Miss Edith Taylor (1885–1933), schoolteacher, of Derrycarne

Edith Taylor was born in humble circumstances at Baltylum near Portadown, in the parish of Drumcree and county of Armagh. She was born on the 29th July 1885, the daughter of Miss Minnie Taylor (c.1863–1935) of Derrycarne.[1] The name of her father was not recorded in the civil registration of her birth.[2]

Edith lived with her mother and her widowed grandmother, Mary Taylor née Flavell [3] in Derrycarne, as borne out by the 1901 and 1911 censuses:

1901 census, enumerated eight years after the death of Edith’s paternal grandfather, John Taylor:

  • Mary Taylor, head of family, religion: Church of Ireland, education: reads and writes, age 75, female, farmer, widow, born in county Armagh
  • Minnie, daughter, religion do. [ditto], education do., age 38, female, farmer’s daughter, not married, born do.
  • Edith Taylor, granddaughter, religion do., education do., age 15, female, scholar, born do.
  • census place: Derrykerran, parish of Drumcree, county Armagh [4]

… and ten years later, in April 1911, by which date Edith had obtained her National School teaching qualifications:

  • Mary Taylor, head of family, religion: Church of Ireland, education: reads and writes, age 87, farmer, widow, born in county Armagh
  • Mary, daughter, religion and education do., age 48, farmer’s daughter, single, born do.
  • Edith Taylor, granddaughter, religion and education do., age 24, National School Teacher, single, born do.
  • census place: Derrykerran, parish of Drumcree, county Armagh [5]

Miss Taylor was a teacher at Mullavilly Public Elementary School, situated about seven miles south of home in Derrycarne.

In early April 1933, Edith became ill suddenly, while out driving in her car. Having suffered sudden onset of hemplegia (paralysis, probably due to stroke), she lost consciousness. The stricken teacher was placed in the Carleton Home in Portadown, but did not recover, dying at age of forty-seven years. [6]

The Portadown Times carried the following obituary,[7] giving insight (as only local papers would) of the high esteem in which Miss Taylor was held:

LATE MISS E. TAYLOR.
  Intimation of the death of Miss Edith Taylor, Derrycarne, Portadown, was the cause of many expressions of real sorrow.
  Deceased, who taught in Mullavilly (2) P.E. School, was motoring near her home at Derrycarne when she became suddenly ill. Later she was conveyed to the Carleton Home, Portadown, where, without gaining consciousness, she passed away.
  The funeral on Thursday last to Drumcree, which was one of the largest ever seen in the district, was attended by over 100 pupils from Mullavilly School, under Mr. Wm. Dunbar, the principal, and Rev. G.R. Montgomery, B.A., rector of Mullavilly Parish.
  The services in the house and in the Church were conducted by Rev. F.J. Halahan, M.A., M.C., rector of Drumcree parish.
  Mr. John Montgomery efficiently carried out the funeral arrangements.
  Intimation of the death of Miss Edith Taylor, Derrycarne, Portadown, was the cause of many expressions of real sorrow.
  Deceased, who taught in Mullavilly (2) P.E. School, was motoring near her home at Derrycarne when she became suddenly ill. Later she was conveyed to the Carleton Home, Portadown, where, without gaining consciousness, she passed away.
 
The funeral on Thursday last to Drumcree, which was one of the largest ever seen in the district, was attended by over 100 pupils from Mullavilly School, under Mr. Wm. Dunbar, the principal, and Rev. G.R. Montgomery, B.A., rector of Mullavilly Parish.
  The services in the house and in the Church were conducted by Rev. F.J. Halahan, M.A., M.C., rector of Drumcree parish.
  Mr. John Montgomery efficiently carried out the funeral arrangements.
[7]

Miss Taylor left her life savings of £368 12s. 2d., then considered a respectable sum, to her mother, Minnie.[8] Minnie Taylor died just two years later, also stricken by hemiplegia, and suffering from exhaustion,[9] deeply regretted by her sorrowing friends and family.[10]

Sources:

1.

The local spelling and pronunciation for Derrykerran townland in the parish of Drumcree.

2.

General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Birth. Edith Taylor, female, born 29th July 1885 at Baltylum [parish of Drumcree], daughter of Mary Taylor; informant: mother; registered 17th August 1885; W. Stewart, Registrar. Archival refs. No. 476/01973176/653, pg. 7. Digital image online at Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, www.civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-03-25).

3.

Mary Taylor née Flavell (c.1821–1915) was the eldest daughter of Thomas Flavell (c.1783–1866) and Mary (c.1791–1879), his wife, of Corbrackey in the parish of Drumcree. [a] She married John Taylor, a farmer living in Derrycarne townland, in 1857. [b] John Taylor died in 1893, aged sixty-eight years. [c]

[a] Church of Ireland. Parish of Drumcree, County Armagh. Baptisms, 1788–1853; Confirmations, 25th May 1824; Marriages, 1802–1845; Burials, 1804–1826. Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast); PRONI ref. MIC/1/21 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, October 2001). Extract: “Dec 30, 1821  Mary, Dr of ?ink blot? Flavel, Corbrackey.” Posted as daughter of Thomas and Mary: in 1857, Mary jun. married John Taylor, naming Thomas as her father.

[b] General Register Office of Ireland. Civil Registration of a Marriage. Mary Flavell, of age, spinster, resident of Corbrackey; daughter of Thomas Flavell, farmer. John Taylor, of age, bachelor, farmer, resident of Derrycarn [Derrykerran]; son of Robert Taylor, farmer. Marriage solemnized at the parish church of Drumcree (Church of Ireland), 21st May 1857; witnesses: Thomas Taylor, Thomas Flavell. Archival refs. Lurgan Registration District (county Armagh), vol. 7, pg. 511. Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 101388; accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2004).

[c] General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Death. John Taylor, male, married, aged 68 years, farmer; died 30th May 1893 in Derrycarne [Derrykerran, parish of Drumcree, county Armagh, Lurgan RD]; cause of death: gastro-enteritis 6 months, certified; informant: Robert A. Taylor, son, present at death, Derrycarne; registered 31st May 1893; George Dougan, Registrar. Archival refs. No. 211, 531/04709012. Digital image online at Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, www.civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-03-25

4.

Ireland 1901 Census. Mary Taylor, age 75, with daughter, Minnie (38), and granddaughter, Edith (15), in Derrykerran (house no. 9), parish of Drumcree, county Armagh. Index and digital images hosted online by The National Archives of Ireland (Dublin), in a joint venture with Library and Archives, Canada; www.census.nationalarchives.ie (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-03-25).

5.

Ireland 1911 Census. Mary Taylor, age 87, with daughter, Minnie (48), and granddaughter, Edith (24), in Derrykerran (house no. 7), parish of Drumcree, county Armagh. Index and digital images hosted online by The National Archives of Ireland (Dublin), in a joint venture with Library and Archives, Canada; www.census.nationalarchives.ie (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-03-25).

6.

General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI), Belfast. Civil Registration of a Death. Edith Taylor, female, spinster, aged 48 years, School Teacher; died 4th April 1933, Carleton Home, Portadown; cause of death: hemiplegia, certified; informant: M. Connolly, present at death, Carleton Home, Portadown; registered 5th April 1933; Ruby Maguire, Assistant Registrar. Archival ref. Lurgan Registration District, registration no. D/1933/176/1021/37/197. Digital image hosted by the GRONI online at geni.nidirect.gov.uk (purchased and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-05-02).

7.

Portadown Times, 14 April 1933 (pg 1). “Late Miss E. Taylor.” (Edith Taylor of Derrykerran, parish of Drumcree.) Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-03-25).

8.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Will Calendars. Miss Edith Taylor, died 4th April 1933; probate granted by Belfast Registry, 23rd August 1933; effects £368 12s 2d. Abstract: “Taylor Edith of Derrycarne (Portadown) county Armagh spinster died 4 April 1933 at The Carleton Home Portadown Administration Belfast 23 August to Mary Taylor spinster. Effects £368 12s. 2d.”  Index entry online apps.proni.gov.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick 2019-03-25; digital images not available at this date).

9.

General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI), Belfast. Civil Registration of a Death. Mary Taylor, female, spinster, aged 77 years, farmer; died 19th June 1935 at Derrycarne [Derrykerran, parish of Drumcree]; cause of death: hemiplegia two years, exhaustion, certified; informant: George Taylor, nephew, present at death, of Derrycarne; registered 21st June 1935; George Dougan, Registrar. Archival refs. no. 47, registration no. D/1935/177/1021/16/47, Lurgan Registration District, Tartaraghan Sub-district. Digital image hosted online by the GRONI at geni.nidirect.gov.uk (purchased and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-04-29).

10.

Belfast News-Letter, 20 June 1935 (pg. 1). Death notice: “Taylor—June 19, 1935, at her residence, Derrycarne, Portadown, Mary, sister of the late Robert Henry Taylor. Funeral to-morrow (Friday), at 2 p.m., to family burying-ground, Drumcree. Deeply regretted.” Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-04-29).

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