Peter McLoughlin & Mary Frain
The English 1861 census says that Sally's great great grandfather Peter McLoughlin was a hawker & ag lab and suggests he was born around 1816-7 in Longford. He would have emigrated to England between 1841 and 1851. According to Longford Roots he may have been christening on 14-Jan-1816 in Ardagh/Moydow, South Crossea, County Longford, Ireland with sponsors Bernard & Mary McLoughlin and a sister Margaret McLoughlin also christened there on 26-Aug-1811 with sponsors Joseph Malady & Ann McLoughlin. Their parents were Bernard McLoughlin & Margaret Langan. I was advised that the given name Bernard could be equivalent to Bryan and Margaret to Mary.
According to the 1851 & 1861 censuses, Peter's wife Mary Frain (cf Train, Frayn, Frayonne and Freney) was also a hawker & ag lab born ca. 1827-9 in Wicklow, Ireland, and she too would have arrived in England between 1841 and 1851. Research at Wicklow Famiily History Centre failed to find a compelling match for her christening.
We have found no marriages for Peter & Mary or Bernard & Margaret, nor can we be sure where and when the latter died.
What happened to Peter and Mary? They were last sighted in the 1861 census in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, but we have not been able to find their deaths in the index for England & Wales. Did they return to Ireland? They appear to have married before 1851 but, again, we don't know where or when.
Their grandson Philip Teeling adopted the middle name McLoughlin and emigrated to Saskatchewan in Canada in 1903 via Halifax, Nova Scotia, so it is quite possible that he had been preceded there by his grandparents.
Peter and Mary had three children: Margaret, Mary and Alice.
Despite being born in Bedfordshire, England in 1851 and spending every census night in England until she died in 1898, Sally's great grandmother, Margaret who was probably Catholic, went into domestic service in Ireland with a Church of England clergyman named Pack, probably at some time between 1861 and 1871. At the end of that time she was given a simple wooden box, the property of Mrs Pack's grandmother. In the 1930's it was said that at some time the box had travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia. With Margaret's son Philip's journey to Halifax in mind, this again makes you wonder whether her parents might have made that same journey, perhaps with Margaret.
Mary & Alice McLoughlin
Mary & ALice both became teachers. Mary was last seen in the 1881 census with sister Alice in Redditch, Worcestershire, while the last mention of Alice is in the 1901 census in Stoke on Trent. Maybe they died spinsters or married in England, or perhaps they too emigrated. There is a mystery too about Mary's birth. The 1861 census suggests Bromsgrove in 1853-4, while the 1871 and 1881 censuses suggest Chelmsford in Essex around 1855-7, unless this is another Mary McLoughlin! There appear to be no suitable registered births in either location.