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James Mcgrevy/McGreavy Harrington and Liverpool
Posted by: Paul Christian (ID *****4380) Date: July 02, 2003 at 09:12:01
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Having started on this short lived branch of my family, I have prepared a short report, mostly for my own use, but I thought that it might be of use and interest to those researching the name, and perhaps our lines will cross. If so I would be fascinated to hear from you.
James McGrevy and his descendants

(Spelling in censuses of 1881, 1891 and 1901 as well as 1894 is mostly McGrevy, occasionally Mcgreavy). * all refer to sources iof data.

James McGrevy was born about 1835 in Millom, Cumberland This is given as Harrington, Cumbria in 1891 and 1901 census data.
James was a Ships’ Carpenter in 1881, a Shipwright in 1894 and a Shipwright in 1891 (aged 58) and 1901 (aged 67***).
James McGrevy married Mary (surname unknown) probably around 1860, as their first daughter was born in 1862. It is not known where they were married. Mary herself was born about 1831-1832 in London, Middlesex* (given as Poplar, London ***, a part of Middlesex when she was born) Mary is shown as aged 44, in 1881, aged 58 in 1891 and age 69 in 1901).

Addresses as follows
1860 No McGrevy or variants in Liverpool (Gore 1860)
1881 (3rd April )        59 Gelling Street, Toxteth Park,        James aged        age 46
1891 ( 5th April)        128 Park Road,               Jas        aged 58
1894 (4th May)        128 Park Road (on marriage certificate of Elizabeth)
1901 (31 March)       128 Park Road,               James        aged 67
Known children of this marriage were
Ellen McGrevy (b 1862*) (b 1862***)
Sarah McGrevy (b.1862*)
Elizabeth McGrevy (b. 1866*)
Susan McGrevy (b 1869*) (b. 1869***)
Mary McGrevy (b. 1871*) (b. 1871***)
Marriages of the children

Ellen married Robert Christian Farrington in Liverpool, West Derby (8b 631) in march quarter 1881, just before the census of that year. Ellen is not shown with her parents for the 1891 census and has not been traced yet. Ellen Farrington is with her parents at 128 Park Road for the 1901 census, aged 39, shown as Married (rather than Widowed or single). No more is know of this marriage.

Sarah Nothing is known of Sarah, she is with the family in 1891(aged 28) but not in the 1901 census

Elizabeth married Samuel Jabez Williams in Liverpool Registry Office on 4th May 1894. Susan McGrevy was one of the witnesses. Elizabeth is the only one of the five children known, so far, to have had children. These were Lilian Jane Williams (my Grandmother), Helen Williams (aka Auntie Nellie), John Williams (aka Uncle Jack), Robert J Williams, Mary Williams (aka Auntie Minnie).

Susan is thought not to have married she is with family 1881, in 1891 aged 24, in 1901 aged 32. My Dad remembers her living at Park Road in 1923, he thinks that she lived to late 1942 or early 1943. Susan and Elizabeth were staying at the home of Mary Williams (sister of Lilian Jane above) and died there apparently both on the same night.

Mary is thought not to have married and is with the family in 1901.

The only remaining record for these “known” McGrevys is Gore’s Trade Directory for Liverpool, 1911 which records “The Misses McGrevy” at 128 Park Road, under the category “Dressmakers”

New Brighton
There are some relatives in this area and my Father remembers visiting them. A search in the 1901 census reveals Elizabeth McGrevy then aged 80 (born abt. 1821) living in a cottage in the grounds of the Mariners Home in Liscard (close to New Brighton).

Significantly she was born in Harrington, Cumberland. With her is her son, John McGrevy, unmarried, aged 48 in 1901 (born abt. 1853), also born in Harrington. This John (John the younger) is a Clerk in an Ironworks. No one else is with them there.

In the 1881 census, there is an Elizabeth McGreavy, {note alternative spelling} then aged 60 (born abt.1821, Harriston = Harrington, Cumberland) with a son John aged 28 (born abt. 1853) in Workington, Cumberland (Harrington is part of South Workington). These have to be the same people. In 1881 they are at 43 Tiber Street, Toxteth Park and with them is Elizabeth’s husband (John’s father) John McGreavy, aged 58, a Merchantile Captain Seaman, born Donnakeagh, Ireland (born abt. 1823).

The relationship with the main line is unknown (if it exists at all). Elizabeth is too young to be James McGrevy’s mother. If James was born in 1834, then Elizabeth would have only been 14 when he was born. They cannot be brother and sister as Elizabeth acquired her surname through marriage. The only relationship that seems to work is if Captain John McGreavy had a brother, who in turn was James’s father. Thus James would be a cousin to John the younger. John was unmarried in 1901 at age 48 and thus this branch of the line may not be the one visited by my Dad. It is possible that Captain John and Elizabeth had other children however, a female would have lost her McGrevy name through marriage.

Hope that this is of use and that maybe someone somewhere has some of these in their lines

Paul Christian (great grandson of Elizabeth)

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