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SHERRY, William


Family Links

1. FEELY, Ann

SHERRY, William 3 4

  • Born: 1832, Drumboe, County Down, Ireland 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): FEELY, Ann on 5 August 1855 in St Mary's RC Chapel, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1 2
  • Died: 24 June 1902 at 3.30 pm, Combination Poorhouse, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland

   Cause of his death was hemiplegia.8

   Other names for William were SHERREY, William 9 and SHERY, William.10

  General Notes:

The 1851 census for Hamilton recorded William Sherry living with his parents and siblings at 77 Castle Street Hamilton. He had been born in County Down, Ireland and was recorded as 20 years old. He was a railway labourer by occupation. He was the eldest son of the family.

In 1861 William Sherry, his wife, and four children were recorded living at Carmyle in the Western District of Old Monkland. Gregory Early, listed as a boarder and in fact married to Mary Feely, sister of Ann Sherry, was also recorded there. He was a coal miner, aged 28 years and born in Ireland. William Sherry was recorded as aged 27 years and born in Ireland. He worked as a coal miner.

The 1871 census for Hamilton recorded William Sherry as head of the household living at No 11 Low Patrick Street. The household consisted of himself, his wife Ann and their six children, and his brother in law and sister in law Gregory and Mary Early and their three children.William was a coal miner, born in Ireland, and recorded as aged 34 years.

When his son Robert married in 1880 William was recorded as a coal miner.

William Sherrey was the head of a household living at 8 Low Patrick Street, Hamilton according to the 1881 census. He worked as a coalminer and was recorded as aged 36 years. He had been born in Ireland.

William was a coal miner according to his wife's death certificate of 1885.

The 1891 census for Hamilton in Lanarkshire recorded William Sherry living at 23 Aitken Street. He was a coal miner and recorded as aged 51 years. His birthplace was Ireland. With him lived his daughter Elizabeth Sherry. William was a widower.

In 1901 William Sherry was recorded by the census for Hamilton living at Bothwell Road Hamilton as an inmate of the Hamilton Combination Poor House. His age was recorded as 68 years and his birthplace as Ireland. He had formerly been a coal miner.

In 1902 William Sherry died in the poorhouse in Hamilton. His death certificate recorded him as a coal miner and the widower of Ann Feeley [sic]. His recorded age at death was 69 years. His usual residence was Muir Street Hamilton. Both of his parents were deceased. 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 12

  Research Notes:


William Sherry has been tracked through six census entries at ten year intervals beginning in 1851 and ending in 1901. His age was recorded as follows for each census:
1851 20 years
1861 27 years
1871 34 years
1881 36 years
1891 51 years
1901 68 years

The earliest birth year deducible from these is 1830 and the latest 1845. The birth years entered for William's record are based on the earliest entry with a slight adjustment, given that young people often 'round up' their age by a year or two to a figure such as William's 20 years.

  Medical Notes:

J. Livingstone Loudon MB CM DPH certified the cause of death.

James S. Nisbet, governor of the poorhouse, was the informant of William's death. He gave notice before the registrar, James Frame, at Hamilton on 25 June 1902. 8

William married Ann FEELY, daughter of Robert FEELY and Rose MAGOWN, on 5 August 1855 in St Mary's RC Chapel, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 2 (Ann FEELY was born about 1835 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland 6 7 and died 26 November 1885 at 1.30 am in 17 New Wynd, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland 3.). The cause of her death was palsy over two days.8

  Marriage Notes:

The marriage was celebrated, after banns, according to the rites and forms of the Roman Catholic Church. Michael Condon, Catholic Clergyman at Hamilton, officiated. The witnesses were Samuel Sherry, who made his mark, and Mary Feely, who made her mark.

William Sherry, who made his X mark, was an iron stone labourer, aged 22 years. His address was given as 133 Castle Street, Hamilton. He was unmarried. He had been born and registered in 1833 at Drumboe in the County of Down in Ireland. Both of William's parents, Bernard Sherry, an agricultural labourer, and Mary Scott, were deceased.

Ann Feely, who made her X mark, was of Muir Street, Hamilton. She was unmarried and 22 years of age. She had been born and registered in 1833 at Lurgan in the County of Armagh, Ireland. Her mother was living and her father was deceased.

The marriage was registered on August 8 1855 at Hamilton, William Dickson being the signing registrar.

The marriage records of St Mary's RC parish Hamilton recorded this marriage of William Sherry and Anne Feely 'of Hamilton' by Father Michael Condon, who wrote and signed the extract. The marriage was celebrated in the presence of Sam Sherry and Mary Feely. 2


1 LDS Family Search, IGI.

2 National Records of Scotland, Marriages St Mary's Hamilton 1845-1906.

3 GRO Scotland, Death certificate RDS 647 No 562 Hamilton 1885.

4 GRO Scotland, Blantyre Lanarkshire Marriages 1880.

5 1851 UK census, Hamilton 647 en d 9 77 Castle Street.

6 1861 UK census, Old Monkland Western District 652/1 ed 3 page 3 Carmyle.

7 1871 UK census, Hamilton 647 en d 10 page 26 11 Low Patrick Street Hamilton.

8 GRO Scotland, Death 647 no 441 Hamilton 1902.

9 1881 UK census, Hamilton 647 en d 17 page 25 8 Low Patrick Street.

10 Roman Catholic Records, St Mary's RC Parish Hamilton Lanarkshire Baptisms.

11 1891 UK Census, Hamilton 647 en d 22 page 31 23 Aitken Street.

12 1901 UK Census, Hamilton 647.

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