Sunday, 20 November 2011
This fine looking gentleman is my great-great-grandfather Daniel Keogh. He had this photo taken at a studio on Regent Road in Salford. He was born in Ireland in 1829 and died in 1890 so the photo must have been taken sometime in the 1880s.
His son Matthew, my great-grandfather, was born in Manchester in 1866 by which time Daniel was about 38 years old.
His daughter Ellen was born in 1872 and from her baptism record we can see his wife was called Hannah.
Baptism: 13 Mar 1872 Sacred Trinity, Salford, Lancashire, England
Ellen Keogh - Child of Daniel Keogh & Hannah
Abode: Williamson Court Garden St
Baptised by: J U Glanville
In the 1881 census he appears as a widower with his son Matthew and daughter Ellen boarding at the house of Hannah Birchall at 13 Croydon Street, Salford. Daniel is 52 years old and working as a plasterer. Matthew is 14, working as a cord machine minder and Ellen 9, is a scholar.
He died in Salford in 1890.
And that is all the information I can find about him, leaving lots of unanswered questions.
Where in Ireland was he born? Was Hannah his first wife? Did he marry her in Ireland?
Why can I not find census records before 1881? Why can I not find any other records? Or have I just got a lot more work to do?
The biggest enigma is how come Ellen was baptized at a Church of England church when they should have been Catholics.
Matthew Keogh married Ellen Nolan in 1886 at St Stephens Church, Hulme, Manchester which is also C. of E. They were the parents of my paternal grandmother all of them firmly belonging to the Catholic Church.
Ellen married John Manning in 1890 and had two children, Henry born 1891 and Daniel born 1893 before she died in 1894 at the age of 22.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Thanks to the great co-operation of the Parish priest at St. Maur’s church, Rush I have found the graves of my great grandparents. Father Coghlan replied to my email promptly and enthusiastically. He crucially passed on my query to a lady in the town, Eithne Jones, who gave me the name of the graveyard in Baldongan and the telephone number of Billy Ryan in Loughshinny who knew the family.
This magical place sits atop a hill just north of Loughshinny, it has an impressive history dating back to the Knight’s Templars.
History of Baldongan on Patrick Comerford’s blog;
The small graveyard surrounding the ruin is where the grave of Laurence McNally stands close to the castle wall.
In Loving memory of Laurence McNally
Who died 21 February 1942
His wife Margaret
Who died 15 March 1942
And his daughter Catherine Clifford
Who died 25 September 1930
And Margaret McNally
Who died 14 May 1964/1??
Right next to the grave is another McNally family
Catherine Mcnally, Ballykea
In loving memory of her husband
Died 26th April 1934 aged 84 years
And of their children
Patrick and Laurence McNally
Who died young
Above named Catherine McNally
Who died 30 July 1941
And also her nephew Laurence
Who died 30 March 1942/3? Aged 20
I can’t work out how these people are related to us but they obviously are. They are on the 1901 and 1911 census living opposite our family. There are now three brothers living in houses that they built on the land. I also found some of them in the graveyard at Kenure old church.
A visit to Loughshinny to meet Billy Ryan, gentleman and scholar and custodian of local history told me lots more about grandad’s family. Billy and his brother Francis remember some of the sisters well.
Mary died in 1988 and is also buried at Baldongan. There isn’t much information about her life. Billy and Francis tell the tale of one of the sisters being about to marry a man from Skerries but he turned up drunk one day and unapologetic with it, ‘if you don’t want me drunk then you won’t have me sober either’ was the ultimatum, so no wedding took place. The problem is they don’t agree whether this was Mary or Janie.
Catherine died in 1930 which means she was only 29 years old and married to a Clifford. When the house was sold in the 1980s part of the estate went to Catherine’s daughter, Maureen Colgan.
Margaret (1903) died from cancer in 1964. They remember her as Moggie who worked as a caretaker at the school and also at The Yacht Bar at the crossroads which is up for sale now. My father told me about his trip to Loughshiny in 1945 in the company of his aunt Maggie who worked at the buffet bar at Manchester Victoria railway station. Billy and Francis don’t remember that Moggie ever went to work in England so maybe she wasn’t there for very long. She died just a short time after grandad.
Janie was a priest’s housekeeper at St Peter’s church in Phibsborough, Dublin until she retired back to live in the house in Loughshinny next to the old school, she died in 1988. She is also in the Baldongan grave although her name is not on the headstone.
We then went to visit Rush library where the old Catholic Church has been lovingly restored into a jewel of a library.
It is still possible to feel the faith of the worshippers and imagine our ancestors sending their prayers to heaven via the stained glass saints in the high windows and confessing to their god in the wooden confessional boxes that still sit in the alcoves.
Swords Heritage centre gave me access to church records from Rush and Skerries and a whole new generation and two more surnames to add to the tree.
Arthur McNally was baptised in Skerries on 06 June 1814, his parents were John McNally and Catherine Connolly.
Arthur’s wife Catherine Ryan was born in Rush parish on 09 May 1822, her parents were Patrick Ryan and Alice McCann.
Arthur and Catherine married on 24 February1848.
Peter was born 29 June 1857 (which seems a long time after the wedding for the first son to be born).
Laurence (my great grandfather) was born 24 July 1859.
Mary Ann, 15 August 1865.
Michael 27 May 1869.