Selected Families and Individuals


Patrick (Pat) GOONAN died. Patrick married Sheila GORDON.

Pat's parents were farmers in the Thames-Paeroa district. He was in some way related to the Keohane family which was connected to Elizabeth Fallon, the wife of Pat's wife's uncle Alfred.

Pat and his wife, Sheila, and their family lived in Hitutaia where Pat had a rural delivery business.

Sheila GORDON [Parents] was born in 1908 in New Zealand. She died in 2002. Sheila married Patrick (Pat) GOONAN.

Sheila was only about six years of age when her mother died. She was raised by her sister, Mona, with whom she lived until she was in her early twenties.

They had the following children.

  M i
Patrick Terrence (Terry) GOONAN was born in 1950 in New Zealand. He died in 1974.
  M ii Living.

Donald (Don) Francis GORDON [Parents] was born on 3 Mar 1926 in Arch Hill, Auckland. He died on 21 Nov 2012. Donald married Audrey (Ray) FELTS on 12 Jan 1952.

Don and his family lived in Bucklands Beach, Auckland and later in Howick, Auckland.

Living.

Other marriages:
Living

They had the following children.

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

John Desmond Joseph GORDON [Parents] was born on 6 Mar 1929 in Arch Hill, Auckland. He died on 4 Nov 2011 in Auckland. John married Patricia Helen DONOVAN.

Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  M v Living.
  F vi Living.
  F vii Living.

Peter GORDON [Parents] was born on 30 Apr 1932 in Wellington. He died on 14 Aug 1993. Peter married Maureen FLETCHER in New Zealand.

Living.

They had the following children.

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

Sidney (Sid) TONKS was born on 10 Jul 1911. He died in 1996. Sidney married Patricia (Patsy) GORDON about 1948.

Sid was a well-known racing commentator in Auckland.

Patricia (Patsy) GORDON [Parents] was born on 13 Dec 1923 in Arch Hill, Auckland. She died in 2007. Patricia married Sidney (Sid) TONKS about 1948.

They had the following children.

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

William CLARKE [Parents] was born about 1851 in Co. Roscommon. He died on 25 Jul 1928 in 97 Lower Leeson St., Dublin. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. William married Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON on 22 Aug 1883 in Fairymount Church.

William was a farmer and a justice of the peace. He also owned and operated a corn mill in Castlemore, Co. Mayo (near Ballaghaderreen). He and Kathleen lived in Castlemore House in Castlemore for many years before moving (sometime after the 1911 census, possibly as late as the 1920s) to Dublin where they lived at 6 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge.

According to the 1911 census, William and Kathleen had been married for 27 years and had nine children born alive, eight of whom were alive at the time of the census (Gordon having died in 1897).

The address where William died, 97 Lower Leeson St. in Dublin, appears to have been a nursing home at the time. His home address was still 6 Elgin Road. William died of "appendicitis with peritonitis", just 17 months after the death of his wife, Kathleen.

Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON [Parents] was born on 15 Apr 1858 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 18 Apr 1858 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died on 20 Feb 1927 in Dublin. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Catherine married William CLARKE on 22 Aug 1883 in Fairymount Church.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas Gordon (Gordon) CLARKE was born on 2 Jun 1884 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 28 Dec 1884 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died on 12 Jun 1897 in Co. Sligo or Co. Mayo.

I have been told that Gordon died in a drowning accident while at boarding school in Co. Sligo. However, his death certificate says Gordon died of a cerebral haemorrhage in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. He had just turned 13.
  M ii John Joseph CLARKE was born on 31 Jul 1885. He died in 1975.
  M iii Herbert Eustace (Bertie) CLARKE was born on 24 Apr 1887. He died on 28 Jun 1945.
  F iv
Anne Clare CLARKE was born about 9 Dec 1888 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. She was christened on 9 Dec 1888 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died on 12 Mar 1926 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo.

Anne, who never married, died at the age of 37 from pneumonia.
  F v Gertrude (Gertie) M. CLARKE was born on 16 Nov 1890. She died about 1960.
  F vi
Mary (May) Christina CLARKE was born on 17 Apr 1892 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. She was christened on 7 May 1892 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1981 in Brighton, England.

May was a doctor and lived in England. She never married.
  F vii
Kathleen CLARKE was born on 23 Jun 1895 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. She died in 1987 in England.

Kathleen was a nurse and lived in the south of England. From the 1939 Register we know she was working at the time as a nurse in the household of retired colonel George May of Rockingham, Andover Road, Winchester, Hampshire.
  F viii Margaret Mary (Rita) CLARKE was born on 13 Jun 1897. She died in 1972.
  F ix
Edith (Edie, Nuala) CLARKE was born on 14 Jan 1899 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. She was christened on 20 Jan 1899 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in possibly 1989 in Hampshire, England.

Edie was also called Nuala, and in fact insisted on being called Nuala in her latter years. She lived in England and never married.

Maurice Francis RODGERS [Parents] was born on 25 Jul 1926 in Queensland. He died on 11 Nov 1990 in Sydney. Maurice married Mary Ann O'SULLIVAN on 6 Sep 1952 in Queensland.

Maurice was a dentist in Sydney. He and Mary and their family lived in the suburb of Wahroonga.

Mary Ann O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 21 Aug 1925 in Queensland. She died on 18 May 1999 in Sydney. Mary married Maurice Francis RODGERS on 6 Sep 1952 in Queensland.

Mary was an only child.

They had the following children.

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

Wilfred (Wilf) West RODGERS [Parents] was born on 9 Jul 1893 in Queensland, Australia. He died in 1968. Wilfred married Martha Josephine CUSACK on 21 Jan 1919 in Queensland, Australia.

Wilf was a chemist with the Australian Sugar Company in Innisfail, Queensland.

Martha Josephine CUSACK [Parents] was born on 21 Feb 1889 in Queensland, Australia. She died in 1959. Martha married Wilfred (Wilf) West RODGERS on 21 Jan 1919 in Queensland, Australia.

It is thought that Martha's family came from Co. Clare.

They had the following children.

  F i Margaret Anne RODGERS died.
  M ii Maurice Francis RODGERS was born on 25 Jul 1926. He died on 11 Nov 1990.

Eugene O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 1 Apr 1893 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 3 Apr 1893 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 31 Dec 1988 in Wahroonga, NSW. Eugene married Jane MCCLELLAND on 4 Feb 1925 in Queensland.

According to Eugene's birth certificate, a Bridget Connell was present at his birth. The certificate also tells us Eugene was born on 6 April 1893, but according to his family he was born on 1 April 1893, which ties in with baptismal information from the Mallow Heritage Centre which tells us he was christened on 3 April. Baptismal certificates were normally more reliable than birth certificates in those days as baptisms were registered on the day whereas births were often registered weeks after the event when exact birth dates were often remembered inaccurately. Sponsors at Eugene's baptism were John Doody and Ellen Cashman. The given name on Eugene's baptismal certificate is "Owen" ("Owen" is an equivalent of "Eugene"). In the 1901 census, Eugene is listed as "Ewen".

In 1914, at the age of 20, Eugene emigrated to Australia, never to return to Ireland. On the voyage (which cost him £12) he chose to work on board, unlike many of the other men, and was consequently quite fit when the ship docked in Melbourne. As a result he was quickly offered a job as a farm labourer. Eugene spent most, if not all, of his early years in Australia labouring on sugar cane farms in Queenland, eventually buying a small sugar cane farm of his own. He was later able to purchase a larger property in Innisfail (near Cairns) in Queensland.

After many years in Innisfail Eugene moved to the Sydney area where he and his wife, Jane, lived in the suburb of Wahroonga with their daughter, Mary, and her family.

Jane MCCLELLAND was born on 5 Oct 1902 in Belfast. She died on 22 Sep 1994 in Sydney. Jane married Eugene O'SULLIVAN on 4 Feb 1925 in Queensland.

Jane emigrated to Australia in 1923, aged 21. The ship manifest tells us she left London on 23 May of that year, her destination was Brisbane, her occupation was a weaver, and her previous address was 29 Ambleside St., Belfast.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary Ann O'SULLIVAN was born on 21 Aug 1925. She died on 18 May 1999.

Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

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

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