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United States Immigration Record for the First Workers' Mission to North America

Copies of this record may be requested directly from the U.S. National Archives. The record is contained in microfilm publication T-715, Roll 394, Page 108.

Evidently, William Irvine spoke for all three when interviewed by the Immigration official. This can be surmised from William Irvine's hometown of "Kilsyth" in Scotland being specified as the residence for all three (George Walker and Irvine Weir were from Ireland).

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enlarged image showing U.S. Immigration's record of the first workers to enter the United States
A copy of the original Immigration record (use scrollbar to see entire image)

No. on List.NAME IN FULL.Age
Yrs. Mos.
Sex.Married or Single.Calling or Occupation.Able to
Read - Write
(Country of last permanent residence)
* Race or people.Last Residence
(Province, City or Town.)
Final Destination
(State, City or Town.)
Whether having a ticket to such final destination.By whom was passage paid?Whether in possession of $50, and if less, how much?Whether ever before in the United States, and if so, when and where?Whether going to join a relative or friend, and if so what relative or friend, and his complete name and address.Ever in prison or almshouse, or institution for care or treatment of the insane or supported by charity? If so, which?Whether a Polygamist.Whether an Anarchist.Whether coming by reason of any offer, solicitation, promise, or agreement, express or implied, to labor in the United States.Condition of Heath, Mental and Physical.Deformed or Crippled. Nature, length of time, and cause.
18Wm Irvine40MSPreacherYes - YesScotlandScotchKilsythN YorkYesSelf$15 / 40NoGeorge McGregor
Coffey St
Brooklyn NY
19George Walker26MSPreacherYes - YesIrelandIrishKilsythN YorkYesSelf$15 / 40No-same-NoNoNoNogoodNo
20Irvin Weir25MSPreacherYes - YesIrelandIrishKilsythN YorkYesSelf$15 / 40No-same-NoNoNoNogoodNo

Notes: The HMS Columbia was a new liner (commissioned the previous year), and owned by the Anchor Line. It was 503 feet long and carried 1300 passengers. This ship was renamed the Moreas before being scrapped in 1929. The "George McGregor" may have been a relative of someone met on board, or an acquaintance from Mr. Irvine's home town or Faith Mission days. Another George McGregor traveled to New York from Scotland on the same ship a month later, but we have not found a copy of this record containing a legible destination address, nor any census or other data which points to a George McGregor at this location. In any event, this address does not seem to be used on subsequent entries by workers. In subsequent years, groups of workers (seemingly including other Irish persons seeking entry into the U.S., who were not workers) used George Walker's Philadelphia address.

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