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John Rowley

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Mark Report 19 Dec 2013 21:23

I wondered if you could help with a genealogy question.

I am interested in finding out more information on John Rowley, an ancestor that brought the Rowley's over from County Mayo, Ireland to East Yorkshire.
Some of the details are below, ideally I would like to find a link that gets me back to County Mayo Ireland.....a town or a parish.

John Rowley born 1811 County Mayo, died aged 40 on the 21/02/1851 in the Scarborough workhouse. He married Catherine Freney and had 4 sons, Owen, Thomas, William and John.

On the 1851 census it confirms that John Rowley (the son) was born in Grindale, the father had just passed away at this point and is therefore missing from the census the mother and the remaining 4 sons are residing in the Scarborough Workhouse. (The census confirms the mother and the 3 other sons were born in County Mayo).

Many thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Rowley


Reggie Report 20 Dec 2013 10:08

When and where did the marriage to Catherine occur?


Maddie Report 20 Dec 2013 12:12

you could try here
Parish Records Mayo - Largest Parish Records Database in Ireland?


Mark Report 20 Dec 2013 13:18

Hi Reggie,..........I can't be exact on this, but my head points towards County Mayo, as for dates......John born 1810/11.......Catherine I believe was born a marriage probably about 1840s.

Hi Maddie,........thank you, i'll give it a go.


Reggie Report 20 Dec 2013 13:38

And have you looked at the LDS site?


Mark Report 20 Dec 2013 13:51

Apologies but I'm not familiar with LDS?


Potty Report 20 Dec 2013 14:14

Mark, this is the LDS (Mormons) site:


Potty Report 20 Dec 2013 14:21

Have you found John or any of his family on any census except the 1851?


Mark Report 20 Dec 2013 15:23

Hi Potty, yes I have, John Died in 1851 so he obviously doesn't appear on any census after that, but Catherine and the boys are found in other census' with a man called McGuire.
Catherine later married him.

I've been stuck on this "dead end" for some years now and I'd just love to try and get a trace somehow back to County Mayo, Ireland.

I have a copy of John's death certificate..........for me the next step would be to go to Scarborough and try searching through the local newspapers at the time of his death to see if there are any more clues.

I have found that a lot of the census' are not exactly specific, they either say Ireland, or County Mayo - but a town / parish etc would be great.

Many thanks for everybodys help.


Mark Report 20 Dec 2013 16:19

Here is an overview:

In 1810 John Rowley was born in Ireland, he married Catherine Freney who was born in County Mayo, Ireland. They had 4 sons,...3 of whom were Patrick, Thomas and Owen all born in County Mayo, Ireland, the fourth son was called John Rowley, he was born in GRINDALE near Bridlington. The family moved to GRINDALE at about mid 1840s (time of the potato famine in Ireland. From GRINDALE, they moved on to Scarborough, they appear in the 1851 census in the Scarborough workhouse, John Rowley the father is dead at this point - he died of "diseased lungs" in 1850, so Catherine Rowley (the mother) was now a widower with 4 kids in the Scarborough workhouse. Catherine later remarried in 1857 to a man called Francis McGuire, they married in Scarborough, but dissappear from the future census'. Owen Rowley the son, cannot be traced either. Francis McGuire was in the fisherman industry, it is assumed he taught and got the 4 Rowley sons involved in fishing, as it is a massive occupation in most of the Rowley decendants in Scarborough


mgnv Report 20 Dec 2013 17:58

There might be more details in the workhouse records. I don't know where those are. If it were me, my next step would be to contact the main library at Scarborough and ask them if they hold a copy, and if not, who does.


Astra Report 21 Dec 2013 06:51

This is the 1861 census showing Catherine and Francis. It is badly transcribed but the children are noted as Rowley on the original and Jonas is Francis. He is not in the fishing industry but is a Brickmakers labourer.

1861 census transcription details for: 2, Shutons Yard, Scarborough

National Archive Reference:
RG number: RG09
Piece: 3619
Folio: 67
Page: 34
Reg. District: Scarborough
Sub District: 2 Scarborough
Parish: Scarborough
Enum. District: 16
Ecclesiastical District: St Thomas
City/Municipal Borough: Scarborough
Address: 2, Shutons Yard, Scarborough
County: Yorkshire (North riding)
Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
MAGUIRE, Jonas Head Married M 33 1828
...States, America British Subject
MAGUIRE, Cathrine Wife Married F 34 1827
MAGUIRE, John Son M 14 1847 Scholar
MAGUIRE, Mary Daughter F 7 1854 Scholar
Scarborough, Yorkshire
MAGUIRE, Francis Son M 4 1857 Scholar
Scarborough, Yorkshire

Catherine's death??

Deaths Mar 1862 (>99%)
MCQUIRE Catharine Scarbro 9d 204


patchem Report 21 Dec 2013 08:26

Your dates and names and birth places do not all match up - is this just errors on the part of the enumerators?

e.g. You have put that the sons are Owen, Thomas, William and John, but in the workhouse they are Patrick (10 in 1851), Thomas (8 in 1851), Owen (6 in 1851) and John, (John's name appearing above the rest of the family in the list) - John age 11, born Grindale.
There is a John Maling born 1847, Ireland, immediately after the family

The census that Astra has posted (better transcribed in Ancestry) has John as born in Ireland in 1847.
Presumably Mary and James were illegitimate children?

If Patrick was born in 1841/1840, and Catherine was born in 1827/1826 (according to 1861) then she was very young for marriage.

I can see that you have got lots of information, so presumably all these errors can be explained, I was just trying to tie everything up 100%


Mark Report 21 Dec 2013 09:06

Many apologies on my part, just to confirm the sons:

Patrick 1838 born Ireland
Thomas 1842 born Ireland
Owen 1845 born Ireland
John 1847 born grindale

I do have the 1851 census......copy of marriage death certs but im lost in terms of getting further back or something concrete back to Ireland......

The marriage of catherine to Francis mcguire was 6th October 1857......
She was 33 yrs old.....he was from USA

John Rowley (father) died Scarborough workhouse 21st feb 1850 or 1851


Astra Report 21 Dec 2013 10:56

Mmm. If Catherine was born in 1824 then she is maybe not the mother of Patrick born 1838. There is no obvious marriage for her and John Rowley so maybe they didn't tie the knot at all.

What are the details on John's death certificate.

Which birth certificates do you have for the children?


Mark Report 21 Dec 2013 15:25

Is ther an way to attach documents on here then I can send it to you?



Astra Report 21 Dec 2013 16:07

Hi Mark

If you click on my name it will take you to the message centre. You can attach documents to your message there.



Astra Report 22 Dec 2013 07:13

Thanks for that Mark. It's annoying that there is nothing on the death certificate to link John to Catherine apart from his name. The informant was Jane Anderson but she may have been a workhouse official. Will take a look later.

For the benefit of the other researchers the marriage certificate to Francis Mcguire names her father as Michael Freney Agricultural Labourer and the witnesses were James and Ellen Nicholas.
Catherine's address is given as 10 Potter Lane Scarborough and Francis as 11 Castle gate Scarborough. His father is Roderick Mcguire a Tide Waiter.

Added: Looking at the 1851 census Jane Anderson is the workhouse nurse so that accounts for her presence at John's death.
Re the death I posted earlier for Catherine. There is a birth of a Catherine Mcguire in the previous quarter so it could be they had a daughter Catherine who died.


Mark Report 22 Dec 2013 11:52

Thank you for the help!......I wonder if I buy the birth certificate of john rowley the son that was born in grindale....would it help with a birth place of the parents?


Astra Report 22 Dec 2013 13:28

Unfortunately not. Parents birthplaces weren't given only their current address, father's occupation and mother's maiden name.
Do you know if his birth was registered?
Yes it was. Grindale is in the Bridlington Registration district.

Births Sep 1847 (>99%)
Rowley John Bridlington 23 19

It will be useful if only to confirm Catherine's maiden name and you will have their address to add to your tree. £9 well spent in my opinion.

Which of their children is your direct ancestor?