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I see a marriage for a Thomas McSherry (son of Robert, Tradesman) in Portaferry RC chapel on 11.12.1871. Thomas was 31 and a mariner. He married Margaret McNally 31, also of Portaferry. I don’t see any children to that couple. They seem to have lived in or near Glasgow for a while before moving to Liverpool. He appears to have died on 21.9.1894 at sea.
There is a tree on Ancestry (the Oxton tree) which lists 6 siblings. One is Richard who apparently married Isabella McAuley, probably before 1864. They were in Belfast when their daughter Mary Jane was born on 6.4.1866. Don’t know what happened to them after that. Richard was a labourer. There’s a death of a Richard in Belfast in 1867 aged 30. Unfortunately that certificate is not on-line free yet so you would need to pay to view it to see if it’s the same man.
I noticed this McSherry family still in Fisherman’s Row in Killough in the 1901 census:
and in 1911:
The above family were James McSherry and Mary Smith/Smyth who married on 14.10.1891 at Ardglass Chapel. James’ father was John McSherry, labourer.
I noted these 2 probate abstracts which relate to McSherry of Killough:
Probate of the Will of Henry M'Sherry late of Killough County Down Fisherman who died 2 July 1903 granted at Belfast to James Murphy Farmer.
The first is on-line on the PRONI wills site. Henry mentions William McSherry of Killough as being his nephew. This appears to be William in 1901:
Henry was 79 when he died. His wife was still alive.
McSherry James of Killough county Down seaman died 26 February 1931 Probate Belfast 23 October to Rose Smyth married woman. Effects £179 10s.
The above will is not on-line but should be in PRONI in paper format. You can get a copy if you go there, or you can pay them to copy it for you.
One other McSherry family in Killough in 1901:
Here’s a photo of Corporation Square in 1897:
PRONI has a lot of old photos of Belfast and all around Northern Ireland. It might be worth calling there some time to see if they have any of the areas you are interested in. They have special viewers that you can use to go through their photographic collection.
Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘