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90. Elizabeth (Liz) Ellen CAREY (Edmond CAREW/CAREY , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born in 1889 in Sydney. She died in 1963.

Elizabeth married 'unknown' KELLY in 1921 in Sydney. 'unknown' died.

They had the following children.

+ 214 F i Marie Elizabeth KELLY was born in 1923. She died in 2008.

92. Martha Ethel CAREY (Edmond CAREW/CAREY , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born in Sydney. She died.

Martha married 'unknown' O'KEEFFE. 'unknown' died.

They had the following children.

+ 215 M i Patrick E. O'KEEFFE was born in 1923. He died in 2008.

98. Thomas Joseph TREACY (Mary CAREY , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 13 Apr 1881 in Murgasty, Co. Tipperary. He was christened about 13 Apr 1881 in Tipperary. He died on 13 Apr 1969 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in New Cemetery, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

The sponsors at Thomas's baptism was Sarah Carew, probably his aunt. There was no other sponsor listed on the baptismal record.

Thomas began his career working at the gasworks in Tipperary town; according to the 1911 census he was a "gas account collector". On 28 September 1914 he took over the management of the gasworks in Carrick-on-Suir (located on the Quay), eventually buying the Carrick gasworks from the owner, Mr. Anderson. I am unsure as to the year of purchase but it would probably have been during the mid- or late 1930s as it is known that Mr. Anderson still owned the Carrick gasworks in 1933.

Difficulties in getting parts from England for gasworks repairs during World War II led to problems in manufacturing gas at the Carrick works so Thomas decided to switch to the making of charcoal and in 1942 the large gasometers were dismantled. The business eventually concentrated on the sales of coal, coke and briquettes, and subsequently incorporated sales of gas stoves and heaters.

Thomas married Ellen O'SULLIVAN, daughter of James (Big Jim) SULLIVAN and Julia DOODY, on 12 Jan 1915 in Church of S.S. Peter And Paul, Cork. Ellen was born on 24 Oct 1887 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened on 25 Oct 1887 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 18 Sep 1972 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in New Cemetery, Carrick-on-Suir.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Ellen's baptism were Cornelius Sweeney and Julia Curtin. It is believed Cornelius Sweeney was a neighbour of the Sullivans and it is thought he was married to one of Caheraveelane Sullivans who were related to Ellen. A granddaughter of Cornelius would later marry Ellen's brother Denis. Julia Curtin, the second sponsor, had been a neighbour of the Sullivans when they lived in Ballyknockane. Julia would later marry Sean O'Looney; they emigrated to the United States and had 12 children. Valuable information on the Sullivan family, for which I am so grateful, came in November 2003 from 96-year-old Patrick, known as Pats, Curtin, a nephew of Julia's who lived in Ballyknockane with one of his daughters. Sadly, Pats died in September 2004.

It is thought that Ellen, who was also known as Nellie, had some domestic training and subsequently became a parlour maid. I am told that she met her husband, Thomas Treacy, in Tipperary town where they were both working (Thomas worked at the gasworks in the town). Based on this information I believe I have located a 1911 census record for Ellen. An Ellen Sullivan, aged 24 (although our Ellen was actually 23 years of age at the time of the census) and born in Co. Cork, was working as a parlour maid at the home of law agent George Hugh Chetwood Townsend in Cordangan, just a couple of miles south of Tipperary town. It was a large house and, along with Ellen, six other servants are listed.

However, according to Ellen's marriage record, her residence at the time (January 1915) was Lavitt's Quay, Cork but it is not known how she came to move to Cork after apparently having met Thomas. She did have an uncle, Mike Doody, who was living at 5 Lavitt's Quay at the time of the 1911 census, while his wife, Mary Anne, was running a hotel at no 6. Perhaps Ellen was working at the hotel. Or perhaps, being from Co. Cork, Ellen wished to be married in Cork and therefore used her uncle's address to fulfil a possible residency requirement.

It is thought that Ellen may have been related to a Hewitt family which included Patrick (1897-1979), a Holy Ghost priest who did missionary work in Tanganyika (now part of Tanzania), his brother James (1900-1974), a Holy Ghost brother who worked at Blackrock College in Dublin as a ground staff supervisor, and their sister Biddy who married a J.J. Healy and lived in Carrick-on-Suir. Other relatives of Ellen - or her husband, Thomas - included a couple who lived near Flamborough Head in Yorkshire in the 1940s. All we know of this couple is that the husband was in the Merchant Navy. Could they have been Ellen's aunt Hannah (O'Sullivan) and her husband Harry Williams, who was in the Merchant Navy? Further information would be most welcome.   

They had the following children.

  216 M i
Patrick TREACY was born in between 1915 and 1920 in Waterford. He died in between 1915 and 1920 in Waterford.

Patrick died as an infant. I am told he was born and died in a nursing home in Waterford city. However, I can fine no trace of a birth or death record for him (in both Carrick-on-Suir and Waterford registration districts).

Note: It is surprising Patrick was not named Thomas as it was traditional at the time to name the eldest son after his paternal grandfather. Searches have been carried out for birth and death records for a Thomas Treacy, just in case (in both Carrick-on-Suir and Waterford registration districts), but nothing was found.
  217 F ii
Mary Frances (Joan) TREACY was born on 20 Aug 1920 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. She died on 23 Oct 2003 in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. She was buried in Shanganagh Cemetery, Dublin.

The name on Joan's birth certificate is Mary Frances and on her baptismal certificate it is Mary Bridget. However, she was called Joan by her family, although her nursing records are in the name of Mary Frances. She used the name is name for most of her life until after her retirement when she changed it to Jo-Ann.  

Jo-Ann trained as a nurse in Manchester, qualifying in 1944. She had always wanted to travel so, following a number of years of general and industrial nursing in the UK, she joined the QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) in 1952. Her first foreign posting was to Benghazi in Libya in 1953, followed by Cyprus in 1954.

Jo-Ann returned to England in 1956 and, while working at Shorncliffe Military Hospital, decided she wanted to specialise in nurse training. She embarked on a two-year course in Hull University, obtaining a Diploma in Nurse Training and Education in 1959, after which she spent many years training student nurses overseas during postings to Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 1963, while serving in Hong Kong, she was awarded an Associate Royal Red Cross (ARRC) medal for exceptional services in military nursing.

Following her permanent return to England in 1970 Jo-Ann continued to train nurses at the military hospitals in Tidworth, Colchester, Aldershot and Woolwich. She retired in 1975 as Director of Studies at Woolwich and as acting colonel. She lived briefly in Brighton following her retirement before settling in Henfield in West Sussex. Jo-Ann never married although it is believed that she was engaged in the 1950s, possibly to a military doctor. Sadly, the marriage never took place because apparently her fiancé was killed in a bomb explosion in Cyprus, about which we have no details.

+ 218 F iii Sheila TREACY was born on 27 Jul 1923. She died on 5 Jul 2012.
+ 219 M iv Thomas Noel (Noel) TREACY was born on 14 Dec 1926. He died on 23 May 2009.

100. Archibald Augustus HAMS (Catherine (Kate) CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born in 1885. He died in 1960.

Archibald married Elizabeth Maria MCINTYRE. Elizabeth was born in 1888 in Sydney. She died in 1958 in Arncliffe, New South Wales.

They had the following children.

+ 220 F i Laura Ellen HAMS was born in 1909. She died in 1966.
+ 221 M ii Archibald William HAMS was born in 1913. He died in 1960.
+ 222 M iii Cecil Francis HAMS was born in 1922. He died in 1985.

104. Agnes Maria MURPHY (Johanna Mary CAREW/CAREY , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 28 Mar 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario. She died in 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Agnes married John Henry HARDING in 1920 in Canada. John was born in 1893 in Toronto. He died in 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario.

They had the following children.

  223 M i Living.
+ 224 M ii John (Jack) HARDING was born in 1924. He died in 1971.
  225 F iii Living.
  226 F iv Living.
  227 M v Living.

107. Edmond (Ned) CAREW (Daniel CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 2 Apr 1898 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died on 28 Jun 1974 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Solohead Churchyard, Co. Tipperary.

In the 1901 census Ned is listed, aged three, with the family of his aunt Catherine Ryan in Gortanerrig, Soloheadbeg. Presumably he was visiting at the time. Catherine was probably a sister of Ned's mother, Mary Coffey.

Ned was a farmer and lived in Soloheadbeg all his life. A death notice was located in online newspaper (Sunday Independent) archives for an Edmond Carew of Soloheadbeg who died at his residence on 28 June 1974. I believe that this notice refers to our Ned above.

Note: Ned's surname was Carew, and his children were christened with the surname Carew, but it appears the family sometimes goes by the name of Carey.

Edmond married Catherine FAHEY, daughter of William FAHEY and Catherine (Kate) DOHERTY, on 9 Feb 1932 in Annacarty, Co. Tipperary. Catherine was born on 7 Jan 1900 in Crossayle, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary.

They had the following children.

+ 228 F i Mary CAREW was born about 1933. She died on 9 Jul 2013.
  229 M ii Living.
+ 230 F iii Living.
  231 F iv
Bridget (Breda) CAREW was born in 1938 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 24 Jun 2017. She was buried in Solohead Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Breda, who never married, lived in Garryskillane in Tipperary town.

109. Maria (Mary Ann) CAREW (Daniel CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 11 Jan 1900 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 26 Feb 1981 in Tipperary. She was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery, Tipperary.

Maria married John (Jack) HUGHES, son of John HUGHES, on 2 Feb 1927 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. John was born about 1893 in probably Monemore, Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 14 Jan 1983 in Tipperary. He was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery, Tipperary.

Jack was from Monemore, Solohead although his marriage record gives his address as Carron, Co. Tipperary.

They had the following children.

+ 232 M i John (Jackie) HUGHES was born about 1927. He died on 26 May 2017.
+ 233 M ii Living.
+ 234 F iii Katherine HUGHES was born about 1930. She died before 26 May 2017.
+ 235 F iv Margaret (Peg) HUGHES was born about 1932. She died before 26 May 2017.
  236 F v Living.
        Living married Living.

110. Eleanor (Lena) CAREW (Daniel CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 14 Aug 1901 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died after 28 Jun 1974.

In the 1911 census return for the Carey household, Lena's name is listed as 'Elena'.

Eleanor married Michael RYAN, son of John RYAN, on 9 Feb 1932 in Emly, Co. Tipperary. Michael was born in probably Emly, Co. Tipperary. He died.

Michael was from Boro Road, Emly, Tipperary.

Marriage Notes:

Lena and Michael were married in Emly on the same day as her brother, Ned, married married Catheine Fahey in Cappawhite, about 15 miles away.

Eleanor and Michael had the following children.

+ 237 M i Living.
  238 M ii Living.
  239 M iii Living.
  240 F iv Living.
  241 F v Living.
        Living married Living.

112. Alice Frances MONAHAN (Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 11 Oct 1887 in Tagoat, Co. Wexford. She died on 16 Oct 1947 in Lewis Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Alice lived on Lewis Road, Killarney.

Alice married John MOYNIHAN, son of John MOYNIHAN, on 15 Oct 1914 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. John was born about 1884 in possibly Gullane, Gneeveguilla, Co. Kerry. He died on 9 Jun 1943 in Lewis Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

We have John's place of birth from the ship manifest from the voyage he and his  family made to the United States in 1927 (presumably to visit his wife Alice's brothers who lived in New York), which gives his birthplace as simply "Gullane". There are several Gullanes in Ireland but given the fact that John moved to Killarney, Co. Kerry at some point following his retirement, and that Moynihan is a very common south Kerry name, make me think John was from Gullane, Gneeveguilla, not far from Killarney.

John was an RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) police inspector. We do not know where he and Alice met but his address at the time of his marriage (1914) was Rosbercon, New Ross, Co. Wexford, and at the time of the birth of his daughter, Harriet (1915), he appears to have been stationed in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. John had retired by he time he made the trip above to the U.S. as he is described as a pensioner on the ship manifest, which also gives the family's last permanent residence as Duncannon, Co. Wexford.

They had the following children.

+ 242 F i Harriet Mary MOYNIHAN was born on 18 Jul 1915. She died on 5 Nov 1992.

113. Patrick MONAHAN (Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 23 Apr 1890 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. He died on 10 Aug 1942 in the Bronx, New York City.

There is an Ellis Island record for a Patrick: he arrived in New York  on October 27, 1912, aged 22 having sailed on the 'Carmania' from Liverpool. His occupation is given as "telephone operator" and his contact name is given as Martin Monahan, his uncle, of 500 3rd Avenue, New York.

It is thought that Patrick went to the United States as an athlete, sponsored by a brewery in New York. According to his World War I registration card - every male of military age was required to fill one in - he was working as a bartender in 1917 in what looks like the "Opper Copper" at 320 Broadway in New York and lived at what appears to be 264 West 21st St. The card also tells us he was 5' 10" in height, of medium build, had grey eyes and brown hair.

The 1920 census tells us he and his family were living at 989 Amsterdam Avenue in New York (unfortunately his occupation on the census return is illegible). By the time of the 1930 census he and the family were living at 190 Pennyfield Avenue in the Bronx and Patrick was working as a detective in the police force.

Patrick died of cancer at the age of 52.

Patrick married Hanora (Nora) BURKE on 18 May 1914 in probably New York. Hanora was born about 1891 in Co. Galway. She died on 18 Aug 1959 in New York City.

A family member has recalled Nora "walking down the street with her beer pail in hand to obtain her brew". This would have been after Nora settled in New York.

They had the following children.

+ 243 M i Martin Joseph MONAHAN was born on 19 Mar 1915. He died on 29 Aug 1990.
+ 244 M ii Patrick Edward (Eddie) MONAHAN was born on 18 Sep 1918. He died on 4 Mar 1994.

115. Alfred MONAHAN (Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 28 Aug 1896 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. He died on 10 Jan 1934 in Manhattan, New York.

Alfred emigrated to the United States in 1913, aged just 16. He was presumably joining his brother Patrick who had arrived in New York a few months earlier.

The 1930 census tells us Alfred worked at the time as a waiter in a club.

Alfred was only 37 years of age when he died.

Alfred married Bertha HAYDEN on 24 Sep 1920 in Manhattan, New York. Bertha was born about 1897 in New York.

They had the following children.

  245 F i Living.

116. Martin Joseph MONAHAN (Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW , Edmond CAREW , Mary ) was born on 15 Apr 1898 in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. He died in probably New York.

Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) records show that a Martin J. Monahan, who was born in 1898 in Co. Wexford, enlisted in the the force in 1920. This may be our Martin.  

If it was our Martin who joined the R.I.C. in 1920 then he did not stay very long as Ellis Island records show that our Martin arrived in New York on 22 May 1922, aged 23 and single, having sailed on the 'Adriatic' from Liverpool. According to the ship manifest, he was a labourer and was joining his brother Patrick who lived at 989 Amsterdam Avenue in New York. At the time of his first marriage in 1927 he was working as a chauffeur, and by the time of his second marriage in 1956 he was a "maintenance supervisor (bank offices)".

It is not known exactly how many children Martin and his first wife, Kitty Harnett, had but it is thought it was between three and five. They had at least two daughters and at least one son.

There is a Monahan family from the Bronx in the 1930 and 1940 censuses that might be the family of our Martin but on balance I think they are not. In case they are our Martin's family here are some details: the Martin from the censuses works for a bus company and has a wife named Catherine. By 1940 they have three children, Madeleine, Loretta and Martin.  

Note: There is a record in the Social Security Death Index for a Martin Monahan who was born on 25th February 1899. This has been checked out but it is NOT our Martin.

Martin married Catherine (Kitty) HARNETT, daughter of Michael HARNETT and Mary MCCARTHY, on 24 Apr 1927 in Church of the Immaculate Conception, The Bronx, New York City. Catherine was born on 1 Jul 1903 in Dromtrasna O'Brien, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. She died in probably early 1950s in probably New York.

It appears Kitty emigrated to the United States in 1923 as an immigration record has been located for a 20-year-old Catherine Harnett, daughter of Michael Harnett from Dromtrasna, who arrived in Boston on 1 November 1923. Her destination city is given as Manchester, New Hampshire.

Kitty is named as a witness on her sister Helen's Petition for Naturalization, dated 13 April 1937. Kitty's address at this time was 559 W. 172nd St., Bronx, New York.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Francis Moran and Bridget (Bridgie) Harnett. It is likely that Briddgie was Kitty's sister Bridget.

Martin and Catherine had the following children.

  246 i Living.
  247 ii Living.
  248 F iii Living.
  249 M iv Living.
  250 F v Living.

Martin also married Catherine (Kathleen) BARRON, daughter of William BARRON and Mary NEVILLE, on 14 Jan 1956 in the Church of St. Teresa of the Child of Jesus, Liverpool. Catherine was born on 30 Nov 1905 in Ballyhack, Co. Wexford. She died.

Martin met Kathleen on a visit to Ireland in 1955. It is believed they met in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. Kathleen, a widow, was from Ballyhack, Co. Wexford, not far from Duncannon, but was living in Liverpool (at 36 Porchester Road) at the time she met Martin. She and her first husband, Howard Kennedy, had a daughter, also named Kathleen who would have been about 21 years old at the time.

Martin returned to the U.S. after his trip and travelled to Liverpool a year later to marry Kathleen. After the marriage Kathleen and her daughter moved to New York. Martin and Kathleen later separated.

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