Wednesday, March 27, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 13 - In the Paper - Mary Gilmore

This year I have decided to take part in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blogging prompts. 

The theme for Week 13 (March 25-31): In the Paper.

For this week's theme In the Paper, I have chosen an ancestor that I don't know all that much about, my 4 x great grandmother, Mrs Mary Gilmore (1768-1868). I know that Mary was buried in the same grave as her husband William Gilmore (c1772-1838) in the Killaresy Graveyard, County Down in 1868. I don't yet know Mary's maiden name. I have a lot more to learn about her and her family.

I found the following article about Mary's death from the Belfast Morning News, 1 June 1868, copied from the Derry Journal
A CENTENARIAN. - On Saturday, the 9th ult., Mrs. Mary Gilmore, relict of the late Mr. Wm. Gilmore, farmer, Tullymore, County Down, died at Tullymore, at the advanced age of 100 years. She retained the perfect use of all her faculties till the last, and was never afflicted with toothache or rheumatism. She was the mother of twelve children, three of whom were born at a birth, and has left 130 living descendants - literally to the "third and fourth generation" - comprising her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her eldest surviving son is Mr. Charles Gilmore, of Newtownlimavady. Having been born in the year 1768, she has lived under the reign of four monarchs, and during "the few days of her pilgrimage" the following remarkable events,among others, have occurred: - The American War of Independence, War with France, War with Spain,the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the Union, War with Turkey, Catholic Emancipation, French Revolution, Abolition of Slavery, Irish Famine, War with Russia, Indian Mutiny, Civil War in America,and Fenian Outbreak. - Derry Journal.
"A Centenarian," Belfast Morning News, 1 June 1868, p.3, col. 2; image copy, FindMyPast ( : accessed 27 March 2019), British Newspaper Archive.

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  1. Imagine all the changes she saw in her long lifetime. I was however confused with the line...."3 were born at birth". Did I miss something? I love the old newspaper write-ups regarding the death of our pioneer families.

    1. Yes I was confused too when I read it then realised it was "born at a birth" so likely meant that she had triplets!


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