People (Re-unions, trace old friends and relatives.)
Would love to help you, but a first search has also been fruitless. Either they never married (not so unusual among the working classes at this time) or Clara was married before and she married Thomas under her widowed name. Her maiden name would still be on the children's birth registrations, but I can't find a Clara Devine marrying anyone else around this period. Of course, she may have been known as Clara but her birth registration name was different. For example, the 1901 and 1911 censuses (Thomas was widowed by this time) show a MARTIN RYAN born about 1897. There is no birth registration, but there is a birth registration for a PATRICK RYAN in 1897, mother's maiden name DAVINE. I think Martin and Patrick were one and the same. The DAVINE spelling led me to more searching, but to no avail. The only Clara Devine I could find in 1881 was in Liverpool, supposedly born abt 1866, but I couldn't find a marriage of a Clara Devine to a Thomas Ryan in Liverpool either. Clara died in 1901 aged 37. Her twin daughters Catherine and Annie born in 1900 must have died shortly after their births.
Clara was obiously buried as Clara Ryan, but I don't know whether this means they were officially married or not.
I wonder whether she really was born in Wigan. An ancestor of mine keeps changing her mind throughout the censuses as to whether she was born in Ireland or Wigan.
Will do a bit more searching.
Replied: 28th Sep 2014 at 18:29