Friday, August 23, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Aug 24

Sepia Saturday

I'm posting at Sepia Saturday today.

The suggested theme is:

191 : A man and his sisters, his two wives, or is it one of each? Groups of three come to mind or how about gloves, shawls, bonnets or penetrating gazes!

I'm going with gloves, bonnets and penetrating gazes this week.

This is Mary O'Reilly Halpin, my great-great grandmother. In the 1901 Dublin census she was 39 years old and her daughter Catherine would become my great-grandmother. In 1901 Catherine was 18 years old and a general domestic servant, I wonder who she worked for???

Mom's handwriting confirming the names above. William is not on the census so he must have left home by 1901.

It also appears that my great-great-great grandmother, Hanora O'Reilly lived with them. And I now know that she came from County Kildare and was born in 1829.

However, in 1911 William is on the census and Catherine isn't as she had married William Brennan by then and my grand-mother and grand-uncle had been born. Mary V is my grand-mother but she always went by the name Veronica or Vonnie.

Monica in 1911 was listed as Mary in 1901, I think this is a mistake as I am not aware of any Monicas in our family.
Emily and Susan had jobs as a cigarette maker and a printer. I remember visiting these two great-aunts in 1970. I'm not sure if they ever married.

The address changes in spelling between 1901 and 1911 Bellevue and Belview. My great grandfather's memorial card states Belview.


  1. Maybe Mary wanted a fancier name that year.

  2. A right smartly dressed girl. And a penetrating stare.

  3. Hello! Ah, that Irish Census doc is very familiar to me. My father was born in Belfast, but his mother and father came from the Downpatrick area.

    It's so exciting when you find their names on the census, isn't it? I just wish we could read between the lines.

    Those Catholic funeral cards are nice to have - you're so lucky to have one with an image too!

  4. Aren't these census records wonderful for revealing a lot about what was going in families? The language on your great grandfather's mass card was so passionate.
    I love all the ruching (is that the word?) on the bodice of Mary's dress.

  5. What a wealth of information you have gleaned from the Census, the memorial card and the photo of your great grandmother. Such interesting finds and fun detective work. Isn't that the best part. I do love the hunt.

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    Older Sister Syndrome~Sepia SAT Sibling 3Some

  6. That enormous hat is magnificant, isn't it - no doubt held in place with a fistful of hat pins.

  7. There's so much information on census forms. Great photo of Mary under her huge bonnet.

  8. What an exciting and interesting census that is. It's a great collection you have to treasure.

  9. What a beautiful photo! Gorgeous coat and gloves. The hats in those days always look precarious, as if they might blow off at any minute.

  10. Well that picture ticks quite a few of the boxes this week. It is indeed a splendid portrait. The memorial card is interesting; I've never seen one like that.

  11. My mother had a different name on her birth certificate than the one she used all her life.


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