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Garveys in the Armagh Poorhouse Register 1842-1848


This is a transcription of the Garvey entries from LDS microfilm FHL#259154 - The Indoor Relief Register of the Armagh Union Workhouse 1842-1848. This covers the worst period of The Famine. Each of the entries is a heart-wrenching story in itself.

Among the most poignant is the family of Christopher and Jane Garvey. They entered the poorhouse in May 1847. Over the next month the children died one by one - until there was only one left. Then a month later the mother died. The next day the father and the last remaining boy checked out...

Last First Age Register # Date Admitted Date Discharged Comments
Garvey Betsy 45 Vol. 1 - 293 Feb 1, 1842 Sep 5, 1842 From Middletown. No husband, no occupation. Roman Catholic
  John 8 294 Feb 1, 1842 Sep 5, 1842  
  Eliza 6 295 Feb 1, 1842 Sep 5, 1842  
Garvey Anne 12 903 Jun 13, 1842 Sep 5, 1842 Child of above
             
Garvey Margaret 1m 2782 Jul 9, 1844 Jul 16, 1844 From Charlemont. Admitted with mother, Sarah McMahin, 37, and brother, Michael McCaffrey. Arrived thinly clothed, dirty, hungry. Both offspring bastards. Mother: no occupation, Roman Catholic
             
Garvey Nancy 72 3101 Dec 1, 1844 Dec 16, 1844 From Charlemont, Ballencullen. Widow, infirm, no occupation. Arrived thinly clothed, hungry.
             
Garvey Betty 11 5317 Oct 21, 1846 Dec 9, 1846 From Grange, Grangemont
             
Garvey Christopher 50 Vol. 2 - 764 May 23, 1847 Aug 5, 1847 Laborer, Roman Catholic
  Jane 45 765 May 23, 1847   Died Aug 4, 1847
  Eliza 13 766 May 23, 1847   Died Jul 3, 1847
  John 12 767 May 23, 1847 Aug 5, 1847  
  William 4 768 May 23, 1847   Died Jun 24, 1847
  Henry 1 769 May 23, 1847   Died Jun 20, 1847
             
Garvey Hugh 12 3372 Jan 20, 1848   From Loughall. Deserted child, Roman Catholic. Arrived thinly clothed, destitute, and in fever. Died same day.



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