Sunday, 9 May 2021

Obituary: Francis Byrne (1876-1950), Dublin city, Ireland

Francis Byrne was a younger brother of my maternal great-grandfather, James Byrne. There were nine boys in the family, that I know of, two older than Francis - Myles and James, and six younger - Charles, John, Michael, Patrick, Paul and Benjamin. Plus, they had four sisters - Margaret, Mary Anne, Jane and Kate. I’ve written about most of them before, but not yet about Francis (or Frank, as he was known to his friends). So this week, given I’ve just found his obituary online, I’m going to share a little about him.

Death of Francis Byrne, Evening Herald, 16 Dec. 1950, p. 9

Frank was born at Upper Mayor Street, Dublin, on 21 February 1876, the son of Francis Byrne and Margaret McGrane. He was baptised shortly thereafter in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church, where his maternal aunt, Sarah McGrane, was his Godmother.[1]

After he left school, Frank worked as a labourer and a carter. His obituary shows he was employed by John Willis and Son, then one of the main transport firms in Dublin.

He doesn't turn up in the records again until 18 May 1896, when he married Mary Anne Drennan, in St Agatha’s church, Dublin. Frank and Mary Anne’s first child, named Francis like his father and paternal grandfather, was born on 6 July 1897, followed by a son James Joseph, on 3 October 1899.[2]

The family of four were found living in an impoverished tenement, at 10 Commons Street, at the time of the 1901 census. There were numerous other families living in the same building, so many in fact, the census enumerators took shortcuts completing the form, so it’s not even clear if the Byrne family had their own room, or had to share with others.[3]

And, the family seem to have been missed completely by the 1911 census enumerators - or perhaps their street was missed when the census was put online.

Like many people living in tenements, the Byrne family frequently picked up their few belongings and moved from one house to another, all in the same small area. They lived in Lower Jane Place in 1903 when their son Myles Leo was born, in Beaver Street when son Patrick was born in 1907, in the Corporation Buildings in 1909 when their daughter Margaret Mary arrived, and in Newfoundland Street in 1912, when their youngest child Mary Esther came on the scene.[4]

In 1914 and 1915 Francis Byrne lived at the rere of number 2, Elm Cottages, on Newfoundland Street, sharing the yard.[5] The family were likely at this address in 1911 too, as Newfoundland Street appears to be missing in the online census returns.[5]

Between then and 1921, when their eldest son Francis first married, the Byrne family had moved to their permanent home, at 3 Emerald Place.[6] Emerald Place was situated just north of the River Liffey, in Dublin’s inner city. It was a stone’s-throw from my great-grandfather’s home in Lower Jane Place. My great-grandfather was also a carter, so the two brothers may have remained life-long friends.

Frank Byrne died of stomach cancer on 14 December 1950, at the home of his daughter, Mary (Byrne) O’Hanlon. His son Myles registered his death.[7] His wife and other children seemingly all predeceased him. He was buried on 18 December 1950 in St Mary's section of Deansgrange Cemetery, at plot J6. He shares a grave with his wife Mary, his son James and his granddaughter Rosanna.[8]

He was survived by his youngest brothers, Paul and Benjamin Byrne, and his sister, Mary Anne (Byrne) Vickers. Benjamin lived in Liverpool, hence the request for English papers to copy the notice, but as for who lived in Canada, I don't know.

Sources:
  1. Francis Byrne, 1876, St Lawrence, Baptism records, Irishgenealogy.ie.
  2. Marriage of Frnacis [SIC] Byrne and Mary Drennan on 18 May 1896, Group Registration ID 2254754; birth of Francis Byrne in 1897, Group Registration ID 11938732; birth of James Byrne on 03 October 1899, Group Registration ID 9948219; Civil records, Irishgenealogy.ie.
  3. Residents of a house 10.5 in Common Street (North Dock, Dublin), Household Return (Form A); House and Building Return (Form B1), pp 1-2; 1901 Census, National Archives of Ireland.
  4. Birth of Myles Byrne on 08 September 1903, Group Registration ID 4631391; birth of Patrick Byrne on 15 February 1907, Group Registration ID 669141; birth of Margaret Byrne on 22 July 1909, Group Registration ID 837365; birth of Mary Byrne on 03 April 1912, Group Registration ID 1012260, Civil records, Irishgenealogy.ie.
  5. 1899, 1908 to 1915 Electoral Rolls, Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive.
  6. Marriage of Francis Byrne and Annie Coyle on 30 May 1921, Group Registration ID 1167391, Civil records, Irishgenealogy.ie.
  7. Death of Francis Byrne in 1950, Group Registration ID 2180631, Civil records, Irishgenealogy.ie.
  8. Burial register, Francis Byrne, 1950, Burial records, DĂșn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Friday, 30 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: Z is for Zilch

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting places, so, to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. Z is for Zilch. I got Zilch! No Zees, Zero Zeds, Zippo, Zip!

Seriously though, not one single name in my (Irish!) family tree starts with the letter Z. Not surprising really - there is no Z in the Irish alphabet. The only potential candidate might have been EliZbeth (Mahon) Byrne, my paternal great-grandmother, who was born in 1869 and died in 1903, in Malahide, Co. Dublin. She at least had a Z in her name. But it's a stretch. Also, she was known as Bessie. Zounds!

Plus, I'm not sure where Elizabeth was buried. Family lore suggests she's in St David's in Kilsallaghan. Co. Dublin, but I believe that's doubtful. I suspect she was buried in the Abbey Graveyard at Malahide Castle, where her husband, Michael Byrne, subsequently followed, except they have no headstone, and there's nothing to support the theory Elizabeth was buried there either.

So I've Zilch, no Zees, Zero Zeds, Zippo, Zip... and just as we reached our Zenith too.

The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: Y is for YJ 124 - James Byrne

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting place, so to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. Y is for YJ 124, grave coordinate for James Byrne, my maternal great-grandfather.

James Byrne
Birth: 18 May 1874

8 Upper Mayor Street, Dublin, Ireland
Death:29 July 1948 (aged 74 years)
3 Lower Jane Place, Dublin, Ireland
Burial:       31 July 1948
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: St Patrick's Section, YJ - 124
Link to:   Memorial at Find A Grave

Headstone:
In loving memory ¦ of ¦ JAMES BYRNE ¦ died July 1948 ¦ CHRISTINA BYRNE ¦ died May 1947 ¦ FRANK BYRNE ¦ died January 1969 ¦ KATHLEEN BYRNE ¦ died March 1994 ¦ Late of Jane Place ¦ Seville Place ¦ Rest in Peace ¦ BYRNE
Funeral notice:
Evening Herald, 30 July 1948, p. 7
BYRNE (Dublin), July 29, 1948, at his residence, 3 Lr. Jane Place, Clate of the General Workers' Union Band, James Byrne, deeply regretted by his sons, daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and a large circle of friends. R.I.P. Remains will be removed this (Friday) evening at 8 p.m. to St. Laurence O'Toole's Church, Seville Place. Funeral after 10 o'c. Mass, to-morrow (Saturday) to Glasnevin.
Burial register:
Name: James Byrne
Age: 74 years
Residence: 3 Lr Jane Pl, Dublin
Mark of grave: St Patrick's, YJ-124
Date of death: 29 July 1948
Sex: Male
Rank or Occupation       Carter
Condition:Widower
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust                                      

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:          Christina (Devine) Byrne (1867-1947, m. 1897)
Son: John Byrne (1898-1951)
Son: Jeremiah Byrne (1900-1959)
Son:Francis (Frank) Byrne (1900-1969)
Daughter:       Kathleen Byrne (1906-1994)
Son: James (Barney) Byrne (1907-1984)
Daughter: Annie (Byrne) Wynne (1910-1983)                           
Father:      
Francis Byrne (c. 1850-1912)
Mother:  Margaret (McGrane) Byrne (1851-1930)
Brother:      Myles Byrne (1873-1928)
Brother:Francis Byrne (1876-1950)
Brother: Charles Byrne (1878-1879)
Sister:Margaret (Byrne) Fay (1879-1932)
Sister: Mary Anne (Byrne) Vickers (Abt, 1882-1960)
Sister:Jane (Byrne) Fay (1883-1919)
Brother: John Byrne (1885-1930)
Brother:Michael Byrne (1887-1889)
Brother: Patrick Byrne (1890-1923)
Brother:Paul Byrne (1891-1959)
Sister: Kate Byrne (1893-1931)
Brother: Benjamin Byrne (1896-1966)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.



The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: X marks the spot - Peter Radcliffe

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting place, so to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. X marks the spot, i.e. the position of the grave of Peter Radcliffe, my maternal fourth-great-grandfather.

Peter Radcliffe
Birth: November 1798

Baldoyle, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Death:17 March 1887, (aged 89 years)

Yellow Walls, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Burial: March 1887
Abbey Graveyard (probably)

Malahide Castle, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Plot: See below - X marks the spot
Link to:   Memorial at Find A Grave

Headstone:
There was a headstone erected on this grave in 1996, when Michael Egan published a volume of the Memorials of the Dead, transcribing the memorials on the headstones in the Abbey Graveyard, Malahide. His transcription of the Radcliffe headstone reads:
‘IHS | Erected | by | Peter Radcliffe | of Malahide | in memory of his beloved wife | Anne, who departed this life | Decr 18th 1866 | Aged 67 years.’
Egan also describes the condition of the headstone in the mid-1990s, as:
made of limestone with a granite base, in good condition, but lying on its face. At the top, above the inscription, there was a Maltese cross on the IHS, with a ‘large sunburst’.
Map of Graveyard - X marks the Radcliffe Grave:
Adapted excerpt - Michael Egan, Memorials of the Dead,
showing Radcliffe Gravesite

No evidence Peter shares his wife's grave has so far come to light, however he fought long and hard through the courts to preserve his burial rights there, so it would be great to think he got his wish.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:Anne (Sarsfield) Radcliffe (Abt. 1799-1866, m. 1825) 
Son: John Radcliffe (1827-1866)
Son: Thomas Radcliffe (1829-1905)
Son:Peter Radcliffe (1833-1891)
Son: Joseph Radcliffe (1835-1918)
Son:           Christopher Radcliffe (1844-1872)
Father:
Thomas Ratty/Radcliffe (died after 1841)
Mother:Mary Cullen 
Brother:Mark Radcliffe (1797-1865)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.



The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: W is for William Daly

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting place, so, to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. W is for William - William Daly, my maternal great-great-great-grandfather.

William Daly
Birth: Abt. 1782
Place unknown
Death:27 July 1876 (aged 94 years)
18 Upper Jane Place, Dublin, Ireland
Burial: 30 July 1876
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: Garden section, IB 105½

Graveyard:


There is no surviving grave marker on grave IB 105½, in the Garden Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Funeral notice:
Freeman's Journal 28 Jul 1876, p.1
DALY--July 27, at his residence, 18 Jane-place, off Upper Oriel-street, Mr. William Daly, in his 94th year. R.I.P. Funeral will leave for Glasnevin at 11 o'clock on Sunday morning.
Burial register:
Date of interment: 30 July 1876
Sexton's Number:187315
Registrar's Number:187877
Name: William Daly
Age: 94 years
Residence: 18 Upper Jane Place, Dublin
Mark of grave: IB-105½
Date of death: 27 July 1876
Sex: Male
Religious persuasion Catholic
Rank or Occupation Labourer
Condition:Widower
Alleged disease or cause of death: Old age
Name and residence of informant:   Richard Daly, 18 Upper Jane Place, Dublin
Date of issuing order for interment: 28 July 1876
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust

William Daly is buried in a grave owned by an unrelated family named Toole. When William died, the Daly family paid for his burial but did not take up the right to buy the grave outright. After ten years, they lost this right, and subsequently the Toole family purchased the grave.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:      Hannah (Dillon) Daly (Abt. 1792-1840)
Son: Richard Daly (1818-1888)
Son: Michael Daly (1821-Unknown) 
Daughter:Ann Daly (1828-Unknown)
Daughter: Jane (Daly) Byrne (Abt. 1828-1901)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.



The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.

Monday, 26 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: V is for V-72½ - John Donovan

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting place, so to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. V is for V-72½, the grave coordinates for John Donovan, my paternal great-great-grandfather.

John Donovan
Birth: Abt. 1826

Great Strand Street, Dublin, Ireland
Death:20 August 1875 (aged about 49 years)
Hospital, North Dublin Union Workhouse, Dublin, Ireland
Burial:          23 August 1875
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: Garden Section V-72½

Graveyard:

There is no surviving grave marker on grave V-72½, in the Garden Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Burial register:
Date of interment: 23 August 1875
Sexton's Number:87755
Registrar's Number:88440
Name: John Donovan
Age: 49 years
Residence: North Union Workhouse, Dublin
Mark of grave: V-77½
Date of death: 20 August 1875
Sex: Male
Religious persuasion Catholic
Rank or Occupation Upholsterer
Condition:Widower
Alleged disease or cause of death: Chest disease
Name and residence of informant: Michael Weddick, North Union Workhouse, Dublin
Date of issuing order for interment: 22 August 1875
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust


Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:       Mary Anne (Coyle) Donovan (c. 1828-1873, m. 1851)
Daughter: Mary Agnes (Donovan, O'Neill) Ellis (c. 1853-1941)
Son: John Donovan (1855-Unknown)
Daughter   Teresa (Donovan) Corless (1862-1944)
Father:   
Thomas Donovan (c. 1789-1875)
Mother:Catherine (Flood) Donovan (c. 1787-1873)
Brother:Thomas Donovan (1828-Unknown)
Sister:Alice Donovan (c. 1827-1877)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.



The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: U is for John Hynes (Unfound)

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting places, so, to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. U is for Unfound - John Hynes, my maternal great-great-great-grandfather, grave unfound.

John Hynes
Birth: Abt. 1800

Ireland
Death:Date Unknown
Place Unknown, maybe Limerick
Burial: Unknown, maybe Limerick


John Hynes was last found named in the marriage register of his daughter Catherine, in 1859. He then had an address in 'Limerick city', although it is not entirely clear that he was still alive at this time. His wife may have already moved to Dublin by 1850, when she was Godmother to her granddaughter, Margaret Mary Wynne. John does not share a grave with his wife, nor with either of his children Catherine or Bridget, in Dublin. Perhaps he was buried in Limerick.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse: Margaret (Hayes) Hynes (c. 1808-1884, m. 1826)
Daughter: Mary Anne (Hynes) Rodoreda (c. 1828-1881)
Daughter:Bridget (Hynes) Wynne (1830-1895)
Daughter: Catherine (Hynes) Tucker (c. 1832-1905)
Son: John Hynes (1833-Unknown)
Son: Edward Hynes (1835-Unknown)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.



The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.