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Roll on to 1850, and Christy and his three sons – James, John and Michael – had arrived in the US, via Canada, settling down in Freeport, Monmouth, New Jersey.
It was to take another three years before Christy saw his family reunited, when his three daughters – Ann (14), Catherine (12) and Eliza (10) – finally stepped off the Arctic SS in New York Port in 1853. With the family finally together again, Christy became a naturalised American citizen in 1856. Unable to write, his name was recorded by the clerk with a simple 'X'.
After living apart for so long, the Gerritys lived near to each other for the rest of their lives. And it was Ann Gerrity who married a man named Patrick Farrell – and went on to have a family that grew to include a great-great-grandson: Bruce Springsteen. The rest, as they say, is history!