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Alexander Gabbey (1875 - 1960)

Alexander Gabbey
Born in Ballygowan, County Down, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1908 in Irelandmap
Died in Manchester, Connecticut, USAmap
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He may have been known as "Alec" (his son Norman too) - especially in the United States.

The 1901 Irish Census shows him living with his older brother William's family and mother in Ormeau, Down, Ireland. He was working as a labourer.

He married his first wife (unknown) around 1901. They had a son named Norman Alexander in 1904. His wife appears to have died afterwards.

In 1910 Alexander marries a fellow widower, Florence HILL, to form a melded family. According to the 1911 Irish Census, the are living in Belfast (Ormeau Road). They have a young daughter, Agnes. (Later they will have another daughter named Eleanor). Florence had three children (John, Irwin, Florence) from her previous marriage.

His stepson John HILL dies at age 12 in 1913.

Alexander enlists in the British Army and serves as a rifleman with the Royal Irish Rifles (Royal Ulster Rifles ) in World War One. He is awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal at the end of the war.

In 1918, Florence's son Irwin dies at the age of 15.

Alexander and his family immigrated to the USA in 1920. He travelled first with son Norman in April 1920 aboard the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria. Florence followed with the three daughters (Agnes, Eleanor and Florence) via the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, leaving Liverpool on September 25, 1920.

They settled in Manchester, Connecticut.

Florence died on June 1, 1953 at age 78. Alexander dies in 1960. They are both interred in East Cemetery, Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut.


  • Ireland, Census, 1901
  • Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958
  • Ireland, Census, 1911
  • UK, World War I Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
  • New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957
  • Connecticut, Federal Naturalization Records, 1790-1996
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
  • 1930 United States Federal Census
  • Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012

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