This post is about another puzzle we haven’t been able to solve yet, but putting it out here, somebody from Derry may know the answer!
It started with the newspaper death notice below. Mike Campbell was researching his Sharkey ansestors when he came across it, and he messaged me about it as he saw this blog, and that I had Kavanagh ancestors.
You can see Mike’s own blog and post about it here: https://mikecam123.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/323/
He was wondering if I knew what the connection was – Charles Kavanagh is listed as Catherine Sharkey’s nephew, and he is also my husband’s 3x-great uncle. Both Charles and his brother Patrick lived on Bridge street for a while (Charles is listed living on Foyle street by 1901 and Miller street in 1911, while Patrick stayed on Bridge street for many years).
The death certificate for Catherine Sharkey shows she is 56 years old and never been married. So Sharkey must be her father’s name.
And here is the problem – Patrick and Charles parents were Charles Kavanagh and Mary Ann Begley.
The Sharkey name does appear few other times too –
- Sara Ann Charkey is the godmother of Patrick Kavanagh in 1860,
- Francis Sharkey and Catherine Sharkey are the godparents of Charles Kavanagh in 1863 and
- Catherine Sharky is the godmother of John Kavanagh in 1864.
And finally, another member of the Sharkey family, Francis Sharkey, who died 1912 is buried in plot MC642 in Derry City Cemetery owned by Charles Kavanagh. This also suggests a close relationship between the Kavanagh and the Sharkey families.
However, we still don’t know how exactly do they relate!
(I’m also not 100% sure about the informant on Catherine’s death certificate – Bridget Fahan maybe? I can’t find anybody by that name around that time
Edited: There is a Bridget Graham living on Bridge street in 1901, maybe it’s her, not a relation so far.)