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Mary Margaret Dornan 1887 Liverpool
Posted by: v. suzanne sears (ID *****1949) Date: April 22, 2009 at 12:14:09
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Mary Margaret Dornan born May 24, 1887 probably Liverpool

sent to St. John New Brunswick via the SS Circassion departing Liverpool May 23, 1892: stopping in Londonderry
........ as either part of the Mrs. Lacy's Liverpool Catholic Children's Society group of 30
Father Rossall's group of 25 children from the Salford Emigration Society of Manchester

In 1891 census of England: there are only 61 people in total with the last name Dornan in the entire country.............

and a strong possibility that the origin is Irish driven to British cities as a result of the Irish famine.......

There are in total only 8 women of child bearing age in the Liverpool/Manchester region who could possibly be Mary's mother at that time........

There names and ages were:

Dornan: in 189

Alice: age 11: from Furness north of Manchester

Elizabeth: age 16: from West Derby: north of Liverpool

Alice: age 16: Chorley, Liverpool

Mary A: age 31: Chorley, Liverpool

Elizabeth: age 35: Furness/ Manchester region

Mary: age 40: St. George, Manchester (seemingly married to a Richard Dornan

Anna: age 45: Chorley, Liverpool

It seems like none of these Dornan women were married and had husbands living with them..........

it appears the Dornan's worked extensively in the inner city cotton factories of Liverpool..........and as dressmakers.......

Most of the children picked up and taken into care were not orphans: but simply poor and often roaming the streets while their parents worked.....some were given over after the death of a husband.......

No parental permission was required to send them to Canada......

but it was important to the authorities that Catholic kids in Liverpool be placed primarily with the Irish Catholic families of retain the faith.

If anyone knows of these women listed above or can at least rule them out as NOT a potential mother to Mary: it would be greatly appreciated..........

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