Sunday, 12 February 2012

James and Mary Ann McGarvey

My Great Grandfather James McGarvey married Mary Ann Robinson on 29th January 1897 at Macrory Memorial Church when they were 23 and 21 years old.
(The original Macrory Memorial building was destroyed during World War II

James and Mary Ann McGarvey
I have yet to come across a photograph of my Great Grandparents when they were younger.   

They are listed as living in Bute Street on the York Road in Belfast on the 1901 census.  Included are their first three children Thomas, Elizabeth and William.

1901 Census Bute Street

James is listed as a Yarn Bundler on the census.  We know that he worked in Jennymount Mill on the York Road which was not very far from where he lived in Bute Street.  The mill was saved from destruction a few years back and is now considered to be one of North Belfast's historic gems. 

Jennymount Mill
In 1911, the family had moved to 46 Seaview Street (which became Deacon Street at a later stage).  James and Mary Ann now had 8 children adding Joseph, Alfred, Robert, Mary Ann and Agnes to their family.  Mary Ann would go on to give birth to 4 more children, Samuel, Henry, Martha and David.  In 1911 James is still a Yarn Bundler at Jennymount Mill, but we know that he went on to become a Bundling Master.

1911 census Seaview Street
James signed the Ulster Covenant 100 years ago in 1912 while Mary Ann made 'her mark' on the Declaration.

James died in October 1951 and Mary Ann died almost exactly 16 years later in October 1967.  They are buried together in Carnmoney graveyard.   


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