Henry Maguire (???? - 29 May 1857)
It is unknown when or where Henry Maguire was born but family lore has it that he may have been an only child and from County Fermanagh. At this point in time we know nothing of his parentage.
Henry Maguire, who established his pawnbroking business in Chapel Lane in February 1833, was a prominent Roman Catholic in 1830s/40s/50s Belfast. He was secretary of the Catholic Committee in the town, and was a leading figure in the Repeal organisation, which agitated for the abolition of the 1800 Act of Union and the re-establishment of an Irish Parliament in Dublin. He was heavily involved in the organisation of the visit of “The Liberator” Daniel O’Connell to Belfast in January 1841. (Compliments of a highly respected cousin.)
Henry and Sarah Moonan were married on Sunday 2 July 1837 at St Patrick’s Church, Belfast.
Their first child Mary Ann (later known as Marianne) was born 25 July 1838 and was followed by the following siblings over the next fifteen years.
John - Baptised 25 November 1839
Margaret - Born February 1841 - January 1842
Catherine - Baptised 9 August 1844
Henry Joseph - Baptised 31 March 1846 (Father to Henrietta Maguire McConnell, my Great Grandmother)
Patrick Augustine - Born 20 December, 1847
Isabella - Baptised 21 August 1849
Sarah - Born 12 February 1852
Mary Teresa - Baptised 15 October 1853
The Maguire Family were staunch Catholics and would have been considered wealthy by the standards of the era.
Henry died at their home - 59 Castle Street, Belfast on 29 May 1857 of unknown causes but Typhus was rampant in Belfast at that time so perhaps it have been this disease that bought about his untimely death. He is buried in Friar’s Bush Cemetery. Today their home in Castle Street is known as The Hercules Bar and Restaurant.
|Date of Birth||1800 (circa)|
|Date of Death||29th May 1857|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Sarah Moonan|
|Place & Date of Marriage||on Sunday 2 July 1837 at St Patrick’s Church, Belfast|
|First Child||Mary Ann|
|Names of Children||John, Margaret, Catherine, Henry Joseph, Patrick Augustine, Isabella, Sarah, Mary Teresa|
|Place of Death||home - 59 Castle Street, Belfast|