Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eugene Loughlin - more family details

Earlier this week I discovered my namesake, and great-great uncle Eugene Loughlin who lived in London, and I also discovered he had a son called Eugene who was five years old in the 1911 census. This census show no details on my uncle - I now know that from the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index (1837-1915) he died in July, August, or September in 1907 in Woolwich. Based on the ages of his sons Patrick (6) and Eugene (5) in the 1911 census - they were obviously very young when he died. Patrick and Eugene are my first cousins twice removed - I will try to find out more about them.

Eugene Loughlin married a Marie Quin in October, November, or December 1901 in Greenwich, London. It seems odd for a Catholic family at that time that their first son, Patrick, was not born until 1905 - perhaps there were still births or infant deaths between 1901 and 1905. His death in 1907 would have been at the young age of 37 years - did he die in an accident, get cancer, or die of a heart attack - we'll probably never know. 

It's fascinating to look up ancestors and find snippets of their lives on-line. In another hundred years it will be easy for researchers to do this to find out anything about us today. I have no pictures from the early 1900s to see what my great-great uncle looked like. Future generations will have millions to choose from on Facebook and the like!

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