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213. John Joseph CLARKE (Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 31 Jul 1885 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 9 Aug 1885 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1975 in probably England.

John qualified as a doctor in London. He is listed as a medical student in the 1911 census as a boarder in a house in Hackney, London and by 1939 he and his young family were living at 285 Church Road, Mitcham, Surrey.

John married Ellen (Nellie) 'UNKNOWN' before Sep 1939. Ellen was born on 24 Jan 1903. She died.

They had the following children.

  360 F i Living.
  361 F ii Living.

214. Herbert Eustace (Bertie) CLARKE (Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 24 Apr 1887 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 6 May 1887 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died on 28 Jun 1945 in 400 Chapel Road, Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia. He was buried in Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW.

Bertie qualified as a doctor in Dublin. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and it is known that he worked as a doctor in the London area for a time before moving to Australia. He lived in Leonora, Western Australia for many years, working at the Leonora District Hospital. Electoral Rolls tells us he was resident in Leonora in 1937 but had moved to Bankstown (400 Chapel Road), New South Wales by 1943.

Herbert married Aidita (Ada) Clare RICKARDS, daughter of Arthur RICKARDS and Catherine Letitia 'UNKNOWN', in 1913 in Sydney, Australia. Aidita was born about 1884. She died on 12 Oct 1981. She was buried on 20 Oct 1981 in Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW.

Ada may have been a nurse.

They had the following children.

  362 M i
Desmond Patrick W. CLARKE was born about 1915 in Australia. He died in 1969 in St. Leonards, Sydney, Australia.

219. Margaret Mary (Rita) CLARKE (Catherine (Kathleen) J. GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 13 Jun 1897 in Castlemore, Co. Mayo. She was christened on 20 Jun 1897 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1972 in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Rita emigrated to Australia as a young woman. There she met her future husband, Andrew McDonald.

Margaret married Andrew MCDONALD, son of Myles MCDONALD and Mary Ann REIDY, in 1929 in Perth, Western Australia. Andrew was born in 1883 in Gre Gre, Victoria, Australia. He died in 1972 in Perth, Western Australia.

Andrew, who had a twin brother, was one of 13 children. His father, Myles, was born in Isle of Skye, Scotland, while his mother, Mary Ann, was born in Australia to parents who had emigrated from Co. Clare, Ireland.

They had the following children.

+ 363 F i Living.
+ 364 F ii Living.

222. Evelyn Mary O'HARA (Bridget (Bea) GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 13 Jul 1889 in Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 13 Jul 1889 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1954.

Evelyn married James (Jim) GLYNN, son of Patrick GLYNN, on 1 Mar 1916 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. James was born in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He died.

Jim was from Oxhill, Knockvicar, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, where he and Evelyn lived after their marriage.

Note: There is a record of a marriage of a Thomas Glynn and Elizabeth Logan in Cootehall on 16 February 1880. Thomas's father's name was Patrick and Thomas's address was given as what looks like 'Cuidera'. Were Jim and Thomas related?

They had the following children.

  365 F i
Margaret (Peggy) GLYNN was born in Knockvicar, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She died in 2003 in Dublin. She was buried in Co. Roscommon.

Peggy was a nurse. She never married.
+ 366 F ii Anne GLYNN died in Jan 2004.
+ 367 M iii Patrick (Paddy) GLYNN died on 5 Jun 2005.
+ 368 M iv Joseph (Joe) P. GLYNN died in mid-1990s.
  369 F v Living.
        Living married Living.
+ 370 F vi Living.
  371 F vii
Kathleen (Sr. Evelyn) GLYNN was born in 1929 in Knockvicar, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Mar 2013 in Cork.

Kathleen was a sister in the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), an enclosed order.  According to her obituary in the St. Mary's Abbey newsletter, she inherited musical talent from her mother, Evelyn, and studied in England, obtaining a Licentiate from the Guild Hall of Music, London, and a second Diploma from Trinity College of Music, London. She taught music in England for a time before returning to Ireland in 1957 when he entered the OCSO convent at St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford. She made First Profession on 27 December 1959 and Solemn Profession exactly three years later. Known as Sr. Evelyn she spent most of the rest of her life at St. Mary's.

226. Bridget (Bertha) O'HARA (Bridget (Bea) GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 14 Dec 1896 in Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 14 Dec 1896 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 1 Oct 1948 in 94 Lower Leeson St., Dublin. She was buried on 4 Oct 1948 in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 71.5, St. Bridget's).

Bertha seems to be listed as Delia Mary in the 1911 census.

Bertha and her husband, Michael, may also have had a daughter named Mary.

Bridget married Michael B. FOLEY, son of Michael FOLEY, on 26 Jul 1928 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Michael died.

After Michael and Bertha married they lived in Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. I have been told that Michael worked as a schoolteacher in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone and would return home to Clegna at weekends. However, his marriage certificate tells us he was a civil engineeer (with an address in Dungannon) so it appears he was not a teacher.

They had the following children.

  372 F i Living.
  373 M ii
Austin FOLEY was born about 1930 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died on 14 Jul 1950 in Dublin. He was buried on 17 Jul 1950 in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 72, St. Bridget's).

Austin was only 19 years of age when he died.

  374 F iii
Catherine (Kitty) FOLEY was born in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1976.

Kitty and her husband, Gordon, were first cousins through the O'Haras. Their mothers were sisters.
       
Catherine married Lawrence Gordon (Gordon) DOYLE, son of Arthur Peter DOYLE and Mary Catherine (Kathleen) O'HARA. Lawrence was born about 1929 in New Ross, Co. Wexford. He died in 2007. He was buried in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

Gordon lived in New Ross. He remarried following the death of his first wife, Kitty. He had no children with Kitty, and three with his second wife, Mary.
  375 F iv Living.
        Living married Living.

227. Mary Catherine (Kathleen) O'HARA (Bridget (Bea) GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 7 Aug 1900 in Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 4 Dec 1984 in Co. Wexford. She was buried in St. Stephen's Cemetery, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

Kathleen was a nurse. Prior to her marriage she worked in St. Vincent's Hosptal in Dublin.

Mary married Arthur Peter DOYLE, son of Arthur Joseph DOYLE and Mary Jane 'UNKNOWN', on 24 Jun 1926 in Dublin. Arthur was born about 1891 in New Ross, Co. Wexford. He died on 10 May 1974. He was buried in St. Stephen's Cemetery, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

Arthur and Kathleen met as a result of match-making efforts by Kathleen's aunt Sr. Jerome Gordon. Sr. Jerome worked in St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin where Arthur's father, also named Arthur, was a patient. Knowing that Arthur senior had eligible sons, she arranged for Kathleen, who was a nurse, to look after him in New Ross when he was discharged from St. Vincent's.

After their marriage, Kathleen and Arthur lived in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

They had the following children.

+ 376 M i Arthur Joseph DOYLE was born in 1927. He died on 23 Nov 1991.
+ 377 M ii Lawrence Gordon (Gordon) DOYLE was born about 1929. He died in 2007.
+ 378 F iii Living.
+ 379 F iv Living.

229. Matilda (Maud) Mary O'HARA (Bridget (Bea) GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 28 May 1906 in Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 21 Feb 1976 in Dublin. She was buried on 24 Feb 1976 in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 71.5, St. Bridget's).

Maud was a nurse. She and her husband, Oliver, lived in Shankill, Co. Dublin.

Matilda married Living on 12 Oct 1949 in St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin.

They had the following children.

  380 F i Living.
  381 M ii Living.

230. Alfred James GORDON (Michael John , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1891 in New Zealand. He died on 21 Nov 1918. He was buried in Te Awamutu Cemetery, New Zealand.

Alfred was a wheelright. He died in the flu epidemic of 1918 aged just 27, leaving behind a wife and infant daughter.

Alfred married Elizabeth (Lizzie) FALLON, daughter of Michael FALLON and Catherine (Kate) KEOHANE, in 1916. Elizabeth was born in 1892 in Thames, New Zealand. She died on 15 Oct 1970 in Thames, New Zealand. She was buried in Totara Cemetery, Thames, New Zealand.

They had the following children.

+ 382 F i Catherine (Cath) GORDON was born on 3 Aug 1918. She died on 30 Dec 2007.

231. Albert Joseph (Joe) GORDON (Michael John , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 22 Aug 1893 in West Melbourne, Australia. He died in 1972 in probably Auckland, New Zealand.

Joe served in France during World War I. From his attestation and other military papers we know that he was 5ft 9ins tall with hazel eyes and a dark complexion. He signed up for military service on 13 May 1917 and, following a period of training in Wanganui, New Zealand, left with his unit for Europe on 13 August, disembarking in Glasgow, Scotland on 2 October. The Auckland Regiment, of which he was a member, arrived in Etaples, France on 8 November 1917. Joe served a total of one year and 289 days overseas and returned to New Zealand in 1919. He was awarded the Overseas Service Medal and the Victory Medal.

There is a story that at point point during his service in Europe, unable to cope with what he experienced, Joe fled to Ireland where he was given refuge by his aunt Sr. Jerome Gordon in St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, where she worked. She kept him in the isolation ward which the authorities, when they came looking for him, were prohibited from entering and so Joe avoided arrest.

Another story, which is likely to be linked to to the above, is that when he was on leave during the war he and other soldiers with Irish connections went to Dublin where they were met by relatives and friends who plied them with whiskey and generally showed them great hospitality. Joe's army records show that he was docked some pay for being AWOL for a few days around this time, which may have been why the authories were looking for him. It is certainly true that Joe's war experiences scarred him motionally. He had been a victim of gas attacks and other horrors and rarely spoke to his family of his war service. However, he had good memories of his brief time in Dublin and always wanted to go back. He returned for his second visit about 50 years later, in the late 1960s.

Joe and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Auckland for the first few years of their marriage before moving to Wellington in the early 1930s. This was during the Great Depression and Joe, who was a carpenter, found himself out of work. Kathleen's widowed father lived in Masterton, about 100km from Wellington, and when work became available at the Masterton Timber Mill in 1935 the family moved in with Katheen's father. They lived there until the end of 1939 when they moved back to Auckland.

Albert married Catherine (Kathleen) Josephine O'TOOLE. Catherine died in probably Auckland, New Zealand.

Kathleen grew up in Masterton, New Zealand.

They had the following children.

+ 383 F i Patricia (Patsy) GORDON was born on 13 Dec 1923. She died in 2007.
+ 384 M ii Donald (Don) Francis GORDON was born on 3 Mar 1926. He died on 21 Nov 2012.
+ 385 M iii John Desmond Joseph GORDON was born on 6 Mar 1929. He died on 4 Nov 2011.
+ 386 M iv Peter GORDON was born on 30 Apr 1932. He died on 14 Aug 1993.

232. Monica (Mona) Mary GORDON (Michael John , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1895 in New Zealand. She died on 25 Feb 1984. She was buried in Otahuhu Lawn Cemetery, Auckland.

I am told that around 1960 Mona was living on Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Monica married William (Bill) BAIN in 1915. William was born about 1883. He died on 13 Apr 1954. He was buried in Otahuhu Lawn Cemetery, Auckland.

They had the following children.

  387 M i
Philip BAIN was born about 1916. He died on 7 Aug 1923. He was buried in Pukerimu Cemetery, Paeroa.

234. Sheila GORDON (Michael John , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born in 1908 in New Zealand. She died in 2002.

Sheila was only about six years of age when her mother died. She was raised by her sister, Mona, with whom she lived until she was in her early twenties.

Sheila married Patrick (Pat) GOONAN. Patrick died.

Pat's parents were farmers in the Thames-Paeroa district. He was in some way related to the Keohane family which was connected to Elizabeth Fallon, the wife of Pat's wife's uncle Alfred.

Pat and his wife, Sheila, and their family lived in Hitutaia where Pat had a rural delivery business.

They had the following children.

  388 M i
Patrick Terrence (Terry) GOONAN was born in 1950 in New Zealand. He died in 1974.
+ 389 M ii Living.

237. Thomas (Tom) Francis MCDONNELL (Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ellen GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born in 17 or 18 June 1897 in Corgarriff, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 30 Jun 1897 in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He died on 14 Feb 1963 in Galway. He was buried on 18 Feb 1963 in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 70, St. Bridget's).

Tom emigrated to the United States as a young man. According to Ellis Island records, he arrived in New York from Liverpool on October 30, 1922. On the ship manifest it is difficult to make out his occupation but it looks like hardware assistant.

Tom's emigration was unplanned. The exact circumstances of his departure aren't known but his possible association with Free State governnment sympathisers (i.e., those who were pro-Treaty) may have led him to flee, even though he himself wasn't known by family to have been a supporter of either the pro- or anti-Treaty camp. In the course of her research, Kathleen Hegarty Thorne, author of They Put The Flag a-Flyin’, an account of the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War as they impacted on Co. Roscommon, came across a report of an incident involving a Treaty supporter whose brother appears to have accompanied Tom to the States a few weeks later. According to Kathleen, a Peter Sharkey who was a pro-Treaty activist from Edmondstown (Kilcolman parish), Ballaghadereen, was shot and badly wounded by anti-Treaty forces in September 1922 for apparently not having complied with an order to leave the area. Ellis Island records list Tom and a Bernard Sharkey together, Bernard giving as his nearest relative at home a brother, Peter Sharkey from Tobracken (in Kilcolman parish), Ballaghadereen. This may well have been the Peter Sharkey who was shot, and it may well be that Tom's possible association with him and/or his brother led to his sudden departure. It would be 20 years before Tom would see Ireland again.

Thomas married Mary (Mamie) LYNCH, daughter of Patrick LYNCH and Catherine MORRISON, in New York. Mary was born on 14 Feb 1901 in Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She died on 28 Jan 1970 in Dublin. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 70, St. Bridget's).

Mamie emigrated to the United States in 1919. Around the late 1950s she and Tom moved back to Ireland and settled in Swinford, Co. Mayo.

Mamie died in hospital in Dublin as a result of a car accident in her home county of Donegal. She was buried with her husband, Tom, in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

They had the following children.

  390 F i Living.
        Living married Living.

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