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

Irish Lane settlement,   pp. 48-55 PDF (2.8 MB)

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The Gorman clan built a log cabin on Whalen Road in 1850. Later in the nine-
teenth century, they moved into this house a half-mile west of their pioneer
cabin. This photo was taken around 1898. Left to right: Martin, Arthur, Janie,
Will (in buggy), Mae, Arthur Jr. (on rocking horse), Kate, Mary.
log cabin on the now largely abandoned Daniel Baxter Road,
named for the 1843 road surveyor who is thought to have
resided in Green County. The legislature authorized this territo-
rial road from Madison to the Illinois state line via the Town of
Albany. The path left Madison on today's Fish Hatchery Road
and branched southeast near the intersection with East Cheryl
Parkway09 The Daniel Baxter Road was altered a number of
times within a half-mile-wide corridor, and modem remnants
of it include Caine Road in Fitchburg and Glenway Road in
Oregon. The road did not receive much traffic in the frontier
days, probably because it was not a lead trail, mail route, or
stage road. When parts of the road were abandoned, the farm-
sites of the Cullens in section 27 and Robsons (later owned by
Monks) in section 15 were left stranded deep in the woods
(see Maps on pages 31 and 86.) Neither of these building sites
are in use today, and their long driveways are overgrown with
weeds and trees.
The Cullens, like many of the area's immigrant families,
came from southern Ireland. Though Fitchburg had few
families from northern Ireland, two Ulster families that came
to Irish Lane during the Famine were the Lynches and the
McGaws. Patrick Lynch, a Catholic from County Fermanagh,
settled in Fitchburg around 1847 and wrote home encouraging
his siblings as well as nieces and nephews to join him. The

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