James O'Rourke

Birth Name James O'Rourke
Gender male
Age at Death about 63 years, 1 month, 3 days


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Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about February 1854 Ireland   1a
Baptism February 12, 1854 Kilbroney Catholic Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Event Note

Kilbroney Church Records, Baptisms
February 12, 1854
James [son of] Francis Rourke, Bridget Kielty
sponsors: Patt Magiveran, Sarah Flanigan

Residence April 5, 1893 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   2a
Event Note

James was "of Ballincurry" when his son Henry James was born.

Residence April 23, 1900 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   3a
Event Note

James was in Ballincurry when he provided the information for his father's death record.

Census (Head) March 31, 1901 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   4a
Event Note

March 31, 1901
Residents of a house 19 in Ballinacurry (Killowen, Down)
Rourke James 45 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Co Down Farmer Read and write Widower
Burns Henry 14 Male Nephew Roman Catholic Co Down Black Smith's Helper Read and write Not Married

Residence 1901 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   5a
Event Note

Valuation Revision Books
book 4 1899 - 1908
parcels 10 A B C 9Ee start of book: Francis Rourke
1902 combined [?] into
10 ABb and 9Ee
in 1902 these went to James Rourke, but then later in 1902 to Patrick Sloane

Immigration May 9, 1901 New York, United States   6a
Event Note

This might be James entering the US. It fits with the evidence from the Valuation Revision Books, Book 4, 1899-1908, that James only rented his father's parcel for a brief time after his father's death. We know he was in Cleveland by 1910. It would be nice if the last residence was a bit more specific and the destination person and address were readable.

on the SS Majestic, from Liverpool May 1, 1901, arrived NY May 9, 1901
James Rourke, 40?, laborer, last residence: Co Down, destination: friend James Shankey? Shukey?, 33 Colby? Lally? St, Cleveland, paid own passage, carrying no money, has ticket to destination, never been in US before

Residence 1905      
Event Note

are either of these James? Right neighborhood. not found after the 1906 book.
1906 Cleveland City Directory
James O'Rourke, laborer r 9603 (old 2066) Meech
James A O'Rourke, brakeman r 4106 E 81st

Census April 22, 1910 Warrensville Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States City Infirmary 7a
Event Note

1910 Census of Warrensville Township
April 22, 1910
in the Cleveland City Infirmary

James O'Rourke, 55, widowed, born in Ireland, parents also, arrived 1895, naturalized, no occupation

Residence May 28, 1911 Warrensville Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States City Infirmary 6b
Event Note

James was in Colony Farm, the Cleveland Infirmary, when his son Henry James emigrated to Cleveland.

Death March 4, 1917 Warrensville Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States   8a
Event Note

Certificate of Death, Cuyahoga County, File #16153
Warrensville Township
in Infirmary

March 4, 1917
James O'Rourke
white, male, married, age 70, born 1846 in Ireland, a laborer
no names or birthplaces of his parents
cause: chronic interstitial nephritis, unknown duration
contributory: uremia
buried: March 6, 1917, Calvary
informant: H L Rockwood, Warrensville, Ohio [the doctor who signed the certificate]

Burial March 6, 1917     9a
Event Note

Name: O'Rourke, James,
Date: March 5, 1917
Source: unknown, Reel #62
Notes: O'Rourke-James, father of Katherine and Henry O'Rourke, at residence of Edward J. Smith, 3978 E. 89th. Funeral Tuesday. Services at Holy Name church at 8:30 a.m.


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Francis Rourkeabout October 1822April 23, 1900
Mother Bridget Kielty
    Sister     Sarah Rourke about August 1847 June 14, 1900
    Sister     Elizabeth Ann “Betty Ann” O'Rourke about April 1849 February 18, 1929
    Brother     Henry Rourke about February 1852 April 6, 1887
         James O'Rourke about February 1854 March 4, 1917
    Sister     Catherine Rourke about September 1855


Family of James O'Rourke and Bridget McGivern

Married Wife Bridget McGivern ( b. about 1849 d. June 6, 1894 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
Catherine O'RourkeJune 25, 1888
Mary O'RourkeJanuary 24, 1890February 11, 1898
Henry James (Henry Francis) O'RourkeApril 5, 1893October 13, 1918

Source References

  1. Kilbroney Catholic Parish Registers
      • Page: Baptisms, September 9, 1855, James Rourke
  2. Irish Civil Registration Records, Births
      • Page: April 5, 1893, Ballincurry, Supt. Registar's District: Kilkeel, RD: Rostrevor
  3. Irish Civil Registration Records, Deaths
      • Page: April 23, 1900, Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel, Registrar's District: Rostrevor, Francis Rourke
  4. 1901 Census of Ireland
      • Page: house 19 in Ballinacurry (Killowen, Down)
  5. Valuation Revision Books
      • Page: Book 4, Ballincurry
  6. Ellis Island Passenger Record
      • Page: arriving May 9, 1901, SS Majestic
      • Page: arrival May 28, 1911, SS Baltic
  7. 1910 United States Federal Census
      • Page: (ED) ED 413, sheet 4B
      • Citation:

        "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLJH-W43 : accessed 19 February 2018), James Orourke, Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 413, sheet 4B, family , NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1165; FHL microfilm 1,375,178.

  8. Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953
      • Page: March 4, 1917, Warrensville Twp, James O'Rourke, #16153
      • Citation:

        "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8N1-N7X : 8 December 2014), James O'Rourke, 04 Mar 1917; citing Warrensville Twp., Cuyahoga, Ohio, reference fn 16153; FHL microfilm 1,983,935.

  9. Cleveland Public Library: Cleveland News Index and Necrology File
      • Page: Name: O'Rourke, James, Date: March 5, 1917, Source: unknown, Reel #62