Elinor Rourke

Birth Name Elinor Rourke
Gender female
Age at Death 71 years, 10 months, 28 days


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth November 5, 1822     1a
Baptism before November 5, 1822 Kilbroney Catholic Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Event Note

Nov 5, 1822
parents: Felix Rorke, Alice O’Hanlon
witnesses: Peter Sloan, Margaret Farrell

Death October 3, 1894 Ballintur Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   2a
Event Note

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel
Registrar's District: Rostrevor
District of Rostrevor, Union of Kilkeel, County of Down
Deaths #254
October 3, 1894, Ballintur
Ellen Rourke, 72, spinster, farming, failure of the heart from exhaustion, consequent from attack of vomiting, no medical attendant. information received from Alexander Heron MD, coroner for South Down, Greenfield

Event Note

Newspaper, October 6, 1894

On Thursday morning last, Dr. Alexander Heron, JP, Coroner for South Down, held an inquest on the body of an old woman named Ellen Rorke, a resident of the townland of Ballintur, near Killowen, who died suddenly on the previous day.

Sergeant Cameron, Rostrevor, watched the proceedings on the part of the Crown.

The following jury was empanelled: Messrs Hugh Moffit, Pat Sands, Pat Hughes, Francis Hughes, James Magee, Edward Fearon, Wm Doran, Peter Doran, Peter Connell, Bernard Magee, Pete Fitzsimmons, and Edward Fearon.

The jury having viewed the remains, Margaret Rorke was the first witness examined. She deposed that she lived in Ballintur with the deceased, who was her half sister, a farmer, about 72 years of age, and unmarried. On Tuesday she appeared as well as ever. She was after cattle. Witness heard her vomiting on Wednesday morning. She asked now [?] milk, witness declined to give her it, but made her tea and afterwards gave her milk. She seemed better. Witness gave her more milk, which she (witness) warmed. Witness then left to get whiskey. On her return deceased did not speak, and died a short time afterwards. Witness could not tell what she died of.

Thomas Kelly, Ballintur, said he knew the deceased. He was called to see her on Wednesday morning about 7.15 o'clock, a.m., and found her in bed. She was unable to speak. She seemed to be dying. She had no fit [?] and was lying quiet.

Dr. Theodore Bell, medical officer of the Warrenpoint dispensary district, deposed he had made an external examination of the remains of Ellen Rorke. He saw no marks of violence nor any outward indications to account for her death. In his opinion she died of heart failure, brought on by exhaustion following an attack of vomiting.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased, Ellen Rorke, in her house in Ballintur, on the 3rd October, 1894, came to her death from sudden failure of the heart produced by an attack of vomiting and exhaustion consequent thereon.



Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Felix Rourkeabout 1795before March 26, 1865
Mother Alice O'Hanlonabout 1800about December 27, 1824
         Elinor Rourke November 5, 1822 October 3, 1894


  1. Felix Rourke
    1. Alice O'Hanlon
      1. Elinor Rourke

Source References

  1. Kilbroney Catholic Parish Registers
      • Page: Elinor Rorke, 5 Nov 1822
  2. Irish Civil Registration Records, Deaths
      • Page: Oct 3, 1894, Kilkeel RD, Rostrevor, Ellen Rourke