Sunday, June 08, 2014

52 Ancestors - #14 Patrick GRAHAM

In Search of our Missing Uncle Patrick

Did you ever have a relative tell you about someone that you just couldn't prove was real? or maybe your family believes are related to someone famous! I do! He is my Grandmother's fabled Uncle Patrick.

When I first asked my Grandparents about their parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, I was  11 years old and had just started secondary school (For those of you not familiar with Secondary schools it is a school for children aged 11 to 16/18, kind of like combining Middle school and High School).  In the first month we were issued homework by three separate teachers to produce family trees. At the time I knew my Parents and Grandparents generations but nothing further back.  My parents gave me the information they remembered but my Grandparents were the goldmine.

My Grandmother recalled that her father had a brother called Patrick and a sister, Lil. She also remembered her mother writing to an Aunt Rose who was from her father's family. At the time I did not know how to go about researching my tree properly and relied solely on the information provided by my family.
Recreation of my Grandmother's branch of my original tree that was submitted to the teachers.
My Great Grandfather was from Ireland and until recently there have been few Irish records available online, therefore this line was sat on the back burner for many years.  In 2011 I decided that I would have a look at what was available online. A general internet search lead me to a number of sites that claimed to have Irish records. One of these was at the time it was pay to view although now it is credit based. I quickly signed up for a free account and plumbed in what I knew about my Great Grandfather.  I had learnt that when my Great Grandfather married in England he signed himself as Jack William GRAHAM and gave his father's name as John GRAHAM, unfortunately English marriage certificates do not list the mothers' names.

I went to the search box and selected the record type Birth/Baptism then entered;  Name: John GRAHAM, Birth: 1899 +/- 0 Fermanagh.  My Grandmother remembered that her father had always said his birthday on 1 May 1899 so this is where I would begin. The search returned two results: John GRAHAM and John Robert GRAHAM.  Since the person I was looking for had signed himself as Jack William I felt it was unlikely that he would have been given the middle name of Robert as a child.  I then added the father's name into the search and found that both results remained.  I bit the bullet, requested to see the record and paid the fee; when the image appeared on my screen I felt as if I had just struck gold! I saw John GRAHAM born 1 May 1899 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland just where my Grandmother would expect him to be with parents John GRAHAM, Private 1st Batt RIF and Eleanor Jane McCARDLE. Heading back to the search box I typed in just the parents names along with birth 1899 +/- 20 in Fermanagh - sadly no results. Next I tried just the parents surnames with the same time and place in hopes that something would be available.  Now I had three results; John, Francis and Anne. Ordering the 2 new record reveals that Francis and Anne were born in Derrylin, a town not far from Enniskillen, their father John was a labourer and their mother was Ellen.  I realised that in the 8 years between the first 2 births John must have left the army and that Ellen could be a diminutive of Eleanor.

As time passed I located the 1911 Ireland Census online and soon found an entry for John and Ellen GRAHAM and their four children: John, Delia, Lillie and Anne. John was listed as a soldier pensioner.  The census also showed that Ellen had had five children but one had sadly died. As their was no Francis on the census I concluded that he must have been the child to have died but also Patrick must have been born after 1911. My search had been carried out for births between 1879 and 1919, surely Patrick wouldn't have been born after 1919 ans why had Delia and Lillie not shown up?  Opening the image for the census answered one question - Delia and Lillie had been born in Scotland and therefore their births would have been recorded there and not in Ireland.  This just left Patrick.
Revised branch post 1911 census and birth entries being located

Over the years I have looked as various sources for Irish records and have seen no sign of Patrick Graham.  I had stated to believe that the Uncle Patrick that my Grandmother knew of was not her Uncle but her Granduncle.When the General Records Office of Northern Ireland launched a service to search their Civil Registration Records earlier this year I once again tried to search for the children of John and Ellen. I was still only getting the same three results.  I soon found that life has a way of hiding things from you until you least expect to find them.

Having given up looking for Patrick I turned my attention to looking for the marriages and deaths of Delia, Liilie and Anne.  I came across a death entry for a Delia GRAHAM who would have been the right age for my Great Grandaunt. Having purchased the image I not only found that this was my Delia but that the informant was her brother Patrick.  Delia died in 1923, this narrowed my search for Patrick to 1911-1923, but why had all my earlier searched failed to find him?  I concluded that one of the names must have been misspelt, most likely Ellen's.  This was now my starting point.  I tried the variants of McCardle that I had seen then the wildcard McA* all to no avail. in the end I used the nothing ventured nothing gained logic and tried McC* as a wildcard for the mothers name. This gave me one hit.  The birth record was for Patrick GRAHAM born December 1911 in Derrylin, Fermanagh, Ireland to John Graham a Labourer and Ellen McCarrol.  I compared Patrick's birth entry to those of Francis and Anne, I am now sure that he is their brother despite the discrepancy on the mother's maiden name.

In conclusion, my Grandmother was right that her father had a brother Patrick. He was born in December 1911, two years after Anne and two years before his father's death.

You can read about Patrick's parents John Graham and Ellen McCARDLE by clicking on their names.

Mission Accepted! - How Many Cousins Do You Know You Have?

While reading my way through this weekends blog updates on my reading list I came across Randy Seaver's Challenge: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Cousins Do You Know You Have?

1)  Take both sets of your grandparents and figure out how many first cousins you have, and how many first cousins removed (a child or grandchild of a first cousin) you have.

Answer 1: This is the easiest one for me to answer.  
From my Paternal Grandparents I have 4 First Cousins and 4 First Cousins Once removed.
From my Maternal Grandparents I have 3 First Cousins and 2 First Cousins Once removed.

7 First cousins
6 First Cousins once removed
2)  Extra Credit:  Take all four sets of your great-grandparents and figure out how many second cousins you have, and how many second cousins removed you have.

Answer 2:   

From my Paternal GrandFather's Parents (William Harold ANDREWS and Rachel Ellen SAUNDERS) I have 7 First Cousin's Once Removed, 16 Second Cousins, 2 Second Cousins once removed

From my Paternal GrandMother's Parents (Henry James John WYATT and Elizabeth Ann OSBORNE) I have 12 First Cousin's Once Removed,  6 Second Cousins (that I know of), 3 Second Cousins once removed

From my Maternal GrandFather's Parents (Donald WILLIAMS and Ida Lucy WALTERS) I have  19 First Cousin's Once Removed, 17 Second Cousins, 0 Second Cousins once removed (at last count)

From my Maternal GrandMother's Parents (John GRAHAM and Hilda Kathleen KING) I have First Cousin's Once Removed, 0 Second Cousins, 0 Second Cousins once removed

39 First Cousins once removed
39 Second cousins
5 Second cousins once removed

3)  Tell us the grandparents and great-grandparents names, but don't give the name of living cousins unless you want to.  

See above for Great Grandparents. I will not mane my Grandparents as some are still with us.

4)  Are there any of those lines that you don't know all of the cousins names?  Do you care? 

I know all my First cousin's as I was fortunate to grow up with them, I also know 4 of their children and get to watch the other 2 grow up through social media.

I have met all bar 5 of my parents cousins. I have no children or spouses recorded for those 5  and 2 that I have never met as we lost contact with those branches due to a  rift long before I was born. 

On my Maternal Grandfather's line my tree was updated at the last family gathering 4 years ago. Although no-one has said that any other children have been born into this part of the tree this needs to be double checked and updated if necessary.

Grand Total of Cousins

7 First cousins
45 First Cousins once removed
39 Second cousins
5 Second cousins once removed
5)  Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post of your own.  Be sure to drop a comment to this post to link to your work.  

Answer 5: Done!