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John (Cavanagh) Kavanagh1823

John (Cavanagh) Kavanagh
Given names
John (Cavanagh)
Birth about 1823
Birth of a brotherJames Kavanagh
1823 (see Note)

MarriageEliza ScottView this family
September 22, 1844 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a daughter
Margaret Kavanagh
before August 4, 1845 (Age 22 years)
Christening of a daughterMargaret Kavanagh
August 4, 1845 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a son
John Kavanagh
before November 10, 1848 (Age 25 years)
Christening of a sonJohn Kavanagh
November 10, 1848 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
James W. Kavanagh
August 8, 1852 (Age 29 years)
Christening of a sonJames W. Kavanagh
August 19, 1852 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a daughter
Margaret Kavanagh
April 9, 1854 (Age 31 years)
Christening of a daughterMargaret Kavanagh
April 9, 1854 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth Kavanagh
before April 19, 1856 (Age 33 years)
Christening of a daughterElizabeth Kavanagh
April 19, 1856 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
John Henry Kavanagh
before June 20, 1858 (Age 35 years)
Christening of a sonJohn Henry Kavanagh
June 20, 1858 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
Bernard (Cavanagh) Kavanagh
before September 5, 1860 (Age 37 years)
Christening of a sonBernard (Cavanagh) Kavanagh
September 5, 1860 (Age 37 years)
Death of a sonBernard (Cavanagh) Kavanagh
March 23, 1861 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a daughter
Julia Annie (Juliana) Mary Kavanagh
July 17, 1862 (Age 39 years)
Christening of a daughterJulia Annie (Juliana) Mary Kavanagh
July 17, 1862 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a daughter
Mary Jane Kavanagh
April 2, 1864 (Age 41 years)
Christening of a daughterMary Jane Kavanagh
April 5, 1864 (Age 41 years)
Birth of a son
Joseph (Cavana) Kavanagh
March 4, 1867 (Age 44 years)
Christening of a sonJoseph (Cavana) Kavanagh
March 14, 1867 (Age 44 years)
Death of a brotherJames Kavanagh
August 12, 1868 (see Note) (Age 45 years)
Death of a daughterMary Jane Kavanagh
April 24, 1870 (Age 47 years)
Burial of a daughterMary Jane Kavanagh
May 25, 1870 (Age 47 years)
Marriage of a childJames W. KavanaghCatherine McKelveyView this family
June 23, 1874 (Age 51 years)
Marriage of a childRobert HookerMargaret KavanaghView this family
May 13, 1878 (Age 55 years)
Marriage of a childRobert William BlackettElizabeth KavanaghView this family
May 11, 1886 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childJoseph (Cavana) KavanaghMargaret Ann NevisonView this family
June 28, 1890 (Age 67 years)
Death of a wifeEliza Scott
December 24, 1891 (Age 68 years)
Marriage of a childJohn Edwin HopthrowJulia Annie (Juliana) Mary KavanaghView this family
May 23, 1892 (Age 69 years)
Marriage of a childJohn Henry KavanaghEllen Christina McCree (Nellie Ward) DavisonView this family
March 4, 1898 (Age 75 years)
Death of a sonJohn Henry Kavanagh
November 1, 1907 (Age 84 years)
Burial of a sonJohn Henry Kavanagh
November 4, 1907 (Age 84 years)

Marriage of a childJoseph (Cavana) KavanaghEllen KellyView this family
1923 (Age 100 years)
Death of a sonJames W. Kavanagh
October 21, 1924 (Age 101 years)
Death of a daughterElizabeth Kavanagh
November 18, 1926 (Age 103 years)
Burial of a daughterElizabeth Kavanagh
November 22, 1926 (Age 103 years)
Family with parents - View this family
1 year
twin brother
Family with Eliza Scott - View this family
Marriage: September 22, 1844St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Donegall Street, Shankill, Belfast, Ireland
10 months
3 years
4 years
20 months
2 years
2 years
2 years
Bernard (Cavanagh) Kavanagh
Birth: before September 5, 1860 37 34Belfast, Ireland
Death: March 23, 18615 Cromac Street, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
22 months
21 months
Mary Jane Kavanagh
Birth: April 2, 1864 41 38Cromac Street, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
Death: April 24, 18709 Bruslee Steet., Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
3 years


Musician. Living at 17, Seymour Lane, Belfast in 1850. (Henderson's Directory).

Living at 11 1/2 (eleven & a half) Cromac Street in 1851 census.

Lived mostly in Cromac Street, Belfast, at least from 1851-1868 (though see 1856 & 1858 references below.). In the 1852 Belfast Alphabetical Directory he is shown as John Cavanagh, "musician & provision dealer", living at no. 11. In the 1852 Street Directory he appears as "professor of music and provision dealer" living at no. 11 1/4 (eleven and a quarter) Cromac Street - at the intersection with Little May Street. In the 1855 Register of Electors he is shown as living at 20 Cromac Street. Possibly a signatory to a petition 29 Jan 1852 by the grocers of Belfast that "the Grocers and other Traders should be represented at the Board of the Belfast Harbour Commisioners".

Belfast Mercury 10 Jun 1851report of District Temperance Reunion demonstration in Armagh. "The society which seemed the largest, in point of number, and the most imposing in personal outfit, was "Father Spratt's Association;"...There was a very fine band attached to the body, under the leadership of Mr. John Kavanagh. The members of the band wore blue caps, with gold braid and white tassils."

Belfast News-Letter 8 September 1854: Report of Annual Fruit and Flower Show at Royal Botanical Gardens: "An excellent band, under the leadership of Mr. Kavanagh, attended and perfomed several pieces with great taste during the day..."

The Belfast Daily Mercury 3 Nov 1855 report of Harbour Commissioners dinner: "An excellent band was in attendance, under the direction of Mr. Henry Archer, Milltown. They were trained by Mr. John Kavanagh and discoursed excellent music."

Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory 1856: Kavanagh, John, musician, Michael Street (5 Little George's Street).

Belfast News-Letter 26 June 1856: "ROYAL BELFAST BOTANIC GARDEN. FETE FOR THE WORKING CLASSES. THE COMMITTEE HAVE PLEASURE IN stating, that the MILLTOWN AMATEUR BAND - Mr. John Kavanagh, Conductor - will perform in the Pavillion, from Five till Seven, on SATURDAY Evening next, the 28th June instant. Admission- TWOPENCE. Each." Report 28 Jun 1856 "The Milltown Amateur Band, under the direction of Mr. J. Kavanagh, have kindly offered to perform in the pavilion on this (Saturday) evening; and we are glad to state that the committee have agreed to admit the working classes, as is usual on Saturdays, at twopence each."

Northern Whig 21, 23 & 26 Jan 1858, Belfast Morning News 27 Jan 1858, The Ulsterman 25 Jan 1858, 1, 3 & 26 Feb 1858, 1, 3, 5, 12, 15 & 19 Mar 1858, 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 19, 21 & 23 Apr 1858, 3, 5 & 7 May 1858,: "John Kavanagh, Professor of Music, begs to intimate to the public that he has REMOVED to 22, WASHINGTON STREET, Belfast, convenient to the Queen's Hotel, York Street. J.K. having no further connexion with the Militia Bands, he has made such arrangements as will enable him to supply Wind and String Bands on the most moderate terms. Amateur Bands taught as usual. Please to note the address."

The Ulsterman 12 Apr 1858 report of St. Patrick's Orphan Asylum Soiree, held in the Music Hall, Belfast: "The band, under the able leadership of Mr. John Kavanagh, was highly efficient, and the selection of quadrilles, polkas, &c., performed, gave general satisfaction."

Belfast Morning News 29 April 1859 report of pre-election dinner in Crumlin. "...and an excellent band, under the superintendence of Mr. Kavanagh, played several fine airs during the evening."

Belfast Morning News 20 & 23 July 1859: "JOHN KAVANAGH, PROFESSOR OF MUSIC, Begs to intimate to the Public that he has REMOVED to 5, CROMAC STREET, Belfast, and that he has made such arrangements as will enable him to supply Balls, Dinners, Parties, &c, with Wind and String Bands, on the most moderate terms."

Belfast Morning News 17 August 1859 report of Excursion of Oddfellows of Belfast to Massereene Park. "They were accompanied by Mr. Kavanagh's excellent band. A considerable number of ladies - all less or more connected with the members of the society who had accompanied them - being present, the band adapted their instruments to more lively tunes, and the greater part of the company joined in dances, which were kept up, with much hilarity, during a considerable part of the afternoon."

Belfast News-Letter 28 December 1859 report of dress ball in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Society (Roman Catholic charitable society) held in the Music Hall: "Mr. Kavanagh's string band was in attendance. Dancing commenced in the upper hall at nine o'clock, and was kept up with vigor until an early hour this morning."

Griffiths Valuation 1860: 5 Cromac Street, Townparks, Shankhill. Occupier John Cavanagh, lessor Bernard McAuley. (NB. In 1819 a Bernard Hughes, musician, was living at 5 Cromack[sic] Street. 1819 Belfast & Lisburn Directory.)

Belfast Morning News 1860: 9 May, 10 May, 16 May, 21 May, 22 May, 26 May, 28 May, 30 May, 31 May, 1 June, 5 June, 8 June, 11 June, 12 June, 13 June, 14 June, 15 June, 16 June, 18 June, 19 June, 20 June, 23 June, 2 July, 4 July, 5 July, 6 July, 7 July, 9 July, 10 July, 11 July, 12 July, 13 July, 16 July, 18 July, 19 July, 20 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July, 28 July, 30 July, 31 July, 1 August, 4 August, 6 August, 7 August, 8 August, 9 August 10 August, 11 August, 13 August 1860 advertisements: "JOHN KAVANAGH, Professor of Music, Begs to intimate to the Public that he is now prepared to supply WIND and STRING BANDS for Balls, Dinners, and Excursions. J.K. is the only Musician in Belfast who can supply a Brass Band that can play for dancing. Amateur Bands taught as usual. 5, Cromac Street, Belfast."

Belfast Morning News 20, 21 & 24 February 1863: "NOTICE. J. KAVANAGH, PROFESSOR OF MUSIC, Begs to announce to the Public that he has been induced by his Brother Musicians to form an efficient QUADRILLE BAND, as the like is much required in town. J. K. trusts that the Public will assist him in doing so. J.K. has a first-class Set of CLARIONETS for SALE-viz, C, B, and A-for £5; original price, £15. Also, a BASS DRUM-£2 10s. 5, Cromac Street, Belfast. 25 February 1863 same notice but testimonial letter added: "DEAR SIR, I cannot feel the slightest hesitation in conveying to you the ample meed of praise which you deserve for the very efficient manner in which you conducted the Musical Department at the late Inaugural Soiree and Ball given by the Ancient Order of Foresters, on the 3rd, instant. Their Performance, conducted by your talent and ability, considerably tended to the harmony and satisfactory conclusion of our festivity. Hoping this acknowledgement may procure you similar sentiments from those who patronise you in future, I am, dear Sir, yours truly, JOHN RALPH, Hon. Sec."

Shown as musician, living at 5 Cromac Street in Adair's 1860/61 Belfast Directory. In the Directory for Belfast and the Province of Ulster 1861/62 & 1865/66 shown as musician and news vendor. In the 1861 Belfast/Ulster Street Directory he is shown as a musician living at 5, Cromac Street, and in 1863/4 & 1865 he was still living there, described as "Musician and News Vendor" and as "Professor of Music" in 1866.

Belfast Morning News 23 & 24 November 1863 report of Annual Soiree and Ball of the Belfast District of the Independent Order of Oddfellows: "Mr. Kavanagh's excellent band was in attendance."

Belfast News-Letter 1864: 31 October, 2 November, 9 November, 11 November, 23 November, 25 November, 28 November, 1 December, 2 December, 14 December, 16 December, 28 December, 30 December 1864, 3 January, 4 January, 14 January, 20 January, 23 January, 24 January, 25 January 1865: " A CARD. BALLS AND PARTIES SUPPLIED WITH Musicians by JOHN KAVANAGH & SON, 5, Cromac Street, Belfast."

Belfast Morning News 20, 24, 27, 29 November, 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 25 , 27, 29 December 1865, 1, 3, 5 January 1866: NOTICE. BALLS and PARTIES supplied with MUSIC by the KAVANAGH FAMILY. Violin, Violincello, Harp and Flageolet to be had on very modest terms, and on the shortest notice. 5, CROMAC STREET, BELFAST".

Apr-Jun 1866 Landed Estates Court Rentals John Cavanagh Cromac Street House, No 3, lower pt. (quarterly tenant by parol), Cromac Street House, No. 3 upper pt. (weekly tenant by parol) and Cromac Street House, No. 5 (weekly tenant by parol).

In 1866 he was Musical Director of the Theatre Royal, Belfast. Later described as piano teacher, professor of music and bandmaster. In 1868, occupying 3 & 5 Cromac Street, he is shown as "Professor of Music" with a (b) alongside, meaning he was either a violin or brass instrument teacher. In Belfast and Ulster Directory for 1868 shown as musician living at 3 & 5 Cromac Street. No trace in 1870s directories, nor in 1901 census. No mention in Theatre Royal programmes and bills 1864-1871. (Belfast Central Library.)

In 1870 no. 3 Cromac Street was owned by "Baker", and no. 5 is shown as "Vacant Land." On 24 April 1870 (at burial of daughter Mary Jane) and on 1 Jun 1870 the family were living at 9 Bruslee Street.

In 1871 Professor of Music, 47, living at 62 Charles Rupert Street, Little Bolton, Lancs. with his wife and five of their children. The Theatre Royal in Arthur Square, Belfast, which had been taken over by Joseph F. Warden in 1864 (appointed temporary manager 1863), was closed by Warden on 13 March 1870. The 78 year old building was demolished and the New Theatre Royal was built on the same site and opened on 25 Sep 1871, but John Kavanagh was in England by then. (The 1871 building was destroyed by fire on 8 June 1881, but was rebuilt and the theatre reopened on 22 Dec 1881.This third building was demolished in 1915 and replaced by the Royal Cinema.)

Then appears to have moved to Leeds, Yorks. (1. daughter Elizabeth gave Leeds as her place of birth in censuses 2. son Joseph gave Leeds as POB in 1911 census 3. daughter Margaret's report in local paper of golden wedding in 1928 states her father was a professor of music at Leeds.) There is a J. Kavanagh (no occupation shown) living at 36 Upper Cross Street, Leeds in the 1872 White's Directory. However, he does not appear as a professor of music in the directory, nor in McCorquodale's Directory of Leeds, 1876.)

No death record in England found. Possibly returned to Belfast. [However, he was NOT the John Kavanagh, spirit dealer, living at 45 May Street in 1877, and John Kavanagh, dealer, at 10 West Street in 1890 (The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory) and in 1892 (Belfast Street Directory), or J. Cavanagh, spirit groc[e]r at 279 Albertbridge Road in 1896. That John Kavanagh,wine and spirit dealer was living in Holywood Road at the birth of his daughter in 1860.]

NB. (i) A John Cavanah, born 1837-1839, Manchester, Lancs. was General Manager of Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen in 1888/89 (described as "Theatrical manager in 1891 census). In 1891 he was at the The Oxford, London: The Era 5 Dec 1891 "Mr. Cavanagh, in the front of the house, by his never-failing tact and courtesy smoothed away any little difficulties that cropped up..." The Era 26 Nov 1892, 16 Oct 1897 and 19 May 1900: Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen "Acting-Manager, Mr. John Cavanah." No connection has been found, however. (ii) Northern Whig 5 Jul 1875 report of the band of the Royal North Down Rifles, who had travlled from Newtownards, Co. Down, to Donaghadee to give a concert on the pier. "Viscount Massereene was so highly pleased with the performance of the band that he promised to present a clarionet to Mr. John Kavanagh, one of the principal members." [This may just be a coincidence of names.]

Notice in Sheffield Independent 30 Jun & 1 Jul 1881 NEW THEATRE ROYAL, SHEFFIELD. Following a week of Sam Hague's Minstrels, prior to them leaving for New York City ...."SATURDAY, July 9th. BENEFIT of JOHN CAVANAGH. Special Attractions."


Both RC, of Townland Street. Married by Father Dorrian, who later became Bishop of the diocese of Down and Connor.