Humphrys genealogy

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The Griffin and Sullivan businesses in Millstreet.
From [Slater's Directory, 1894, Munster p.271].

John Griffin,
had issue:

Thomas Griffin,
Thomas J. Griffin, born 1858, Co.Cork.
He was a draper in Millstreet, Co.Cork. Listed as such at mar.
He mar 14 July 1888, Millstreet RC church, to Hannah Sullivan [or O'Sullivan, born 1861, Co.Cork, dau of Jeremiah Sullivan, shopkeeper].
See mar cert from here. She is "Sullivan", "shopkeeper", living Millstreet.
At son's birth 1899 he is listed as a draper, of West End, Millstreet, Co.Cork (W end of Main St, see map).
They are listed in 1911 census at Coomlogane St (old name for West End), Millstreet, Co.Cork. He is "general draper".
They had issue:

  1. Patrick Griffin,
    Patrick Joseph Griffin,
    of Millstreet, Co.Cork [NOT of London],
    born 23 May 1899, West End, Millstreet, Co.Cork [GROI], NOT 1898.
    He was an accountant. A.C.A. (Associate Chartered Accountant), later C.A. (Chartered Accountant).
    Listed as "auditor" at mar, living 11 Botanic Rd, Glasnevin, Co.Dublin (near Ena's family home).

    He mar 6 June 1922 to Ena O'Rahilly [born 2 Dec 1898].
    They mar at Drumcondra RC church [GROI].
    He is listed as accountant, living 22 Belgrave Square, Rathmines, at son's birth 1924.
    "Patrick Griffin, accountant", and "Griffin and Co, accountants", and "Burns, Griffin and Co, chartered accountants", are listed with office at 116 Grafton St, Dublin (NOT 115) in [Thom's] from 1927 to 1958.
    Patrick and Ena are listed as living 42 Northumberland Rd, Dublin, in [Thom's] from 1927 to 1933.
    Their (then) only child died of scarlet fever 1932. Ena got it too. She was very ill for a time.
    He is listed as a chartered accountant at son's death 1932.
    They lived "Frankfort", 147 Strand Rd, Merrion, Dublin (NOT 142). There as at late 1933. Listed there in [Thom's] from 1934 to 1936.
    Bernadette born Dec 1933.
    They then moved to Annville Park, Cork.
    He had a business in Cork ("McGuinness, Griffin and Co."). Kept his Dublin office running too.
    He knew Henry Ford. It was said he helped him set up Ford in Cork. (But Ford set up in Cork in 1917.)

    Patrick and Ena separate, 1937:
    Patrick had affairs, which led to the separation. Ena said he begged her not to leave. His partner McGuinness in Cork cut him off from business when he found out.
    Patrick and Ena had a legal separation c.May 1937.
    Ena lived (without him) at 7 Eglinton Park, Donnybrook, Co.Dublin. Listed there in [Thom's] from 1938 to 1939.
    Patricia was born Mar 1938, after the separation.
    "Ena Griffin" sent message of sympathy at Nell Humphreys' death 1939.
    She lived (without him) in Galway c.1939-40.
    She gave the younger child Patricia up for adoption c.1939-40.
    She moved (with Bernadette and without him or Patricia) to England Apr 1946. Went to London.
    Patrick stayed in Ireland.
    He lived (without Ena) at 46 Merlyn Rd, off Merrion Rd, Dublin. Moved there c.1948. Listed there in [Thom's] from 1950 edn to 1962-63 edn.
    He moved business to 79 Merrion Square, Dublin.
    As at 1969 Ena was living 251 Bath Rd, Slough (the main road heading W, see map).

    Ena died 23 Jan 1969, Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham, near Slough, age 70 yrs [GRO.UK].
    She was bur in Slough area.

    Patrick lived in flat, Adair House, 68 Sandymount Ave, Sandymount, Co.Dublin.
    He must be long retired but "P. Griffin and Co.", chartered accountants, were still in business at 79 Merrion Square as at his death 1985. See notice at his death. They describe him then as "our esteemed founder".
    He died St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, 28 Jan 1985, age 85 yrs.
    See death notice in Irish Times, January 29, 1985.
    Funeral 30 Jan 1985. He was bur Griffin grave, Glasnevin. Glasnevin records say he is in same grave as son.
    Patrick and Ena had issue:

    1. Gerald Griffin,
      Gerald Thomas O'Rahilly Griffin (both of his grandfathers were Thomas),
      born 19 Oct 1924, 93 Lower Baggot St, Dublin [GROI].
      He died Mon 28 Mar 1932, Donard, Co.Wicklow, of scarlet fever, age 7 yrs [GROI].
      He was bur Griffin grave, Glasnevin. Headstone apparently only put up when father died 1985.

    2. Bernadette Griffin,
      Bernadette Philomena Anne Griffin, Bern,
      born 19 Dec 1933, Leinster nursing home, 26 Upr Pembroke St, Dublin [GROI].
      She was bapt (would be 1933-34) at St Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin.
      She was educ boarding school, convent, Rathnew, Co.Wicklow.
      She was educ Mount Anville boarding school.
      Mother took her to England 1946. Mother in England. Father in Ireland.
      She mar 1stly, 1955, to John Stevens.
      She mar 2ndly to Christopher McGrath.
      She had issue by 1st husband:

      1. Anna Stevens, mar and had issue:
        1. Dominic Shepherd.
        2. Christian Shepherd.

    3. Patricia Griffin (later Hunt),
      Pat, Patricia Mary Josephine,
      born 17 Mar 1938, private nursing home [matron, Jane Torsney], 93 Lr Baggot St, Dublin,
      bapt 31 Mar 1938, at St Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin.
      Her parents had already separated (1937) before she was born.
      Her mother Ena struggled after the separation, and made the decision to give her up for adoption.
      She was adopted Oct 1940 (age 2) by Thomas and Mary Hunt.
      Her birth not registered with [GROI] until 4 Mar 1943. See birth cert.
      She mar 1958 to Francis Lyon and had issue.


Griffin grave, Glasnevin

Griffin grave, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
Location: jH 44.5. Section: ST. BRIDGET'S. Go in gate, to left, quite a bit down, down path on right, grave is on right.

Griffin grave, Glasnevin.
Photo 2010. Courtesy of Peter Lyon.
See larger and full size.
See wider shot showing location. Julia O'Rahilly grave is in background.
See close-up.

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