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    My Great Grand Uncle, George Sparkes, was billeted in Mulingar in 1880s with the 5th Regiment of Foot (later to become the Northumberland Fusiliers). He met his Wife in Mulingar and presumably left the army. The 1911 census shows him living in Castleknock and working as a night porter. The census returns show:-

    Household Return Form A (Page 2) shows
    County:- Dublin
    Poor Law Union :- North Dublin
    District :- Castleknock
    Barony :- Castleknock
    Townland :- Castleknock
    No on Form B. :- 38

    House & Building Return shows
    Name of Landowner :- Lord Iveagh

    My questions are

    1.The lack of a street/road seems to indicate a small settlement built by the Landowner Lord Iveagh. Can anyone please explain his estate holdings and houses?

    2. Has anyone a map showing the position of the row of houses.

    3. How can I access their death records?

    This and any other information which assists me in tracing his family would be appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by topo60 View Post
    The 1911 census shows him living in Castleknock and working as a night porter. The
    Is this the family in the 1911 Ireland Census?

    Residents of a house 38 in Castleknock (Castleknock, Dublin)
    Sparkes, George Percy, 53 Head, Church of Ireland, Meddirex London, Night Porter, married 27 years
    Sparkes Fanny, 48, Wife, Church of Ireland, Co Westmeath, married 27 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by topo60 View Post
    My Great Grand Uncle, George Sparkes, was billeted in Mulingar in 1880s with the 5th Regiment of Foot (later to become the Northumberland Fusiliers). He met his Wife in Mulingar and presumably left the army.
    His army service records could be useful. Do you have them? There are records for a George SPARKES, born abt 1852 at St Johns, London. Attested to the 5th Foot in 1871. WO97 / 3922 / 164

    You can download his records from the pay/subscription site findmypast.

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    If George and his wife died in Ireland, then the Familysearch Beta site has Ireland, Civil registration indexes 1845-1958 which you can search.
    https://www.familysearch.org/
    scroll down about an inch and a half so you can see 'browse by location', click Europe.
    Then scroll down to Ireland, click civil registration indexes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topo60 View Post
    3. How can I access their death records?
    There is this death record...

    name: George Percy Sparks
    registration district: Dublin South
    event type: DEATHS
    registration quarter and year: Oct - Dec 1918
    estimated birth year: 1856
    age (at death): 62
    volume number: 2
    record title: Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
    (from family search)

    One option would be for you to order a copy of the cert from GRO Roscommon. www. groireland.ie/
    If you want, you can ask for a research copy which is cheaper than the full formal certificate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topo60 View Post
    Has anyone a map showing the position of the row of houses.
    You could try the Historic Map Archive on the Ordnance Survey Ireland site. Go to http:// maps.osi.ie/publicviewer and click on Search in the right-hand menu to search by placename. Once you've found the right place on a modern map, you can switch to various old maps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olliecat View Post
    There is this death record...

    name: George Percy Sparks
    registration district: Dublin South
    event type: DEATHS
    registration quarter and year: Oct - Dec 1918
    estimated birth year: 1856
    age (at death): 62
    volume number: 2
    record title: Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
    (from family search)

    One option would be for you to order a copy of the cert from GRO Roscommon. www. groireland.ie/
    If you want, you can ask for a research copy which is cheaper than the full formal certificate.
    Thanks for this info, I'll look into getting the certificates. Yes you have the correct George Sparkes in the 1911 census, now I just need to understand more about housing in Castleknock.

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    I don't know how the enumerators worked in Ireland in 1911 - but the Sparkes were 38 on the schedule and at no 40 was the Mount Sackville Convent (which seems to be around still). Not at all sure if the two properties were geograhically close or not.

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    Looking again at the schedule, and to try and place no38, the large houses seem to be no 14, 28, 33, 40, 44, 47.

    No 47 may be a vicarage as has Rev Charles OH Mease.
    No 33 must be big - 70 rooms. In 1911 head Frances Edwards housekeeper. - but in 1911 Frances Edwards seemed to be housekeeper to Baron Edward Cecil Iveagh! (I think probably in the same property though the schedule no is completely different)

    aka Edward Cecil Guinness

    Looks like the Guinness house was called Farmleigh

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    So - possibly - George's house was on the Farmleigh estate somewhere between Farmleigh (SE arm of White's Rd) and the convent(Tower Rd) Unfortunately that part of White's Rd is off limit for Google maps streetview. That's assuming the enumerator visited them in some sort of sensible order which might not be the case!

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