President of the Amalgamated Union of Cabinetmakers…
On 5 June 1875 at the Second Derry (Strand) Presbyterian Church, in the presence of Margaret Wilson and Thomas Cooper, David Norrie and Annie Short (nee Cooper, a widow) were united in Marriage. David, a “cabinetmaker” is one of six children that I am currently aware of, born to Robert Norry and Mary MacFarland – he is also my 3rd great uncle. At this point in time I have been unable to locate David’s birth record, so his year of birth remains a mystery. Judging by his siblings birthdates I would make an educated guess that he was born circa 1845. Unfortunately, the dates on the documents that I have discovered for my 3rd great uncle are contradictory at best.
On 3 April 1876 at Bridge Street, Derry City their first son and seemingly only child David was born. Information is rather sparse on David senior until 28 June 1897 – on Monday 28 June 1897 the Derry Journal reported:
Inquest At The Memorial Hall.
An inquest was held on Friday by Mr. Thomas Lindsay, coroner, in the Memorial Hall, Derry, on the body of Annie Norry, wife of David Norry, the caretaker, who had been found dead in bed the previous evening. Sergeant Dobson represented the constabulary, and from the evidence it appeared that Mrs. Norry had been in her usual health on Thursday, but complained of fatigue in the afternoon. At two o’clock she was helped to bed by Mrs. Peoples, who was assisting to clean the Hall after the Jublilee celebration. From this until six o’clock, when her son, David Henry Norry, returned from his work, she was not seen, and on young Mr. Norry going upstairs to inquire as to the condition of his mother’s health he found her lying in bed apparently dead. He immediately ran out for his father, and subsequently Dr. Thos. MacLaughlin was sent for, but his services were of no avail, as he found life extinct. Mrs. Norry had been in weak health for some time past, the result of a severe attack of influenza, and from the appearance the body presented Dr. MacLaughlin formed the opinion that the woman had died from convulsions. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.”
On 25 June 1897 T. Lindsay, Esq., Coroner for Londonderry filed Annie’s death record indicating her cause of death was from “Convulsions – Instantaneous”. Annie a resident of Society Street is interred at the Derry City Cemetery.
It would seem that I was destined to find out much about David’s life by reading the archives of the Derry Journal. On the 13 September 1897 the Derry Journal reported: “The Amalgamated Union of Cabinetmakers recently held their annual excursion to Termone. Leaving Derry at seven a.m. in waggonettes supplied by the Imperial Hotel, the long drive passed pleasantly, and on their arrival at Termone the members enjoyed a plunge and then a ramble over the rocks along the shore. Dinner was served in Mr. James Elkin’s in capital style. After dinner Mr. David Norrie, president of the branch, gave the toasts of “Success to the branch” and ‘Prosperity to the trade in Derry.” The toasts were responded to by Mr. George Murray and Mr. Jas. Howatson, representing respective local firms. A programme of sports, including football match, tug of-war, flat races, &c., was carried out on the warren, at the conclusion of which tea was served, and the home journey commenced. Under the management of Messrs. D. Norrie, S. Anderson, G. Forman, G. Murray, J. Godfrey, T. Colhoun, J. Craig, and R. Kerr, the outing went through most successfully.”
A Marriage announcement published in the Derry Journal on 8 December 1897 revealed: “Norrie & Boarland – December 2, at St. Augustine’s Church, Londonderry, by Rev. William Cowan, David Norrie, Londonderry, to Isabella (Bella), eldest daughter of Daniel Boarland, Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham.” Further research disclosed – on 2 December 1897 David Norry (Widow) was united in Marriage with Isabella Boreland at St. Augustine’s Church of Ireland. Thomas Wilson, David’s brother in law and my 2nd great grandfather; along with Mary J. Boreland, the bride’s sister, witness their union at St. Augustine’s Church of Ireland, the Wee Church on the Walls. David had remarried just six short months after Annie’s death.
David and Isabella had three children together between the years 1899 and 1902 – sadly their second daughter died a few short weeks after her birth. Tragedy seemed to follow this particular line of my family as on 18 Oct 1904 Isabella Norrie of the “Memorial Hall, Society Street” passed away at the young age of forty two. She, like David’s first wife Annie, is interred at the Derry City Cemetery. Her headstone reads: “Erected by her daughters”.
David a cabinet maker of the Memorial Hall, Society Street, Londonderry died on 23 May 1913 at home from “Bronchitis and Heart Failure, 2 days certified”. His son David Henry Norrie was present at his death. Like his wives and daughter my 3rd great uncle David is buried at the Derry City Cemetery. May They Rest In Peace!