Are you a Sherry who has family links with Glasgow’s East End?
If the answer to my question is “yes’ then it is likely Arthur Sherry is the key ancestor of your Sherry family tree.
My Great Grandfather was the first child of Patrick Sherry (1834-1902) and Alice Drummond (1837-1923) He was born at High Church, Paisley on 31st July 1857. Alice and Patrick would have at least ten more children over a twenty-three year period.
Arthur Sherry’s Early Years
The 1861 Scotland Census records young Arthur Sherry residing at 14 Society Row, Maryhill. In the 20th Century, Society Row would be renamed Carnbroe Street.
A few years ago I took a photo of where Society Row/Carnbroe Street once was.
I believe the Sherry family lived in the Maryhill area for much of the 1860s going by some of Patrick and Alice’s other children’s birth/death certificates. The Valuation Rolls offer insight too
I met with an Aunt that I lost touch with for two decades. We had a nice chat about Sherry family history.
It surprised her to learn that our ancestors lived in Maryhill. Nobody in my branch of the Sherry clan had knowledge of this.
It is amazing how much family history has been lost in the mists of time.
Through my Aunt, I learned our family’s earliest knowledge about ancestry was our connection to the village of Longriggend.
The Maryhill period of our Sherry family was lost to time on our side of the clan. I have yet to find any Sherry relative that knew about this time period of our ancestry. The odds are highly unlikely.
As the 1870s dawned, Arthur and the family would leave the Maryhill area and by 1871 he was living in Lanarkshire.
Arthur Sherry Beyond Maryhill
By 1871 Arthur and his family were residing at Turnpike Road, Bothwell as recorded in the 1871 Scotland Census. His father Patrick, was working in the local mines.
I have seen Legbrannock as the place of birth for some of Arthur’s siblings who were born during the 1870s. Arthur’s parents and younger family members lived in Legbranock for a number of years. 1881 Scotland Census records them residing there.
Legbrannock is now part of Holytown, another key area in the Sherry family story which I will focus on in a future post.
When Arthur reached working age he left the family home sometime in the late 1870s following in his father’s footsteps by going down the coal mines. By the time of his marriage in 1880, he was a Miner residing in Arden, New Monklands.
Arthur Sherry & Jane Mallin
Arthur married Jane Mallin (1860-1944) on 3rd March 1880 at St Margaret’s RC Church in Airdrie. The Mallin family were an Irish Catholic family who immigrated from Ireland to Scotland during the Great Famine.
Jane was the oldest child of James Mallin (Abt 1836 -1918) and Ann Leonard (Abt 1840-1915) She was born on the 7th April 1860 at Ballochney, New Monkland.
The available records of Arthur and Jane’s life in the 1880s indicate that my Great Grandparents moved around. From Arden, Arthur returned to Legbrannock with his wife.
1881’s Scotland Census recorded Arthur and Jane residing there with their baby girl Rose Ann (1881-1882)
In January 1882 Rose Ann died, and in April they had their second child, Patrick who was born in Legbrannock. Like Rose Ann, he died when he was a year old in 1883 when the family lived in Caldercruix.
As the decade moved on, Arthur and Jane had three more sons. James in 1884, Peter in 1886 and Arthur around 1888/1889. To date, I have never found a birth record for Arthur.
Going to the location of his son’s births, it is likely Arthur and his young family lived in the Monklands until at least 1890 when his son Hugh Sherry (1880-1892) arrived.
The last decade of the 19th Century saw my Great Grandparents move once again. This time, Arthur took the family back to Maryhill.
Return To Maryhill
In the 1891 Scotland Census, we find Arthur Sherry and his family living at 210 Possil Road. His brother James Sherry (1860-1923) and his young family living in the same building too. James worked in the coal puts around the Monklands area too before going back Maryhill.
Possil Road was close to where Arthur and James lived previously in Society Row as children.
Sadly, tragedy would strike Arthur and Jane again when their young son Hugh died in January 1892 at 262 Possil Road.
Unfortunately, infant mortality was all too common for poor families in those days. I regularly come across it within my own ancestry up until the 1940s. And in cases where I have helped with other families’ research who have a similar social and economic background.
When I and my brother have asked questions, our Aunts did not know anything about the brothers and sister of their Dad who died in childhood.
I have often wondered if my Grandfather knew about them.
The Maryhill comeback did not last long. In 1893 there were new additions to the Sherry family. I’ve deduced that Arthur and James left Maryhill with their families back to the Monklands by the end of 1892 or the first months of 1893.
Back To Monklands
My Great Grandfather worked down the mines in this area until some time before the First World War.
Arthur sired more children: Michael (1893-1967), John (1896-1947), Patrick (1898-1917) my Grandad Thomas (1901-1955) and at the age of 45, Arthur became a Dad for the final time when Alice (1903-1972) arrived in West Longrigg.
The 1901 Scotland Census logged Arthur and his family living in Nimmos Row, Longriggend. His parents and brother Peter (1866-1915) were neighbours.
Other Sherry relatives lived in Longriggend or the nearby coal mining villages.
Looking at the records of Arthur and the Sherry family, at the turn of the 20th Century there was no escape from the coal mines. By 1905 Arthur’s eldest surviving son James was a Coal Miner too. All of my Great Grandfather’s sons would follow in their father’s footsteps when they were old enough.
The daily grind of the coal mines was the main job occupation for Sherrys well into the 1950s.
Arthur Sherry Final Years
The 1911 Scotland Census lists Arthur and his family living in Greengairs, which is around three miles from Longriggend.
Then, some point on the eve of the First World War, he moved to Glasgow and the family resided at 55 Calton Street, Tollcross. In the years to come, the street would be renamed Dalness Street. The Sherry family would have a link to this street until at least the late 1970s
During the early years of the war, a photo of my Great Grandparents with their children was taken. Arthur and Jane’s sons who went to war were in their uniforms for this photo.
My Grandfather was too young to enlist alongside his older brothers. The horror of the First World War showed up at Calton Street’s door with Patrick falling in January 1917 and Peter in June 1918.
In his final years, Arthur was an Iron Work Labourer. Sadly, he took ill in the first week of October 1918 and passed away at 55 Calton Street on the eighth of October. He had been suffering from influenza for six days and lobar pneumonia for three days.
It is possible that Arthur was a victim of the 1918 Flu Pandemic.
Arthur Sherry: The Research Brickwalls
At the time of writing this post, I have yet to come across burial details for my Great Grandfather.
I have checked with local cemeteries and there is no record of internment. Someone suggested that if he was a victim of the flu epidemic then cremation would be more likely than burial. Any ideas?
My side of the family does not know anything about Arthur apart from what appears in the records. Grandad Sherry apparently never spoke about him.
All they knew was my Grandad and his siblings “were well brought up.”
And that was the life of Arthur Sherry. Well, from what I have found to date during my research.
Arthur Sherry Descendants
A lot of Arthur’s descendants live in Glasgow’s East End. My side of the family lost touch with a lot of them decades ago. We likely have walked past each other in the street or had mutual friends and acquaintances.
I would love to learn more about Arthur Sherry. To learn something about him, a family tale or to see a photo of him.
Is Arthur Sherry in your ancestry? Get in touch.