Descendants of Michael O'Rourke, Sr.
Generation No. 1
1. MICHAEL1 O'ROURKE, SR.
was born Abt. 1799 in Thomastown Co. Kilkenny,
Notes for MICHAEL O'ROURKE, SR.:
Holy Cross RC Cemetary, Southside Holyrood gravestone reads:
Erected by Michael O'Rourke
In memory of his father Michael
native of Thomastown Co., Kilkenny, Ir.
Veitch, Mary G. "Come Ashore to Holyrood" 1989: p.127 "The name (O'Rourke) goes back to the early 1800's when Michael O'Rourke and his wife Mary landed in Holyrood "
One source, and the above quote fits, has them marrying in 1925...so it is possible they came to Nfld. with their families and then married.
A note from Sheree, one of the Holyrood
genealogy interest group, says"He landed on the
south side of Holyrood Nfld., known as the Grove with
his wife Mary. She was a native of Ardmore Co. Waterford
"1881 Feb 05 - Gazette; Evening Telegram; Harbour Grace Standard
Michael Rourke, native of Thomas Town, Co. Kilkenny, died at Holyrood aged 82 on the 11th. He was here 61 years."
There was an old hotel ran by the O'Rourkes in Holyrood and an old O'Rourke house still stands in Holyrood today.
Notes for MARY CRIMMONS:
Gravestone: Holy Cross R.C. Cemetary Southside, Holyrood
Erected by Michael O'Rourke in memory of his beloved wife
Mary a native of Ardmore Co. Waterford Ir.
Died June 19, 1872 Aged 62 yrs
Children of MICHAEL O'ROURKE and MARY CRIMMONS are:
i. BRIDGET MARY2 O'ROURKE, m. JAMES JOY, CAPT..
Notes for JAMES JOY, CAPT.:
Parents of James were John & Bridged Joy.
ii. NORA O'ROURKE, m. UNKNOWN SCOTT.
Notes for NORA O'ROURKE:
Nora married a Mr. Scott and since he was not a Catholic she was disowned and not much info is known about her.
iii. PATRICK O'ROURKE, b. Abt. 1837, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Mar 13, 1888, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; m. ANASTASIA O'FLATERLY; b. Abt. 1840, Avondale, NL, Canada; d. Jul 13, 1890, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.
Notes for PATRICK O'ROURKE:
Obit notice May 14, 1888: Mercury, Harbour Grace Standard: " Patrick O'Rourke, brother of Rev. M. O'Rourke (West Coast) died at Holyrood on the11th, aged 51; he left a wife and 4 children."
Holy Cross R.C. Cemetary, Southside Holyrood - gravestone reads:
"Father & Mother"
Patrick O'Rourke d. March 13, 1888 age 50 yrs
Anastasia d. July 13, 1890 age 49 yrs
Notes for ANASTASIA O'FLATERLY:
Obit notice July 23, 1890: Harbour Grace Standard, Times: " Ann O'Rourke, relict of late P. O'Rourke, died on the 13th at Holyrood, aged 50; she left 4 children".
The Times & General Commercial Gazette July 23, 1890 (Wednesday)
Died, at Holyrood, on the 13th inst., Ann, relict of the late P. O'Rourke, aged 50 years.
iv. LAWRENCE O'ROURKE, b. Abt. 1842, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Sep 04, 1917, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; m. ELIZABETH CRAWLEY; b. Abt. 1841; d. Nov 04, 1925, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.
Evening Telegram....November 20, 1912 (Wednesday)
"Old Man's Fortitude. - Mr. Lawrence O'Rourke, of Holyrood, the well known hotel keeper, proceeded home to Holyrood Monday, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Hicks. A malignant growth on the lip was cut out by the surgeons at the Hospital. Despite the fact that Mr O'Rourke is over 70 years old, he declined being put under the influence of an anaesthetic and bore the pain bravely."
1921 census says born Oct 1843.
Holy Cross R.C. Cemetary, Southside Holyrood. Gravestone reads:
In loving memory of Elizabeth Crawley
wife of Lawrence O'Rourke died Nov. 4, 1925 age 84 yrs
their daughter Mary A. died Nov. 1, 1933 age 67 yrs
also located same cemetary:
Elizabeth O'Rourke in memory of
Ann Crawley & John Crawley
and Elizabeth settled at
v. TIMOTHY O'ROURKE, b. Bef. 1843, Holyrood,
vi. PATRICK MATTHEW O'ROURKE, b. Feb 16, 1844, Holyrood,
vii. MICHAEL O'ROURKE, JR., b. Sep
28, 1847, Holyrood,
viii. MATTHEW MICHAEL O'ROURKE, VERY REV. DEAN, b. Abt. 1851, Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Dec 12, 1927, Montreal, PQ, Canada.
Notes for MATTHEW MICHAEL O'ROURKE, VERY REV. DEAN:
Was parish priest at St. Hyacinth's, D'Escousse, NS, 1885 - 1886.
During that time he arranged the July 20, 1886 marriage of his niece and houskeeper, Mary Bridget O'Rourke to Edward 'Ned' Doyle.
He had a problem with alcohol.
spent his last remaining years in an Addiction treatment centre in
Dougald Robert Boyle Diary:
Sunday, May 14th; Fine. To Mass at Arichat to hear Fr. O'Rourke preach but got disappointed.
From the Book: "Antogonish Diocese, Priests and Bishops, by Rev. A. A. Johnston, Litt. D."
Very Rev. Matthew Michael O'Rourke
Son of Michael O'Rourke
On loan to Arichat Diocese nearly rwo years.
Pastor pf D'Escousse Jan. 1885 to Aug. 10, 1886
Returned to Diocese of Harbour Grace 1886
His Obituary card describes him as Very Reverend Dean
Became a priest - Rev. Matthew O'Rourke He was known as Dean O'Rourke due to the position of Dean that he had in the Church, according to his grandnephew John O'Rourke.
Obit mentions "ministry at the Sacred Heart Cathederal, Curling formerly Birchy Cove.
O'ROURKE, Rev. Dean
Daily News December 31, 1927 (Saturday)
12 - Very Rev. Dean O'Rourke, at
Evening Telegram.....December 14, 1927 (Wednesday)
"Death of very Rev. Dean O'Rourke
Matthew is most likely buried at Montreal but his name is mentioned on the gravestone of his brother John at the Holy Cross RC Cemetary, Southside, Holyrood: "In loving memory of John O'Rourke died June 8, 1927 aged 77yrs and wife Mary died Feb 16 1932 age 83yrs also Very Rev Dean O'Rourke died Montreal Dec 12, 1927."
This is Jonathan Gaye at the Diocesan Archives of the Diocese of Grand
Falls. The following is all I have on him:
Very Rev Dean Matthew O'Rourke was born in Harbour Main ( Holyrood was a
mission of Harbour Main until 1883, that's probaly why his listed as being
attended the 3rd Class at St. Bonaventure's College from 1865-1879. After
graduation, he proceeded to the Seminary, where he stayed to the next 8
years. He was ordained in 1878 for the
1879, he was appointed 2nd Parish Priest of St. Stephen's Parish in
Stephenville (the parish office # is (709)643-3592) and remained there for
roughly 20 years. His brother, Patrick O'Rourke, died in Holyrood on
August 31st, 1888. In 1892, he was assistant to Bishop Howley at St.
George's ( the parish office # is(709)647-3255) . He is believed to have
died on the West Coast in the 1920's.
Dean Matthew O'Rourke 1st served in Arichat, the
original seat for the Nova Scotia Bishop. Bishops seat has since been moved to Antigonish and NS now has 3 Diocese. He was parish priest
in D'Escousse for a short time, 1885 to 1886. Family lore says he, Mary Bridget O'Rourke and her brother Matthew
O'Rourke who used to visit her after she married Ned Doyle; had drinking
problems." email from George Rose Feb 2003. "Ned Doyle's first
marriage was an arranged by the parish priest and Mary Bridget's marriage to
Ned was arranged by her uncle, Matthew O'Rourke, who was the parish priest at
that time, at D'Ecousse. The reason given was that
she did not want to move back to
ix. JOHN O'ROURKE, b. Abt. 1850, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Jun 08, 1927, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; m. BRIDGET MARY MORRISSEY, Nov 27, 1882, Sts Peter & Paul Parish, Harbour Main, Nfld, Canadda; b. Jun 1850, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Feb 16, 1932, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.
Notes for JOHN O'ROURKE:
From Evelyn Morrisey:
In a phone conversation Jan 19, 2003 with John O'Rourke, the grandson of John O'Rourke, who moved to St. Lawrence, NL (709 873-2352) who gave his date of birth and said that John O'Rourke, married to Bridget Morrissey, had 7 sons & 2 daughters. He could only recall the names of 6 sons.
Holy Cross RC Cemetary, Southside, Holyrood reads:
In loving memory of John O'Rourke
died June 8, 1927 aged 77 yrs
and wife Mary died Feb 16, 1932 age 83 yrs
November 27, 1882, Sts Peter & Paul Parish, Harbour
Marriage Fact: November 27, 1882, witness: Michael O'Rourke & Mary Morrissey
Daily News June 10, 1927 (Friday)
Death. At Holyrood, on June 8th, John O'Rourke, aged 72 years.
Notes for BRIDGET MARY MORRISSEY:
Morrissey lore is that the Morrisseys lived on the
southeast coast of
Holy Cross R.C. Cemetary, Southside Holyrood gravestone reads:
In loving memory of John O'Rourke
died June 8, 1927 aged 77 yrs
and wife Mary died Feb. 16, 1932 age 83 yrs
Generation No. 2
2. TIMOTHY2 O'ROURKE (MICHAEL1)
was born Bef. 1843 in Holyrood, Conception Bay,
Children of TIMOTHY O'ROURKE and ALICE NUGENT are:
i. MARY BRIDGET3 O'ROURKE, b. Dec 28, 1865, Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Oct 1945, Poulamon, Richmond Co., NS, Canada; m. EDWARD C. 'NED' DOYLE, Jul 20, 1886, D'Escousse, Richmond Co., NS, Canada; b. Jun 20, 1851, Inhabitants Harbour, Richmond Co., NS, Canada; d. Nov 11, 1941, Poulamon, Richmond Co., NS, Canada.
Notes for MARY BRIDGET O'ROURKE:
uncle in later life was a Dean at a Seminary school for the training of Priests
in Montrel. He died in
Marriage to Edward Doyle arranged by parish preist, Very Rev. Dean Matthew Michael O'Rourke, her uncle. She was her uncles housekeeper.
Dougald Boyle of
Sunday, June 19, 1887; Fine. Capt. Landry and Mrs. Doyle (O'Rourke) down to see us in the evening.
Notes for EDWARD C. 'NED' DOYLE:
Hyacinth's Parish, D'Escousse, Richmond Co., NS,
DOYLE, EDWARD -- DOYLE MATILDA Feb 17, 1879
Son of Edward Doyle and Margaret Morgan Of River Inhabiatants
Daughter of Charles Doyle and Virginie Landry, 3rd cons.
Witness Thomas Doyle and Elizabeth Britt Fr. James Quinnan
Dispensation for marriage to first wife Matilda Doyle, 3rd degree for consanguinity, making them 2nd cousins.
Marriage to Matilda Doyle was an arranged marriage by parish priest.
Marriage to Margaret O'Rourke arranged by parish preist, Matthew O'Rourke, her uncle.
reason for her marriage is that she did not want to move back to
Hyacinth's Parish, D'Escousse, Richmond Co., NS,
DOYLE, EDWARD - O'ROURKE, MARY BRIDGET July 20, 1886
Veuf de feu Matilda Doyle
of Timothy O'Rourke and Alice Nugent parish of Holyrood
Witness Mattheew O'Rourke and Minnie Boudrot
M 10 Father Matthew O'Rourke
About the garage. He had previously built a breakwater on the other side of
the road from the house and filled it in. Probably to stop
corrosion from the brook and salt water. He went to
From The Record Files of 36 Years Ago"
Arichat. N.S. 1913
Edward Doyle the militant councillor of D'Escousse is suffering from a sore foot.
Dougald R. Boyle,
Sunday, Sept. 18; Ned Doyle and wife from D'Escousse here.
Edward Doyle was a business man, owned a store at east end of his home in Poulamon, a Sawmill in Whiteside. Was also a builder, rebuilt the Church in Arichat when it was changed from one spire to two, built the Petit-de-Grat church and probably the Glebe House in 1904, this Glebe house became the sisters Convent of the Filles de Jesus who occupied it until 1984 when they left the parish, it was torn down in 2000, first Mass in the church was Celebrated Jan. 01, 1905. He built the Glebe House in D'Escousse. Built the church and Glebe House in Tracadie, Antigonish Co.
In his workshop located in his home and barn he built Caskets and Wooden Graveyard Crosses for grave markers.
The Morrison home in D'Escousse, built by Ned Doyle. The Morrison home is still in D'Escousse in 2002, across from the wharf. Donald Cameron uses it as a summer rental home.
The church in PDG was built in 1904 by Edward Doyle who bid successfully for the contract. Cost of the work: $4,800. It was blessed in December 31 of the same year by R.F. (Reverend Father)
L. J. Gallant, assisted by Father Pierre Robitaille. Only the exterior was complete. The interior was finished in March, 1905.
- In 1914, Father Chouinard had the church enlarged to what it is today (1924) and gave the work to the businessman, E.C. Doyle for the sum of $6200.
- The first mass was celebrated by Father L.J. Gallant on January 1, 1905, the church having been blessed the day before.
- There was no resident pastor in PDG until June 1912 when Father L. J. Chouinard was appointed pastor.
1901 Canadian Census
11 33 112 Doyle Edward M Head M Jun 20 1851 49
11 34 112 Doyle Bridget F Wife M Dec 28 1865 49
11 35 112 Doyle Charles M Son S Oct 8 1881 19
11 36 112 Doyle Henriette F Daughter S Jan 21 1880 21
11 37 112 Doyle Annie F Daughter S Dec 3 1889 21
11 38 112 Doyle Mattheu M Son S Oct 20 1887 13
39 112 Doyle
11 40 112 Doyle Johanna F Daughter S Sep 9 1894 6
11 41 112 Doyle Josephine F Daughter S Oct 25 1895 5
11 42 112 Doyle Richard J. M Son S May 12 1898 2
11 43 112 Doyle Margret M. F Daughter S May 29 1899 1
11 44 112 Doyle Mary E. F Daughter S May 28 1900 -
11 45 112 Doyle Julia F Domestic S May 3 1811 89
ii. JOHN O'ROURKE, (NEVER MARRIED), b. Jan 01, 1869, Holyrood,
Notes for JOHN O'ROURKE, (NEVER MARRIED):
Possible name "Michael John".
iii. MATTHEW O'ROURKE, b. Apr 24, 1871,
Notes for MATTHEW O'ROURKE:
Baptism Record: Hr. Main RC Parish; April 24, 1871. Name is Rourke of Matthew and Timothy: GP were Michael Rourke & Magraget Lalor (?today's Lawlor).
April 24, 1871,
Baptismal Sponsors: April 24, 1871, Michael Rourke & Margaret Lalor
Death Record: Death Reel 29, Vital Stats, Nfld Archives:Matthew O'Rourke - drowning - Aug 23, 1894 at Halls Bay Railway - born at Holyrood.
railway was built with pick, shovel and wheelbarrow; rock cuts were drilled and
blasted by hand through almost impassable terrain.
In 1893 the railway was completed from Placentia Junction to Norris Arm and was known as the Halls Bay Railroad (Northern Division). In the fall of 1897, the railway was completed from Norris Arm to Grand Bay less than two miles from Port aux Basques and was known as the "Newfoundland Northern and Western Railway." In early June of 1898, the last rails were laid, and the final link was completed to Port aux Basques.
have told me that the Railroad was built as cost plus, which means the company
got paid for the length of rails they laid. So they didn't take the shortest
route but the easiest and longest route. Some payment was made in land so the
heirs of this company still own vast areas of land in
iv. LAWRENCE O'ROURKE, b. Dec 05, 1872,
December 5, 1872,
Baptismal Sponsors: December 5, 1872, Matthew Rourk & Mary Rourke
v. AGNES JOSEPH O'ROURKE, b. Sep 13, 1884,
Notes for AGNES JOSEPH O'ROURKE:
Baptism: September 13, 1884, Holy Cross Parish, Holyrood Baptism records
Baptismal Sponsors: September 13, 1884, G.P. Cornelius Kennedy & Bridget WalshBaptism: September 13, 1884, Holy Cross Parish, Holyrood Baptism records.
Baptismal Sponsors: September 13, 1884, G.P. Cornelius Kennedy & Bridget Walsh.
3. MICHAEL2 O'ROURKE, JR.
(MICHAEL1) was born Sep 28, 1847 in Holyrood,
Notes for MICHAEL O'ROURKE, JR.:
1921 Census has him living with daughter Bride & John Murray & their son Michael in Holyrood.
Marriage Notes for MICHAEL JR. and MARIA KENNEDY:
Veitch, Mary G. 1989. "Come Ashore to Holyrood" p.127 "Michael Jr., married Maria Kennedy."
More About MICHAEL JR. and MARIA KENNEDY:
Marriage: October 13, 1872,
Sts Peter & Paul Parish, Harbour
Holy Cross RC Cemetary, Southside Holyrood "family plot" gravestone reads:
In loving memory
Gertrude L. O'Rourke died May 2, 1912 age 21yrs
also mother - Maria Kennedy beloved wife of Michael O'Rourke
died May 17, 1918 age 68yrs
father - Michael O'Rourke b. at Holyrood Sept. 28, 1847
died July 4, 1924.
Evening Telegram August 15, 1910 (Monday)
Presentation to Father Battcock.
On Sunday morning last at Holyrood, immediately after last Mass, a committee of men of the parish, on behalf of the congregation, issued from the congregation and proceeded to the altar rail and presented Rev. Father Battcock with a complimentary address, read by Mr. Thomas R. Dwyer, and a purse of gold containing one hundred and fifty dollars. ... Signed on behalf of the congregation of Holyrood: - John Lewis, R.J. Kennedy, Richard Dwyer, J.P., Edward Loughlin, Philip O'Neil, Michael O'Rourke, James Carroll, James Duff, John Healy, John Quinlan, J.J. Hicks, Walter Kennedy, Garrett Besan. ..
Notes for MARIA KENNEDY:
"In Memoriam. Maria O'Rourke.
Holyrood mourns the loss of one of its most
estimable old ladies in the person of Mrs. Maria O'Rourke. The deceased lady
was born at Hr. Main 68 years ago, and was the daughter of the late Capt. John
& Martha Kennedy. During her six week's illness, she was attended by Dr.
Jones, who called to her aid all that practical experience and skillful
treatment could suggest, but despite all she succumbed to the attacks of a chronic
malady. Rev. Fr. Finn was in constant attendance of the sick woman and
administered to her spiritual strength and comfort. Her funeral took place on
last Monday from her late residence to the
Children of MICHAEL O'ROURKE and MARIA KENNEDY are:
i. GERTRUDE3 O'ROURKE.
ii. ANN O'ROURKE, b. Nov 18, 1885.
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