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Henry McBeth Rourk b. 1860 Elloree, SC. Barbary Brown, Mother
Posted by: Karen Rourk (ID *****0422) Date: February 14, 2005 at 23:13:30
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I'm looking for the parents of HENRY MCBETH ROURK. His name could have been ROURK, ROURKE, ROOK, ROOKE, ROARK, ROWARK. I have much info on his children and will trade. Thanks. -- Karen --

HENRY McBETH ROURK, SR. married ANNIE TERESA REDMOND BROWN (Annie’s name in the family bible was Annie Theresa Redmond). Born 1860 in Elloree, SC. (SC census of 1880 listed as 20 yrs. old). Died 01 Dec 1913. Father: UNKNOWN ROOK. Mother: BARBARY BROWN. Father was killed in Civil War. Mother was presently married to Brown, but had not seen him in a year. Was working on a planation near Beaufort, SC. She had 2 small children by Brown, one an infant, and was unable to care for all 3 children. HENRY MCBETH ROURK was placed in the Charleston Orphanage. He left the orphanage at age 17 and moved back to Elloree, SC, where he married ANNIE THERESA REDMOND.

I don't know Father's name, but I think he was killed in the Civil War. Henry McBeth Rourk was born in Elloree, SC. His mother placed him in the Charleston Orphanage in 1865. At the time of his admission, his mother's name was BARBARY BROWN and she stated that she had this child (Henry McBeth) by one ROOK and she was presently married to one BROWN and hasn't seen him in over a year. He was working on a plantation near Beaufort, SC. She also stated that she was destitute and had two children by Brown -"one a baby in her arms." She could not take care of all of 3 of them and was putting the ROOK child in the orphanage. Henry left the orphanage at age 17 and returned to Elloree. He married ANNIE THERESA REDMOND. I do not know her father's name - her mother's name was MINNIE - she was married three times. First, to REDMOND. Only one child of that marriage was ANNIE THERESA REDMOND. Second, to one GIVENS. Two children - FRANK GIVENS and MAYBELLE GIVENS. Third, to ROWLAND. Two chidren - WILHELMINA ROWLAND BOLCHOZ and CHRIS ROWLAND. Aunt Mena had a sister, LENA CONNOR. I had heard of LENA CONNOR, but assumed that she was from the Givens line.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF CHARLESTON: IN THE PROBATE COURT. IN RE: Estate of HENRY M.[MARION] ROURK. EX PARTE: ANNIE T. [THERESA REDMOND] ROURK. APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION. TO THE HONORABLE George D. Bryan, Judge of Probate For Charleston County. THE PETITION OF THE UNDERSIGNED RESPECTFULLY SHOWS TO THIS COURT AS FOLLOWS: FIRST, That on or about the 1st day of December 1913, the above named HENRY McBETH ROURK departed this life intestate and leaving as his only heirs at law and distributees, his wife, ANNIE T. ROURK, your petitioner, and the following children: HENRY McBETH ROURK, JR., LILLIAN C. [CARDELL] WILLIAMSON, formerly ROURK, WILLIAM M.[MARION] ROURK, VERNER C. [CARLYLE] ROURK, EDMUND A. ROURK, VIOLA G.[GERTRUDE] ROURK, and LEE C. ROURK. SECOND, That at the time of his death the said Henry M. Rourk left only a cause of action against the Virginia Carolina Chemical Company, for negligently and recklessly causing the death of the said Henry M. Rourk. THIRD, That your petitioner is desirous of commencing suite against the said Virginia Carolina Chemical Company, for the purpose of enforcing said action. WHEREFORE your petition prays that Letters of Administration on the estate and effects of the said Henry M. Rourk be duly issued to her. Signed: Mrs. Annie T. Rourk, Petitioner. [Source: Reproduced from microfilm in South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina. Charleston County Estate, Box 529, Package 16. HENRY M.[MCBETH] ROURKE, E702. Miller #28.]

On the 1880 census, 27/281/419. Lived at 27 George Street, South Side, Charleston, SC. ANNIE REDMOND, daughter, age 15, born 1865, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, At School. JOHN REDMOND, age 42, Clerk in Store, born in Ireland. Father born in Ireland. Mother born in Ireland. 1880 Census, Page 37/38B. DAVIE REDMOND, son, age 18, born in SC. [Note: John has no wife living with him and the census taker did not indicate single, married, or widowed.] JACK FINN, head, age 27, Bricklayer, ANN FINN, wife, age 24, JOHN FINN, age 2, DORA FINN, age 4. ANNIE REDMOND, friend, age 15, born 1865, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.


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