Descendants of Michael O'Rourke, Sr.

 

Generation No. 1

1. MICHAEL1 O'ROURKE, SR. was born Abt. 1799 in Thomastown Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, and died Jan 11, 1881 in Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. He married MARY CRIMMONS 1825, daughter of PATRICK CRIMMONS and ANNE HAYES. She was born Abt. 1810 in Waterford, Ardmore Co., Ireland, and died Jun 19, 1872 in Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.

Notes for MICHAEL O'ROURKE, SR.:

Came from Ireland in 1821.

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.

died 1881

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 Ireland. They had 9 children; 6 boys & 3 girls."

"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:

aka Flaherty

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".

O'ROURKE, Ann

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.

Notes for LAWRENCE O'ROURKE:

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."

Notes for ELIZABETH CRAWLEY:

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

(probably Elizabeth's parents)

Marriage Notes for LAWRENCE O'ROURKE and ELIZABETH CRAWLEY:

Lawrence and Elizabeth settled at Pinset Falls on the Salmonier River.

2. v. TIMOTHY O'ROURKE, b. Bef. 1843, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.

vi. PATRICK MATTHEW O'ROURKE, b. Feb 16, 1844, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.

3. vii. MICHAEL O'ROURKE, JR., b. Sep 28, 1847, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Jul 04, 1924, Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.

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.

Returned to Newfoundland and was given the title of Monsignor.

He spent his last remaining years in an Addiction treatment centre in Newfoundland.

Dougald Robert Boyle Diary:

1885:

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."

Page 99.

Very Rev. Matthew Michael O'Rourke

Son of Michael O'Rourke

Born Holyrood, Newfoundland about 1855

Ordained, Quebec Dec. 07, 1884. Studied for the Diocese of Harbour Grace, Nfld.

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

Died in Montreal in his 76th year Dec. 12, 1927 +

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)

December 12 - Very Rev. Dean O'Rourke, at Montreal, 76 ...

Evening Telegram.....December 14, 1927 (Wednesday)

"Death of very Rev. Dean O'Rourke

Montreal, Dec 13, Very Rev. dean M. O'Rourke, 76, who was born in Holyrood, Newfoundland, & lived in Newfoundland until 10 years ago when he retired, died suddenly last night. During the latter part of his Newfoundland ministry, Dean O'Rourke had been at the Sacred Heart Cathederal, Curling, and since coming to Montreal had been attached to St. Willibrod's Church, Verdun. he was also the acting chaplain at Ville Marie Convent here." posted by Tom Hynes.

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

from Harbour Main) in 1852c to Michael O'Rourke and Mary Cummins. He

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 Prefecture of St. George's. In

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.

Jonathan Gaye

Diocesan Archives

Diocese of Grand Falls

"Rev. 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 Newfoundland with her priest uncle."

 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

Marriage: November 27, 1882, Sts Peter & Paul Parish, Harbour Main, Nfld

Marriage Fact: November 27, 1882, witness: Michael O'Rourke & Mary Morrissey

O'ROURKE, John

Daily News June 10, 1927 (Friday)

Death. At Holyrood, on June 8th, John O'Rourke, aged 72 years.

 

Notes for BRIDGET MARY MORRISSEY:

The Morrissey lore is that the Morrisseys lived on the southeast coast of Ireland..the Morrisseys left Ireland and settled in Brittany, France. My husband's great-grandfather John Morrissey was a sailor who jumped ship in Newfoundland. He married a Margaret Moore and they started their family abt 1836 and the first records that have survived church fires show up in marriage dates for their children at Harbour Main, Conception Bay.

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, Newfoundland, Canada. He married ALICE NUGENT.

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:

She lived in Bridgeport, Cape Breton Co., N.S., Canada.

Her uncle in later life was a Dean at a Seminary school for the training of Priests in Montrel. He died in Montreal.

Came to Isle Madame as a housekeeper for her uncle Fr. Matthew O'Rourke who was Parich Priest in 1885-86.

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 West Arichat diary:

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:

St. Hyacinth's Parish, D'Escousse, Richmond Co., NS, Canada, Church Marriage Records:

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

M5

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.

One reason for her marriage is that she did not want to move back to Newfoundland with her priest uncle.

St. Hyacinth's Parish, D'Escousse, Richmond Co., NS, Canada, Church Marriage Records:

DOYLE, EDWARD - O'ROURKE, MARY BRIDGET July 20, 1886

Veuf de feu Matilda Doyle

Daughter of Timothy O'Rourke and Alice Nugent parish of Holyrood Newfoundland

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 Sydney and purchased a Model T type Ford car, probably the first one in Poulamon. It wasn't completely closed in from the weather, had curtains over the windowa which you had to close. First kept it in the barn. But his insurance agent said that wasn't a good idea, and he was right as I believe the barn eventually burnt down. So he built a garage across the road with the help of his son Richard who was home visiting from US. Richard was a building contractor. So the car was kept in the garage. Mother says that they used to hold the doors for him when he took it in or out and onetime when he was puttting it in the garage he ran it through the back wall. He later bought a Pontiac.

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.

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Dougald R. Boyle, West Arichat, diary entry:

Sunday, Sept. 18; Ned Doyle and wife from D'Escousse here.

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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.

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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

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/DistrictSummary2.jsp?districtId=39

District Number: 39 RICHMOND CO., NOVA SCOTIA

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

11 39 112 Doyle Florence F Daughter S Oct 25 1893 7

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, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.

Notes for JOHN O'ROURKE, (NEVER MARRIED):

Possible name "Michael John".

iii. MATTHEW O'ROURKE, b. Apr 24, 1871, Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada; d. Aug 23, 1894, Halls Bay Railroad, Newfoundland, Canada.

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).

Baptism: April 24, 1871, Sts. Peter & Paul R.C. Parish records, Harbour Main, Nfld.

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.

The railway was built with pick, shovel and wheelbarrow; rock cuts were drilled and blasted by hand through almost impassable terrain. Newfoundland's rivers and valleys run from north to south, and the east-west railway crosses them all. Grades are steeper than in the Rockies, and the sharpest curves appear on the steepest grades. Near St. Andrew's, the Bullet goes uphill and down at the same time, and around three curves at once. There's a bridge on the average every four miles, but not a single tunnel from coast to coast.

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.

Newfoundlanders 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 Newfoundland.

He lived in Newfoundland and used to visit his sister Marguerite O'Rourke and trelatives in the Sydney area. He had a problem with alcohol.

 

iv. LAWRENCE O'ROURKE, b. Dec 05, 1872, Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada.

Notes for LAWRENCE O'ROURKE:

Baptism: December 5, 1872, Sts. Peter & Paul R.C. Parish records, Harbour Main, Nfld.

Baptismal Sponsors: December 5, 1872, Matthew Rourk & Mary Rourke

 

v. AGNES JOSEPH O'ROURKE, b. Sep 13, 1884, Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada.

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, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, and died Jul 04, 1924 in Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. He married MARIA KENNEDY Oct 13, 1872 in Sts Peter & Paul Parish, Harbour Main, Nfld, Canada, daughter of JOHN KENNEDY and MARTHA KENNEDY. She was born Abt. 1850 in Harbour Main, Nfld, Canada, and died May 17, 1918 in Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada.

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 Main, Nfld

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.

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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:

Evening Telegram, Newfoundland....May 31, 1918 (Friday)

"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 Church of Holy Cross where the funeral obsequies were performed by Rev. Fr. Finn, and thence to the Southside Cemetary where interment took place in the family plot. On Monday morning Solemn High Mass and office was sung for the repose of her soul. The celebrant was Rev. W.P. Finn, P.P.; Deacon, Rev. T. O'Neill, P.P., Conception; Sub-Deacon, Rev. R.M. Shean, P.P. Conception. The late lamented Mrs. O'Rourke was the mother of ten children - two sons and eight daughters, but five of her children predeceased her. Three are living in Springfield, Mass., one in Salmonier and one at home. Once Newfoundland's smartest scholar, the late gifted and gentle Gertrude, was her daughter, and Avondale's merchant prince, the late Edward Kennedy, her brother. Of a retiring but frank disposition, charitable and hospitable, Mrs. O'Rourke possessed the qualities of a good woman and a good Catholic, and her large funeral which was attended by numbers of her relatives from Hr. Main, Avondale and Holyrood attests to the respect in which she was held. To her bereaved husband and daughters, we offer our sincere sympathy, and our prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Maria O'Rourke. - Com."

 

Children of MICHAEL O'ROURKE and MARIA KENNEDY are:

i. GERTRUDE3 O'ROURKE.

ii. ANN O'ROURKE, b. Nov 18, 1885.

George Rose <grose@eastlink.ca>