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Ellen  [Nell] Ryan

Ellen [Nell] Ryan

Female 1880 - 1958  (77 years)

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  • Name Ellen [Nell] Ryan 
    Nickname Nell 
    Born 25 Nov 1880  Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Nurse 
    Died 06 Sep 1958  Alexandria, VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Huron, SD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I58  Penarth Ryans | Christopher Hendra, John Patrick Ryan, Paul Michell, Samuel Thomas
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2012 

    Father John Patrick Ryan,   b. 1852, Cardiff, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1890, Cardiff Infirmary, Newport Rd, Cardiff, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Amelia Thomas,   b. 1850, Phillack, Cornwall, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1888  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 26 Aug 1875  St Peter's Church, City Road, Cardiff, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Interior St. Peter's Catholic Church, Cardiff, Wales, ca. 1870
    Interior St. Peter's Catholic Church, Cardiff, Wales, ca. 1870
    John Ryan and Amelia Thomas were married here Aug 26, 1875.

    This is the Church in which John and Amelia were married in 1875. It is the oldest Catholic Church in Cardiff and situated on St Peter's Road, Roath, Cardiff. Aunt Mary told me that she thought that no one from either family attended the service as Amelia was Wesleyan Methodist and she was marrying into the Roman Catholic faith. Amelia (Thomas) is listed as living in 44 Parade Cardiff - this is one block away from St Peter's Church. [L. Ryan 12/22/2009]
    St. Peter's Catholic Church, Cardiff, Wales, Exterior, ca. 1970
    St. Peter's Catholic Church, Cardiff, Wales, Exterior, ca. 1970
    John Patrick Ryan and Amelia Thomas were married here Aug 26, 1875.

    This is the Church in which John and Amelia were married in 1875. It is the oldest Catholic Church in Cardiff and situated on St Peter's Road, Roath, Cardiff. Aunt Mary told me that she thought that no one from either family attended the service as Amelia was Wesleyan Methodist and she was marrying into the Roman Catholic faith. Amelia (Thomas) is listed as living in 44 Parade Cardiff - this is one block away from St Peter's Church. [L.Ryan 12/22/2009]
    Amelia and John Patrick Ryan
    Amelia and John Patrick Ryan
    Nick Bradley owns the attached photo which was passed on from his mother Millie Ryan Bradley. No names on the back, but our collective best guess is that this is a photo of the young Ryan couple John Patrick and Amelia sometime in the 1880s. The pose is typically Victorian - no smiles and very serious poses in Sunday best clothes. [L. Ryan 11/19/2009]
    The photo has been professionally restored. Aunt Mary Ryan Taylor, who never met them of course, says that there are remarkable family resemblances. She also thought this photo may well be a wedding photo which would date it at 1875. The young couple are certainly in their finest clothes. If it is a wedding photo Amelia would be 25 and John Patrick 23. [L. Ryan 11/23/2010]
    Documents
    Marriage Certificate, John and Amelia Ryan, 1875
    Marriage Certificate, John and Amelia Ryan, 1875
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Nov 1880 - Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 06 Sep 1958 - Alexandria, VA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Huron, SD, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Riverside Cemetery, Cole Gravestones Area, Huron, South Dakota
    Riverside Cemetery, Cole Gravestones Area, Huron, South Dakota
    Riverside Cemetery, Cole Gravestones Area, Huron, South Dakota [Used With Permission]
    Riverside Cemetery, Huron, South Dakota.  William John Cole, Catherine Cole [Ryan] and Ellen Ryan are buried here.
    Riverside Cemetery, Huron, South Dakota. William John Cole, Catherine Cole [Ryan] and Ellen Ryan are buried here.
    Riverside Cemetery, Huron, South Dakota. William John Cole, Catherine Cole [Ryan] and Ellen Ryan are buried here. [Used With Permission]
    Ryan Sisters and Lena Cole, ca. 1914
    Ryan Sisters and Lena Cole, ca. 1914
    Ryan sisters. This must have been taken when they were in Penarth for the famous garden party. Inscription on back identifies them as: Aunt Nell (Ellen Ryan), Susie (don't know who that is), Grandma Cole (Catherine Ryan Cole), Aunt Jane Reinke (Jane Ryan Reinke). Seated: Lena Cole. [E. Cole 12/20/2009]

    This appears to be the back garden of 13 Dingle Road, Penarth - Susie's home. (Annie Greatrex, Eddie Hayes, Susanna (Susie) Rees (Greatrex) 1911 Census). The attached image from Google Maps - house with the green door. You'll see the narrow gap between the houses which fits in with the 1914 photo. Another point about 13 Dingle Road is that it is a 2 minute walk from Sam Thomas JP home in Stanwell Road where the famous 1914 tea party was held. [L. Ryan 1/3/2010]

    [Restored picture updated 12/27/2010]
    Ellen Ryan, Nurse
    Ellen Ryan, Nurse
    Winterbourne, site of the Ryan Family Garden Tea Party 1914
    Winterbourne, site of the Ryan Family Garden Tea Party 1914
    The famous 'Winterbourne' house in Stanwell Road Penarth - the venue of the famous Ryan family reunion and garden tea party hosted by Sam Thomas JP in 1914. I've put it alongside the original 1914 image and you'll see so many similarities - not too much seems to have changed in almost 100 years! Even the wall looks the same. [L. Ryan 4/1/2010]
    Albert Road School, Penarth, Wales, UK
    Albert Road School, Penarth, Wales, UK
    Albert Road School which is just around the corner from 5 Salop Place home to the orphaned Ryan children and their local school. Aunt Mary's 'Brief History' mentions that they attended this school. Actually, I recall a lane at the back of the school which led into Salop Place. Stephen and I were pupils there - what a shame I had no idea then that my grandfather and great aunts and uncle also attended back in the 1900s. [L. Ryan 4/1/2010]

    Aunt Mary has confirmed that:
    * The orphaned Ryan children attended this school: Catherine, Jane, Ellen, Eddie and Jack Ryan
    * Eddie Ryan's children attended - Milly, George, Sidney and Mary Ryan
    * Jack Ryan's children attended - John, Tom, Glyn, Peter, Eileen, Jim, Colleen and Joe Ryan
    * Sid Ryan's children attended - Les and Stephen
    [L. Ryan 4/14/2010]
    Ellen Ryan, WWI Uniform
    Ellen Ryan, WWI Uniform
    31 Dock Street, Cogan, Penarth, Wales, UK
    31 Dock Street, Cogan, Penarth, Wales, UK
    Two more pics for the site - this time the small terraced home in Dock Street Cogan, Penarth where John and Amelia Ryan set up home in 1875 - he was 22 and she was 24. Eight children were born to them - two died young; Sarah in 1879 and Samuel in 1888 - it is highly likely that Amelia never recovered from the birth and early death of Samuel (registered death as 0 months old) - she died within six months of Samuel's birth. Then tragically John died two years later from an accident at work resulting in a tetanus infection. Six Ryan children were orphaned.
    5 Salop Place, Penarth, Wales, UK
    5 Salop Place, Penarth, Wales, UK
    Thomas family home to orphaned Ryan children. Samuel and Jane Thomas were the Ryan children's maternal grandparents. The couple took in the children after the death of their father, John Patrick in 1890 from a tetanus wound sustained at work in Penarth Docks. The childrens' mother, Amelia had died just over a year before.
    Cole-Ryan Vacation Early 1940s, Probably Connecticut
    Cole-Ryan Vacation Early 1940s, Probably Connecticut
    Think that this might have been taken in Connecticut probably pre-1944. Neither John Reinke or Ethel Marie Reinke are in the picture. Perhaps John was the photographer?
    Beach Road Penarth in the 1900s - 1910s
    Beach Road Penarth in the 1900s - 1910s
    The entrance to Alexandra Park from Beach Road, Penarth. Photo ca 1900s - 1910s - a park that must have been well known to all residents in Penarth. Alexandra Park, Penarth is a well-preserved Edwardian urban public park. It is in an attractive location overlooking the Bristol Channel, retaining its layout and many of its original features. The park was laid out quickly between 1901 and 1902.
    Penarth Boathouse, ca 1900
    Penarth Boathouse, ca 1900
    Penarth Boathouse on the Esplanade. Ca 1900
    Windsor Road, Penarth ca 1908
    Windsor Road, Penarth ca 1908
    Windsor Road, Penarth ca 1908 - the principal road running from Cogan (where our 'Founding Family' of Ryans lived) to Penarth. The main shops were and are located here. The road continues as Windsor Terrace and then into Beach Road which leads to the Esplanade.
    Penarth Docks
    Penarth Docks
    Penarth Docks at the height of its importance ca. 1900. John Patrick Ryan (1852-90) worked there as a shipwright and it was there that he probably sustained the injury that led to tetanus resulting from a deep cut or wound which led to his early death at the age of 38. The six Ryan children were orphaned.
    Family on beach ca 1919/20
    Family on beach ca 1919/20
    Billy Thomas (son of William and Hannah Thomas), Nell Ryan, Millie Reinkie, Jane Ryan Reinkie, John Reinke, Hannah Thomas at the beach ca. 1919/20 Photo sent by Emily Cole (Feb 2014)

    Documents
    1914 [John Patrick] Ryan Girls Family Garden Party Invitation
    1914 [John Patrick] Ryan Girls Family Garden Party Invitation
    The Ryan girls, Cassie, Janie and Ellen, return from the USA to visit Penarth and were feted with a garden party on June 11,1914
    1891 Wales Census, Handwritten
    1891 Wales Census, Handwritten
    1891 Wales Census Extract
    1891 Wales Census Extract
    1881 Wales Census, Handwritten
    1881 Wales Census, Handwritten
    Showing the John Patrick Ryan family at 31 Dock Street, Cogan, Penarth
    Cass, Jane and Nell Ryan -  a short résumé
    Cass, Jane and Nell Ryan - a short résumé
    Jane Alspach writes a brief résumé of three of the Ryan sisters who emigrated from Penarth to the USA
    The 1914 Family Garden Party, Penarth
    The 1914 Family Garden Party, Penarth
    The famous 1914 Family Garden Party reunion in Penarh - three sisters came back from USA for the event

    Headstones
    Ellen Ryan Gravestone, Huron, South Dakota
    Ellen Ryan Gravestone, Huron, South Dakota
    Ellen Ryan Gravestone, Huron, South Dakota at Riverside Cemetery [Used With Permission]

  • Notes 
    • I am absolutely fascinated with the article by Jane Alspach in Newsletter 5 about Ellen ?Nell' Ryan who trained to be a nurse in New Haven because I have an aunt (aunt to my mother really) born in New Haven in 1900 who was a nurse at St. Raphael's also in New Haven and may well have trained at New Haven Hospital.

      Now for the connection: my aunt, Helen Hickey was the daughter of Margaret Shea who is mentioned as a servant at Maid of Erin and "niece" to Catherine Ryan in the 1881 Wales census. I would love to prove that connection!! (Sue Haines Feb 2012)

      The question to ask is why did Nell train at New Haven? Could it be that there was a definiate family connection? It seems too much of a co-incidence to me. Nell Ryan and Helen Hickey may well have been second cousins, assuming that Margaret Shea and Nell's father John Patrick Ryan were first cousins as implied by the 1881 census return. (Les Ryan Feb 2012)