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Ellen KEENEHAN (c. 1837-1887)

Name: Ellen KEENEHAN
Sex: Female
Father: Thomas KEENEHAN ( -bef1858)
Mother: -

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth c. 1837 Ireland1,2
Kings County, Ireland
Occupation 2 Apr 1871 (age 33-34) Housewife; Hulme, Lancashire, UK3
17 Anson Street, Hulme, Manchester, UK
Entry was for Ellen GUNNING stated age 33
Occupation 3 Apr 1881 (age 43-44) Domestic Servant; Salford, Lancashire, UK4
Salford, Lancashire, UK Union Workhouse, Eccles New Road, Salford, Lancashire, UK
Entry was for Ellen GUNNING stated age 43 Nb. all her family (except son George) were inmates in the Salford Union Workhouse
Death 7 Dec 1887 (age 49-50) Keighley, Yorkshire, UK5,6
1 Pitt Street, Keighley, UK
Q4 1887 Keighley 9a 142 for Ellen GUNNING stated age 50


Spouse Thomas GUNNING (1825-1886)
Children George Thomas GUNNING (1860-1909)
Arthur GUNNING (1870-1941)
Louisa GUNNING (1872-1902)
Leonard GUNNING (1875-1951)
Frederick GUNNING (1880-1881)
Marriage 18 Apr 1858 (age 20-21) Salford, Lancashire, UK7
St Johns The Evangelist, White Cross Bank, Salford, Lancashire, UK
Q2 1858 Salford 8d 58 for Thomas GUNNING stated age 32 m. Ellen KEENEHAN stated age 20

Individual Note


Ellen Keenehan was born abt 1837 or 1838 in Offaly (called Kings County at the time), Ireland. Some time before 1858 Ellen (and her sister Eliza ?) had come to England (perhaps to escape the Irish Potato Famine after their father died ?).


In April 1858 Ellen Keenehan married Thomas Gunning, a Corporal in the 36th Regiment of Foot then based at Salford Barracks. (The 2nd witness at marriage was an Eliza Keenehan, presumed to be a sister of Ellen. Ellen's father Thomas Keehehan, a Land Agent, was stated to be deceased as at the date of Ellen's marriage in 1858).


Ellen's first son George Thomas Gunning was born in 1860 in Ireland, where Ellen had possibly returned to her mother for her first confinement. Ellen's other 4 known children were born much later, presumably due to her husbands extended service on overseas duties.


It is presumed that her husband's army pension was very small because, by 1881, Ellen Gunning nee Keenehan and all her family (except son George) had fallen on hard times and were all inmates at the Salford Union Workhouse.


Ellen is believed to have moved to Keighley to stay near her son George Gunning after her husband Thomas Gunning died in Salford in May 1886. Ellen Gunning nee Keeenehan died of tuberculosis and haemoptysis in Keighley in Dec 1887.




1"UK Census 1871".
2"Family Tree". See
3"UK Census 1871". See
4"UK Census 1881". See
5"UK GRO D Cert.". See
6"UK FreeBMD Dea".
7"UK GRO M Cert.". See