North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Friday, 25 March 2022

Sophia Mary Jennings [18??-1947]

Sophia Mary Jennings was the daughter of Daniel Corley Jennings and Johanna Bray. She was named after her grandmother Sophia Corley.

She was born in County Waterford in 1857 according to the 1911 census records. This would make her a twin of Kate. However, as her sisters Kate and Mary never gave their correct ages to the Census enumerator we can guess that this birth date may also be incorrect! In the earlier 1901 Census she was 14 years younger and born in 1861!

Sophia married Arthur French Clanchy in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Donnybrook, in 1887. She was living then at 18 Morehampton Road with her parents Daniel and Johanna.  There was a marriage settlement.

They had 6 children.

1. Arthur Daniel Clanchy [1888-1918]

Clanchy - Aug 4, 1888, at 77 Waterloo Rd., the wife of Arthur French Clanchy, of a son.[1]

 He died in Rostrevor Sanatorium, Newry in 1918 aged 29. He was a doctor and a  Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps [R.A.M.C.]

2. Edward Henry Clanchy [1890-1975] was a twin of Helena Mary. He had a civilian role in Air Raid Precautions.  He died in Newcastle upon Tyne.

3. Helena Mary Clanchy [1890-] was a twin of Edward Henry. She married twice. (1) Edward Walter Strickland, a tea planter in Ceylon. They had three daughters, Barbara, Marjorie and Eileen. Edward Strickland died in 1921 aged 36.  She remarried  (2) Thomas George Stevens in 1932. He died in 1935.

4. Daniel John Clanchy [1892-].

Clanchy - October 10, at 77 Waterloo Road, Dublin, the wife of Arthur French Clanchy, of a son.[2]

5. Eva Maude Clanchy, known as Kitty [1894-1971]. She married Desmond Beamish in 1919.

6. Kathleen Clanchy [c. 1895 – 1971]

In 1912 Sophia was presented at Dublin Castle with her daughter Ena [Helena].

Mrs Arthur French Clanchy (presented by Mrs Owen-Lewis). Miss Ena Clanchy (presented by Mrs A. French Clanchy).[3]

Sophia’s husband Arthur French Clanchy died in 1925, aged 83.  

Sophia died in 1947 aged 90.

Clanchy [Dublin] - Aug 22, 1947, at 22 Pembroke Park, Dublin, Sophia M., widow of Arthur French Clanchy. R.I.P. Funeral [private] after 10.o'c. Mass in St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, on Monday.[4]

Both are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. An extended burial record can be obtained from the Dublin Cemeteries Trust.





[1] Freemans Journal, Mon, Aug 06, 1888

[2] Cork Constitution, 15 October 1892

[3] Dublin Daily Express 1 February 1912

[4] Irish Independent, Sat., Aug 23, 1947

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