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Joseph SHERLOCK [Parents] was born on 10 Nov 1906 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. He died in Aug 1985 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. Joseph married Winifred (Winnie) Mary GORDON on 28 Sep 1928 in Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Birkenhead, Merseyside.

According to his marriage record, Joseph was a time clerk for a shipping company. His address at the time of his marriage was 3 Massey St. in Birkenhead.

Joseph is listed with his parents-in-law in the 1939 Register. They were living at the time at 14 Euston Grove, Birkenhead and Joseph's occupation was "cargo receiver (shipping). His wife, Winnie, and their children are not listed. I have been told they were in Ireland during World War II, staying with Winnie's aunt Emma (Sr. Jerome) Gordon in Dublin.

Winifred (Winnie) Mary GORDON [Parents] was born in 1908 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. She died in Oct 1985 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. Winifred married Joseph SHERLOCK on 28 Sep 1928 in Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Birkenhead, Merseyside.

During World War II Winnie was evacuated to Dublin where she lived with her aunt Emma (Sr. Jerome) Gordon.

Prior to her marriage Winnie lived at 58 Watson St. in Birkenhead.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Winnie and Joseph were Joseph Gordon (probably Winnie's brother) and Dorothy Houghton.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  F iv Susan SHERLOCK was born in 1944. She died in 2000.

Patrick (Pat) GORDON [Parents] was born in probably 1800s in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 9 Jun 1882 in Currentorpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Patrick married Mary FRENCH on 4 Feb 1833 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Pat owned 761 acres of farmland in Currentorpane, a sizeable property. According to the Irish Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920, he left an estate worth £1,221 12s 8d. No beneficiary is mentioned.

Unless he was a twin, the year of Pat's birth provided by the family (1817) does not fit in with the date of baptism of his sister, Bridget (12 July 1817), as provided by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company. It also does not fit in with the births of his children as it is unlikely that he was in his late teens when he had his first children. It is more likely, therefore, that he was born perhaps five to 10 years earlier.

Mary FRENCH was born about 1805 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died on 4 Jan 1900 in Currentorpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Mary married Patrick (Pat) GORDON on 4 Feb 1833 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

According to family sources, Mary was born in 1805, but this seems unlikely given that that she was still having children in the late 1850s when she would have been in her fifties. Furthermore, according to her death record she died at the age of 90, giving an approximate birth year of 1909, meaning she would have had her youngest child at the age of abot 50, which seems unlikely. It is probable therefore that Mary was born perhaps around 1815, but this does not tie in with family information that Mary was older than her husband.   

Family notes state that Patrick and Mary were married in 1844, which appears to be incorrect given they had had several children prior to this date. The Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company have records showing that a Patrick Gordon and a Mary French were married in Fairymount on 4 February 1833, which is more likely.

Witnesses to the marriage of Mary and Patrick were Martin Gordon (Patrick's brother?) and Michael Dowd.

They had the following children.

  M i
Robert GORDON was born about 1 Jan 1834 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 1 Jan 1834 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Australia.

Robert emigrated to Australia. According to a number of family trees on the Ancestry website our Robert died on 11 December 1869 in Champion Bay, Geraldton, Western Australia but I have been unable to verify this. Another Robert Gordon, with a middle name of Cormac, died in New Zealand on 16 November 1894. The Cormac/Gordon combination is unusual and appears to be unique to our Gordon family. Could this be our Robert?
  M ii
James GORDON was born about 28 Jul 1835 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 28 Jul 1835 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died before 1855.

Because another James was born to Patrick and Mary around 1855, it is being presumed that this James died before then.
  F iii
Anne GORDON was born about 23 Nov 1836 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 23 Nov 1836 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died before 3 Jul 1850.

A second Anne was born to Patrick and Mary in 1850 so it seems likely that this Anne died before then.
  M iv John GORDON was born about 15 Jun 1838. He died on 30 Sep 1895.
  M v
Thomas GORDON was born about 17 Oct 1839 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 17 Oct 1839 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died in possibly before 1853.

A second Thomas was born to Patrick and Mary in 1853 so it seems likely that this Thomas died before then.
  F vi Elizabeth (Eliza) GORDON was born about 1841. She died on 1 Apr 1915.
  M vii Patrick GORDON was born about 1842. He died on 21 Mar 1905.
  M viii Cormac GORDON was born about 1848. He died on 14 Aug 1924.
  F ix Mary Josephine GORDON was born in 1849. She died on 13 Feb 1878.
  F x Anne GORDON was born about 3 Jul 1850. She died after 18 Feb 1939.
  M xi
Thomas GORDON was born about 14 Aug 1853 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 14 Aug 1853 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1905 in Ballinafad, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Thomas was parish priest of Ballinafad, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  M xii James G. GORDON was born about 1855. He died about 1939.
  F xiii Eleanor (Ellie) Mary GORDON was born about 10 Apr 1857. She died on 17 Mar 1895.
  M xiv Francis (Frank) GORDON was born about 31 Jul 1859. He died on 9 Oct 1890.

Michael GORDON [Parents] was born in 1818 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 13 Jan 1886 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. Michael married Anne FINN.

There is a 1901 census record for England that gives details of a Patrick Gordon, a 22-year-old farm labourer who was born in Aughalustia. It is possible that he is connected to the family of Michael above but I haven't been able to establish an exact relationship. The Patrick Gordon from the census was living in what looks like the village or hamlet of Woodham in the parish of Yoxall in Staffordshire.

A baptismal record has been located for a Cormac Gordon, son of Michael and Mary Gordon (Mary's maiden name is not given) who was baptised on 20 July 1852 in Ballaghaderreen. The sponsor was Michael Finn. Given the father's and  sponsor's names, there may be a connection between Cormac and our Michael above.d.

Anne FINN was born about 1827 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 23 Apr 1890 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. Anne married Michael GORDON.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas (Tom) GORDON was born in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died.

The date of baptism as transcribed by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Society (31 July 1839) does not fit in with the dates of baptism as transcribed for some other members of the family (1860-1867). The actual baptismal record would need to be checked.

There is a 1901 census record for the household of a Thomas Gordon of Aughalustia, which is NOT our Thomas above. Details of the return are as follows:
Thomas (aged 55)
Bridget (wife, aged 53)
Maggie (daughter, 19)
Bridget (daughter, 15)
Martin (son, 12)
This Thomas, whose father's name was Andrew, was born in Co. Mayo and married Bridget Henry from Aughalustia on 24 February 1873. They may have inherited Bridget's family farm, accounting for thir presence in Aughalustia.
  F ii Mary GORDON was born about 1849. She died.
  F iii Bridget GORDON was born about 1850. She died in 1904.
  M iv Patrick (Pat) GORDON was born about 1851. He died after 1903.
  M v
Michael GORDON was born about 23 Dec 1860 in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 23 Dec 1860 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died after 1903.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were Patrick Gordon and Bridget Gordon.
  F vi Anne GORDON (caution: not verified) was born about 1861. She died in possibly 12 Feb 1937.
  F vii
Dorothy (Dora) GORDON (caution: not verified) was born in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. She died.

I was told by a family source that Michael and Anne had a daughter named Dora. However I have been unable to find any proof of her existence, hence the caution.
  F viii Elizabeth (Eliza) GORDON (caution: not verified) was born about 1864. She died after 15 May 1915.
  F ix
Honoria GORDON was born about 3 Nov 1865 in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 3 Nov 1865 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

I have been unable to find any trace of of Honoria after her baptism. However, I see on the Irish Genealogy website, www.irishgenealogy.ie, that an Honor Gordon died in the Castlerea registration district in 1868 aged two. Was this our Honoria?
  F x Ellen GORDON was born about 24 Nov 1867. She died on 22 Apr 1903.

Martin GORDON (caution: relationship to parents not verified) [Parents] was born in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Martin married Bridget FINN on 10 Feb 1836 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

According to a public family tree on the Ancestry website, Martin's parents were Michael Gordon (born about 1795) and Winifred Moran (also born about 1795). However, from Ancestry DNA matching it appears that Martin was definitely a sibling of Patrick (born c.1807) and Thomas (1821) who I have been told by family sources were defintely born to Cormac/Thomas Gordon and Ann Hunt, although I have no documented evidence to support this. Further checking would need to be carried out to clarify who the parents of all the siblings actually were.

Bridget FINN died on 21 Dec 1900. Bridget married Martin GORDON (caution: relationship to parents not verified) on 10 Feb 1836 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  M i Michael GORDON was born about 5 Jul 1838. He died on 20 Mar 1928.
  F ii
Mary GORDON was born about 24 Jul 1840. She was christened on 24 Jul 1840 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were Robert Walsh and Anne Hunt.

A marriage record was located in the IGI (International Genealogical Index) for a Mary Gordon, daughter of Martin Gordon, who married Denis Donlon in Loughglynn on 24 January 1864. Could this relate to our Mary above? If so, we know from a family tree on the Ancestry website that Mary and Denis had nine children: John (emigrated to Australia), Patrick, Martin, Bridget (Australia), Michael (Australia), Thomas, James (Australia), Rachel (Australia) and Mary.
  M iii Charles GORDON was born about 1844. He died on 29 Jan 1893.
  M iv Martin GORDON was born about 1849. He died on 24 Dec 1914.
  M v Bernard (Barney) GORDON was born about 1850. He died on 1 Mar 1910.

John FLANNERY died before 20 Mar 1902 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. John married Catherine GORDON (Caution: some children not verified).

John ran John Flannery & Co., a large drapery and hardware store in Ballaghadereen. The business may also have included a pub at some stage. The premises was burned down by an incendiary bomb in 1920, during the War of Independence, but were rebuilt and business contined. The shop is now the B. Mulligan & Co. department store

I have come across a record of a headstone inscription in Ballaghaderreen Old Graveyard that reads:

In memory of
Mary Flannery
(alias Gordon)
the beloved wife of
Thomas Flannery
of Ballaghaderin [sic]
She departed this life 14th May 1860
aged 49 years
She was a fond wife
and a most affectionate mother
Have mercy on her soul O Lord
erected by her sorrowing husband

Thomas and Mary may have been been connected to our John and Catherine.

Catherine GORDON (Caution: some children not verified) [Parents] was born about 1825 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 6 Feb 1907 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Catherine married John FLANNERY.

I have been unable to prove that some of the children listed below were actually those of Catherine and her husband, John, hence the cautions. All we know for sure is that they had four sons and six daughters. If anyone has any further information their family, I would be very grateful if you would contact Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.

They had the following children.

  M i John FLANNERY (caution: not verified) died in Deceased.
  F ii
'unknown' FLANNERY (female) was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F iii
'unknown' FLANNERY (female) was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F iv
'unknown' FLANNERY (female) was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F v
'unknown' FLANNERY (female) was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F vi
'unknown' FLANNERY (female) was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F vii
'unknown' FLANNERY (female) was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  M viii
Thomas FLANNERY (caution: not verified) was born about 1860 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

It is pure speculation that Thomas was one of the four sons of Catherine and John. According to the 1901 census, Thomas lived in the town of Ballaghaderreen and was a publican. For this reason, it is being assumed that he was a member of the Flannery family that owned the large shop and pub in Ballaghaderreen.
  M ix Bernard FLANNERY (caution: not verified) was born about 1862.
  M x
James FLANNERY (caution: not verified) was born about 1862 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

It is pure speculation that James was one of Catherine and John's four sons. According to the 1901 census, James lived in the town of Ballaghaderreen and was a publican. Because of this it is being assumed that he was a member of the Flannery family that owned the big shop and pub in Ballaghaderreen. His age is given as 38, the same age as Bernard; were they twins?

Timothy (Tim) MORRIS was born about 1810 in possibly Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably 1 Nov 1880 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Timothy married Bridget GORDON.

The children born to Bridget and Tim, as listed by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company, shows a gap of about 12 years where there were no children born to the couple. This would need to be checked out.

Bridget GORDON [Parents] was born about 12 Jul 1817 in probably Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 27 Dec 1902 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Bridget married Timothy (Tim) MORRIS.

There is a baptism record for a Bridget Gordon with the following details:
   Date of baptism: 12 Jul 1817
   Place of baptism: Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon
   Father: Cormac Gordon
   Mother: Anne Hunt
But the date of baptism differs from the year of birth provided by the family, which is "about 1830".
Sponsors at the 1817 baptism were Martin Gordon and Elizabeth Hunt.

They had the following children.

  M i Michael MORRIS was born about 4 Nov 1836.
  F ii
Bridget MORRIS was born about 30 Jan 1838 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 30 Jan 1838 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.
  M iii Timothy (Thady) MORRIS was born about 1850.
  F iv Ellen MORRIS was born about 30 Mar 1851.
  M v
John MORRIS was born about 29 Mar 1853 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 29 Mar 1853 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.
  F vi
Mary MORRIS was born about 29 Mar 1853 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 29 Mar 1853 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.
  M vii
Thomas MORRIS was born about 16 Sep 1855 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 16 Sep 1855 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.
  F viii Margaret MORRIS was born about 23 Sep 1858.
  M ix
Francis MORRIS was born about 15 Jun 1861 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 15 Jun 1861 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon.

Timothy (Thady) MORRIS [Parents] was born about 1850 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Timothy married Bridget HERBERT on 4 Mar 1878 in Loughglynn Church.

Bridget HERBERT [Parents] was born about 1848 in probably Cloonard, Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. Bridget married Timothy (Thady) MORRIS on 4 Mar 1878 in Loughglynn Church.

They had the following children.

  M i
John MORRIS was born on 25 Apr 1879 in Clerragh, Co. Roscommon.
  F ii
Catherine MORRIS was born on 25 Jul 1880 in Clerragh, Co. Roscommon.
  M iii Michael John MORRIS was born about 14 Jun 1882.

Martin GORDON [Parents] was born about 1849. He died on 24 Dec 1914 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Martin married Anne HANNELLY on 2 Jun 1890 in Castlerea Church.

Martin lived in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Anne HANNELLY [Parents] was born about 1870 in probably Brackloon, Tumna, Co. Roscommon. She died after 24 Dec 1914. Anne married Martin GORDON on 2 Jun 1890 in Castlerea Church.

According to the 1911 census, Martin and Annie had eight children born alive, seven of whom were still alive at the time of the census.

They had the following children.

  M i
Patrick GORDON was born about 12 Jul 1891 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Jul 1891 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  F ii Mary Catherine (Kate) GORDON was born on 23 May 1893. She died in 1958.
  F iii Monica GORDON was born on 8 Feb 1895.
  M iv
Thomas GORDON was born on 5 Apr 1896 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  M v
Martin GORDON was born on 16 Nov 1898 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  F vi
Annie Teresa GORDON was born on 21 Oct 1901 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F vii
Harriet A. GORDON was born on 6 Jul 1902 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F viii
Eliza GORDON was born on 12 Jun 1905 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 28 Feb 1906 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Eliza died at the age of eight months of "debility" that had last two weeks.

Bernard (Barney) GORDON [Parents] was born about 1850 in probably Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 1 Mar 1910 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Bernard married Mary MOFFITT on 29 Jun 1890 in Fairymount Church.

According to the 1901 census, Barney and his family lived in the townland of Eden (which adjoins Clerragh) in the parish of Tibohine (Tibohine is the old name for Fairymount).

Mary MOFFITT [Parents] was born about 1867 in probably Cloonfinglas, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died after 2 Apr 1911. Mary married Bernard (Barney) GORDON on 29 Jun 1890 in Fairymount Church.

They had the following children.

  M i
John GORDON was born about 13 Jun 1891 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 13 Jun 1891 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

A John Gordon, single and aged 72 (i.e., born about 1889), died in Eden on 17 December 1963. Although his approximate year of birth does not tie in exactly with the birth date of John above I think it likely that it was John above who died on 17 December 1863 as his is the only Gordon family I am aware of that lived in Eden. According to his death certificate John died of myocarditis and the informant was a James Quinn of [what looks like] Currenturpane.
  F ii
Mary GORDON was born about 26 Mar 1893 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 26 Mar 1893 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Mary is not listed as part of the household in the 1901 census. We know that a Mary Gordon, whose mother's maiden name was Moffitt, was born in the Castlerea registration district on 3 April 1904. Perhaps this Mary was a daughter of Barney Gordon and Mary Moffitt, their other daughter named Mary having died.
  M iii
Bernard GORDON was born about 23 Feb 1894 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 23 Feb 1894 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  M iv
Patrick (Pat) GORDON was born on 20 Feb 1897 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

A death notice for a Patrick Gordon of Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon, who died on 6 November 1975 at his residence, has been located in the Irish Independent. He was deeply regretted by his sister, nephews and niece and was buried in Fairymount Cemetery. Could this Patrick be our Pat above?
  F v
Ann (Annie) GORDON was born about 20 May 1899 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 20 May 1899 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  F vi
Bridget GORDON was born on 21 Jan 1901 in Eden, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died.

John GORDON [Parents] was born about 15 Jun 1838 in Currentorpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 15 Jun 1838 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died on 30 Sep 1895 in Mater Hospital, Dublin. He was buried in Shankhill Cemetery, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. John married Mary Josephine O'CONNOR on 4 Feb 1869 in Elphin, Co. Roscommon.

John farmed in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon in the 1870s and 1880s. By the time of the 1911 census, however, despite the fact that John and his wife, Mary, had a large family, it appears there were no more Gordons left in Sheepwalk as no returns could be located for anyone with the surname of Gordon. The ruins of the family home in Sheepwalk, which was sizeable, can still be seen today.  

John died of pneumonia aged 57. The Irish Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920 tells us he left to his wife, Mary, an estate valued at £3,181 16s.

Mary Josephine O'CONNOR [Parents] was born in 1843 in probably Ovaun, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. She died on 5 Sep 1906 in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Mary married John GORDON on 4 Feb 1869 in Elphin, Co. Roscommon.

I am told that Mary's parents lived on a large property in the townland of Ovaun, south of Elphin town. The house was called Cherryfield, the ruins of which are still standing today. Mary's marriage record tells us that she was from Tobbermulla or Tobbermulia (the handwriting is hard to decipher). I have been unable to find any townland of this or similar names on any Roscommon map or townland list so I am assuming that it is a subdivision of Ovaun.

Mary was a relative of Major General Sir Luke O'Connor who was awarded a Victoria Cross for bravery at the battle of the Alma during the Crimean War (1854) and who was knighted in 1913. Originally it was thought she was a sister of Luke's but now it appears she was not as her father's name was Martin and Luke's was James. Perhaps she was a cousin of Luke's. If anyone has any further information about Mary, or how her family might be connected to that of Sir Luke, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch by emailing Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Thank you.

1901 census records checked on www.leitrim-roscommon.com to find more information on Mary and John and their family: the only Gordon household in Sheepwalk is that of a Mary Gordon, aged 55, which ties in roughly with the age our Mary would have been in 1901. The children listed in the census return for Mary Gordon are Mary (25), John (24), Winnie (21) and Annie (17). Her husband is not listed, indicating he may have died, which ties in with the fact that our Mary's huband died in 1895. Winnie is not included in the list of the children of John and Mary as provided by family sources, although Mary, John and Annie are listed. Although these three names are extremely common in Irish families, it is possible that the the Mary Gordon in the census return is our Mary Connor who married John Gordon.

Mary died in 1906 in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal where her son James, a doctor, and daughter Kate lived. She left her estate (valued at £10) to a "Mary Gordon, spinster and James McCann". James McCann was a nephew of Mary's and it is likely that the "Mary Gordon, spinster" was her eldest daughter Mary who we know did not marry until about 1908.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Pat Gordon and Bee Neary.

They had the following children.

  M i Patrick GORDON was born on 6 Apr 1870. He died on 14 Nov 1912.
  F ii Mary GORDON was born on 9 May 1871. She died in 1944.
  M iii
Martin GORDON was born on 25 Jan 1873 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1918.

I am told that Martin died in 1918 but I have been unable to find any information about his death. He would have been only about 44 years of age in 1918.
  M iv John GORDON was born on 11 Jun 1874. He died after 1954.
  M v
James GORDON was born on 23 Apr 1876 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died on 18 Jun 1955 in Carrickboy, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. He was buried in Shankhill Cemetery, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.

James became a doctor, having studied in Dublin and London. Between 1898 and 1902 he was Medical Officer in Cliffoney, Co. Sligo, after which he moved to Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, where he became a surgeon at the Sheil Hospital (he had become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1906). James, who never married, remained in Ballyshannon for the remainder of his life. There is a plaque dedicated to him in the Sheil Hospital.

The following evocative description of James is taken, with the kind permission of the author, from an article on the Canadian Vindicator website (www.vindicator.ca). This site was developed by Ballyshannon-born newspaper editor John Ward who, in his youth, knew James, "at six foot six inches a compelling presence as he entered sick room or hospital ward. His tall frame carried a lean body, and his long legs were normally encased in stockings and knickerbockers...His house was kept by his sister in an immaculate state of cleanliness. In pre-telephone days, patients turned up at his doorstep without appointments...Such patients were, of course, in a minority. In actual practice, if someone was at all ambulatory, consulting a doctor was a rarity in those times. The vast bulk of people waited until they were bed-ridden before seeking medical assistance, and the good Dr. Gordon, for all his forbidding appearance, was regularly routed from his sleep at all hours of the night to make house calls on an emergency basis. During 'the Emergency', as the Second World War was known in Ireland, he was one of the very few who had a petrol allowance that enabled him to continue to drive his motor car in order to answer the innumerable emergency calls that were part and parcel of his daily and nightly practice. His car could be found all over town, all throughout the countryside, up mountainy lanes, parked outside the homes of sick people...He was, for years, the only surgeon attached to the Sheil Hospital...There he plied his trade with scalpel and suture, and there he left his trademark on many whose appendices were removed by him...In Ballyshannon people vied with each other to show their appendectomy scars, competing to see which was the largest, thanks to Dr. Gordon's ministering surgery. This is no snide comment on the good doctor's work. In the absence of x-rays he believed in seeing with his own eyes any other potential danger spots... What is today amazing in retrospect is Dr. Gordon's billing practices. Pre-state medicine, pre-hospitalization insurance plans, pre-regional health boards and bureaucracies, Dr. Gordon practised medicine the old-fashioned way. If you could pay, he billed you. If you couldn't pay, you never saw a bill from him. He had been so long in practice, in the town and surrounding country, that he knew who could, and who could not."
  F vi
Catherine (Kate) GORDON was born on 7 Nov 1877 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died on 22 Apr 1950 in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. She was buried in Shankhill Cemetery, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.

Kate, also called Katie, was a housekeeper for her brother James. She never married. She and James lived in Carrickboy, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Kate has been described to me as having been "a very elegant woman".
  F vii Ellen (Helen) GORDON was born on 24 Jun 1879. She died on 10 May 1962.
  F viii
Ann (Annie) M. GORDON was born on 24 Jun 1879 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died on 16 Feb 1975 in Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Annie was Helen's twin. Although they both chose a career in nursing I am told they were very different in appearance and personality. Helen was petite, for example, while Annie was tall.

Annie, who never married, worked in Dublin and in private nursing in London. She died in Dublin at the age of 95.
  M ix Thomas GORDON was born on 15 Oct 1880. He died on 21 Mar 1937.
  M x
Cormac GORDON was born about 2 Nov 1881 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 2 Nov 1881 in Ballingare, Co. Roscommon. He died on 6 Jan 1927 in Dublin. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Sponsors at Cormac's baptism were James Beirne and Elizabeth Gordon.

Cormac became a medical doctor and had a practice in Elphin, Co. Roscommon prior to his appointment as Medical Officer of Ballinameen Dispensary District, Co. Roscommon. Owing to failing health Cormac retired early. He was only 45 years old when he died in the St. John of God hospital in Dublin. The cause of death was "general paralysis". Cormac left his estate, worth, £618 16s, to his sister Kate.

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Michael GORDON was born on 15 Oct 1883 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Australia.

Michael, the youngest in the family, studied medicine in Dublin. However, before he finished his course he emigrated to Australia - without having informed his mother - and eventually became a sheep farmer. It is thought he might have married in Australia and it is believed he never returned to Ireland.

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