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Nicholas TREACY (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born about 1805 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died on 25 Mar 1848. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary. Nicholas married Margaret DARMODY on 26 Feb 1838.

Nicholas was definitely related to John, but it is pure speculation that he was John's brother. For the following reason it is a possibility that they were brothers:

It is known that John's grandchildren had a cousin of a similar age (though not a first cousin) called Nicholas Treacy. Nicholas (John's brother-presumed) had a grandson called Nicholas, so it is possible that Nicholas, the grandchild, was a second cousin of John's grandchildren. It is therefore possible that Nicholas and John were brothers.  

There is only one Nicholas Treacy listed in Griffith's Valuation (1851) for Soloheadbeg. It is probable that this is our Nicholas.

Margaret DARMODY [Parents] was born on 14 Jul 1820 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 1 Dec 1905 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in probably Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary. Margaret married Nicholas TREACY (caution: not verified) on 26 Feb 1838.

Witnesses to the marriage of Nicholas and Margaret were John Ryan and Patrick Darmody.

They had the following children.

  F i
Catherine TREACY was born about 11 Jul 1840 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 11 Jul 1840 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Catherine's christening were Michael Treacy and Margaret Darmody.
  M ii Thomas TREACY was born about 6 Mar 1842. He died on 16 Feb 1914.
  F iii Mary (May) TREACY was born about 12 Jul 1844.
  F iv
Johanna TREACY was born about 1848 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 7 Sep 1934 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Johanna never married. It is probable that she lived with her brother, Thomas, and his family in Soloheadbeg because she is listed (as single) in both the 1901 and 1911 census returns for his household. In the 1901 return, her age is given as 50 (born c.1850), but in 1911, her age is given as 65 (born c. 1845). There is further confusion regarding Johanna's age because the Johanna Treacy buried in the Treacy family plot in Kilfeacle, which is likely to be our Johanna above, died in 1934 aged 73 (born c. 1861).  Therefore, because Johann'a father died in March 1848, we will assume that she was actually born about 1848. Unfortunately no baptismal record has been located for her.

James GORDON was born about 1830 in possibly Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. James married Maria COUGHLIN.

James was a publican and shopkeeper in the town of Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. It is thought he may have inherited the business from his father who may have been named Jack. It is also believed that this Gordon family had a connection with Strokestown, Co. Roscommon and that they were NOT related to the Gordon family of Kilgarriff, Co. Roscommon, whose family history also appears on these pages.

Maria COUGHLIN [Parents] was born about 1840 in Co. Sligo. She died in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Maria married James GORDON.

It is possible that Maria died on 6 June 1903 as the Irish Calendar of Wills and Administrations tells us that a Maria Gordon, a married woman of Ballaghaderreen, left her estate (worth £304 14s 10d) to a "James Gordon, merchant" (James was the name of our Maria's husband who was a shopkeeper).

They had the following children.

  F i
Maria Theresa GORDON was born on 7 Mar 1869 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 10 Mar 1869 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  F ii Elizabeth (Lizzie) GORDON died.
  M iii
Thomas Andrew GORDON was born on 25 Nov 1871 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 29 Nov 1871 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  F iv
Jane GORDON was born about 27 Dec 1874 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 27 Dec 1874 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Jane's baptism were Thomas Greevy and Mary Anne Bligh.
  M v
James GORDON was born about 16 Sep 1877 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 16 Sep 1877 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at James' baptism were Pat Horan and Winnie Gordon.
  F vi
Margaret Kate GORDON was born about 7 Nov 1880 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 7 Nov 1880 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Mar 1887 in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

Sponsors at Margaret Kate's baptism were Tom Delaney and Kate Coughlin.

Margaret died of croup at the age of six at the home of her grandfather, Bartholemew Coughlan, in Ballymote.
  M vii John (Jack) Patrick GORDON was born about 3 Jun 1883. He died on 24 Aug 1934.

Bartholemew COUGHLIN was born in possibly Ballymote, Co. Sligo. He died on 20 Mar 1892 in probably Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Bartholemew married Margaret 'UNKNOWN'.

Bartholemew was a shopkeeper and farmer in Ballymote.

Margaret 'UNKNOWN' died. Margaret married Bartholemew COUGHLIN.

They had the following children.

  F i Maria COUGHLIN was born about 1840.

John (Jack) Patrick GORDON [Parents] was born about 3 Jun 1883 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 3 Jun 1883 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died on 24 Aug 1934 in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. He was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. John married Anne (Annie) MCDONNELL on 16 Aug 1908 in University Church, Dublin.

The only sponsor listed at Jack's baptism was Thomas Gordon. Jack took over the running of the family's shop from his father. The business was successful and the family was prosperous.

Jack died, aged 51, at Ross's Hotel in Dun Laoghaire where he and his wife, Annie, and their daughter Denise had been staying for a number of weeks. Denise would have been about 10 years of age. Jack had not been in the best of health following a stroke about a year previously and his condition had seriously deteriorated about a week before his death.

The Ballaghaderreen shop continued in business for another 20 years and was sold in 1955.

Note: It is thought that Jack's Gordon ancestors may have moved to Ballaghaderreen from Strokestown, also in Co. Roscommon. It is believed they were NOT related to another family being researched by me, the Gordons of Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Anne (Annie) MCDONNELL [Parents] was born in 1883 in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She died on 10 May 1964 in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Anne married John (Jack) Patrick GORDON on 16 Aug 1908 in University Church, Dublin.

According to family sources, Annie and her husband, Jack, were first cousins. However, this does not tie in with other information I have gathered about the family: Jack's parents' surnames were Gordon and Coughlin and Annie's parents' surnames were McDonnell and Fitzgerald so they could not have been first cousins. Perhaps they were more distantly related.

Very sadly, all of Annie and Jack's eight children died as children or young adults. Later in her life, after the deaths of Jack and their children, Annie devoted herself to financing the education of young men who wished to become priests.

Annie died in St. Michael's Nursing Home in Dun Laoghaire.

They had the following children.

  F i
Kathleen GORDON was born on 1 Jul 1909 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1914 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  M ii
John (Jay) P. GORDON was born in 1910 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died on 8 Nov 1933 in Albury, New South Wales. He was buried in probably New South Wales.

Jay emigrated to England and then, in 1932, he moved to Australia. The Ancestry.com Outward Passenger Lists for the UK tell us that Jay left London for Sydney by steamship on either 18 March or 15 April 1932 (there is a record for him for both voyages). He is described on the passenger lists as a shop assistant. Nineteen months later, in Albury, NSW, Jay took his own life by swallowing Lysol. He was only 23 years old.

  M iii
James (Jim) GORDON was born in 1911 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died on 16 Feb 1917 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Jim died of acute bronchitis at the age of just five.
  M iv
Michael GORDON was born in 1913 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died on 16 May 1917 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Michael died of acute bronchitis at the age of four, exactly three months after the death of his five-year-old brother, Jim, of the same illness.
  F v
Eithne GORDON was born in 1918 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1918 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  F vi
Mary GORDON was born in 1920 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1925 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  F vii
Angela GORDON was born in 1923 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1924 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  F viii
Denise Bride GORDON was born in 1924 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died on 9 Mar 1943 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was buried on 11 Mar 1943 in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Denise, who was only 18 years of age when she died, was the last surviving child of Jack and Annie. Of their eight children, six died before they reached the age of seven; Jay, who lived the longest, died at the age of 23. Denise, who suffered ill health during her life, attended school at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin and was a skilled rider.

Michael Alexander MCDONNELL [Parents] was born about 1850 in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He died on 12 Jun 1924 in probably Charlestown, Co. Mayo. Michael married Catherine (Kate) FITZGERALD on 15 May 1875 in Kilbaha, Swinford, Co. Mayo.

Michael owned a hardware store on The Square in Charlestown, Co. Roscommon. According to the 1901 census he was a "general merchant", and the 1911 census tells us that he was s "publican and merchant".

Catherine (Kate) FITZGERALD [Parents] was born about 1853 in possibly Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She died before 30 Mar 1901 in probably Charlestown, Co. Mayo. Catherine married Michael Alexander MCDONNELL on 15 May 1875 in Kilbaha, Swinford, Co. Mayo.

Kate may have been a sister of Mary Fitzgerald, wife of Kate's brother-in-law Alexander McDonnell. This is based on an obituary of Mary's father, James Fitzgerald of Charlestown, Co. Mayo, which includes in its list of mourners "Dr. McDonald of London and Michael McDonald [sic] (sons-in-law)". As McDonald and McDonnell are often mistakenly mixed up, I think it probable that Michael McDonald is actually Michael McDonnell, husband of Kate.

They had the following children.

  F i
Ellen (Ellie) MCDONNELL was born on 11 May 1876 in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She died on 25 Jan 1937 in Dublin. She was buried in Carracastle Cemetery, Co. Mayo.

Ellie, who lived in Charlestown, Co. Roscommon, never married.
  M ii
James (Jimmy) MCDONNELL was born on 21 Mar 1877 in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. He died after 25 Jan 1937.
  F iii Anne (Annie) MCDONNELL was born in 1883. She died on 10 May 1964.
  F iv
Bridget (Bea) MCDONNELL was born about 1883 in Charlestown, Co. Mayo.

It is believed that Bea entered the convent.

Dominick BLIGH [Parents] was born in 1833 in probably Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. He was christened on 8 Mar 1833 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. He died on 29 Apr 1920 in Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Dominick married Anne? GORDON (Caution: name, husband and children not verified) on 17 Feb 1876 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Anne? GORDON (Caution: name, husband and children not verified) [Parents] was born about 1861 in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. She died in possibly 12 Feb 1937 in possibly Cloonkeen, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Anne? married Dominick BLIGH on 17 Feb 1876 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

It is pure speculation that this daughter of Michael and Anne was named Anne and that she married Dominick Bligh. From family notes it is known that Michael and Anne had three sons and four daughters. The names of the three sons and three of the daughters have been verified, but the name of the fourth daughter isn't certain. The reason it is thought that it might be Anne is because of correspondence (via leitrim-roscommmon.com) with Mick Pythian, a great-grandson of Dominick Bligh who was a farmer from Castlerea and who, in 1876, married an Anne Gordon from Aughalustia whose father's name was Michael.

Our Michael Gordon farmed in Aughalustia, and according to Cormac Gordon (son of Cormac Gordon and Mary Morahan), our Gordons were distantly related to a Bligh family from Castlerea who were "egglers" (they bought eggs from farmers' wives and sold them on), but he wasn't sure of the exact relationship. It is quite possible that these Blighs who were egglers were part of the Bligh family into which Mick Phythian's great-grandmother married. And it is possible, given the Aughalustia connection, and the fact that Mick's Anne Gordon had a father named Michael and was born about 1861 (this from the 1901 census), which fits in with the dates of birth of our Michael's children, that Anne might well be the "fourth" daughter of our Michael Gordon and Anne Finn.

They had the following children.

  M i James Joseph BLIGH was born on 13 Feb 1877. He died on 8 Feb 1948.
  F ii
Mary Anne BLIGH was born in 1878 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 27 Jan 1878 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. She died on 29 Mar 1964.

Sponsors at Mary Anne's baptism were Michael Gordon and Margaret Bligh.
  F iii
Margaret BLIGH was born in 1879 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 11 Jan 1879 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon.

Margaret may have died as a child because another Margaret was born in 1886.
  F iv
Eleanora Teresa BLIGH was born in 1881 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 23 Oct 1881 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Eleanora's baptism were Patrick Gordon and Eleanora Gordon.
  M v
Michael BLIGH was born in 1882 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. He died on 13 Feb 1949 in Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  F vi
Margaret (Maggie) BLIGH was born in 1886 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 18 Sep 1886 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. She died on 12 Jul 1943 in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

Margaret entered the convent. She died in the Brigidine convent in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.
  M vii
Patrick Joseph BLIGH was born in possibly 1887 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. He died on 28 Nov 1917 in France. He was buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery, Manancourt, France.

Private Patrick Bligh, 14391, 3rd Ballalion Grenadier Guards, died in the Battle of the Somme of wounds sustained in the attack on Fontaine.
  F viii
Catherine (Kate) BLIGH was born in 1889 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 23 Feb 1889 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. She died on 19 Feb 1961 in Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  M ix John Joseph BLIGH was born in 1891.
  F x
Martha BLIGH was born in 1905 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

It is thought that Martha never married.

James BLIGH died. James married Mary CONRY.

Mary CONRY died. Mary married James BLIGH.

They had the following children.

  M i Dominick BLIGH was born in 1833. He died on 29 Apr 1920.

James Joseph BLIGH [Parents] was born on 13 Feb 1877 in Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 18 Feb 1877 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. He died on 8 Feb 1948 in Dukinfield, Cheshire. James married Mary FINN on 16 Sep 1905 in Dukinfield, Cheshire.

James was an iron furnace man.

Mary FINN was born on 22 Jan 1879 in Dukinfield, Cheshire. She died on 16 Dec 1951 in Dukinfield, Cheshire. Mary married James Joseph BLIGH on 16 Sep 1905 in Dukinfield, Cheshire.

They had the following children.

  M i John Joseph BLIGH was born on 20 Oct 1906. He died on 25 Aug 1979.
  F ii Mary Patricia BLIGH was born on 26 Jun 1918. She died on 26 Oct 1998.

John Joseph BLIGH [Parents] was born in 1891 in probably Cloonkeen West, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 17 Oct 1891 in Castlerea, Co . Roscommon. John married Hilda HUTCHCROFT in St. Mary's Church, Dukinfield, Cheshire.

Hilda HUTCHCROFT. Hilda married John Joseph BLIGH in St. Mary's Church, Dukinfield, Cheshire.


Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

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

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