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1880, Martin Kaveney m. Ellen Burke

NB: This page is incomplete.

Martin Kaveney

Parents: Patrick Kaveney & unknown mother
Birth: c. 1849 Ireland
Death: 28 Feb 1890 Sedgefield, Durham, England

Ellen Burke

Parents: Michael Burk & Ann McHowe
Birth: 21 Jul 1858 Church Street, Silverdale, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Death: 25 Oct 1911 (Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England)



1 Nov 1880,
married, Roman Catholic Chapel Newcastle under Lyme,Staffordshire, England

Transcription of marriage certificate
1 Nov 1880 Marriage solemnized at the Roman Catholic Chapel Newcastle under Lyme, district of Newcastle under Lyme in County of Stafford.
Martin Kavenay, 28 years, bachelor, a collier, resident in Leycett, son of Patrick Kavenay (deceased), a labourer
Ellen Burke, 22 years, spinster, no occupation, resident in Keele, daughter of Michael Burke, a labourer.
Witness Austin Carney and Annie Bird.
Married in the Roman Catholic Chapel according to the Rite and Ceremonies of the Roman Catholics by Certificate by me M Maquire.

Children of Michael Kaveney and Ellen Burke

Name Dates Marriage
Mary Ellen Kaveney 1881 – 1969 James Spencer Hobson 1909
Ann Kaveney 1883 – 1977 Frederick Shakeshaft 1931
Thomas Kaveney 1885 – 1885 Died
James Kaveney 1887 – Mary (Minnie) Fairlie 1915
Arthur Kaveney 1888 – 1972 Grace Hunt 1912


03 April 1881 England Census: Ford’s Croft, Wolstanton – Knutton, Staffordshire

Name Relation Status Age YoB Birthplace Occupation
Martin Caveny Head Married age 29 b.1852 Ireland Coal Miner
Ellen Caveny Wife Married age 23 b.1858 Ireland [sic] -

Jul-Sep 1881.
Birth of daughter Mary Ellen,  [Ford’s Croft] Wolstanton, Staffs. Birth cert. required.

Staffordshire Sentinel – Tuesday 06 December 1881

(Before T. F. Twemlow, J. Alcock, J. T. Arlidge, and H. T Davenport, Esqrs., and Key. V. G. Yonge.)
Quarrelsome Neighbours.— A woman named Ellen Kaveney summoned a neighbour named Elizabeth Bishop for assault. There was cross summons —Kaveney stated that on the 18th ult. [Lat. Ultimo mense, last month] she went for some water to a spout at Ford’s Croft, when defendant threw a bucketful over her — The Bench dismissed the cross summons, and ordered defendant pay the costs (10s. 6d.), and bound her over in her husband’s security in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for three months.


1881-1883, Martin and Ellen take the family to County Durham where Martin works for a time at least at “George Pit”, Great Lumley.  Here two children are born.


10 Dec 1883.
Birth of daughter Ann Kaveney

Transcription of Birth Certificate
10 December 1883, George Pit, Lumley.
Ann, girl, to Martin Kaveney, coal miner, and Ellen Kaveney, formerly Burke. Informant Martin Kaveney, father, resident George Pit, Lumley. Registered 8 Jan 1884.


22 Oct 1885.
Birth of son Thomas Kaveney. St Cuthbert Roman Catholic Church, Chester-le-Street, Durham

Transcription of Baptism record
Caveney. Die 22 Oct 1885 natus et die 15 November 1855 baptizatus est Thoma[s] Caveney filius Martin et Ellen Caveney (olim Burke) conjugum:  a me H J Blunden. Patrinus fuit William Fitzsimmon Matrina fuit Mary Ann Caveney
Caveney. Born on the day 22 Oct 1885 and baptized on the day 15 November 1855 is Thomas Caveney son of Martin and Ellen Caveney (formerly Burke) who are married. By me HJ Blunden. Godfather William Fitzsimmon Godmother Mary Ann Caveney.

Notice the Godmother is given as Mary Ann Caveney. Presently although she can be traced through her subsequent marriage, she can’t so far be linked to Martin Kaveney.

Thomas dies within a short time. England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915

Name: Thomas Kaveney
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1885
Age at Death: 0
Registration District: Chester le Street
Inferred County: Durham
Volume: 10a Page: 247


Oct-Dec 1887.
Birth of son James Kaveney. Copy of certificate required, England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915.

Name: James Kavenay
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1886
Registration District: Newcastle under Lyme
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume: 6b Page: 53


30 June 1888.
Birth of son Arthur Kaveney. Arthur is born in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Transcription of Birth Certificate
30 June 1888, Deansgate Newcastle Arthur, boy to Martin Kaveney, coal miner, and Ellen Kaveney formerly Burke. Informant Ellen Kaveney, mother, Deansgate Newcastle.
Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

It might be assumed that Ellen returns to her parents for the birth of Arthur but Martin is still in Durham.

Nov 1888.
Martin Kaveney takes ill and Ellen has him admitted to the Durham County Lunatic Asylum in Sedgefield. Martin suffers hallucinations and Ellen is fearful of his condition. It seems she has returned to Durham by this time as she is the informant on his admission details.


28 Feb 1890.
Martin dies Sedgefield Asylum. Medical notes indicate a general paralysis for 15 months and finally convulsions in the last 48 hours.

Transcription of Death Certificate
28 February 1890. County Lunatic Asylum, Sedgefield. Martin Kaveney, male, 41 years [1849], formerly a coal miner at George Pit, Lumley, Chester le Street. General paralysis 15 months, convulsions 48 hours. George Ford present at death, county lunatic asylum.


After the death of Martin, Ellen returns to Staffordshire and lives with her parents again.

5 April 1891, England Census

House of Michael Burke, Rosemary Hill, Trentham, Clayton Griffith, Stone, Silverdale, Staffordshire

Name Relation Status Age YoB Birthplace Occupation
Michael Burke Head married age 60 b.1831 Ireland Outdoor Porter
Ann Burke Wife married age 61 b.1830 Newcastle, Staffordshire -
Arthur Burke Son single age 24 b.1867 Newcastle, Staffordshire Land Drainer
Ellen Burke Daughter widow age 29 b.1862 Newcastle, Staffordshire Char Woman
Mary E Kaveney Granddaughter single age 9 b.1882 Wolstanton, Staffordshire Scholar
Annie Kaveney Granddaughter single age 7 b.1884 Lumley, Chester le Street, Durham Scholar
Arthur Kaveney Grandson single age 3 b.1888 Newcastle, Staffordshire -


31 March 1901, England Census
8 Bailey Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Name Relation Status Age YoB Birthplace Occupation
Arthur Burke Head single age 32 b. 1869 Newcastle, Staffordshire Agricultrual
Ellen Kaveney Sister Widow age 43 b. 1858 Newcastle, Staffordshire -
Mary E Kaveney Niece Single age 19 b. 1882 Silverdale,
Annie Kaveney Niece Single age 17 b. 1884 Lumley, Durham Tailoress
James Kaveney Nephew - age 14 b. 1887 Newcastle, Staffordshire Factory [Cotton] Hand
Arthur Kaveney Nephew - age 12 b. 1889 Newcastle, Staffordshire -


Jul-Sep 1909.
Daughter Mary Ellen marries James Spencer Hobson in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Surname Forename(s) Spouse's
Year Church/Register Office Registers At/Region Reference
KAVENEY Mary E HOBSON James S 1909 Civil Marriage



02 Apr 1911, England Census

Ellen Burke:
County Lunatic Asylum, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire.

Name Relation Status Age YoB Birthplace Occupation
Ellen Kaveney Patient Widowed age 52 b. 1859 Newcastle, Staffordshire -

Ellen’s infirmity is given as “Lunatic at 49″ (in 1908). The entry also provides that she was married 30 years previously, has five children by the marriage and at this time one has died (Thomas).

Mary Ellen Hobson, not yet found

Anne Kaveney:
Nantwich Union Workhouse, Worleston, Cheshire

Name Relation Status Age YoB Birthplace Occupation
Annie Kaveney Servant Single age 26 b. 1885 Lumley, Durham Hospital Nurse

James Kaveney, not yet found.

Arthur Kaveney:
12 Ann St, Leicester

Name Relation Status Age YoB Birthplace Occupation
Arthur Kaveney Boarder Single age 23 b. 1888 Newcastle Under
Lyme, Staffordshire
Dental Mechanic

25 Oct 1911.
Ellen Burke dies.


6 May 1912.
Son Arthur Kaveney marries Grace Hunt in Leicester.


May 1915.
Son James Kaveney marries Mary (Minnie) Fairlie, widow.


Oct-Dec 1931.
Daughter Ann marries Frederick Shakeshaft in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
KAVENEY Ann SHAKESHAFT Frederick Nantwich, Civil Marriage Cheshire Central NA/57/64

England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 about Annie Kaveney: Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1931, Registration District: Nantwich, Inferred County: Cheshire,Volume Number: 8a, Page Number: 698.


19 Apr 1957
Death of son James Kaveney in Portobello, Edinburgh. His sister Annie was present. Ursula Kaveney (Gaye) recalls that Annie went to stay with James for a period during his illness.