The Pidgeons of Ireland possibly came originally from England, but there are no known records which confirm this. The surname probably originated in England around the 14th century. In the 16th century, after Henry VIII fell out with the Pope, many English Protestants were sent to Ireland to settle there and help bring the island under English control. Pidgeons were possibly amongst the settlers. This does not mean that they all remained Protestants, and we know that many of those who later left Ireland were Catholics.
The records of Ireland are relatively scarce, and so it is impossible to link many family groups. It has ben assumed that those of the same county are probably related, but they can only be shown in separate groups. To help in identifying those which may related, guesses at dates of birth or marriage have made in many cases. These are shown as 'b.ab.1800?', and should not be confused with those without the'?', such as 'b.ab.1800' in which the date is based on an age at a known date.
A series of famines caused by potato blight in the 1840s caused mass starvation and emigration. It was after this that most of the Irish Pidgeons emigrated to England, Australia or the USA.
Quebec, Canada (Manus)
Manus Pidgeon was born about 1805. He emigrated to Canada with his wife and eldest two children in the early 1830s.
Wisconsisn, USA (Patrick)
Patrick Pidgeon probably died in the late 1840s. His widow Mary and son Patrick (born 1844) emigrated to the USA about 1850, and settled in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Several Pidgeons left Swinford in the 1840s and settled at Walsall, Staffordshire in England.
Antony (born about 1830) and Thomas (born about 1833) were probably part of the above family which settled at Walsall, but moved to nearby Wolverhampton to find work.
Patrick Pidgeon (born about 1827) and his wife Mary Berring first emigrated to Chorley, Lancashire where their eldest daughter was born, but returned to Ireland. The family eventually emigrated to England again and settled at Wigan, Lancashire.
Patrick Pidgeon was born about 1860 in Ireland just before his parents emigrated to Wigan. He moved to Middlesbrough to work in the steel works, and married Ellen Keenan there.
James Pidgeon was born in King's County (now County Offaly) about 1811. He emigrated to Liverpool, England, and later moved south over the River Mersey to Birkehead, Cheshire.
Birkenhead, Ches (James)
Nathaniel Pidgeon was born in County Wexford. About 1839, his cabinet-making business fell into difficulties and he decided to look for work in England, eventually settling at Rochdale, Lancashire. However, his brother-in-law invited him to travel to Australia, and a family group of sixteen sailed from Liverpool at the end of 1840, arriving at Sydney in May 1841. Nathaniel was a bible-thumping Wesleyan Methodist, and spent his life converting the sinners of Sydney.
The following family settled in England after emigrating from Ireland, but it's not known which county thry came from.