Hughes Family History
Edith                    17.01.1884 Lillian Catherine     15.01.1886 Mary Robina          03.06.1888 Isabella                 28.08.1890 Charles William     29.11.1892 John Victor            24.12.1894 Stella                    08.02.1898 With the exception of Stella, all the above children were born in various Army Barracks in Ireland and Malta as Bella moved with John and the regiment. Edith born at  North Queen St Barracks. Lillian born in Malta while John was overseas. Mary, Isabella, Charles and John were all born at Lifford while the father was in the 5th Battalion Royal Inniskillings.  Stella was born at 6 Hazelnut St Belfast as John had been pensioned out of the army on the 16 Feb 1895.
Edith and Stela
The Children of my Great Grand Parents John and Bella Hughes
Edith Hughes 1884-1927 Edith here on the left in this photo was born at Victoria Army Barracks, 58 North Queen St, Belfast. Social Housing including seven high rise tower blocks built in the 1960’s by Belfast Corporation now occupy the original site of the Artillery Barracks which was originally built around 1797. Our next encounter is from the 1901 census of Ireland, where we have Edith living at 1 Shamrock St, Belfast, a 17 year old and working as a Biscuit Packer possibly at 122 Donegall Street for Marsh, J., & Co., wholesale biscuit manufacturers. Her younger sister Lily aged 15  also likely working for the same employer. On the 22 July 1906 at St Anne’s Church of Ireland, Belfast, Edith married Isaiah Magowan a 22 year old fitter from 3 Ambleside St Belfast. There are two children listed with this marriage Lillian Phyllis, and Isabella. Isaiah died on the 21.8.1907. The next record of Edith in the 1911 census of Ireland where she is  living with her parents at 17 Jaffa St, Belfast along with her two children Phyllis and Isabella. A further record on the 14 Sept 1913 at St Annes Church Belfast Edith married Reuben Goward a sapper in the Royal Engineers stationed at Victoria Barracks. We have three children to this marriage Reuben 1914, Norah 1916 and William 1920. Edith’s death is recorded as follows. On the 19 January 1927 at 51 Lisburn Road (Belfast City Hospital) Edith Goward late of 26 Fairfield Street Belfast, Aged 42, Housewife, died from Valvular Heart Disease Cardiac failure. Certified by J Mahood occupier at 51 Lisburn Road Belfast.
Lillian Catherine Hughes 1886-1937 Lillian was born in Malta, her father stationed there between December1885 and May1886 while serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers. In the 1901 census (1 Shannon St) Lily is working as a Biscuit Packer. On the 6 Oct 1909 at Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church Lily marries John Adrain an apprentice plater from Canning St Belfast. We have two children to this marriage Olive 1910, and Dorothy 1912. Lily died on the 3 Sept 1937 aged 49
Mary Robina Hughes 1888-1973 Mary was born in Lifford County Donegal her father having been transferred to the 5th Battalion Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers and stationed at the Goal in Lifford town. Mary appears in the 1901 census as a school girl of 12 and using the name Ruby. She marries Alfred Ernest Stone an Iron Smith from 68 Alexandra Park  Belfast on the 30 Aug 1908 at St Annes Belfast. In the 1911 census we find Robina living in Belfast with her first daughter Gladys  one year old. We have five other children to this marriage. Alfred Ernest 1911, Winifred 1914, Stella 1916, Freda, Frederick William 1919 and Vivan. Mary Robina died on the 7 Oct 1973. Interestingly her date of birth given on her death certificate is 1 June 1888 with her birth place given as Armagh and not Lifford.
Isabella (Dot) Hughes 1890-1938 Isabella (Dot) was born in Lifford County Donegal. She appears in the 1901 census as a 10 year old school girl. She then appears in the 1911 census living at Jaffa St using the name Dot and working at the Gallagher’s Tobacco Factory. Dot remained a spinster and her death is recorded on the 13 Sept 1938 living at 22 Velsheda Park her brother Victor in attendance. Isabella (Dot) purchased a burial plot at Dundonald cemetery for Three pounds and Ten Shillings F2 901.Burried along with Dot in this plot are her Mother and Father  and her sister Lily. This photo of Dot and friends at Blackpool. There have been numerous guesses by family as to which one was Dot.
Charles William Hughes (My Grandfather) 1892-1961 Charles William was born in Lifford County Donegal. He appears in the 1901 census as an 8 year old school boy. He then is recorded in the 1911 census as an 18 year old General Labourer. Charles marries Letitia French Waterworth from 41 Shannon St on the 9 july 1912 at Holy Trinity Belfast. (Charles probably knew Letitia as a neighbour, as Charles father is recorded as having lived in Shannon St.) There are Eleven Children to this marriage Olive Isobel 1912, Dorris Murial 1914, Charles William and Victor Thomas (twins) 1915, John Norman 1920, Dorothy Isabel 1921, Caroline 1923, Letitia 1925, Beatrice Olive (Susan)  1927, Joseph 1929,Lillian Adrain 1933. They live at 72 James St Belfast off the Shankill Road. Charles died on the 24 Dec 1961 and is Buried in the City Cemetery Belfast
John Victor Hughes 1894-1977 John Victor was born in Lifford County Donegal. He appears in the 1901 census as a 6 year old not having started school. The 1911 census shows Victor working as  General labourer  and living in Jaffa St Belfast. On the 12 Nov 1921 at St Annes he marries Rose Burns a packer from 24 Clifton St Belfast. Victor at this time is working in the Cigarette Factory. On the 12 April 1941 Victor married Elizabeth McCallum Stewart at Glengormley Presbyterian Church. There is one child to this marriage Margaret. Victor died on the 25 May 1977 living at 19 Torrens Crescent Belfast at that time.
Stella Hughes 1898-1972 Stella is born at 6 Hazelnut St Belfast and appears as a 3 year old on the 1901 census. In 1911 Stella is a 14 year old at home. On the 31 May 1916 at Christ Church Belfast she marries John Brown a Soldier at Victoria Barracks Belfast. There are no children recorded to this marriage. Stella Died on the 15 Apr 1972.  Stella Left a will to her brothers, sisters and family each receiving £65.25  with a total of £326.26.
This photo shows Stella and John to the right wearing their Orange sashes. I am not sure of the particular occasion this photograph was taken.