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Oh, look who I found!

There were a number of things I meant to do today, including following up my post from yesterday and writing more about what my research uncovered in Dublin.  Some filing would have been good, too.  Instead, I went and found four great great great great grandparents.  As you do, on a summery Friday afternoon.

I have a copy of a Burke family tree, which my father passed on to me.   It outlines one line of descendents of Michael Burke from Co Mayo, Ireland, and includes my grandmother, his great grandchild.  According to the tree, Michael and his wife Brigid Flynn moved to Scotland around 1843 with their son Martin.  It was Martin who later immigrated to New Zealand with his wife Ann Philp and their daughter Mary, and subsequently had two more children.

Anyway, I’ve checked a lot of the dates given in the tree, and found them to be a little inaccurate, so I’ve been verifying them slowly.  The one thing I’d really love to know, is where exactly in Mayo was Martin born?  Where did he and his parents emigrate from?

So, I had this thought today (I’ve had it on and off, to be honest, it’s just today it was a bit more niggley) – why not check the Scotland censuses?  Maybe they gave their parish or townland to the enumerator? I had an approximate year of birth for Martin, and the names of his siblings (John, Thomas, Mary) and parents, so I figured I had a reasonable chance of finding them.

I find ScotlandsPeople a fantastic resource, but it can feel a bit like pot luck at times – I never really know if I’ve found the right person or not, and BAM, there go your credits to see if you’re right.  Having said that, you pays yer money, and you get the real deal – images of birth, death and marriage records, as well as the censuses.

I knew from Martin and Ann’s marriage record that Martin was living in Perth in 1861, so I started there – and found the family living at 134 High Street, in the parish of Middle Church, Perth1:

  • Michael Burke  – head – 52 – Labourer Ag.
  • Bridget Burke – wife – 49
  • Martin Burke – son – 19 – Ploughman
  • Thomas Burke – son – 20 – do.
  • John Burke – son – 16 – CabinetMaker Ap.
  • Mary Burke – dau – 9

All are listed as being born in Ireland, except Mary who was born in Perth. So that gives a clue to the timing of their move to Scotland. And Martin is listed as married, but where is his wife?  They married in February that year, so it may be possible she was visiting her parents..?

I searched on Michael Burke in the 1871 census and couldn’t find him.  Perhaps he’d died?  Upon checking the death records, there he was (as Bourke) in 1868… along with the names of his parents!  Eulick Bourke, Labourer, and Mary Flinn. (The “Eulick” is more likely to be Ulick, and the “Flinn” is probably Flynn.)2

So, searching the 1871 census again, but this time on Bridget Burke, and I found the family, still living in High Street but at a different number (129?)3:

  • Bridget Burke – head – 58 – no occupation
  • Thomas Burke – son – 30 – Ship Carpenter
  • John Burke – son – 26 – Labourer
  • Mary Burke – daur – 19 – do.
  • Michael Burke – nephew – 11 – Scholar

When I looked for Bridget in the 1881 census, I couldn’t find her, so I immediately checked the death records… and there she was in 1874… along with the names of her parents!  Patrick Flynn, Labourer and Mary Derrick4.

So, I still don’t know exactly where they’re from.  I  tried out the Irish Ancestors Research Wizard and apparently there are 48 Mayo parishes in which the Flynn and Burke surnames coincide.  That’s a lot of parish records to check out.

I think my next task is to try and follow Martin’s siblings in the censuses, and see what more I can find out.  There’s also their cousin Michael, who turns up in the 1871 census.  He was born in Perth, but it could be worthwhile finding his parents.

  1. 1861 Scotland Census, Perthshire, Perth Burgh, ED 17, page 5, line 5, Michael Burke household (age 52); digital image, ScotlandsPeople, 1861 Census, (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ : accessed 03 Jun 2011); citing General Register Office of Scotland 1861 387/01 017/00 005.
  2. Scotland, Perth County, Perth, Register of Deaths, 1868: entry 250, Michael Bourke, 26 May; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ : accessed 03 Jun 2011); citing Statutory Deaths no. 387/00 0250.
  3. 1871 Scotland Census, Perthshire, Perth Burgh, ED 38, page 10, line 19, Bridget Burke household (age 58); digital image, ScotlandsPeople, 1871 Census, (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ : accessed 03 Jun 2011); citing General Register Office of Scotland 1871 387/00 038/00 010.
  4. Scotland, Perth County, Perth, Register of Deaths, 1874: entry 58, Bridget Burke, 07 May; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ : accessed 03 Jun 2011); citing Statutory Deaths no. 387/00 0058

Another Gaffaney Plot ~ Tombstone Tuesday

Peter Dominic & Margaret Gaffaney, gravestone, Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ1

Peter Dominic & Margaret Gaffaney, gravestone, Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ

In Loving Memory of
Margaret
Beloved Wife of
Peter Gaffaney
Died 16th Nov 1931
Also her Loved Husband
Peter Gaffaney
Died 4th July 1954

R.I.P.

Michael Dominic & Agnes Gaffaney, gravestone, Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ1

Michael Dominic & Agnes Gaffaney, gravestone, Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ

Also Their Loved Son
Michael Dominic
Gaffaney
Died 5th Sept 1990 Aged 80
Dearly Loved Husband of
Agnes
Died 25th Sept 1995 Aged 81

My great grandmother Margaret (O’Rourke) Gaffaney is buried in Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand, along with her husband Peter Dominic Gaffaney, their son Michael Dominic and his wife Agnes (Burke).

The monumental masons managed to bodge both gravestones – getting the date of death wrong for my great grandfather, and again for his son.

Many thanks to the kind Trade Me genealogy forum member who located and photographed the gravestone for me.

  1. Bromley Cemetery (Linwood Avenue, Bromley, Christchurch, New Zealand), Peter Gaffaney & family gravestones, Block 24, Plot 64; photograph supplied by [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE], April 2011.

Tombstone Tuesday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

I always knew I had Irish ancestors, but was never quite sure who they were and exactly where they were from.

In the 1990s I spent several years living in Ireland. Oh, when I think of all the research I could have done! But, I was busy studying and working and having fun. Back then, it seemed like every day was St Patrick’s Day, full of craic and lots of Guinness.

I took my family to Ireland for a two week holiday in the summer of 2009. You’d think after living in the place I would have remembered that you don’t go to Ireland for the weather, especially in the summer. The lovely lady at the holiday home company assured me that a heatwave was forecast that year. (Ah, the optimism!) It rained. Well, mostly. Occasionally we saw the sun. One place we visited during a sunny spell was Muckross House, near Killarney in Co. Kerry – with three young kids we declined the 45 minute guided tour around the grand house, and opted to see the Traditional Farms instead, with “three separate working farms (small , medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery” as they would have been back in the 1930s and 1940, “a period before the widespread use of electricity”.

Dwelling house, medium-sized farm at Muckross

Dwelling house, medium-sized farm at Muckross Traditional Farms

Scones baking on the fire, Muckross

Scones baking on the fire, Muckross Traditional Farms

Living area of house, Muckross

Living area of house, Muckross Traditional Farms

Since that trip, I’ve not only discovered the names of my Irish forebears and the counties they hailed from, I’ve also recently found a great great great grandfather’s farm in Co. Kerry. Perhaps it was a little like the one we saw at Muckross?

To the Gaffaneys, the O’Rourkes, the Burkes, the Brosnahans, the Burtons, the Powers, and the McGonnells, to you who journeyed across the seas to make new homes in New Zealand, I raise my glass on this day, and thank you for your pioneering spirit and courage.

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