The Ferguson Family

Iris May K (Ferguson) Lipoczy

Birth: 14 December 1916 in Drogheda district, county Louth, Ireland

Father: Sherard Freeman Statham Ferguson

Mother: Ethel Essie (Kilroy) Ferguson

Married: Istvan Balent Lipoczy in 1946, Ennis district, county Clare, Ireland
In her poem "Lipoczi", Jean Andrews states that Istvan was a Polish Second World War pilot

Buried: 12 August 1977, in Kilnasoolagh churchyard, county Clare, Ireland, aged 70. The parish register states her to be of Shannon Airport.

Four Poems by Jean Andrews
an alien name
in a Church of Ireland graveyard,
in the walled, portcullised portion
at the back of the church.
Shouldn’t it be with the Catholic brethren
on the sunny slope at the front?
He was a Polish Second World War pilot
after all?
But Iris was the wife of Lipoczi
and she had the right to be buried there,
even if her workmates couldn’t come in for the funeral
but huddled on the steps instead,
furtive, grieving, defiant,
half in, half beyond
My grandparents lie behind the lych gate
and my uncles who died before the First World War,
also my aunt, their sister,
who lived to see the American bombardment of Kandahar.
Oh, and my mother was one who mourned from the threshold
with her comrades, all those years before.


Sherard Freeman Statham Ferguson

Birth: 8 June 1893 in The Mall, Downpatrick, county Down, Ireland
Sherard Freeman Staham was born on Eighth June 1893 at The Mall Downpatrick, the son of James Ferguson, Clerk in Holy orders, of The Mall, Downpatrick, and Annie Ellen Swonell Ferguson formerly Statham.

Father: James Ferguson

Mother: Annie Ellen Swonell (Statham) Ferguson

Education: Trinity College Dublin graduating B.A in 1919 and M.A. in 1929

Married: Ethel Essie Kilroy on 7 April 1915, in the parish church, Munterconnaught, county Cavan, Ireland
Sherard F. S. Ferguson is recorded as a bachelor, aged 21 years, the son of James Ferguson, clerk in holy orders. Sherard is a bank clerk, resident in Virginia, Virginia parish, county Cavan. Ethel E. Kilroy is recorded as a spinster, aged 21 years. She is resident at Ryefield House, Munterconnaught parish. The marriage was witnessed by Percival J. Porter and Eileen M. Kilroy.

Children: Occupation: Bank clerk (1915) and then a clergyman
Sherard was ordained deacon in 1929, and appointed curate of Drogheda, county Louth in the same year. Sherard held the post of vicar of the parish of Kilnasoolagh, county Clare from 1948 until 1961 (Kilnasoolagh Church Newmarket on Fergus An Appreciation p35 (Edwin R. Bailey, 1992))
Crockford's Clerical Directory p2025 (1930)
FERGUSON, Sherard Freeman Statham.— T.C.D. B.A. 1919, M.A. 1922. d 1929 Arm., C. of Drogheda, Dio. Arm. from 1929. Grammar School, Drogheda, Louth.

Death: 27 February 1968, in Limerick, Ireland

Buried: 1 March 1968, in Kilnasoolagh churchyard, county Clare, Ireland. The parish register states him to be of Shannon.

Census & Addresses:
1901: Ballydock Upper, Dunsfort, county Down
1911: Kings Hospital school, Blackhall Place, Dublin St Paul, county Dublin
1930: Grammar School, Drogheda, county Louth   (Crockford's Clerical Directory 1930 p2025)

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