, Roll 1257, page 177)
2. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, at ancestry.com. Microfilm roll: M237_355; Line: 25; List number: 288, with thanks to Steve Morse at http://stevemorse.org/index.php.