James O'Rourke

Birth Name James O'Rourke
Gender male
Age at Death unknown


email received June 2019. notes on the map.

This little map shows where the two O‘Rourke farms were and still are side by side, in B’neddan. Rose O'Rourke’s to the left and her sister Ann’s to the left, two houses side by side.

The little farm must have been divided in two, total area about 6 acres, Rose’s farm around 3 acres. The area of each field marked out -1.698 of an acre-.893 of an acre.etc, Both of those little cottages now demolished - would have had a small garden attached.

Wm O'Rourke's house was and still is known as Bayview cottage. Wm’s family rented out Bayview and they converted Wm’s forge into a dwelling house. His son James lived with his family in the forge, his brother Frank lived in the little cottage behind Bayview. This cottage may have been the one the McAteers lived in.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth July 6, 1885 Ballineddan Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Event Note

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel
Registrar's District: Rostrevor
County: Down
Ballineddan, July 6, 1885
James [son of] William Rourke, a blacksmith of Ballineddan and Margaret Rourke, formerly McVeigh. Informant William Rourke, of Ballineddan, father.

Census (Son) March 31, 1901 Ballineddan Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   2a
Event Note

1901 Census of Ireland
31 March 1901
House 5 in Ballyneddan (Killowen, Down)

Margaret O'Rourke, 38, head, housekeeper, widow
Mary O'Rourke, 20, daughter, dressmaker
Frank O'Rourke, 18, son, farmer
James O'Rourke, 13, son, scholar
Maggie O'Rourke, 11, daughter, scholar

All could read and write, all were Roman Catholic, all were born in County Down. No mention of a forge on the House and Building Return or the Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return.


Census (Son) April 2, 1911 Ballineddan Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   3a
Event Note

1911 Census of Ireland
house 7 in Ballyneddan (Killowen, Down)

Margaret O'Rourke, 46 Female Head of Family Farmer
Annie O'Rourke, 27, farmer's daughter
Francis O'Rourke, 26, single, farmer's son
James O'Rourke, 24, single, farmer's son
Margaret O'Rourke, 22, dressmaker

All could read and write, were Catholic, and were born in Co Down




Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father William O'Rourkeabout September 1847August 6, 1889
Mother Margaret Rose McVeighabout 1858November 9, 1930
    Brother     Michael O'Rourke April 30, 1877 January 31, 1919
    Brother     John O'Rourke October 17, 1878 June 7, 1947
    Sister     Mary Ann O'Rourke April 25, 1880 October 27, 1972
    Brother     Francis O'Rourke January 14, 1882 1960
    Sister     Christina O'Rourke December 22, 1883 January 1970
         James O'Rourke July 6, 1885
    Sister     Margaret O'Rourke February 14, 1887
    Sister     Johanna O'Rourke November 18, 1888 January 28, 1911

Source References

  1. Irish Civil Registration Records, Births
      • Page: July 6, 1885, Kilkeel, RD: Rostrevor
  2. 1901 Census of Ireland
      • Page: house 5 in Ballyneddan (Killowen, Down)
  3. 1911 Census of Ireland
      • Page: house 7 in Ballyneddan (Killowen, Down)