Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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William Sigerson.
See entry in tree by Paddy Waldron.
He mar Nancy Nielson.
They had issue:

Dr. George Sigerson,
polymath, born 1836.
He was meant to be cousin of Daniel O'Connell and the Blennerhassetts.
He mar Hester Varian [novelist and poet].
He was a surgeon. Medical researcher. Darwin was interested in his biological research.
Also a writer and historian. A major figure in the Irish literary revival. Translator of Gaelic poetry.
He also wrote on politics. He wrote in the Freeman's Journal.
He was a friend of the Fenian Charles Joseph Kickham. As his doctor attended Kickham's deathbed in 1882. See [Comerford, 1979] and [Maher, 1942].
Hester died 1898.
Sigerson was co-founder of the Feis Ceoil competition 1903.
The Sigerson Cup (the Gaelic Football third-level competition) was founded by him in 1911.
He is listed in 1911 census in Dublin.
Free State Senator.
He died 1925, age 89 yrs. See his grave.
George and Hester had issue:

  1. Dora Sigerson,
    the poet, born 1866.
    She mar Clement Shorter.
    He was a journalist.
    She wrote as "Dora Sigerson Shorter".
    After the 1916 Rising, she designed a pietà style Memorial to the rebel dead, and left funds in her will for its erection.
    She died 1918, age 52 yrs. See her grave (and here).
    Her 1916 Memorial was finally erected in Glasnevin Cemetery post-1926, possibly 1929. It still survives. See photos.

  2. Hester Sigerson,
    Anna Hester, NOT Hestor,
    born 1871, Rathmines, Dublin [according to 1911 census].
    She must be the un-named dau of her parents who was born 13 June 1870, Rathmines [GROI].
    In her youth she knew her father's friend, the Fenian Charles Joseph Kickham (died 1882).
    She mar 1901 to Arthur Donn Piatt and had issue.

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