Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Family of James Stone and Rose Connaughton

In the previous post we examined the family of Edward and Rose Grennan of Cloghatanny. Rose was the sister of Daniel Stone(s) who is my wife Theresa's great grandfather.

Rose and Daniel were two of the twelve children of Timothy Stones and Elizabeth Cahill of Lurgan in County Offaly. Another of these children was James Stones who married Rose Connaughton on 19th April 1866.

The couple married at Tubber Church. James Stones of Lurgan was aged 26 and Rose Connaughton aged 24 from Culleen – their fathers were Timothy Stones and James Connaughton and the witnesses were James Connaughton and James Stones.

The following children of James and Rose were baptised at Tubber Church:

4th April1868 Baptism of Timothy Stones, son of James Stones and Rose Connaghton, sponsors Patrick Connaghton and Mary Stones 

4th December 1870 Baptism of Mary Stones, daughter of James Stones and Rose Conaughton, sponsors Richard Stones and Elizabeth Conaughton

27th June 1876 Baptism of Anne Stones daughter of James Stones and Rose Connaghton, sponsors John Stones and Kate Connaghton

7th December 1878 Baptism of Edward Stone son of James Stone and Kate Connaghton, sponsors John Connaghton and Anne Connaghton

24th December 1881 Baptism of Rose Stones, daughter of James Stone and Rose Connaghton, sponsors Patrick Henson and Kate Stones

15th November 1884 Richard Stones, son of James Stones and Rose Connaghton, sponsors Daniel Stones and Rose Hinson

1901 Census

The family of James and Rose Stones are to be found in the 1901 census.



Residents of a house 8 in Lurgan (Gorteen, King's Co.)

Stone, James, 60, Male, Head of Family, R Catholic, born Kings County, Farmer, Read and write English, Married -

Stone, Rose, 55, Female, Wife, R Catholic, King's County, Farmer's Wife, Read and write, English Married -

Stone, James, 25, Male, Son, R Catholic, King's County, Farmer's Son, Read and write English, Not Married -

Stone, Annie, 23, Female, Daughter, R Catholic, King's County, Farmer's Daughter, Read and write English, Not Married -


Stone, Edward, 21, Male, Son, R Catholic, King's County, Farmers Son, Read and write English, Not Married -


Stone, Rose, 19, Female, Daughter, R Catholic, King's County, Farmer's Daughter, Read and write English, Not Married -


Stone, Richard, 16, Male, Son, R Catholic, Kings County, Farmer's Son, Read and write English, Not Married -

It is interesting to note here the presence of an older son named James, aged 25 who is not amongst the list of children baptised at Tubber, suggesting he may have been born and baptised away from the area. We have already noted that James senior's brother Daniel also had one older son, Edward (Theresa's grandfather) who was born away from Lurgan at Mulingar in county Westmeath. This suggests that both James and Daniel lived away from Lurgan and returned to live there permanently at a similar time, somewhere around 1885. Could this be a clue to the date of the death of their father Timothy Stones? 

1911 Census

The same family are still living at Lurgan in 1911, though James has died and Rose is now a widow.


Residents of a house 5 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Stone, Rose, 71, Female, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, born Kings Co, Farmer, Read and write - Widow - - - -

Stone, Edward, 31, Male, Son, Roman Catholic, born Kings Co, Farmer, Son, Read and write - Single - - - -

Stone, Rosie, 29, Female, Daughter, Roman Catholic, Kings Co, Farmer, Daughter, Read and write - Single - - - -

Stone, Richard, 27, Male, Son, Roman Catholic, Kings Co, Farmer, Son, Read and write - Single - - - -

Stone, James, 14, Male, Grand Son, Roman Catholic

What is interesting to note here is the presence of a grand son, James aged 14 who was born in Dublin. As all the other occupants are single, we may surmise that they are his aunts and uncles and not his parents who may perhaps have been living in Dublin or elsewhere in 1911.

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