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Introducing John Kane - YAY!

Hi everybody. Hope Christmas went well and the New Year is a happy one.

I joined the list today so a quick intro is in order I guess.

I was born in Liverpool UK and now live in London. I am 52 and have been researching my family history seriously for just three months.

One thing I have learnt is that veering off the path to examine a sparkly distant relative in the grass is counter-productive. What I'd like to do is just concentrate on the four tap-roots of my tree which are my grandparents lines, ie Kane, Sanders, Tomlinson and Laffey. I thought you guys might have some tips or contacts for people researching the same lines. Brief recap of research to date follows:


My maternal grandmother was Catherine Laffey. Her father was Thomas Laffey born about 1857 in CastleBar, Co Mayo, Ireland. He married a Bridget Begley (children May, Thomas, Michael and James) before marrying my great-grandmother Annie Redmond, nee Wafer. They had four children, Annie, Catherine, William and Mary Alice.

The 1901 census shows Thomas and Annie living at 14 Wilkin Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool

Any leads as to Thomas Laffey's family in Co Mayo or Annie Wafer's in Co. Wexford gratefully received.


My maternal grandfather was William Sanders. I am researching the family tree stemming from his grandparents, John Sanders of Brandon and Emma Harrison of Boothby, both of which places are in Lincolnshire. They were born in 1841 and 1845 respectively, and they are my great-great-grandparents. They moved to Liverpool in the early 1860s, where John got a job as a dock labourer. They had nine children, these being:

* Mary (b 1865)
* William (b 1868 )
* Thomas (b 1870 )
* Sarah (b 1872)
* John (my great-grandfather, b 1873, husband to Amelia Finnigan)
* Charles (b 1877)
* Samuel (b 1879)
* Robert (b 1884)
* Beatrice (b 1887)

Census returns show the following Liverpool addresses:

* 8 Callow Terrace, Blenheim Street (1871)
* 8 Sefton Terrace (1881)
* 32 Torr Street (1891, 1901)

Hope someone can help me track down the offspring of my great-grandfather John's eight siblings. I have census returns (1891 and 1901) for 37 Summer Gardens in Kirkdale which shows a likely match for his brother William.


My paternal grandfather was James Kane, son of James CAIN and Isabella Noreen McAuley. James Cain was born in Port Glasgow in 1868, one of nine children belonging to John Cain of Co. Antrim and Elizabeth Kerr of Scottyland. Their names (taken from census returns at Hebburn Co Durham) are:

* Peter b 1865
* Lizzie b 1866
* James (my great-grandfather) b 1868
* Catherine b 1870
* Margaret b 1875
* Mary Jean b 1877
* Arthur b 1881
* John Alexander b 1883
* Agnes b 1886

The family had moved to the Jarrow, Co.Durham area in the early 1870s, from where James Cain went back to Belfast, married Isabella, changed his name to get work on the docks, changed his religion when that didnt work before moving to Liverpool about 1914 with my grandfather James and siblings in tow, these being:

* John Alexander
* Lily
* Jean
* James Kane (my grandfather)
* Isabel Noreen
* Catherine Noreen

Any leads for the Geordie Cains gratefully received


The last of the bunch is my paternal grandmother Flo Tomlinson, born in Bootle in 1897, daughter of Tommy Tomlinson and Sarah Ann Bowring Griffiths. Flo was the eldest of their eight children, the others being:

* Robert (b.1899)
* Thomas (b.1902)
* Annie (b.1904)
* Alfred (b.1908 )
* James (b.1910 )
* Mary
* Richard (b.1918 )

I have managed to trace the Tomlinsons back to North Meols near Southport in the 1700s but I am stumped when it comes to my Dad's maternal cousins, ie the offspring of the Tomlinsons listed above. Dad has now passed into the great GRO in the sky so no help there. So if anyone has links to the Tomlinsons of Bootle, info and help gratefully received.

First post and I've probably broken all the rules but I shall try and be good in the future.


John Kane
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