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David SHARP was born on 1 Mar 1926 in Rochester, Kent. He died on 20 Apr 2015 in London. David married Margaret Mary HUSSEY in 1957 in Hammersmith, London.

David worked as a commercial artist in the advertising industry. He is the author of a much-reprinted book, The Thames Path, a guide to the Thames Path walking route. He and Margaret lived for many years on Gerard Road in Barnes, London.

Margaret Mary HUSSEY [Parents] was born in 1925 in Kensington, London. She died on 13 May 2015 in London. Margaret married David SHARP in 1957 in Hammersmith, London.

Margaret was a librarian.

They had the following children.

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

Edward (Emmet) F. O'RAFFERTY was born about 1914 in Arklow, Co. Wicklow. He died on 30 Aug 2006 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Edward married Anne Phyllis (Phyllis) ROANTREE about 1950 in Dublin.

Emmet was a medical doctor.

Anne Phyllis (Phyllis) ROANTREE [Parents] was born about 1918 in Dublin. She died on 23 Apr 2004 in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Anne married Edward (Emmet) F. O'RAFFERTY about 1950 in Dublin.

Phyllis lived in St. Peter's, Cape Breton, Novia Scotia, Canada.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Siobhan O'RAFFERTY was born about 1957. She died in 2000.
  F v Living.
  F vi Living.

Michael ROANTREE [Parents] was born in 1919 in Dublin. He died on 27 May 1972 in Vancouver, Canada. Michael married Joy 'UNKNOWN'.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.

James (Jim) JENKINSON died before 26 Oct 2006. James married Elizabeth (Lil) ROANTREE.

Elizabeth (Lil) ROANTREE [Parents] was born about 1919 in Dublin. She died on 26 Oct 2006 in Dublin. Elizabeth married James (Jim) JENKINSON.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv
Orla JENKINSON died.


Siobhan O'RAFFERTY [Parents] was born about 1957 in Canada. She died in 2000. Siobhan married John SWAIN.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

Loughlin RYAN was born about 1824 in probably Co. Carlow. He died on 10 Jul 1887 in Garryhill, Co. Carlow. Loughlin married Bridget NOLAN.


According to the Myshall and Drumphea Parish website,, Loughlin was hedge school master in the Garryhill area in the 1840s until Lord Bessborough of Garryhill House built a National and Agricultural School in Garryhill, where Loughlin was headmaster until his retirement in 1886. Loughlin's son Malachy and grandson John would also teach at this school.

The Myshall and Drumphea site also tells us that Loughlin was a skilled farmer. "He was awarded several prizes in agriculture, such as best cultivated tillage farm in 1854 presented by the Idrone Farming Society, also best root crop in 1854 and again in 1856, both presented by the Co. Carlow Agricultural Society". And The Freeman's Journal of 12 December 1863 tells us that "the third prize [in the second class of a national exhibition of produce from school farms] was awarded to Mr. Loughlin Ryan, Garryhill school farm. This though a small collection, contained a very fine collection of swedes. Garryhill is one of the five national schools on Lord Bessborough's property having agricultural schools attached to them".

Loughlin retired from teaching in July 1886 due to ill health. He died just a year later aged about 63. His death certificate tells us that he died of "Stricture of Urethra with Cystisis". His daughter-in-law Mary Ryan (presumably Malachy's wife) was present at the death.

Ryan is one of the most common surnames in Ireland. The vast majority of Ryans today are descended from the family of 'Ó Maoilriagháin', meaning 'descendant of a devotee of St. Riaghan'. In Co. Carlow and adjoining areas, Ryan may also derive from 'Ó Riagháin'. From their origin in the barony of Idrone in Co. Carlow, the Ó Riagháins spread widely into the adjoining counties of Wexford and Kilkenny. We are unsure as to Loughlin's place of birth but given the above it is likely that he was born in the Carlow area.

Bridget NOLAN was born about 1815 in possibly Garryhill area, Co. Carlow. She died on 9 Apr 1886 in Garryhill, Co. Carlow. Bridget married Loughlin RYAN.

It is not known if Bridget and her husband, Loughlin, had more children besides Malachy below.

Bridget died of pneumonia, from which she had suffered for seven days, according to her death certificate. Her son, Malachy, was present at her death. Her husband, Loughlin, outlived her by only 15 months.   

The Nolan surname is very common throughout Ireland, especially in the south-east. It is strongly linked to the Carlow area where it is an anglicised form of O Nualláin. The prevalence of the name in counties Mayo and Galway is explained by the migration of a branch of the Carlow family there in the sixteenth century. There was also a separate Ó hUallacháin family from west Cork, whose name was also anglicised as Nolan. Given the above it is almost certain that Bridget was descended from the Carlow Nolans. Unfortunately it is not known where she was born. However, given that rural people tended to marry into local families in 19th century Ireland, and that Bridget married someone who was probably living in Garryhill at the time, it is possible that she was born in the Garryhill area.

They had the following children.

  M i Malachy RYAN was born about 1850. He died on 28 Mar 1924.

John William MURPHY [Parents] was born in 1811 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He died on 25 Nov 1887 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. John married Mary MCDONALD / MCDONNELL about 1845.

John farmed in Knocklonogad. According to his death certificate, John died of "senile decay (1 year)". His son Patrick was present at death.

According to the marriage certificate of his son Michael, John was a solicitor, but this appears not to have been the case. Michael himself was a solicitor.

Mary MCDONALD / MCDONNELL was born about 1820 in probably Knocklonogad area, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She died on 24 Oct 1894 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. Mary married John William MURPHY about 1845.

It is thought the McDonald/McDonnell family may have come from the Knocklonogad area in Garryhill, Co. Carlow. Note: In some older references to Knocklonogad, its parish is given as Sliguff rather than Garryhill.  

Mary's surname was probably McDonald or MacDonald rather than McDonnell as her son Michael was given a middle name of McDonald, but on the baptismal records of some of her children, Mary's surname is given as McDonnell. Also note that that I have seen Knocklonogad spelled as Knocklonegad and Knocklonagad.

According to her death certificate Mary died of 'Hemiplegia (5 days)'. Hemiplegia typically follows a stroke. Her son Patrick was present at death.

Both the McDonald and MacDonnell surnames are very common and are widely distributed throughout Ireland. They are separate surnames but they share the same origin, coming from the the Scottish or Irish personal name "Domhnall", meaning "world mighty". However, true MacDonalds are descendants of the powerful Scottish clan of the same name. The Scottish MacDonalds' involvement in Ireland started in the thirteenth century when they first arrived as gallowglasses or mercenaries. Such was their success that they were employed in virtually every local war, spreading and settling throughout the country over the following centuries. Their main connection, however, remained with Ulster. A secondary influx into that province of settlers bearing the MacDonald name occurred in the eighteenth century, when the Highland clearances caused great forced migration from Scotland. There was also a native Irish McDonnell family in Ulster who were rulers of Fermanagh before they were displaced. They then settled in the north of adjoining Co. Monaghan and remain numerous in the area. Another McDonnell family arose in the old kingdom of Thomond in the Clare/Limerick area.

They had the following children.

  M i William John MURPHY was born in 1846. He died on 12 Feb 1932.
  M ii
Thomas MURPHY was born about 26 Oct 1847 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He was christened on 26 Oct 1847 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. He died on 16 Apr 1883 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Thomas's christening were Patrick MacDonald and Margaret Connors.

Thomas, who never married, farmed in Knocklonogad. He was only 35 years of age when he died. His death certificate gives the cause of death as "Inflammation of bowels, 2 days" and "peritonitis, 22 hours". His brother Michael was the informant.
  M iii
Patrick MURPHY was born about 11 Mar 1849 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He was christened on 11 Mar 1849 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. He died on 14 Oct 1936 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Laurence MacDonnell and Mary Nolan.

Patrick never married. The 1911 census appears to show Patrick, aged 62 and living in Knocklonogad with his unmarried sister Brigid aged 59 and unmarried brother John aged 51. Given the similarity in ages between the three siblings from the census and our Patrick above and his sister Bridget and brother John who were aged about 61, 57 and 51 respectively, it is likely that both sets of siblings are the same.

Patrick died aged 87 of "senile decay", according to his death certificate.
  M iv James MURPHY was born about 2 Mar 1851. He died after 3 Sep 1910.
  F v
Bridget MURPHY was born about 16 Jan 1853 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was christened on 16 Jan 1853 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. She died on 28 Jul 1926 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was buried on 30 Jul 1926 in Drumphea Cemetery, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Bridget's christening were Thomas MacDonnell and Joanne MacDonnell.

We know that Bridget never married and it appears that she lived in Knocklonogad with her unmarried brothers Patrick and John. Please see the notes above on Bridget's older brother Patrick for details.

Bridget, who farmed in Knocklonogad, died of heart failure aged 73. The informant on her death certificate is a Loughlin Doyle of Knocklonogad, who is described as a nephew of Bridget's. However, we are unaware of any sister of Bridget's who was married to a Mr. Doyle. Bridget did have a nephew named Loughlin Ryan who lived near Knocklonogad so perhaps the death record should have read Loughlin Ryan.
  M vi Michael McDonald MURPHY was born about 1855. He died before 2 Apr 1932.
  F vii Mary MURPHY was born about 29 Mar 1857. She died on 2 Apr 1932.
  M viii
John MURPHY was born about 28 Aug 1859 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. He was christened on 28 Aug 1859 in Myshall, Co. Carlow. He died on 27 May 1929 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at John's christening were Patrick Young and Mary Young.

According to family sources John was disabled. I wonder if his disability was the result of the accident he had when he was about six years old when he got caught in an agricultural machine. His eldest brother, William, managed to release him but lost a hand in the process.

John, a farmer, never married. He died aged 69 of "acute parenchymatous nephritis, 15 months" and "cardiac failure", according to his death certificate. The informant on the certificate was Patrick Ryan of Garryhill, a nephew.
  F ix
Margaret MURPHY was born about 1 Mar 1862 in Knocklonogad, Garryhill, Co. Carlow. She was christened on 1 Mar 1862 in Myshall, Co. Carlow.

Sponsors at Margaret's baptism were Hugh Curran and Anne MacDonald.

Margaret entered the convent, becoming Sr. Cyril. The 1911 census of England has a 49-year-old Marguerite (sic) Murphy from Knocklonogad listed as an "assistant" and "help to Mother Superior to carry on school". The school in question was Catholic and located at 20 Fore St., Kingsbridge in Devon. The Mother Superior and the other six assistants at the school were all French and the boarders were a mix of French and British. Marguerite's age and place of birth leads me to believe that Marguerite is our Margaret above, with her first name given in its French form.

Note: I was unable to find Margaret/Marguerite in the 1901 censuses of Ireland and England.

Living [Parents].


They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.

Cormac or Thomas GORDON [Parents] was born about 1785 in possibly Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Cormac married Anne HUNT.

There is some confusion as to whether the son of John Gordon who married Anne Hunt was Thomas or Cormac. According to information from family members it was Thomas. However, in the LDS Vital Records Index (VRI), there is a record for the christening in Loughglynn in 1817 of a Brigid Gordon whose parents were Cormac Gordon and Anne Hunt. But the year of Brigid's christening doesn't tie in with the approximate year of Bridget Gordon's birth provided by the family, i.e., 1830.  

Thomas (or Cormac) may have had a brother, or other relative, called Martin, who married Elizabeth Hunt (same family as Ann Hunt?) because there is an VRI record for the christening in Loughglynn in 1817 of an Anne Gordon whose parents were Martin Gordon and Elizabeth Hunt.

According to the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company, the sponsors at Bridget's christening (in 1817) were Martin Gordon and Elizabeth Hunt. And at the christening of Thomas, brother of Bridget, the sponsors were Patrick Gordon and Mary Hunt. Could Cormac (or Thomas) have had two brothers named Martin and Patrick, and could Anne have had two sisters named Elizabeth and Mary?

Anne HUNT was born in abt 1780s in Co. Sligo. She died in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Anne married Cormac or Thomas GORDON.

Unfortunately the only information we have on the Hunt family is that they came from Co. Sligo.

Note: The Hunt surname is common throughout the country, especially in Connaught and Munster. The fact that it is an English name may account for much of its presence in Ulster and Leinster, but generally it is an anglicisation of Ó Fiaich, Ó Fiacha, Ó Fiachna and Ó Fiachra because of their resemblance to the Irish word 'fiach', meaning 'chase' or 'hunt'. In the mid-19th century, the Hunt surname was most common in counties Mayo and Sligo.

They had the following children.

  M i Patrick (Pat) GORDON was born about 1807. He died on 9 Jun 1882.
  M ii Martin GORDON (Caution: wife and some children not verified).
  M iii
Cormac GORDON was born in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died.

It is probably worth mentioning here that there is an 1841 census return for the household of an Irish-born Cormack (sic) Gordon who was living in Cheshire. Given that the name Cormac was traditional among our Gordon family it is a possiblity that the Cormack from the census was connected to our family. The Cormack from the census was aged 30 and lived at The Old Bridge, Wilmslow, Macclesfield. Others in the household on the night of the census were Brigid Gordon, aged 30 and Irish-born, presumably his wife; Anne (5), James (3) and Patrick (3 months) Gordon, all born in England and presumably his children; and James Gordon aged 25 and Irish-born, possibly a brother or cousin. The occupation of both Cormack and James is what looks like 'Excaugtor' or 'Excauqtor'. And a death record has been located on the FreeBMD website for a Cormack (sic) Gordon who died in Stockport, Cheshire in 1853. Could this be the Cormack from the 1841 census?
  F iv Bridget GORDON was born about 12 Jul 1817.
  M v Michael GORDON was born in 1818. He died on 13 Jan 1886.
  M vi Thomas GORDON was born in 1821. He died on 23 Mar 1901.
  F vii
Ellen (Nellie) GORDON was born about 1824 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 24 May 1900 in Clerragh, Co. Roscommon.

Nellie never married.

  F viii Catherine GORDON (Caution: some children not verified) was born about 1825. She died on 6 Feb 1907.

John GORDON was born about 1750 in probably Scotland. He died in 1801 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. John married Mary 'UNKNOWN'.


It is believed that John Gordon was born in Scotland. According to family lore, he came to Ireland as a horseman with the army of Catholic King James II (of England and Ireland) and VII (of Scotland). However, this does not tie in with John's date of birth as provided by the family (1750) because James II was in Ireland from 1689 until 1690. Perhaps it was John's father or grandfather who came from Scotland with King James's army.

According to another family source, the Gordons were brought to Roscommon from Scotland by Baron de Freyne of Frenchpark, the date of their arrival and the reason they were brought over being unknown. What is certain is that our Gordons were Catholic, unlike most of the Gordons of Northern Ireland who, for the most part, are descended from Scots who had come to Ireland during the Plantation of the 17th century.

To further complicate matters, in Connaught, according to M. O Droighneáin and M. A. O Murchú in 'An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus an tAinmeoir' (1991), 'Gordon' is an anglicisation of the Irish surnames 'Mag Muirneacháin' and 'Mórbhoirneach'.  So perhaps our Gordon family was native Irish rather than Scottish, but this doesn't tie in with the belief held by generations of our Gordons that their particular family originated in Scotland. Any information which would help solve this mystery would be much appreciated.

If John or his ancestors did come from Scotland it is likely that they came from Aberdeenshire, with which Gordons - both Catholic and Protestant - have been associated for centuries.    

Whether or not John had Scottish connection, another source tells us that in the 1780s John moved with his wife and two sons to Kilgarriff from Roscommon town where he had worked as an ostler (tending to horses at an inn or stables) and farrier (blacksmith). He did well enough financially in Roscommon to purchase a farm in Kilgarriff.   

Gordon researchers may be interested in the following entries in the 1749 Elphin census (from which show there were three Gordon families (all Catholic) living in Tibohine at the time of the census (although there is nothing to indicate any connection to our Gordon family):

1. A. Gordon lived in the townland of Clooncagh with his wife and one child under the age of 14.
2. M. Gordon lived in the townland of Aghalour with his wife and four children over 14.
3. J. Gordon lived in the townland of Aghalour with his wife and two children under 14.

Researchers of the Gordon family may also like to know of another Gordon family from Co. Roscommon to whom I am unable at the moment to find a connection with our own Gordons: Edward (Ned) J. Gordon from Minnesota tells me that his grandfather William J. Gordon was born on 30 Jun 1852 and died 17 August 1928. He emigrated from Co. Roscommon to Davenport, Iowa in 1873 where he lived for the rest of his life. He owned a blacksmiths and foundry shop in Davenport and in 1881 he married Ellen Elizabeth Layden. They had eight children:

Mary Katherine, born about 1882, died 26 November 1940
Winifred, born 3 September 1882, died 1890
Thomas John, born 25 March 1886, died 1889
Loretta Ellen, born 17 Aug 1890, died 30 December 1974
William Alan, born 31 May 1892, died 21 June 1959
John Francis, born 4 September 1897, died 7 June 1982
Edward Joseph, born 19 March 1900, died 3 December 1976
Lourdes Bernard, born 3 September 1906, died 17 October 1951.

Edward Joseph was Ned's father and he married Margaret Anne Peifer in 1933. They lived in St. Paul, Minnesota where Edward Joseph worked as a publisher. Their children were Edward (Ned) John and Richard Alan (born 23 May 1938, died 10 June 2006). Ned married Eileen Julia Raidl and they have five children: Edward John (father of Genevieve Converse and William Francis), Josephine Ellen Gordon Gilpatrick, Stephen William, Mary Eileen Gordon Kellogg (mother of Zachary Darwin) and Julia Margarethe. Richard (1938-2006), a medical doctor, married Lori Powell and they had two sons, Michael and John.

Another Roscommon-born Gordon crops up in the 1871 census of England. James Gordon, a labourer, was born about 1804 and was living in Whiston, Lancashire at the time of the census. I learned of James though a great-great-great-granddaughter of his who was also able to tell me that James was Catholic and had three childen with Martha Wright (née Worthington): Martha (who died at the age of 11), Winifred and James. James senior died in 1883. His daughter Winifred married John McDonagh and went to live with him back in his native Co. Galway.

Mary 'UNKNOWN' died. Mary married John GORDON.

Unfortunately we have no information available on Mary or her family.

They had the following children.

  M i
Patrick GORDON was born about 1783 in possibly Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably before 1800.

It is believed that Patrick died as a young man, following a fall from a horse.

A marriage record was located in the IGI (International Genealogical Index) for a Patrick Gordon who married Eleanor Noon in Loughglynn on 15 April 1818. Although it is thought that our Patrick above died as a very young man, is it possible that this marriage record relates to him?
  M ii Cormac or Thomas GORDON was born about 1785.

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