Following Joseph’s death, Joseph’s wife Bridget became the head of household as seen in 1901 and 1911 census , She worked as a laundress and lived in Wickham Street and Dixon lane.
Bridget’s mother was also named Bridget (Nee Costelloe) and her father Michael was a Car Driver. She was living in Whites Lane at time of the Marriage. Both Joseph and his wife could read and write according to the 1911 census. Da and Bridget had 7 children together: Maureen, Christopher, Patrick ‘Paddy’, Joseph ‘Josie’, twins John ‘Jackie’ and Michael and Edward M. Harris between 1913 and 1928. Michael Harris died at 7 weeks.
In 1932, Bridget and Joseph were living in one of the tenement house on George’s Quay when it collapsed. There was such a shortage of houses at the time that the residents were housed in tents beside the river across from the houses old location. While on campaign in Limerick, Eamon De Valera saw the tents and organised for homes to be built in the Castle Barracks to house the residents. “Beyond, on the King&apos;s Island, hundreds of trim white houses were rising, some already occupied by former tenement dwellers from the crumbling Georgian quays.” – A visit to Limerick 1938 As a result, Bridget and Joseph were given a new house in the Castle Barracks with flush toilets and cookers which were great luxury compared to the tenements. Joseph and Bridget lived in this house 25 Castle Barracks until her death in 1951 and his death in 1969.
What cool about this is generations of tenemnts, in nice castle house now. Also born straight across from where his son was living. Also died in banks place nearby and also on map
Graves as sources, mount st Lawrence, died soon after prison, joseph death cert saysJoseph died on the 19th of April 1894 at the age of 44 of an Pneumonia in the Limerick workhouse
From census found birth cert on Irish Geneaology
Bernard not there, found him in Louth with fam and daughter, 1911 census
Father of mark is mark , 1901 census in louth, same area
Knew he was in army, found records on ancestry
Then he showed up in Charleville, Saw she was O’ Brien while father was Gleeson? Weird tbhcath g info and first marriage and daughter
Catherin Gleeson fam bam , found her birth cert, mention pic and convo with woman in America etc
Couldn’t find in 1911 census, thought maybe moved or cath was already married etc searched anc
My picture of Johanna
Can see why read as gluson
Marriage cert from previous marriage and death cert of husband 5 years before Gluson in 1911 found out from contact with that woman
Kate Harris - Limerick City Family History Research
My family history
Paternal Harris’ and
Beginning My research: harris’
The first thing we learned about ancestral research from Lorna (and from
almost every Clans and Surnames presentation that followed)
www.clansandsurnames.com was to begin with yourself and work
backwards. So I did what I was told and mapped out all the relatives I knew
as far back as I could go and listed all the information I knew about them.
From here, I decided I would first concentrate on the Harris family as my
uncle had already looked into it and I therefore had an idea of what I should
be looking for.
II was then able to cross reference anything I found with the research my
uncle had done years before.
I started with the website Irish Genealogy at
www.irishgenealogy.ie and tried to find Joseph ‘Da’
Harris my great grandfather’s birth cert which I found
straight relatively easily.
From this I was also given the name of Da’s parents and
the area, Charlotte’s Quay, where he lived.
Because Da was born in 1887, I knew he would also be
mentioned in the 1901 and 1911 censusesso I went to
Joseph ‘Da’ Harris (a few years
after he was born)
Joseph and bridget
After finding Joseph in the
census I decided to look for
his marriage cert.
In 1932, Bridget and Joseph
were living in one of the
tenement house on
George’s Quay when it
collapsed. There was such
a shortage of houses at the
time that the residents were
housed in tents beside the
river across from the
houses old location.
George’s Quay : Tents
by the River 1930s.
While on campaign in
Limerick, Eamon De Valera
saw the tents and organised
for homes to be built in the
Castle Barracks to house the
Joseph and william
Da’s father was also named Joseph and lived in
tenements through out the city.
He was born in Charlotte’s Quay to parenrs William
and Margaret Harris (nee Quinn) in around 1849
At the time of his death, Joseph was living nearby in
Bank Place. Joseph married Bridget McMAHON on
the 12th of January1878 in St. Michael’s Church. .
They had 5 children together and lived in Tenements
in Bank Place, Michael's Street and Dixon’s
Joseph’s father William was born in 1821 and also
lived in Limerick City. He married Margaret QUINN, in
1844 in St.Mary’s Church and they had nine children
together. William was a brush maker and owned a
business in Clare Street which is mentioned in
Slater’s Directory of Ireland in 1870.
Joseph was also a brush maker and had a business in
John’s Street mentioned in the Limerick City Directory
His father William was a brush
maker and worked in Clare
was also a brush
maker and had a
business in John
Street in Limerick.
-Limerick City Directory1879
Joseph and his
spent a month
in prison in
grave, mount st.
From the Harris’, I moved onto my Mother’s side of the family, the Clarkes.
I decided to start with my Great-grandfather John Clarke.
My mother told me he was born somewhere in the North of Ireland on the
29th of April 1900 so I began by checking the 1901 Census for 1 year old
boys named John Clarke.
I found John Clarke in Antrim and assumed it was the right John Clarke
because his family members had similar names to my granda’s siblings.
Research experience overall
Primarily in Limerick for 5
Research already began by other
More people to talk to
Local and more accessible
Moved around a lot
Had to start from scratch