“The Great Elopement to America”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 19C (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.8(158))
Keywords: courting elopement emigration manhunt escape America Ireland father


Mick courts Nancy Keays, "a rich farmer's daughter." Her father will not agree to the marriage. With her 500 pounds they elope. Her father searches through Ireland without success and posts a reward for their arrest, but they are safe in America.

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