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The Three Sisters ~ Mystery Monday

This is one of the photographs I had dated at WDYTYA? Live by Maureen Taylor, so now I have a date of around the early 1910s.  However, that’s about all I know – I’m not even sure if these three are, in fact, sisters.  I’m wondering if the woman on the left could be my great grandmother, Margaret (O’Rourke) Gaffaney.  She married Peter Gaffaney in 1909, and a ring is quite prominently displayed on her left hand.  Margaret had three older sisters (another sister died in infancy), so two of them could be in this photo with her.  I need to go through my stash of family photos to see if I can positively identify them.

Three woman, c1910

Three woman, c1910

It’s a lovely photo, whoever they are!

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  1. Tony Quinn

    Here is a bit more on Bartholomew O’Rourke and Bridget Power, my great, great grandparents.

    Parents of Bartholomew Francis O’Rourke
    Bartholomew O’Rourke, born Bally McDonnell, Farrorfore, Kerry, Ireland. Married Charleston, West Coast, South Island NZ, 2/9/1869, died 13/11/1923, Napier NZ. (His parents were Michael O’Rourke and Catherine o’Callaghan)
    Bridget Power, born 1846, Clonmell, Waterford, Ireland, died 17/7/1918 in Napier (Her parents were Patrick Power and Ellen Carney) Her youngest son James, died of the flu in an epidemic and she died the next day.

    • Maggie

      Thanks for your commment, Tony! I have a little information on our great great grandparents but there’s always more questions than there are answers 🙂 I didn’t realise James died of the flu, as the newspapers didn’t go into any detail. Would love to share research and photos, will be in touch via email.

  2. Catherine O'Rourke

    This is great to see, thanks

  3. Catherine O'Rourke

    This is great, as Bridget and Bartholomew are also my great greats, find it really funny, as my Dad was the third Michael in line and I called my daughter Bridget.

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