How Katy Perry’s Irish Ancestress Cashed in on California’s Gold Rush

Megan Smolenyak
Mar 11, 2018 · 7 min read
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Hannah (Anne) and two of her brothers arrived in New Orleans on February 10, 1852 (Ancestry.com)
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Hannah’s brief time in New Orleans left a trace when she was listed among those with letters waiting at the post office (March 7, 1852, The Daily Delta, Newspapers.com)
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The Mulhare family left New Orleans for California (May 8, 1853, The Daily Delta, Newspapers.com)
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James S. Mulhare recognized for his stellar work (April 3, 1857, The Daily Alta California, California Digital Newspaper Collection)
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James S. Mulhare was a prominent member of San Francisco’s Irish American community (September 22, 1858, The Daily Alta California, California Digital Newspaper Collection)
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Express company robbery discovered (2 August 1859, San Francisco Bulletin, GenealogyBank)
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James S. Mulhare (August 27, 1859, California Police Gazette)
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San Quentin registry entries for Connor and Mulhare (California State Archives)
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“She will be convicted.” (July 26, 1861, Sacramento Daily Union, GenealogyBank)
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Hannah’s obituary (August 5, 1895, San Francisco Call, Newspapers.com)
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Ann “Hannah” Denis left $9,000 to her family. (August 31, 1895, San Francisco Chronicle, Newspapers.com)

Megan Smolenyak

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Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! 6 books, 20+ TV shows, former Ancestry.com Chief Family Historian. (MeganSmolenyak.com)

Megan Smolenyak

Written by

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! 6 books, 20+ TV shows, former Ancestry.com Chief Family Historian. (MeganSmolenyak.com)

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