I read a newspaper clipping, posted in a local Facebook group page, concerning a serious accident in a flax mill at Articlave in 1906. I thought to myself, “I wonder what happened to Fanny Cochrane?”
Possibly the flaxmill now 'Collins Wing'
My hobby is genealogy so here is what I found…
Fanny was born on the 28th December 1891 in Ardina, Dunboe, Articlave. Her father was Isaac Cochrane, a labourer from Ardina (Originally from Tullans, Coleraine). Mother Caroline Cochrane nee Flemming. A Sarah Flemming from Pottagh, Dunboe, Articlave was present at birth.
Fanny’s mother and father married in Dunboe Parish Church on 23rd November 1883. I was unable to locate Fanny’s mother Caroline? A search showed me Isaac Cochrane, widowed and remarried in 1911. It seems Caroline has passed between 1891 and 1896 (when Isaac remarried) I was unable to locate her death certificate.
St Pauls, Dunboe, Articlave
Fanny is seen in the 1901 Census of Ireland at house 23 in Articlave Town, living with her Grandmother Sarah Flemming (who was present at her birth) and sisters Lizzie, Sarah and Kelly. Also Lizzies husband Thomas Sterling. (Births found for sisters but not included here)
Griffiths Map of Articlave circa 1859.
OSNI 1 10000 Metric Scale Irish Grid 1957-1986 Articlave
Fanny’s accident happens in 1906, she would have been 15 years old.
I am unable to locate her for definite on the 1911 census?
Fanny’s Grandmother Sarah passes on the 12th March 1910 with Fanny’s sister Lizzie being present at death.
Fanny is next seen marrying James Dinsmore at St. Pauls Parish Church, Dunboe on the 20th November 1911.
James Dinsmore was born in Englishtown, Macosquin on the 3rd May 1890. Father James Dinsmore, a labourer and mother, Sarah nee Kennedy.
He can be seen living with his family in both the 1901 and 1911 Census.
James is seen signing up for Service in WW1 on the 15th May 1915 at Enniskillen. He is noted as a Scutcher living in Ballylintagh, Coleraine. He is first assigned to the 12th Res. Bn Roy Innis Fus (12th Reserve Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. No. 230606.
A very descriptive army record includes these details.
A report on enlistment shows James apparent aged is 25. He is 5 ft 7 1/2 inches. His girth when fully expanded is 36 1/2 inches and range of expansion is 2 inches. He had no distinctive marks.
Name and address of next of kin: Fanny Dinsmore
Ballylintagh, Drumcroon, Coleraine
As to marriage: Fanny Cochrane, Articlave, 20th Nov 1911, Ballylintagh, Drumcroon, Coleraine.
As to children: James Austin 24th July 1912 Englishtown
Margretta Kennedy 15th Oct 1914 Ballylintagh
In a later report, two more children – neither certificate available at present.
Caroline Sarah Dinsmore 12th Feb 1916 Coleraine
Frances Elizabeth Dinsmore 22nd Sept 1918 Coleraine.
We know from the army record that James was punished many times for overstaying his leave, not
usually by a long length of time. Maybe he couldn’t bear to be parted from Fanny? Also, included
were any admissions to hospital, for example, 7/4/1916 he joined the battalion in the field then on
the 30/6/1916 he was admitted to hospital for shell shock.
Sadly, the record also includes a note of James death, from what I can see, in 1923 at his residence
of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. A very sad end for someone who served from 1915-1920. I was unable to
locate his death certificate?
Fanny Dinsmore nee Cochrane does not appear to have remarried, nor can I locate her death before
1967, I would imagine she lived on to a grand old age in Coleraine.
I am including the full army record for James Dinsmore found with this post. Hope you find it as
interesting as I did…
This example shows the wealth of information available! Sadly not all WW1 Service records are available, I just got lucky here.