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Dennis Quinn

Death: December 14, 1899 (79-80)
Posno street, Beaconsfield, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Kimberly, Northern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Bridget McMahon
Father of Mary Skea; Margaret Quin; Anne Mary Quin; Patrick Joseph Quin; Michael Quin and 6 others

Occupation: Speculator
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Immediate Family

About Dennis Quinn

Born - Lived in Limerick/Clare?

Family emigrated to S.A - Port Elizabeth about 1849 onboard the ship "ORIENT" or "ORIENTAL" from Plymouth, England to Port Elizabeth, South Africa

(ORIENTAL - 1841 Master: Captain W. Wilson Rigging: Ship; sheathed in copper in 1839; partly fastened with iron bolts Tonnage: 507 tons Construction: 1830 in Cochin, using Teak Owners: R. Barry Port of registry: London Port of survey: London Voyage: sailed for New Zealand)

(Irish emigration wasn't peculiar to the famine years of 1845 to 50, but it did take a dramatically sharp rise during this period.)

In 1862 Dennis is listed as a Storeman living in Evatt street

In 1875 Catholic census Dennis is listed as being 56, living in Hospital Hill st, and a labourer born in Ireland.

There is a Dennis Quinn on the 1878 Eastern Cape Voters List- staying at Alice st, Port Elizabeth

Moved to Kimberley (The diamond diggings attracted hordes of fortune seekers who came from all walks of life and many countries. By 1872 some 50 000 men had encamped in the area)

Lived and died at Posno street, Beaconsfield, Kimberley

In the Diamond Fields Advertiser, 15 December 1899 the following article – Death: At Beaconsfield, on Thursday 14 December, Dennis Guinn (different spelling), late of Port Elizabeth, aged 85 years and 10 months. The funeral will leave the residence of Mrs Walsh (daughter of the deceased) Posno Street, Beaconsfield, at 10 o’clock this morning.

Died during the Boer war (1899-1902)

The Clan Quinn is an old, original Clan of Ireland, descended from the high kings. The Clan information is recorded in the history of Ireland.

The Quinns are descended from King Niall, high king of Ireland. Some records say that Niall was the first to use a surname, others state that his grandson Conn (of A Hundred Battles) was the first. Either way, it is this family line that first chose to use a surname.

According to some records, it has been proven that Conn first used the surname O'Coinne. Through history, the name has gradually evolved to the present day Quinn.

Although it is not so common now, not so long ago the spelling of the name denoted religion. QUIN was for those of Protestant faith, while QUINN was for those of Catholic faith.


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Dennis Quinn's Timeline

July 19, 1849
Age 30
At Sea Ship "Orient"
Age 30
May 24, 1850
Age 31
June 12, 1852
Age 33
Port Elizabeth
July 17, 1854
Age 35
Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 18, 1857
Age 38
Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 19, 1859
Age 40
Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 42
Age 44