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Driscoll - Irish Dockworkers in London's East End

My DRISCOLLs are in Slaters Ct, Blue Anchor Yard, Whitechapel circa 1850-1860. I have yet to find them in the 1861 census despite birth records placing them in Blue Anchor Yard at the time. The same could be said of the 1871 census except that now that it is indexed I found them in nearby Wapping. There are many Driscoll in the area of Blue Anchor Yard and it appears that any given member of the family was likely to move in with relatives for short to indefinite stays. Perhaps one of the lady Driscolls there acted as a midwife and hence her address would appear on the birth records.

My great-grandmother Mary DRISCOLL descends from Peter son of Michael DRISCOLL. In the 1871 census they reside at 3 Brown Bear Alley, Wapping:

It appears that Peter had a brother named Richard DRISCOLL who married Ann REGAN April 10, 1853. On both Peter and Richard's marriage certificates their fathers are listed as Michael Driscoll, deceased, laborer. Richard's family appears in the 1871 census of England:

1 Slaters Court, Whitechapel
Richard Driscoll Head 40 Ships Laborer Ireland
Ann Driscoll Wife 36   Ireland
Michael Driscoll Son 16 Carman Whitechapel
Mary Driscoll Daugh 14 Scholar Whitechapel
John Driscoll Son 12 Scholar Whitechapel
James Driscoll Son 7 Scholar Whitechapel
Richard Driscoll Son 3 Scholar Whitechapel
Patrick Driscoll Son 6 mo   Whitechapel

One candidate for Richard Driscoll has been found in the baptism registers of Skibbereen; baptised 1830 November 7, the son of Michael Driscoll and Margt (illegible). The sponsors were Timothy Brien and Catherine Purcer. No suitable candidate for Peter was found in this same register though many entries were very feint and many more illegible.

One candidate for Peter Driscoll appears in the Cork City Gaol records, admitted 15-Sep-1847, age 16, he and a John Sullivan age 15 are accused of stealing potatoes. They appear again 14-Oct-1847 once again stealing potatoes.

APB: I am hoping to find my cousin Colin DRISCOLL, born 1945, West Ham


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