Sarah Kerfoot  ‎(I00027)‎
Given Names: Sarah
Surname: Kerfoot

Gender: FemaleFemale

Birth: 1855 25 Raheny, Dublin, , IRL
Death: 1943 ‎(Age 88)‎ Claggan, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 1855 25 Raheny, Dublin, , IRL

Sarah's father William moved ‎(probably with the family)‎ to St. Anne's, Raheny, Dublin. Sarah gives her place of birth as Dublin. William was living in Raheny ‎(near Dublin)‎ when she got married in 1886. William and his son James were living in St. Anne's, Raheny in the 1901 Census. James was living alone there in 1911.

Source: Mevagh Parish Records ‎(BMD)‎

MarriageReligious Marriage
George Dennison - 7 March 1886 ‎(Age 31)‎ St. John the Baptist Parish Church
Co. Donegal

Death 1943 ‎(Age 88)‎ Claggan, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Burial Umlagh, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Address Claggan,
Co. Donegal,
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Parents Family  (D20)
Mr William Kerfoot
1830 - 1901
Sarah Kerfoot
1855 - 1943
James Kerfoot
1859 -
‎(unknown)‎ Kerfoot

Immediate Family  (F00018)
George Dennison
1857 - 1931
Mary Teresa "Mamie" Dennison
1886 - 1959
Ellen "Nellie" Dennison
1888 - 1958
Winnifred "Winnie" Dennison
1889 - 1967
Manus "Mandy" Dennison
1892 - 1943


Sarah's son Manus ‎(Mandy)‎ died suddenly on 11/4/1943. Sarah was 88 at the time and living with her daughter, Nelly Kelly's, family in Claggan, Carrigart ‎(about 2 miles from Drumdutton)‎ and it was decided not to tell her about Mandy's death. Her grand-daughter May Lavin remembers going to visit her with her siblings and being told ‎(warned!)‎ not to mention Mandy's death. When Sarah started asking awkward questions they were ushered from the room.

May also remembers her grandmother giving herself and her siblings sweets. She held out a handful and very deliberately picked out the smallest one to give May.

A letter from Sarah to her daughter-in-law's sister, Susan Campbell ‎(neĆ© Williams)‎, in 1935 still survives. A copy is available on the DennisonZone website.

Source: Reminiscences of May Lavin

Sarah had a younger sister who died when 16-18 due to a chill contracted when she didn't dry her hair properly after washing it,

She corresponded is later life with a May Behan who may have been a relative.

She had no Irish - she was not able to help her grandchildren with their Irish lessons. Her grand-daughter Ellen remembers that she was using one of two double-bedrooms upstairs in Drumdutton while Ellen was going to school ‎(circa 1930-43 (Source: Ellen Gallagher)‎

Source: Reminiscences of Ellen Gallagher

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Family with Parents
Mr William Kerfoot ‎(I34)‎
Birth 1830 Avoca, Co. Wicklow ‎(reputed)‎
Death 11 August 1901 ‎(Age 71)‎ St. Anne's, Raheny, Co. Dublin
Sarah Kerfoot ‎(I00027)‎
Birth 1855 25 Raheny, Dublin, , IRL
Death 1943 ‎(Age 88)‎ Claggan, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, Ireland
4 years
James Kerfoot ‎(I35)‎
Birth 1859 29
Family with George Dennison
George Dennison ‎(I00008)‎
Birth 1857 28 32
Death 12 April 1931 ‎(Age 74)‎ Age: 74 years Carrigart, Donegal, , IRL
-2 years

Sarah Kerfoot ‎(I00027)‎
Birth 1855 25 Raheny, Dublin, , IRL
Death 1943 ‎(Age 88)‎ Claggan, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Religious Marriage: 7 March 1886 -- St. John the Baptist Parish Church
-2 months
Daughter (Birth)
Mary Teresa "Mamie" Dennison ‎(I00013)‎
Birth 1886 29 31
Death 11 May 1959 ‎(Age 73)‎
2 years
Ellen "Nellie" Dennison ‎(I45)‎
Birth 1888 31 33
Death 1958 ‎(Age 70)‎
1 year
Winnifred "Winnie" Dennison ‎(I46)‎
Birth 1889 32 34
Death 1967 ‎(Age 78)‎
3 years
Manus "Mandy" Dennison ‎(I00010)‎
Birth 28 May 1892 35 37 Drimdutton, Carrigart, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Death 11 April 1943 ‎(Age 50)‎ Lackagh, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, Ireland