Elenora Keenan, my ggg-grandmother, was born c. 1799 in Northern Ireland, and died c. 1860 in Louisville, Kentucky. She immigrated to the United States in 1849 from Ireland; arriving on November 01, 1849 at the Port of New Orleans from Liverpool. Before the invention of the steamboat, a trip from Louisville to New Orleans often required four months. In 1820, the trip was made by steamboat in 20 days. By 1838, the same trip was being made in six days. Elenora Bannon Campbell would have traveled from New Orleans to Louisville by way of steamboat up the Mississippi river to the Ohio River - the trip taking six to eight days.

In April 1848 trans-Atlantic crossings average time from Liverpool to New York (including a stop at Halifax) was down to 12 days 22 hours. In 1851, they averaged 11 days 12 hours eastbound, and 12 days 9 hours westbound.

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