Biographical Notes

James Lyons CURRAN

(1878 to 1945)

James Lyons Curran was born in Ternagreevagh, Loughgall to George and Sarah Curran on the 7th June 1878. He was a twin to Anne CURRAN. On his civil Birth Certificate there is only the one given name, "James", but in the Church Register of Loughgall Parish Church, the given names are "James Lyons"

The 1901 census records that James Lyons was living with his parents, Jeorge and Sarah in Fernagreevagh, aged 22 years. His occupation is listed as "Farmers Son".6

He married Jane MAXWELL in St Saviors Church, Portadown on 28th June 1905.

In 1911, George and his wife are living in Church Street, Portadown, and have two children, George Northridge, aged 4 years, and James Lyons, aged 1 year.7 He was a greengrocer, with his shop at 5 Church Street, Portadown. As well as owing the shop, he owned some of the adjacent properties.

Some time after his wife, Jane's death in 1937, James re-married. His second wife's given name was Evelyn. Currently her surname is not known.

James died at 55 West Street, Portadown on 9th August 1945. According to his Death Certificate the cause of death was Coronary Thrombosis - certified.3

He died without a will, and Letters of Administration were granted to his second wife (Evelyn) by the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland - King's Bench Division (Probate) on 11th January 1946. The estate was valued at 3367.5.11. After payments, the estate was divided between James' 2nd wife, Evelyn, 1/3rd, and his three sons, George, William Ernest, and Cecil (2/9ths each). An original signed copy of the Final Estate Account and the Distribution Account is on file.

He is probably buried in Drumcree Cemetery, Portadown.

  1. Birth Certificate - General Register Office, Oxford Street, Belfast - Transcription
  2. Marriage Certificate - Registrar's Office, The Palace Demesne, Armagh - Transcription .
  3. Death Certificate - General Register Office, Oxford Street, Belfast - Transcription
  4. Letters of Administration for JLC's estate, to his second wife (Evelyn) - Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (Copy on file).
  5. Final Accounts for JLC's Estate (Original on file)
  6. Census of Ireland (1901) - Residents of a house 29 in Fernagreevagh (Loughgall, Armagh)
  7. Census of Ireland (1911) - Residents of a house 61 in Church Street (Portadown Urban, Armagh)

Last updated 8th November 2008