John Rourke

Birth Name John Rourke
Gender male
Age at Death unknown

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth        
General

His age at death said he was born in 1851
His 1901 and 1911 censuses said he was born in 1852

Residence (Father) October 10, 1857 Corcreaghan Townland, Kilkeel Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Event Note

John and Catherine were of Corcreaghan when their daughter Catherine was baptized.

Residence (Father) July 31, 1859 Corcreaghan Townland, Kilkeel Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1b
Event Note

John and Catherine were of Corcreaghan when their daughter Margaret was born, according to the transcription of the baptism records.

Residence (Father) November 3, 1861 Corcreaghan Townland, Kilkeel Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1c
Event Note

John and Catherine were of Corcreaghan when their son Francis was born.

Residence from 1864 to 1887 Corcreaghan Townland, Kilkeel Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   2
Event Note

Griffith's Valuation, Corcreaghan
parcel 16b John Rourke, house only
he held it until 1887, then the parcel went off the books

Residence from 1885 to 1890 Drummanlane Townland, Kilkeel Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   2
Event Note

This might be John Rourke. He left Corcreaghan by 1887, but there are no deaths of a John Rourke in the area until 1890 in Drummanlane, with Kitty Rourke as widow.
Griffith's Valuation, Drummanlane
parcel 13, house office and land
1885: from William Cunningham to John Rourke
1896: reps of John Rourke

Death 1890      
Event Note

This might be John's death if he moved from Corcreaghan about 1885.

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel, Registrar's District: Kilkeel 2, County Down
Deaths
June 5, 1890, in Drummanlane
John Rourke, 67, married, a farmer, of Bright's disease (12 months). Informant: Kitty Rourke (widow), of Drummanlane, present at death

Families

    Family of John Rourke and Catherine O'Rourke
Married Wife Catherine O'Rourke
  Narrative

I am pretty sure that John and Henry O'Rourke, who were living in the Collinwood section of Cleveland in the late 1800's and early 1900's are sons of this couple, John Rourke and Catherine Rourke.

John's death record said he was born December 6, 1846 and there is a baptism record saying December 3. I believe this is close enough. Either the priest or John's son's erred by a few days, or John himself didn't know the exact date of his birth. Any of the three are possible.

Henry's death record says he was born August 25, 1849, and there is a baptism record saying August 27, 1848. In this case, I would guess the death record is wrong by a year. The record also gives the names of his father as John O'Rourke and the maiden name of his mother as Catherine O'Rourke, with an "OK" next to Catherine, as if to indicate "yes this is her maiden name, not her married name."

I have counted them as brothers since 1) they were in the same neighborhood, 2) both worked for the railroad (although that might go with the first reason, since Collinwood was a railroad neighborhood), and 3) the names of their sons. John named his sons John, William Francis, George, and James Henry. Henry named his sons John Henry, Francis J, and William T. Their birth family included sons named John, Henry, James, and Francis.

Another factor in including them as children of a couple from Kilkeel is the surnames of their wives. John married Anna Rogers, and Henry married Selina Sloan. Both names are common in the Kilkeel area, and though they married in Cleveland, it also was a common occurrence for a man to marry a woman from his home area.

If I am wrong, please let me know. The email address should be on the home page of this site, or at the bottom of any of the article pages.

  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
John O'Rourke1846December 22, 1929
Henry O'Rourke1848April 15, 1930
Peter Rourke1850
Mary Rourke1851
James Rourke1853
Catherine O'Rourke1857June 23, 1930
Margaret Rourke1859
Francis Rourke1861

Pedigree

    1. John Rourke
      1. Catherine O'Rourke
        1. John O'Rourke
        2. Henry O'Rourke
        3. Peter Rourke
        4. Mary Rourke
        5. James Rourke
        6. Catherine O'Rourke
        7. Margaret Rourke
        8. Francis Rourke

Source References

  1. Kilkeel Parish Registers
      • Page: Catherine Rourke, Oct 10, 1857
      • Page: Baptisms, Margaret Rourke, 31 July 1859
      • Page: Baptisms, Francis Rourke, 3 November 1861
  2. Griffith's Valuation of Ireland

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