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

Fifth Generation

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238. Michael George MCDONNELL (Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ellen GORDON , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 3 Aug 1900 in Corgarriff, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 5 Aug 1900 in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He died in Mar 1992. He was buried in Kilmovee Cemetery, Co. Mayo.

Michael, who lived with his wife and family at Woodlawn House, Kilmovee, ran the family farm in Kilmovee.

Michael married Mary LAFFERTY, daughter of Peter LAFFERTY, on 8 Apr 1940 in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. Mary was born in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. She died in Dec 1993. She was buried in Kilmovee Cemetery, Co. Mayo.

Mary was from Ballyglass in Kilmovee.

They had the following children.

  391 F i
Mary MCDONNELL was born in 1941. She died in 2001 in Swinford, Co. Mayo.

Mary entered the convent. She was a member of the Sisters of Mercy order.
+ 392 F ii Living.
+ 393 F iii Living.
+ 394 M iv Living.
  395 F v Living.

244. Josephine (Jo) Margaret GORDON (Cormac , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 18 May 1908 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in Jun 1985 in Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin. She was buried in New Cemetery, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Jo was a domestic science teacher.

Josephine married Gerald Francis CALLEARY, son of James CALLEARY and Eleanor (Ellen) KELLY, on 26 Jul 1939 in St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin. Gerald was born on 3 Aug 1909 in Ballina, Co. Mayo. He was christened on 5 Aug 1909 in Kilmoremoy, Ballina, Co. Mayo. He died on 11 Sep 1968 in Tuam, Co. Galway. He was buried in New Cemetery, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Gerald, who was a business studies graduate, was headmaster of Tuam Vocational School.

While Gerald's family name was Calleary his own children carry the surname Colleary. The two surnames appear to be interchangeable.

They had the following children.

+ 396 M i James Gordon (Gordon) COLLEARY was born on 7 Mar 1941. He died on 17 Jun 2014.
  397 F ii Living.
  398 F iii Living.
        Living married Living.
+ 399 M iv Living.
+ 400 M v Living.

246. Linda GORDON (Cormac , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born in Jul 1912 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 11 Aug 1986 in Dublin. She was buried in Esker Cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Linda was a domestic science teacher.

Linda married James (Jim) B. RUANE in 1942 in Dublin. James was born about 1915 in Monivea, Athenry, Co. Galway. He died in Sep 1976 in Dublin. He was buried in Esker Cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Jim was a professor of agriculture at UCD (University College Dublin). He was instrumental in strengthening the connection between the family of his wife, Linda (Gordon) and the New Zealand branch of her family tree. As part of his job as President of the Irish Wool Board Jim visited New Zealand - probably in the 1970s - and while there looked up Linda's cousins, resulting in many visits between the families since then. Jim may also have visited Australia on the same trip and reestablished a connection with the Australian branch of the family too as a reconnection was made with the Australian Gordons in Perth around the same time.

They had the following children.

+ 401 M i Living.
+ 402 M ii Living.
+ 403 M iii Living.
  404 F iv Living.
+ 405 F v Living.
+ 406 M vi Living.
+ 407 F vii Living.

247. Thomas (Tom) GORDON (Cormac , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 9 Jul 1914 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 28 Apr 2001 in Roscommon. He was buried in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon.

Tom ran the Gordon family farm in Kilgarriff.

Thomas married Frances MORRIS, daughter of Michael John MORRIS and Hanoria HESTER, in 1947. Frances was born in 1918 in Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died on 2 Jun 2001 in Dublin. She was buried in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

+ 408 M i Living.
+ 409 F ii Living.
+ 410 M iii Living.
+ 411 F iv Living.
  412 M v Living.
+ 413 M vi Living.
  414 F vii Living.
        Living married Living.
+ 415 M viii Living.
+ 416 F ix Living.
+ 417 M x Living.
+ 418 F xi Living.

249. Patrick (Paddy) GORDON (Cormac , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 6 Jul 1919 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 9 Jan 1984 in Dublin. He was buried in Esker Cemetery, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Paddy was a bank manager in Lucan, Dublin.

Patrick married Living in 1959.

They had the following children.

  419 M i Living.
  420 M ii Living.
+ 421 F iii Living.
  422 M iv Living.
        Living married Living.
        Living also married Living.

250. Cormac GORDON (Cormac , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born on 20 May 1921 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 8 Nov 2009 in Leopardstown, Dublin. He was buried on 11 Nov 2009 in Shanganagh Cemetery, Dublin.

Cormac received his secondary school education at Blackrock College in Dublin, where he was a boarder. After leaving school, he joined the army and was stationed in Athlone, Co. Westmeath during 'The Emergency' (as the situation in Ireland was known during World War II). After the war, Cormac joined the civil service and was posted to the Irish Passport Office at the Irish embassy in London. While in London he met his future wife, Maureen Hussey, through Maureen's sister Sheila, who also worked at the Passport Office. Around 1948 he returned to Dublin to work in the Department of Foreign Affairs, by which time Maureen had moved to Dublin from London with her sisters. He later moved to the Department of Labour where he spent the rest of his career, mainly as a negotiator in industrial disputes.

Cormac and Maureen lived for over 40 years at 56 South Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin. In 2001, six years after Maureen's death, Cormac moved to a smaller home in Shankill, Co. Dublin.

Note: Cormac's birth date is registered as August 1921; it is actually 20 May 1921.

Cormac married Maureen HUSSEY, daughter of Stephen HUSSEY and Mary Brigid RYAN, on 4 Sep 1951 in Dundrum, Dublin. Maureen was born on 5 Jul 1924 in East Acton, London. She died on 19 Mar 1995 in Mount Merrion, Dublin. She was buried in Shanganagh Cemetery, Dublin.

Maureen grew up in Barnes in London. She attended school at a small French convent in Barnes and later went to the Sacred Heart Convent in Hammersmith.

By the time Maureen left school (during World War II), she had decided she wanted to be a nurse. After six months of basic training in a hospital in the Hammersmith area, she was assigned to the Navy and spent most, if not all, of her service-time at a naval base in Sherborne in Dorset.

Maureen's parents, having an Irish background, felt that their children would have a much better life if they were to settle in Ireland, so in 1947 Maureen and her sisters moved to Dublin. Within a short time, Cormac Gordon, a friend of hers whom she had first met in London when he worked in the Irish Passport Office, was back in Dublin, working in the Department of Foreign Affairs. Maureen and Cormac would later marry.

After her arrival in Dublin, Maureen began training as a medical laboratory assistant, and after qualifying, worked mainly in Trinity College and also in Dr. Steeven's Hospital. When her mother became ill, Maureen resigned from her job to care for her.

In her later years, Maureen became an active member of the Labour party; she also devoted more time to writing, a passion of hers since childhood. After her death, family members published two books of her work: a collection of poetry, 'The Tug of the Undertow', and a collection of prose and poetry, 'Into the Wind'.

They had the following children.

+ 423 M i Living.
+ 424 F ii Living.
  425 M iii Living.
  426 M iv Living.
        Living married Living.
  427 M v Living.
        Living married Living.
+ 428 M vi Living.
+ 429 M vii Living.

253. Winifred (Winnie) Mary GORDON (Thomas (Tom) Francis , Thomas , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born in 1908 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. She died in Oct 1985 in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

During World War II Winnie was evacuated to Dublin where she lived with her aunt Emma (Sr. Jerome) Gordon.

Prior to her marriage Winnie lived at 58 Watson St. in Birkenhead.

Winifred married Joseph SHERLOCK, son of Thomas SHERLOCK, on 28 Sep 1928 in Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Birkenhead, Merseyside. Joseph was born on 10 Nov 1906 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. He died in Aug 1985 in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

According to his marriage certificate, Joseph was a time clerk for a shipping company. His address at the time of his marriage was 3 Massey St. in Birkenhead.

Joseph is listed with his parents-in-law in the 1939 Register. They were living at the time at 14 Euston Grove, Birkenhead and Joseph's occupation was "cargo receiver (shipping). His wife, Winnie, and their children are not listed. I have been told they were in Ireland during World War II, staying with Winnie's aunt Emma (Sr. Jerome) Gordon in Dublin.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Winnie and Joseph were Joseph Gordon (probably Winnie's brother) and Dorothy Houghton.

Winifred and Joseph had the following children.

  430 M i Living.
  431 M ii Living.
  432 F iii Living.
  433 F iv
Susan SHERLOCK was born in 1944. She died in 2000.

Susan and her husband had a family.
        Susan married Living in 1971.

260. Agnes FLANNERY (John FLANNERY , Catherine GORDON , Cormac or Thomas , John ) was born about 1876 in Co. Mayo. She died in 1904 in probably Dublin.

Agnes died after giving birth to her twin sons, Michael and Joseph.

Agnes married Michael FITZGERALD, son of James FITZGERALD and 'unknown' GORDON, on 27 Apr 1899 in St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin. Michael was born about 1852 in probably Charlestown, Co. Mayo. He died in probably Dublin.

Michael moved from Charlestown to Dublin in 1887 and became a wine merchant and rectifying distiller, setting up his own company named Fitzgerald & Co. In 1893, two years after his father's death, his stepmother, Bridget, sold the Charlestown shop and she, along with her son (i.e., Michael's half brother), Martin, moved to Dublin. Martin joined Michael in the running of the business and they relocated Fitzgerald & Co. to Middle Abbey St. (from where we do not know) and the business flourished, despite the premises being badly damaged during the 1916 Rising.

In 1903 Fitzgerald & Co. bought the John P. Flannery store from Michael's widowed mother-in-law, Sarah. However, the purchase was to lead to a court case in 1912 (details unknown), which appears to have caused a split in the family. Michael had resigned from the company in 1908 and at some point had become proprietor of Flannerys shop in Ballaghaderreen, although he contined to live on Lansdowne Road in Dublin.

Note that in 1898 Ballaghaderreen was transferred from Co. Mayo to Co. Roscommon so it is important for researchers to check both counties for information.

They had the following children.

  434 M i
Michael FITZGERALD was born in 1904 in Dublin. He died.
  435 M ii
Joseph Gerald FITZGERALD was born in 1904 in Dublin. He died on 12 Aug 1943 in Sicily. He was buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.

Joseph was a solicitor. He lived with his wife, Kathleen, in Brackenstown, Swords, Co. Dublin before signing up to serve with the British forces in World War II. He was awarded the Military Cross in Sicily in 1943 only to be killed in action a week later.
       
Joseph married Kathleen 'UNKNOWN'. Kathleen died.

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