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23 April 2016: A Geoghan by any other name .. like Gahigan … is still just as hard to research April 23, 2016

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To further update my Geoghan relatives on the progress of my research, this post will show you what I’ve discovered since I last posted last month.

I was able to order an original copy of the 1861 Census of Scotland with the family on it. Here it is:

1861 Census Gahigan

1861 Census of Scotland – Gahigan Family

Here a close up view of the family:

1861 Census Gahigan CU

Here is what it says:

1861 Scotland Census:  ED 2, Household 62, Line 8, Registration District: Partick, Civil Parish: Govan, County: Lanarkshire, Address: 32 Bridge Street

  • George Gahigan: Head … Age 35 … Born in Ireland …Occ: Dock Labourer
  • Ann Gahigan:     Spouse: Age 35 … Born in Ireland
  • Catherine Gahigan: Daughter … Age 10 … Born in Partick … Occ: Scholar
  • James Gahigan:  Son … Age 5 … Born in Partick … Occ: Scholar
  • George Gahigan: Son … Age 9 Months … Born in Partick
  • Patrick Donnelly:  Border … Age 24 … Born in Ireland … Occ: Dock Lab.
  • Patrick Moren: Age 22
  • Peter Coyne: Age 21

I was really hoping that when I got a look at the original document (and not just the transcription online) that it would be more specific on where in Ireland they were from, but that wasn’t the case.  I was also hoping that the original document might tell me more about this “Patrick Donnelly” who was a border living with them.  Donnelly being Ann’s maiden name, there’s still a possibility that she might be a relation of his.

Because I like to be thorough, I also made a copy of the first page of the census so I could see the area that it covered.  Here is that first page in case you’d like to see how the streets of their outlying section of Glasgow ran.

1861 Census of Scotland - Front page of enumeration district of the Gahigan residence.

1861 Census of Scotland – Front page of enumeration district of the Gahigan residence.

Glasgow is a port city of the river Clyde and it would appear George was a laborer down on the city’s docks.  Here is a photo I found online of Old Govan circa 1903.  Taken years after George worked there, but you still get a feel for the activity of the area:

OLD GOVAN

I next ordered an original copy of George and Ann’s marriage record.  Again hoping that it would give a clue as to where in Ireland they were born … and again I was left hanging.  Here is the record:

Marriage Record of George Gahigan and Ann Donnelly

Marriage Record of George Gahigan and Ann Donnelly

Here’s a close up look:

1850 George Gahigan and Ann Donnelly Marriage Record CU

I’ve never seen a marriage recorded with two dates.  George and Ann “Booked” on June 12, but “Married” on June 28. I’ve poked around a little to discover what the difference is but haven’t had much luck.  I would venture to guess that “Booked” might relate to getting the license and “Married” was the actual ceremony.   It lists George as being from Govan parish and Ann from Gorbals parish.  Govan and Gorbals were right next to each other.  Here’s a parish map of the county of Lanarkshire.  Both are at the upper left side:

lanark800

When I started doing searches for the Donnelly family in Gorbals, I found this:

1841 Census of Scotland: Civil Paris: Glasgow, St. Mary’s, County: Lanarkshire, Address Old Wynd, Parish 644/1, ED 15, Page 9, Line 566

  • Arthur Donnelly … Age 40 … Born in Ireland … Occ: Laborer (Estimated Birth Year: 1801)
  • Eliza Donnelly … Age 40 … Born in Ireland (Estimated Birth Year: 1801)
  • Rose Donnelly … Age 15 … Born in Ireland (Estimated Birth Year: 1826)
  • Owen Donnelly … Age 16 … Born in Ireland … Occ: Plaster Ap (Estimated Birth Year: 1825)
  • Ann Donnelly … Age 15 … Born in Ireland (Estimated Birth Year: 1826)
  • John McDead … Age 3 … Born in Ireland … Occ: Plaster Ap (Estimated Birth Year: 1838) (Yes, this is probably a typo on the ancestry.com transcription.  He’s probably thirty something in age.  Hard to believe a 3-year-old would be a plaster apprentice.)
  • Robert White … Age 30 … Born in Ireland (Estimated Birth Year: 1811)
  • Eliz White … Age 25 … Born in Ireland (Estimated Birth Year: 1816)
  • Margaret McKenna … Age 33 … Born in Ireland (Estimated Birth Year: 1808)

Old Wynd is a road in the same area of Glasgow that we consistently see all the event of this family take place.  Here it is at the center of a map:

Old Wynd Street

I’m sorry to say there’s not much there today.  Here’s a Google Earth street view of the road:

Old Wynd Photo

So is the Ann Donnelly on this 1841 census, our Ann, the Ann that Married George Gahigan?  I don’t know, but the probability is high. She’s the right age, born in Ireland, lives in the right neighborhood.  I’ve always doubted that Ann and George, though both born in Ireland, knew each other there.  It was more likely that they were both immigrants living in Scotland, having come separately with their respective families.

So the search continues …

When and from where did the leave Ireland for Scotland and with whom? I haven’t discovered that quite yet, but I’ll keep on digging until I figure it out.

-Jennifer

Jennifer Geoghan, family genealogist and author of The Purity of Blood novel series and If Love is a Lie: A Partly True Love Story.

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One Response to “23 April 2016: A Geoghan by any other name .. like Gahigan … is still just as hard to research”

  1. Wonderful. My 10th ggf. I am working on getting Elder John Crandall’s descendants transferred from the 1949 JCC genealogy to Family Tree Worksheet with post 1949 additions from FindaGrave, etc. Up to 55,000+ as well as a list of 1000+ descendants of Elder John who served in the Civil War.


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