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Cormac GORDON [Parents] was born on 26 Feb 1870 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 13 Sep 1939 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was buried on 15 Sep 1939 in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon. Cormac married Mary MORAHAN on 7 Feb 1906 in Jamestown, Co. Leitrim.

Cormac ran the Gordon family farm in Kilgarriff.

Cormac died following a stroke ("hemiplegia (14 days)" and "cardiac failure", as specified on his death record).

Mary MORAHAN [Parents] was born about 5 Aug 1877 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 7 Aug 1877 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 20 Jan 1932 in Dublin. She was buried in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon. Mary married Cormac GORDON on 7 Feb 1906 in Jamestown, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were John Morahan and Jane Murray.

Witnesses to Mary's marriage to Cormac Gordon were John Gordon and Belinda Morahan. Presumably Belinda was Mary's sister, Linda.  

Mary died in St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin following complications from a hernia operation carried out at either St. Vincents' or the hospital in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. The cause of death, according to the death record, was 'strangulated intestinal hernia (5 days)' and 'cardiac failure'.

They had the following children.

  F i
Kathleen (Sr. Teresa Mary) GORDON was born on 24 Nov 1906 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in Nov 1989 in Dublin. She was buried in Sisters of Charity convent cemetery, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Kathleen was a teacher. At the age of about 30, after she had seen to the education of her youngest siblings, she entered the convent of the Sisters of Charity.
  F ii Josephine (Jo) Margaret GORDON was born on 18 May 1908. She died in Jun 1985.
  F iii
Ann Emily (Emma) GORDON was born on 10 Aug 1910 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 14 Aug 1910 in Fairymount Church, Co. Roscommon. She died on 16 Jan 2012 in Dublin. She was buried on 19 Jan 2012 in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 70.5, St. Bridget's).

Having trained at the Munster Institute in Cork, Emma worked for many years as a hotel housekeeper in Dublin. Emma, who never married, died at the age of 101. She is buried with her aunt Lizzie McDonnell (née Gordon) and her first cousins Annie and Emma McDonnell in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. I am told that this grave is located beside those of other relatives, including Emma's aunts Kathleen Clarke (née Gordon) and Bea O'Hara (née Gordon).
  F iv Linda GORDON was born in Jul 1912. She died on 11 Aug 1986.
  M v Thomas (Tom) GORDON was born on 9 Jul 1914. He died on 28 Apr 2001.
  F vi
Irene (Sr. Austin Peter) GORDON was born in 1916 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1987 in Dublin. She was buried in Sisters of Charity convent cemetery, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Irene was a member of the Sisters of Charity order.
  M vii Patrick (Paddy) GORDON was born on 6 Jul 1919. He died on 9 Jan 1984.
  M viii Cormac GORDON was born on 20 May 1921. He died on 8 Nov 2009.

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They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.

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George Patrick BUTLER [Parents] was born on 2 Mar 1834 in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. He was christened on 23 Mar 1834 in St. Patrick's Church, Westminster, London. He died on 18 Apr 1911 in 59 Rowan Road, Hammersmith, London. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London (grave 7197). George married Jane LYNCH on 11 Jan 1862 in St Patrick's Chapel, Sutton St., The Strand, London.

George was a musical instrument maker in the family business. According to census information, George was born in the St. Martin-in-the-Fields registration district (now incorporated into the City of Westminster), although it is not known exactly where, and his baptismal sponsors were Isaac Joseph (surname unknown but it was probably Fairbrother as an Isaac Joseph Fairbrother was a sponsor of George's brother Robert) and Eleanor (surname unknown but it was probably Fairbrother as an Eleanor Fairbrother was a sponsor of George's brother Thomas).

William Waterhouse's "The New Langwill Index: A Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors" gives the following dates and addresses for the Butler business (my notes are in parentheses):

1859: 17 Brydges St., Covent Garden, London
1860-1865: 57 Greek St., London
1865-1898: 29 Haymarket, London (at the corner of Shaver's Place, now the location of the Tiger Tiger night club)  
1898-1913: 29 Haymarket (under the name 'George Butler & Sons')
1868-1882: 11 Ellis Quay, Dublin
1882-1926: 34 Bachelor's Walk, Dublin (in Monument House)  
1926-1927: 2 Lower Abbey St., Dublin  

[Notes on the above dates: (i) According to the 1871 census of England, George was employing at that time five men and four boys (in the Haymarket premises), and (ii) The business actually moved from Bachelor's Walk to Lower Abbey St. in 1917 although the family seems to have retained the Bachelor's Walk premises]

"The New Langwill Index" lists Algernon Rose's "Talk with Bandsmen" (London, 1894; reprint ed., London: T. Bingham, 1996) as a secondary source for George's business. According to Mr. Rose, "Sixty years ago all metal instruments of extended compass were played with keys. Mr. George Butler, of 29, Haymarket, London, and of Monument House, O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, will tell you that in 1874 he came across a complete set of copper instruments with brass keys…. Mr. Butler's business was established in the Haymarket in 1826 [actually 1865], and he now exports largely to distant parts of the world. Both of his sons have had Continental experience. Mr. Butler's father succeeded Mr. Dollard, who set up in Dublin about the year 1810."

George and his wife, Jane, seem to have moved around a lot after their marriage: in 1863 they were living at 29a Haymarket (next door to their future shop?), and by 1865 they had moved to 2 Duncan Place (now 31 The Vineyard) in Richmond upon Thames. In 1871, according to the census of that year, their home was 6 Brompton Square, Kensington. By the time of the 1881 census, they were living at 32 St. Mary Abbots Terrace, Kensington, and in 1891, the census shows they were living at 9 Gunterstone Road in West Kensington. The 1901 census tells us that the family had moved to 23 Rowan Road in nearby Hammersmith. Sometime after Jane's death in 1902, George moved to 59 Rowan Road where he lived with his son George and his daughter Mary and her family. It is not known who moved in with whom but George senior's name is given as the head of the household in the 1911 census.

Interestingly, at the time of the 1891 census, the family of Thomas Hussey, whose sons married George's daughters, Mary and Jane, lived at 23 St. Mary Abbots Terrace (having moved there between 1884 and 1991), the same street where George and Jane were living in 1881. Perhaps the two families had been close neighbours at some point and perhaps that's how Mary and Jane first met the Hussey boys. Another possibility is that the Butlers and the Husseys met through their connection with St. Edmund's College in Hertfordshire: Mary's and Jane's younger brother, William, may have attended the college at the same time as some of Thomas Hussey senior's sons.

George appears to have had financial difficulties in his later years as a 1901 codicil to the will of his brother-in-law Canon Edward Lynch stipulates that "my brother in law George Butler shall not be called upon to repay to my estate
any money in which he maybe indebted to me at the time of my death for the period of five years after my death as long as he regularly pays half yearly to my estate interest on the amount of such indebtedness". It is not known how much Edward had loaned George.

The cause of George's death was "cerebral haemorrhage, 4 months; hemiplegia; congestion of lungs".

Jane LYNCH [Parents] was born in May 1834 in probably parish of SS Michael and John (near Christchurch), Dublin. She was christened on 25 May 1834 in St. Michael parish, Dublin. She died on 22 Jul 1902 in 23 Rowan Road, Hammersmith, London. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London (grave 7197). Jane married George Patrick BUTLER on 11 Jan 1862 in St Patrick's Chapel, Sutton St., The Strand, London.

Our source for Jane's birthplace is the 1891 British census which gives her place of birth is given as 'Dublin, St. Michael'. The only 'St. Michael' parish in the city of Dublin at that time appears to be 'SS Michael and John' near Christchurch Cathedral. With the exception of the 1851 census, all other censuses just give Dublin as Jane's place of birth.

Jane's baptismal sponsors were John Egan and Julia Scully.

In the 1851 census Jane appears to be listed as a member of the household of an uncle, John Egan, and his family. However, this Jane's place of birth is given as Co. Kerry (written as "Cerry) but the list of places of birth for some or all members of the Egan family appears to be out of sync as her uncle's place of birth (Dublin) appears one line above where it should be. The Kerry birthplace may therefore relate to the Egan family servant who is listed directly after Jane. If this is the case then Jane's birthplace on the census was intended to read "London, Middlesex", which is actually incorrect as she was born in Dublin. Perhaps her uncle forgot this fact as Jane had moved to Middlesex as an infant. Also included in the census return for John's household (in St. Giles-in-the-Fields in London) is his wife, Mary and their children, Thomas, Edward, Fanny and Alice.

After Jane and her parents moved to London from Dublin they lived on Greek St., Soho (according to the 1841 census). The family later moved to 57a Charlotte Street, St. Pancras (1861 census) which was Jane's address on her marriage record (1862). The 1861 census also tells us that Jane was a dressmaker.

According to her death record Jane died of "malignant disease of bladder".

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Mary Egan and Thomas Egan, probably relaives of Jane's on her mother's side.

They had the following children.

  M i
George Joseph BUTLER was born on 6 Aug 1863 in 29a Haymarket, London. He was christened on 12 Aug 1863 in St. Patrick's Church, Soho Square, Westminster, London. He died after 2 Apr 1911 in probably London.

George's baptismal sponsers were Paul Joseph Roret and Emilia Roret.

George was a musical instrument maker in the family business. He is listed in the 1901 and 1911 returns for for the Butler household, suggesting he still lived at home. He was 47 at the time of the 1911 census so it is likely he never married. The Haymarket shop closed down in 1913. Assuming George was alive at the time, the closure seems surprising given that he was then aged only about 50. However, it is believed George was a poor businessman who did not enjoy good health.

Note: The George J. Butler who died in Lambeth, London in 1950 aged 87 is not our George above, but George John, a retired police constable, with the informant being a daughter.
  F ii Mary Theresa BUTLER was born on 29 Mar 1865. She died in Mar 1953.
  F iii Jane Frances BUTLER was born on 3 Dec 1867. She died on 9 Mar 1946.
  M iv William John BUTLER was born about 1869. He died on 2 Nov 1933.
  F v Winifred Mary BUTLER was born about 1876. She died on 2 May 1919.

George James BUTLER [Parents] was born about 1795 in Dublin. He died on 8 Apr 1870 in 29a Haymarket, London. He was buried on 11 Apr 1870 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London. George married Margaret Lucy MEADE on 30 Dec 1827 in parish of St. Paul, Arran Quay, Dublin.

George was a musical instrument maker in Dublin and later in London, with a manufacturing company that would be run by several generations of his descendants. According to William Waterhouse's 'The New Langwill Index: A Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors' (London, T. Bingham, 1993), "flourished in Dublin from 1826 as a successor to a Mr. Dollard, maker of flute, Kent-bugle, serpent and bass-horn". "The New Langwill Index" lists Algernon Rose's 'Talk with Bandsmen' (London, 1894; reprint ed., London: T. Bingham, 1996) as a secondary source for George. According to Mr. Rose, George "succeeded Mr. Dollard, who set up in Dublin about the year 1810." From the above it would appear that George took over Mr. Dollard's musical instrument business in 1926. However it appears there was already a Butler family musical instrument business in operation in Dublin prior to this if a statement made in a newspaper advertisement in the 1920s is true:

J. BUTLER
(Successor to G. BUTLER & SONS)
Being the 5th generation in direct line trading in Dublin since the rebellion of 1798.

The "J. Butler" menioned here could only have been Jennie Butler, daughter of William J. Butler who was a son of George Patrick Butler who was a son of George James Butler above. George James would therefore have been the second generation in the business, indicating that his father was also a musical instrument maker

It appears George James moved to London between 1832 and 1834 while continuing to maintain the business in Dublin. There was a branch of the business located at 34 Sackville St. (now O'Connell St.), Dublin in 1832, with a move to 59 Mary St., Dublin in 1833. Our estimated time of George's move to London is based on the fact that his eldest three children were born in Dublin between about 1828 and 1932, while the fourth, born in 1834, and subsequent children were all born in London. At that time there was a large and tight-knit Irish community in the Strand area of London where the Butlers settled.

It seems George worked for others in London for a number of years (the 1851 census of England shows that George, along with his son George, was working as a "journeyman trumpet maker"), but in 1859 it is believed that he set up his first London shop at 17 Brydge's St. in Covent Garden. According to Algernon Rose, "Mr. Butler's business was established in the Haymarket in 1826" but it seems more likely that this may have been the year he started working in London; according to the "The New Langwill Index", the Haymarket business wasn't set up until 1865.

In Dublin it is possible that George's workshop was located in the mid-1850s on Capel St. because the only Griffith's Valuation entries for a George Butler in the entire city of Dublin are for (i) 155 and 156 Capel St (warehouse, house, warerooms and small yard) and (ii) an address on what seems to be a lane between 13 and 14 Strand St. Little (just off Capel St.) where an office was rented. Part of Strand St. Little runs behind shops on the river end of Capel St. where numbers 155 and 156 are located. Griffith's Valuation was undertaken for the Capel St. area in May of 1854. However, there was a George Butler who han an ironmongery business at 16 Capel St. in the 1860s so perhaps the George Butler listed in Griffith's Valuation is the ironmonger.

According to his death certificate, our George died of "debility from age". He is buried, along with his wife, Margaret, in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London. Unfortunately, their grave was public (a cheaper option than private) and when the cemetery needed to create new private graves in 1980 public graves had their headstones removed and the public area was covered over with a new mound of earth. Although George and Margaret's grave was undisturbed no trace of it is now visible, but we do know that they were buried in plot no. 145 in section NP.

There was a musical instrument maker by the name of Thomas Butler who was born in Dublin about 15 years after George and who may have been related to him. Thomas lived in London and we have established a connection between him and George's family in that it appears that George's mother was the informant named on Thomas's death certificate. However, we have no evidence that Thomas and George were in fact related. Thomas's father's name was James and, according to Thomas's marriage certificate, James was a hatter, suggesting that Thomas and George were not brothers (based on the newspaper advert mentioned above). Then again there are indications that George's father's name was James: George's middle name, for instance, and the fact that George appears to have named his eldest son James, which ties in with the tradition at the time of naming one's eldest son after the child's paternal grandfather. However, we have no proof whatsoever that there was any blood connection between Thomas and George.

Margaret Lucy MEADE was born about 1802 in Dublin. She died on 19 Nov 1868 in 29 Haymarket, London. She was buried on 21 Nov 1868 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London. Margaret married George James BUTLER on 30 Dec 1827 in parish of St. Paul, Arran Quay, Dublin.

We know that Margaret was born in Dublin from the 1851 census of England, and we discovered her surname from the birth certificate of her daughter Mary Ann, where it is written as 'Made'. I think it likely that Made may have been a pronunciation of the relatively common Irish name Meade (back then it wasn't unusual for names to be spelled as they were locally pronounced, such as Clary for Clery, Lahy for Leahy, etc.). Meade and Made seem to be interchangeable.

It is possible that Margaret's father's first name was Robert and her mother's Lucy because a baptismal record has been found on the Irish Genealogy website, www.irishgenealogy.ie, for a Margaritta (first names were registered in Latin at the time) Meade, daughter of Roberti and Lucia Meade, who was baptised in the parish of St. Nicholas in Dublin on 15 May 1803 (which ties in with our Margaret's age given in census returns). There was another Margaret Meade baptised around the same time in Dublin but I think it is less likely that she is our Margaret. This Margaret Meade was a daughter of Thomas and Ellen Meade and was baptised in the parish of St. Audoen in Dublin on 25 July 1803. Because our Margaret's middle name was Lucy I think it more likely that our Margaret was a daughter of Robert and Lucy's rather than Thomas and Ellen's.

Baptismal records of three other children of Robert and Lucy Meade have also been located on www.irishgenealogy,ie. All three were baptised in the parish of St. Andrew in Dublin and the baptismal day and month have not been provided for any of the three: Luisa Mead (sic) was baptised in 1809, Robert Meade was baptised in 1810 and Robert Made (sic) who was baptised in 1811 (perhaps the first Robert had died). Interestingly the name of the first Robert's sponsors include Mary Ann Butler (our Margaret would marry a George Butler). Although the above is no proper evidence of a connection between our Margaret and the family of Robert and Lucy Mead, the information from www.irishgenealogy.ie is nevertheless worth noting.  

It seems our Margaret and her husband, George, moved from Dublin to London around 1832. According to both the 1841 and 1851 censuses of England, Margaret, George and their family were living at 1 Francis Court in the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden in Westminster. In 1854 Margaret was named as the informant on the death certificate of her husband's possible relative Thomas Butler (c.1810-1854). Her address on the death certificate was 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, which appears to have been the address at the time of her daughter Eliza and her family. By the time of the 1861 census, the Margaret and George were living at 57 Greek St. (where their musical instrument business was located) in the parish of St. Anne in Westminster and at the time of Margaret's death in 1868 they were living at 29 Haymarket (again, the address of their business). Margaret died of 'dropsy', an old term for the 'swelling of soft tissues due to the accumulation of excess water, often due to congestive heart failure').

The Meade/Mead surname appears to be associated mainly with Co. Cork.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were James Butler and Susan Butler.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth (Eliza) Mary BUTLER was born about 1828. She died on 24 Oct 1864.
  M ii
James Bernard John Edward BUTLER was born about 13 Aug 1830 in Dublin. He was christened on 15 Aug 1830 in St. Mary's Pro Cathedral, Dublin. He died on 15 Oct 1892 in 314 Fulham Road, Kensington, London. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.

James's baptismal sponsors were John Bernard McKernan and Susana Butler.

James, who never married, was a musical instrument maker. He was living at 29 Haymarket at the time of the deaths of his father on 8 April 1870 and his brother Thomas on 24 March 1885 (James's name and address are given on the the death certificates as he was the informant). He was at the same address in September 1888 when he was appointed administrator of his brother William's estate. By the time of his death in 1892 at the age of 62 James was living at 314 Fulham Road, London.
  F iii
Susan BUTLER was born about 30 Dec 1831 in Dublin. She was christened on 2 Jan 1832 in St. Mary's Pro Cathedral, Dublin. She died after 1850.

Susan's baptismal sponsors were James Butler and Susan Butler (perhaps the same people who were witnesses to Susan's parents' marriage four years earlier).

According to the 1851 census Susan, aged 19, was working as a servant. Unfortunately we have been unable to find any documented trace of Susan after this point. At the funeral service of her brother Robert, who died in 1902, it was mentioned that he was survived by one of his two sisters. Robert actually had four sisters, Eliza, Susan, Margaret and Mary Ann. We know that Eliza had died in 1864, 38 years earlier, and therefore the speaker may not have been aware of her existence. It is likely that Margaret had died in 1889, just 13 years earlier, and it appears that Mary Ann was still living in 1881. It is a pure hunch but it seems to me that the two sisters referred to in the sermon were most probably Margaret and Mary Ann, with Mary Ann being the sister surviving Robert, Susan - like Eliza - having died a very long time beforehand.
  M iv George Patrick BUTLER was born on 2 Mar 1834. He died on 18 Apr 1911.
  M v
Robert BUTLER was born on 16 Jan 1836 in London. He was christened on 7 Feb 1836 in St. Patrick's Church, Westminster, London. He died on 1 Nov 1902 in St. Charles College, Bayswater, London. He was buried on 6 Nov 1902 in Lady Chapel, St. Edmund's College, Ware, Hertfordshire.

Robert's baptismal sponsors were Isaac Joseph Fairbrother and Helena Fairbrother.

Robert studied for either one year or two at Sedgley Park School in Wolverhampton until the age of about 14 when he began studies for the priesthood at St. Edmund's College in Ware, Hertfordshire, starting in 1850. He received the Tonsure (cutting or shaving of all or part of the hair as a ritual of induction into religious life) in 1854 and the Minor Orders the following year. He was ordained Sub-deacon in St. Edmund's College Chapel on 7 March 1857 and Deacon on 27 February 1858. He then joined the newly formed Congregation of Oblates of St. Charles, based in Bayswater, London, and in September 1858 he left for Rome where he was ordained in 1860. He then returned to Bayswater where he served for about 17 years in the parish of St. Mary and All Angels.

In 1877 Robert was present at the death of Pope Pius IX. From the sermon given by Monsignor Ward at Robert's funeral we are told that "Cardinal Manning happened to come to Rome just at the time, and he brought his friend, Father Butler, with him. It was the end of December in the year 1877. I was myself in Rome, then a young layman, when he came; and together we went to the great Basilica of St. Peter, which was filled to overflowing, for a solemn Novena was going on for the dying Pontiff. It was his great ambition to assist at his death: and his wish was granted. He has often described to me the scene. There were praying round that death-bed dignitaries of the Church, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals. He obtained admission in order to act if necessary as messenger, and he joined in the prayers."

Robert moved into education in 1878, becoming rector of St. Charles College, Bayswater, succeeding Cardinal Manning who had recently died. Robert held this position until his death in 1902. At the time of his death he was also President of the Conference of Catholic Colleges of England.

Robert died of 'Heart failure, Pneumonia and Pleurisy (about 3 days) and Influenza (8 days)' at St. Charles College. He was brought back to St. Edmund's to be buried on the north side of the altar of St. Edmund's College Chapel.
  M vi
William Isaac BUTLER was born on 10 Jan 1838 in Covent Garden, London. He was christened on 4 Feb 1838 in St. Patrick's Church, Westminster, London. He died on 23 Aug 1888 in Ordnance House, North Hyde, Heston, Middlesex. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London (grave 7197).

William's baptismal sponsors were Isaac Joseph Fairbrother and Ellena Fairbrother. I think it likely that Ellena Fairbrother, Helena Fairbrother and Eleanor Fairbrother (the latter two being sponsors of siblings of William) are the same person.

A William Butler listed as a student at Sedgley Park School in Staffordshire in the 1851 census is likely to be our William as our William's elder brother Robert had earlier attended the school. Like Robert, William went on to become a priest. The 1861 census tells us he was an ecclesiastical student at St. Mary's College, Aston, Warwickshire; and, according to the 1871 census where he is listed as a member of the household of his brother George in Brompton Square in London, he was a Roman Catholic clergyman and vice-president of the College of Wolverhampton. By the time of the 1881 census he was ministering in Alton, Staffordshire and at the time of his death in 1888 he was living at Ordnance House, North Hyde (near Heston), Middlesex. Probate records from 1888 show that William left £121 10s 9d on his death and that his brother James had been appointed executor of the estate. According to his death certificate William died at the age of 50 of "malignant disease of stomach" at St. Mary's Orphanage (presumably attached to Ordnance House), North Hyde.
  F vii
Margaret BUTLER was born on 25 Jan 1840 in 1 Francis Court, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London. She was christened in St. Patrick's Church, Westminster, London. She died in probably 30 May 1889 in the convent of the Poor Clares, Cornwall Road, Kensington, London.

Margaret and Thomas were twins. Margaret's baptismal sponsors were Isaac Fairbrother and Elizabeth Fairbrother.

At the time of the 1861 census, Margaret was working as an embroideress.

The 1871 census has a 31-year-old London-born Margaret Butler, listed as a religious sister at the Poor Clares convent on Cornwall Road in Kensington. I believe this Margaret is our Margaret above. The same Margaret Butler is listed again at the convent in the 1881 census and it appears she died at the age of 49 at the same convent on 30 May 1889. Her death ertificate tells us she died of 'Cancer of Breast' and 'Exhaustion' and, surprisingly, describes her as a 'Gentle-Woman' rather than a nun or similar.

Jennie Hannigan (née Butler), a granddaughter of Margaret's brother George, has recalled hearing of a relative (identity unknown) who was a sister in an enclosed order in London. Apparently this nun became seriously ill but the order could not or would not pay for the medical treatment necessary, and when George - or his son who was also named George - learned of this  he offered to pay for the medical treatment but this was refused by the convent. George (whichever one it was) somehow managed to collect her from the convent, place her in his carriage and drive her to his home where she received the medical attention she needed and she made a good recovery. According to Jennie she never returned to the convent and became George's housekeeper instead.

Jennie's story suggests that her relative was indeed the Margaret Butler of the Poor Clares convent and also would explain why Margaret died as a 'Gentle-woman" rather than a nun. She must have returned to the convent during her final illness to be cared for by the sisters there.
  M viii
Thomas Aloysius BUTLER was born on 25 Jan 1840 in 1 Francis Court, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London. He was christened on 9 Feb 1840 in St. Patrick's Church, Westminster, London. He died on 24 Mar 1885 in 29 Haymarket, London. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London (grave 7197).

Thomas and Margaret were twins. Thomas's baptismal sponsors were John Doyle and Eleanor Fairbrother.

Thomas was working as a musical instrument maker and living at 57 Greek St. at the time of the 1861 census. By 1871 he was a commercial clerk in the family business and living at 29 Haymarket with his elder brother James. According to the 1881 census he was still a commercial clerk and living at 29 Haymarket but this time he is listed as a 'lodger. Thomas's death certificate tells us that James was present at Thomas's death in 1885 at 29 Haymarket.

Thomas's cause of death was 'Congestion of liver', the duration of which was one month, and 'Enteritis' from which he had suffered for 21 days. He was only 45 years of age.
  F ix
Mary Ann BUTLER was born on 8 Feb 1844 in 1 Francis Court, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London. She was christened on 13 Feb 1844 in the Sardinian Church (later the Church of St. Anselm and St. Cecilia), Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London. She died in probably after 1 Nov 1902.

On Mary Ann's birth certificate, her mother's name is written as 'Made'. This spelling was probably based on the pronunciation of the name by the family. Surnames like Meade, Regan, Whelan, etc. were often pronounced by Irish people at that time as Made, Ragan, Whalan, etc. There are no sponsors recorded on Mary Ann's baptismal record.

According to the 1861 census, Mary Ann was an embroideress. The 1881 census has a Mary Ann Butler, unmarried, aged 37 and Westminster-born, lodging at 705 Wandsworth Road, Clapham. This Mary Ann is a "gold embroidress" and so could be our Mary Ann above, daughter of George Butler and Margaret Meade. We know that only one of Mary Ann's brother Robert's sisters survived him - he died in November 1902 - and I think this sister could have been Mary Ann.

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Thomas GORDON [Parents] was born in 1821 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 15 Nov 1821 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died on 23 Mar 1901 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Thomas married Anne FOLEY about 1857.

Sponsors at Thomas's baptism were Patrick Gordon and Mary Hunt.

According to the marriage notice in The Auckland Star newspaper of his eldest son, Michael, Thomas's address (in early 1889) is given as Roughwood Lodge, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Perhaps Roughwood Lodge was the house inherited by Thomas and his wife, Anne (née Foley), from Anne's father.

Thomas left his estate, worth £456 5s to his son-in-law, William Clarke (husband of Thomas's daughter Kathleen).

Anne FOLEY [Parents] was born in 1839 in Breanamore, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She died on 26 Feb 1885 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Anne married Thomas GORDON about 1857.

It is believed that Anne's father was a pig exporter.  

It is also thought that Anne was an only daughter. She was possibly an only child because her father left the family farm to Anne and her husband, Thomas. However, as a result of a government act of the time (details unknown), the farm was distributed amongst others.

Anne died of heart disease at the age of about 45. Her death record tells us that cause of death was 'morbus cordis' that had lasted eight weeks. The youngest of her 13 surviving children was only four years old.

They had the following children.

  F i Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON was born on 15 Apr 1858. She died on 20 Feb 1927.
  F ii Bridget (Bea) GORDON was born on 7 Jun 1859. She died on 5 Sep 1949.
  M iii Michael John GORDON was born in May 1861. He died on 26 Jun 1938.
  F iv
Mary GORDON was born on 9 Jul 1862 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 8 Jun 1924 in London.

Mary was a sister in the order of la Sainte-Union des Sacrés-Cœurs, working initially at Our Lady's Bower in Athlone, Co. Westmeath and later at the order's convent on Highgate Road in Camden, London, where she died. Mary's name in religion was Sr. M. Regis.
  F v
Anne (Annie) GORDON was born on 5 Feb 1865 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 9 Feb 1865 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

Annie entered the convent but it is not known what order she joined. She worked in Sligo initially and later served in convents in Central America. Unfortunately we have no further information on Annie.
  M vi
Patrick (Pat) GORDON was born on 25 Nov 1866 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died about 1899 in Liverpool.

According to one family source, Pat went to Australia in 1895. According to another, he worked for the railroad in the Liverpool area and died around 1899 when only in his thirties. Perhaps he did both. I was also told that Patrick never married.

However, a Cormick (sic) Gordon was born to a Patrick Gordon and a Hanna M. Powell in West Derby registration district in 1913. Could Cormick has been a child of our Patrick above? I wonder this because, so far, every Cormac/Cormack/Cormick Gordon I have ever come across in the course of my research has been a member of my husband's extended Gordon family. Cormick appears to have married Elizabeth E. Staton in Crosby registration district in 1941 and they had at least four children. He lived at 55 Harrington Road, Formby, Merseyside and he died on 15 August 1980.
  F vii Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ellen GORDON was born on 23 Jul 1868. She died on 3 Dec 1955.
  M viii Cormac GORDON was born on 26 Feb 1870. He died on 13 Sep 1939.
  F ix
Jane (Jennie) GORDON was born on 17 Jun 1871 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 1 Dec 1964 in Dublin. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Jennie, who never married, was a domestic science teacher and taught in Sligo for a number of years. She retired to Dublin where she lived at 24 Trees Road in Mount Merrion.
  F x
Theresa (Tillie) GORDON was born on 10 Dec 1873 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 17 Dec 1875 in possibly Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 12 Feb 1965. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Tillie was a nurse. She worked in Panama where she travelled by mule and delivered babies. She also nursed in Guatemala and later worked in New York. There is a record of Tillie arriving in New Orleans from Cristóbal, Panama in December 1917. The ship manifest tells us that Tilly's last residence was Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Another travel record located for Tillie relates to her arrival by ship in New York from Ireland on 20 October 1929. She would have been 55 years of age at this time. Surprisingly, on the ship manifest her occupation is "Domestic" rather than nurse.      

Tillie, who never married, returned to live in Ireland after her retirement.

Apparently Tillie and her sister Jennie, who had been close, had a falling out and their relationship was poor thereafter. According to a family source both were "strong-willed" women.
  F xi
Martha GORDON was born in 1875 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1877.

According to records as transcribed by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company, a Martina Gordon (born to Thomas Gordon and Anne Foley) was baptised on 18 February 1877 in Fairymount; a Thomas Gordon (also born to Thomas Gordon and Anne Foley), born 12 February 1877, was baptised on 7 (sic) February 1877 in Fairymount. Was there a transcription error? Or were Martina/Martha and Thomas twins? Or is the information provided by the family correct, i.e., Martha was born in 1875 and Thomas was born in 1877?
  M xii Thomas (Tom) Francis GORDON was born on 19 Jan 1877. He died on 4 Jan 1948.
  M xiii John GORDON was born about 10 Jul 1879. He died in 1948 (not verified).
  F xiv
Emma (Sr. Jerome) GORDON was born on 9 Aug 1880 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 19 Jan 1968 in Dublin. She was buried in Sisters of Charity convent cemetery, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Emma, who may also have been known as Emily, entered the convent, becoming Sr. Jerome. A member of the Sisters of Charity order, she worked in Dublin at Linden Convalescant Home and St. Vincent's Hospital.

According to records as transcribed by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company, Sr. Jerome was born on 1 November 1881, and according to her headstone she was born in 1882.
  M xv
James Joseph GORDON was born on 5 Feb 1883 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 8 Apr 1883 in possibly Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 8 Aug 1883.

It is believed that James of whooping cough.
  M xvi
William Martin GORDON was born on 5 Feb 1883 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 8 Apr 1883 in possibly Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 1 Aug 1883.

It is believed that William of whooping cough.

Owen MORAHAN [Parents] was born about 10 Dec 1842 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 12 Dec 1842 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 3 Feb 1928 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim. Owen married Margaret O'HARA on 4 Feb 1875 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

The only baptismal record found by the Leitrim Genealogy Centre for an Owen Morahan baptised in Kiltoghert gives a baptismal date of 12 December 1842 and parents' names of John Morahan and Mary RUTLEDGE (sponsors were Mathew Gaffney and Ann Jones). The genealogist from the Leitrim Genealogy Centre thinks that 'Rutledge' should actually read 'Bertridge' given the similarity between the names and the fact that there is no evidence of any more baptisms around that time in Kiltoghert where the mother was Mary Rutledge. Nor is there any record of a marriage in Kiltoghert between a John Morahan and a Mary Rutledge whereas a marriage did take place between John or James Morahan (it is unclear on the actual marriage record) and Mary Bertridge on 24 March 1836 in Kiltoghert. Furthermore Owen's date of baptism does not conflict with the baptism dates of John Morahan's and Mary Bertridge's other children, or with their date of marriage.

According to his death record, Owen died of 'old age'.

Note: In some documents, Owen is listed as "Eugene" (these names are interchangeable in Irish families).

Margaret O'HARA [Parents] was born about 8 May 1851 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 10 May 1851 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 28 May 1940 in Derrynargon, Keadue, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim. Margaret married Owen MORAHAN on 4 Feb 1875 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Witnesses to the marriage of Margaret and Owen were James Barrett and Bridget O'Hara, Bridget presumably being Margaret's sister.

Owen and Margaret farmed in the townland of Cloonfeacle near Carrick-on-Shannon.

Margaret died at the home of her daughter Linda Molloy and was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, as were her husband, Owen, and their two their children who died young, William and Gretta. Their gravestone, if there was one, is no longer visible.   

Note: The O'Hara family is twice connected to another family being researched - the Gordons of Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Margaret O'Hara's daughter, Mary Morahan, married Cormac Gordon whose older sister, Bridget Gordon, was married to Margaret's younger brother, Laurence O'Hara.

They had the following children.

  M i John MORAHAN was born on 17 Nov 1875. He died on 24 Jan 1953.
  F ii Mary MORAHAN was born about 5 Aug 1877. She died on 20 Jan 1932.
  M iii Michael Joseph MORAHAN was born on 13 Jul 1879. He died on 7 Mar 1959.
  M iv Lawrence (Larry) Aloysius MORAHAN was born on 7 May 1881. He died on 29 Jul 1970.
  F v Bridget Linda (Linda) MORAHAN was born in Mar 1883. She died on 30 Apr 1958.
  M vi Eugene MORAHAN was born on 15 May 1885. He died on 28 Jul 1935.
  M vii Patrick (Paddy) MORAHAN was born on 21 Oct 1887. He died on 5 Mar 1965.
  M viii
William H. MORAHAN was born on 20 Sep 1889 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 21 Sep 1889 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 24 Apr 1912 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

William died of pneumonia aged only 22, four months after the death of his younger sister, Gretta.
  M ix Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN was born on 24 Jan 1891. He died on 10 Apr 1949.
  F x
Margaret (Gretta) Mary MORAHAN was born in Jun 1894 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 23 Jun 1894 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 1 Jan 1912 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was buried on 3 Jan 1912 in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

According to family sources, Gretta died of tuberculosis, although the cause of death given on her death record is nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), the duration of which was a year. She was only 17 years old.

Gerald Francis CALLEARY [Parents] was born on 3 Aug 1909 in Ballina, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 5 Aug 1909 in Kilmoremoy, Ballina, Co. Mayo. He died on 11 Sep 1968 in Tuam, Co. Galway. He was buried in New Cemetery, Tuam, Co. Galway. Gerald married Josephine (Jo) Margaret GORDON on 26 Jul 1939 in St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin.

Gerald, who was a business studies graduate, was headmaster of Tuam Vocational School.

While Gerald's family name was Calleary his own children carry the surname Colleary. The two surnames appear to be interchangeable.

Josephine (Jo) Margaret GORDON [Parents] was born on 18 May 1908 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in Jun 1985 in Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin. She was buried in New Cemetery, Tuam, Co. Galway. Josephine married Gerald Francis CALLEARY on 26 Jul 1939 in St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin.

Jo was a domestic science teacher.

They had the following children.

  M i James Gordon (Gordon) COLLEARY was born on 7 Mar 1941. He died on 17 Jun 2014.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.
  M v Living.

James (Jim) B. RUANE was born about 1915 in Monivea, Athenry, Co. Galway. He died in Sep 1976 in Dublin. He was buried in Esker Cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin. James married Linda GORDON in 1942 in Dublin.

Jim was a professor of agriculture at UCD (University College Dublin). He was instrumental in strengthening the connection between the family of his wife, Linda (Gordon) and the New Zealand branch of her family tree. As part of his job as President of the Irish Wool Board Jim visited New Zealand - probably in the 1970s - and while there looked up Linda's cousins, resulting in many visits between the families since then. Jim may also have visited Australia on the same trip and reestablished a connection with the Australian branch of the family too as a reconnection was made with the Australian Gordons in Perth around the same time.

Linda GORDON [Parents] was born in Jul 1912 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 11 Aug 1986 in Dublin. She was buried in Esker Cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Linda married James (Jim) B. RUANE in 1942 in Dublin.

Linda was a domestic science teacher.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.
  M vi Living.
  F vii Living.

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