52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2015) #2 Thomas Doyle

This week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is King.  I have therefore chosen an ancestor who possibly has a link to a King family.

My ancestor, Thomas Doyle, married Catherine Mills in 1844 in Egbaston, Warwickshire.  They were on the 1851 England census at Aston, Warwickshire.  Thomas was the head of the household, age 34, occupation schoolmaster (commercial), birthplace Ireland.   Catherine was born about 1823.  Also in the household was daughter Louisa, born about 1848 and son Allen born about 1849.
(1851 census of England, School, 6 Campchild, Aston, Warwickshire, folio 485, page 12, Thomas Doyle; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 28 Sep 2010); citing PRO HO 107/2060.)

The 1861 England Census shows Catherine and the children at 113 Brearley St, St George, Warwickshire.  Catherine was the head of the household, married, age 43, proprietor of hostel, birthplace Birmingham.  Also in the household was daughter Maria age 14, daughter Sarah age 10, son John G age 8, son William S age 7 and son Frank age 4.
(1861 census of England, 113 Brearley Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, folio 11, page 18, Catherine Doyle; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 23 Apr 2005); citing PRO RG 9/2157. )

So where was Thomas? Since he wasn’t listed in the census as being with Catherine, I needed to find a Thomas Doyle who was born in Ireland, who didn’t have a spouse listed.  There was one in Birmingham:

Thomas Doyle birth year 1815, birthplace Ireland, relation visitor, residence Birmingham, Warwickshire.

The original image showed that Thomas was in the household of Thomas King.  He was listed as a “relative”, married, age 46, occupation labourer, birthplace Ireland.
(1861 census of England, Book 25 House 3, Birmingham, Warwickshire, folio 90, page 35, Thomas Doyle; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 28 Sep 2008); citing PRO RG 9/2131. )

On the 1851 census he had been listed as a schoolmaster, and this Thomas was a labourer. Was this the same person?  Thomas and his family migrated to Australia the following year, in 1862, on the “Great Britain”, and he was listed as a labourer on the immigration record.  There were a couple of other Thomas Doyles on the 1861 Census who were born in Ireland and had no spouse, but none of these were a teacher, so this census entry does appear to be for our Thomas.

Now that I had a King family that appeared to be related to Thomas in some way, the next thing to do was to try and find more information about this family, in order to determine in what way they were related.

The 1861 England Census showed:

  • Thomas King head married 45 tube maker birthplace Ireland
  • Ann King wife married 44 birthplace Birmingham Warwickshire
  • Michal King son 13 (not sure of the occupation – looks like jeweller), birthplace Ireland

(as well as the details for Thomas as mentioned above).

The 1851 England Census had a family for Thomas and Ann King, in Birmingham, with a son Micheal age 3.

  • Thomas King head mar 35 metal tube roller birthplace Ireland
  • Ann King wife mar 37 birthplace Ireland
  • John King son 10 errand boy birthplace Warwickshire Birmingham
  • Mathew King son 7 scholar birthplace Birmingham
  • Mary King daughter 4 scholar birthplace Birmingham
  • Micheal King son 3 birthplace Birmingham

There was also a lodger, Thomas Nichols.
(1851 census of England, 10 Court 6 House Livery St, St Paul District, Birmingham, Warwickshire, folio 155, page 41, Thomas King; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Jan 2015); citing PRO HO 107/2056.)
I now had conflicting details as to where son Michael was born, Birmingham or Ireland, and also for his wife Ann.

Although the names John and Mary are too common to determine if these two children were born in Birmingham, the names Matthew and Michael are not as common.  Since it is easier to narrow down the search to Warwickshire using FreeBMD, I decided to check for all the King births in Warwickshire for the approximate years Mathew and Michael were born.

There was no Michael King born between Jan 1837 and Dec 1839, but there was a Male King born in September quarter 1848 in the Shipston on Stour district (vol 11 page 378). There was no Mathew King born between Jan 1843 and Dec 1845.  There is also no entry for a Thomas and Ann King in the same household in Birmingham at the time of the 1841 England Census.

It is therefore possible that the children were all born in Ireland, and that they arrived in England between the birth of Michael, and the 1851 census.

Since both Thomas Doyle, and this King family, were from Ireland, and records from Ireland for this period of time are limited, it appears that I am not able to determine the link between the two families.