MOCOLLOP

"Plain of the cattle"

County Waterford - Ireland

 

Mocollop is located just near the border between Co Cork and Co Waterford, on the Waterford side, and close to the Blackwater River. The area contains some farms, the ruins of a church, an ancient burial ground, and a ruined castle.

My Strangman ancestors are buried in Mocollop cemetery. The Strangmans originated in Hadleigh, Essex (UK), before moving to Ireland. They lived in both Co Cork and Co Waterford, more recently in Araglen, near Kilworth in Co Cork. In the 1850s there were eight brothers and last century, as was the case with thousands of other people from Ireland, several of them, including my g-grandfather, emigrated to Australia and New Zealand in search of gold and a better future. During Easter 1998 our Australian family travelled to Ireland and re-established contact with Strangman descendants who had last been visited by their Australian 'cousins' 75 years previously in 1923. My son Peter and I met the Moher family again during a visit in November 2004.

This website is a celebration of those areas of significance to my family but also it is hoped that it will be of interest to other families either in Ireland or from around the world who have a connection with the area.

If anyone has material or links they believe might be useful for these webpages please contact me at: string@hotkey.net.au

Photos taken during a visit in November 2004

Peter Strangman beside the Strangman family grave marker in Mocollop cemetery.

The trunk of a tree beside the road to Araglen (can anyone else make out the face?)

A view from the back of the Church.

A view of the front of the Church and cemetery.

recent photos of the Mocollop Church and the Blackwater River.

Other Mocollop researchers

Other people with internet access who are researching ancestors associated with the general area include: John Bossidy jpbossidy@cox.net who is researching William BOSIDY (sic), Bartholomew BOSSIDY, Mary BOSSIDY and any BOSSIDY in the area generally, Alice WHITE, Maurice & Margaret WHOITE (sic. Alice's parents); Barbara Stone stone@mail1.nai.net who is researching Jane and Patrick LOMASNEY, William COPPINGER (including in the Ballylavene area), Mary GRIFFIN and Mary BEGLEY; Deirdre Heller Drajin1@aol.com who is researching KENNELLY and WHALEN; Frank FranksFarm@aol.com who is researching TOBIN; John Paul Bradford johnpaul.bradford@sympatico.ca who is researching MOHER; David Collins dfc.jr@earthlink.net who is researching QUIRK and CONDON ; Deirdra Condon Sullivan sullibob@ma.ultranet.com who is researching DESMOND and CONDON which feature on her webpage at http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Resort/5149/ ; Tony Riordan triordan@email.msn.com who is researching the BALDWIN and REILLY families which appear in the Riordan Family Genealogy page at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Park/6886/b-riordan.html ; John Donovan jdonovan@cablesurf.com who is researching DONOVAN (Barnahown, Araglin) and LEDDY (Gortnaskehy, Araglin) - members of both families are buried in Mocollop; Pam pkb@fastlink.com.au who is researching the WOODLEY and BOWLES families; Ray Marshall raymarsh@mninter.net who is researching SCANLON and FOX; Jack Lamb jlamb@perproinc.com who is researching CLANCY; Gerry Kennedy gerry.kennedy@online.ie who is a descendant of Rev Hans Butler of Mocollop Church (curate during 1832-33) and is researching KENNEDY, BUTLER, SHANAHAN and DREW; Sean Collins wings@telusplanet.net who is researching Dennis DALEY and his wife Mary FLYNN from Cappoquin; William M Lane lsc@indigo.ie who is researching SCANLON, O'NEILL, FEENEY, FINN, GEARY, CONDON, COTTER and LANE; Gerry (Geraldine) Conway Morenski dutiem@adelphia.net who is researching her great-grandfather DAVID CONWAY (1817-1894) who is buried at Mocollop and who married HANNAH (JOHANNA) DONOVAN (see story about how Gerry found some cousins); Patrick Lynch Patlynchma@aol.com who is researching HEAFY/HEAPHY, LYNCH, LINEHAN and SCANLON in both the Parish of Lismore and Mocollop (Ballyduff) and the Parish of Ballyporeen (Barnahown) in nearby Tipperary; Terence Kennelly kennelly@paradise.net.nz who is researching KENNEALLY from Ballyduff; George Zepp RugbyTN@aol.com who is researching WALTON and GUMBLETON; Mary Ellen Chambers Maryln61@AOL.COM and John (Jack) Chambers JChamb99@AOL.COM who are researching the LYNCH (Ballynerroon East), CHAMBERS and LANE families, Daniel Lynch Chambers having been buried in the Mocollop graveyard; Noreen Wall Sochor of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, nawallsochor@hotmail.com who is researching her g-grandparents HONARH STAFFORD and WILLIAM WALL of Ballynaroon East (1855) and her g-g-grandmothere ANN ARNOLD (m. 1823). The property occupied by Noreen's ancestors looked out to Mocollop Church. Noreen has forwarded two 19th century photos which have been uploaded at this webpage: http://www.hotkey.net.au/~string/noreen.htm ; Stephen Lomasney pmlc@ozemail.com.au who is researching the LOMASNEY name and has an interesting website at http://members.austarmetro.com.au/~slomasne/homepage/index.htm with links to the US-based Lomasney Family History website at http://members.verizon.net/~vze4xwbv/ .There is also a gallery of 44 photos taken by John Lomasney of scenes in Ireland, including ARAGLIN Church and KILWORTH; Julie Lawrey of New Zealand julieml@xtra.co.nz whose grandmother was baptised in Ballyduff in 1863 and who is researching SULLIVAN and NUGENT from Ballyduff; Bill Daly Smith wjsmith111@aol.com of Cincinnati is researching his DALEY line, including his ancestors JOHN DALEY and JOHANNA MORRISSEY who lived in Cappoquin and where his g-grandfather Michael Daley was born in 1845; the Greig family from New Zealand Greig.family@xtra.co.nz who are researching the CARNEY, LEDDY and MULCHAY names and Kilworth, Gotnasky, Araglin and Mocollop; Sheila Flynn of London, UK, sjladybird@btinternet.com whose father came from DOON, near ARAGLIN, and whose g-grandfather John FLYNN was born at Mocollop c.1840 and who married Katherine FOLEY; Mike Sheehan of Washington Shamrock95@aol.com who is researching JOHN BEGLEY of Ballinlevane West and PAT BEGLEY of Ballyeafy; Joan, Lismore7@aol.com who is researching CUFFE, LOMASNEY, and DREW; Keith Collins from Wales k.collins2@ntlworld.com who is researching MANSFIELDS of Lismore; Ciarán McAuliffe mcauliffe.ciaran and gmail.com (substitute @ for and) who is researching the CROTTY name, particularly in Black, Ballynamuddagh, Ballinlevane, Lisnagree and Tobernahulla; P Parnaby-Geary of the USA Pbarnabygeary@aol.com who is researching Michael GEARY (born 1854) and the GEARY, CASHIN, SCULLY and NUGENT families; Joseph M V Conway jmvconway@cablesurf.com who is researching the CONWAY name and (Matt ) SCANLAN; M Greetan dandmgreetan@pvtnetworks.net who is researching the FOLEY, MESKEL and DUMPHY families; Jeannine Garrahan Kubik jayghkub@coastalnet.com who is researching the GEARY and FEENY families of Gortnaskehy, Jeannine is the gggrandaughter of Catherine Feeny and Michael Geary. Catherine and Michael were married 6 Feb. 1834 in St. Martin's RC in Kilworth Parish.  Their daughter, Margaret Geary, born 1835, and baptised in the same church is Jeannine's great grandmother; Sheila MacAvoy Block macavoy@cox.net of California who is researching the family of Michael ENGLISH (Glencairn) and his wife Mary SULLIVAN, also BOSSEDY and COLEMAN; Ken Jenkins harrythecat2@cox.net is researching the ancestors of his g-g-grandfather James KEARNEY, b. 24 Nov 1844.  Parents Edmund and Johanna/Margaret (TOBIN) Kearney, m. 11 Feb 1836 in Lismore Parish. He believes they lived in Ballyduff.  Would like to find his g-g-grandfather's KEARNEY and TOBIN ancestors. Further details here; Jo Muether jmuether@gmx.net is a researcher of the MAUNSELL family. Joan Heaphy heaphyfarm@eircom.net is researching the HEAPHY (Heafy) name. Mike Aireton from Alderney in the British Channel Islands writes: "There is a cottage here called "Mocollop cottage". It was so named by Geraldine DREW who lived here for a time, but left the island about twenty years ago. I know that Geraldine named her cottage after her childhood home "Mocollop House". Mike can be contacted at: ridevs.ald and cwgsy.net(substitute @ for and). Kevin Brackett of Oxford, England, who is researching JEREMIAH BRACKETT who settled in Kilworth around 1901 and his brothers who may have lived in Ballyduff. Kevin may be contacted at: kevinbrackett1960 and yahoo.co.uk (substitute @ for and); Jonathan Palmer: jonathan and goldenhind.info (substitute @ for and) of South Africa, who is researching his great grandparents John and Hannah CARROLL of Upper Ballyduff (1890). Jim Phillips confirms the information above from Mike Aireton: "apparently GERALDINE DREW lived in my house a number of years ago on the Island of Alderney which is part of the Baliwick of Guernsey here in the Channel Islands just off the coast of France." Jim may be contacted at: jphillips and alderney.sch.gg (substitute @ for and). This is a link to a websitefor the Lismore/Mocollop area created by Paddy Geoghegan who was born in Ballyduff and who can be contacted at webmaster and lismor.com  (substitute @ for and). Mary O'Donoghue is researching the SCANLON family of Toournageeha, Ballyduff, and may be contacted at odonoghuetheresa5 and eircom.net (substitute @ for and). Cathy Negryczat Poochys at aol.com (substitute @ for at)  is searching for CHARLES McCARTHY, his wife, Ellen nee White, daughters Ellen aka Nellie b. 1873 Coolydoody, Bridget aka Bertha b. about 1874, Alice, birth date unknown and possibly a brother Timothy. Charles might have a brother or cousin named Denis McCarthy.  Charles and Ellen remained in Ireland, possibly around Kilworth from Nellie and Bridget's ship's manifest. Colette Barry of Cork is interested in OLIVIA MARIA DREW and may be contacted at  barry.colette at gmail.com (substitute @ for at). Colette would be interested to learn more about the connection between the BARRY and the DREW families. Feargal Mulvany (feargalmulvany at eircom.net) has a general interest in the Ballyduff area.

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Miscellaneous names relevant to the general area

Landowners in areas of the Parish of Lismore and Mocollop, adjacent to Mocollop, taken from
Griffiths Valuation of Waterford during 1848-1851. See another similar list below. Here is a link to a useful explanatory website about Griffiths Valuation.

Heads of households in the Parish of Lismore and Mocollop at the time of the 1901 Census, sorted by surnames and Townlands. Note: this information has been extracted from LDS film Nos 852422 and 852423; they are relatively large files (201Kbs). This is a link to the IreAtlas Townland database for further checking of Townland names. My interpretation of some of the ornate writing might not be accurate. This is a query received from one web visitor: "I am trying to decide which 1901 census film is the right one [for] researching in Lismore, specifically the townlands of Carrignagour and Cooldalane. I noted that you have reviewed 2 of the 3 available census films for Lismore. Do you have plans to review the next film 852424? I ask because, while I note that some of the names on your head of household list are familiar, they are not of the right townland. I was going to order the film myself, but thought I would enquire first to see if you were already working on it." I replied: "All I can say is that what is there has been accurately taken from what is on the film. I cannot recall if I ever looked at film 852424 and if it contained anything relevant to Mocollop, which was the main focus of my research." Any further elucidation?

Other links of interest

Ballyduff Community Web-Site http://www.esatclear.ie/~ballyduff/ has sections about local community organisations and activities.

Blackwater Valley site http://www.blackwater.ie/

This is an article by Mocollop researcher David Collins about his family history experiences at Mocollop and elsewhere. The article first appeared in the Tiara newsletter. The postal address for Tiara is: P. O. Box 619, Sudbury, MA 01776 USA. Stories from other Mocollop researchers are welcome.

The head of family in six townlands from the Civil Parish of Lismore and Mocollop located in Co Cork at the time of the 1911 Census and posted by Michael Cronin.

Dungarvan Museum Society http://www.dungarvanmuseum.org/ "... is based in Ireland, in the town of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The museum is a voluntary organisation dedicated to preserving the history of Dungarvan and the West Waterford area".

The GENUKI site for Co Waterford http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl/WAT/index.html with information about the Waterford e-mail discussion List hosted by Rootsweb, history, archives, libraries, media, tourism, business, etc.

Details in the Griffiths Valuation for these townlands: Garrison, Ballyduff, Ballyduff Upper, Ballyduff Lower. This information supplied by Ray Marshall.

An article on the IGSI site explaining how Ray Marshall identified Ballyduff as the likely home of his ancestors.

The Irish Ancestor site on the Irish Times website contains a number of useful links for genealogy research.

Here is a link to Pat Kiely's website. Pat lives in nearby Lismore. Through the on-line form on his website you can subscribe to the electronic newsletter he produces weekly and receive it as an e-mail message. The newsletter generally includes items about Waterford and other subjects which capture Pat's fancy. I am not sure that he has been bitten by the genealogy bug so don't ask him to undertake hours of free research for you in the local library - he probably has a very full life already!

This page at the Magner Family History site http://www.magner.org/historynotes.htm has an interesting description of St Brigid's Holy Well at Castle Magner. Although not in the same area, the description is relevant to the reference later in this site to a Holy Well once associated with Mocollop. This is the URL for the Magner Clan Page http://www.magner.org

The Waterford Heritage Centre http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/Geneal/Waterfrd.htm is the place to contact when you want to commission research about your Co Waterford ancestors.

How Gerry (Geraldine) Conway Morenski found some cousins (e-mail dated 10 December 2004)

Some recollections from Peter Ryan (now of Western Australia): "As lads 1942-55, we played around Mocollop frequently, scrounging around the Castle and the Church which, although not in use was securely locked up. Going North towards a saw-mill there were lovely feeds of wild raspberries beside the road for the picking. In Spring, a large square field beside the Castle, probably a Polo ground, had raised sides which were totally covered with Daffodils; a truly memorable sight. My Dad, Garda Sgt Tim Ryan was very proud of a snuff-box he had, which was made from a South American bean and topped with silver, bought at an auction from the castle, I think." Peter may be contacted at: rhinorok at bigpond.com (Substitute @ for at).

Feargal Mulvany wrote in  October 2012: "The Mocollop church was cleared out by my grandad  James(Jimmy)Mooney a well known and liked character around Ballyduff. You can find this information in the The Avondhu paper for Thursday the 28th of August 1997 on page 29. I was also told by Liam Canning owner of the Castle and manor house behind the school that the reason the ground was raised is to do with the masses of bodies buried there during the famine times, now I don't know if he was trying to scare us? He's the unofficial historian of the area so I wouldn't disregard it totally. Liam also brought us up the mountain that summer through the black forest past the church to show us a clearing in the trees to an old settlement with post holes still in the ground, you could still see the outlines of the dwellings that used to be there." Feargal may be contacted at : feargalmulvany at eircom.net


 

 

Denis Strangman, Canberra, Australia.

What the area looks like - sheep grazing behind the Mocollop Church and cemetery.

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In 1746 Charles Smith in his book "The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Waterford" included this reference to Mocollop at pps 62-63:

"The next parish to this of Lismore is Mocollop where there is little remarkable, the whole being rough and mountainous. On the verge of this parish lies Araglin, noted for its Iron-works. They are at present erecting forges for the making of Bar-iron, having only hitherto carried on the manufacture of Cast-iron, which will be of great advantage to this part of the country. The glin here is very pleasant and romantic, and near it are the ruins of an ancient castle, that together with the Ironworks, contribute to the composing (of) such a scene." In a footnote Smith also writes: "The parish of Mocollop bounds the County of Cork, on the West the ridges of the mountains divide it from the County of Tipperary, on the North and the East it is bounded by Lismore, and part of the County of Cork on the South."

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In 1834 the Dublin Penny Journal (Vol 11 No 95, Conducted by P. Dixon Hardy, M.I.R.A. April 26 1834) published the following article about a visit by a corresponent to Mocollop. The article was accompanied by a line drawing which showed the outline of the ruined castle and other buildings, including the church.

The castle is to the left of the drawing and the church tower is the square outline roughly in the middle. Here is the church tower as we photographed it in 1998. This is the text of the 1834 article:

Macollop (sic) Castle - Situated on the banks of Blackwater river, on the boundary of the County Waterford, and midway between Fermoy and Lismore, a distance of about ten miles, stands the ancient ruin of Macollop Castle, consisting of a large round tower, with several smaller square ones flanking its immediate base; and with several adjacent improvements, has at present a very picturesque appearance when viewed in almost any direction, but particularly across the river, from the spot where it is said Cromwell, in 1640 (sic, recte 1649), with an ill directed cannon-shot, reduced it to its present dilapidated state. The situation of the house which is plain and rather low, seems as if designed to give the Castle the most advantageous appearance, while the church, which fills up the chasm in the centre, with a well-planted hill screening the more distant mountains of Clogheen and Ariglin, complete one of the prettiest landscapes which imagination can convey to the mind; [the previous text has been taken from a reproduction in a footnote to an article in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, referred to in a later webpage. The following text was sent to me by a person who appears to have had access to the illustration and the full article.] ... the lawn and adjacent low grounds are judiciously planted with well grown timber, and the river, which here enters the County of Waterford, and winds almost under the Castle, adds much to the beauty of the scene. A neat timber bridge, subject to a small toll,has,for public convenience, been erected a little to the west of Macollop House, by the spirited resident owner, F.Drew Esq. A little further up the river may be seen, fast falling to decay, the perforated walls, and high pointed gables of an extensive mansion on the Waterpark estate. Following the course of the river, the next place almost adjoining Macollop, is Ballyduff, a village, like almost all those in the south of Ireland, worthy of remark for nothing more than a new chapel, three or four policemen, and three or four times that number of public houses, the remaining population forming a vast contrast to the many princely rural residences at either side of the river. A little further on is Glenbeg, the seat of G.B.Jackson Esq.; a place for which nature has done much and art but little. Overhanging the river is a lovely beech walk, perhaps not to be equaled in the kingdom for situation and growth of timber. A very pretty cavern was a few years past discovered on part of the demense; several curious dilapidated stones and other surprising natural curiosities have been found,but its extent has not been perfectly ascertained; almost opposite Glenbeg is Flower Hill, the prettiest and most enviable situation I know of on the river; the entrance at the avenue is truly neat and terminates with the house, built in the cottage style; the lands,which are neatly planted and most economically arranged, speak much for the taste of the owner, B Drew, Esq. It is celebrated as a great cider country, and, in my opinion, might vie with that of Devon or Cornwall. Adjoining Flower Hill is the natural Waterfall of Glenmore, and on the opposite bank of the river is Glencairn Abbey admirably situated.

E.H. (Tallow. 12th December,1833.)

The 19th Century correspondent was not particularly kind in his description of Ballyduff but, as we shall see later, today's residents of nearby Ballyduff make a significant annual contribution to the memory of the area. The description "one of the prettiest landscapes which imagination can convey to the mind" has prompted at least one Dublin-based resident with roots to the area to declare that even though he cannot be buried in the now-closed cemetery he would like his ashes scattered in the surrounding fields.

The Curate at the Mocollop Church around the time that the above article appeared was the Rev Hans Butler and a descendant has provided background information about his career, which is reproduced below.


Several years after the Dublin Penny Journal treated its readers to a description of Mocollop Samuel Lewis, in his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (published 1837), included this entry for Mocollop:

"MOCOLLOP, a parish in the barony of Coshmore, county of Waterford, and province of Munster, 6 miles (w) from Lismore, on the road to Fermoy, and on the river Blackwater; containing 3503 inhabitants. James, the 7th Earl of Desmond, died at his castle here in 1462. The castle continued in the possession of the Desmonds until forfeited by the treason of Gerald, the 16th earl, in 1583. It was defended against Cromwell's forces in 1650. The surface of the parish is chiefly rugged, and the land of inferior quality: On its verge, in the picturesque dell of Araglin, were formerly some iron-works.* The seat of Francis Drew, Esq., is sitated in a richly planted demesne, having an unusual extent of orchard, the cider produced from which is very celebrated. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Lismore; the rectory is united to that of Lismore, and appropriate to the dean and chapter; the vicarage is also united to that of Lismore, and appropriate to the vicars choral. The amount of tithes is included in that of Lismore. The church is a neat building. In the R.C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Lismore: the chapel is at the village of Ballyduff. In a school, aided by F. Drew, Esq., and the vicars choral, about 120 children are taught; there are also three private schools, in which are about 190 children, and a Sunday school. Ruins of an ancient castle exist."

*An article in Decies suggests there were ironworks at both Mocollop and Araglin. (Thomas Power, "Richard Boyle's Ironworks in Co Waterford", Decies, No 7, January 1978, pps 30-35.)

At least one of the Mocollop schools received assistance from the "Kildare Place Society" during 1827-1840. The Society, founded in 1811 and named after its location in Dublin, was dedicated to promoting the education of the poor in Ireland. Ostensibly undenominational, Catholics were involved in its work before 1820 but afterwards it was essentially Protestant. According to the records of the Society, Mr Thomas Irwin, one of the teachers at Mocollop, had been teaching since 1812. (Thomas Power, "Schools in Connection with the Kildare Place Society in Co Waterford 1817-1840", Decies, Vol 17, May 1981, pps 4-16.)


In 1980 a writer in the historical journal Decies provided some further information about the Church at Mocollop:

"The identity of the separate parish of Mocollop has for centuries been submerged in the combined parish of Lismore and Mocollop. Hence the modern Protestant Church here seems to have been rated as a chapel-at-ease to Lismore. The Church is a First-Fruits type, erected in 1820 in the ancient cemetery beside the pre-reformation church foundations*. Up to very recently both Catholics and Protestants continued to be buried here as there was no alternative catholic site. Church and cemetery are now semi-derelict. The roof timbers still remains but the slates are mostly gone." (John Mulholland, "A Checklist of Church of Ireland places of Worship in County Waterford", Decies, No 14, May 1980, pps 43-48.) Does anyone know what is meant by a "First-Fruits type"?

* This is disputed: "Although the Parish is of quite recent formation there are numerous signs that mass was celebrated in the area for several hundreds of years. There was up until about 150 years ago still to be seen signs of the old catholic church at Mocollop. This was situated, contra to popular belief not in the current old graveyard that contains the ruin of the Church of Ireland Church of St. Mary, but about 200 metres north of that at the site of the picnic spot on the Glen Road. Old maps show the village of Mocollop as being situated adjacent to this church but predominately to the west of it. There is a mound of earth at the point where the village is shown on the 1st Ordnance Survey map of 1841 and the earlier sketch map of 1819. Neither of these maps show the Church as it seems to have been demolished at the time of Cromwell. It would appear that the village was vacated in the evictions that took place at the time of the Famine." (Parish history on former Ballyduff website.)

There was a further comment on that Ballyduff website: "The patronage of the parish is uncertain; there was, at the end of the 19th Century, a faint recollection that, about seventy years previously, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel was observed by celebration of Holy Mass in the church. In a remote corner of the parish there is a holy well called St. Michael, to which multitudes from the Counties of Limerick, Cork and Tipperary resorted on pilgrimage. The "pattern" took place on September 29th. In course of time crying abuses crept in, so as to make it necessary for the Very Rev. Dr. Fogarty, the then parish priest, to interfere and interdict the carnival. The well is called Tubbernahulla or the "Well of the Penitential Station", and the townland bears the same name. Ola is literally "oil" but in a secondary sense it signifies a place or station of penance." This historical background is also contained on the website for the Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, within the entry for the Parish of Ballyduff.

The following map shows the location of the Well (middle top at road junction on the border between Co Cork and Co Waterford, and on the border of two Parishes) in relation to old land holdings of the O'Keefe family:

Sketch drawn by John J Flynn as an indicative drawing only, not as an historical artifact.


HANS BUTLER 1808 - 1891. Curate at Mocollop Church 1832-33.

Father of Jeannette Butler, first wife of Frederick H Kennedy

REV. HANS BUTLER was son of Francis Butler, of Rathmoyle House, Queens
County, a gentleman. Educated by a Mr Martin, he entered TCD on Oct 18,
1824, aged 16, BA in 1831, ordained deacon in 1831, a priest in 1832. He was
curate in Mocollop in the Lismore diocese 1832-33, and he was married (in St
George’s, Dublin Sept.12, 1837) to Mary Baker, daughter of Abraham Baker of
Balhealy House, Co Dublin.

Abraham Baker was married to Sophia, daughter of Sir John Blunden and
Lucinda Cuffe, the daughter of John Cuffe, first Lord Desart , b.1683.
Hans Butler was Chaplain of Villierstown 1847-1886. He died on 7th January,
1891, (his wife having died on Feb 2nd 1860). At the time of his death his
address was 12 Ranelagh Road, Co.Dublin, and his executor was his son
Francis Theobald Butler MD, then of 8 Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath,
Surrey. (Francis T Butler had married in 1874 Ellen, daughter of W.R.Jenney
of Malta).

Hans Butler’s will amounted to £1,804.

Another son of Hans Butler was Henry Stuart Butler, who died before him on
29th June 1887 at 4 Garden Street, Chatham, Co.Kent. At that date Hans
Butler had an address at 47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Henry Stuart Butler
was a solicitor, with offices at 4 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin. This address
was later to be that of Frederick H Kennedy’s legal practice.

Hans Butler's wife's family were descended from General Gorge, and feature
in one of Ireland's weirdest 'ghost stories', refer to a book by Sheila St Clair.

Hans Butler was (Reg.of Deeds reference) Trustee of the affairs of one
Hannah Butler, widow, of Castlestown, in Queens County.

This is likely to have been his sister-in-law. In any event Hannah Butler
was mother of Charlotte Butler, who married Garrett Moore, and their
children were Hans Garrett Moore and Frances Garvey Moore.

A second Trustee of above affairs was one James Bird MD, of Banagher,
Co.Offaly. He was married to another Hannah, who was likely a daughter of
Hannah Butler.

As noted elsewhere in these Records, Hans Butler was married to a Mary
Baker. She was of Balhealy House. Registry of Deeds references (1861.34.14.
& 1861.35.282) concern the affairs of these Bakers.

Arthur Baker, formerly of Balhealy House, then of Frankfort Castle Dublin,
likely Mary Baker’s brother, was father of Henry Baker and of Jane Baker,
she married Barry Drew.

Henry Baker with a Robert Butler bought property from Arthur Baker.

Barry Drew was son (?) of Edward Paoli Drew of Cappoquin, Co Waterford. This
Drew family are documented in Burkes ILG (1912 edition).

Extract from 'Records of 'The Kennedy Family' by Conan Kennedy


Click here to view some thumbnail scenes of the Mocollop area which, when clicked on, will open a larger version of the thumbnail view.

More about the church and cemetery.

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