Bridget Purcell Tygue on #TombstoneTuesday

Bridget Purcell Tygue

In 2013 I was in Wisconsin and visited the cemetery to get this photograph of Bridget Purcell Tygue’s headstone!  This really surprised me because they were kind enough to list all 5 of her children when she died in October of 1884.

Bridge Tygue

Mother of

Patrick Tygue

Michael Tygue  Mrs. Ann Coen

Mrs Catherine Conry

Mrs. Bridget Mullolly

Died Oct 24, 1884

Aged 72 years

I know a little about this family.  Bridget is my GG Grandmother.  She had all of her children in Ireland and came to America about 1849.  I don’t know what happened to her husband Michael.  Did he died before they left Ireland?  Or on the boat to America? I did find one story that said that “Mr. and Mrs. McTygue came to America.”

I do know that Bridget was looking for her brother Patrick Purcell…  From the Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot
Vol 3 Page 259

Of Patrick Purcell, of parish Shrule Co. Mayo, who when last heard of was with his nephew Michael Tigue, in North Killingly, Connecticut. Please address his sister Bridget Tigue and family Daysville, Connecticut.

The last name has been spelled

Tigue – on Patrick’s baptismal record in Shrule County Mayo in 1838.

McTigue – found on the headstones in Shrule

Tygue – on Bridget’s headstone

Tighe – what Michael changed the name to between 1900 and 1905 in Rock County Wisconsin.

Tygne – on Patrick’s Civil War discharge papers

McTygue – what Patrick used on his headstone in Eddyville Nebraska and what our branch of the family uses today!

Saving a Family Story!

Margaret Noon Tighe


I found a letter from Joan Tighe Clayton that contained a story about her grandmother, Margaret Noon Tighe.  I was able to identify a photo of Joan’s grandmother that was given to my great-grandfather Patrick McTygue about 1870.  My father had the tin-types and didn’t know who they were. I asked if I could take them and try to figure out who they were.  I was able to discover who everyone was because I collect family photos and I keep track of all of the families.

Here is the story from a 1996 Christmas letter from Joan —

“Another highlight of my Irish days was a list to the Famine Museum in Strokestown, County Roscommon.  This is the community from which my Grandmother, Margaret Noon Tighe, and her family came at the time of the Great Irish Potato Famine.  Many of  the Irish families in the farm area around Clinton, Wisconsin (where my father was raised) appear to have their origins in that Strokestown Community during the Famine era.  On the wall in the museum was an article from The Freeman’s Journal of April 29, 1848 in which was published a list of tenants from the Pakenham-Mahon estate which now houses the museum.  A number of the names on that list are the same as those in the Clinton area I mentioned above.  The museum has the best collection of Famine Records and the Museum director was kind enough to give me a copy of The Freeman’s Journal article for my files.  President Mary Robinson dedicated the Strokestown Museum in 1884.  The 150th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Famine was in 1995 but those who are familiar with the horrors of that time will know that the family lasted for a number of years thereafter.”

Margaret Noon was born in May of 1839 and came to America with her parents.  Margaret married Michael Tygue 27 Feb 1859 and they were the parents of eight children. About 1905 the family changed the spelling of their surname from Tygue to Tighe. Margaret Tighe died in Clinton, Rock County Wisconsin 24 Sept 1918.

I do not know if the Clinton Tighe family had a copy of her photo.  Patrick McTygue moved from Wisconsin to Nebraska about 1870 and the family must have given him the photos when he left.