Friday, June 22, 2012

G is for Gilmore and Guinane - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 7

Image from Gould Genealogy & History News
This is my contribution to Week 7 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is G.

G is for...Gilmore
Gilmore is the maiden surname of my Great Grandmother, Margaret Anna Ellis (nee Gilmore) (1872-1957). Margaret married John Ellis (see E is for Ellis) on 8 April 1895 at Gap Creek, Tooborac, Victoria. Margaret, who was born at Tooborac in 1872, was the eldest daughter of William Kenneth Gilmore (c1839-1927) and Bridget Colbert (1844-1913) (see C is for...Colbert for more information about Bridget and William and their family). You can also read about my Great Great Grandfather, William Kenneth Gilmore (c1839-1927) on my Waitangi Day 2011 blog post.

For the following Gilmore research I are very grateful to my American fourth cousin once-removed. My Gilmore family in Ireland came from Tullymore, County Down. William Kenneth Gilmore's parents were William Gilmore (c1806-1889, the son of William "o' the bourne" Gilmore c1772-1838), and Margaret Gilmore (1812-1887, the daughter of James Gilmore 1769-1827). William born c1772 and James born c1769 were brothers, the sons of Thomas Gilmore (c1735-1802). Many members of this Gilmore family were buried in the Killinchy Presbyterian Graveyard and the Killyreasy Graveyard. Descendants of this Gilmore family also emigrated to the USA.

G is for...Guinane
Guinane is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Catherine Joyce (nee Guinane) (c1810-1903). Catherine was married to Edmund Joyce, whom it is believed died about 1846, during the Great Famine. Catherine, who always celebrated her birthday on Palm Sunday, was born about 1810, the daughter of William Guinane and Mary Hogan. Catherine and Edmund Joyce had a least six children, four daughters (Mary, Ann, Catherine and Jane) and two sons (Edmund and Patrick). The Joyce family came from Whitegate, County Galway, Ireland, which is now part of County Clare. Catherine and her children Edmund, Ann, Catherine, Patrick and Jane, arrived in Victoria on 25 June 1855 aboard the 'Hotspur'. Her daughter Mary Joyce had previously immigrated to Victoria in 1853 on the 'Childe Harold'. Catherine spent the rest of her life in rural Victoria, where she died in 1903.
Mrs. Joyce died at Pannoobamawm on Thursday, at the age of 93 years. The deceased lady was born in County Galway, Ireland, and arrived in Victoria in the early fifties, and had resided here almost continually since. With the exception of partial blindness, she retained her faculties right up to her illness 14 days ago. She left a large family, including 44 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. (COUNTRY NEWS. (1903, April 14). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 3. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from 
(Sources available on request)
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  1. my goodness ... "44 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren". You'd easily fill a calendar with just the family birthdays.

    1. Yes, they really meant it when they said 'she left a large family'! Actually I just realised the newspaper may have underestimated the number of grandchildren!

    2. I have 6 children and I'm sure I will never have 44 grandchildren, much less 60+ great grands. And I guess that's a good thing. I could never keep up with so many. Amazing.

  2. Three keep me busy let alone 44! Aren't newspaper report of those early pioneers so interesting.


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