As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, thoughts turn to leprechauns and shamrock shakes and the optional theme for this week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge – Luck of the Irish! Everyone is a little bit Irish for St. Paddy’s Day, but with a name like McGlynn, I always thought I was a lot a bit Irish. The McGlynn’s I knew about came from England, but I had always expected there’d be Irish back there somewhere.
My McGlynn side is a twisted branch of the tree. I hope to explore some of these twists in the weeks and months to come, but suffice it to say for now that there is a McGlynn side and this side has roots in Ireland. Maurice McGlynn is my 3rd great grandfather on my father’s side. I first found the name in the record of marriage for his son, my 2nd great grandfather, and later confirmed it by a second marriage record.
Maurice McGlynn was born in Limerick, Ireland about 1827. His mother was Alice Dillon, per the 1871 UK census. I am unsure at this point if Dillon was Alice’s maiden name or a married name. Patrick MacGlinn is Maurice’s father per his certificate of marriage, and I hope to find some evidence of his birth and or baptism at some future point.
In 1847, 20 year old Maurice is found in the London, England, Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records. He was admitted to the infirmary 22 April, 1847. His record entry states he is Irish, and place of residence was 19 Orchard Place. There is no indication of the circumstances of his admission to the infirmary.
He was admitted a second time to the workhouse on 11 March 1856. His age is given as 30, condition is listed as unable to walk and he was admitted to Murray’s Medical Ward. His address had been at 37 Cato Street. This was in the Marylebone district. He was discharged on 29 April 1856.
In 1860, Maurice married Mary Maloney at the Spanish Place Chapel, in Marylebone.
One of the gnarls in this branch is my 2nd great grandfather, Thomas McGlynn. He was born about 1857. While it was certainly not unheard of for a child to have been born out of wedlock and the parents later married, it does raise a question. Was Maurice truly Thomas’ father or did Thomas take his name after they married? Similarly, perhaps there is an unfound marriage prior to this one, and was Mary actually Thomas’ mother? Thomas’ birth record would be useful in answering this- if only I could find it!
Maurice, Mary, Thomas and Mary’s mother Eliza Maroney are enumerated in the 1861 census. The last name he was enumerated with was Machlin (say it out loud- imagine an accent- phonetic spellings are a common finding in records). He, Mary and Eliza are listed as born in Ireland; son Thomas, aged 4 years, was born in Marylebone, England.
Maurice is found with his family again in 1871. In this census, Maurice McGlynn (indexed as McGlyne) was head of household with wife Mary, widowed mother Alice Dillon, and children Thomas, James and Maurice. As in 1861, many of his neighbors are Irish, and like Maurice, specifically from Limerick, and have had children born in Marylebone.
It is likely that Maurice was a widower at the time of his death. A possible entry for his wife is found in the 1879 death register. Maurice died 11 February 1880 in the Marylebone workhouse due to bronchitis. On the workhouse register, it appears he entered, probably to the infirmary, in November of 1879. The informant is not a spouse, further suggesting he was widowed.
It is interesting, and a little frustrating, that the only records that I have found for my Irish ancestry were created in England. However, the search still goes on to find more of my Irish kin!
Erin Go Bragh!