Selected Families and Individuals


Thomas (Tom) GORDON [Parents] was born on 9 Jul 1914 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 28 Apr 2001 in Roscommon. He was buried in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon. Thomas married Frances MORRIS in 1947.

Tom ran the Gordon family farm in Kilgarriff.

Frances MORRIS [Parents] was born in 1918 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 2 Jun 2001 in Dublin. She was buried in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon. Frances married Thomas (Tom) GORDON in 1947.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  M v Living.
  M vi Living.
  F vii Living.
  M viii Living.
  F ix Living.
  M x Living.
  F xi Living.

Patrick (Paddy) GORDON [Parents] was born on 6 Jul 1919 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 9 Jan 1984 in Dublin. He was buried in Esker Cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Patrick married Nora HARRINGTON in 1959.

Paddy was a bank manager in Lucan, Dublin.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.

James Gordon (Gordon) COLLEARY [Parents] was born on 7 Mar 1941 in Tuam, Co. Galway. He died on 17 Jun 2014 in Eastbourne, East Sussex. James married Mairín BARRETT in Dec 1970 in Rome.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.

Living.

Living [Parents].


Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.

Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.

Arthur Finbarr BARRETT [Parents] was born on 8 Aug 1896 in 26 Fuller's Lane, Cork. He died in 1980s in Dublin. Arthur married Eva HANNON on 8 Aug 1933 in Dublin.

Arthur, a B.Com. graduate from Trinity College Dublin, was a Professor of Maths at St. Mary's College in Dublin.

Eva HANNON was born about 1910 in Sallins, Co. Kildare. She died in 1980s in Dublin. Eva married Arthur Finbarr BARRETT on 8 Aug 1933 in Dublin.

A birth record has been located on the Ancestry website for an Eva Hannon, born on 31 October 1911 to Patrick Hannon and Mary Rourke from Monread (near Sallins), Co. Kildare. It is likely that this record is that of Eva above.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Carmel BARRETT was born in 1936. She died on 7 Jan 2013.
  F iii Valerie BARRETT was born in 1943. She died in 2004.
  F iv Living.

Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.

James (Big Jim) SULLIVAN [Parents] was born in Abt late 1840s in Caheraveelane, Kilshannig; or Glynn, Mourneabbey. He died on 24 Dec 1903 in South Infirmary, Cork. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork. James married Julia DOODY on 1 Mar 1881 in Galbally, Co. Limerick.

The exact year of Jim's birth is uncertain: his age at the time of his marriage in March 1881 is given as 30 (born about 1850); his age on the 1901 census return is given as 53 (born about 1847); and his age on his death certificate (dated December 1903) is 51 (born about 1852).

Jim and his brother, Dan, were well-known locally for their great strength and athletic prowess. Jim farmed in the townland of Ballyknockin (also spelled Ballyknockane) in the parish of Mourneabbey (or Mourne Abbey). He rented land from a man by the name of Weir or Ware who was the main landlord in Ballyknockin at the time. Sometime between October 1886 and October 1887, Jim and his family were evicted. Apparently the landlord wanted to sell the land to a man by the name of Love and therefore raised the rent so much that Jim could not pay. Jim was in hospital at the time - it is said that he had got a kick from a horse - and apparently when he came out of hospital, he cut furze (for fuel) on his former property and was jailed as a result. Interestingly the Ballyknockin farm is now owned by a great-great-grandson of Jim's (i.e., one of Patrick O'Hanlon's sons).

Following the eviction, Jim's brother Dan gave them shelter. The county council eventually built a cottage for Jim's family in Glynn on an acre of land given to them by Dan. The cottage is still there, but is now derelict and obscured from view by vegetation. It is located on the roadside near the laneway to the farm now owned by Dan's descendants.

Jim's death certificate tells us he died of "haematemisis [vomiting of blood] and debility" and "Exhaustion", which had lasted four days.

Besides all the members of the Sullivan family listed on these pages, there was also an Emily Sullivan but we do not know how she fits in. We know of her existence from an old prayer book once owned by Ellen, a daughter of Jim and his wife, Julia, in which is written "Emly (sic) Sullivan, Mourneabbey". The prayer book was published (by Easons) in 1903 so Emily was probably living in Mourneabbey in the early part of the 20th century. Could Ellen have called herself Emily at one time? Or could Emily have been a sister of Ellen's? Jim and Julia had 12 children born alive, nine of whom were alive at the time of the 1911 census. Could Emily have been one of their children who died? If so she would have died between 1903 and 1911. The only record (on the FamilySearch website) of an Emily Sullivan born in the Mallow Registration District after 1881 (the year of Jim and Julia's marriage) relates to a birth in the quarter Oct-Dec 1891. Could this be our Emily's birth record? No death record was located in Mallow for an Emily Sullivan.

Julia DOODY [Parents] was born about 4 Jul 1858 in Ardnamoher, Galbally, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 4 Jul 1858 in Galbally, Co. Limerick. She died on 8 Sep 1933 in Waterford. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork. Julia married James (Big Jim) SULLIVAN on 1 Mar 1881 in Galbally, Co. Limerick.

Sponsors at Julia's baptism were John Doody and Catherine Quirke.

The family's address on the baptismal record is Ardnamoher, a townland in Galbally. Presumably this is where Julia was born and where the family farmed. Ardnamoher is also given as Julia's residence on her marriage certificate. Witnesses to the marriage of Julia and her husband, Jim, were Jeremiah Herlehey (James Henebry in the church register) and Elizabeth Doody.

According to a family member, Julia was a tiny woman and extremely active.  

Julia and Jim's children would have gone to school in Analeentha National School, next to Analeentha Church in Mourneabbey.

Julia died in Waterford at the home of her son Jimmy. She was buried in the Sullivan plot in Donoughmore Cemetery, Co. Cork. Note that there are two Donoughmore cemeteries, one in the centre of the village, and a newer one outside Donoughmore next to a church built around 2000. Our O'Sullivans are buried in the newer cemetery.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary Ann (Sr. Mary Munchin) O'SULLIVAN was born on 6 May 1882 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened on 9 May 1882 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 23 Jun 1913 in Chiswick, London. She was buried in Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Mary's baptism were Richard Murphy and Mary O'Sullivan.

On 14 August 1909 Mary entered the convent of the Sisters of Marie Réparatrice on Windmill Road in Cork, and on 22 February 1910 she received the habit and the name Sr. Mary of St. Munchin. The Sisters of Marie Réparatrice were a closed order whose members wore pale blue robes and were known as the Blue Nuns.

Mary was only 31 years of age when she died in London of tuberculosis (of the lung and larynx). She had arrived in London, already ill, on 1 December 1911. She made her first profession in London on 25 May 1912 and died 13 months later in the Marie Réparatrice convent at Tower House, 4 Chiswick Lane, Chiswick. Mary is described in the convent journal as having been "full of virtue".
  M ii James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN was born on 17 Dec 1883. He died on 6 Oct 1959.
  F iii Johanna (Hannah) O'SULLIVAN was born on 23 Oct 1885. She died about 1980.
  M iv
Daniel O'SULLIVAN was born about 20 Oct 1886 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 20 Oct 1886 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died in probably before 1901.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Daniel's baptism were William Hayes and Mary McSweeney.

It is possible that Mary McSweeney was a grandmother of Maura O'Hanlon (née O'Sullivan) who would have been a niece of Daniel's - the McSweeney/Sweeney family were neighbours of the O'Sullivans. Another connection between the Sweeneys and the Sullivans is that it is thought that Cornelius Sweeney who was the father of Mary's husband, Jeremiah, was married to a member of the Sullivan family of Caheraveelane.

There doesn't seem to be any recollection of Daniel as an adult, nor is his name listed in the 1901 census. It is known from the 1911 census that of the 12 children born to James and Julia, only nine were alive in 1911, so it is being assumed that Daniel was one of those who died young.
  F v Ellen O'SULLIVAN was born on 24 Oct 1887. She died on 18 Sep 1972.
  M vi John (Jack) O'SULLIVAN was born about 19 Jan 1890. He died on 16 Mar 1975.
  M vii Eugene O'SULLIVAN was born on 1 Apr 1893. He died on 31 Dec 1988.
  M viii Denis O'SULLIVAN was born about 28 Jul 1895. He died on 31 May 1971.
  F ix Margaret (Madge) O'SULLIVAN was born on 27 Nov 1897. She died on 21 Apr 1925.
  F x
Julia O'SULLIVAN was born on 27 Jun 1901 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died about 1920 in Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork (O'Sullivan plot).

It is thought that Julia died of tuberculosis. She is buried with her parents in the O'Sullivan family plot in Donoughmore cemetery, although her name isn't listed on the headstone.

Note: There are two Donoughmore cemeteries, one in the centre of the village, and a newer one in Stuake, just outside Donoughmore, next to a church built about 2001. Our O'Sullivans are buried in the newer cemetery.

Thomas TREACY [Parents] was born in possibly about 8 Nov 1821 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened in possibly 8 Nov 1821 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 24 Dec 1895 in Murgasty, Co. Tipperary. Thomas married Mary CAREW on 25 Feb 1873 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Although it is known that Thomas was born in Soloheadbeg to a father named John Treacy and a a mother named Mary, we are unable to say for definite that he was a son of John Treacy and Mary Looby who married in February 1818. If he was indeed a son of John Treacy and Mary Looby, then he was born in November 1821 because a record of his baptism (on 8 November 1821) has been located (sponsors were John Hanley and Winifred Connors). Unfortunately this birth date doesn't tie in with the age given on his marriage certificate from February 1873, which looks like 37 (indicating he was born around 1835), but the age on the certificate is difficult to make out and could also be deciphered 50 or 51 (indicating he was born around 1822 - a nice fit with the baptismal certificate). However, Thomas's death certificate from December 1895 gives his age at 54, indicating he was born around 1841.

It is known for certain that our Thomas had a brother named Denis. Unfortunately no baptismal record for a Denis Treacy born in Soloheadbeg to a father named John and a mother named Mary was located.

At the time of his marriage, in 1873, Thomas's occupation was a farmer (according to his marriage certificate). At the time of the birth of his son, Thomas, in 1881, he was the superintendant of a coal yard (according to the birth certificate); at the time of the birth of his son Edmund in 1875 he was a shopkeeper; and at the time of his death in 1895 he was a labourer.

Thomas died of 'Cystitis (3-4 months)" and "Asthenia".

Interestingly, among the all the sponsors at the baptism of Thomas and Mary's children, there is not a single Treacy; the sponsors are mostly Carews.

Mary CAREW [Parents] was born about 29 Apr 1851 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 29 Apr 1851 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. She died after 2 Apr 1911 in possibly Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. Mary married Thomas TREACY on 25 Feb 1873 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were Michael Carey and Margaret Hanley. Mary's surname appears as "Keary' in the baptismal register.

It is known that Mary was living in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary with her son Martin in 1911. Martin was working there at the time as a gasworks manager.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Thomas and Mary were Edmond Hanley and Catherine Carew.

They had the following children.

  M i
John TREACY was born on 4 Dec 1873 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 5 Dec 1873 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died in probably 1873 or 1874.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Michael Looby and Catherine Carey.

Because a second John was born a year later, we assume that this John died shortly after birth.
  M ii
John TREACY was born about 30 Oct 1874 in Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 1 Nov 1874 in Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Michael Looby and Catherine Carey.

There doesn't seem to be any recollection of John as an adult. He may have died as a child.
  M iii
Edmund TREACY was born on 6 Nov 1875 in Meeting St., Tipperary, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 8 Nov 1875 in Tipperary, Co. Tipperary. He died in probably April 1906 in probably San Francisco.

Sponsors at Edmund's baptism were Edmund Carey and Margaret O'Dwyer.

Edmund emigrated to the United States as a young man. Ellis Island records were checked but nothing that definitely related to this Edmund was found.

I am told that Edmund probably died in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 as he was living there at the time and nothing more was heard from him after the event. However, we have no documented evidence to prove this. Note that the Edmund Treacy who died in California on 7 October 1911, who had brothers named John and Timothy, and who is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in San Mateo, California, is NOT our Edmund.
  M iv
Timothy (Timmy) Joseph TREACY was born about 16 Jul 1878 in Church St., Tipperary. He was christened on 16 Jul 1878 in Tipperary. He died on 28 Nov 1930 in Lisnabrinnia, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan. He was buried on 30 Nov 1930 in Ballinacree Cemetery, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan.

Sponsors at Timmy's baptism were were John Casey and Johanna Casey (should "Casey" read "Carey"?).

It appears Timmy became a Christian Brother as there is a 22-year-old Co. Tipperary-born brother named Timothy Treacy listed in the 1901 census with three other brothers at Railway Road, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. All four are teachers. It seems Timmy had moved to London by 1911. No record could be located for him in the Irish census of that year but in the 1911 UK census there is a 31-year-old Tipperary-born school teacher named Timothy Joseph Treacy (although our Timmy would have been 32 years of age at the time) listed as a boarder in the household of a Mr. John McGuinness and his Tipperary-born wife, Bridget, of 9 St. Kilda Road in West Ealing.

Timmy did not remain a Christian Brother for very long as he appears to have been living in Co. Wicklow in 1918 as a layman. Notes from The Anglo-Celt newspaper mention that "Mr. T.J. Treacy", who had been giving woodworking courses in Co. Cavan, had sent a letter to the Cavan Technical Committee, "dated from Wicklow, where Mr. Treacy lived", stating that he was unable to attend a committee meeting on 13 July 1918 owing to a bout of influenza. Timmy's brother Martin was working in Wicklow at this time and it is possible that Timmy was living with Martin. Martin moved to Fermoy. Co. Cork in 1919 but we do not know if Timmy remained in Wicklow after that or moved permanently to Co. Cavan.

Later editions of The Anglo Celt tell us that Timmy continued giving woodworking courses in Co. Cavan until 1929, with classes in Belturbet in 1918 and 1919, Shercock in 1920, Cootehill in 1921, Ballinagh and Bunnoe in 1926 and Maghera in 1929. However, on 6 November 1929, he left a course he was teaching in Mountnugent and was put on sick leave. Timmy was suffering from depression and had been expected to return to work a year later when, sadly, on 28 November 1930, he took his own life. He had used a gun belonging to the owner of the Lisnabrinnia lodging house where he had been living for about a year and where the incident took place. According to the inquest report, Timmy had not been in good health for many months and had been spending a lot of time in bed. A Dr. Cassidy told the inquest "I have been attending deceased for the past twelve months. On my first visit I found he was suffering from influenza and subsequent to this he developed neurasthenia¹; I strongly advised him to go into a nursing home, but he refused". Later in his deposition Dr. Cassidy said "The reason why I urged deceased to go to a nursing home was that I dreaded he might do himself an injury".

Full details of the inquest (which incorrectly states that Timmy was a native of Wicklow) can be found on pages 1 and 3 of The Anglo-Celt of 6 December 1930.  

1. A term, no longer used, describing 'nervous exhaustion' with sufferers displaying both psychological and physical symptoms such as fatigue, neuralgia, anxiety, dizziness and depression. 'Bed rest cure' in a hospital was usually prescribed.
  M v Thomas Joseph TREACY was born on 13 Apr 1881. He died on 13 Apr 1969.
  M vi Martin Joseph TREACY was born on 16 Nov 1883. He died on 19 Jan 1977.

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