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Kinney, Thomas P. / Irish settlers of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, 1840-1860
(1993)

[Appendices],   pp. 79-90 PDF (4.2 MB)


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Appendix A: Population Tables
Table A-1
Population of Fitchburgt
1850-1990
Year      Population
1850          598
1860        1,177
1870        1,152
1880          978
1890          958
1900        1,004
1910          971
1920        1,059
1930        1,058
1940        1,257
1950        2,315
1960        2,880
1970        4,704
1980       11,973
1990       15,648
tU.S. Census Office, Statistics of
Population, 1850-1990
Table A-2
Population of Fitchburg and Selected Neighboring Communitiest
(Milwaukee shown because of its large Irish population)
1850                           1860*
Heads of Households             Heads of Households
Towns                       Total        % Irish-born      Total         % Irish-born
Dunn                           66             6%             173              24%
Fitchburg**                   103            23%             213              30%***
Madison                        63            11%             140              25%
Madison (City)               243             12%           1,344              24%
Oregon                        120             3%             225              12%
Rutland                       155             0%             219               5%
Verona                         70             0%             197               8%
Milwaukee (City)            4,083            18%           9,041              16%
TAdditional population statistics for the Irish in Dane County can be found in: Sister M. Justille McDonald,
History of the Irish in Wisconsin in the Nineteenth Century (Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of
America Press, 1954), p. 262.
*The increase of Irish families by 1860 in Dunn, Madison, and Madison (City) is partially due to the set-
tling of Irish railway workers.
**Name changed from Greenfield to Fitchburg in 1853.
***The 1860 census lists 30 percent of Fitchburg heads of households as having been born in Ireland, but 36
percent of families are of Irish descent when one also considers both the nativity of the spouse who is not
listed as the head of household as well as the Irish ancestry of spouses who were born in Canada or the
United States.


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