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In the 1871 census, where she is a widow, both she and her daughter are noted as dressmakers living at 84 New Street.
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He was shown as a carpenter when his son Leonard was baptised. They were living at 7 Southbrook Street, Sheperds Bush. Apparently, that was in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham. In the 1871 census, he was shown as born in Stanford Rivers, Essex. Interestingly enough, a George Byrant lived next door
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He was there in 1841 but not 1851. He may well have died in between.
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His birth is registerd on Page 594, entry no. 024085.
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I have put Thomas Barnes in as her husband because there was a marriage between a Mary Timms and a Thomas Barnes in Whichford on May 25, 1697. The date appears right.
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In January 2015, cousin Helen Dunn informed me that she beleived that she had found this Robert. Relying on that, I have filled the information re him. Here is the email:
Robert Kennedy - weaver - died 17 March 1899 - in Townland of Cloghreagh - parish of Killevy, Co Armagh - age 83 - Sarah his widow was present at death
Why I think it may be our Robert
Died age 83 in 1899 - born 1815/16 - he was first to marry so probably the eldest - his parents were married 1815
He was married before 1845 if full age he was born before 1825
Wife named Sarah
Robert’s daughter who died in 1869 was named Sarah
To-day the following townlands have postal address of Bessbrook where Nevin was married
Cloughreagh - Place of death on certificate
Derry More - Where Nevin’s sister Sarah died 1869 - The National Trust has a Thatched Cottage named Derrymore - Address Camlough Road Bessbrook
Village of Bessbrook
A model village built in the mid 1840s by a Quarter, named Richardson, who ran the local linen industry to house his workers in that area (many weavers) - it was named Bessbrook after his wife Elizabeth
I have checked the census & deaths for the widow, Sarah
1901census there is a Sarah Kennedy, widow age 75 living in Derry More - if age is correct she was 10 years younger than Robert
1911 census she is still living Derry More age 85 but the question re number of children is blank
The Kennedy family were Presbyterian - she is Church of Ireland
From 1899 to 1914 there was only one death of a Sarah Kennedy in the right age group & in the Bessbrook area, as follows
Sarah Kennedy- widow of a weaver - died 14th July 1914 - in Bessbrook - age 93 - death registered by grandson Joseph Downey
Sarah born 1820/21 appears to be widow of the Robert who died in 1899
Her grandson Joseph Downey, born 22nd May 1886, was the son of Susan Kennedy & William John Downey
Marriage of his parents
Susan Kennedy- age 17 - spinster- spinner - residing Argyle Street Bessbrook - daughter of Robert Kennedy, weaver - married William John Downey- age 22 - bachelor- mechanic - residing Charlmont Square Camlough - son of Andrew Downey, weaver - on 9th August 1875 in Riverside Reformed Presbyterian Church Newry - witnesses James & Jane Downey
Susan age 17 in 1875 - born 1857/8 - Robert’s daughter Mary was born1860 - so they could be siblings
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Helen Dunn says that her death was registered by her grandson Joseph Downey.
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There was at least one other male child besides John who in turn had children because in his letter of June 22, 1869, Wiiliam Kennedy talks about cousin Robert.
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I know of the existence of Edward because in his letter of June 22, 1869, William Kennedy says to give his regards to his uncle Edward's family. Perhaps he is the one who had the son Robert referred to in the earlier letter of 1858.