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Sunday, 12 January 2014

52 Ancestors: #2 Samuel Gilbert Molloy (1898-????)

Samuel Molloy is a bit of a mystery man in my family tree. He is the 2xgreat-grandfather of my children.

I first spoke about Samuel in my Wibbling Jo blog back in 2011.

Here's Samuel's story as far as I know it....

Samuel Gilbert Molloy was born on 15th March 1898 in Jubilee Cottages in Calow near Chesterfield, Derbyshire to  John Molloy and Ellen Molloy (nee Davison). (1)

Photo of Jubilee Cottage in May 2012 taken with Google streetview
In 1916 he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) and served as a signalman.(2) According to his medal card he received the Victory medal and the British War Medal.(3)

In 1919 in Dover he married Margaret Anne Birch at the age of 21. Samuel and Margaret went on to have 4 children - Robert Gilbert in 1919, Margaret Patricia in 1922, Jean in 1924 and John Geoffrey in 1926.

But on 11 June 1927 Samuel, aged 29, can be found on the ships listing of the Megantic arriving in Quebec, Canada. (4)

And that is where I left him in 2011. 

But in writing this post I have found out  a bit more information.

According to the UK record below(5), it shows that Samuel and Margaret Molloy were travelling as husband and wife. I can tell this because their ages are in the column for those travelling "accompanied by husband or wife".

But this isn't Margaret Molloy (nee Birch) as she would have been 32 at the time - the Margaret on this manifest was 21! 

So, I'm off to investigate further - thanks to "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" I've got another puzzle to solve!!

(1)  England, birth certificate for Samuel Gilbert Molloy, born 15 March 1898; citing Chesterfield subdistrict, Chesterfield registration district; Registrar General
(2)  "Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service records 1903-1922",[database on-line], The National Archives, Kew ( : accessed 17 Oct 2013)  Public Record Office ADM 337/9/53 MOLLOY Samuel Gilbert
(3) "Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve medal roll 1914-1920",[database on-line], ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014)  Public Record Office ADM 171/127 Page 578 MOL
(4) "Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935" [database on-line] ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014)  SS Megantic Sailing from Liverpool 3 Jun 1927 Arriving to Quebec 11 Jun 1927 Third Class Vol 9 Page 185 Sheet 12
(5) "UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960",[database on-line], ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014) Megantic 2 Jun 1927, Bound: Quebec & Montreal, Port of Departure: Liverpool, Steamship Line: Whitestar

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