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Marriage 1858 Cobh, Cork


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Reg #56 - 2 Sep 1858
Scots Church - Presbyterian - Cobh
William: Age 31 - Policeman - Leemount, Cork - Father: James - Farmer
Anne: Age 27 - Granabraher, Cork - Father: John - Victualler
by Licence by me William Magill ?
In the Presence of us: John (M)(H) ? Huskey? William Mellefont




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Thanks Emeltee.

Not a name I know connected with the family but that looks ok.

Granabraher = Gurranabraher is a working class suburb on the northern side of Cork City. It borders onto Churchfield, Shandon and Knocknaheeny.

The area of St Mary Shandon and St Anne Shandon where many of the Mellefont were baptised and buried.

St Anne Shandon Parish register:
Anne daughter of John and Sally Mellifont born 7th Dec 1831 Priv Bap 14th Dec 1831
Father John - Victualler

Anne's parents - mother is Sarah in most records.

3rd daughter of John Moorhead of Clarence St, Cork, vintner.
St. Anne Shandon Parish Record:
John William Mellefont & Sarah Moorehead by License the 6 Dec 1825 Richard Lee

Most of the records have Moorhead.

Almost nothing on FS. Not even Civil reg deaths that should be there for Anne's siblings. Anne and two other siblings ended up in Australia. The older siblings stayed in Cork. Except for one who died 1854 in Hospital Camp, Sebastopol.
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M Cluskey is probably M’Cluskey which was the early way of spelling those names before the prefixes Mc & Mac became fashionable.

Assuming William was in the RIC in Cork, he almost certainly won’t be native of the county. RIC policy was not to post you to a county where you were born or had family connections.
Thanks Elwyn.

You are correct, not a native of Cork.

William aged 21 in 1846, 31 in 1858, 72 in 1895.

National Archives, Dublin R.I.C. Service Records 5271-10750 MFA 24/2
6000 Sept 1844 7000 May 1845 8000 Oct 1846
R.I.C. Service No 7533
Joined 9 Dec 1846 - Age 21 - 5' 11 1/2" - Co Down - P[resbyterian] - Rev J Shaw, Clerk - Farmer
Reserv. 0 3 1/2 ? Promotion P4C 1 May 1855
Cork Promotion PC 1 Jul 1857
Waterford 1 Sep 1859 [1 year after marriage]
Waterford City 28 Jul 1865 ? Promotion P2HC 10 Oct 1871
Limerick Co 1 Nov 1871 Promotion P1HC 1 Dec 1876
PE Pay ? 101 Pounds 1 Oct 1882
Pensioned off 1 Nov 1885

There was a Rev John Shaw in 1st Ballynahinch Presbyterian Church during the period concerned. Baptismal records covering 1841-58, 1869 and 1871-1986 and marriage records 1870-1900 are held by the Public Record Office -
www.proni.gov.uk - under reference MIC.1P/302.

Thanks Elwyn,

We have been through my Hamilton family in a previous post. Proved so difficult for me to get a grips with it that I moved on. Nothing seemed to fit the stories handed down so I didn't know what to discard. Perhaps next week we can have another look.

1st Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch
The Ordnance Survey Memoirs of 1836 describe it as a plain, slated, roughcast, rectangular building with 3 galleries; there were 100 regular attendants then when Rev. Shaw was the minister; he lived at The Spa, near Ballynahinch & was minister from 1831-1870.

William's brother John and sister Margaret both died in Victoria.

Death 11639/1886 McCOUBRIE Margaret 54 HAMILTON James - Ellen NEWELL d. Ballarat East

1886 DEATHS in the District of Ballaarat East in the Colony of Victoria Registered by William D McKee
No. 1536 9 October 1886 Glen Park Shire of Bungaree County Grant - Margaret McCoubrie - Female 54 years - Exhaustion Hydatid of Lungs and Liver 12 months Dr Womarski ? 22 September 1886 - James Hamilton Farmer Ellen Hamilton MS Newell - 11639 - John Morris Assistant Undertaker employed at Funeral Ballarat East - Wm D McKee 11 October 1886 Ballaarat East - 11 October 1886 Cemetery Ballaarat C Morris - Carter Whitby, John Morris - Ballynahinch Co Down Ireland 20 years in Victoria - Ballynahinch Co Down Ireland 22 years John Alexander McCoubrie - James deceased Louden 26 years

Seems delayed by another week, Elwyn.

I will get back to this and post links to previous topics.