|Ship's passenger list for the Bark Sherwood from Liverpool to Philadelphia, landing March 31, 1849|
|Thomas Doran's Declaration of Intention - filed in Hancock County, Illinois on May 24, 1860.|
For this declaration at least, I am confident that this is the correct Thomas Doran, the husband of Kitty O'Hara and the father of Nancy, Fanny, Margaret, Thomas, James, Ellen and Henry that lived in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois.
What is not certain at this time is where Nancy Doran is in this immigration. I'm going to begin investigating all the young women named Ann or Nancy (Nancy is the diminutive form of Ann) that were approximately 20 years old on this ship's list.
Another thing that is not certain is what is going on with Thomas' age. We know that "Old Tommy" Doran died in either December 1875 or January 1876 and left this family as his heirs. He was said to be about 100 years old. This means he was born about 1775 whereas the Thomas Doran in this declaration was born in about 1800.
The mystery continues....