Anne Alexander married Daniel Eaton in the Church of Ireland, Kilrush on April 5th 1875. Searches over many years have failed to trace her family. According to the record of her marriage she had no occupation, was normally resident in Kilrush and her father was John Alexander. Bassett’s Directory for that year lists a John Alexander as a victualler in Moore Street, Kilrush. Griffiths Valuation 1855 lists Benjamin Alexander as being the occupier of property in Moore Street, Kilrush and a Mary Alender as being an occupier in Moore Street, Kilrush also.
There is no doubt that Anne went to live with her husband Daniel in Killeheen, near Rathkeale but the 1901 census return indicates (by means of two dots under the entry above) that Anne was born in Co. Limerick. This could mean that she and her father moved to Kilrush at a later date. Her age was recorded as 50 giving 1851 as year of birth.
How did they meet?
The distance from Rathkeale to Kilrush going through Limerick is about 80 miles and about 40 miles using the ferry. The question must be asked – how would a woman normally resident in Kilrush in 1875 meet a man normally resident in Rathkeale? A possible answer might be that both were employed by the Vandeleur family . It is known that the Vandeleurs owned estates in Kilrush and at Cragbeg in Kilkeedy Parish, Co. Limerick.. In 1876 Daniel gave his address as Cragbeg, Clarina but after that as Killeheen, Rathkeale. I am advised that Cragbeg, Clarina is the same as Cragbeg, Kilkeedy.
Clare OR Limerick?
The evidence held at the moment is very strongly in favour of Co. Clare as being the place where she grew up. Full details of the 1875 marriage are available. It took place in the Church of Ireland in Kilrush and the names of the Rector and of the witnesses are on file. A copy of the marriage certificate notes on the reverse that Godfrey Taylor married Mary Alexander daughter of Benjamin Alexander in 1842. The last of Anne’s children that I have traced was born in 1886. If she was old enough to marry in 1875 and young enough to have a child in 1886 she must have been born sometime between 1840 and 1860.
The closest Co. Limerick Alexander that I have found is Sub-Constable of Police James Alexander and his wife Elizabeth who while living in Ballingarry had three children confirmed in 1845. These were listed as John, Margaret and William. The Church of Ireland register lists John, Thomas and Elizabeth as children of James and Elizabeth so there may be some confusion here.
Clare AND Limerick?
It is possible that the John Alexander who was confirmed in 1845 is the same as the John Alxander baptised in 1828. He would have been aged 47 in 1875, and so he could in theory be the father of Anne Alexander. In other words, he was confirmed in Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, married around age 20 and, moved to Kilrush where his daughter grew up and she in turn married at age 24. This is based on her apparent birth year of 1851.