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Thomas GORDON [Parents] was born on 15 Oct 1880 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died on 21 Mar 1937 in Main St., Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Thomas married Margaret (Gretta) REYNOLDS on 12 Dec 1921 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

Thomas left school at the age of 16 and joined the British Army. He served in the Boer War in 1897 after which his parents bought him out of the army and sent him to Blackrock College in Dublin to complete his secondary school education. He went on to study veterinary medicine (he is listed a a veterinary student in the 1911 census return of his brother James who lived in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal) and graduated as a member of the first veterinary class to qualify in Ireland (prior to that, Irish students had to go to Edinburgh to qualify as vets).

Following his graduation, Thomas went to Edinburgh for further study after which he rejoined the British Army, this time as an officer in the Royal Army Veterinary Corp. His specialty was equine medicine. During World War I Thomas was awarded the Military Cross for 'Gallantry and Distinction in the Field' and also received a 'Mention in Dispatches'. Immediately after the war, the British government sent a variety of experts, including Thomas, to France to help in the setting up of new government departments. As a result of his work there, Thomas was awarded the Mérite Agricole in 1919 by the French government. In the same year he received the Afghanistan Medal for his services in India. We do not know when exactly Thomas served in India but according to his obituary in The Leitrim Observer he contracted malaria while there and suffered recurrent bouts of the illness in later years.

In 1919, or shortly thereafter, Thomas retired from the army, turning down an offer of higher rank if he would stay. Owing to his accomplishments whilst in the army he was permitted to retain the title of Captain in civilian life. He returned to Ireland and set up a veterinary practice in Mohill, Co. Leitrim, where he was to spent the rest of his life. His reputation was such that his duties in Mohill included the treatment of the horses of the Irish Army. Thomas was also involved in the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland, and was a judge at major horse shows around the country. He was also a well known breeder of dairy shorthorn cattle.

Thomas died aged 56 at his home in Mohill of what was then referred to as 'creeping paralysis', nowadays known as multiple sclerosis.

Margaret (Gretta) REYNOLDS [Parents] was born in 1897 in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim. She died in 2 Apr 1972 (Easter Sunday) in Dublin. She was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Mohill, co. Leitrim. Margaret married Thomas GORDON on 12 Dec 1921 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

Margaret's address at the time of her marriage in 1921 as Mohill.

Margaret died on Easter Sunday 1972 at the age of about 75. Her address at the time of her death was Wainsfort Grove, Terenure, Dublin.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary GORDON was born on 30 May 1922. She died on 28 Dec 2013.
  M ii John GORDON was born in 1923. He died in 1998.
  M iii
Thomas (Tom) GORDON was born in 1924 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He died in May 1996 in St. Augustine, Florida. He was buried in San Lorenzo Cemetery, St. Augustine, Florida.

Thomas was ordained a priest in the Holy Ghost order in 1952 and was sent to Nigeria to take up the post of pastor in the diocese of Owerri. He spent 16 years in Nigeria until the civil war in Biafra erupted. He was one of about 200 missionaries who were expelled from the country at that time.

Thomas was then sent to Jacksonville, Florida where he was appointed associate pastor of Assumption parish there. In December 1968 he was assigned to the diocese of St. Augustine and in 1972 he was appointed pastor at St. Patrick's parish church in Jacksonville. He became pastor of Epiphany parish in Lake City in 1977 where he was responsible for the mission churches of St. Francis Xavier in Live Oak and St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Jasper. In 1985 he was appointed pastor of St. William parish in Keystone Heights where he served until his death (of a heart attack).
  M iv
James GORDON was born in 1926 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He died on 5 Jun 1942 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

James died aged 16 in a drowning accident in a lake near Mohill.
  F v Margaret (Gretta) GORDON was born in 1927. She died on 28 Oct 2006.
  F vi Zena Marie GORDON was born in 1928. She died on 22 Jan 2013.
  F vii Living.
  F viii Joan Angela GORDON was born on 24 May 1931. She died on 6 Apr 2014.
  F ix Living.
  M x Cormac GORDON was born on 31 Dec 1933. He died on 8 Oct 2001.
  M xi
Dermot GORDON was born in 1935 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He died in 1935 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

Dermot died of influenza aged just three months and three days.
  M xii Living.

Patrick GORDON [Parents] was born about 1842 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 21 Mar 1905 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford. Patrick married Maria Ellen COX about 1871.

Patrick's employment as a supervisor with the Inland Revenue meant that he and his family lived in several Irish towns as well as in Oldham, Lancashire. In Ireland the family lived in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon; Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath; 4 Princes St., Tralee; 4 Emorville Square, South Circular Road, Dublin; and Sylchester Terrace, Longford.

The following note has probably nothing to do with our Patrick Gordon above, but I am inserting it here because it relates to a Patrick Gordon whose father's name was Patrick, and our Patrick above is the only Patrick Gordon in my database who had a father named Patrick:

There is an Ellis Island record for a Patrick Gordon who was born in Kilgarriff in Fairymount and who arrived in the United States on 22 September 1909 aged 23. He was joining his sister Mary in Brooklyn, and his nearest relative in Ireland was his father, Pat Gordon, of Kilgarriff. It is not known if or how the Patrick Gordon on the Ellis Island record might be related to our Gordons.

Maria Ellen COX was born about 1843 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died on 22 Jan 1908 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford. Maria married Patrick GORDON about 1871.

They had the following children.

  F i Anne Catherine (Annie Kate) GORDON was born on 29 Oct 1872. She died on 28 Jan 1931.
  F ii Mary Ellen GORDON was born on 12 Jul 1874.
  F iii
Alice GORDON was born on 3 Oct 1875 in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

Alice was a sister in the Loreto order.
  F iv
Emily GORDON was born in 1878 in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. She died in 1911 in probably Our Lady's Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin.

Emily entered the convent, joining the Sisters of Charity order. She worked at Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin.
  F v
Clare GORDON was born about 1879 in Dublin.

Clare entered the convent, joining the Sisters of Charity order. She worked at Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin.

There is a grave in the Sisters of Charity convent cemetery in Donnybrook, Dublin marked 'Mother Frances Raphael Gordon, born 1879, entered religion 1900, died 1956'. Could this be Clare's grave? All the plots in this cemetery comprise two graves, and if this is indeed Clare's grave then she is buried in the same plot as her first cousin once removed Sr. Jerome (formerly Emma) Gordon (1880-1968).
  M vi
Patrick GORDON was born about 1881 in Oldham, Lancashire. He died in Jul 1905 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford. He was buried in Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford.

Patrick was only 23 years of age when he died.
  M vii Cox Joseph GORDON was born about 20 Mar 1883. He died in 1949.
  F viii
Grace M. V. GORDON was born about 1885 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford.

Because it is known that Grace's parents had four daughters who became nuns, two joining the Sisters of Charity and two becoming Loreto sisters, and because we can account for three of the daughters who entered the convent (Alice, Emily and Clare), we can say that it was Grace or another sister whom we do not know about who was the second Loreto nun in the family (as Emily and Clare were Sisters of Charity). We do know that Grace is listed in the 1911 census as a nurse in the household of farmer John Halpenny of Batestown, Co. Meath.
  M ix
J. GORDON (male) died.

Cormac GORDON [Parents] was born about 1848 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 14 Aug 1924 in Aughalustia Lodge, , Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was buried on 16 Aug 1924 in Kilcoleman Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Cormac married Ellen GORDON on 11 Dec 1884 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Cormac's wife, Ellen, was his first cousin (a daughter of of his uncle Michael). Cormac and Ellen lived in Aughalustia and according to family notes, they had four sons and one daughter. There is a 1901 census return for a "Cormack" Gordon in Aghalustia with a wife, Ellen, FIVE sons and a daughter listed. It is probable that this return relates to our Cormac Gordon and his first cousin Ellen and their family. It is from this census return that we have the names and approximate years of birth of Cormac's and Ellen's children, and the approximate year of birth of Cormac.

Ellen GORDON [Parents] was born in Nov 1867 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 24 Nov 1867 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died before 2 Apr 1911 in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. Ellen married Cormac GORDON on 11 Dec 1884 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Ellen and her husband were first cousins. They lived at Aughalustia Lodge in Aughalustia, Ballaghaderreen.

According to Ellen's birth certificate, she was born on 20 January 1868. Because christenings unsually took place a day or two after birth and were registered at the time, and because births were often registered a couple of months after the event, the date on a baptismal record is often a more accurate reflection of the date of birth than the date on a birth certificate. For this reason it is being assumed that Ellen was born in November 1867 rather than January 1868.

They had the following children.

  M i
Patrick GORDON was born on 13 Jan 1886 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died before 18 Jun 1973.

I have come across the marriage certificate for a Patrick Gordon who may be our Patrick above. This Patrick married in Kirkdale, Lancashire on 8 April 1912 and the certificate tells us that his father was Cormac Gordon who was a farmer. This fits with our Patrick above. The Patrick who married in Kirkdale was a 24-year-old grocer living at 56 Hanover St., Liverpool, and his wife was Hanna Maria Powell, a waitress, with an address at 47 Medlock St., Kirkdale, Lancashire. She was a daughter of John Powell, also a farmer. The marriage was witnessed by Moses Bradley and Martha Powell.

In my many years of research into my husband's Gordon family I have never come across a Cormac Gordon who was not related to my husband's family. My hunch, therefore, is that the Patrick Gordon who married Hanna Powell in Kirkdale was a member of my husband's family, and was possibly our Patrick above.

A further indication that Hanna Powell's husband might be our Patrick is that the Ellis Island record believed to be that of Cormac, brother of our Patrick, tells us that Cormac had been living in Liverpool and that his his nearest relative in his home country was his "uncle" Patrick Gordon of Liverpool (156 Hatherley St.). Cormac, who arrived in New York on January 17 1912, was a grocer, according to the ship manifest. This makes me think that "uncle" should have read "brother". Cormac did have two uncles named Patrick Gordon (his parents were first cousins) but it appears they both remained in Ireland and in any case would have been too old to have been the 24-year-old Patrick Gordon who married Hanna Powell in 1912.  

Patrick and Hanna had at least one child, Cormac John, born on 19 June 1913 at 17 Seafield Grove, Seaforth, Lancashire (this information from Cormac's birth certificate). They may also have had a daughter, Mary T., born the following year. Cormac married Elizabeth E. Staton in 1941 in Crosby, Lancashire and they appear to have had four children (this information from FreeBMD records). Cormac died in Sefton, Lancashire in 1980.

If anyone has any information that proves - or disproves - that Patrick above was the Patrick who married Hannah Powell, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch. Please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.
  M ii Michael GORDON was born on 24 Jan 1887. He died before 18 Jun 1973.
  M iii John Joseph (Joe) GORDON was born on 25 May 1888. He died on 14 Nov 1956.
  M iv
Cormac GORDON was born on 5 Jun 1892 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died before 18 Jun 1973.

It is posible Cormac emigrated to the United States. There is an Ellis Island record for a Michael Gordon who arrived in New York on July 19 1912 and who was joining his brother, Cormac, in New York. Michael's nearest relative in Ireland was given as their father, Cormac Gordon, Aughalustia, Ballaghaderreen.

An Ellis Island record was found for a Cormac Gordon from Co. Roscommon which may relate to this Cormac: on January 17 1912, a Cormac Gordon, aged 20, arrived in New York - his contact name on the ship manifest is a cousin (with what looks like the "uncle" written after the "cousin" William (what looks like) Recole (it is very difficult to decipher the contact name) followed by (what looks like) Powill, Somerville, New Jersey. According to the ship manifest Cormac had been living in Liverpool and his nearest relative in his home country is given as his uncle, Patrick Gordon of 156 Hatherley St., Liverpool. Cormac's occupation is given as "grocer".

However, a death record has been found for a 21-year-old Cormac Gordon who died of tuberculosis (duration was 12 months) in Aughalustia on 3 July 1913. The informant was his brother Thomas of Aughalustia. All of this information fits in with our Cormac above. It could be that our Cormac did emigrate to the United States in January 1912 but returned a number of months later, perhaps when he became ill.
  M v Thomas (Tom) Francis GORDON was born on 14 Apr 1894. He died on 18 Jun 1973.
  F vi Dorothy (Dora) Mary GORDON was born on 2 Feb 1897. She died on 5 Jan 1978.

James G. GORDON [Parents] was born about 1855 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died about 1939 in probably Kilclooney, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. He was buried in Kilclooney Cemetery, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. James married Mary (May) Agnes CULLEN on 18 Feb 1881 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon.

According to the marriage certificate of his daughter Maude, James's middle name was Arthur rather than a name beginning with 'G', which is what I had been given by a family source who thought the 'G' might have stood for Granville. It is known that another of James's daughters, Jo, went by the surname Gordon-Granville following her emigration to the United States.

James and his sister, Ellen, married siblings from Frenchpark: James married May Cullen in 1881, and Ellen married May's brother, Patrick, a hotelier, around 1883.

James farmed originally in Grallagh in Fairymount, later moving to Kilclooney, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. At the time of the 1901 census, he and his family were still living in Grallagh but by the time of the 1911 census the family was living in Quarrymount, Kilclooney, one of the finest small country house estates in Co. Galway. Built about the 1830s, the property (also known as Kilclooney House) became the home of the Bodkin family, one of the 14 'tribes' of Galway. In 1881 the house was leased to Edward O'Kelly for 31 years and by the early 20th century it was in the hands of the Congested Districts' Board who passed it on to the Land Commission who in turn sold the house and 220 acres to James. Over the years land was sold off and about 1971 James's grandson Henry Gordon sold the house and remaining 20 acres to a builder from Tuam. A year later it was sold on to Frank Bermingham who owned the adjacent farm. In 1991 the house, by now in a state of disrepair, along with a small parcel of land, was purchased by Michael O'Grady, who began a programme of repair and restoration. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funds, Michael was forced to sell the property in 2001. The purchasers were Billy and Bernadette Costello who have extensively renovated Quarrymount.

It is not known why or how James moved from Fairymount to Kilclooney, about 40 miles away which was a considerable distance in the Ireland of the time, especially as James does not seem to have had any connections to the Kilclooney area. It has been suggested that James's mother, Mary French, might have been related to Lord de Freyne (French is a form of de Freyne) who may have enabled James to purchase it. However, I can find no evidence of any connection between Lord de Freyne and James's mother.

James and May are buried in the family grave in Kilclooney Cemetery.

Mary (May) Agnes CULLEN [Parents] was born in 1860 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1904 in probably Kilclooney, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. She was buried in Kilclooney Cemetery, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. Mary married James G. GORDON on 18 Feb 1881 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon.

May was only about 44 years of age when she died.

They had the following children.

  F i Ethel GORDON was born on 1 May 1882. She died on 27 Mar 1978.
  F ii
Laura GORDON was born on 11 Aug 1883 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Feb 1961 in probably Dublin. She was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

It is thought that Laura contracted polio as a child and suffered some disability as a result. She is listed in the 1911 census of Ireland as a boarder at 10 Gardiners Place in Dublin. Her occupation was 'commercial clerk'.

At some point Laura ran a café in central Dublin called the "Geisha Café." Later in life she owned property in flats at 11 Lower Hatch Street in Dublin.

Laura, who never married, is buried in the same grave in Deansgrange Cemetery as her sisters Ethel, Freda and Ivy.
  M iii
Patrick GORDON was born on 19 Nov 1884 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Patrick died at birth.
  F iv
Bridget (Delia) GORDON was born on 19 Jun 1886 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

It is thought Delia died young.
  M v John GORDON was born on 24 Nov 1887. He died in 1964.
  F vi
Winifred (Freda) GORDON was born on 24 Nov 1887 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 24 Feb 1982 in Dublin. She was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

Freda and John were twins. Freda emigrated to the United States where she worked as a nurse. She later returned to Ireland where she had property in flats at 29 Lower Leeson St. in Dublin. Freda, who lived at 184 Merrion Road in Dublin, never married. She is buried in the same grave in Deansgrange Cemetery as her sisters Ethel, Laura and Ivy.
  M vii
William (Willie) Martin GORDON was born on 8 Nov 1889 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 29 Aug 1918 in northern France. He was buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, France.

Amember of the 12th Battalion, Tank Corps of the British Army, Willie was killed in World War I. He was initially buried in northern France, close to where he died, but in the early 1920s he and others were reburied in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery in Mory (between Arras and Bapaume, about two kilometres east of the village of Ervillers). His grave number is V.D.29.
  M viii Francis (Frank) J. GORDON was born on 5 Aug 1891. He died in 1983.
  F ix Mabel Josephine (Jo) GORDON was born on 19 Jun 1892. She died on 2 Jan 1975.
  F x Maude Eda Angela GORDON was born on 23 Aug 1894. She died on 11 Aug 1987.
  F xi Gertrude (Gertie) GORDON was born on 1 Dec 1895. She died in 1977.
  F xii Mary Josephine (Ivy) GORDON was born on 20 Jul 1897. She died on 26 Feb 1960.

Francis (Frank) GORDON [Parents] was born about 31 Jul 1859 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 31 Jul 1859 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died on 9 Oct 1890 in probably Boho, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Cloonshanville Cemetery, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Francis married Mary Ellen DOYLE on 22 Jan 1885 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Frank farmed in Boho, Ballintubber. However, his probate records give his address as Currenturpane, Co. Roscommon (not far from Boho). He left his effects, worth £654 6s 2d, to his widow, Mary Ellen. He was only 31 years old when he died.

I have been told by a family source that Frank and Mary Ellen had a third daughter named either Daphne or Anne but I have been unable to verify this.

Mary Ellen DOYLE [Parents] was born in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 3 Jan 1934 in Boho Lodge, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Cloonshanville Cemetery, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Mary married Francis (Frank) GORDON on 22 Jan 1885 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Mary Ellen was from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary Jane GORDON was born on 26 Jan 1886 in Currenturpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died after 31 Mar 1959.

A death notice was located in The Irish Independent on 5 September 1969 for a Mary Gordon, formerly of Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, who died at Stone Hill House, Carrigaline, Co. Cork on 4 September 1969. Could this Mary have been our Mary above?
  M ii
John (Johnny) GORDON was born on 11 Apr 1887 in Currenturpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 31 Mar 1959 in Galway. He was buried in Cloonshanville Cemetery, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Johnny, who farmed in Boho, never married. He died in hospital in Galway.
  F iii Clare (Babe) GORDON was born on 1 Aug 1889. She died after 31 Mar 1959.

James BEIRNE [Parents] was born about 1835. He died on 18 Feb 1910 in Mullen, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. James married Elizabeth (Eliza) GORDON on 28 Jan 1864 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

James died of "Chronic Bright's disease", diagnosed two years earlier, and "Heart Failure, 6 hours".

Elizabeth (Eliza) GORDON [Parents] was born about 1841 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died after 2 Apr 1911 in possibly Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Elizabeth married James BEIRNE on 28 Jan 1864 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

Eliza and her husband, James, farmed in Mullen, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. They may have had more children than those listed below.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary BEIRNE was born on 17 Jan 1867 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  M ii
Patrick BEIRNE was born on 9 Dec 1868 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon. He died before 1872 in probably Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

Patrick appears to have died as a child as another son named Patrick was born to James and Eliza around 1972.
  M iii
Patrick BEIRNE was born about 1872 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  M iv
John BEIRNE was born on 25 Apr 1873 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

John and Michael were twins.
  M v
Michael BEIRNE was born on 25 Apr 1873 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

Michael and John were twins.
  M vi
Frances (Frank) BEIRNE was born about 1876 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  F vii
Catherine (Kate) BEIRNE was born about 1878 in Co. Roscommon.

James COYNE [Parents] was born in 1836 in Co. Galway. He died on 11 Sep 1908 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. James married Mary Josephine GORDON on 8 Dec 1868 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

Other marriages:
MORLEY, Eliza Georgina

James and his wife, Mary, were shopkeepers in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Mary Josephine GORDON [Parents] was born in 1849 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1878 in probably Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Mary married James COYNE on 8 Dec 1868 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

Mary died at the age of 30.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas P. COYNE was born on 15 Feb 1870 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  F ii
Annie Mary COYNE was born on 25 Oct 1872 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She died before 1888.

It appears Annie died as a child because her father, James, and his second wife, Eliza, had a daughter named Annie around 1887.

Patrick Joseph CULLEN [Parents] was born about 1855 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1911 or 1912 in probably Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Patrick married Ellen Mary GORDON in probably 1881.

Other marriages:
MCGUIRE, Catherine (Katie)

Patrick and his first wife, Ellen, had either three or four children. According to one family source, they had three children - Gordon, Paddy and Eva; and according to another, they had four - Gordon, Queenie and two whose names were not known. I have found birth records for Gordon, Paddy and Eva, and have decided to add Queenie to the list below with a caution beside her name. Gordon, Paddy and Eva all emigrated to the United States.  

Patrick ran Cullens Hotel in Frenchpark from 1876 for about 35 years until his death. It is not known whether the hotel had already been in the family when he took it over. Shortly after his death, his widow, Katie (his second wife), and their young family were evicted by their landlord because they were unable to pay the rent. Katie and her family later eventually moved to Mohill, Co. Leitrim. The hotel building later housed the Frenchpark Post Office.

Ellen Mary GORDON [Parents] was born about 10 Apr 1857 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 10 Apr 1857 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died on 17 Mar 1895 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Ellen married Patrick Joseph CULLEN in probably 1881.

Ellen and her brother, James, married siblings from Frenchpark: Ellen married Patrick Cullen, and James married Patrick's sister, May.

Ellen was only 37 years of age when she died.

They had the following children.

  M i Gordon Patrick CULLEN was born on 26 Dec 1882. He died in Jun 1972.
  M ii
Patrick (Paddy) John CULLEN was born on 16 Mar 1885 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon. He died in Sep 1962 in New York.

Paddy emigrated to the United States in 1928 and it is known that he was living at 2741 Pearsall Ave., The Bronx, New York between 1939 (when he applied for naturalisation) and 1942 (when he filled in a World War II Draft Registration card). It appears that Paddy never married.
  F iii Mary Eva (Eva) CULLEN was born on 15 Jul 1886.
  F iv
'unknown' (Queenie) CULLEN (caution: not verified) died.

Martin FLANAGAN was born about 1850 in Co. Roscommon. He died on 6 May 1905 in probably Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Martin married Anne GORDON about 1876.

Martin was a 'clerk of union' in Castlerea.

Anne GORDON [Parents] was born about 3 Jul 1850 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 3 Jul 1850 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died after 18 Feb 1939 in possibly Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. Anne married Martin FLANAGAN about 1876.

Anne and her family lived in New Line, Castlerea.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary (May) FLANAGAN was born about 1877 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  M ii
Patrick (Paddy) FLANAGAN was born about 1879 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

The 1901 census tells us that Paddy was a medical student at that time. By the time of the 1911 census he was a "clerk of union and rural district council".
  F iii
Ann (Annie) E. FLANAGAN was born in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1963 in probably Castlerea, Co . Roscommon.

Annie, a pharmacist, opened her own pharmacy in Castlerea in 1913 which she ran for several decades. She never married.
  F iv
Helena FLANAGAN was born about 1885 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  M v Thomas Gordon (Gordon) FLANAGAN was born about 1888. He died on 4 Aug 1963.
  F vi
Claire FLANAGAN was born about 1891 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Patrick Joseph CULLEN [Parents] was born about 1855 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1911 or 1912 in probably Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Patrick married Catherine (Katie) MCGUIRE about 1898.

Other marriages:
GORDON, Ellen Mary

Patrick and his first wife, Ellen, had either three or four children. According to one family source, they had three children - Gordon, Paddy and Eva; and according to another, they had four - Gordon, Queenie and two whose names were not known. I have found birth records for Gordon, Paddy and Eva, and have decided to add Queenie to the list below with a caution beside her name. Gordon, Paddy and Eva all emigrated to the United States.  

Patrick ran Cullens Hotel in Frenchpark from 1876 for about 35 years until his death. It is not known whether the hotel had already been in the family when he took it over. Shortly after his death, his widow, Katie (his second wife), and their young family were evicted by their landlord because they were unable to pay the rent. Katie and her family later eventually moved to Mohill, Co. Leitrim. The hotel building later housed the Frenchpark Post Office.

Catherine (Katie) MCGUIRE was born about 1872 in Co. Sligo. She died in probably Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Catherine married Patrick Joseph CULLEN about 1898.

Other marriages:
LYNCH, 'unknown'

According to the 1911 census of Ireland, Katie and Patrick had been married for 12 years and had six children born alive, all of whom were still alive at the time of the census.

In about 1912, following the the death of her first husband, Patrick, Katie began training as a nurse in Dublin in order to be able to provide for her family. She later married a widower from Mohill, Co. Leitrim to where she and her family moved.

They had the following children.

  F i Kathleen CULLEN was born about 1898.
  M ii John (Jack) CULLEN was born about 1900. He died.
  M iii Michael (Eamon) CULLEN was born about 1902.
  F iv
Winifred (Teasie) CULLEN was born about 1904 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died in early 1990s in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

Winifred, known as Teasie or Tessie, lived in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. She never married.
  M v Joseph CULLEN was born about 1908. He died in 1980.
  F vi Eileen CULLEN was born in 1909. She died on 2 Feb 2013.

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