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Hi there.

I am researching my maternal family and have been told that my grandfather James Sheridan was born in Kanturk Workhouse in 1897 to Ellen Sheridan (nee O'Connor) who would have been about 24 years old at the time. She had lived in Castlemagner with her husband, also James Sheridan at some point before, I believe from a little lateral research, near St Bridget's Church.

I cannot find any records relating to James Sheridan or of Ellen O'Connor apart from the name of Ellen's mother, Joanna O'Connor.

My grandfather had two brothers, Timothy, born in 1901 in Kanturk and Timothy, born in 1904 in Mallow. Their mother Ellen moved to London with the two younger boys sometime between 1904 and 1912 and my Grandfather was left in the care of 'nuns' and then at St Joseph's Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys in Greenmount, Cork. I have found a record for him at this school. He was later to rejoin the rest of the family in London.

Any help with information and records searches will be gratefully received.

In hope.

John

John OfDenbigh

Monday 3rd May 2021, 05:15PM

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  • Hi John,

    Civil records for Kanturk record the birth of a James Sheridan on May 16th 1897 in Kanturk Workhouse. His father is recorded as John Sheridan, Tinsman and his Mother as Ellen Sheridan, formerly O'Connor. Address: Castlemagner. A Timothy Sheridan born in Kanturk Workhouse on April 22nd 1901. His father is recorded as "John Sheridan" - Mother: Ellen Sheridan, formerly Connors. John is a Tinsmith by occupation and his address is shown as Rathkeale, which is in County Limerick.

    There is a record of the marriage of a John Sheridan to a Margaret Kenealy on October 25th 1896 in the Roman Catholic church in Newtown Shandrum. John is recorded as Full Age and a Bachelor and a Tinsmith by occupation. His father is recorded as Edmund Sheridan, a Tinsmith. Margaret is recorded as Full age and a widow. Her father is recorded as Jeremiah Sheehan, Labourer. Witnesses: John Riordan and Anne Sheehan.

    There is nothing to indicate that the two "John Sheridan's" are one and the same person.

    Credits: www.irishgenealogy.ie - Free site

    Regards,

    Regards

    McCoy

    Monday 3rd May 2021, 06:51PM
  • Hi John,

    Further to previous post, there is a record of the marriage of a John Sheridan to Ellen Connors in Buttevant, Co. Cork on June 23rd 1891. 

    Parents names not shown. Address not shown.

    Civil records have a John Sheridan born in Kanturk Workhouse on June 15th 1894. Copy of record attached.

    Address of parents - Rathkeale.

    Credits: www.rootsireland.ie - Subscription site

    Regards,

    McCoy

    Monday 3rd May 2021, 07:27PM

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  • John,

    Marriage record on subscription site - www.rootsireland.ie for 1866 - Newmarket, Co. Cork: Michael Connors, Castlemagner to Johanna Sullivan, Glounmuckla (appears to be a local name). Father's: Daniel Connors and Patrick Sullivan. Witnesses: Edward and Mary Donohue.

    Record not found in Civil Records.

    1901 census for Michael O'Connor, Castlemagner has a "John Sheridan" aged 7 years, grandson. This may be the John Sheridan born to John Sheridan and Ellen Connors in 1894?  Michael O'Connor is leasing a house from Catherine Browne. Form B1

    No record found in the 1901 and 1911 census for John and Ellen Sheridan.

    The John Sheridan who married Margaret Kenealy in 1896 is recorded in the 1901 census. Step-daughter Hannah Kenneally recorded. Their address - Newtown South, Kanturk. He is recorded as being 35 years and a Tinsman by occupation.

    Credits: www.nationalarchives.ie/census

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    McCoy

    Tuesday 4th May 2021, 06:57AM

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  • Hi McCoy.

    Thank you so much for your replies. A lot to think about and research now and interesting that the name John rather than James is in the records. I will have to let my Uncle Jim know as he is the son of my grandfather. All four of his children are still alive including my Mum.

    Really glad I found this site and very impressed with the speed of your response. I hope to visit the area in the future now that I'm retired (if only that didn't involve still working!)

    All the best

    John

    John OfDenbigh

    Tuesday 4th May 2021, 07:55PM
  • John,

    To claify - Birth of John 1894, Birth of James 1897, Birth of Timothy 1901 You can get their civil birth records at  www.irishgenealogy.ie.  Kanturk - Free site.

    Best Wishes,

    McCoy

    Tuesday 4th May 2021, 10:06PM