Thomas Hartigan is recorded as being of Ireland. He was
probably father to Martin, Hannah and James. These children were all born in
Ireland, probably in Limerick.
Martin Hartigan probably came from Ireland to Hulme
(Manchester) where he married Margaret Howe in 1860. No children have been
traced and it has to be assumed for the time being that Margaret died childless
before 1876. After Margaret Renshaw (nee Joynt) was widowed in 1876, Martin seems to have
moved in with her, initially at Buckingham Street, Salford, where their first
son, Martin Hartigan was born in 1877. By the time their second son, Henry
Hartigan/Renshaw was born in 1878 they had moved to Siever Street on the
opposite side of Liverpool Street in Salford. Their third child, Hannah
Renshaw/Annie Hartigan was born in Hulme in Manchester in 1879 and Joseph
Hartigan was born in Joseph Street, Salford in 1881.
This was the point at which the family history was difficult
to trace because Margaret only seemed to register her children as Hartigans if
their father was available to agree to the registration; if Martin Hartigan was
working away from home then it seems that the children were registered as Renshaws. On the
1881 census all of Margaret's children - Renshaws and Hartigans - are called
Renshaw and Martin appears to be working away. At some points the surnames
Hartigan and Renshaw appear to be interchangeable.
Martin Hartigan died, age 50, in 1890 in Salford. He
had fallen and hit his head on a pavement. His "wife", Margaret
Renshaw, had already died in 1886 as a result of chronic bronchitis. It is not
known how the children survived when they were orphaned, but it is clear that
their stepbrothers and sisters took them in at various times.
Assuming unconfirmed issues to be correct, the history would
be that Margaret Joynt married John Renshaw and had three children, John, Jane
Ann and Thomas Renshaw. John Renshaw died and Margaret 'married' Martin
Margaret and Martin's first child was Martin Hartigan who was
born at 58 Buckingham Road, Salford in 1877. The family moved to 68 Siever
Street before the birth of Henry. Henry was registered with his mother's
surname, Renshaw, possibly because the father was working away from Salford at
that time. Hannah
Renshaw is probably their third child, later she took the name of Annie
Hartigan. The last child, Joseph, was born in 1881 and died in 1891 at Salford
Workhouse on Regent Road, Salford. He had TB, his death was recorded by Thomas
Renshaw, his stepbrother.
By 1881 Margaret and her six children were living at 35 Siever
Street. Margaret was recorded as being a widow although the original
transcription shows a question mark as to her married status, so perhaps Martin
Hartigan was still living there though not recorded by the census enumerators.
All the children are called 'Renshaw', probably just a convenience by Margaret.
The family are poor. Siever Street is poor and rough; Margaret and her eldest
son, John, are hawkers.
Margaret Renshaw died in 1886 (?) and Martin Hartigan died in
1890.. By 1891 the family is split up. John Renshaw is married to Francis Lee
and living at 138 West Park Street, Ordsall, where he has a greengrocery shop;
his wife's sisters are also living with them. Jane Ann Renshaw is also living in
Ordsall, she has married Patrick Mullaugh and has taken in her younger
half-sister, Annie. Martin Hartigan is visiting 55 Markendale Street in Ordsall.
Thomas lives at 14 Lower Craven Street Ordsall with his wife, Elizabeth (may be
after 1891). Only Henry is not close to the family, he is at St Joseph's
Industrial School in Longsight as a 12 year old schoolboy.
By 1898 Henry and Martin are both working with horses in
Weaste. Martin is called when he is killed when he is kicked by a vicious horse
belonging to John Donogon in St James Street, Salford. At the time, Martin was
living with his half-brother Thomas Renshaw and his wife Elizabeth at 14 Lower
Craven Street, Salford. Henry was probably living somewhere close.
By 1901 John Renshaw has moved to a new address in Ordsall,
again as a greengrocer; later he moves to Christopher Street, Salford and
appears to keep some of his previous properties. His wife dies and he marries
Jane Ann Renshaw marries and eventually lives in a big house
at The Crescent, Salford.
Thomas Renshaw has married Elizabeth and they have children.
Henry Hartigan can't be found on the 1891 census, be he later
marries Emily Frimston, nee Dooley, his housekeeper. He did have a shop but this
was given up when he married and he got a job. Henry and Emily had three
children, Doris, Lily and Jim (James Henry Hartigan). For years the family lived
at 56 Derg Street, Salford. Henry's son, Jim, had the task of collecting his
father's wages every Friday before they were gambled away, Henry is said to have
been fond of the horses!.
Henry Hartigan died in 1943 and is buried at Peel Green cemetery.
Jim married Olive McNally. They lived with family at Whit Lane
and at King William Street for a while, then became one of the first families to
move into the new council houses at Coniston Road, Little Hulton around about
1950. Their eldest son is David Hartigan.