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Shining a light-weight on Charles F. O’Neill – revisited Acquire US

That is an replace of a submit initially revealed in December 2021.

Charles Francis O’Neill is my longest standing and most irritating family tree brick wall. He was named as my Dad’s grandfather on the time of Granny’s baptism in 1895. The earliest document of his existence, thus far discovered, was dated a mere twenty one years earlier, 19 April 1874, when he married [Mary] Agnes Donovan within the Professional-Cathedral in Dublin metropolis. There, his mother and father have been named as John and Margaret O’Neill of Dominick Road, Dublin.

The purpose is to acquire each surviving piece of paper mentioning his identify and maybe one piece would possibly show be the important thing that opens the window to his previous.

All data referring to Charles’ demise have been examined. First, his demise certificates confirmed he was a regulation clerk by occupation, and was forty-six years outdated when he died at Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital, Dublin, on 23 April 1895. A replica of his admission document at Sir Patrick Dun’s was requested, but it surely transpired the data had a five-year hole spanning the date of my great-grandfather’s demise. He was buried in a poor-ground plot at Glasnevin Cemetery, not in a household grave – yet one more lifeless finish. Pardon the pun!

However the burial register did level to the undertakers being at 30 Lombard Road, which turned out to have been the deal with of J & C Nicholls’, funeral administrators.

1895, Burial Charles O’Neill, Glasnevin Cemetery

The historic data of J & C Nicholl’s have been traced to the Nationwide Archives, and now, because of my good friend, the Irish genealogist Claire Bradley, who just lately visited the Archives, I’ve a duplicate of the related entry from the Day E book. If I am studying it appropriately, Charles’ funeral cortege included the hearse, a horse-drawn coach and two horse-drawn carriages.

Are you able to image his funeral procession? It was led by a black hearse, harnessed by 4 black horses, their coats gleaming, their lengthy manes flowing, maybe every topped with a tall head plume? Are you able to hear the thunder of their hooves and the rattle of the carriage wheels as all of them made their method throughout the town, and out to Glasnevin?

My poor great-grandmother! Her seven surviving kids ranged in age from sixteen years to solely three months outdated. How would all of them survive? I can solely think about the shock she felt at dropping her husband and her worry for his or her future. Did she observe the hearse in one of many carriages? Or, was the funeral a male-only affair?

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1895, Charles O’Neill, J & C Nicholls, Funeral Administrators, Day E book

Additionally of curiosity, the document exhibits the funeral bills have been paid by a Mr. Reeves of 51 Merrion Sq.. Thom’s Listing of 1894 locations S.S. and E. Reeves & Sons, solicitors for the Scottish Provident Establishment, in addition to Richard S. Reeves, solicitor and Robert Reeves, solicitor, at 51 Merrion Sq.. Perhaps ‘Mr. Reeves’ was Charles O’Neill’s employer. We all know Charles was a regulation clerk. I’m wondering how my great-grandfather landed a job at such a prestigious law-firm. One factor is for certain, he did not simply stroll in off the road, he will need to have had ‘connections’, in all probability household connections.*

* Replace 1: One other risk, and doubtless the extra possible state of affairs, is that Charles had an insurance coverage coverage with the Scottish Provident Establishment, who paid the undertaker by way of its solicitor. (Due to my good friend Paddy Waldron for this suggestion).

Shining a light-weight on Charles F. O'Neill - revisited Acquire US Obtain US
Thom’s, 1894

So the place to now? Effectively, I nonetheless want to trace down the baptism data for a number of the youthful kids. Catholic data present the names of the Godparents, and will include additional clues.

Replace 2: Just lately I heard from the great-grandson of Thomas Turley, who confirmed Thomas was employed as a clerk within the Solicitor-Generals’ Workplace at Dublin Citadel, i.e. the historic seat of British rule in Eire. We’ve got already concluded Thomas and George Turley might have been colleagues of my Charles O’Neill in Dublin, all three associates having been law-clerks by occupation – see right here. It goes with out saying, maybe Charles labored within the Solicitor-Generals’ Workplace too. Now questioning if such worker data exist and survive.

Sometime, all these little items of various info would possibly assist me recognise Charles’ origins.

Important sources:
i. Charles O’Neill, 1895, within the burial register for Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin Cemeteries Trust.
ii. Charles O’Neill, 1895, within the Day Books for J & C Nicholl’s (DUB 19/1/3, Day E book no. 15), Nationwide Archives of Eire.
iii. Thom’s Dublin Road Listing, 1894, accessed Ancestry.

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