Small Sources 18: This list of 132 tenants is from the index to a rental of the Woulfe Mansfield estate in the period 1783–1811. The original is in the National Library of Ireland, NLI Ms. 9632. The Woulfe & Mansfield families had separate estates in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary (Woulfe) and Rathgormuck, Co. Waterford (Mansfield). This was because of a marriage in 1785 between Elizabeth Woulfe (whose portrait is above) and John Mansfield after which the two family’s estates were combined. Further information on the family estates is in the Landed Estates Database. Rentals are the records of the landlord on tenants, their holdings, and their payments. Although these might appear to be purely business records, many contain rich family information. A full description of rental formats and practices, and on the useful family information they can provide is in our blog Rentals as a resource for Irish family history. This rental covers details of holdings, rents, payments etc in the two counties. As they were managed as one, the index includes tenants from both estates.
The list below only includes names listed in the index. Names of further tenants can be found in the original rental records as the nominal tenants often act on behalf of groups in an area. The names are listed as spelled, and with the abbreviations used, e.g. Jno. = John, Wm. = William etc. Other useful information in the index (e.g. occupations, property names etc) is also included. The index has been ‘updated’ in places to show that the property has passed to another tenant. For example Joseph Coppinger now James Power shows that the property previously occupied by Joseph Coppinger is now occupied by James Power.
Many of the names are typical of the two counties: Kennedy, Mara, Power, Lonergan, while others are unusual such as Fling, Skelton, Coppinger and Tredenham. Further information on any of these families may be found in our publication Sources for Irish Family History 2021. It contains listings of articles, books and other published sources on over 2,500 Irish families.
Further information on Tipperary tenants is available in other blogs in this series including: Prittie Estate 1826; Trant Estate Dovea 1837; Barton Estate Fethard 1775; and Thurles tenants 1816. The illustration above show a sample rental record. 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. Click here and quote ‘TippSS18’ in the subject line. Note also that Flyleaf Press, a part of Ancestor Network, has published ‘Guide to Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors‘ by local historian and genealogist Noreen Higgins-McHugh – see cover illustration above. It is available here.
Bessborough, Lord now Earl of Ormond
Thos Butler & partners for part of Gragavalla
John Bradshaw, Attorney
Michael Burke & ..?
Col. Cane ..?
Carrickbeg tenants fol 76
Joseph Coppinger now James Power?
Michael, John and James Cusack, and Danl. Kiely
John Delahunt now Jams? Neel?
John Deehy (see Fig 2)
Jas. Deehy (see Fig 2)
Patk. & Darby Deady
Pat ? Downey, Butcher
John Fleming now Michl. his son
James (Jerm?) Farrell
Patt Grace for R Kennedy holdings
Rev. Nichs. Herbert
Rich. Heelan for Rafter and Corbet’s part
Richd. Hylan& Jno Keily for Jno Brown’s part
Laur.ce Jephson & Hickey
Andw & John Kirwan for Pat Kirwan
John Keily & Richard Hylan for part of Newtownlennan…
Kilnonerha tenants 88 & 89
Richd. Kennedy see J. O’Neills acct..
Rev. Willm. Lonergan
James Lynch, Chandler now Pat Downey
James Lynch for Sam Skelton
Phil & Rd. Mara
Thomas Newcomen ..Lord Clonmel
Newtownlanan tenants 86 & 87
Michael Nowlan for a passage to a dwelling now held from Jas. O’Donnell
Wm. Organ & Keily
James O’Neill, Grocer
Richard Power now John
Thom. Power, cooper
Jno. Purcell, Brewer now ?? O’Donnell
Wm Power Gow.
Edmd. Power of Gurteen
Wm Power of Ballyden
Patrick Power for the lodge
John Power Betty? Late Richd Power
Ellen Power for house
Robt Power, Tanner
Execs. of Saml. Pim, now Joshua Pim and John Davis
Robt & Pat Quinlan
Rent Role (sic) for Carrickbeg
Rent Role of my freehold under Lord Bessborough
Rent Role of leases from Thos Newcomen & Jno Briscoe Rathgormuck
Saml. Skelton now Jas(?) Lynch
Ic (Isaac?) Skehan
Widow Shee and James Shee
Paul Slattery, Carrickbeg
John Tredenham for Lower Derrygrath, Kilmoresha, Newtownlennan
Wm & J(?) Wall ?
Thoms. White ?
Ns Woulfe his heirs
Thos Whelan & Thos Mullins
Charles William Wall
Michael Walsh reps for rent charge on Mardike in Brioghane
Further articles in our series on Irish Family History sources include:
- Petty Sessions– the records of local courts
- Catholic Church records
- Grand Jury Presentments – records of local councils on payments for public works and staff
- Rentals – management of tenants by estates and the records created
- Middle names – the use (or non-use) of second or middle names in Irish records
- How comprehensive are Irish Civil Records?
- Census returns in Gaelic or Irish language
- 70+ blogs with names extracted from manuscript sources from many counties (including Tipperary and Waterford). A handy map index to these is available here.