23 August 2010

Further Files on Mary Feiertag

The original post. The second post.

Post the third:

Back to Belfast, the street directory 1907: there is a F. Fiertag listed at the residence. Occupation? A jeweller. That was her father. Mother; unknown, but is listed as head of household in 1911. Presumably the father had died?

The younger Mary Feiertag was already in Clones in 1911. She had been married to James Kerr for four years and had one daughter, aged six months, called Mary.
In 1911, both she and James were 32. They had been married at 28. The postcard(s), if indeed from James, were sent when they were both 27.
All members of the household were Roman Catholic. Perhaps this is why they left Belfast in the first place?
James Kerr is listed as a pharmacist undergraduate. The family lived over their shop (chemist). It had walls made of either stone, brick or concrete. The roof was either slate, iron, or tiles. There were six rooms and three windows in the front of the house. They were the only family in the house, and occupied all six rooms (with three family members). The census was filled out on April 10 1911.
They lived in the barony of Dartree, the town land of Crossmoyle, on Fermanagh Street.

And sadly, that is probably nearly all there is on the Kerrs. The rest is not in the public domain. We know of one of their children, Mary. She was the eldest. That was the first pregnancy and the first birth. We don't know if there were later hardships, but we do know there were three other children, two boys and another girl, though not in what order. We know they were interesting people, we know a lot about them. More than I know about my own grandparents.
The rest is up to imagination. And I am inspired.


sukipoet said...

for some reason I find the post card saga fascinating and tres funny. Not laughing at but with.

Aoife.Troxel said...

I find it terribly interesting, and have already made up stories to fill in the blanks in the facts.
I was proud of my researching skills :)