Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Eugene Loughlin" - 1901 UK Census

When I was baptised "Eugene" after Pope Pius XII, it was the first time in some generations that the eldest born male O'Loughlin was not named "Joseph" or "Patrick". My Mum told me that my grandfather PJ (Patrick Joseph) was a little perturbed at the name she had chosen, but could not argue with me being named after a Pope. He then said that he was happy because he had an uncle "Eugene", a brother of his father "Joseph", and that it was a family name after all. 

My great-great uncle Eugene Loughlin was born on 25th November 1870. The "O" and apostrophe was commonly left out in official documents at the time. I am told he was a publican in London, and I decided this morning to search for him in the 1901 census in London using Sure enough, I found him straight away, with his sisters Hanna and Mary, living in 58 Mansford Street in Bethnal Green. There are no houses there now - a block of apartments occupies this site opposite Oaklands Secondary School for girls. Eugene is listed in the census as a "Licenced Victualler" and is classified as "Own account" meaning that he was self-employed. No occupation is given for his sisters. Here's an extract from the census form:

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I have found no trace of this Eugene after the 1901 census either in UK or Ireland - Perhaps he died between 1901 and 1911. I have found a "Eugene Loughlin" in the 1911 census, aged 5. He had a brother Patrick aged 6 - definitely family forenames. They are listed in the household of Michael and Marie Dennehy living in 206 Albert Road, North Woolwich. This house also does not exist any more, it is in an area that was heavily bombed in World War II - and is very close to the location of an unexploded bomb found earlier this week. Michael is listed as their step father - perhaps a clue that that my great-great uncle Eugene did die between 1901 and 1922. Interestingly, their mother Marie is listed as a "Licenced Victualler" - perhaps keeping up the family business! 

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More research needed!

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