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A photograph of a crisp, newly erected headstone tells the story of a family in Waterford around the end of the 1800's and the early 1900's. Two women, a wife and a mother in law spending eternity together along with four lost babies makes for so much heartbreak for the Kelly family in Beresford Street.

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Circa 15th May 1909

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1921

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 05/Apr/2022 07:52:50

    15 May 1909 was a Saturday ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:15:46

    Beresford Street aka Parnell Street.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:16:37

    Possibly this (remarried) John Kelly in 1911.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:19:23

    Birth of Josephine Kelly, who would be the youngest from his first marriage, Address Rose Lane.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:20:03

    Here they are in 1901, Rose Lane.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:22:55

    Death of Mary Kelly in July 1900 at Rose Lane, from syncope.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:24:37

    From the record of the birth of Ita Kelly in 18 Parnell St. we learn his 2nd wife was née Margaret Cullen.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:27:06

    Marrriage Record of John and Margaret in June 1901 - his address still Rose Lane. Mary Kelly a witness.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:30:46

    1884 marriage of John and Mary. Mary was a widow? No, here they are in 1882: civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marri...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 08:35:27

    Could be death record of Mary Kelly the mother, although it says she was 60. Son John present, so...

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    Foxglove

    • 05/Apr/2022 09:34:17

    oh never escaping the classroom, "a family's" ...

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Apr/2022 09:49:13

    Waterford Standard - Saturday 3 August 1901 Waterford Standard - Saturday 03 August 1901

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Apr/2022 09:59:28

    Given the losses he had suffered, I found it somewhat poignant that the Board of Guardians awarded John Kelly a contract for supplying certain items to the workhouse in Waterford, detailed in the Waterford Standard of Wednesday 16 March 1910 as follows: "John Kelly, Beresford Street - Adult coffins, 6s each; medium, 2s each; infant's 2s each."

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Apr/2022 10:23:36

    I assume that the coffins supplied to the workhouse weren't of the standard advertised in 1898, when he was still at Rose Lane:

    He has in stock the best American and Irish oak; also chestnut and elm. newest design in solid brass mounting, well finished in every respect.
    (Waterford Star - Saturday 17 December 1898)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 11:02:13

    Streetview of 18 Parnell/Beresford Street... per Ita's birth record. Seeing that the house had 9 windows to the front, and it is listed as #29 in 1911, same 9 window house is #22 in 1901, I think it must be this house: goo.gl/maps/Ya8jSZUBzZvFfPhy5

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 11:06:49

    In Rose Lane, they would have been neighbours of the Keatings and their pub: The Milford hotel, a bijou experience in the making

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 11:29:03

    In the archive, POOLEWP 1890 and POOLEWP 1890a, Judges Carriage commissioned by Mr. Kelly, Beresford Street, Waterford

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 11:39:39

    Here, in the 1901 census, is William Gaffney, Stone Cutter, who commissioned the picture and signed the monument.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Apr/2022 11:46:58

    No. 409 Erected by | JOHN KELLY | Beresford S Waterford | In loving memory of his wife | MARY ANNE KELLY | Who died July 25th 1900 | Aged 34 years | Also his mother | MARY KELLY died Sep 11th 1895 | Aged 57 years | And four of his children died young | Also his father WILLIAM KELLY | Who died 4 Dec 1911 aged 72 years | R.I.P. | The above JOHN KELLY | Died 30th Dec. 1940 aged 79 years www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/waterford/photos/tombston...

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Apr/2022 13:00:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I was just looking at the map and establishing that St Mary's (as ref'd by you) was the nearest RC graveyard. It's a bit of a treck from the city centre - An hour's walk according to google maps.

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    John Spooner

    • 05/Apr/2022 13:33:27

    Part of John Kelly's obituary in the Waterford Standard of Saturday 04 January 1941

    OBITUARY Mr. John Kelly It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. John Kelly, Adelphi Hotel, Waterford, which took place on Monday morning last. The late Mr. Kelly, who was over eighty years old, was prominent figure in Waterford, and some years ago built what is now known as the Majestic Hotel, in Tramore. Some five years ago he took over the Adelphi Hotel He spent some years America. His passing will be regretted by many friends in Waterford and elsewhere. Rev. Father O'Connor. Adm., Cathedral, accompanied the remains from the Adelphi Hotel on Monday evening to the Cathedral, where they were received by Rev. Father Sheehan, C.C. The chief mourners were: Mrs. M. Kelly (widow); Mr. W. Kelly, Catherine Street, and Mr. John Kelly, Baliinakill (sons); Mrs. Doig, Imperial Hotel: Mrs. O’Leary, Cork; Mrs. Hurley, Bellvue Terrace, Tramore; Mrs. Txainor, Passage Road; Mrs. Dooley, Adelphi Hotel; Miss Madeline Kelly, do.; Misses Josie, Cissie and Anne Kelly, Waterfoid (daughters): Mrs. W. Kelly and Mrs. Jack Kelly
    No mention of undertaking or coachbuilding, but other notices at this time mention W Kelly of Catherine St (his son) as an undertaker e.g. measures taken by Waterford undertakers as a result of the petrol shortage announced later in January 1941. So perhaps he took over running the family business. John's widow (or relict as the paper say) died aged 62 in September 1941 ( reported in Waterford Standard - Saturday 27 September 1941)

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/Apr/2022 16:03:24

    It seems to be a popular style: goo.gl/maps/xqaR7aAsKvP81B9U7

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Apr/2022 05:43:24

    And Four of his Children Died Young: John Kelly born 13/10/1883 , died 13/11/1883 Patrick Kelly born 27/10/1893 , died 27/02/1896 John Kelly born February 1897? , died 20/12/1897 Francis Kelly born 31/07/1898 , died 06/10/1898 Whooping cough at 1 month, bronchitis aged 2, bronchitis 10 months, debility from birth and diarrhoea 2 months.