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Roscommon Labourers and Tradesmen 1846

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 Small Sources 21.  This is a list of labourers and tradesmen employed at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon during the half-year ending 1st May 1846, when it was the estate of the Tenison family.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (ref NLI Ms. 5101).   The list shows the name; townland in which the person lived; rate of pay; number of  days worked;  sum due;  amount paid;  and a column for a signature and notes. Only a few signed their names; the rest made their mark.  The standard payment was 8d (8 pence) per day.  Other rates of payment are indicated below.  Tradesmen were paid a higher rate e.g. 2/6 is 2 shillings and 6 pence per day.  The nature of the trades is not indicated, but these would logically be carpenters, masons, glaziers etc.   Owen Gaffney, paid 3d per day, is probably a boy.  All of the townlands which could be traced are in the civil parishes of Kiltoom, Kilronan or Ardcarn which are close to Kilronan castle.  Note that this period was in the middle of the Great Famine (1845-47) and labourers are one of the more difficult groups to trace in Irish genealogy.  Kilronan castle is now a luxury hotel and spa.    Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or others in these estate papers and/or to obtain copies of the original. Click here and quote ‘Roscommon SS21’  in the subject line. Read More

Place-names listed in our Gorey baptism records

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Celestine Murphy of Wexford Library has kindly provided an analysis of the place names listed in the Gorey baptisms in our last post.   This confirms that the records are all for the Gorey area.  the analysis below shows the place-name as it occurs in the record;  the modern spelling; and the modern parish in which it is located.   Celestine notes that these records would have been generated in the Parish of Kilanerin,  as this parish served as the centre for the registration of baptisms and marriages in Gorey at the time (1783-1790).  This was because the Ram family, local landlords,   there would not permit an RC priest or church in Gorey until about 1820.    Kilanerin parish was separated from Gorey parish  in 1845.     We are interested to hear if anyone has been able to make a connection to any of these names.

Place spelling in Ms            Modern spelling          Modern RC parish

Anagh/ Annagh/Anaah            Annagh                              Kilanerin

Aughullen                                    Aughullen                         Kilanerin

Balilusk                                        Ballylusk                            Kilanerin

Ballinglen                                     Ballinglin                            Gorey

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Baptisms in Franciscan Friary Wexford.   1780..  Francisc Library Ms C104

New Wexford Baptism records 1783-1790

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Small Sources 20:   These 126 baptisms took place in Wexford (probably in the Gorey area) between 1783 and 1790.   The originals are in the Franciscan Library, Killiney, Co. Dublin (Ms. C 104 – Baptisms). See www.franciscans.ie/friaries/killiney for more information on this archive.  We thank the Franciscan order for access to their records and for permission to publish.  They were transcribed by Jim Ryan of Ancestor Network.   Although a monastic order, the Franciscans provided the parish clergy in Wexford (and therefore maintained the Birth and Marriage records) until the 1840s.    Most of these Wexford records are already on-line on the National Library of Ireland website http://registers.nli.ie.  However, the Franciscan library was found to have some additional records which were not in these on-line records. These are in a soft-cover notebook and in some associated loose pages.  Some of the pages are very badly damaged. An example is shown below.     Based on the locations cited,  the baptisms would appear to be mainly from  the Gorey area.    Based on the hand-writing, several different priests compiled these entries.  The name spellings are as shown (i.e. Margret for Margaret, Cathrine for Catherine, Jone for Joan, Petter for Peter etc).    Spns. is Sponsors or god-parents,  and the baptisms were apparently conducted in the child’s home,  which would not have been unusual at the time.    Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals, and/or to obtain copies 0f the original. Click here and quote ‘Wexford SS12’ in the subject line. 

Baptisms in Franciscan Friary Wexford. 1780.. Francisc Library Ms C104

Jn May 1783

2 Baptised at Aughullen Patrick, for Michael & Anne Fannen,
Spns. Jon. Allen and Jone Murphy

5 Baptised at Monalee Mary, for Petter and Marjory Doyle
Spns. (blank)

6 Baptised at Gorey Allice, for Roger and Margret Mooney
Spns. Dennis Casey and Allice Kinck…logh

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Annie’s Letter – valuable lessons about research methodology,

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annie-front-covAnnie’s Letter, by Robert Burke (ISBN: 978-0-9539974-6-6 – details here)  is the true story of a search for Burke and Collingwood ancestors based on a family letter. It is extraordinary for several reasons, not least of which is the wonderful variety of family members uncovered. Admirals, farmers, surgeons and priests; widows and émigrés; rebels and conservatives; Irish, English, New Zealander and American are all part of the rich family tapestry which is unfolded. But perhaps most extraordinary is the eerie mix of coincidence and chance which assisted the search. The story focuses on the Burke family of Mayo and their extensive connections with Collis, Creagh, Mullay, Blake, Kirwan, Browne, O’Mahony, Collingwood (including Admiral Collingwood who served in the British Navy alongside Nelson) and many others.    The author was inspired by a letter written in about 1881 by his great-grandmother, Annie Goodwin Burke, giving various family details. The resulting 20 years of research led him to find ancestors in Ireland, UK, the West Indies, New Zealand and America. What sets it apart, however, are the anecdotes and extraordinary coincidences along the way.    Read More

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Tenants of Prittie Estate, Tipperary & Offaly 1826.

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Small Sources 17. This document lists tenants of 57 holdings on the estates of Hon. Francis A. Prittie during March and May 1826. It lists 71 names as several are in joint tenancies. It indicates the townland, rent and arrears for each. Only the rent amount is shown here as an indication of the holding size. The list is among the ”Dunalley Papers, of the Prittie family Lords Dunalley, 1665-1937” in the National Library of Ireland; NLI Ms 29,808 (2). The holdings appear to be in 2 counties. Loughan or Loughane is in the Parish of Finglas, Co. Offaly close to the Prittie family home at Corville, which is just across the county border in Tipperary. Most of the remainder are in the area South of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in the Civil parishes of Kilnaneave, Dolla and Ballynaclogh. Ballyandrew, which is the location of 19 tenancies, could not be found. There are townlands called Ballyandrew in Cork and Wexford. However, this property would appear to be in Tipperary, based on the family names. Does anyone have suggestions (noting that it might not be the name of a townland)? Read More

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Flax Growers in Shanagolden, Limerick. 1808

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flaxSmall Sources 16: This list is of 26 persons who purchased flax seed from the Monteagle estate in the Shanagolden area of county Limerick in 1808. It is from the correspondence of Stephen Edward Rice and the original is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 605A).   The heading on the list states that 124 pottles of flax seed were sold at 1 shilling 7 pence halfpenny per pottle on 15th May 1808. Read More

Maunsell Rental Docs Tipp 1848/9

Farmers in Castletown, Co Limerick in 1848/49

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Small Sources 14: ThisMaunsell Rental Docs Tipp 1848/9 list of small farmers is derived from 2 documents in Ms. 8344 in the National Library of Ireland, entitled “Rent ledger of lands in Co. Tipperary the property of the Maunsell (?) family, 1848”. Despite the title, the properties are in the townland of Carrig Beg (403 acres; spelt Carraghbeg in the document) which is in the Parish of Castletown, Co. Limerick. A map and further information is here.   It is on the Tipperary border and in the Poor Law Union of Tipperary. The two source documents are (a) a rental with a list of 22 tenants, and (b) a separate letter from Michael Ryan (presumably the land-agent)  to the landlord detailing the “..number of acres in tillage and meadowing in Castletown” dated Oct. 24 1849. The latter document contains almost all of the same persons as the rental, but the final three on the list below are additional to the rental list and may have taken up tenancies in the interim. The file also contains rent receipts which clearly show the location of the properties as being Carrig Beg.

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Labourers in Co. Carlow in 1793/4

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Small Sources 13:   These are 111 labourers employed on the Vigors Estate at Burgage, near Leighlin Bridge, Co. Carlow in 1793/94. The names are on four separate lists all apparently written by the same farm manager or foreman (based on the handwriting)  and included  in the Cliff – Vigors Estate Papers in the National Archives of Ireland (Ref NAI 1096.2.12). See here for a description of the holdings.    List 1 headed ‘Mowers 1793’ contains 20 names, all men; the second unheaded list has 21 names, all men except for 3 widows; List 3 is headed ‘January 1794 at Manure, Burgage’ which suggests that these workers were engaged in hauling and spreading manure. It contains 27 names of men and 3 widows. The final list, also unheaded, contains 43 names including 3 widows. Was it perhaps the custom to give work to widows?  Other than names, the numbers of days worked are also listed. There are some names which recur in more than one list,e.g. John Lennon, Ned and Tom McCardell, P.Mulloy, P. Delaney and a few others.
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Tenants in Kilteel, Co. Kildare 1825: Small Sources 12

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KD: Tenants on Tighe Estate in Kilteel 1825

Tenants on Tighe Estate, Kilteel 1825

 

This rent roll lists 25 tenants on the estate of William Tighe in 1825-26. The estate is in the parish of Kilteel, Co. Kildare but no further information is provided as to which townlands they occupied. William Tighe lived in Woodstock, Co. Wicklow and had estates in several counties.  This was one of his smaller land-holdings.

The original rental is in the National Library of Ireland Ms. 872.  Flyleaf Press publish ‘A Guide to Tracing your Kildare Ancestors’ which provides full information on ancestor-tracing in this county.   Click here for further information.

Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals in these estate papers and elsewhere, and/or to obtain copies 0f the original. Click here and quote ‘Kildare  SS12’ in the subject line.

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Kerry Tenants of the Earl of Listowel 1755: Small Sources 11

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This document lists ~100 tenants in the area of Listowel,  Co. Kerry in 1755. It is among the papers of the Earl of Listowel but may then have been owned by the Knight of Kerry.  It lists the property name (all appear to be townland names) and rent due on 29th of September 1755. Further information on the family  estate can be found here.   The high rents suggest that most tenants are gentry, or perhaps ‘middlemen’ who sublet the property to smaller tenants.  However, the list of names in the illustration at the top (all from the village of Lixnaw) are smaller tenants.   The original document is in the National Archives of Ireland (reference  NAI M 2353) and is a single page with six columns: 3 per tenant. The illustration shows only 3 columns.   The numbers indicate the rent in £.s.d ( i.e. pounds, shillings and pence).

The document is in poor condition and there  are therefore gaps in the transcription. Question-marks indicate uncertainties;   ‘….’  indicates an indecipherable word. First names are abbreviated in most cases (Jno = John, Frs = Francis etc). Townlands we have been able to identify are in the Barony of Clanmaurice, and in the PLU of Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or to obtain copies. Click here  and quote ‘Kerry SS11’ in the subject line.  Flyleaf Press also have a guide to research in Kerry – see here. Read More

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