Patrick Kavanagh and Annie Cooper

Patrick Kavanagh and Annie Cooper were my children’s great-great-grandparents. Mary Ann was their second-eldest daughter, she married Richard McManus in 1909 in Londonderry.

Patrick and Annie were married on 19th Feb 1887, he was 26 and she was 19 years old. Annie was born in Glasgow, but both her parents were from Derry and they came back home with the children probably sometime before 1881.

Marriage record for Patrick Kavanagh and Annie Cooper, 19th Feb 1887, Londonderry

Patrick and Annie had a large family of only daughters. According to 1911 census they had 8 children, 5 still living:

  • Catherine (1888-?)
  • Mary Ann (1890-1971)
  • Elizabeth “Lizzie” (1891-1920)
  • Agnes (1894-?)
  • Rosena (1896-?)
  • Ellen Columba (1898-1898) and
  • Sarah (1900-?bef 1901)
  • Unknown (? – ?)

There is one child which I haven’t been able to find any record of yet, he/she has to have been born and died either prior to 1901, or between 1901 and 1911 to have not been recorded in either census.

The family lived on Bridge street since they were married, however from the addresses recorded on their children’s birth certificates it can be seen they changed houses regularly. That seems to have been a very common thing those days and I’m not sure yet why – was it that only short term tennaments available, did landlords increase rents… But families would usually move either in a different house on the same street, or to a street nearby. The change houses number of times between 1888 and 1896, until they seem to have settled at 46 Bridge Street.

  • 48 Bridge Street (1888)
  • 56 Bridge Street (1890)
  • 27 Bridge Street (1891)
  • 49 Bridge Street (1894)
  • 46 Bridge Street (1896 and after)

They were living on Bridge Street when the 1901 and 1911 census were taken, and Patrick was listed as a Labourer.

1901 census, Bridge Street, Londonderry – Kavanagh family


1911 census, Bridge Street, Londonderry – Kavanagh family


And finally, one newspaper article which I have a very strong feeling is related to the family, especially since those names appear either as names of sponsors or future spouses. It will be interesting to follow up and see if there is any further information what was that disagreement on Bridge street about 😉1899_newspaper_cooper_kavanagh_faulkner_duffy_mcafferty


One thought on “Patrick Kavanagh and Annie Cooper

  1. Sounds juicy—I hope you find a follow-up. I have also found that my urban relatives moved very often, usually in the same neighborhood. Maybe there were no leases, and landlords threw them out for family members or increased rents so families had to move. I’ve wondered about it also.


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