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Doreen Moran Stockton, Cleveland, UK Feb 18, 2001
My greatgrandparents Honora nee Clarke (her father was William Clarke an agricultural labourer), and Francis Gillespie came over from I think Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, I think because of the potato famine or after. He was a labourer. I think my Gillespie side was from Connacht. They were married on 25th July 1863 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Bridge Street, Sunderland, England. On the 1861 census they were living West Hartlepool, Francis my greatgrandfather was 35 and a boilersmith, Honora my greatgrandmother was 30. Children of theirs then was Mary 6 born Sunderland, William 5 Sunderland, Michael 3 Sunderland, a Francis 1 died aged 2 born Monkwearmouth, Barbara 1 month born West Hartlepool and Ann mother of Francis my greatgreatgrandmother aged 60 wife's assistant born Ireland. On the 1881 census their dwelling place was 79 Lower East Street, Middlesbrough, Francis was 47, occupation Ship Caulker (Builder), I think he lost an eye in an accident, I don't know whether it was on the ships and he got compensation, Honora Gillespie was 40, siblings (daughters and sons) Mary A Gillespie 16 (registered birth Sunderland) occupation General Servant, William Gillespie 15 (registered birth Sunderland), Scholar (school child), Francis (grandfather) was 8 (registered birth Hartlepool), Eleanor Gillespie was 6 (registered birth Sunderland), Joseph Gillespie was 4 (registered birth Sunderland), Michael Gillespie was 2 (registered birth Middlesbrough), a Margaret and James Gillespie was 5 months (registered birth Middlesbrough) married somebody called Nellie. Ann, my greatgreatgrandmother died in 1879 at the Middlesbrough address. My great greatgrandparents on the Gillespie side were Patrick and Ann, I think he died around 1879 before his wife came over to England. Honora's father was called William Clarke.
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