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Seeking McNamara's from Kinsale


Recently got my Grandmother (Henrietta Tate, maiden name McNamara) and my Mum (Lindsay Castle, maiden name Tate) DNA kits, and now I've been bitten by the genealogy bug while waiting for the results.

My grandma Hettie has done a fair bit of genealogy (and visited family we still had in Kinsale back in the 1980's) so I'm trying to collate together what she has done and find out more. I am starting by trying to find out what exactly happened to my great great grandmother, Anne McNamara (1871-1917, maiden name Quinn). She married Daniel McNamara, a baker in Kinsale born circa 1868, marriage year would have been 1893. They had three children as far as I know - James (my great grandfather, birthday Feb 17 1896-1965), Daniel (born 1899) and William (born 1905). I have found the 1901 and 1911 Ireland Census for them - gives address Higher Street, Kinsale Urban. My grandma tells me that g-g-grandfather Daniel had a clubbed foot, and because of this he could not emmigrate to the states (which his sister, Susan, and brother, George - a Catholic priest, both did together). This made him a bitter personality and at some point after the 1911 census, he threw his wife Anne McNamara, and the sons, out of the family home. Anne ended up in a workhouse where she died in 1917 aged 46. I have not so far been able to find workhouse or death records for her so any help with this would be much appreciated.

The son, James (my great grandfather) joined the Royal Navy in 1913 and ended up at Amble, Northumberland UK - where he met my great grandmother and settled there. I think Daniel may also have joined the navy but I don't have much more information on the other two brothers yet.

As I find out more and gather together more of Grandma Hettie's research I can post updates in case any ancestors happen to be searching for the same people!

Other notes I currently have for now: Susan McNamara, who emmigrated to the states, apparently married a Cassidy and had 8 children - 7 boys and 1 girl called Mary. Mary married a Regan (or Reagan), was known as Mary Cassidy Regan and lived in Boston. No other info on the brother George.




Tuesday 9th January 2018, 01:32PM

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  • Ellie:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I locate two records for you. First, the 1893 civil marriage record which shows the names of the fathers of the bride and groom. Second, the 1917 death record for Anne. She died of cancer. She died in the hospital at the workhouse which does not necessarily mean that she was living in the workhouse at the time. I did not find a death record for Daniel.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon

    Tuesday 9th January 2018, 05:16PM
  • Dear Roger,

    Thank you so much for your kind help! More pieces for the puzzle :)

    Kind regards,



    Wednesday 10th January 2018, 03:14PM