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I'm researching my Mother's family who came from Dublin.  My great grandfather - Thomas Clarke - is shown on his marriage certificate as being of full age an upholsterer and living at 19 Stephens Green Garristown Dublin.  His fathers name on the certificate is Carolus (Charles) Clarke an upholsterer of Dublin and his mother's name is (I think) Margarita.  The marriage took place on 8th May 1864 in the Roman Catholic Church of Finglas Dublin.  Witnesses were James Clarke and Anne O'Brien.  The priest was Patrick O'Sulliven.

Thomas married Mary-Ann Carolan who is also given as of full age and her address is given as Finglas, Dublin.  Her father is Thadeus Carolan, profession given as Gentleman of Ashgrove thatched cottage, Finglas Dublin.  I think hs wife was named Catharina.

Thomas and Mary-Ann's first child, my grandfather James Thomas, was born in Camden Town, London in 1867. His brother Joseph was born in Dublin in 1869.  Charles was born in London in 1871.  The family then settled in Stockton, County Durham where William 1874, Henry 1877 and Francis 1881 were all born


Sunday 7th June 2020, 12:13PM

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  • Paddywack:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I searched the subscription site Roots Ireland and found the 1822 marriage reocrd for Charles Clarke and Margaret Gillan. I also located the 1836 baptismal record for Thomas and It appears he had at least ten siblings.

    I have not yet found a baptismal record for Mary Ann.

    Roger McDonnell

    Date of Marriage:01-Aug-1822
    Parish / District:ST.PAUL'S ARRAN QUAY
    County:Co. Dublin
    Husband  CharlesClarkes
    Wife MargaretGillan

    Name:Thomas ClearkDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:18-Sep-1836Address:Not RecordedParish/District:ST.PAUL'S ARRAN QUAYGender:MaleCountyCo. Dublin
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Charles ClearkMother:Margaret GillonOccupation:
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    Informant 1:Hugh CorleySponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Caroletta Mackie


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    Sunday 7th June 2020, 01:16PM
  • Thank you Roger for that information, your search turned out better than mine.  Like you I have not been able to find any record of the Carolan family except for what I gleaned from Thomas and Mary-Anne's marriage record. 

    It's just been great to find some of my Irish ancesters, which must be why I always loved having holidays in Ireland without realising I had Irish relatives at the time.  Our holidays were always in Southern Ireland having golfing holidays with friends.  Our first visit was when the troubles were happening in the north which is why we stayed south of the border.

    I'll now have a look for my great uncle - Joseph Edward Clarke - who was born in Dublin in 1869.

    What amazes me during this research is that Thomas and Mary-Anne came to London and their first child was born there.  Their second child is born in Dublin.  There third child is born in London in 1871 then they travel to Stockton, Durham to settle and where three further sons are born.  Lets face it travel was horrendous in those days so I do admire them for all the travelling they undertook.

    Thank you again for your help


    Monday 8th June 2020, 12:45PM
  • Hi Paddywack

    We'd love if you added these names to our Ancestors roll-call for Garristown

    Here's how: Ancestors Masterclass


    Monday 15th June 2020, 03:16AM