Killeshandra, County Cavan

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 Killeshandra, County Cavan





Sept. 21, 1706 Birth year of "GEORGE LA NAUZE, b. 21st September, 1706, d. 28th May, 1800; will probated in County Cavan; christened 26th September, 1706, by the Rev. Mr. SKELERNE, Minister of Killishandra; m. (firstly) 30th October, 1736, in parish of St. Brides, Dublin, Guillermine Martha DE LA PIERRE, bapt. by the Rev. Mr. VIRIDET, 12th June, 1717, d. May 1754, dau. of Sieur Estienne DE LA PIERRE, of Dublin, and his wife, Prudence HIEROME, b. 1677, d. 10th August, 1765, to whom he was m. 4th May, 1698, by the Rev. Mr. BARBIER. Estienne DE LA PIERRE was the son of Pierre DE LA PIERRE, Surgeon, of Lyons, and Marye VESIAN, of the Province of Languedoc. Prudence HIEROME was the dau. of Jacques HIEROME, D.D., and Marthe LE ROY. The Rev. Jacques HIEROME was before 1660, French Minister in Somerset House, the Chapel of which was originally granted by Charles I, to his Queen, Henrietta Maria, and was afterwards appropriated by Parliament in 1653, for the use of the French Protestants in London. He removed to Ireland where he was naturalized in 1665, and was for a while Chaplain in the household of the Duke of ORMOND, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. On 29th April, 1666, he was installed as the first minister of the French Church in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (Episcopal). George LA NAUZE, m. (secondly) ——– STOREY, b. 1738, d. at Kill, 22d February, 1788, dau. of Archdeacon STOREY. Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 6 ISSUE BY FIRST MARRIAGE

June 9, 1715 "DOCTOR ANDREW GEORGE LA NAUZE, known as the “Good Physician,” member of the noble family of DE LA NAUZE, which lived near the Huguenot center, Castres, in the south of France, after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 22d October, 1685, fled the country, crossed the Straights of Dover and finally settled in Ireland, where he m. 20th January 1689, Anne HIEROME (JEROME) only dau. of Count and Countess LA FAVRE, b. in France, d. 9th June, 1715, and is interred in the church at Killishandra, County Cavan, Ireland. In a French prayer book (Episcopal) published in 1683, Dr. LA NAUZE, entered the dates of his marriage, his wife's death and the names of their children. " Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 6 ISSUE

The following information may help you with your research:

The name Mullinalaghta (Mullach na leachta) is derived from two Gaelic words Mullach = a ridge or hill, and Leacht = a flagstone. There is no townland, as such, named Mullinalaghta. The name is used to cover the Longford portion of the parish of Scrabby an Columkille East, comprising of the following eleven townlands:

1. Aughanoran (ata on Fhuerain)= The Ford of the spring well

2. Cloonagh (Cluain Each) = Meadow for horse, by a stream

3. Clooneen (Cluainen) = Meadow bordering a little stream

4. Culleenmore (Cul Linn Mooir) = Back of the big pond

5. Derrycasson (Doire an Chasain) = The oak wood path

6. Drumnacrehit (Drom na Crethre) = Back of the sieve

7. Kilmore (Coill Mor) = The big wood

8. Larkfield (Cluain Fuiseoige) = The field of the lark

9. Leitrim (Liath-Druim, or Carr Ban) = the white hill

10. Mullinroe (Mul Linn Riabbach) = The hedge above the grey pool

11. Toome (Tuaim) = Funeral Mound or Fortified Hill

The eleven townlands of Mullinalaghta originally were part of the parish of Colmkille. In 1832 they were joined with Scrabby (Gowna) in the County of Cavan, to form the new parish of Scrabby and Columbkille East. Prior to this, the Scrabby (Gowna) district was an integral part of Killeshandra parish in the diocese of Kilmore

The Parish of Gowna which includes Mullinalaghta is in the Diocese of St. Mels. Gowna is located in Co. Cavan and Mullinalaghta is in Longford (bordering) You will be able to find all the information you need at the Library of St. Mels Cathedral in Longford town.

Mullahoran and Loughduff are located in Co. Cavan just over the border from Longford and in the Diocese of St. Mels.

I do not have much more information other than the names of people who resided in each townland 1833, 1938 and 1983 cencus.

Longford has had many writers and also I learned lately that Fr. Colm Savage wrote a book on Mullahorah Parish. I do not remember the name of the current priest serving Mullahoran but I believe he is very much into the history of the area. The Church at Lough Gowna has the baptismal book going back quite a while.

I hope this information is of help to you. Respectfully, Kathleen Meehan

July 1, 1835 Birth year of " CONLON, Catherine, born Lahard, parish of Killeshandra, Cavan Co., Ire., w. Thomas, July 1, 1835, in T., G.R.39. " Taunton Deaths TO THE YEAR 1850 Massachusetts Town Vital Records Collection

1841 Co Cavan census. Head of the household

Townland - ARVA

32. Anne WILEY, others in household - James SCHOLES, George LATTIMORE, Patt REILLY

33. Jane PENTLAND, widow, Elisa BAILEY, widow

34. John MORTON, Jane, wife, John KIERNAN, Bridget McCANN, Bridget St. LAWRENCE

35. John GRAHAM, Martha, wife, William REYNOLS, Mary MURRAY

36. Bridget LEDDY, widow of James, Mary McMANUS

37. Robt. LANG, Jane, wife

38. Bridget WRIGHT, widow of James, Mary DONELEY, Bridget IVESTON

39. not listed

40. John PRIOR, Anne, wife

41. Mary SKINNEN (SHENON/SKEHAN?), widow of John

42. William MOORE, Mary, wife

43. Patrick BAXTER,Judith, wife

44. Michael SMITH, Rosy, wife, Patrick, bro

Brankill Townland

27. James WILSON, Fany wife, Thomas ELLIOTT

 28. John TODD, Margaret, wife

29. Mary TAYLOR, widow, Mary MILLER, James MILLER

30. James WOODS, Fanny, wife

31. George WOODS, widower

32. Alexander WILSON, Margaret, wife

33. Patt SLEAVEN, Peggy, wife

Bruse Townland

1. John MORRIS, Nancy, wife

2. Bernard LEDDIE, Mary, wife, Nelly McKEIRNAN

3. Edward MASTERSON, Catherine, wife, John GAINER, Annie DELAMERE

4. Patrick COYLE, Mary, wife

5. Philip SMYTH, Rose, wife

6. Martha MORRIS, widow of Peter, Peter REILLY

20. Terence McMANUS, Ally, wife

21. James CALDERS, Mary, wife, James HARRISON, Eleanor HARRISON

22. Francis MASTERSON, Margaret, wife

23. Peggy CASSIDY, widow of John

24. Bernard MORRIS, Mary, wife

25. John McGOVERN, Rose, wife, Patrick, William & James BRANNAN

26. Peter McMANUS, widower of Mary, James McKEIRNAN

27. Patt LEDDIE, Susan, wife, Mary GAHAGAN

28. Michael GEHARTY, Catherine, wife

29. Francis MASTERSON, Bridget, wife, Anne, Catherine, Mary SMYTH

30. James SHERIDAN, Margaret, wife

31. James MASTERSON, widower

32. Rose CLINTON or MASTERSON, widow, Bernard MASTERSON

33. Owen REILLY, Catherine, wife

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Here are the Phil(lip) SHERIDANs listed in the 1841 Killeshandra Parish

census index-


Census Index: Ireland, 1841


Sheridan, Philip Township : Lossett

Microfilm : Page 004

Sheridan, Philip Township : Killeshandra

Microfilm : Page 027

Sheridan, Phill Township : Cloggy

Microfilm : Page 010

Sheridan, Phill Township : Arva

Microfilm : Page 061

Sheridan, Phillip Township : Arva

Microfilm : Page 061

Sheridan, Phillip Township : Killishandra

Microfilm : Page 156

Nancy Pfaff

1841 Co Cavan census.  the LDS (church of Jesus Christ -Latter Day Saints [Mormons]) has the "Transcription and index of the 1841 Census for Killeshandra parish, County Cavan Ireland" by Josephine Masterson, Call number 941.69/K2 X2mj. For 25 cents per page ($0.25) they will photocopy pages from this book. You may want to request a copy of your surname(s) from the index first. There is a $2 minimum charge. Contributed by; Nancy Pfaff

Sept. 6, 1845 " Killshandra Sept. 6 For the last few months the Orangemen in the neighborhood of Arva have been in the habit of walking through the country at night armed with guns -and, during the day, bodies of them, numbering 20 or 30, attended a regular drill, practicing military evolutions. This created very great alarm amongst the Catholics of the country; they summoned some of the Orangeman to Cavan, for "walking armed at night" and "going thru military exercises during the day". Two stipendiary magistrates, Messrs. Graves and Howley, presided, and after hearing the witnesses examined, took informations against five persons, and sent them for trial under the White Boy Acts. This incensed the Orangemen very much and, in court, they said, they would continue ‘to walk as usual, fur the protection of their houses and families.’ Mr. MacGauran, who attended to prosecute, then proposed, in order to put an end to such proceeding that he would abandon the informations if they (the Orangemen) would agree to have an equal number of Catholics and Protestants sworn in each townland as Special constables and that he would undertake to procure in each townland a number of respectable Catholic farmers who would co-operate with their Protestant brethren for the preservation of the peace and protection of their lives and properties. The leading Protestants present indignantly refused this proposal in court. The informations were then taken. Lord Farnham, although he, as a magistrate, issued a proclamation against this walking of armed bodies, has actually within this last week, got down eight or ten cases of arms and distributed them amongst Orange men in this same neighborhood, for, as it is asserted, defensive purposes. Some of the cases were given amongst the "Manor Boys". Giving these arms will in our opinion, tend to encourage the Orangemen.

"At a meeting of the Masters of Orange Orders was held last week in the county court House, and resolutitions adopted for the revival of the Society."

The "Teetotollers" have addressed the following remonstrative to the Right Hon. Lord Farnham, D. L., J.P.; Mr. J. Godley, J.P.: the Hon. S. R. Maxwell, D. L, J.P.: Mr. E. Priestly, J.P.: Mr. J. R. Greaves, R.M.:-

"My Lord and Gentleman, - The members of the total Abstinence Society at Killshandra consider it their duty to address you in consequence of a notice, bearing your signatures of magistrates of this county, having reached them, at a late hour this afternoon.

"They have, as loyal subjects, and as members of a society based upon principals of moral rectitude, adding "to temperance, patience," yielded a ready obedience to this magisterial act, without questioning whether the power you have assumed in preventing their meeting, for the purpose of paying a complement to a gentleman, for whom they decidedly feel so much respect and attachment, on his return to this country after such a long absence" be either constitutional, legal, or discreet.

  'They have taken prompt measures to circulate as widely as possible intelligence of your notice issued at the eleventh hour and they trust it may reach their brethren in remote districts m time sufficent to prevent them incurring the legal penalties with which any disobediene of your "notice" is threatened.

"They cannot allow, this occasion to pass without observing to you, my Lord and Gentlemen that factious party processions of armed men with banners and music playing tunes intended and calculated to excite animosity (and if it were not for the good since of the people bloodshed) were permitted to parade thru this town on the 12th of July last, unheeded and unchecked by magisterial vigilance or interference, affording, they lament to say, a strong and painful contrast to the alacrity and vigor manifested in the present instance, with respect to their society, when about to exercise, in a peaceful and orderly manner, a perfectly legal purpose, free from all political or party objects. "Killshandra, Saturday evening, Sept. 6 / Paper date Dec. 25, 1845 of The Port Philip Herald of Australia

June 19, 1858 "I have been searching for years for my great grandmother Emily Jane BELL's parents. From the baptismal certificate (says baptized privately) her father James Bell and mother Marianne (no surname). Emily Jane bapt June 19, 1858 in Killeshandra C of I Parish Church. I have been there a number of years ago. James supposed to be a "shop keeper". She married William Alexander MORTON of Kildallon Parish March 27, 1879. They went to St Croix in the Virgin Islands (was owned by Denmark then - now US property - have also been there too). I have extensive information on Morton family and other siblings of Wm Alexander who live in the Belturbet area. The Rector of the C of I church in Belturbet let me examine quite a number of b d m books in about l986. I am not sure if they charge a fee for research. Not sure of the name of the present rector. They returned to Ireland in l897 with my father and five of his siblings. Wm A died suddenly and Emily went to live in Dublin - buried in Mt Jerome Cemetery 16 June l916.

My Grandmother Alice Reilly was from TONALOY townland, parish of Kildallan in the registration district of NEWTOWNGORE 2. Alice was born the 23rd of March 1899 to Edward Reilly (O'Reilly) and Bridget Boyle (Boylan) both of GORTNACLIFF (baptismal sponsors Michael Burns and Mary McBrien). Mary Bridget Reilly 3rd February 1897 born KILLYGOAN (sponsors Hugh McGrath & Kate Burns) and a son Francis O'Reilly 5th April 1895 born CRAGHAN (sponsors Thomas Reilly & Mary Boylan). Children Thomas, Packi & Baby Elizabeth's records are still to be found. The marriage of Edward O'Reilly and Bridget Boyle both of GARTNACLIFF (Gortnaclangh) was the 8th April 1894 (witnesses Mary Cunningham & James McManus). The spelling of the parents names changed with the certificates. The certificate comes from Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, BALLYCONNELL Alice and Molly went to the US and married the Walsh twins from Co. Laois and Elizabeth went to England.

When the Roman Catholic Marriage certificate came it also had a note attached. "The letterhead is Parish of Kildallan/Tomregan Church of Our Lady of Lourdes Ballyconnell. Enclosed is the marriage certificate for Edward Reilly and Brigid Boyle. The townland of Gortnacliff is in this parish, Kildallan area is quite near to the entrance of the old Killeshandra Convent. It is better known now as Gortnaclangh. Best Wishes P.F. Young" Doreen;

1900 "My family go back 4 or 5 generations in Cavan. There was John Morris (which I think may be my relative, there are also two other Morris names I am not sure about them ) is the person mentioned in that census. He had a son called William Morris who had 3 sons called William Henry Morris, Robert Morris and John Morris...(3 that I know of although I think there may have been more) William Henry Morris had a John William who's hardware/plumber store was sold 3 years ago and is at this time being refurbished on the main street in Cavan.

Robert Morris was my Great Grandfather. I was sent a couple of weeks ago, the Obituary of William Henry Morris. It has so many names on it of people that attended his funeral . I am not even sure which paper it is from but the Obituary is longer than 12 inches long and still does not have all the names of the people who attended the funeral. He was very well known and I do know some of his descendants but I know where Robert my Grandfather came Cavan and where he married in NY and returned to N.Ireland where I think he is buried. I was trying to trace the family further back. My Uncle is going to Cavan in a few weeks. He spoke to the Minister in Cavan who said he has records back as far as 1805. I will be interested to see where the family did originally come from.

I have been told Wales and before that France but that I still have to prove.

This was what was written on one of the other papers and I do not even know which one or have any dates. The Obituary may also have been from the same paper I only have faint photo copies of the clippings. Also I was told by a relative that either William or William Henry worked with Percy French the painter and son writer, as he also was a surveyor in Cavan and they worked on some Churches together. CAVAN MAN'S DEATH

The death of Mr. William Morris , Main Street, Cavan took place at his residence early on Monday morning after a very brief illness. A little over a week ago the deceased contacted a chill while working at the Cavan new waterworks and subsequently pneumonia set it. He had the skilled attention of Dr. H. Acheson, house surgeon, Cavan County Infirmary, but all efforts to prolong life was availing, and he passed peacefully away, surrounded by his sorrowing wife and family. to whom the sympathy of the community is extended in their hour of sorrow.

In the year 1899, after the passing of the Local Government Act, The late Mr. Morris who was a member of the London Institute of Sanitary Engineers, was appointed town surveyor to the old Cavan Town Commissioners, and on the 1st of April, 1900, when Cavan was constituted an Urban District he was taken over as an existing officer by the Urban District Council as Town Surveyor and superintendent of the waterworks.

His expert knowledge at the construction of the waterworks proved invaluable, and he also carried out a large number of contracts, including the engineering work of St Joseph's Convent, Cavan. On the death of his Father deceased took over the business in Main Street and carried it on successfully up to the time of his death, being recognised as the most expert plumber in the North of Ireland. the deceased, who was 56 years of age, was a man of very affable and pleasing disposition and endeared himself to everyone he came in contact.

A large concourse of mourners and sympathisers attended the funeral, which took place on Wednesday afternoon to Kilmore Cemetery, many traveling the whole journey to pay last respect to one whom they respected and esteemed.

 I have looked through everything I can about Cavan and I have not even seen the St Joseph's Convent mentioned above. You seem to have a good knowledge of Cavan, have you ever come across any of these names or the Morris Family. I was born n N.Ireland but moved to London and half way around the world and ended up in Dallas Tx. I am sorry this is so long winded but if you happen to know anything about my Morris family any help would be appreciated. regards Rosemary

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