Author Topic: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK  (Read 4977 times)

adrienne1

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I am looking to find any information about my father JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK.

He was a Walter Mitty character who did not always tell the truth so it is not always possible to decide which is fact and which is fiction.

His name was originally MALLARD as he was illegitimate then became MCCORMICK and then for some reason changed it to MCCORMACK when he married my mother in England..

He had previously married a Charlotte Pitson in 1928 and had three children Jessie, Violet and John.  During this time he may have been working at Harland and Wolff or Ranks Flour Mill.

His stories range from being a merchant marine fitter/diver (no trace at the Kew Archives) to working on dredgers to escorting The Queen Mary into New York Harbour and also having been  in Trinidad.  How much is true is hard to say.

He mentioned having seen some very horrible disaster during his time in Belfast which he said scarred him for life and I am wondering whether this is connected with the blitz in Belfast in l941.

Does anyone know any of the names I have mentioned please.

Many thanks.

Adrienne

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I am looking to find any information about my father JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK.

He was a Walter Mitty character who did not always tell the truth so it is not always possible to decide which is fact and which is fiction.

His name was originally MALLARD as he was illegitimate then became MCCORMICK and then for some reason changed it to MCCORMACK when he married my mother in England..

He had previously married a Charlotte Pitson in 1928 and had three children Jessie, Violet and John.  During this time he may have been working at Harland and Wolff or Ranks Flour Mill.

His stories range from being a merchant marine fitter/diver (no trace at the Kew Archives) to working on dredgers to escorting The Queen Mary into New York Harbour and also having been  in Trinidad.  How much is true is hard to say.

He mentioned having seen some very horrible disaster during his time in Belfast which he said scarred him for life and I am wondering whether this is connected with the blitz in Belfast in l941.

Does anyone know any of the names I have mentioned please.

Many thanks.

Adrienne

Hi again Adrienne.

Very strange - just did a quick search on some of my databases and unfortunately nothing as yet - apart from a strange coincidence.

I have both a 'Mallard' and a 'McCormack' who were both civilians who died in Coventy on 14th November 1940....

There was also a Sarah McCormick of Heather Street in Belfast who was killed during the Blitz, 16th April 1941 aged 44 years. Her father was listed as the late 'J. McCormick'.

Not much help, but will hopefully find something positive for you soon.

Best Wishes,

Acheux.

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adrienne1

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Hi Acheux,

Well although there was a Sadie (Sarah) McCormick in the family tree, she lived beyond 1941 and Heather St. is not one of the streets I have come across so far in the family, so I dont think there is a connection.  However, it is something to bear in mind as there was a John McCormick (my grandfather) in the family who seemed to disappear from the scene in 1941 and I did wonder if he may have been killed in the blitz.

Thank you for taking enough interest to reply.

Adrienne

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2007, 05:38:36 AM »
Hi Adrienne,

It's strange that your father didn't say that the disaster was the Blitz.

I'm wondering if there was another disaster ... possibly at Harland & Wolff or at Ranks Mill.

Christopher

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2007, 09:11:16 AM »
Hello again Christopher,

It was one new years eve when there had been a family row and he was making excuses for his temper.  As you could never believe what he was saying, no one bothered to ask him.

He could be a lovely man but very awkward at other times.  he was his own worst enemy unfortunately.

At that time we didnt know anything about him being illegitimate and being the proud man that he was, it tainted his whole life.

This is why I have been trying to find out things about him but the only living relative i have contact with wants the past to be the past.  Its such a shame.

Many thanks for your continued interest.

A very merry christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

Adrienne

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007, 10:15:58 AM »
Hi Adrienne1

Was wondering if this could maybe be, the Mother of your James (as he called his first born Jessie) ??

Civil Marriage

24 Jan 1909
John McCormack
Jessica Mallard
St. Annes C of I
Shankill
Belfast
Antrim

Good luck with your search

Regards
Bkeel
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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007, 10:28:09 AM »
Many thanks Bkeel, yes these are my grandparents.  You wouldnt happen to know anything more about the family would you?

I really would be grateful for anything you may know about my family.

Adrienne

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2007, 10:39:14 AM »
Hi Adrienne1

Sorry dont know of your family, found the info while looking on Emerald Ancestors site, if there are any other look ups I can do, just ask.

Sorry cant be of more use to you  :(

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Bkeel
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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2007, 11:11:45 AM »
Hi Adrienne,

Mullard isn't a very common name in Ireland. One signed the 1912 Covenant ...

Mary Mullard, I, Farm Hill, Clones. Co. Monaghan.

That surname does not appear in the extracts of Griffiths Valuation of Ireland 1848-64.

Christopher   

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007, 07:41:12 AM »
Hi Christopher,

The name is MALLARD and according to my old aunt they originated from Holland and were stonemasons involved in the construction of St. Anne's cathedral in Belfast.

I have found some Mallards with the help of your site, from the street directories and some were indeed stonemasons.

Thanks

Adrienne

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2007, 11:47:26 AM »
Sorry about that Adrienne,

Four people named Mallard living at 4, Hart Street  Belfast signed the 1912 Ulster Covenant.   

They were Aggie, Alfred, Jane and Kathleen.

Some idiotic transcriber put Jane down as 4, Hast Street but on checking it's quite clearly Hart Street. 

Christopher

 


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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2007, 07:29:58 AM »
Thanks again Christopher,

Aggie, Jane and Kathleen are new to me.  From your site I had found A. Hart (Painter) but I'm not sure if there is any connection as I have not come across the name Alfred before in the family.

I would love to take up Bkeel's offer of help from Emerald Ancestors but I didnt get a direct notification of his reply, so didnt know how to get back to him as I could not press reply.

Is it possible for you to notify him for me as he is a hero member.

Many thanks again for your interest.

Adrienne

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2007, 08:23:43 AM »
Hi Adrienne,

Mallard Marriages thanks to Emerald Ancestors.

1849 Samuel  MALLARD Mary  LYONS  Belfast Antrim       
 
1852 Samuel  MALLARD Sophia  LERNON Newtownards Down       
 
1868 Thomas  MCNEIGHT Elizabeth  MALLARD   Belfast Antrim       
 
1877 William  MALLARD Sarah  KENNEDY   Belfast Antrim       
 
1897 Adam  MULLAN Charlotte  MALLARD  Lurgan Down       

1897 Frederick  MALLARD  Sarah Jane  CARSON Belfast Antrim       
 
1900 William Henry  MCGRATH  Elizabeth  MALLARD Lurgan Down       
 
1901 Samuel  MALLARD  Agnes  JOHNSTON  Belfast Antrim       
 
1906 William  MALLARD Ellen  MAGUIRE  Belfast Antrim       
 
1907 Samuel  LACKEY Sarah Jane  MALLARD  Lurgan Down       
 
1909 John  MCCORMACK  Jessica  MALLARD  Belfast Antrim

There are also some records of Mallard births but no Census, Death or School register records.

Christopher 
 

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Re: HARLAND AND WOLFF SHIPBUILDERS 1940 - JAMES MALLARD/MCCORMICK/MCCORMACK
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2007, 01:13:13 PM »
Boy Christopher, that was quick.  Would it be asking too much if it would be possible for you to give me the births as well?  I know that there are bound to be a lot due to the large families they had in those days, so i would quite understand if it was too much to ask.

Thanks for all your help.

Regards,

Adrienne

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Samuel MALLARD .  Newtownards son of Samuel Mallard ; aged 30 married Sophia Lemon 29 Nov 1852 
 
. Thomas MALLARD . Moira husband of Mary Henry; father of Elizabeth b. 31 May 1868 7 Sarah Jane b. 2 May 1871 & William b. 18 Jun 1874

Miss Margaret MALLARD . Newtownards wife of John Greer; mother of Lizzey b. 1870
 
From Ros Davies County Down Site