Parents of Mary Ann Gleeson?

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Hello!

Mary Ann Gleeson is our big family mystery. My great-great grandmother, Mary emigrated to New Zealand aboard the Brodick Castle in 1876 to live with her aunt and uncle, Mary Ann Gleeson (born 1836) and William Sloane. She went on to marry James Goodwin in 1880, and she passed away in 1939.

Sounds pretty put together, yeah? No. She's been a mystery for many years, both for myself and for another genealogist cousin of mine, because we have no idea who in the heck her parents are.

We believe that she was born in Leeds in approximately 1858. Given that her uncle was a Lester, it's likely that her mother's maiden name is Lester. We also know that, prior to being shipped out to New Zealand, she was in service for a family in Dublin and it was possibly something that happened in Dublin which caused her to be sent out here by her parents. We can't find any record of her parents—we've found three records of a Mary Ann Gleeson in Leeds around that time, but none of them fit the Mary Ann we're looking for.

In my original wording of this question, some of the information was incorrect. Initially, I mentioned that the uncle she came to live with was Philip Lester, which is incorrect. She lived with her aunt, Mary Gleeson Sr., and her husband William Sloane. Mary Gleeson Sr. was a sister of Philip Gleeson, born in Tipperary, Ireland. Discovered records of Mary and Phillip show their parents as James Gleeson and Julia Carroll. If anyone could find further children of Julia and James, it could lead us to identifying Mary's parents!

This has been a brick wall in our family for decades. Is there anyone with any further information on her?
WikiTree profile: Mary Goodwin
in Genealogy Help by Amelia Utting G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
edited by Amelia Utting
Have you considered the possibility that Gleeson may not have been her maiden name? She may have been married before she emigrated.
Another question: Could Philip Lester have been an uncle by marriage?
Lynda,

Given her approximate birth year, she would have been 18 when she arrived here which makes it unlikely that she was married. We believe that the head of the household may have taken a liking to her, and that this was the reason she was sent away from Dublin.

With Philip, its true that its possible that he could be an uncle by marriage, but at least in my opinion it would be unlikely, because I do not believe that Philip was married.
Birth in Leeds followed by service in Dublin is a fairly unusual sequence of events. Where did that information come from? Any more clues to be gleaned from those sources?

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I assume that you have dismissed the Mary Ann Gleeson born in 1856 - Q1 1856 Leeds 9b,325, mother's maiden name McAndrew. She is on the 1861 and 1871 censuses with her parents Thomas & Frances, who were both born in Ireland, which may explain the Dublin connection.
by Peter Cameron G2G6 Mach 2 (23.2k points)
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Here are an obituary and her son's WWI service record. Both indicate she was born in Ireland.

Service Record

Obit:

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by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Deb,

I'm actually in regular contact with Lauren, the woman who made that image of the obituary, and its from her information that her "early life in Leeds" was in service, and from her sources that Mary Ann was born in Leeds. In regards the service record: the reason that Mary Ann is so mysterious to us now is because she was mysterious with her own children. Mary Ann did in fact tell her children she was Irish; this is because her parents/grandparents were likely Irish themselves, though she was only in service there as far as Lauren and I can discover.
Hmmm, then you may need to take anything you think you know so far with a grain of salt. You may have to expand your estimate of her birthdate. Although I have to say, it would have been quite unusual for a girl born in Leeds to have been in service in Dublin. It's possible that you will need to track down Phillip Lester and hope that you can connect him to her.
Lauren has recently made a breakthrough regarding Mary Ann and her connection to her uncle. I'll update the question and see what more I can get.

Records from findmypast.

First name(s) Phillip
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1827
Baptism date 01 Jun 1827
Residence Tinckelly
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) John
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632710#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland
First name(s) Mary
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1836
Baptism date 11 Feb 1836
Residence Benneth Hill
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) John
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632712#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland

Additional siblings, the first, Thomas, is probably a twin to Phillip:

First name(s) Thomas
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1827
Baptism date 01 Jun 1827
Residence Tinckelly
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) John
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632710#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland

First name(s) Patrick
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1825
Baptism date 29 Aug 1825
Parish Drangan
Alternative parish names Cloneen, Drangan and Cloneen
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) Jno
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632691#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland
First name(s) William
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1829
Baptism date 23 Jul 1829
Residence Timkelly
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) Thos
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632711#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland
First name(s) Cath
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1832
Baptism date 27 Jan 1832
Residence Timkelly
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) John
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632711#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland
First name(s) John
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1834
Baptism date 23 Apr 1834
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) John
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632711#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland

This one may not be a sibling or maybe a half-sibling. Also, possibly the father's name is wrong.

First name(s) Ellen
Last name Gleeson
Birth year -
Baptism year 1838
Baptism date 04 Jun 1838
Residence Benneth Hill
Parish Fethard
Alternative parish names Fethard and Killusty, Killusty
Diocese Cashel and Emly
County Tipperary
Country Ireland
Father's first name(s) Thos
Father's last name Gleeson
Mother's first name(s) Anne
Mother's last name Laffan
Repository National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland link http://registers.nli.ie//registers/vtls000632712#page/1/mode/1up
Register Baptism
Record set Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Ireland

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