Sunday, 3 September 2017
What happened to our family from 1851? Generation Four: Ellen Donoghue & Mary Ann O'Donoghue & William Rochester
Thursday, 1 June 2017
Two: James Donoghue (b.c.1775) & Julia Boyle – ggggrandparents
Three: Thomas Donoghue (b.1806) & Ellen Connor - gggrandparents
Four: Julia Donoghue (b.1834) & John Carrington (b.1830)
James Donoghue (b.1836)
Catherine Donoghue (b.1839) & James Madden (b.1848?)
John Donoghue (b.1841)
Thomas O’Donoghue (b.1844) & Mary Sullivan (b.1845) ggrandparents
There were lots of Irish in this area south of the East India Dock Road in the 1850s to 1880s and many must have had to learn English as a starter. Both Uncles Bernie and Len heard a lot about Thomas, but were too young to have known him. I was told he was literate and used to correct the children's pronunciation and spellings. They both recalled some Irish being spoken in the home by the older folk.
The marriage certificate is shown below
- Mary was born 27 July 1866. She died 14 days later of convulsions. The informant at both birth and death was James Sullivan of 8 Croucher Place, Railway Street. I suspect that he was her uncle because her brother would only have been 15 at the time. But where was Thomas? Perhaps the birth came in a rush and he was at work. At all future birth and deaths Thomas was present.
I find this rather confusing. I conclude he was a boilermaker who spent most of his time riveting, but could presumably carry out the full range of skills if required
Created in 1857, this company was the largest shipbuilder on the Thames, its premises described by the Mechanics' Magazine in 1861 as ‘Leviathan Workshops’. This 1867 map
Crossrail archaeologists have recently uncovered evidence of this historic shipbuilding company that closed down a century ago.
Uncle Len told me that Thomas worked on the Devastation-Class ironclad turret ship HMS Thunderer, 9330 tons, built for the Royal Navy in the 1870s. She was refitted in 1881 at the Thames Ironworks and modernised in 1890-2. This ship was taken out of service in 1907 and sold for scrap in 1909.
She was replaced by another Thunderer, a 22,500 ton battleship that took part in WWI. She was the sixth ship of her name to serve in the Royal Navy and was laid down by the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company on 13 April 1910 and launched on 1 February 1911. She was commissioned on 15 June 1912 at Devonport. Thomas would have been 66 in 1910 so I don’t know if he would have worked on this one.
The company also built sections of Sir Alexander Binnie's Blackwall Tunnel in 1895. The tunnel was more than 1300 metres (4410 feet) long and passed under the Thames to Greenwich.
Only the lucky few would be selected, the rest would be sent home without payment. The employers wanted to have a large number of men available for work but they did not want to pay them when there was no work.
Marches took place from Poplar into the City and to Tower Hill. Finally the employers gave in and all of the dockers’ demands were met.
This picture is of the shipbuilding foremen at the Blackwall works. I wonder if Thomas is amongst them.
It is likely that Thomas retired when he was 70 as this was the pattern of the time, but it would have depended on the arrangements at Thames Ironworks.