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In Memory of Lily Hay

Name at Birth: Lily Hay
Date of Birth: 1825
Place of Birth: Fermanagh
Name at Death: Lily Johnston
Place of Death: Enniskillen
Date of Death:1887
Place of Burial: Enniskillen
Marital Status:married
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Tribute to Lily Hay


Elizabeth (Lily) Hay was born in County Fermanagh in 1825. The exact date and place of her birth are not known although we think it was Enniskillen. She was a "foundling", that is her mother abandoned her at birth at the door of an old woman, who took the child to the local clergy man. She was taken into the care of the Parish and raised by a family called Rutledge in the village of Tempo.


At age 18 Lily married a local man called John Johnston and they lived in Enniskillen, where they had a number of children including my great great grandmother Eliza Johnston.


Lily and John in their later years fell on hard times, and they entered the Workhouse in 1885 and 1886 respectively.


The Workhouse records state that both were "thinly clad" and "blackened with hunger". Lily succumbed in 1887 and John according to the records was in and out of the Workhouse many times during the next 5 years.


John Johnston finally died in 1893. Both Lily and John were laid to rest in the workhouse graveyard with no record of their burial place kept and no grave marker.


Their lives were unimaginably hard and their passing went unrecorded and forgotten until now.

It is my intention that there memory will live on.



In our hearts today your memory is kept

No need for words, we will never forget

As thoughts go back as they often do

We treasure the momentos we have of you





Ever remembered by your loving family in Little Rock, New Orleans, Sydney Australia and Toronto Canada

 
 

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