By combining information from the Quirk One-name organisation, the Manx Note Book and this bulletin board and other Manx lines of assistance I have been able to identify my Manx connections back to a John QUIRK b.abt 1670 and Margaret LEECE, thence through two Philip's, the first married to a Margaret KELLY in 1724, the second one marrying firstly to Mary PARR in 1749. This marriage provided my gt-gt- grandfather William b.1769 m. Jane ELLISON 1810 who cemented the move of this line to Liverpool from which his son Robert b.1819 emigrated to Australia for the 1850's gold fever.
Indications are that, after moving from the Isle to Liverpool, William and his father Phillip were involved in shipbuilding (possibly firstly as Baldwin & Quirk, then Quirk & Sons) and later again in the Brewing and Wine Merchant game.
Early and later births seem to be at a location of BALLAVAGHER, German Parish, ... shown on my map of the Isle about 5 klms west of the DOUGLAS Harbour ... with other burial inscriptions mentioned as being at PATRICK.
Seeking any specific or general information on this QUIRK Line and the locations, to assist me in planning visit from Australia ....
Was/Is BALLAVAGHER a location, village, property??
Is/was this an agricultural area ... producing ??
Would family in those years likely to have been farmers ??
Would words "Monumental Inscription - Patrick" from old Manx records mean a particular church or ??
Is there any acknowledged link or relationship between numerous Quirk family Lines on the Isle ??
Or any general wisdom regarding "source" of 'Quirks' to the IOM from earlier times ??
As a retired ageing Australian it has been fascinating to find links to the IOM in this way, I am very keen to walk the ground again and thank earlier respondants to my queries.