Some Children of Michael Rourke and Alice Cunningham

Continued from Charles and Margaret (O'Rourke) McNally, of Cleveland, Ohio.

Michael Rourke and Alice Cunningham of Killowen, County Down, Ireland, had at least seven children. Three of their daughters emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. Let's discuss them first, since we have referred to them earlier in this series of articles.

Annie O'Rourke was baptized in Kilbroney in October 1849. The sponsors at her baptism were John and Sarah O'Rorke.1 By 1880 she was married to Thomas Feran, a teamster, who had been in Cleveland by 1874 and was living on Everett Street.2,3 Thomas died in 1890.4 Annie remained at 24 Everett until at least 1904.3 In 1910 she was living with her sister Margaret McNally at 1759 East 33rd.5 She died there in November of that year and is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery.6 She had no children.

Elizabeth "Bessie" O'Rourke was baptized in Kilbroney on Oct 30, 1851. The sponsors were James and Ellen Feran.1 She was living with the McNallys in 19207 She died Jan 30, 1924, at the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, but her listed residence was the McNally's. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery.8 She never married.

Margaret O'Rourke is not mentioned in the baptismal records of Rourkes in Kilbroney, but her death record states that she was born 18 Aug 1863, the daughter of Michael O'Rourke and Alice Cunningham. Since she is so closely associated with Annie, Bessie, and Michael J. O'Rourke, we can say that this is her family. Margaret died at home on April 26, 1927, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery.9 Margaret's family was discussed in an earlier article, Charles and Margaret (O'Rourke) McNally, of Cleveland, Ohio.

Another child of Michael Rourke and Alice Cunningham, a son, Francis, settled in Peoria, Illinois. This is why the Peoria papers were asked to copy the death notice of Michael J. O'Rourke in 1919. See the first article, Michael O'Rourke, Killowen to Cleveland.

Francis was baptized August 5, 1843, in Kilbroney. The sponsors at his baptism were William Rorke and Ann Cunningham.1 By 1880 Francis was married and living in Peoria.10 His wife was Margaret Mary McDonough, born in County Mayo, the daughter of James Mcdonough and Ellen Day.11 There were four children listed on their censuses: Frank, William, Mary, and James. Francis died in Peoria on May 7, 1924.12

Michael Rourke and Alice Cunningham had a son William who apparently didn't emigrate. We will discuss him and his children next, as we find the ‘Chicago connection.'

Continued in Christina O'Rourke, Killowen to Chicago.

Footnotes


1. Kilbroney Church Records, transcription of Rourkes.

2. "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ1B-PFG : accessed 22 Nov 2013), Thomas Farson, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 319B, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-1006.

3. Cleveland City Directories at ancestry.com

4. Cleveland Necrology File at http://dxsrv4.cpl.org/

5. Annie is family 382. This is the source for family 381, the McNallys: "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLD5-9GQ : accessed 22 Nov 2013), Charles Mcnalley, Cleveland Ward 12, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing sheet , family 381, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375183.

6. Note: Indexed as "Tarren" not "Farren/Feran, etc." "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X88K-T26 : accessed 15 Nov 2013), Anna Tarren, 23 Nov 1910; citing Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, reference fn 59874; FHL microfilm 1952610.

7. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD1J-6CR : accessed 14 Nov 2013), Chas Mc Nally, Cleveland Ward 21, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing sheet , family 56, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821370.

8. Note: indexed as "Gessie Rourke." "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8Y9-C4V : accessed 18 Nov 2013), Gessie Rourke, 27 Jan 1924; citing Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, reference fn 1631; FHL microfilm 1992399.

9. "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8LS-DLF : accessed 14 Nov 2013), Charles Mcnally in entry for Margaret Mcnally, 26 Apr 1927; citing Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, reference fn 21585; FHL microfilm 1984846.

10. "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXKS-1J3 : accessed 15 Nov 2013), Francis Ororke, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 46B, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-0240

11. "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NQ34-WMV : accessed 15 Nov 2013), Margaret Mary O'Rourke, 01 Aug 1934.

12. "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NQFG-1B5 : accessed 15 Nov 2013), Francis Henry O'Rourke, 07 May 1924.m

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Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
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