The CORR family are not central to our
family story, but since their photos have shown up in the family
archives, I thought them worth sharing with others who may know
more. Besides, William Richard CORR was the solicitor who handled
much of the family's legal work (it would
be worth checking the PRONI holdings of the CORR & O'CONNOR archives
to see if more details on the JACKSONs surface).
Also, the CORR family members intermarried with DONALDSONs and possibly
other family members and some of them also lived at Urker House -
very close to Urker Lodge where the main JACKSON part of the family
Beneath the photos and their captions are other references to CORR
family members that I have found in our family archives and other
research. Of particular interest to me is the fact of the involvement
of Susan DONALDSON in the lace industry.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 14, 2006
NOTE: Thanks to Thomas JACKSON of Bangor, Co. Down for the use
of these photos.
CORR FAMILY PHOTOS & SNIPPETS OF INFORMATION
Perhaps someone can help me out here. This
photo is merely identified as "Mr. CORR". Is he Hugh? William?
This photo is of Mrs. CORR. My guess is that
she would be the wife of William Richard CORR, solicitor and sometimes
resident of Urker House.
This photo is identified as "Mrs. CORR , Crossmaglen".
Taking something of a leap of faith, I would guess that she may be
the wife of Hugh CORR, a general merchant in Crossmaglen.
This photo is identified as "Mrs. Donaldson
- May MANDER's mother". I am guessing that her maiden name
was CORR and that she was the Susan DONALDSON who was resident
at Urker House and who worked as a lace merchant. She was apparently
a sister of Hugh CORR.
Since the inscription on the back of this photo
says "(nee CORR Mrs. Simpson", I believe that this inscription
from the CORR section of the Creggan Churchyard relates to the
woman in this photo:
In loving memory of John Thomas Simpson who died Feb
3rd 1929 aged 71 years "Rest
in the Lord"
Frances Jane Simpson wife of Thomas John Simpson who died November 10th 1933
in her 86th year. If this is the right person, she would have been born
CORR Graves at Creggan Church
In loving memory, of the Rev. Thomas John Corr MA ex sch T.C.D. who
departed this life Dec IV MDCCCLXXXV aged 36 years (NOTE: Dec 4,
1885, therefore born 1849)
"He giveth his beloved sleep" Psalm CXXVII - II.
In dutiful and affectionate remembrance of William Corr for nearly two
generations connected with this church and parish. He was acknowledged
by all to be a faithful husband, a devoted father, a kindly neighbour
and a true Christian. He died on April VI MDCCCLXXXIII aged LXVIII years
(NOTE April 3, 1883, age 68, therefore born 1815)
this obelisk was erected by his four surviving children.
In loving memory of William Richard Corr MA LLB solicitor who fell asleep
Nov 6th 1911 aged 60 years.
"Just as I am O Lamb of God I come".
"Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" 1
Cor XV 57.
In loving memory of John Thomas Simpson who died Feb 3rd 1929 aged 71
"Rest in the Lord"
Frances Jane Simpson wife of Thomas John Simpson who died November
10th 1933 in her 86th year.
(NOTE: There are other stones in this plot but they
are covered with cement, gravel etc. Names which are legible are Richard
Rowland died November 1824 and Mary Smyth eldest daughter of Thomas Smyth
of Silverbiridge d. 19 Sept 1808)
Mentions of CORR in family letters
1880, July 7th Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
Mrs. Corr another good woman is also gone; she died last week.
1884, June 4 Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
“The Revd Thomas Corr is Curate here now, but he is not stout either.”
1885 December 2. Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
“The Revd Thos Corr is dying. He is in Urker in his brother William’s
“Also tell him about poor Thos Corr. Poor Thomas spoke about him very
lately; William Corr is well & doing well.”
1887, Nov 29 Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
“Cousin Sam is making an awful havoc in Cavananore, cutting timber though
that was reserved in the lease. Eliezer went to see what was done;
and he has written to Mr Reid about it. Willy Corr thinks that his lease can
be broken because of it.”
1887, Dec 21st. Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
The trustees of Cavananore engaged his services.
1889. March 30. Eliza JACKSON to Emily (Gilmore) JACKSON
Willy Corr has taken the temperance pledge, and is doing his best to
make others do so.
1893, May 24 Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
Willy Corr is still an invalid, but able to be out of bed after long
1894, March 28 Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
“A labourer of Willy Corr’s lamented about him, “So we have
lost Mr Gladstone, but we have got a fine man in his place, one Mr Gooseberry”!”
1896, March 11 Eliza Jackson to son Thomas JACKSON.
“I have been with Mr Corr about your securities; I expect that
all will be made over before long.”
1911, June 2 Thomas JACKSON to his sister, Mary GRIFFIN
“I fear I shall not see Mr Corr again, and more is the pity.”
William CORR, solicitor, Crossmaglen was witness to the 1888 will
of David JACKSON.
Maps & Census.
In 1906, Mrs. Susan Donaldson was listed as a lace merchant resident
at Urcher. She may have been a sister of Hugh CORR. She had a
daughter May DONALDSON (B. Dec 14 – I don’t know which
year) who married MANDERS. Hugh CORR was a general merchant and William
R. CORR was listed as a solicitor resident at Urker. His office was
CORR & O’CONNOR, The Square, Crossmaglen. Hugh & William
may have been brothers.
In the 1911 Census, Susan Donaldson was resident in a home in Urcher
that was owned by William R. CORR. She lived there with two other
unnamed people. In the same census, Mary GRIFFIN née JACKSON, a sister
of Sir Thomas JACKSON was living at Urcher Lodge. It is possible to infer
a similar level of social class between the two households. Both had
a total of 11 “offices and farm steadings”. Although
Urcher Lodge is classed as a 1st class house while the other house
(I presume Urcher House) is described as 2nd class, this seems to
have been determined by the fact that Urcher Lodge had 14 windows
while the other abode had 11. Urcher was likely smaller as it had
9 inhabited rooms compared to the 12 inhabited rooms of Urcher House.
[Lace manufacture] “the
centre of activity moved to Crossmaglen in 1895 where a Miss Morris
opened an agency and at the same time taught local girls the art
of applique. About the same time, with the help of Canon McGeeney,
another school was opened for the teaching of the craft. As a result
of this combined effort about 200 workers in the town and surrounding
countryside were involved in lacemaking. Porter's Guide of 1900
shows an advertisement for the Crossmaglen Lace School and also
for at least three buyers in the town. All of the pieces were sold
to the fashion houses in Dublin, Belfast and London and in most
cases delivered in person by the buyers, quite an achievement in
an age which, by 1992 standards, would not be judged as a sophisticated
one.” A LOOK AT CROSSMAGLEN IN THE 1930'S
Mary Cumiskey 1992 Journalof The Creggan Local History