Thomas 1 (Sheenagh's Great Uncle)

Given that two brothers of Thomas 1. served in the South Lancs Rgt.  Thomas 1 appears  on the absent voters list but there is no Regt or number given at the side of the address in 112 Liverpool Road. Sheenagh's mother said he was quite a quiet bloke, compared with his more volatile siblings.

1890 Thomas (John) Donoughue was born in St Helens, Lancashire, England to parents John Donoughue, Glass Blower, b Dublin, Ireland, abt. 1859, d. 1934 St Helens, Lancs and Catherine Simm (Sim or Simms) b. 1861 Whiston, Lancs, d. 1929 St Helens, Lancs. John Donoghue and Catherine Simms were married at Parr St Peters Church, Marriage: 29 Mar 1880 Parr, Lancashire.

His birth Cert shows he was born 22 April 1890, 11 Barton Street, St Helens.  Thomas, Boy, Father: John Donohoe, Mother: Kate Donohoe, formerly Simms. Occupation of father: Sheet Glass Blower. X The Mark of Kate Donohoe Mother: 11 Barton Street, St Helens.

He was born at 11 Barton Street, in Jan 1889 when Tom’s sister ‘Janey’ was born.

1891 Census at 47 Campell Street, St Helens, Age 11 months.

1901 Census Age 11 at 10 Heath Street, Thatto Heath, St Helens, the family recorded as 'Donohue'. 

1911 Census he is living at a lodging House at 24 Market Street, St Helens, Lancs, he is there with his father John. Thomas 1. states he is a Collier Hewer, b. St Helens, Nationality; Irish.  There is no record of him working in the glass trade.

At the time of the 1911 Census Thomas's mother was living with Sheenagh's grandparents John and Eleanor Donoughue at 62 Silkstone Street, St Helens. The Casement Donoughue had given next of kin, Mrs K O'Donoghue, 63, Silverstone Street, St Helens. There is no "Silverstone St", but "Silkstone Street" does exist

Sheenagh's grandparents lived at 63 Silkstone Street, in July 1908 when their daughter Eleanor was born.  They are at 62 Silkstone Street, at the time of the 1911 Census and also at the same address in Dec 1914 when Amy was born.

And the 1918 Absent voters list gives 10803 John Donoghue of South Lancs at 63 Silkstone St.

The absent voters list gives a candidate for George Donoghue (21271 in S Lancs & later 552931 in Labour Corps on his Medal Card) and he is shown at 25 Bewsey St

1919. Sheenagh's mother, who died 5 years ago, said that her Uncle Tom was in the army and met his future wife, Anne (Annie) Dunne while he was in Dublin during WW1.  She said she thought that they married in Dublin in 1918 before he was demobbed. There is a Marriage reference for a Thomas O'Donoughue marrying a Annie Dunne Jul-Sept Q  1919 Dublin South. 

1919 Sep 6. Married at The Roman Catholic Church of St Kevin's, Harrington Street, Dublin.

Thomas O'Donoghue, Age Full, Address: 112 Liverpool Rd, St Helen's, Occ: Soldier, Status: Single, Father's name: John O'Donohoe, Occ: Labourer.
Annie Dunne, Age Full, Address 1 Fennells Cottages, Status: Single, Father's name: Joseph Dunne, Occ: Labourer.

The 112 Liverpool Rd seems to tie Thomas to John and George who were also in S Lancs with all 3 men on the Absent voters list, and to this family as Sheenagh's mother lived there as a child. Some time between 1911 census and the publication of the Absent Voters List 1918 Thomas's parents had moved to 112 Liverpool Road, and remained there for a considerable time.

Absent voters list gives 10803 John Donoghue of South Lancs at 62 Silkstone St. and at Back 1, Blackrock Rd
The absent voters list a  George Donoghue (21271 in S Lancs & later 552931 in Labour Corps on his Medal Card) and he is shown at 25 Bewsey St. He was living with his married sister and is in 1911 census at this address as well

1.1911 Census Thomas's  Mother is living with my grandparents at 62 Silkstone Street.  My grandparents were still living there in 1914 when my Auntie Amy was born. By 1918 my garndparents address was 1 Back Blackbrook Road, St Helens.

1958 He died in St Helens. Thomas John Donoghue, buried 22/10/1958 aged 68 in St Helens Cemetery. This fits in with our man’s age. There is also an Annie Donoghue buried there, 29/12/1975 aged 78. Perhaps his wife?


Thomas 2 (cousin of Thomas 1)

Sheenagh was in touch with the grandson of Thomas 2. about 5 years ago and he never mentioned anything about it. 

He is the Thomas you have in the 1901 Census living with his married half sister Annie Arnsby.  His mother died in 1897 and shortly after his father was committed to the County Aslyum Rainhill, suffering from a breakdown.  His father William Donoughue was b. Dublin, Ireland in 1862, he died in the Aslyum in 1912.  In effect Thomas 2. and his younger brother were semi orphans.
Thomas Donoughue b Jan 1884 St Helens, d 1958 ( could be in Doncaster) son of William Donoughue, b. abt 1862, Dublin, Ireland, d. 1912, St Helens, and Mary Jane Thompson b 1857 St Helens, Lancs, d. 1897 St Helens, Lancs. ( 2 previous marriages 1. Thomas Hewitt. 2. Walter Davies, Walter is the father of Annie Arnsby).  At he time of the 1891 Census he was living at 3 Court, Duke Street, St Helens, Lancs, Age 7, recorded as 'Donoughoe'.  By the time of the 1901 Census his mother had died and his father was a patient in the County Asylum, he and his younger brother, Alfred, are living at 7 Crook Street, St Helens, with married half sister Annie Arnsby nee Davies and brother in law Harry. Thomas is Aged 12 and working as an Apprentice Bottle Maker. He married Lucy Worswick in 1909 and by the 1911 Census they were living at 171 Vincent Street, St Helens, he is 27, he is working as a Glass Bottle Hand, and signs is name 'Donoghue'.  From correspondence with his grandson I have an email that says Thomas was only 5ft 1 in tall.  I know the guy on the Irish Brigade list is down as being 5ft 9 in.  In 1921 he moved to Doncaster, Yorkshire, as Pilkington's Glass had opened a Factory there.