Descendants of William BERTRIDGE (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Fourth Generation

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65. Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN (Owen MORAHAN , Mary BERTRIDGE , William ) was born on 24 Jan 1891 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 25 Jan 1891 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 10 Apr 1949 in Dublin. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Thomas was a primary school teacher. In 1912 he was appointed principal of Annaduff National School outside Carrick-on-Shannon. However, the locals objected to the job going to an outsider, so they organised a boycott. A drum would sound in protest every morning at 10 o'clock; parents withdrew their children and sent them to other schools further away; the school was broken into and record books were taken; and Tom had to escorted to and from school by gardaí from Dromad and Dromsna stations. Tensions ran high for at least a year, but, thanks to the intervention of another teacher in the school, parents eventually started sending their children back, and Tom continued to teach at Annaduff until shortly before his death in 1949 at the age of 58. He had been suffering from tuberculosis for 16 years and died in Hume St. Hospital in Dublin.

Thomas married Mary LAYDEN / LEYDEN, daughter of Michael LAYDEN, on 7 Aug 1918 in St. Patrick's Church, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim. Mary was born about 1886. She died on 30 Jun 1976 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Mary was a member of the Layden family which owned the Arigna coalmine in Co. Roscommon. According to her marriage record, she was a primary school teacher from Spencer Harbour; her father was a farmer. Witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Doyle and Tessie Layden. It is believed Mary and her huusband, Tom Morahan, were in some way related but I have been unable to establish exactly how.

I am told Mary and Tom lived in the old Morahan family home in Cloonfeacle for a number of years before moving to Summerhill in Carrick-on-Shannon. The farm portion of the 23-acre Morahan property was sold in the 1930s so the move to Summerhill may have been made around then. The family was definitely living in Summerhill by 1942 as the death record of their 17-year-old daughter Bernadette, who died that year, gives her home address as Summerhill. It is though that Mary moved to Dublin after Tom's death in 1949.

They had the following children.

+ 131 M i Kevin MORAHAN was born about 1919. He died.
+ 132 F ii Veronica (Vera) MORAHAN was born in 1921. She died in Jul 1998.
  133 F iii
Bernadette MORAHAN was born about 1924 in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. She died on 25 Jan 1942 in Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin. She was buried in Dominican Covent, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Bernadette entered the convent, joining the Dominican order in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. She died very soon afterwards however of sarcoma of the thigh aged just 17.

68. John HUNT (Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN , Mary BERTRIDGE , William ) was born on 6 Sep 1875 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

I have been told John married Lizzie Lenaghan and had two sons, Mick and John. However, the marriage record states that John's father, Michael, was still alive at the time of the marriahe (1923), whereas Michael had in fact died in 1899. For this reason I have put a caution beside Lizzie's name.

John married Elizabeth (Lizzie) LENAGHAN (caution: not verified), daughter of Patrick (Pat) LENAGHAN, on 30 Nov 1923 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Elizabeth was born in 1880.

Elizabeth and John both died when their children were very young. The two boys were then raised by their uncle Thady Hunt.

They had the following children.

  134 M i Living.
  135 M ii
John F. HUNT was born in 1931. He died in England.

John was killed in a motorbike accident.

71. Michael Stephen HUNT (Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN , Mary BERTRIDGE , William ) was born on 15 Jan 1882 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 13 Aug 1963 in Roscommon, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Texas.

In Michael's obituary in The Corsicana Daily Sun we are told he emigrated to the United States in 1903 and initially lived in Helena, Montana where he worked in mining. While in Montana, he was also was involved, along with his first cousin Larry Morahan, in the publication of the Irish nationalist Butte Independent newspaper.

Michael later moved to San Angelo, Texas where he reported for the San Angelo Times, and then moved to Corsicana, also in Texas, where he married Ellen in 1915. Michael and Ellen then moved to Marlin, Texas where Michael founded the Family Life Insurance Company in 1917. Michael died in the County Hospital in Rosommon, having been taken ill while on holiday back in Ireland. The cause of death was "cerebral thrombosis, arterio-sclerosis, cardiac asthaenia" and his address on his death certificate was Waco, Texas, not far from Marlin.

Michael married Ellen GARRITY in 1915 in probably Corsicana, Texas. Ellen was born in 1882 in Corsicana, Texas. She died in 1977 in Waco, Texas.

Ellen was from Corsicana, Texas.

They had the following children.

  136 M i
Michael HUNT was born in 1916 in Corsicana, Texas. He died in 1974 in Waco, Texas.

Michael appears to have been an only child.
        Michael married Living.

73. Bridget (Bridie) HUNT (Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN , Mary BERTRIDGE , William ) was born on 5 May 1886 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died in 1965 in Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Bridie and her family lived in Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Bridget married Michael EARLY on 21 Apr 1913 in St. Mary's Church, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Michael was born in 1878 in probably Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.. He died in 1936.

Michael was from Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon.

They had the following children.

  137 M i
Joseph Albert EARLY was born on 22 Jan 1914 in Drumgowla, possibly Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.. He died.
  138 M ii
Denis Aloysius EARLY was born on 4 Jul 1915 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died.
  139 M iii
Eugene EARLY was born on 16 Jan 1917 in Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died in 1996 in London.
  140 F iv
Catherine EARLY was born on 24 Jun 1918 in Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died.
  141 M v
Andrew EARLY was born in Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 23 Jan 2013 in Hillstreet, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.
  142 F vi
Maureen EARLY was born in Drumgowla, Kilnagross, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died before 11 Dec 2014.
        Maureen married Living.
+ 143 M vii Thomas Patrick (Tom Pat) EARLY died on 11 Dec 2014.

76. Eugene HUNT (Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN , Mary BERTRIDGE , William ) was born on 25 Nov 1895 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 11 Jul 1966 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

Eugene and his family lived in Coraughrim (also spelled Corraughrim).

Eugene married Mary Teresa O'MALLEY, daughter of Patrick O'MALLEY and Elizabeth HARVEY, on 3 Mar 1930 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Mary was born in 1904 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died in Apr 1979 in Sligo.

Mary was from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  144 M i Living.
  145 F ii Living.
        Living married Living.
  146 M iii Living.
  147 F iv Living.
        Living married Living.

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