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I am trying to find the burial place of Edmund (recorded as Edward on his death certificate) Whitaker or Whittaker b. 1795 in Rossendale, Lancashire, England.

He died in Lanesboro on 25 November 1873. I don't believe he was Catholic. There is no address. It just says he was married and a tailor as his occupation but he was also a retired soldier (Chelsea Pensioner). His wife was named Margaret and I have found a death for a Margaret in Strokestown that may or may not be her.

He had 2 daughters Margaret Ann (b.1832) and Elizabeth (b.1839) and sons but I've traced all of them and they weren't around Longford. I dont know if the daughters were local or if they married, No idea about them at all.

The wife's maiden name was Donough or Donahoe or O'Donoghue. Different on every mention of her on records. Was that even a local name?

I've tried finding out through them and by asking the local library but I havent had any luck.

I would really appreaciate any leads on where I should be looking.

Thanks for any help.



Tuesday 8th Mar 2022, 06:33AM

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  • Judi, there is a Church of Ireland (Anglican) website here and they may tell you what graveyard they have, the RC Parish name was Rathcline,

    The name Donough or McDonough sometimes McDonagh etc is a different name to Donoghue etc, variants of spelling are not unusual.

    There is a private Facebook group on Longford Genealogy and you may get lucky. Apply to join. 

    I looked at the death cert and see two McDonough deaths above him on the same page so may indicate that is the name in the area.

    You can use this website to see the local townlands etc  These are the civil parishes.

    Good Luck


    St Peters Louth, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Tuesday 15th Mar 2022, 12:28AM
  • Thank you Pat,

    I appreciate it.

    Kind Regards



    Monday 28th Mar 2022, 09:42AM



    I have not been able to confirm where James Whittaker (c1795 - 1873, Lanesboro) is buried. He could be buried at Lanesboro Church of Ireland Cemetery, without a tombstone.


    However, I found the following which may be of interest:


    Married at St. Michan's Church, Dublin City on 9th May 1870 by Rev. Marcus J. Bickerstaff (family connected to County Longford)

    John Munn Whittaker, full age, bachelor, Lance Corporal 56th Regiment, 14 Linenhall Street, son of Edmond Whittaker (Tailor)

    Mary Anne Pearson, full age, spinster, -, same place, daughter of Patrick Pearson, Bricklayer

    witnesses: William Geraghty and Elizabeth Plunkett…


    Death Certificate, 25th November 1873, Lanesboro, Edward Whittaker, Male, Married, aged 70, Tailor, Natural Causes, Information received from Nicholas McGaver, Coroner for the County Longford, Registered 2nd December 1873 by J. Slevin, Registrar…


    Baptised sub-conditione 13th October 1876, New Ross RC Parish, County Wexford by Rev. D. J. Gorman

    James Whittaker (born 16 June 1849), Ross

    son of Edmund Whittaker & Margaret McGuinness

    sponsor: Moses Duffy

    [James Whittaker was an adult convert to Catholicism, in advance of his marriage below]

    [There were a number of McGuinness families residing in County Longford at the time of the 1854 Griffith's Primary Valuation]


    Married 4th September 1877, New Ross Chapel, County Wexford by Rev. P. M. Furlong C.C.

    James Whittaker, full age, bachelor, Police, Taghmon, Edmond Whittaker, Pensioner

    Ellen Teresa Byrne, full age, spinster, -, New Ross, John Byrne, Carpenter

    witnesses: Denis Falvey and Mary Murphy

    Registered 17th September 1877 by John Barron, Deputy Registrar…


    1901 Census - 4 Tram Cottages, New Kilmainham Electoral Division, South Dublin, County Dublin

    James Whittaker, Head of Family, Catholic, Aged 52, foreman labourer, married, born in Lancashire, England

    Ellen Teresa Whittaker, Wife, Aged 42, -, married, born in County Wexford

    children: Edmond (18), Margaret (16), James (15), Leo (13), Frederick (12), Arthur (8), Josephine (6) - all born in County Kilkenny


    1911 Census - 4 Tramway Cottages, New Kilmainham Electoral Division, South Dublin, County Dublin

    James Whittaker, Head of Family, Catholic, Aged 62, timekeeper Dublin United Tramway, married, born in Lancashire, England

    Ellen Teresa Whittaker, Wife, Aged 57, -, married, born in County Wexford

    (married 33 years, had 12 children born alive, 8 of whom were alive in 1911)


    Edmond (28), Margaret (26), Frederick (22) - born in County Kilkenny

    Arthur (18), Josephine (16) - born in County Waterford


    Death Certificate 6th May 1916, 4 Tram Terrace, Inchicore, Kilmaiham, Dublin

    James Whittaker, male, married, aged 67, timekeeper, Bronchitis - one month certified, Jsephine Whittaker - present at death - 4 Tram Terrach, Inchicore

    Registered 11th May 1916 by R. M. Power, Registrar…


    Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions:

    James Whittaker, Constable when pensioned, County Kilkenny, aged 44 when pensioned, annual pension £42-2s-4d

    Date of commencement of pension 16th September 1892, paid at the Pay Office, Died 6th May 1916, Paid to Ellen T. Whittaker, Widow



    Hoping some of the above information is new to you,


    David Leahy, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Saturday 23rd Apr 2022, 12:20AM



    I meant to add that James Munn Whittaker was born about 1844 at Rossindale, Lancaster and enlisted in the 106th Regiment of Foot at Longford on 24th April 1863, aged 19. He was in the 56th Regiment of Foot by the time of his marriage in 1870.


    Rossendale, Lancaster was also the address given for Edmund Whittaker who was born in 1799, and who enlisted in the 15th Regiment of Foot in 1815.

    David Leahy, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Saturday 23rd Apr 2022, 12:26AM

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