This post is to help clarify and decipher the Courtenay family. Frederick and Mary Courtenay were our maternal great-great-great-great grandparents. Frederick was the son of the Shearman, Thomas Courtenay, who had been admitted to the Freedom of Dublin in 1789. He was a member of the Courtenay family of Ballyedmond, Cork.
Eleanor Courtenay, who is a direct descendant of Frederick Hall Courtenay's brother, Robert Courtenay, has recently shared with me a family tree which her family had had commissioned in 1917 before the destruction of the Four Courts and its invaluable records in 1922.
The Children of Frederick Courtenay and Mary Tuty:
1) Eliza Courtenay/Courtney born 4th January 1822, died 24th August 1888. She married a policeman, William Yorke, and had children in Dublin, most of them born at 27 Wellington St. . He, according to the Courtenay family tree, which had been commissioned in 1917, was the son of Roland (or Rowland) Yorke and Matilda Laughlin and descended from a common ancestor with the Earl of Hardwicke. Other researchers, however, have him as the son of a Simon Yorke of Co. Wicklow.
William Yorke, the husband of Eliza Courtenay, was a painter of 27 Wellington Street and had been admitted to the Freemen of Dublin on 8th March 1861 by virtue of his marriage to the daughter of Frederick Courtenay who had himself been admitted by birth in Midsummer 1839.
Both Eliza Courtenay and her husband, William Yorke, gave evidence to the 1869 Commission of Inquiry into electoral malpractice in the 1868 Dublin elections; they both gave plenty of personal information about their lives:
Mount Jerome Cemetery: 'In Loving Memory of Elizabeth Yorke, née Courtenay, wife of the late William Yorke, Born 4th January 1822, died 24th August 1888, Elizabeth Sarah Yorke, born April 17th 1853, died April 16th 1929...Also Elizabeth E. H. Warren, daughter of above, born September 8th 1879, died May 19th 1948...'
I don't know where William Yorke died, but his widow, ElizabethYorke, née Courtenay, died at 3 Avondale Road of heart disease; her nephew, William Courtenay, son of her brother Thomas Courtenay, was present and registered the death.
The children of Eliza Courtenay and William Yorke were all born at 27 Wellington Street, and were baptised in St. Mary's Church:
a) Henry Francis Yorke, born 11th January 1846.
In 1893 coachpainter Henry Yorke converted to Catholicism the day before his marriage. He was baptised in the Pro-Cathedral on 5th June 1893, and the following day he married Catherine Byrne, the daughter of John Byrne and Eliza Cochrane of Harolds Cross. Both bride and groom gave their address as 26 Hill Street. Henry's parents, Eliza Courtenay and William Yorke, were both dead by this time. The witnesses to the wedding were Bernard Byrne of Pimlico and Bridget Murphy of 10 Gordon's Place.
Catherine had previously been married to Isaac Rothery (1854 - 1892), the son of Isaac Rothery and Sarah Doyle of Churchtown. Catherine Byrne and Isaac Rothery had married in Rathmines Catholic Church on 4th June 1888. The witnesses had been Joseph Rothery and Elizabeth Smith. Isaac's parents were Isaac Rothery and Sarah Doyle.
On 12th February 1895, Isaac Rothery (1815 - 1895), horse dealer of Churchtown and father of Isaac Rothery Junior, died - this will was granted to Andrew Doyle of Churchtown, a pensioner of the Dublin Metropolitan Police. Isaac Rothery's eldest son was William Rothery who died in Rochdale, England, in November 1890. Margaret Rothery, daughter of Isaac Rothery and Sarah Doyle, married in Rathmines on 2nd november 1873, James Thomas O'Reilly, son of Laurence O'Reilly and Bridget Treston of Co. Mayo. Sarah, wife of the older Isaac Rothery, died on 14th January 1884 and was buried in Glencullen Churchyard.
The younger Isaac Rothery who had married Catherine Byrne in 1888 was a dairyman of Churchtown, Dublin, and he died on 3rd May 1892; his will was granted to Kate Yorke, named as the wife of Henry Yorke of 7 Hardwicke Place. Earlier, on 28th August 1880, Isaac Rothery, dairyman of Churchtown, and John Byrne of Woodside were both fined for assaulting each other. Later in 1885, the dairy yard in possession of Isaac, Joseph and Sarah Rothery, was named as one of the many dairies in the area who were currently afflicted with Foot and Mouth disease.
Henry Yorke, who had been born in Wellington Street, was convicted of receiving two stolen cans of varnish in 1879. He served 3 months. The prison records state that he was a coach painter and that his most recent residence had been at 69 Amiens Street,
A second son, John Joseph Yorke was born to Henry Yorke and Catherine Byrne on 25th May 1897; the sponsor was Hugh Byrne. Their address at the time of the baptism in the Pro-Cathedral was Home Rule Cottage, Nerney's Court off Temple Street. This child died of measles and bronchitis at 11 Nerney's Court on 31st October 1899.
A daughter - Mary Eliza Yorke - was born to Henry Yorke and Kate Byrne of 11 Nerneys Street on 9th April 1899, but she died of bronchitis on 9th March 1900.
Another unnamed son was born in the Rotunda Hospital on 31st August 1895 to Henry and Kate Yorke of 20 Temple Court.
By 1901, Henry and Catherine Yorke were living at 11 Nierney's Court.
Catherine Yorke died on 6th October 1909 at Kearney's Court, off Temple Street; the beneficiary of her will was her husband, cab-owner Henry Yorke.
By 1911, the widowed Henry - a horse dealer - was living at 11 St.Anthony's Place, Dublin, with a collection of children. There was his son, Henry F. Yorke, born in 1894 to Henry and Catherine, and two step-daughters - Elizabeth Rothery, born 27th July 1887 in Churchtown, and Catherine Rothery, born 27th March 1890. A younger girl, Margaret Rothery, who had been born to Isaac Rothery and Catherine Byrne in Churchtown on 4th November 1891, was named as a daughter, rather than a step-daughter. Margaret Rothery, the daughter of Isaac Rothery and Catherine Byrne, married Thomas McNamee on Christmas Day, 1912, in the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street. He was the son of Edward McNamee, and gave his address as 9 Henshaws Cottages, while Margaret named her father as Henry Rothery, thus combining both of her fathers as one individual. The witnesses were Catherine Rothery and John McNamee.
The Courtenay family tree, which had been commissioned in 1917, named Henry Yorke, son of William Yorke and Eliza Courtenay, as an artist working in Rome at the time of the commission in 1917.
Alice Halpin's parents, Thomas Halpin and Alice Doran had married in Rathmines Catholic Church on 13th May 1841 - this was witnessed by James Murphy and George Hawthorn. There were two daughters listed on Irish Genealogy - Mary Alice Halpin, baptised in St. Nicholas on 20th August 1871, sponsored by John Farrell and Anne Halpin, and Catherine Margaret Halpin, baptised in St. Nicholas in 1845 and sponsored by Joseph Halpin and Bridget Brien.
Catherine (Margaret) Halpin, daughter of Thomas Halpin and Alice Doran and sister of Alice Yorke, married John Francis Geraghty, son of Michael Geraghty and Mary Joyce, in Rathmines on 29th April 1878. He was living at 47 Victoria Street, South Circular Road, at the time. The witnesses were Joseph Halpin and Arabella Malone.
Catherine Halpin and John Francis Geraghty had a daughter, Mary Alicia Geraghty, at Victoria Street, on 10th May 1879. The child was sponsored by Arabella Malone and Joanne Smyth. John F. Geraghty and his wife, Kate (Halpin) Geraghty, were living at 5.2 St. Ignatius Road in 1901 - he had been born in Tuam, Co. Galway, in about 1848, and worked as an architect/surveyor. In January 1911 he was admitted to the Dublin workhouse, a married clerk of 20 Summerhill, and he died there on 1st March 1911.
The coachpainter Thomas Yorke, son of William Yorke and Eliza Courtenay, died aged 36 of TB on 13th December 1913 at 1 Murray's Cottages, Sarsfield Road, Kilmainham and was survived by his widow, Alice.
The widowed Alice Yorke, daughter of Thomas Halpin, married William McKeon, son of Charles McKeon and Mary McKeon of 34 Lower Kevin Street, on 20th September 1903 in the Pro-Cathedral. The witnesses were Thomas Dunne and her cousin, Mary Garaghty. A coachpainter, William McKeon died aged only 37 on 13th August 1911. His widow, Alice McKeon, née Halpin, died on 20th April 1913, at 50 Watling Street.
e) Elizabeth Sarah was born 17th April 1853 and died 16th April 1926. She was working, aged 16, in one of her father's small chandlers shops in 1869. She married Robert Warren, and a daughter, Elizabeth Emily Warren, was born to the couple in Dublin on September 8th 1879 at 69 Amiens Street - Elizabeth Yorke, the baby's maternal grandmother, was present at the birth.
Elizabeth Sarah Yorke (not now using the Warren name) died aged 76 of bronchitis on 6th April 1929 at 3 Avondale Avenue. Dorothy Courtenay was present.
Elizabeth Warren, daughter of Elizabeth Sarah Yorke and of Robert Warren, of 2 Avondale Road, North Circular Road, died aged 69 in James's Street Hospital on May 19th 1948.
f) Emily Yorke, born 3rd January 1856 to William Yorke and Eliza Courtenay. In 1869 she was working, aged 14, in one of her father's shops.
She married twice, her first husband being Alexander O'Farrell Doran. I've only sourced one O'Ferrell Doran family, and they lived at 16 Eccles Street; the 1862 street directory records the Thomas O'Ferrell Doran here, but also gives an address of Ninch, Co. Meath, immediately north of Dublin.
In 1832 Thomas O'Ferrell married Sarah Doran, and the two seem to have double-barrelled their family names following the marriage. I'm presuming that Alexander was their son although I've found no corroborating evidence for this. A daughter was Mary O'Ferrell Doran who married Jeremiah O'Brien on 8th December 1870. She was the executrix of her father's will when he died in 1886.
Alexander O'Ferrell Doran and Emily Courtenay of 37 Great Charles Street had a daughter, Florence Emily Alexandra Doran who was born on 16th March 1875, and who was baptised by her parents in St. George's on 12th May 1875. The baby's father, Alexander O'Farrell Doran, according to the Courtenay 1917 family tree, died almost immediately after the birth of his daughter in 1875.
Florence would later marry Erwin Arthur Stassen (1883 - 1954) the son of a late German maths professor Philip Stassen - the wedding took place in Dover in 1908, but Florence would die of cancer aged 62 on 7th June 1937 in St. Michael's, Drumcondra. They had had a son, Bodo Phillip Stassen, in 1908 in Hampshire - he was boarding, aged only 3 years, in 1911 with the family of William and Fanny Windsor in Bournemouth, and was noted on the census return as being German.
Erwin Arthur Stassen had arrived in Ireland on 17th April 1929 and had been naturalised in the 1940s.
William Courtenay and Emily Yorke had four children in Dublin -
On 25th June 1891, twin sons, John and Victor Courtenay, were born at 2 Avondale Road, John at 12.10am and Victor at 12.50am. Neither survived - John died after three minutes, and his brother, Victor, died five hours later.
Robert William Henry Courtenay was born on 27th May 1892 at 2 Avondale Road. (William's sister, Adelaide Courtenay, was living at 3 Avondale Road in 1900.) On 26th May 1918 in Donnybrook Catholic Church, boilermaker Robert Courtenay of 3 Avondale Road, North Circular Road, Dublin, married Margaret Erving of 5 Warwick Terrace, Appian Way, Ranelagh, the daughter of a farmer John Erving. Robert's father, William Courtenay, was noted as a timekeeper. The witnesses were George Yorke and Annie Agatha Gerity. Robert Courtenay of 3 Avondale Road died of an ulcer in Drumcondra Hospital on 28th January 1931.
On 23rd April 1894, at 45 Avondale Road, William Courtenay and Emily Yorke had Dorothy Mary Elizabeth Courtenay - she later married her widowed brother-in-law, Erwin Arthur Stassen, who had previously been married to Dorothy's late half-sister, Florence O'Ferrell Doran.
Dorothy Courtenay and the widowed Erwin Arthur Stassen married in All Saints Church on 16th September 1938, and this was witnessed by Nora Elizabeth Bell and John Bell. John Bell was the bride's uncle, having married William Courtenay's sister, Sarah, while Nora was the adopted daughter of John Bell and Sarah Courtenay.
Dorothy Stassen, aged 55, died at 2 Avondale Road on 16th August 1949, while her husband Erwin died aged 71 at 2 Avondale Road on 1st July 1954. His son, Bodo Stassen, was there.
On 24th November 1897, at 24 Hardwicke Street, William Courtenay and Emily York had Sylvia Eugenie Adelaide Courtenay.
William Courtenay and Emily Yorke fell on hard times at the turn of the century, and the Dublin Workhouse Admission registers show the Courtenays sadly spending time in the institution. The family was resident in the workhouse on and off throughout 1901, having previously lived in a variety of Dublin addresses, 21 Meath Street, 4 Maunsell Place, 25 Mountjoy Street and 24 Hardwicke Street. Emily's brother, George Yorke, a married house painter, also entered the workhouse in this era, having also lived at Mountjoy Street and 4 Maunsell Road, but he left on 21st March 1903.
Earlier, on 17th March 1900, William Courtenay joined the Royal Reserve Regiment for one year. A married clerk, his address at the time was Beggar's Bush, and he was aged 40 years and 7 months. His records state that he had previously served with the 1st East Lancashire Regiment but no date was given for this. When his year's service was complete, on 16th March 1901, he stated that his wife, Emily, was living at 25 Hardwicke Street.
William Courtenay and his wife, Emily Yorke, were living at 12 Broadstone Avenue, Dublin, in 1911; William was an asylum attendant. Also in the house was his younger brother, the widowed Thomas Courtenay, a musician. Thomas was present with his 18 year old son, Thomas, who had been born in India.
Emily Courtenay, née Yorke, died at 2 Avondale Road, North Circular Rd., Dublin, on 10th November 1933. The death registration names her as the wife of a soldier. William Courtenay, a widowed clerk of 2 Avondale Road, died aged 76 on 26th March 1936; his son-in-law, Arthur Stassen, was the informant when he died.
g) William Yorke was born to William Yorke and Emily Courtenay on 17th April 1858.
h) George Albert Charles Yorke, born 16th April 1861. His father, William Yorke was now noted as a carriage painter, rather than a policeman.
George Yorke, coachpainter of 3 Avondale Road, South Circular Road, married Elizabeth Hoey of 44 James Street on 19th January 1891 in the Registry Office; she was the daughter of the late Thomas Hoey, deceased. George Yorke's father, William Yorke, had also died by the time of the wedding in 1891. The witnesses were William Courtenay and E. Courtenay.
A son, Henry Yorke, was born to George Yorke and Elizabeth Hoey of 22 Lower Dorset Street on 9th December 1891. He only survived six hours.
George Yorke and Elizabeth Hoey had a son, Thomas Frederick Yorke, on 8th September 1896. In 1901, Elizabeth and her 4-yr-old son, Thomas Frederick, were still living there, but George Yorke was absent. The Dublin Workhouse Admission Registers show George as a resident in the workhouse at this time - he was noted as a married house painter who had lived at Mountjoy Street and 4 Maunsell Road. He left the workhouse on 21st March 1903. His sister, Emily Courtenay, and her husband and family, also spent time in the workhouse, and their admission records showed that they had lived from time to time with George Yorke at 24 Hardwicke Street.
By 1911 George Yorke, an unemployed painter, had returned - he and Elizabeth were living at 25 Wellington Street, one or two doors down from the Yorke/Courtenay home at 27 Wellington Street.
Eliza Yorke of 25 Upper Wellington Street died of bronchitis on 25th November 1913 at 4 North Brunswick Street; a Philip Driscoll, inmate of 4 North Brunswick Street, was present. Eliza's husband, George Yorke, a widowed painter of 58 Wellington Street, died of endocarditis on 22nd November 1920. His nephew, Robert Courtenay, the son of William Courtenay and Emily Yorke, of 18 Berkeley Place, was present when he died.
i) Jane Yorke, born at 27 Wellington Street on 17th October 1864 - her father, William, was working now as a house painter. Jane's maternal grandmother, Mary Courtenay, was living with the Yorke family and assisted at her birth. Jane Yorke only survived a year, and her death was registered in North Dublin in 1865.
Jane Yorke's birth was officially registered on the same day as her first cousin's - William Percival Moore was born at 53 Wellington Street on 26th September 1864 to carpenter Herbert Gilman Moore and Mary Courtenay.
2) Thomas Courtney who was born, according to the LDS site, on 26th March 1824. This was most likely the man admitted to the Freemen of Dublin by birth, being the grandson of Thomas Courtney, shearman. His full name was Thomas Frederick Courtney.
4) William Courtenay, baptised 20th March 1829, born at 157 Gt.Britain St. The 1917 commissioned family tree noted that William Courtenay was a member of the 60th Rifles. British Army records note that a William Courtenay (service number 1910) of the 60th Royal Rifle Corps died of cholera in Delhi on 12th September 1857.
5) Mary Courtenay, baptised 12th May 1830, lived at 47 Moore Street. She married Herbert Gilman Moore, son of Emanuel Moore of Rosscarbery, Cork, in St. Mary's Black Church, on 12th October 1851, the same day that her sister, Adelaide Anne, married George Hall.
Mary also gave evidence to the 1869 Commission.
6) Adelaide Anne Courtenay, baptised 10th August 1831, born at 47 Moore Street. Adelaide Anne Courtenay married a commercial clerk, George Hall the son of Andrew Hall on 12th October 1851. John Pennefather and Henry Reynolds witnessed the marriage in the Black Church. Adelaide Anne's sister, Mary Courtenay, married Herbert Gilman Moore in the same church on the same day.
George Hall, a clerk of 6 Middle Mountjoy Street, was admitted to the Freemen of Dublin on 23rd December 1859 by virtue of his marriage to the daughter of Frederick Courtenay.
The Hall family: George Hall had been born to Andrew Hall in Bray, Co.Wicklow. The only record I can uncover for an Andrew Hall is the Wicklow-born Andrew Hall who enlisted in the Royal Irish Constabulary aged 19 in 1824. Andrew Hall of the R.I.C. was later stationed in Moynalty, Co. Meath with his wife, Mary, living in Westland Cottage, where the couple had a son, Andrew Hall Jr., on 8th July 1842. Mary, widow of the late Andrew Hall of Moynalty, Co. Meath, died aged 65 at 52 Bolton Street, Dublin, on 10th February 1870 - this from both the 'Freeman's Journal' and the 'Dundalk Democrat and People's Journal' of 12th February 1870.
Adelaide Anne Courtenay and George Hall, following their marriage in 1851, had children:
a)Emily Hall born 26th June 1852 at 31 Wellington Street.
b) Evelina Anne Hall (possibly known as Mary later) born 5th January 1857 at 6 Middle Mountjoy Street, the family's permanent address from this point.
c)Georgina Hall born 29th February1860. d)Adelaide Anne Hall, born 9th September 1862.
Matilda Hall born 7th July 1865.
e)Frederick William Hall born 24th September 1867 - a coal merchant, he was living at 50 Mountjoy Street when he died on 18th January 1897.
f)Albert Andrew Hall born 11th January 1872.
By the time of Frederick William Hall's birth, his father, George Hall, who had earlier been a commercial clerk, was listed as a railway clerk.
In 1866, George Hall of 6 Middle Mountjoy Street, and also Hubert/Herbert Moore of 53 Wellington Street, George Hall's brother-in-law, were among the signatories of a petition which urged Valentine B. Dillon of Upper Ormond Quay to put himself forward as a town councillor.
The 1869 commission into electoral malpractice in the inner city of Dublin named George Hall as a senior clerk in the audit office of the Midland Railway. He was a freeman of Dublin and a voluntary canvasser, a member of the Inns Quay Committee, a member of the Orange Society (Lodge 547), master of Lodge 547 in 1859, and a member of the Freemasons.
In March 1898, Mr. George Hall of 50 Mountjoy Street was nominated as a Loyalist candidate in the City Elections. He stood for the Finglas Ward, having been nominated by John Byrne of 13 Conyngham Road, and in April 1898, both George Hall and Edward Carolan withdrew from the race.
By the time of the 1901 census, George Hall was a coal merchant. Daughter Matilda Hall, of 6 Middle Mountjoy St., married William Egan Ussher of 21 Glengarriffe Parade, South Circular Road (father: Joseph Ussher) on 9th April 1890. The witnesses to the wedding were Emilie Lunny and Robert Mottershed - Robert Mottershed was married to Isabella Alexandra Jones, the daughter of Isabella Anne (Pennefather) Jones, who was the niece of Adelaide Anne Courtney.
In 1901, the widowed Matilda Hall Usher (spelt with either one 's' or two) was living at 50 Mountjoy St., with her widowed father, George Hall, coal merchant, and with two of her unmarried sisters, Georgina aged 38 and Emily aged 44. An aunt, Anne J. Brown, aged 83, was visiting. (Born Anne J. Hall?). Anne Jane Browne of 50 Mountjoy Street, widow, died on 3rd November 1904 with probate to Albert A. Hall, secretary of the Irish Times. She had been born circa 1813 in Dublin.
George Hall's son, Albert Andrew Hall, was living at 9 Sydney Avenue, Blackrock in 1901: he was an accountant, unmarried and living with two of his single sisters, the telegraphist, Adelaide, and Mary Hall.
Frederick William Hall, the coal merchant son of George and Adelaide Anne Hall, died at 50 Middle Mountjoy Street on 18th January 1897, and probate was granted to his father, George Hall of 50 Middle Mountjoy St.
By 1911, Matilda Usher was living at 16 Cabra Road, Glasnevin with Emily, Mary and Adelaide.
Her brother, Albert Andrew Hall, married Eveline Beatrice Forster in 1901, and had become the secretary of a limited company - the couple were living at 29 Corrig Avenue, Dunlaoghaire, then called Kingstown, in 1911. Eveline Beatrice Forster had been born on 15th July 1871 in Donnybrook, Dublin, to Ralph Moore Forster (1817 - 12th April 1877) and Emma Matilda Supple. Eveline's parents had married in St. Mary's on 9th September 1861 - their fathers were Thomas Forster and Frederick Austin Supple.
Albert Andrew Hall was a member of Masonic Lodge 125, Fidelity Lodge, which he joined on 25th March 1898.
Albert Andrew Hall, the son of George Hall and Adelaide Anne Courtenay, died on 28th July 1935; he had been living in Dunlaoghaire/Kingstown at 6 Clarinda Park East, but died in Hastings at the Alexandra Hotel. Probate of his will was granted to James Gilbert Millard, stockbroker, and to Albert Erneset Prentice, solicitor.
7) The marriage of a Sabina Jane Courtney took place in St.Anne's Church, Belfast on 16th October 1866. She had been born in about 1842 to Frederick Courtenay, veterinary surgeon. Her groom was an oil manufacturer, Joseph Robinson, born circa 1845 to John Robinson, a hatter. Both bride and groom were resident in Belfast at the time of the wedding, and their witnesses were Henry and Sarah Elizabeth McWilliams. Sabina Jane and Joseph Robinson moved later to Liverpool, where Joseph worked on the docks.
I found them on the 1881 census at 70 Bostock Street, Liverpool, where Joseph Robinson was working as a dock labourer. He states he had been born circa 1841 in Carlow; Sabina had been born circa 1844 in Dublin. After 1881 they were hard to find - there was a similar couple living at 18 Potter Street in 1911, both old-age pensioners. The head of the household, Joe Robinson, states that he's been born in Carlisle, Cumberland (?) while his wife, B. Robinson, ie, Bina, had been born in Dublin. This may not be them, but they reappear on the 1901 census in Everton, Liverpool - Joseph Robinson confirms he had been born in Carlisle and Sabina had been born in Dublin.