Inherited Craziness
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Sunday, 18 April 2021

Nicholas Jones and Ellen Brennan otherwise White

Lower Glanmire Road, Cork
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Nicholas Jones, third son of Thomas Jones and Mary Harty and younger brother of David Jones, married Ellen Brennan otherwise White, widow, on 5 Aug 1886, at Christ Church, Church of Ireland, Rushbrooke, Cobh - the church where his brother, David, was Sexton. Nicholas' address at the time of the marriage was given as Rushbrooke and Ellen's as Glenbrook. Witnesses to the marriage were a George Owens and Annie Jones - David and Nicholas' sister. Nicholas' rank or profession is Able Seaman. Records show he was a Merchant Seaman. 

Nicholas had been baptised on 17 May 1853 at the Catholic church of the Sacred Heart, Rath, near Baltimore (Rath And The Islands Parish), Cork. Sponsors were a James Hayes and Ellen Hart (sic) - his mother, Mary's, sister. 

Meanwhile, Ellen White was born in Epsom, Surrey in 1854. The civil record of her birth gives her mother's maiden name as Smith. And on the record of Ellen's marriage to Nicholas, she gives her father's name as William Henry White, a farmer. But it hasn't been possible to find a relevant marriage of a William White and someone whose surname is Smith in the right timeframe and area. Nor has it been possible to locate Ellen's previous marriage to Mr Brennan.

Nicholas and Ellen had one daughter, Annie Jones. On both the 1901 and 1911 census returns the ages given for Annie, 12 and 22, respectively, calculate to a year of birth of 1889. And in both cases, it states that she was born in England. Annie's own daughter could never find a birth record for her, I'm sure I can't.

In 1901, Ellen Jones (47), wife, and Annie Jones (12), scholar, are living in the Lower Glanmire Road, Cork City. Nicholas is not at home at the time of the census, as he will have been at sea. The 1911 census tells us that he is a Ship's Steward, when Nicholas (57), Ellen (57) and Annie (22), now a Bookkeeper, are joined by three Boarders: Samuel Donald Dare (42), James Raynane (22), John Foley (25) and Hannah Healy (40), Domestic Servant, Visitor. 

Records of Shipping agreements and crew lists at the National Archives of Ireland suggest that Nicholas served on the following ships: 

Otherwise, we're left with more questions than answers regarding Nicholas and Ellen Jones. So far, I have no idea when either of them died. But this is a start that will hopefully serve to ferret out more details in time.

Glenbrook from the R624 near Carrigalore
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