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John Donoughue and Ellen Nestor late 1800s?

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Sinead Report 1 Apr 2013 20:43

My grandma is trying to find information on her family

i've done research to the best of my ability so far but have got a little stumped

John Donoughue married Ellen Nestor

Ellen had 5 siblings

John Donoughue and Ellen Nestor had 3 children, and Ellen died in childbirth with baby Ellen

Kathleen - 1922,
Mary - 1924 (my great grandma)
Ellen - 1926 (known as Eileen)

So basically I'd like to find out more about them both

with Donoughue, my gran seems to think with the name hes from Ireland and came to Liverpool, but as with a lot of things with my family tree things arent unfolding as we thought lol

any help would be much appreciated :)


MarieCeleste Report 1 Apr 2013 20:51

Hello Sinead, you mention Ireland and Liverpool but it looks like they married Huddersfield way:

England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005

Name: John Donoughe
Spouse : Ellen Nestor
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1920
Registration district: Huddersfield
Inferred County: Yorkshire West Riding
Volume Number: 9a
Page Number: 1023

Buying a copy of their marriage certificate should tell you who their fathers were.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Apr 2013 20:53

Is this Ellen and family in 1911?

NESTOR, James Head Married M 44 1867 Chemical Worker - Salt Cake Manuf Clooney Parish Co Clare Resident
NESTOR, Cecelia Wife Married 19 years F 37 1874 Ballymote Co Sligo Resident
NESTOR, Patrick Son Single M 16 1895 Errand Boy Widnes Lancashire
NESTOR, Ellen Daughter Single F 11 1900 School Widnes Lancashire
NESTOR, Jeremiah Son Single M 9 1902 School Dewsbury Yorks
NESTOR, Mary Daughter F 7 1904 School Dewsbury Yorks
NESTOR, Katherine Daughter F 2 1909 Huddersfield

RG number: RG14 Piece: 26288
Reference: RG14PN26288 RG78PN1521 RD495 SD8 ED3 SN319
Registration District: Huddersfield
Sub District: Huddersfield
Enumeration District: 3
Parish: Huddersfield

Address: 16 Dock St Huddersfield County: Yorkshire (West riding)

9 children born, 4 had died.

Padre would likely be Patrick. The Irish version of the name is Padraig


Sinead Report 1 Apr 2013 21:02

ahhh thankyou this looks somewhat right, huddersfield is probably right as thats where im from, my gran just thought they may of come from ireland

im new to all this and its rather confusing but thanks for your help :)


Sinead Report 1 Apr 2013 21:05

just spoke to my gran this is all correct

thanks so much


MarieCeleste Report 1 Apr 2013 22:17

Sinead, which sites are you using for your research?

FreeBMD is good for looking up births, marriages and deaths

To order copies of certificates use GRO

The Nestors originated in Ireland but perhaps a bit longer ago than you thought?


MarieCeleste Report 1 Apr 2013 22:24

A possible for James & Cecelia's marriage:

Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958

Name: James Nestor
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1891
Registration district: Clifden
Volume: 4
Page Number: 65
FHL Film Number: 101256

Records on Page:
James Nestor
Celia M'Garry

You'd really need to order one of the children's birth certificates to check the mother's maiden name.

EDIT: If you go onto FreeBMD you'll find two births in Huddersfield in the name of Nestor with mother's maiden name McGarry so it looks a good possibility. The names of those children tie in with what you know.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Apr 2013 22:31

Patrick's death:


Rank: Private
Service No: 10566
Date of Death: 11/11/1914
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Addenda Panel 58.

Additional Information:
Son of James and Cecilia Nestor, of 16, Dock St., Huddersfield.



Eringobragh1916 Report 2 Apr 2013 09:12

Sinead...Given that James gave his place of birth as Clooney Parish check this site out ...may well be connected to the family....


Sinead Report 2 Apr 2013 11:46

Thank you :)

I've literally been using genes reunited to find everything and its just eating up credits


Eringobragh1916 Report 2 Apr 2013 12:37

Sinead...Big Mistake ..!! Dont buy anymore have plenty info.supplied by MarieCeleste to get you started.....


MarieCeleste Report 2 Apr 2013 18:59

Sinead, not many of us use GR as a sole means of research.

There are some good free sites - make sure you bookmark FreeBMD that I posted the link to above.

FamilySearch is a must use site, again it's free

Here's a link to James Nestor's 1891 marriage from that site

You can also access some census information for free.


MarieCeleste Report 2 Apr 2013 19:15

I'm blowed if I can find the Nestors anywhere in 1901, have tried several sites, and Irish census.

Can fresh eyes find them?


MarieCeleste Report 2 Apr 2013 19:24

There's a public tree on Ancestry that has quite a bit of information about Nestors from Clooney parish, co Clare

They have a James Nestor b1866 Clare but no further information on what happened to him. The parents were John Nestor and Bridget Donohue. Amongst the siblings was a Jeremiah (one of James and Cecelia's boys is so called), also a Patrick and a Mary - having said that, they're not unusual names.

They have a variety of stories and pictures, including the family house.

You can search and view public Ancestry trees for free on their spin-off site, Mundia. You can also contact tree owners. You have to register but it costs nothing.


MarieCeleste Report 2 Apr 2013 19:26

Sinead - does your gran have any recollection of when/where John Donoughe may have died? We could then find his death to establish when he was born and see what we can trace.


Sinead Report 3 Apr 2013 14:12

Hi thanks for the further advice

As far as I know John Donoughue is buried in St Marys church in Batley, west yorkshire, wasnt sure what I could do with this info as I dont know the year


Sinead Report 3 Apr 2013 17:24

Also my grandma has always said that John Donoughue was a one legged man who swam for yorkshire

I've tried looking for information on him but im not finding anything =(


Sinead Report 23 Apr 2013 19:55

Just bumping this up again in hope of finding some info about John Donoughue, rather stuck with him


MarieCeleste Report 23 Apr 2013 20:08

Hi Sinead - have you ordered the marriage certificate? I think you're going to need that to get any further with him.