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Laurence Queenan

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Ireland
Death: Died in Bolton, Lancs
Immediate Family:

Son of Hypothetical Queenan (Cunnane) and Mary Queenan (Cunnane)
Husband of Elizabeth Queenan
Father of Mary Queenan; John Queenan; Margaret Jones; Elizabeth Allely; Robert Queenan and 3 others
Brother of James Patrick Queenan

Occupation: ropemaker
Managed by: Private User
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About Laurence Queenan

Laurence was employed as a ropemaker or roper. His work seems to have involved moving about quite a lot ... Halifax Bolton Leigh Bolton again then Oldham and back to Bolton.

Ropes were traditionally made from natural fibres such as cotton, sisal, flax, jute and hemp. Of course, advances in technology have changed this, with most rope today being made of nylon that is stronger and water-resistant.

The method of rope making has also changed over time. The traditional method of rope manufacture is the ropewalk. This involves laying the yarns as in the picture below, with a twisting machine and a sledge. This machinery first twists each yarn and then twists again to make the yarns into a rope. The ropewalk at Outhwaite & Son, Rope makers in Hawes, survives and is still in use today.

Lawrence Queenan Senior

Laurence’s story as found on the Census record.

In 1861 Lawrence Q. Aged 28 is living at 119 King St, Pennington Leigh with wife Elizabeth 27. They are both listed as born in Ireland.

They were not the first Queenans to live or lodge in Pennington.. In the 1851 census Daniel Q (34) and Michael Q (26) unmarried are lodging at 27 King St. Nexr door at No. 26 PATRICK LEVENHAM (28) unmarried a tailor, Irish is lodging with the Hoey family. Also at No. 44 is Mary Queenan (60), widow, her daughter Mary Morriss, and Gd dau Mary Anne Morriss. Mary Morriss is listed as a tailor’s wife.

Is it possible that Daniel and Michael Queenan both listed as agricultural labourers were in Pennington as seasonal labourers helping with the potato planting etc and returning to Ireland with their wages. Where did they return to? Daniel may have been married there is no notation about his status while the younger man is listed as unmarried . Were they brothers? It seems likely. Is there a connection with our gt grandfather James Patrick Queenan?

Lawrence Queenan was a permanent resident in England. He had a trade ROPE MAKER and his children were born in various places. Mary (8) was born in Halifax, John (6) Bolton, Margaret (3) Leigh (presumably Pennington) and Elizabeth (1) also Leigh.

In 1871 Lawrence had moved to Bolton, to 65 BACK CROWN STREET. John (16) wasn’t with them. They now had Margaret (13), Elizabeth (11), Robert (8) born Leigh, Lawrence (4) born Leigh, and Abraham (1) born Bolton. Wife Elizabeth is now listed as BETSY.

CROWN STREET was also Francis Lenaughan’s address!

In 1881 Lawrence the Roper is lodging with John Doyle in OLDHAM. His birthplace is given as Leigh Lancashire. Presumably he was working away from home. Back in Bolton Betsy is keeping a very crowded house at 13 MOSS STREET, with son John (25), his wife Sarah (18), son Robert (18), son Lawrence (14), son Abraham (12). At least they were close to the pub. The AFRICAN CHIEF which was kept by the Irish beerseller Willaim Thompson and his wife Mary. Soon our gt grandfather Francis would move to Moss Street and take over the African Chief for a while.

In 1891 the little Irish colony in Moss Street is still going strong. Betsy, Lawrence and son Abraham (21) are at number 13. John and Sarah with their six children are at 17. Slightly nearer to Lawrence and Betsy are JOHN LINEHAN, painter (47) born Ireland, his wife Ellen (40) born Ireland, daughters Mary Ellen (12) b Bolton, Hannah (8) b. Bolton and son John (5) born Bolton.

Lawrence Q. Junior is living at Farnworth with wife wife Elizabeth and dau Maggie

There the record comes to an end.

Lawrence Queenan senior died aged 58 1895

Lawrence Queenan baby died aged 1 1897

Lawrence Queenan jnr died aged 32 in 1899

According to Sheila M Pemberton (nee Leneghan) she heard a story that Lawrence Queenan died on the toilet at James Patrick Queenen’s house. The story is apocryphal and has some of the hallmarks of the sort of story Jack Leneghan liked to tell.

To give it some verification would require the death certs of the two adult Lawrences.

However if true it would suggest that Lawrence was a relative of James Patrick, indeed a close relative. Would you let just anyone die in your lavatory?

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Laurence Queenan's Timeline

1837
1837
Ireland
1853
1853
Age 16
Halifax, Yorkshire
1855
1855
Age 18
Bolton, Lancs
1858
1858
Age 21
Pennington, Leigh, Lancashire
1860
1860
Age 23
Pennington, Leigh, Lancashire
1863
1863
Age 26
Bolton, Lancashire
1867
1867
Age 30
Bolton, Lancs
1867
Age 30
Bolton, Lancs
1869
1869
Age 32
Bolton, Lancs
1895
1895
Age 58
Bolton, Lancs