Edward Rourke

Birth Name Edward Rourke
Gender male
Age at Death about 70 years, 3 months, 3 days


The sponsors at Edward's baptism were Edward Colgan and Margaret Roarke.

The sponsors at the wedding of Edward Rourke and Rose Fagan were Bernard Sloan and Ann Fegan.

There is an Edward Rourke living in Ballintur in 1864 listed on Griffith's Valuation. This Edward leased 16+ acres from the Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate. Likely this had been his father's farm and Edward took it over when his father died. Edward was subletting a house and small garden to William Flannagan, since Mr. Flannagan's immediate lessor is Edward Rourke.

These are the parcels in Ballintur that Edward occupied, according to the Valuation Revision Books. The first two parcels must have been John Rourke's farm. Edward split it with his brother John in 1867, then John took over these parcel numbers. Edward's parcels were then numbered 23D and 23Ea. He evidently acquired 23Eb and 24 about 1885.

23C, 23Ec
1865: occupier: Edward Rourke. Lessor: Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate. House, office, land. Valued at 18 Pounds, 15 Shillings.
1867: Split 1/2 and 1/2 to Edward Rourke and John Rourke. Value of Edward’s share: 9 Pounds, 10 Shillings. Value of John’s share: 9 Pounds, 5 Shillings.
1873: sole occupier: John Rourke. Value 9 Pounds
see John's information for the later years' information.

23D, 23Ea
1873: Edward Rourke. Lessor Trustees of the Kilmorey Estate. House, office, land. Value 9 Pounds, 5 shillings.
1881: lessor now: Earl of Kilmorey
1895: Reps
1896: says “of nt” ??
1913: In fee. stamped L.A.P.

23Eb, 24:
1884: occupier: Bridget Feran Junr. lessor: Earl of Kilmorey. valued at 4 Pounds, 15 Shillings.
1885: occupier now Edward Rourke. valued at 3 Pounds 5 Shillings, or 3 Pounds 15 Shillings.
1895: “Reps”
1896: scratched out “Reps”


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1824      
Christening July 15, 1824 Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a

sponsors at Edward's baptism were Edward Colgan, Margaret Roarke

Will March 6, 1894   Will of Edward Rourke 2
Event Note

This is a transcription of the will of Edward Rourke of Ballintur, County Down, written March 6, 1894. It can be found at Will Calendars, District Probate Registry of Belfast. The images are at http://applications.proni.gov.uk/DCAL_PRONI_WillsCalendar/
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No. 1247

In the name of God Amen. The Father the son and the Holy Ghost Amen.

I Edward Rourke of Ballintur, parish of Kilbroney, and County of Down, Farmer, do make this my last will and Testament revoking all former wills. I leave devise and bequeath to my son Edward my farm of land in Ballintur with all the chattels thereon subject to him paying to other children the following arrangements:

I leave to my son William the sum of Forty pounds also to my daughter Mary forty pounds and to my daughter Ann Thirty pounds providing my children Lives agreeable together and by son Edward giving the above named children a fair and reasonable support allowance of the aforesaid mentioned sums and if at any time my son William & Daughters Mary and Anne cannot agree to remain with my son Edward the[y] are to be paid the above named sum allowed to each of them. the[y] are to be paid in the following terms:

Ten pounds per year to their respective sums are paid in full.

I further request that my son Willy in particular would remain along with my son Edward where he now resides.

Their is Ten pounds due my nephew Samuel Dowds now residing in Scotland which I request to be paid as soon as possible.

I now in the presence of us and in the presence of each other do sign my name as my last will & Testament this sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred & Ninety four, being first and truly read. I appoint as my excecutors
Hugh Moffatt of Ballintur
Edward Feran [ditto] [ditto]

Witness Francis Rourke Joseph Wright

Administration with the Last Will and Testament of Edward Rourke were Granted on the 14th day of November 1894 To Edward Rorke the lawful son and principal legatee named in said will, Hugh Moffatt and Edward Fearon the executors having duly renounced.

The indexed summary at the site had this information:

Surname : Rourke
Forename : Edward
Date of Death : 4 April 1894
Date of Grant : 14 November 1894
Registry : Belfast
Effects : Effects £257 16s.


Death April 4, 1894 Ballintur Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   3a
Event Note

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel
Registrar's District: Rostrevor
District of Rostrevor, Union of Kilkeel, County of Down
Deaths #232
April 4, 1894, Ballintur
Edward Rourke, widower, 69, farmer, cancer of gall bladder, tetenus? 3 months, hematemesis, 3 days. informant: Maggie Magee, of Ballintur, daughter, present at death

Probate November 14, 1894 Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland   2


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father James Rourkeabout 17791857
Mother Ann “Nancy” Colgan
    Sister     Margaret Rourke 1822
         Edward Rourke about 1824 April 4, 1894
    Brother     John Rourke about January 19, 1827 January 21, 1913


Family of Edward Rourke and Rose Fagan

Married Wife Rose Fagan ( b. d. before 1901 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage May 23, 1850 Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1b

Kilbroney Parish Registers, Marriages
May 23, 1850
Edward Rorke and Rose Fegan
witnesses: Peter Fegan, Ann Feran

Name Birth Date Death Date
John O'RourkeApril 28, 1912
William RourkeFebruary 19, 1942
Margaret RourkeFebruary 23, 1947
James O'RourkeJuly 18, 1922
Mary Ann RourkeSeptember 6, 1939
Edward RourkeMay 14, 1864March 1, 1953
Ann RourkeMay 10, 1866April 28, 1962

Source References

  1. Kilbroney Catholic Parish Registers
      • Page: Edward Roarke, Jul 15, 1824
      • Page: Edward Rourke and Rose Fagan, May 23, 1850
  2. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: Will Calendars, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
  3. Irish Civil Registrations, images
      • Page: #232, April 4, 1894, Kilkeel, Rostrevor, Ballintur