E-mail: Shalem and Mike O'Rourke
Hugh O'ROURKE of County Leitrim, married Catherine DENAHEY, they had 10
* James - died young.
* Patrick - died 1986, three kids, one of them is Mollie Canton, last known
address 14 Orkney Rd. Brighton, Mass 02146.
* Mary (Fox), Lowell Mass, 2 kids.
* Margret, died in Ireland.
* Michael, stayed in Ireland, last known to be in the St Patrick Hospital,
Carrack on Shannon, C/o Cavan Ireland.
* Peter (our direct ancestor) -- see below.
* Hugh, sheepherder in Heppner, OR.
* Bernard, last known address box 521 Redlands, CA 92373.
* Catherine (Sherman), Lowell, Mass, 3 kids.
* Alice (Sullivan), died in 1964, 2 kids.
Peter O'Rourke b. March 16, 1889 in County Leitrim
d. Oct. 21, 1947 in La Grande, OR
Came from Ireland approx. 1903 by ship, possibly into Mass. Age 14.
Peter married Millie Rita KIRK, had 4 kids:
Peter O'Roukre Jr. b. Jan 3 1925, d. Feb 7, 1991.
Kathryn and Francis b. Apr 24, 1923.
Rosemary b. Jan 23, 1927.
Mildred Darlene b. Sept 13, 1931.
Peter O'ROURKE Jr. married Jo Ann UPTON Jan 14, 1949 in Boise ID. Had
three sons: Peter James, Patrick Ryan, Michael Brian. We're
trying to learn more about Hugh and Catherine and the family in Ireland.
E-mail: Diane Shortridge Reed
Hi, I am descended from Sarah (Sally) ROARK,(O'ROARK) b. 1768?,
I assume born in America. Her parents were Timothy O'ROARK (d.1811) and
Sarah and her brother James Roark, who had 2 sons - one named John, lived in Roark's Gap, Virginia. History has it that James
and son John Roark were killed by Shawnee Indians. Sarah married a Frenchman,
Emile MILLARD, I have Sarah's 2nd marriage was to John DESKINS in Virginia
or Kentucky. Their 1st child Daniel Deskins was born in 1788. This could
make Sarah born about 1760-70. I hope someone may find Sarah and James's
name in their history of the O'Roark genealogy as siblings as I am totally
stuck!!! Could anyone help me, please? Thank you, Diane Shortridge Reed
E-mail: Reginald L. Campbell
Great great grandson of Bernard Franklin ROERK, born in Ireland, originally
O'ROERK or O'ROARK. Birthdate unknown, birth place; unknown; immigrated to
US (?date) and married Susie JACKSON in Indiana. Served in the Union Army,
17th. Invidana Volunteer Regt. Do not have his birthplace, date of
birth, or when he came to the US. Seeking information of Irish connection.
E-mail: Laura Russell
Mary Ellen O'ROURKE (my grandmother) married a John William DOHEY. She
died in September 1920 (35) and John William died in December 1919 (42)
of turbucolosis. They had the following kids: Harold, Lillian,
Christable, Laura, Mable, Anne Mary (my mother). This is in
Newfoundland. All children separated out to different homes.
Any information, email me at [email protected]
E-mail: Father Richard MacDonough
My grandmother was Ann(a) M. O'ROURKE and I am including her
genealogical information. Her grandfather was Patrick O'Rourke (the
family dropped the O'), who was b. in Ireland (county unsure) c. 1820. He
died before 1864 and was a coal miner. There were coal mines in Ireland,
although he may have moved to Scotland. He married Mary BURNS and their
son was John, b. in IRL c. 1841. John was my great-grandfather and was a
bricklayer. He moved to Scotland (Glasgow area) and there married
Isabella WILSON in 1864. Their first son was Francis, b. that year.( He
eventually moved to the U.S. and married Theresa GARVERY, by whom they
had a least one daughter, Madeline E., b. in 1904 in Hazleton, PA.
Francis died in Elyria, OHIO, in 1925.) John and Isabella, who settled
down in Lanarkshire (east suburbs of Glasgow: Airdrie, Mossend,
Motherwell, etc.); they had a daughter, Mary, in 1865 (d. 1935,
Tessfield Vue, Motherwell, LKS); another daughter, Ann Marie (my
grandmother) in 1867 (d. 1924,
Bangor, ME); a son, Daniel, b. 1869. In 1871 Isabella died and John
remarried to Bridget Dinnan in 1872. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, c.
1878. I don't know when he died.
My grandmother, Ann-Marie Rourke married my grandfather Peter J.
MacDonough in Lanarkshire in 1887. They had 13 children, the first two
(Mary F. and Frank) in Scotland. Then in 1890 or 1891 they moved to
Bangor, ME, where they had their remained 11 children and where they both
died. Her last child was named Frederick O'Rourke MacDonough, so she
respect and affection for the O'Rourke name thereby, even though the name
had been "anglicised" by the family long since.
The family line thus runs: Patrick O'Rourke>John O'Rourke>Ann-Marie
O'Rourke>John MacDonough (my father)>myself.
E-mail: [email protected]
Hi, I am trying to find information on my great grandfather, John Michael
O'ROURKE. John Michael O'Rourke was in the Irish Republican Army and he
immigrated to the United States from Enis, County Claire. He married Mary
McDermott. I would appreciate any information you could provide. Thank you.
E-mail: Maureen Landress
I am looking for Loretta O'ROURKE. She lived in Iowa most of her
adult life. She died in 1976 (as far as I know) at University Hospitals
in Iowa City, IA. She married an Emil KINTZLE who died around 1936 and
then married his brother Frank KINTZLE. She lived for many years in
Dubuque IA. She had a number of children (they do not keep in touch and
my mother died four years ago). She had a son out-of-wedlock named John
Patrick O'ROURKE, and the following children by one of the two Kintzle
brothers: Marion (called Al), Marie, Mary Emily, LaVern and Carl. She
may have also had a daughter out-of-wedlock named Louise O'Rourke. I
have been unable to find any other informaton.
I am currently stationed in Germany on an Army post with my military
spouse, so have limited access to research data.
Maureen Landress - HHC 1/26 Inf. - Unit 25856 Box 702 - APO AE 09033
E-mail: Ann Wheeler
Looking for family of Catherine O'ROURKE, b. Ireland, married to William
Prendergast in Ireland. These two had at least one daughter, also
Catherine, b. 9/10/1836 in Ireland. She, at least, came to NY state and
was married to Thomas Reed, probably in Cambridge NY, and died in Cohoes,
NY on 7/06/1910.
Ann Wheeler - alternate e-mail: [email protected] [more reliable]
E-mail: Marcia Jones
Looking for info. on Mary O'ROURKE b. 1786, in Kildare, Co. Kildare,
Ireland. She married Michael BYRNES in 1802. They never left Ireland, as
far as I know. Children: Patrick Joseph b. 21 Oct. 1804; Eliza b. 2 Dec.
1805; Catherine b. 15 Jan. 1810; William b. 1832; and Edward 1834.
Wm. & Edward emigrated to Canada 1848/50. Need all Irish info. on this
Marcia Jones - Bangor, PA, USA
E-mail: Maureen O'Rourke Steiner
My name is Maureen O'Rourke Steiner and I am trying to help my father
research our family tree. We know that my great-great grandfather was
Thomas O'ROURKE who married Mary Poll DILLON. Their residence was
listed as Ballbeggen, six miles from the Tralee capital of county Kerry,
Ireland. My great grand father was Patrick O'ROURKE who married Bridget
LAWLER. How can I get some more information about them?
E-mail: John Ackerman
Edward O'ROURKE from Ireland to Canada (possibly Nova Scotia) to
Pennsylvania before 1907. Married Dorothy O'RADY of Ireland - only known
son - Cecil Arthur O'ROURKE, b. 2/19/1907, d. 9/1979. This is the only
information I have. Anybody know of siblings or parents either Edward or
Dorothy. Researcher: John Ackerman
E-mail: Marshall A. Franey
Michael O'ROURKE abt. 1825 pos. Ireland married Erica VON HAUSEN,
who was born in Germany abt. the same year. They had one daughter that
is known whose name was Maria O'Rourke, who was born in Newfoundland on
April 1, 1841 and died in Boston MA. on Jan. 9,1912. She was married to
Michael FRENEY who was born in Newfoundland abt. 1846 and died there abt.
1888. They had a son Thomas Joseph FRENEY, b. Dec. 20,1870, died
August 4, 1952 who was married to a Rosetta Anastasia KEEF of New York.
Thomas Joseph Freney emigrated to the U.S. from Newfoundland on Sept. 23,
1896 on board the USS Worcester. Thanks.\
Marshall A Franey - Barstow, CA. - franey @gte.net
E-mail: Marshall A. Franey
My great grandmother was Maria O'ROURKE, born April 1, 1841 in St.
Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. She died on Jan. 9, 1912 in Boston, MA.
Her husband was a Michael FRENEY, born abt. 1846 in Newfoundland and died
abt. 1888 in Newfoundland. Her father was a Michael O'ROURKE, unk. and
unk. location. His wife was believed to be Erica VON HAUSEN, who was born
in Germany. Would like to find more information on them. Thanks.
Marshall A. Franey - Barstow, CA. - e-mail [email protected]
E-mail: Blair Daly
I am trying to trace my origins in Ireland through my Great Grandfather
John Maurice O'ROURKE who emigrated to New Zealand in either the very late
1800's or early 1900's. He met and married Eliza Honoria WOODHOUSE from
Alexandria, New Zealand. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
E-mail: Jane Teresa Roark Roche
I am doing research on ROCHE's and ROARK's and have hit a dead end. The
information I have includes:
Mary Ruth Roark ROCHE (My mother)
G Samuel Paul ROARK - B1925 D1989
GG Joseph Bernard ROARK - B1876 D1949
GGG James ROARK - B1840 D1916 - Born in County Down came to US in 1858 or 61
GGGG Michael ROARK (this is all the information I have on him)
I need information if anyone has any information or thoughts please
help. Jane Teresa Roark Roche
E-mail: Donna Cebuliak
Hi. Looking for information on my great-great grandfather,
who was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1865 or 1866. His father was
Christopher O'ROURKE. David eventually came to Lancashire, England and
married my great-great grandmother, Elizabeth DUNSTON in 1907. Any
information would be greatly appreciated.
Donna Cebuliak - Whitehorse, YT Canada
E-mail: Michael McTiernan
My family's ancestorial grave in the Abbey of Creevelea, Drumahaire, Co
Leitrim is right next to an O'Rourke grave.. Catherine McTernan and Hugh
O'Rourke were buried in the same grave on May 21, 1721.
Might anyone have any info on any possible connection between this
McTernan and this O'Rourke?
My family's ancestorial grave is that of
Hugh McTernan (1708--1783). The McTernans were rulers of Tullyhunco, a
barony in Cavan that sits on the Lieitrim border...that McTernan family is
supposed to be descedent from Tiernan O'Rourke. Any ideas on where I might
find more info on that?
Thanks for any help - Michael McTiernan
E-mail: [email protected]
Looking for info on Laurence O'ROURKE and wife Mary DELAYNEY (DELANEY?).
They are my maternal great great grandparents. They had a son John J.
O'ROURKE of London, Ontario b 1854 who married Annie DILLON
also of London, Ontario on January 20, 1879. Annie was born 1857 in Prince
Albert Rea? John and Annie had six boys and two girls. Anna Louisa one of
their daughters born October 4, 1888 was my grandmother. She married
Vincent Edward DWYER born January 9, 1890 in London, Ontario. They were
married November 3, 1917 in London, Ontario. Vincent and Louisa had three
boys and one girl Muriel Honour Cecile Mary born November 6, 1922 died
April 21, 1991. Muriel was my Mother. Please contact me at [email protected]
so I may add branches to my family tree.
E-mail: Rita Hansen Lloyd
Michael O'ROURKE was born in Ireland 1850 and had a brother John, ten years younger
who was also born in Ireland. Don't know when they came over. Their mother
was Margaret Mc Cormack and father was also Michael. My grandmother (and
Michael's wife), Mary Frances Larkin O'Rourke, was born in NY 1855-60.
Don't know the year they were married but their first child was born 1888.
My grandfather worked as an engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge and died in
1915. At that time they were living in St. Augustine's Parish in Brooklyn.
Mary Frances lived until 1938 and I know she had cousins in Pittsburgh and
E-mail: Damian Gleeson
O'ROURKE Family - Parish of Clane, Co. Kildare
Michael O'ROURKE, b ca 1780, convict, 1814, pardoned in
Australia and Jane (nee LANGLEY) had five sons - Jane and sons migrated to
Sydney, Australia in 1828. Thomas O'ROURKE married Margaret CAROLAN
(Carlon) at Bankstown, Sydney in 1835.
Damian John Gleeson, BA, MCom (Hons) Economic History, Dip FHS
Concord, Sydney, NSW, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Anyone related to a Brother Thomas (O'ROURKE) who was with the brothers in New Orleans
and died there in the late 70's or so. He had a brother who was William
and was my grandfather. They were from the Brooklyn area.
E-mail: Charles R. Minors
Kathleen O' ROURKE, my great-grandmother immigrated to the U S in about 1832
from County Cork, Ireland. The family's port of entry was New York and they
settled near Gainesville, GA. The family name has evolved into ROARK, I am
told. She married a man named Lathem, and they were the parents of James
Sinclair Lathem, one of several brothers. who was my grandfather.
E-mail: Bob Orr
Interested in the surname O'ROURK, ROURK who lived in Guernesy Co., OH
early 1800's. Thanks!
E-mail: Jim Rook
I have yet another name that you can add to your list of surnames that
originated from O'Rourke. According to my great grandfather's diary,
his family underwent a name change. Our surname is ROOK, the
Americanized version of the name, I guess. I just thought you'd like to
know about this. We don't have a family tree web site, but this
information may be valuable to your own research.
E-mail: Emory Thomas
Hi, I am trying to find a Sarah ROARK I have no info on her, all I know is
she married SALMONS, Joseph b. 1749 in the State of Delaware. Any help
will be appreciated.
E-mail: Ronald Beatty
My great grandfather Peter ROURKE was born in Leitrim, Ireland circa
1840. He married Mary MONAGHAN, born circa 1842, in Leitrim, Ireland on
July 23, 1860. They had seven children. My grandmother Mary Rose ROURKE,
was born in Lechnaugh, Cloone, Leitrim in March 1867. She immigrated to
America sometime in the late 1880's and married my grandfather, James
Humphris BEATTY (born July 8, 1868 in Grangemellon, Athy, Kildare) in New
Haven, Connecticut, January 26, 1890. They had 4 children. My father
James Humphris BEATTY II was born in New Haven, November 16, 1896. He
married Rose Francis GARVEY in New Haven on September 15, 1924. I was born
Ronald Humphris Beatty, on February 10, 1932.
E-mail: Micheil Maire Kathleen O'Rourke
Top of the Mornin' to ya and a Blessed St. Patrick's Day!
My name is Micheil Maire Kathleen O'Rourke-Cole.
My O'Rourke Decendents (so far as I know...) are:
Thomas Richard O'ROURKE, born 1902 in Watkins Glen NY to Mary FERRAL and
Thomas Richard O'ROURKE I. Thomas Richard O'ROURKE is my grandfather and I
believe the only child of three that was US born. His sisters Kathleen and
Frances were born in Ireland(?). Thomas 2 married Lena Belle SMITH AUBLE of
Burdett NY. His sister Kathleen entered the convent of the Sister's of
Mercy when she was 16 and took the name Sister Mary Mercedes. Frances
married Tracy CLAUSEN and remained in Watkins.
Thomas and Lena had three children; my mother Thomasina, Thomas James
(T.J.) and Kathleen. I have hyphenated my married name and given it to my
youngest child as this family line is short. My other ancestors include
Gurnett and Sullivan all of Watkins Glen NY. I have searched the various
pages of the O'Rourke sites, albeit not extensively, and have not come
across this line. Thanks for the opportunity to share my ancestory... I
have told the legend for years of royal blood and impalings that I had
heard as a child....I shall share the legend's validity and pray the story
continues with my own children.
Up the Irish!
Micheil Maire Kathleen O'Rourke
E-mail: Marcia Jones
Looking for info. on Mary O'ROURKE b. c. 1784, in Kildare, Kildare Co.,
Ireland. She m. Michael O'BYRNE in 1802 in Kildare. Three known children;
Patrick Joseph b. 10-21- 1804, Eliza b. 12-2-1805, Catherine b.
1-15-1810, (possible children) William J. b. 1832 and Edward b. 1834.
Can anyone help with this family? Marcia Jones - Bangor, PA.
E-mail: Michael McTiernan
I am looking for any info on the relationship between the McTernans of
Tullyhunco, Co Cavan and the O'Rourkes..my family ancestorial burial
site is in the Abbey of Creevelea outside of Drumahaire, Co
Leitrim..right next to my families grave is the oldest gravestone in the
abbey for a Hugh O'Rourke and Catherine McTiernan buried there on May
21, 1721...any idea of how they might link?
My home page is at
It has a section on the O'Rourkes.
E-mail: Karen Neifing Adams
Hi, my name is Karen Neifing Adams. My grandmother was a GRANDY, from
Illinois, Kansas areas. Looking for more information on Anna GRANDY
married to Alfred James ROURKE. Anything anyone has would be
appreciated! Thanks, Karen
Patrick O'ROURKE b. 1845-8, m. before 1870, died nr Yountville, CA
on his son-in-law (Daniel Francis Murphy)'s ranch, buried 18 June 1918,
Colma. First record in SF 1871, last 1900.1910 in Yountville. Married to
Margaret M RYAN b. Mar 1846 Co Tipperary, Ireland; d. 8 Apr 1900, buried
Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, 8 July 1900. They lived at 816/26 Potrero St,
SF at the time. Children:
Elinore (Ellen, Nellie) b.19 Feb 1870 SF; m.14 Jun 1894 to Daniel
Francis Murphy, d. 3 Dec 1945 -- Margaret M (Maggie, Aunt Peg) Oct 1873;
d. 1943 -- Thomas A, b. Nov 1874; -- Agnes b. 1877; d. 4 Jan 1897 --
Catherine (Katie) b. Apr 1879; d. 5 Oct 1900 --
Elizabeth (Lizzie) b. Apr 1882; m. Charles H? Fitch; d. 1922 --
James F b. Jun 1884; d 1917 --
Nellie (Meany?)b. Aug 1877; m Jack McDermott. She signed Daniel Murphy's
Elinore and Daniel had two children Clare and George. Clare was my
E-mail: Suzanne Ruark Jackson
I am searching for RUARKs. My name is Suzanne Ruark Jackson.
My father was Jerry Royce RUARK b. 8/9/1942 in Sturgis, KY (Union Co.).
His father was Melvin Donald RUARK b. 9/17/1921 In Uniontown, KY (Union
His father was Rudy Swank RUARK b. 8/30/1892 in Uniontown, KY (Union
His Father was Ephrium Riley Ruark b. 11/20/1859 place unknown.
His father was Samuel W. RUARK b. 1830 in South Carolina.
I have been in contact with Judge Hugh Roark and he has given me a copy
of "The Roarks (O'Rourke) of Ireland by Morris L. Roark, I. According
to this book Roarks and Ruarks are the same family. When did the family
begin spelling their name differently? Could it be I am looking for
Ruarks when I should be looking for Roarks or O'Rourkes? I am new to
the net and still learning my way around. Any information would be a
E-mail: Deric S Mcclard
My 4th great-grandfather was William ROARK (b. 22 July 1807 in TN; d. 2
May 1882 in Macon Co, TN). He married Elizabeth MEADOR (b. 14 Apr 1801 in
Bedford Co, VA; d. 18 Aug 1855 in Macon Co, TN), the d/o Ira & Sarah BROWN
MEADOR. William is the s/o John ROARK (b. Abt 1788 in NC; d. After 1850
in TN) & Elizabeth LINVILLE (b. Abt 1780 in NC; d. After 1850 in TN).
They were married 25 Oct 1806 in Surry Co, NC. Can anyone help me to
determine John's ancestors? Someone has suggested that he is the son of
E-mail: Carlin O'Delaney Advincula
Can anyone please assist Carlin on finding O'Rourke Family History Books??
If you can, please share this information with the webmaster and I'll post
the information for everyone to see - Thanks! -- Dennis Walsh, Coordinator.
Sir, do you have any information on what books I might be able to
purchase on the glorious history of the O ROURKE family? If you do I
would very much appreciate it.
E-mail: Ann Wheeler
Have traced one branch of the family back to Catherine O'ROURKE, who
married William PRENDERGAST - Both born in Ireland - may have come to USA
after 1836 - they had at least one child - Catherine PRENDERGAST, b
9-10-1836 in Ireland. She married Thomas REED in Cambridge NY.
Any info would be grand!
Thanks, Ann Wheeler
alternate e-mail: [email protected] [more reliable]
E-mail: Tom Barnett
I am looking for a contact in County Leitrim in order to help me look
for information on Bridget O'ROURKE, born in 1861. She married
James Leo MURPHY, born 1861 Co. Cork, and sailed for New York in 1880 or
so, probably on their honeymoon. They had five sons in Ontario where they
later settled. I know that Ellis Island was not operational until 1892 and
I have not been able to pin down their port of entry yet. They settled in
Marmora, Ontario and I have been able to more or less trace them from there.
I have tried to call Sean O'S. at the Leitrim Historical Centre without
success. I am writing now. Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you
know of a reputable geneologist type I would be happy to pay for his/her
time as it will probably mean some research. I have looked at the Co.
Leitrim/Co. Roscommon homepage which has interesting tidbits of
information about landownership, etc but have not been able to get
Tom Barnett - 2186 Rosebery Avenue - West Vancouver, B.C.V7V2Z7 Canada
E-mail: Jerry Farley
This year's O'ROURKE Family Reunion will be hled on 19 July 1998
at Large Shelter House at Rising Park, LAncaster, Ohio. Eberybody is Welcome!
If you would like to be added to our mailing list, drop me a line.
Jerry Farley, 1920 Grove Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. - [email protected]
E-mail: Sherri Inman Clark
Looking for a Mary RUARK that would have married Luther INMAN in
early 1900s in SC or GA. Gave birth to William Riley INMAN (my grandfather) in 1919 in