Mary Jane McDermott was born on 9 Nov 1859 in Clooneybrennan, Elphin. Her parents were John, a small farmer, and Julia McDermott. She was part of large family, including Margaret, Honoria, Edward, Annie, John Jr, Catherine and Bridget. Her godparents were James and Jane McDermott. She grew up at house 7b in Clooneybrennan where her grandparents also lived until their deaths in the mid 1860s. Her youngest sister Bridget "Bee" died as a child.

On 22 March 1888, she married John McCormack of Carrowkeel, witnessed by John Lynch and her sister Annie. They lived at his seven acre farm in Carrowkeel. Her mother Julia died a month after her marraige.

Children of John and Mary Jane

Thomas B. 15 Apr 1889

Julia B. 20 Apr 1890

John B. 14 Apr 1891

James B. 24 Jul 1892

Edward B. 12 Oct 1893

Catherine B. 8 Feb 1895

Annie Jane B. 24 May 1896

John's elderly great aunt, Catherine Dockery lived with the family in the early years of their marriage, cared for by Mary Jane. She died in 1893, in her mid eighties.

Her father John came to live with the family in 1894 after the death of Mary Jane's brother John Jr. John died in Carrowkeel in 1896.

Mary Jane contracted TB around September 1896, shortly after the death of her father and her youngest child Annie. She lived a further ten months and died on 6 June 1897, leaving behind seven young children, the oldest eight and the youngest barely a year.

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Nov 1859
Date of Death 1st Jun 1897 VIEW SOURCE
Father (First Name/s and Surname) John Bryan McDermott
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Julia McDermott
Townland born Clooneybrennan
Names of Siblings Margaret, Honoria, Mary Jane, Edward, Annie, John, Catherine, Bridget
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) John McCormack
Place & Date of Marriage 22 March 1888, Elphin
Place of Death Carrowkeel
Names of Children Thomas, Julia, John, James, Edward, Catherine, Annie Jane
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