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Fifth Generation


50. Jane (Jennie) BUTLER (William John , George Patrick , George James , 'unknown' ) was born on 24 Jul 1907 in Edenvale Lodge, Conyngham Road, Dublin. She died on 5 Sep 2004 in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. She was buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Co. Dublin.

Edenvale Lodge, where Jennie was born, was presumably a nursing home as the family's address at the time was 34 Bachelors Walk, Dublin.

In her early twenties Jennie became pregnant but because she was unmarried she went to London to avoid scandal, staying with relatives there until the baby - a boy - was born. Jennie returned to Dublin after the birth, leaving her son in the care of an elderly aunt (identity unknown). When Jennie's son was about six the aunt's health deteriorated and he spent the rest of his childhood in foster care. He later married and had two daughters. Some years later (possibly in 1949) Jennie married John Hannigan; they had no children.

Jennie inherited the family musical instrument business from her father as a cutting in a family scrapbook of a newspaper advertisement shows. Neither the name of the newspaper nor the exact date of the advertisement is known but it probably dates from the 1920s or 1930s. It reads:

(Successor to G. BUTLER & SONS)
Being the 5th generation in direct line trading in Dublin since the rebellion of 1798
Everything Musical from BUTLER'S
Is a "SOUND" investment for Bands or Home use
State Instruments, Spares or Repairs
Contractor by Appointment to the NATIONAL, BRITISH and BELGIAN ARMIES
Temporary Offices-
(Opposite Wynn's Hotel)

I had been told that the Butler musical instrument business closed due to financial difficulties in 1927, but the company was still advertising in national newspapers up to at least 7 September 1931. Furthermore, a newspaper clipping in the family scrapbook, dated 21 November 1933 (publication unknown), tells us that "The firm of Messrs. J. still being carried on at 2 Lr. Abbey St., although the head of the firm, Mr. W. J. Butler, died a few weeks ago". It could be that the company had ceased manufacturing in 1927 but continued as a shop. The business finally closed in 1941.

Jane was in a non-marital relationship with 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died.

They had the following children.

+ 104 M i Living.

Jane also married John HANNIGAN in possibly 1949 in Dublin. John was born about 1917. He died on 21 Oct 1999 in Dublin. He was buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Co. Dublin.

John worked at the Hammond Lane Foundry in Dublin. Following his retirement he worked as manager of the Woodbrook Golf Club, and later the Bray Golf Club, both in Co. Wicklow. He and Jennie lived in Priory Grove in Stillorgan in Dublin. They had no children.

51. George BUTLER (William John , George Patrick , George James , 'unknown' ) was born on 29 Aug 1917 in Dublin. He died on 2 Nov 2014 in Dublin. He was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

George was born in a nursing home on Holles St., Dublin in 1917. Note that this was not the large National Maternity Hospital on Holles St., which was nearby. George lived in Howth, Co. Dublin until he was about 10 years of age when the family moved to Lower Abbey St. in Dublin. George was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, finishing his studies there in 1935.

George trained as a sound engineer. Around this time, or a little later, he was living on Churchill Terrace, Sandymount Avenue, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Then, during World War II, he left Dublin for Northen Ireland where he worked for about five years in army camps, 27 in all, installing Tannoy public address systems. When the war ended George's work dried up and he and his wife, Nancy, moved to Dublin where George joined the Siemens electrical company as a sales representative. He and Nancy had at least one child at the time of the move.

In Dublin George also found time to present a classical music programme called "Sounds Continental" on Irish radio, having successfully pitched the idea to Radio Eireann. The programme ran for several years. And in the 1960s George co-founded The Butler Society, a networking organisation for Butler family researchers worldwide.  

George, Nancy and their family lived in Monkstown, Co. Dublin.

George married Ann (Nancy) VALENTINE, daughter of John (Jack) VALENTINE and Ann REILLY, in Northern Ireland. Ann was born in Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh. She died on 27 Nov 2002 in Dublin.

Nancy was a nurse. She had worked for a time in Bristol before returning to Northern Ireland where she met her future husband, George, at a dance.

They had the following children.

+ 105 M i Living.
+ 106 F ii Living.
  107 M iii Living.
  108 F iv Living.
        Living married Living.
  109 M v
Robert BUTLER was born in 1951 in Dublin. He died in 1951 in Dublin.

Robert, a twin, died shortly after birth.

54. John Patrick GALVIN (Winifred Mary BUTLER , George Patrick , George James , 'unknown' ) was born on 16 Dec 1906 in Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon. He died on 19 Mar 1996 in Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

John, worked in the Munster & Leinster Bank in Callan, Co. Kilkenny after completing his schooling. This does not tie in with a story of him starting a medical degree but leaving to help his father run the family nursey business (according to an article about John's father in the Irish Examiner of 25 April 1936).

By the time of the death of his father in 1941 he had moved to London, and by 1948 he appears to have been living in the Bahamas as he married there in that year. In 1949 he was appointed manager of the Portmarnock Country Club hotel in Dublin, and it is known that he served as a director of the hotel, along with his brother, Seamus. Around 1953 John left Portmarnock when he became director of a flour milling company in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. Later, in the late 1950s, he moved to Co. Wexford where he worked initially as a creamery manager before being appointed managing director. He retired in the early 1970s. In 1977 John and his wife, Antoinette, settled in Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, presumably to be nearer their daughter who lived in south-east England.

John married Antoinette Marie GASSAUER, daughter of Franz GASSAUER, on 5 Apr 1948 in St. Francis Xavier's Church, Nassau, Bahamas. Antoinette was born on 1 Dec 1919 in Austria. She died on 23 Apr 1996 in England.

Antoinette may have been known as Annette. She and her husband, John, appear to have been living in the Bahamas prior to their 1948 marriage. Their marriage certificate tells us that Antoinette was a hotel manager with an address at Village Road, Eastern District, Nassau. John is described as a businessman and his address was Pilot House East, Bay St., Eastern District, Nassau. Witnesses to the marriage were William T. Moloney and Mary Alice Hagarty.

They had the following children.

+ 110 F i Living.

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