Descendants of John GORDON (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Fourth Generation


15. John GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) 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 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 Sheeepwalk, 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.

John married Mary Josephine O'CONNOR, daughter of Martin O'CONNOR, on 4 Feb 1869 in Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Mary was born in 1843 in Elphin, Co. Roscommon. She died on 5 Sep 1906 in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

I am told that Mary's parents lived on a large property in the townland of Ovaun, south of Elphin. The house was called Cherryfield, the ruins of which are still standing today. Mary's marriage certificate tells us that she was from Tubbermulla. I have been unable to find Tubbermulla on any Roscommon map but am assuming that it is in or near 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.

John and Mary had the following children.

+ 74 M i Patrick GORDON was born on 6 Apr 1870. He died on 14 Nov 1912.
+ 75 F ii Mary GORDON was born in possibly 3 May 1871.
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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.
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John GORDON was born on 11 Jun 1874 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died after 1954.

According to the family, John was born in 1873. However, there is an LDS birth record for a John Gordon, born in Frenchpark on 11 June 1874 to John Gordon and Mary Connor. It is possible that this relates to John above.

John was a  well known farmer and cattle dealer in Elphin, Co. Roscommon. He is remembered as "a very tall jovial man" whose grandnieces and grandnephews enjoyed spending time with him on his trips to Dublin from Elphin. John was "well into his nineties when he died", according to a family source (hence his date of death provided here of "after 1954").
       
John married 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died.

Unknown's name may have been Annie O'Connor, although this would need to be verified. It is thought that she and her husband, John, may have been related. Perhaps they were connected through the family of John's mother, Mary O'Connor. Annie(?) was apparently considerably younger than John. She and John had no children.
  78 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."
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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".
+ 80 F vii Ellen (Helen) GORDON was born on 24 Jun 1879. She died on 10 May 1962.
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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 and both became nurses. Although they both chose nursing careers I am told they were very different in appearance and personality. For example, Helen was petite 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.
+ 82 M ix Thomas GORDON was born on 15 Oct 1880. He died on 21 Mar 1937.
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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 informing his mother beforehand - and eventually became a sheep farmer. It is thought he might have married in Australia and it is believed he never returned to Ireland.

17. Elizabeth (Eliza) GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1841 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died after 2 Apr 1911 in possibly Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Eliza and her husband, James, farmed in Mullen, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. They may have had more children than those listed below.

Elizabeth married James BEIRNE, son of Patrick BEIRNE, on 28 Jan 1864 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. James was born about 1835. He died on 18 Feb 1910 in Mullen, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

James died of "Chronic Bright's disease", diagnosed two years earlier, and "Heart Failure, 6 hours".

They had the following children.

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Mary BEIRNE was born on 17 Jan 1867 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
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Patrick BEIRNE was born on 9 Dec 1868 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon. He died before 1872 in probably Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

Patrick appears to have died as a child as another son named Patrick was born to James and Eliza around 1972.
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Patrick BEIRNE was born about 1872 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  88 M iv
John BEIRNE was born on 25 Apr 1873 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

John and Michael were twins.
  89 M v
Michael BEIRNE was born on 25 Apr 1873 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.

Michael and John were twins.
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Frances (Frank) BEIRNE was born about 1876 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  91 F vii
Catherine (Kate) BEIRNE was born about 1878 in Co. Roscommon.

18. Patrick GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1842 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 21 Mar 1905 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford.

Patrick's employment as a supervisor with the Inland Revenue meant that he and his family lived in several Irish towns as well as in Oldham, Lancashire. In Ireland the family lived in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon; Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath; 4 Princes St., Tralee; 4 Emorville Square, South Circular Road, Dublin; and Sylchester Terrace, Longford.

The following note has probably nothing to do with our Patrick Gordon above, but I am inserting it here because it relates to a Patrick Gordon whose father's name was Patrick, and our Patrick above is the only Patrick Gordon in my database who had a father named Patrick:

There is an Ellis Island record for a Patrick Gordon who was born in Kilgarriff in Fairymount and who arrived in the United States on 22 September 1909 aged 23. He was joining his sister Mary in Brooklyn, and his nearest relative in Ireland was his father, Pat Gordon, of Kilgarriff. It is not known if or how the Patrick Gordon on the Ellis Island record might be related to our Gordons.

Patrick married Maria Ellen COX about 1871. Maria was born about 1843 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died on 22 Jan 1908 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford.

They had the following children.

+ 92 F i Anne Catherine (Annie Kate) GORDON was born on 29 Oct 1872. She died on 28 Jan 1931.
  93 F ii
Mary Ellen GORDON was born on 12 Jul 1874 in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

Mary and her husband lived in Ashbrook, Roscommon.
       
Mary married M. HANLEY. M. HANLEY died.
  94 F iii
Alice GORDON was born on 3 Oct 1875 in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

Alice was a sister in the Loreto order.
  95 F iv
Emily GORDON was born in 1878 in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. She died in 1911 in probably Our Lady's Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin.

Emily entered the convent, joining the Sisters of Charity order. She worked at Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin.
  96 F v
Clare GORDON was born about 1879 in Dublin.

Clare entered the convent, joining the Sisters of Charity order. She worked at Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin.

There is a grave in the Sisters of Charity convent cemetery in Donnybrook, Dublin marked 'Mother Frances Raphael Gordon, born 1879, entered religion 1900, died 1956'. Could this be Clare's grave? All the plots in this cemetery comprise two graves, and if this is indeed Clare's grave then she is buried in the same plot as her first cousin once removed Sr. Jerome (formerly Emma) Gordon (1880-1968).
  97 M vi
Patrick GORDON was born about 1881 in Oldham, Lancashire. He died in Jul 1905 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford. He was buried in Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford.

Patrick was only 23 years of age when he died.
  98 M vii
Cox Joseph GORDON was born about 20 Mar 1883 in 4 Princes St., Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 22 Mar 1883 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He died in 1949 in Dublin.

Cox trained as a medical doctor and possibly worked at the Longford Infirmirary for a time before emigrating to New Zealand where he worked as a chemist. He lived in Wellington, New Zealand for about 30 years before returning to Ireland. We do not know if his New Zealand-born wife, Nellie, had died before his return as it appears she did not move with him to Ireland.
       
Cox married Nellie BATE, daughter of Henry BATE and Alice BARNETT, in 1909 in New Zealand. Nellie was born about 1881 in New Zealand.
  99 F viii
Grace M. V. GORDON was born about 1885 in Sylchester Terrace, Longford.

Because it is known that Grace's parents had four daughters who became nuns, two joining the Sisters of Charity and two becoming Loreto sisters, and because we can account for three of the daughters who entered the convent (Alice, Emily and Clare), we can say that it was Grace or another sister whom we do not know about who was the second Loreto nun in the family (as Emily and Clare were Sisters of Charity). We do know that Grace is listed in the 1911 census as a nurse in the household of farmer John Halpenny of Batestown, Co. Meath.
  100 M ix
J. GORDON (male) died.

19. Cormac GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1848 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 14 Aug 1924 in Aughalustia Lodge, , Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He was buried on 16 Aug 1924 in Kilcoleman Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Cormac's wife, Ellen, was his first cousin (a daughter of of his uncle Michael). Cormac and Ellen lived in Aughalustia and according to family notes, they had four sons and one daughter. There is a 1901 census return for a "Cormack" Gordon in Aghalustia with a wife, Ellen, FIVE sons and a daughter listed. It is probable that this return relates to our Cormac Gordon and his first cousin Ellen and their family. It is from this census return that we have the names and approximate years of birth of Cormac's and Ellen's children, and the approximate year of birth of Cormac.

Cormac married Ellen GORDON, daughter of Michael GORDON and Anne FINN, on 11 Dec 1884 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Ellen was born in Nov 1867 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 24 Nov 1867 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died before 2 Apr 1911 in probably Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon.

Ellen and her husband were first cousins. They lived at Aughalustia Lodge in Aughalustia, Ballaghaderreen.

According to Ellen's birth certificate, she was born on 20 January 1868. Because christenings unsually took place a day or two after birth and were registered at the time, and because births were often registered a couple of months after the event, the date on a baptismal record is often a more accurate reflection of the date of birth than the date on a birth certificate. For this reason it is being assumed that Ellen was born in November 1867 rather than January 1868.

They had the following children.

  101 M i
Patrick GORDON was born on 13 Jan 1886 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died before 18 Jun 1973.

I have come across the marriage certificate for a Patrick Gordon who may be our Patrick above. This Patrick married in Kirkdale, Lancashire on 8 April 1912 and the certificate tells us that his father was Cormac Gordon who was a farmer. This fits with our Patrick above. The Patrick who married in Kirkdale was a 24-year-old grocer living at 56 Hanover St., Liverpool, and his wife was Hanna Maria Powell, a waitress, with an address at 47 Medlock St., Kirkdale, Lancashire. She was a daughter of John Powell, also a farmer. The marriage was witnessed by Moses Bradley and Martha Powell.

In my many years of research into my husband's Gordon family I have never come across a Cormac Gordon who was not related to my husband's family. My hunch, therefore, is that the Patrick Gordon who married Hanna Powell in Kirkdale was a member of my husband's family, and was possibly our Patrick above.

A further indication that Hanna Powell's husband might be our Patrick is that the Ellis Island record believed to be that of Cormac, brother of our Patrick, tells us that Cormac had been living in Liverpool and that his his nearest relative in his home country was his "uncle" Patrick Gordon of Liverpool (156 Hatherley St.). Cormac, who arrived in New York on January 17 1912, was a grocer, according to the ship manifest. This makes me think that "uncle" should have read "brother". Cormac did have two uncles named Patrick Gordon (his parents were first cousins) but it appears they both remained in Ireland and in any case would have been too old to have been the 24-year-old Patrick Gordon who married Hanna Powell in 1912.  

Patrick and Hanna had at least one child, Cormac John, born on 19 June 1913 at 17 Seafield Grove, Seaforth, Lancashire (this information from Cormac's birth certificate). They may also have had a daughter, Mary T., born the following year. Cormac married Elizabeth E. Staton in 1941 in Crosby, Lancashire and they appear to have had four children (this information from FreeBMD records). Cormac died in Sefton, Lancashire in 1980.

If anyone has any information that proves - or disproves - that Patrick above was the Patrick who married Hannah Powell, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch. Please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.
+ 102 M ii Michael GORDON was born on 24 Jan 1887. He died before 18 Jun 1973.
  103 M iii
John Joseph (Joe) GORDON was born on 25 May 1888 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died on 14 Nov 1956 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon.

Joe farmed in Aughalustia. It is thought that he and his wife, Catherine, had no children.
       
John married Catherine (Katie) TOWEY, daughter of John TOWEY, on 5 Aug 1931 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Catherine died on 14 Apr 1966 in Roscommon. She was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
  104 M iv
Cormac GORDON was born on 5 Jun 1892 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died before 18 Jun 1973.

It is posible Cormac emigrated to the United States. There is an Ellis Island record for a Michael Gordon who arrived in New York on July 19 1912 and who was joining his brother, Cormac, in New York. Michael's nearest relative in Ireland was given as their father, Cormac Gordon, Aughalustia, Ballaghaderreen.

An Ellis Island record was found for a Cormac Gordon from Co. Roscommon which may relate to this Cormac: on January 17 1912, a Cormac Gordon, aged 20, arrived in New York - his contact name on the ship manifest is a cousin (with what looks like the "uncle" written after the "cousin" William (what looks like) Recole (it is very difficult to decipher the contact name) followed by (what looks like) Powill, Somerville, New Jersey. According to the ship manifest Cormac had been living in Liverpool and his nearest relative in his home country is given as his uncle, Patrick Gordon of 156 Hatherley St., Liverpool. Cormac's occupation is given as "grocer".

However, a death record has been found for a 21-year-old Cormac Gordon who died of tuberculosis (duration was 12 months) in Aughalustia on 3 July 1913. The informant was his brother Thomas of Aughalustia. All of this information fits in with our Cormac above. It could be that our Cormac did emigrate to the United States in January 1912 but returned a number of months later, perhaps when he became ill.
+ 105 M v Thomas (Tom) Francis GORDON was born on 14 Apr 1894. He died on 18 Jun 1973.
+ 106 F vi Dorothy (Dora) Mary GORDON was born on 2 Feb 1897. She died on 5 Jan 1978.

20. Mary Josephine GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born in 1849 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1878 in probably Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Mary died at the age of 30.

Mary married James COYNE, son of Thomas COYNE, on 8 Dec 1868 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon. James was born in 1836 in Co. Galway. He died on 11 Sep 1908 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

James and his wife, Mary, were shopkeepers in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

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Thomas P. COYNE was born on 15 Feb 1870 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  108 F ii
Annie Mary COYNE was born on 25 Oct 1872 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She died before 1888.

It appears Annie died as a child because her father, James, and his second wife, Eliza, had a daughter named Annie around 1887.

21. Anne GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 3 Jul 1850 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 3 Jul 1850 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died after 18 Feb 1939 in possibly Castlerea, Co . Roscommon.

Anne and her family lived in New Line, Castlerea.

Anne married Martin FLANAGAN about 1876. Martin was born about 1850 in Co. Roscommon. He died on 6 May 1905 in probably Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Martin was a 'clerk of union' in Castlerea.

They had the following children.

  109 F i
Mary (May) FLANAGAN was born about 1877 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
  110 M ii
Patrick (Paddy) FLANAGAN was born about 1879 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

The 1901 census tells us that Paddy was a medical student at that time. By the time of the 1911 census he was a "clerk of union and rural district council".
  111 F iii
Ann (Annie) E. FLANAGAN was born in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1963 in probably Castlerea, Co . Roscommon.

Annie, a pharmacist, opened her own pharmacy in Castlerea in 1913 which she ran for several decades. She never married.
  112 F iv
Helena FLANAGAN was born about 1885 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.
+ 113 M v Thomas Gordon (Gordon) FLANAGAN was born about 1888. He died on 4 Aug 1963.
  114 F vi
Claire FLANAGAN was born about 1891 in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

23. James G. GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1855 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died about 1939 in probably Kilclooney, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. He was buried in Kilclooney Cemetery, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway.

According to the marriage certificate of his daughter Maude, James's middle name was Arthur rather than a name beginning with 'G', which is what I had been given by a family source who thought the 'G' might have stood for Granville. It is known that another of James's daughters, Jo, went by the surname Gordon-Granville following her emigration to the United States.

James and his sister, Ellen, married siblings from Frenchpark: James married May Cullen in 1881, and Ellen married May's brother, Patrick, a hotelier, around 1883.

James farmed originally in Grallagh in Fairymount, later moving to Kilclooney, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. At the time of the 1901 census, he and his family were still living in Grallagh but by the time of the 1911 census the family was living in Quarrymount, Kilclooney, one of the finest small country house estates in Co. Galway. Built about the 1830s, the property (also known as Kilclooney House) became the home of the Bodkin family, one of the 14 'tribes' of Galway. In 1881 the house was leased to Edward O'Kelly for 31 years and by the early 20th century it was in the hands of the Congested Districts' Board who passed it on to the Land Commission who in turn sold the house and 220 acres to James. Over the years land was sold off and about 1971 James's grandson Henry Gordon sold the house and remaining 20 acres to a builder from Tuam. A year later it was sold on to Frank Bermingham who owned the adjacent farm. In 1991 the house, by now in a state of disrepair, along with a small parcel of land, was purchased by Michael O'Grady, who began a programme of repair and restoration. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funds, Michael was forced to sell the property in 2001. The purchasers were Billy and Bernadette Costello who have extensively renovated Quarrymount.

It is not known why or how James moved from Fairymount to Kilclooney, about 40 miles away which was a considerable distance in the Ireland of the time, especially as James does not seem to have had any connections to the Kilclooney area. It has been suggested that James's mother, Mary French, might have been related to Lord de Freyne (French is a form of de Freyne) who may have enabled James to purchase it. However, I can find no evidence of any connection between Lord de Freyne and James's mother.

James and May are buried in the family grave in Kilclooney Cemetery.

James married Mary (May) Agnes CULLEN, daughter of John CULLEN and 'UNKNOWN', on 18 Feb 1881 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. Mary was born in 1860 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1904 in probably Kilclooney, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway. She was buried in Kilclooney Cemetery, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway.

May was only about 44 years of age when she died.

They had the following children.

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Ethel GORDON was born on 1 May 1882 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 27 Mar 1978. She was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

Ethel and her sisters Laura, Freda and Ivy are buried in the same grave in Deansgrange.
       
Ethel married Thomas (Tom) FEEHAN. Thomas was born in Co. Carlow. He died. He was buried in Balickmoyler, Co. Carlow.

Ethel and Tom had no children. Tom is buried in the Feehan family grave in Ballickmoyler, Co. Carlow.
  116 F ii
Laura GORDON was born on 11 Aug 1883 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Feb 1961 in probably Dublin. She was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

It is thought that Laura contracted polio as a child and suffered some disability as a result. She is listed in the 1911 census of Ireland as a boarder at 10 Gardiners Place in Dublin. Her occupation was 'commercial clerk'.

At some point Laura ran a café in central Dublin called the "Geisha Café." Later in life she owned property in flats at 11 Lower Hatch Street in Dublin.

Laura, who never married, is buried in the same grave in Deansgrange Cemetery as her sisters Ethel, Freda and Ivy.
  117 M iii
Patrick GORDON was born on 19 Nov 1884 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Patrick died at birth.
  118 F iv
Bridget (Delia) GORDON was born on 19 Jun 1886 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

It is thought Delia died young.
  119 M v
John GORDON was born on 24 Nov 1887 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1964 in Kilclooney, Tuam, Co. Galway. He was buried in Kilclooney Cemetery, Milltown, Tuam, Co. Galway.

John and Freda were twins. John emigrated to the United States as a young man but returned to Ireland following the death of his wife in 1959.

John is buried in the family grave in Kilclooney Cemetery.
       
John married Mary 'UNKNOWN' in U.S.. Mary was born in Navan, Co. Meath. She died in 1959 in U.S..

John and Mary had no children. When Mary died John returned to live in Ireland.
  120 F vi
Winifred (Freda) GORDON was born on 24 Nov 1887 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 24 Feb 1982 in Dublin. She was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

Freda and John were twins. Freda emigrated to the United States where she worked as a nurse. She later returned to Ireland where she had property in flats at 29 Lower Leeson St. in Dublin. Freda, who lived at 184 Merrion Road in Dublin, never married. She is buried in the same grave in Deansgrange Cemetery as her sisters Ethel, Laura and Ivy.
  121 M vii
William (Willie) Martin GORDON was born on 8 Nov 1889 in Grallagh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 29 Aug 1918 in northern France. He was buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, France.

Amember of the 12th Battalion, Tank Corps of the British Army, Willie was killed in World War I. He was initially buried in northern France, close to where he died, but in the early 1920s he and others were reburied in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery in Mory (between Arras and Bapaume, about two kilometres east of the village of Ervillers). His grave number is V.D.29.
+ 122 M viii Francis (Frank) J. GORDON was born on 5 Aug 1891. He died in 1983.
+ 123 F ix Mabel Josephine (Jo) GORDON was born on 19 Jun 1892. She died on 2 Jan 1975.
+ 124 F x Maude Eda Angela GORDON was born on 23 Aug 1894. She died on 11 Aug 1987.
+ 125 F xi Gertrude (Gertie) GORDON was born on 1 Dec 1895. She died in 1977.
+ 126 F xii Mary Josephine (Ivy) GORDON was born on 20 Jul 1897. She died on 26 Feb 1960.

24. Ellen Mary GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 10 Apr 1857 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 10 Apr 1857 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died on 17 Mar 1895 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Ellen and her brother, James, married siblings from Frenchpark: Ellen married Patrick Cullen, and James married Patrick's sister, May.

Ellen was only 37 years of age when she died.

Ellen married Patrick Joseph CULLEN, son of John CULLEN and 'UNKNOWN', in probably 1881. Patrick was born about 1855 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1911 or 1912 in probably Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Patrick and his first wife, Ellen, had either three or four children. According to one family source, they had three children - Gordon, Paddy and Eva; and according to another, they had four - Gordon, Queenie and two whose names were not known. I have found birth records for Gordon, Paddy and Eva, and have decided to add Queenie to the list below with a caution beside her name. Gordon, Paddy and Eva all emigrated to the United States.  

Patrick ran Cullens Hotel in Frenchpark from 1876 for about 35 years until his death. It is not known whether the hotel had already been in the family when he took it over. Shortly after his death, his widow, Katie (his second wife), and their young family were evicted by their landlord because they were unable to pay the rent. Katie and her family later eventually moved to Mohill, Co. Leitrim. The hotel building later housed the Frenchpark Post Office.

They had the following children.

  127 M i
Gordon Patrick CULLEN was born on 26 Dec 1882 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon. He died in Jun 1972 in probably New Jersey.

Gordon worked for a time at the Hibernian Bank, Mohill, Co. Leitrim before emigrating to the United States in 1910. He lived for several years at 2741 Pearsall Ave., The Bronx, New York. The 1940 census tells us that Gordon was a widower and worked as a draftsman for the gas and electric company. He later moved to Wood Ridge, New Jersey, not far from Ridgefield Park where his sister Eva lived. It is not known if he had any children.
       
Gordon married 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died before 1941.
  128 M ii
Patrick (Paddy) John CULLEN was born on 16 Mar 1885 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon. He died in Sep 1962 in New York.

Paddy emigrated to the United States in 1928 and it is known that he was living at 2741 Pearsall Ave., The Bronx, New York between 1939 (when he applied for naturalisation) and 1942 (when he filled in a World War II Draft Registration card). It appears that Paddy never married.
+ 129 F iii Mary Eva (Eva) CULLEN was born on 15 Jul 1886.
  130 F iv
'unknown' (Queenie) CULLEN (caution: not verified) died.

25. Francis (Frank) GORDON (Patrick (Pat) , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 31 Jul 1859 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 31 Jul 1859 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died on 9 Oct 1890 in probably Boho, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Cloonshanville Cemetery, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Frank farmed in Boho, Ballintubber. However, his probate records give his address as Currenturpane, Co. Roscommon (not far from Boho). He left his effects, worth £654 6s 2d, to his widow, Mary Ellen. He was only 31 years old when he died.

I have been told by a family source that Frank and Mary Ellen had a third daughter named either Daphne or Anne but I have been unable to verify this.

Francis married Mary Ellen DOYLE, daughter of John DOYLE, on 22 Jan 1885 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Mary was born in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 3 Jan 1934 in Boho Lodge, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Cloonshanville Cemetery, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Mary Ellen was from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  131 F i
Mary Jane GORDON was born on 26 Jan 1886 in Currenturpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died after 31 Mar 1959.

A death notice was located in The Irish Independent on 5 September 1969 for a Mary Gordon, formerly of Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, who died at Stone Hill House, Carrigaline, Co. Cork on 4 September 1969. Could this Mary have been our Mary above?
  132 M ii
John (Johnny) GORDON was born on 11 Apr 1887 in Currenturpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 31 Mar 1959 in Galway. He was buried in Cloonshanville Cemetery, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

Johnny, who farmed in Boho, never married. He died in hospital in Galway.
  133 F iii
Clare (Babe) GORDON was born on 1 Aug 1889 in Currenturpane, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died after 31 Mar 1959.
       
Clare married Donal HYDE, son of Timothy HYDE, on 28 Nov 1918 in Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. Donal was born about 1887.

Donal was an agricultural instructor. His address prior to his marriage was Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.

26. Michael GORDON (Martin , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 5 Jul 1838. He was christened on 5 Jul 1838 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

According to the 1901 census, Michael was a farmer in the townland of Grange More in the parish of Boyle.

Michael married Bridget KELLY, daughter of Michael KELLY and Mary COLL, on 30 Nov 1865 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. Bridget was born about 1841 in probably Cloonarragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in probably Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  134 M i
Martin GORDON was born on 6 Nov 1866 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 9 Nov 1866 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  135 M ii
Charles GORDON was born about 2 Mar 1868 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 2 Mar 1868 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

I have discovered that Charles above, i.e., the Charles Gordon who was christened on 2 March 1864, was not a child of Michael Gordon and Bridget Kelly. According to the Ancestry website, he was in fact a child of a Michael Gordon who married a Mary Beirne. I will leave his name listed here for now as I have been told that Michael and Bridget had a son named Charles.
  136 F iii
Maria GORDON was born about 6 Aug 1869 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 6 Aug 1869 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  137 M iv
Bernard GORDON was born on 13 May 1871 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon.
  138 F v
Mary GORDON was born on 21 Feb 1874 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 22 Feb 1874 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  139 F vi
Bridget GORDON was born about 16 Oct 1876 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 16 Oct 1876 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  140 F vii
Anne GORDON was born about 1 Mar 1878 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 1 Mar 1878 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  141 F viii
Honor GORDON was born about 6 Feb 1881 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 6 Feb 1881 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
  142 F ix
Margaret GORDON was born about 25 Jan 1886 in Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 25 Jan 1886 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

28. Charles GORDON (Martin , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1844 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 29 Jan 1893 in Coolatinny, Kiltullagh, Co. Roscommon.

According to the 1901 census Charles's family lived in the townland of Coolatinny in the parish of Kiltullagh (Kiltullagh is the old name for Ballinlough).

Charles died of tuberculosis aged only 48.

Charles married Mary CONCANNON, daughter of Michael CONCANNON, on 21 Feb 1870 in Granlahan Church. Mary was born about 1850 in probably Coolatinny, Kiltullagh, Co. Roscommon. She died after 2 Apr 1911.

They had the following children.

  143 M i
Thomas GORDON was born on 10 Dec 1870 in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Malden, Massachusetts.
       
Thomas married Bridget CARR. Bridget died in probably Malden, Massachusetts.
  144 F ii
Bridget GORDON was born on 2 Mar 1872 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  145 M iii
Patrick GORDON was born on 12 Mar 1874 in Frenchpark, Co . Roscommon.
  146 M iv
Martin GORDON was born about 27 May 1876. He was christened on 27 May 1876 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died in Deceased.
       
Martin married Elizabeth (Lizzie) 'UNKNOWN'. Elizabeth died.
  147 M v
William GORDON was born about 19 May 1878. He was christened on 19 May 1878 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

It is a possibility that William was a great-grandfather of Anne Gleeson-Khan who lives in the UK. Anne's great-grandfather was a William Gordon, born about 1878 in Coolatinny, Co. Roscommon. Our William, above, was born in 1878 and his wife, Mary Concannon, was born in Coolatinny, which is why we think there may be a connection. Anne's great-grandfather emigrated to England where, in 1912, he married Mary Morris in Bolton, Lancashire. They had four children.

  148 M vi
Bernard GORDON was born about 8 Dec 1879. He was christened on 8 Dec 1879 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  149 F vii
'unknown' GORDON (female) was born on 26 Jan 1886.

This daughter of Charles and Mary isn't listed in the 1901 census return for the household.
+ 150 M viii John Charles GORDON was born on 19 Feb 1887. He died after 1941.

29. Martin GORDON (Martin , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1849. He died on 24 Dec 1914 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Martin lived in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

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

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.

  151 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.
+ 152 F ii Mary Catherine (Kate) GORDON was born on 23 May 1893. She died in 1958.
+ 153 F iii Monica GORDON was born on 8 Feb 1895.
  154 M iv
Thomas GORDON was born on 5 Apr 1896 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  155 M v
Martin GORDON was born on 16 Nov 1898 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.
  156 F vi
Annie Teresa GORDON was born on 21 Oct 1901 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  157 F vii
Harriet A. GORDON was born on 5 Sep 1902 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died.
  158 F viii
Eliza GORDON was born on 12 Jun 1905 in Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1906 in probably Clerragh, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon.

Eliza died in infancy.

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