One of these women could be my great great grandmother, Bridget Power. Or not.
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Oh my word, it has been a long while since I’ve posted. I have been busy with IHGS assignments, lots of family history research, and correspondence with distant cousins – hence this blog has been somewhat neglected.
Thanks to a fellow IHGS student, I now have a copy of my great great grandmother’s obituary from the New Zealand Tablet, and as I’ve lately been in contact with a few O’Rourke cousins, I thought it timely to share.
MRS O’ROURKE, NAPIER
Death has laid its hand very heavily upon Mr
B. O’Rourke, sen., and his family during the last few
days (says the Hawke’s Bay Herald of July 20). Fol-
lowing the death of the youngest son, Mr. James
O’Rourke, on Friday morning, Mrs O’Rourke, sen.,
passed away on Saturday morning. The news caused
a profound shock to the community, and feelings of
widespread sympathy for the bereaved family. The
deceased lady was an old colonist, having arrived in
New Zealand in the early ‘sixties, partaking of the ups
and downs of goldfields life at Charleston, on the West
Coast, where Mr. O’Rourke took a prominent part in
the pioneering work of those stirring times, eventually
coming to Napier, where the family have been well
and popularly connected with its business life since
1875. Mrs. O’Rourke’s health had been failing for
some time, but her end was doubtless accelerated by
the shock of the death of her son James. On Sunday the
remains of mother and son were laid to rest in the
Napier Cemetery, the cortege being one of the largest
seen in the city for many years. A service was first
held at St. Patrick’s Church, and the final rites were
performed by the Rev. Fathers O’Sullivan and O’Con-
nor, the scene at the graveside, when the coffins con-
taining the remains of mother and son were lowered
into the one grave beside that of a son and brother,
who had died only a comparatively short time pre-
viously, being most impressive. The members of the
H. A. C. B. Society, of which the late Mr. James
O’Rourke was a member, attended in full strength, and
acted as pall-bearers. – R.I.P.
Bridget O’Rourke died on 18 July 1914 in Napier, New Zealand, and is buried at the Old Napier Cemetery in the O’Rourke family plot. Her cause of death was given as “Pneumonia, Syncope”.
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Every Saturday night Randy Seaver sends out a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge at Genea-Musings. Usually I miss out because of the time difference, but this week I thought I’d just post a day late!
Our mission was to list our 16 great great grandparents, along with their birth, marriage and death dates. Then, determine their birthplaces, and (for extra credit) create a pie chart showing their countries of origin.
My magic 16 are:
Michael GAFFANEY. Born on 31 Oct 1836 in Belper, Derbyshire, England. Michael died in Arowhenua, South Canterbury, New Zealand, on 11 Jul 1911; he was 74. Buried on 13 Jul 1911 in Temuka Cemetery, Temuka, New Zealand. Occupation: Farmer
On 26 Dec 1863 when Michael was 27, he married Margaret BROSNAHAN in the Catholic Chapel, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Margaret BROSNAHAN. Born on 8 Dec 1844 in Co Kerry, Ireland. Margaret died at Belper Farm, Main South Road,Temuka, New Zealand, on 16 Aug 1927; she was 82. Buried on 18 Aug 1927 in Temuka Cemetery, Temuka, New Zealand.
Bartholomew O’ROURKE. Born abt 1844 in Co Kerry, Ireland. Bartholomew died in Station Street, Napier, New Zealand, on 13 Nov 1923; he was 79. Buried on 15 Nov 1923 in Old Napier Cemetery, New Zealand. Occupation: Carter, Miner.
On 2 Sep 1869 when Bartholomew was 25, he married Bridget POWER in the Roman Catholic Church, Charleston, West Coast, New Zealand.
Bridget POWER. Born in 1846 in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland. Bridget died in Napier, New Zealand, on 18 Jul 1914; she was 68. Buried on 19 Jul 1914 in Old Napier Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand.
Martin BURKE. Born in 1840 in Co Mayo, Ireland. Martin died in Nazareth House, Sydenham, NZ, on 27 Nov 1918; he was 78. Buried on 28 Nov 1918 in Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand. Occupation: Farmer.
On 2 Feb 1861 when Martin was 21, he married Ann PHILP in St John’s Catholic Church, Perth, Scotland.
Ann PHILP. Born in 1840 in Ceres, Fife, Scotland. Ann died in Burnham, NZ on 13 Mar 1895; she was 55. Buried on 15 Mar 1895 in Darfield Churchyard, Canterbury, New Zealand.
John BURTON. Born abt 1826 in Co Tipperary, Ireland. John died in Redwoodtown, Blenheim, New Zealand, on 29 Jun 1897; he was 71. Buried on 30 Jun 1897 in Omaka Cemetery, Marlborough, New Zealand. Occupation: Carter, Labourer.
On 17 Jan 1859 when John was 33, he married Bridget MAHONEY in Galbally, Co Limerick, Ireland.
Bridget MAHONEY. Born abt 1843 in Galbally, Co Limerick, Ireland. Bridget died in Blenheim, New Zealand, on 22 Nov 1900; she was 57. Buried on 24 Nov 1900 in Omaka Cemetery, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Ephraim WRIGHT. Born on 8 Jan 1860 in Polstead, Suffolk, England. Ephraim died in South Eastern Hospital, Deptford, Kent, on 26 Nov 1894; he was 34. Occupation: Labourer, Engine-Fitter.
On 13 Mar 1882 when Ephraim was 22, he married Mary Jane CLARK in St Stephen, Lewisham, Kent, England.
Mary Jane CLARK. Born abt 1856 in Co Monaghan, Ireland. Mary Jane died in Greenwich, Kent, England, on 12 Feb 1932; she was 76. Occupation: Laundress.
Sam NUNNS. Born on 8 Feb 1874 in Rothwell, Yorkshire, England. Sam died in Auckland, New Zealand, on 5 Apr 1945; he was 71. Buried on 4 Oct 1945 in Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand. Occupation: Borough Employee, Stone Mason (journeyman).
On 11 Jan 1896 when Sam was 21, he married Alice COCKERHAM in Oulton Church, Oulton, Yorkshire, England.
Alice COCKERHAM. Born on 9 Mar 1878 in Oulton, Yorkshire, England. Alice died in Gisborne, New Zealand, on 17 Jul 1954; she was 76. Buried on 19 Jul 1954 in Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand.
Michael McGONNELL. Born abt 1840 in Newry, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Michael died in Waiongana, Taranaki, New Zealand, on 5 May 1929; he was 89. Buried on 7 May 1929 in Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Occupation: Signalman, Farmer, Boatman.
On 28 May 1888 when Michael was 48, he married Louisa TUNNECLIFFE in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Louisa TUNNECLIFFE. Born abt 1858 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Louisa died in Waiongana, Taranaki, on 26 Jun 1926; she was 68. Buried on 29 Jun 1926 in Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Henry John Forrest FLOREY. Born on 1 Oct 1862 in Pembroke Place, Chatham, Kent, England. Henry John Forrest died in Te Araroa, East Cape, New Zealand, on 5 Oct 1913; he was 51. Buried on 6 Oct 1913 in Te Araroa, East Cape, New Zealand. Occupation: Cook, Tobacconist, Billard Maker.
On 10 Mar 1885 when Henry John Forrest was 22, he married Ann Elizabeth (Annie) HORNE in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ann Elizabeth (Annie) HORNE. Born abt 1864 in Cape Town, South Africa. Annie died in Newton Road, Auckland, on 9 Mar 1907; she was 43. Buried on 12 Mar 1907 in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
Country of origin
South Africa: 1
New Zealand: 1
And as an added bonus for readers, here’s a pie chart showing final resting places.
Note: Source citations available on request.
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”.
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.
I just adore this photograph! Isn’t it marvellous? The gloves! Those hats! My great grandfather Peter looks quite the dapper lad, and my great grandmother Margaret so much the lady.
Margaret is the daughter of Bartholomew O’Rourke, yer man from Ballymacdonnell, and Bridget Power. She was born Margaret Mary/Monica O’Rourke on 7 September, 1885 in Napier, New Zealand, the fifth daughter and tenth child of Bartholomew and Bridget.1
Peter and Margaret were married in St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Napier, New Zealand on 9 November, 1909.3
GAFFNEY – O’ROURKE
St. Patrick’s Church was the scene of an exceedingly pretty wedding this morning when Mr P. D. Gaffney, of Canterbury, was united in the bonds of matrimony to Miss Margaret Monica O’Rourke, youngest daughter of Mr B. O’Rourke, of the well-known Napier carrying firm. Pontifical high mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father O’Connor, in the absence of the Rev. Father Goggan. Mr James Gaffney, brother of the bridegroom, was best man and Miss B. O’Rourke, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid.
The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a princess gown of ivory chiffon taffeta, yoke of tucked net and trimmed with silk guipure. She wore a large cream picture hat of crinoline straw, with soft tulle ruchings finished at the side with soft flowing plumes. The bridesmaid, Miss B. O’Rourke, wore a pale blue ninon de soie, with yoke and sleeves of ecru net threaded with pale blue bebe ribbon. She wore a large Tuscan straw hat trimmed with cream tulle and embroidery. Miss K. O’Rourke was attired in a gown of cornflower blue eolienne over silk with a yoke of ecru net and beautiful Oriental embroidery. Mrs O’Rourke, mother of the bride, was attired in a gown of black silk, while Mrs McCallum, sister of the bridegroom, was dressed in a brown tailor costume with toque to match.
The bride’s present to the bridegroom was a pair of gold sleeve links, while that of the bridegroom to the bride was a handsome ruby and diamond ring. To the bridesmaid he gave a handsome cameo ring set in pearls.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the guests were entertained by the bride’s parents in St. Patrick’s Hall. Mr and Mrs Gaffney left by the 2.15 p.m. train to spend their honeymoon in the Lakes district of the South Island. The bride wore a navy blue tailor-made travelling dress with hat…
- New Zealand, birth certificate for Margaret Mary O’Rourke; 07 Sep 1885, Napier; citing 1885/18916, Births, Deaths & Marriages, New Zealand.
- Baptismal certificate for Peter Dominic Gaffaney; 16 Aug 1879, Temuka, New Zealand; copy privately held by [NAME, ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE].
- New Zealand, marriage certificate for Peter Dominic Gaffaney and Margaret Monica O’Rourke; 09 Nov 1909, Napier; citing 1909/7835, Births, Deaths & Marriages, New Zealand.
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Hidden amongst all the photos and documents in my father’s stack of genealogy “stuff”, I came across a faded copy of a hand drawn O’Rourke family tree. It was barely legible in places, but I could make out quite a few names… including my great great grandfather Bartholomew!
The tree started at Bartholomew’s grandfather and included most of the male lines from Bartholomew’s father down, to about my generation. There was a key on the side for some colour-coding of those who stayed in Ireland, those who went to New Zealand, and those who went to the United States. Unfortunately, the colours have gone and it’s all sepia. However, with the tree was a letter from a relative to my father – the one who had sent the tree, and he gave the name and address of the relative who had compiled the tree originally. O happy day! The letter was written sometime in the mid 1990s, so I will need my father to check whether the people mentioned are still around.
In an earlier post, when I couldn’t find Bartholomew’s baptism record, I listed a family of possible siblings whose baptism records I did find. These are the names and baptism dates:
Mary – 10 Oct 1837
Ellen – 24 Nov 1843
Johanna – 29 Mar 1846
Margaret – 1 Oct 1848
John – 15 Mar 1850
Catherine – 18 Jun 1852
Bridget – 21 Jul 1854
Honora – 22 Oct 1856
Ellen – 24 Dec 1859
And these are Bartholomew and his siblings as given on the family tree:
- Mary Josephine b. 1837 d. 1882 (spinster)
- Jeremiah b. 1840
- m. Bridget O’Laughan [sp?]
- Bartholomew b. 1844 d. 1923
- m. Bridget Power
- Hannah (Joan) b. 1846
- m. Brian Hickey
- Margaret b. 1848
- m. Thomas Walsh
- John b. 1850 d. 1936 (changed name to John Callaghan O’Rorke around 1880)
- m. Mary Fleming
- Bridget b. 1854
- Honora b. 1856 d. 1930
- m. Bartholomew Dennehy
- Ellen b. 1859
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