So, was it Bayley or Bayly?

From the beginning of my family history explorations into the Upton family (who are linked to me through my great-grandmother Eliza Upton), I have been struggling with the name of Eliza’s grandfather. His name appears in various documents, directories, newspapers and so on in various forms: Wm. Upton, W.B. Upton, William Upton, William B. Upton, William Bailey Upton, William Bayley Upton, Wm. Bayly Upton and William Bayly Upton.  When I began this blog in 2012, I was under the impression his name was William Bayley Upton and I continued to use that form until recently. I was particularly influenced in this line of thought by a hand-written family tree chart of the Uptons that showed his name in that way. The chart also showed his fourth son as David Bayley Upton so it seemed clear enough.

However, I now need to change how I have identified these two men and others because I have recently found on-line a transcription of the will of “William Bayly Upton”, signed in 1861. The will refers to property (land and buildings) that he owned in Cashel and bequeathed to two of his children (more of the details in a later post).

So, from now on, I will refer to my 3X great-grandfather as William Bayly Upton. Other posts that mention him are being amended to reflect this correction.

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The evolving family tree for the Uptons

(Updated November 17, 2017)

Every now and again, in my searches, I come across another fragment of information about the Uptons who were the children of William Bayly Upton and his wife Margaret McClure. The family lived in Cashel, County Tipperary.

The hand-written chart that I inherited turns out to be not very accurate regarding the birth order of the children. The birth years I estimated for them, therefore, require periodic amendments.

The hand-written chart shows five sons in order of birth and then three daughters. This implied birth order is not right. Church records from the Parish of St. John Baptist, Cashel, have helped to identify their probable birth years but I do not have the actual birth dates. Prudence Charters was baptized in Cashel on November 3, 1796, so I believe she was the eldest child. She was followed by four brothers, then Rebecca, Bayly and, finally, Margaret. (There had also been a couple of other children who had died young.)

I have found information on two of the sons in the records of Dublin University (usually known as Trinity College). Christopher Upton entered Dublin University at the age of 14 on November 2, 1813. He graduated with a B.A. in spring 1819. Later, his younger brother David entered the university aged 19 on November 2, 1822. He does not appear to have graduated. This information would suggest that Christopher was born in 1898 and his brother David in 1802. Neither Samuel nor William attended Dublin University although I believe that William attended lectures and took examinations at the Apothecaries’ Hall of Ireland in Merrion Square, Dublin in order to qualify as an apothecary.

So baptismal records on most of the children with some the additional information would give the following order to the children:

Prudence (1796)
Christopher (1798)
Samuel (1800)
William (1801)
David (1802)
Rebecca (1805)
Bayly (1806)
Margaret (1811)

Sadly, the sons in this family had very short lives. According to the W.H. Upton book on the Upton family, both Christopher and Samuel died as solders between 1820 and 1822 in Peru. William died aged 35 in 1836. David died in 1846 aged about 43. And Bayly died in 1852; he would have been about 45 years old. The daughters survived longer although none of them was older than 70. Their parents actually had longer lives; William Bayly Upton was 86 and his wife Margaret was 74.

Below is the current version of the family tree chart I am maintaining.

Upton Family tree as of Nov 17, 2017


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Upcoming Topics – October 2017

In April 2012, I posted a list of topics I hoped to cover in the following weeks and months.  It has taken me years to cover SOME of the topics on that list! Looking for reliable information, being distracted by searches on other lines in my family tree, day-to-day living and other pursuits has resulted in my spending very little time on this blog in the past few years. I do get comments occasionally from distant relatives and others interested in peripheral families and I am happy to get those comments. Meantime, I continue to be interested in the Smiths and their ancestors.

This is an updated list of the upcoming topics to keep you aware of where I am going with this blog.  My intention is to publish as much as possible of the information I have and then to continue searching for more and better information.

Most of the early posts were about the Smiths in Ireland and Cumberland; I am gradually coming to the end of that aspect of the family tree although I still want to get more information on the Upton and Kent families in Ireland.  Some of the upcoming topics will be about the Smiths and their relatives who stayed in Cumberland.

If you have looked at the blog’s layout, you will have realized that I am using the top menu as a means to provide a lot of information that should not change much (unless I have got it all wrong).  So I have created a number of static pages in the sections called “Family Stories” and “Family Trees”.  I consider these pages as providing basic information about the Smith family, focusing on the male line as far back as we can go at present.  There is no doubt much more I can learn about the Smiths from doing additional archival research.  But this is what I know or believe now.  I will update the pages and add new pages as I need to and will post a message to let you know what was changed.

Posts are usually shorter than pages and they cover topics that will probably change over time and will include different perspectives in response to your comments.  All the posts are found at

Comments are always welcome because they will help me to improve the information on the blog.  They will also help me to focus on the topics that are of interest to you.  I have my own ideas of what is interesting but that doesn’t mean you will agree.  Maybe there is a topic you are longing to know about and I haven’t mentioned it yet.  Please let me know what it is!

Meantime, to give you an idea of what else will be added to the blog , here is my current list of the topics to be covered in new posts (not necessarily in this order):

  • Miss Going of Monaquill
  • The Misses Smith of Penrith
  • Photographs from Penrith
  • The Hardys of Park Head
  • The Mortons of Gamblesby and Melmerby

I will update this list periodically in response to your suggestions and in light of new information I come across.


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Thomas Smith, Civil Engineer

Thomas Smith was one of the younger brothers of my grandfather William Smith.  Thomas, known as Tom, was born in 1870 in County Tipperary and moved with his family when he was only an infant to live on a farm at Corballis in County Dublin.  I don’t know where he attended school but I assume it was somewhere in Dublin.  From personal  acquaintance with my great-uncle Tom when he was in his late 80s, I knew that he had graduated from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and had worked as an engineer for various railway companies in Ireland, his main job being the design of new railway lines.  Sad to say, Tom lived long enough to witness the gradual reduction in railway travel and the dismantlement of many of the lines he had helped to design and build.  Tom Smith died in 1962 in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.  You can find more about Tom and the Smith family he was born into by going to the page on Lancelot Smith’s Children Corballis.

Knowing from family stories that Tom Smith was a railway engineer and having evidence of that are two different things.  Recently I came across some on-line records of the U.K. Civil Engineer Membership Forms from 1820 to 1930 that enabled me to get more information about Thomas Smith as a Civil Engineer.

According to the information that Thomas Smith provided in the application form for election as an Associate Member to The Institution of Civil Engineers (I.C.E.) that was completed on November 1896:

“he obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin in 1890 at which latter exam he was awarded a special certificate for superior merit in Mining, Chemistry, Geology and Mineralogy.  He was afterwards engaged by Mr S.G. Fraser, M. Inst. C.E., for a few months on the setting out of the Collooney & Claremorris Railway and on the plans in connection with this and other lines.  And from July 91 – July 92 as a pupil of Mr G. Chatterton, M. Inst. C.E., he was engaged on the construction of the Rhondda Valley Sewer in South Wales, which consisted of a large Main Outfall Sewer of brick, concrete and cast iron nearly 18 miles long, including many tunnels, river and railway crossings, and tidal outfall.  And for the last two and half years he has been engaged in the office of Mr W.H. Mills, M Inst. C.E., Engineer in Chief of the Great Northern Railway Co Ireland, as a draughtsman in connection with the general maintenance of the line and construction of new works and still holds that position.”

Thomas Smith became an Associate Member of I.C.E. on the 30th of January 1897.

Being employed as a civil engineer on various railway design and building projects could explain why in the March 1901 Census of Ireland Thomas Smith was living as a lodger in Portadown, County Armagh, while his wife Elizabeth (Lulie) was living with her aunt and uncle-by-marriage Nell and Lancelot Smith of Beaverstown, County Dublin.  (Somewhat confusingly, Lulie was also their sister-in-law since she was married to Lancelot Smith’s brother.)  Portadown is a major railway junction in what was then the Great Northern Railway system so it would be a likely place for Thomas Smith to be working.

In the 1911 Census of Ireland, Thomas and Elizabeth Smith are both listed as living in Belfast, with their nephew Lancelot Westgarth Smith, aged 14.  Lancelot Westgarth Smith, the son of Lancelot Smith of Beaverstown, was usually known as Garth.  From this census record of his residence in Belfast, I am guessing that Garth was attending school there at the time.  Thomas Smith listed his occupation in 1911 as civil engineer.

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The Melmerby Smiths after 1821

This is a brief summary of the Smiths who lived and farmed in Melmerby, in the Eden Valley of Cumberland, after 1821.  They stayed in Melmerby after my great-great-grandfather Lancelot Smith and most of his children went to farm in Ireland in the early 1850s.

These Smiths are not ancestors of my grandfather William Smith – and therefore not of mine either – although they are distant relatives.

You might think of these Smiths as the ones who stayed at home.  You can get an idea of their lineage from the Smith family tree showing the lines diverging between those who went to Ireland and those who continued on in Melmerby.

After my great-great-great-grandfather John Smith died in 1821, his son William inherited all his Melmerby property.  (As a much younger son, my great-great-grandfather Lancelot Smith did not inherit any land in Melmerby from his father.  Instead, he farmed a small property in Gamblesby; he had moved to Gamblesby before his father died.  He did inherit some freehold land in Melmerby from his uncle Thomas in 1827.)

William Smith of Melmerby, born in 1781, married Mary Longrigg from Kirkoswald in 1812, and they had 11 children.  I believe that William and Mary were living and farming in Hesket when they were first married; while they were there, they had three children.  When William inherited the Smith family’s freehold property in Melmerby in 1821, the family moved to the farm in Melmerby where William and Mary had eight more children.  Two of the children died at about 7 years of age and a third died as an infant.  Their oldest daughter Hannah died at the age of about 25.  A younger son William married Elizabeth Harrison from Gamblesby and they lived in Gamblesby, close to where Lancelot Smith lived.  I know nothing about the other children besides when they born.  William Smith died in 1857 and his wife Mary died in 1868.

John Smith, William’s eldest son, was the next owner of the Melmerby property.  (This John Smith was a first cousin of Lancelot Smith of Corballis.)  John was born in 1815 in Hesket and he married Mary Hardy of Park Head, which is near Kirkoswald.  They had eight children.  (The Hardys of Park Head are an interesting family and I may write a separate page about them later on.)  John and Mary Smith had four sons and four daughters.  Their oldest son William died in July 1884, at the age of 35 – just a few months after his father died.  So the son next in line, George Hardy Smith, inherited the Melmerby property.  Two younger sons, John and Christopher, became farmers in Park Head, where their Hardy grandfather and uncles had lived.  One of the four daughters, Eleanor, died as an infant.  The other three daughters never married and later in life they lived together in Penrith.  The Misses Smith of Penrith are interesting too, mainly because they all made wills and mentioned numerous younger relatives in their wills.  The oldest daughter, Mary Ann, lived most of her life with the Hardys in Park Head and then with her aunt Eleanor Hardy in Gamblesby before going to live in Penrith.  John Smith died in 1884 and his wife Mary died in 1898.

George Hardy Smith – John’s oldest surviving son – was the next owner of the Melmerby property.  (George Hardy Smith was a second cousin of my grandfather William Smith of Blackhall.)  George was born in 1852 in Gamblesby and was married twice.  His first wife Mary Jackson was from Brougham, Cumberland and they had two daughters and one son.  Their daughters were: Eleanor, who married James Beaty, and Sarah Agnes, who married John William Dodd.  Their son, John William Smith, was born in October 1882 in Stainmore, Westmoreland, and I believe his mother died shortly after his birth.  Mary (Jackson) Smith was buried in Melmerby on October 21, 1882; she was only 26 years old.  Later, George Hardy Smith married again, to Catherine Brunskill.  They had no children.  George Hardy Smith died in 1928 and his wife Catherine died in 1937.

John William Smith (called William) was George Hardy Smith’s only son so he was the inheritor of the Melmerby property.  I have no information about him other than his birth in October 1882 and his death in December 1951.  I do not know if he ever married or if he had any descendants.

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Hannah Huddart of Gamblesby

Hannah Huddart was one of my great-great-great-grandmothers.  She was born in Gamblesby, in the County of Cumberland, in late 1753 or early 1754 and was baptised at Addingham Parish Church in Glassonby on 3 February 1754.  The Huddart family lived in Gamblesby where Hannah’s father was a farmer and Hannah lived there until she married John Smith from Melmerby in June 1777.  It is through her marriage to John Smith that she became one of the Mrs Smiths in my family tree.  Also due to her marriage, she moved from Gamblesby to Melmerby, a distance of about 1.5 miles (or 2.5 km).

Hannah had nine children, of whom seven survived to full adulthood.  Her second youngest son Joseph died at the age of  thirty in 1822.  The oldest surviving son William became the heir to the property of both his parents.  Her third-oldest surviving son was my great-great-grandfather Lancelot Smith of Gamblesby.

Aside from knowing who she married and how many children she had, I know one other thing about Hannah Huddart: according to her great-grand-daughter Agnes Nicholson,  Hannah was converted to Methodism during a visit of John Wesley to Gamblesby.  I believe that would have been around 1772, when Hannah was about 18 years old.  Despite Hannah’s conversion, and presumably raising her children later on to become good Methodists, all of her children were baptized in the Anglican Church in Melmerby and some of them were buried in the churchyard there as well.  The Methodists did not separate from the Anglican Church until after 1784.  By 1795, the Methodists were legally able to conduct marriages and perform religious sacraments.  The chapels were then authorized by the Methodist movement to start conducting communion services, marriages, burials and baptisms.  These changes would only have happened gradually with the agreement of local chapel leaders and probably did not take effect in more remote places like the Cumberland Fells until well after 1800.  As far as I know there was no Methodist chapel ever built in Melmerby.  Methodists in that community would probably have gone to Gamblesby to attend chapel services.

It is not clear how much Hannah’s husband John Smith was devoted to the Wesleyan Methodist cause because it seems that his heir William Smith and William’s descendants were regular members of the Anglican Church in Melmerby.  (However, having key life events recorded in the Anglican Church has made finding information on the Smiths of Cumberland a great deal easier for me than looking for Methodist circuit records.)

After 1808, the Methodist movement split between Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists on several issues of religious practice.  The chapel in Gamblesby remained Wesleyan Methodist.

Hannah’s son Lancelot Smith of Gamblesby was a Wesleyan Methodist and raised his children in that religion (although they too were baptised in the Anglican church).  Hannah’s grandson Lancelot Smith of Corballis was also a staunch Wesleyan Methodist but, by the time his children had grown up in County Dublin, the next generation had moved back to being members of the Anglican Church.

Methodism was strongly established in the Fells in later years of John Wesley’s long life and stayed strong there for many years after he died in 1791.  The village of Gamblesby had its first Methodist chapel built in 1784.  This was more than 80 years before it had a small Anglican church which was built in 1868 – perhaps partly to compete with the local Methodist chapel.  This church was what is called a chapel-of-ease, which was subsidiary to the parish church for Addingham Parish in Glassonby, a few miles away.  (The Anglican chapel-of-ease was decommissioned and converted into a private house in 2011.)

The original Methodist chapel was replaced by a new chapel in 1864 and it still stands today.

Wesleyan Methodist chapel Gamblesby

Looking back to Hannah’s ancestry, it has not been possible to find out much about that.  From the records of Addingham Parish I found that Hannah’s father was William Huddart from Gamblesby and his father may have been called Joseph Huddart, also from Gamblesby.   William Huddart was a farmer and it seems that he bequeathed at least some of his property to Hannah when he died in 1785, aged 71.  I have not found any parish records for children other than Hannah whose father was William Huddart so it is possible that Hannah was his only child.

Hannah died on 12 September 1831, aged 77, and she was buried in Melmerby Churchyard.

In her will probated in 1832, Hannah gave all her land in Gamblesby to her oldest son William.  He also got her oak kitchen table and a crook (which I take to be a shepherd’s crook).  Her younger children got money: £120 each to her younger sons Thomas and Lancelot and £100 each to her three daughters.  Her daughters were also given her household effects – furniture, linen and clothes.  A bequest of £120 at that time would be worth about £87,500 today in terms of income.

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The Mounseys of Clashnevin

I have mentioned the Mounsey family several times when writing pages about Lancelot Smith of Corballis and his children in the Family Stories section of this blog.

As I described in those pages, Lancelot Smith lived near Cashel in County Tipperary from about 1852 until 1871, at which time he moved with his young family to a farm in the townland of Corballis, near Donabate in County Dublin.  Over twenty years later, when Lancelot’s children were getting married, it is very interesting that three of his five sons chose to marry members of the Mounsey family, who lived in Clashnevin, in the northern part of County Tipperary.

  • Eldest son Lancelot Smith married Eleanor (Nell) Mounsey.
  • Fourth son Thomas (Tom) Smith married Elizabeth (Lulie) Hodgins, whose mother Mary Mounsey was the oldest sister of Nell Mounsey.
  • Youngest son Joseph Randal (Joe) Smith married Isabella (Belle) Mounsey, the youngest sister of Nell and Mary.

I cannot explain what was the reason for this close marital connection between the Smiths and the Mounseys.  The Smith men, living and growing up near Dublin, would have met many other people so it wasn’t lack of choice in finding wives.  I assume the two families kept in close touch over many years and they must have found much in common in their social values and ways of living.  Both Lancelot Smith and John Mounsey were farmers from northern England, were about the same age and had moved to Tipperary around the same time.

What do I know about the Mounsey family of Clashnevin?  Until about six months ago, I would have had to say “not very much”.  However, since then I have been fortunate in receiving very useful information from a modern-day Mounsey descendant living in England.  I now know that the Mounseys came from Westmorland to settle in County Tipperary in the second half of the 1850s – probably only a few years after the Smiths moved from Cumberland to the same county.

John Mounsey and his wife Mary Branthwaite were from Westmorland in the parish of Askham, which is only about 5.5 miles (9 km) south of Penrith.  The Smiths came from Gamblesby, about 8 miles (13 km) north-east of Penrith, so they could have known each other before they both went to Ireland.

John’s father Stephen Mounsey was a farmer, sometimes described as a yeoman, in Setterah Park, Bampton, which is now inside the boundaries of the Lake District National Park.  Stephen Mounsey was born at Setterah Park in June 1800.  (His father, another John Mounsey, was also from Setterah Park.)

Stephen Mounsey and his first wife Mary (her maiden name may have been Parkinson) had six children, of which John Mounsey – later of Clashnevin – was the eldest.   One daughter Anne died as a child.  Stephen’s wife Mary died and Stephen married again, this time to Mary Tinkler, on April 8 1854.  At that time, Stephen was 53 years old and his second wife was 57.

It may have been due to their mother’s death or their father’s second marriage that three of his children – Robert, Stephen and Mary – emigrated to New Zealand in the late 1850s or early 1860s.  Eldest son John moved to Ireland in the late 1850s.  Only one son – Thomas – stayed in England but did not live in Westmoreland until his later years.

Mary Branthwaite’s family was also long-established in Askham, in the civil parish of Helton.  Mary was one of at least eleven children born to John Branthwaite, a yeoman farmer, and his wife Elizabeth.

John Mounsey was born in October 1826 in Setterah Park, Westmoreland, and his wife Mary Branthwaite was born in 1829 in Helton, half a mile away.  They were married, probably in the parish of Askham, on 30 October 1852 and had two daughters while they were living in Setterah Park where John was a farmer.

The Mounseys moved to Ireland after the birth of their second daughter in 1855.  When exactly they moved to Ireland – and when they arrived in Clashnevin, County Tipperary – remain unanswered questions.  The earliest mention of John Mounsey in Ireland that I have found is in the vestry minute books of the Parish of Ballymackey.  In April 1861, John Mounsey was listed as present at the vestry meeting; this suggests that he arrived in the parish during the previous year.  In April 1862, John Mounsey was assigned a seat in the church and listed as “Jno. Mounsey, Clashnevin”.  If the Mounseys moved to Ireland in 1856, I cannot be sure they were in Clashnevin before 1861.  Maybe John had another farm when he first arrived in Ireland.

Another interesting sidelight on the Mounseys’ connection to the Anglican parish church in Ballymackey is that John Mounsey is not mentioned in the vestry minutes after 1870 although several Mounsey weddings took place in the church after 1870 and a number of Mounseys have been buried in the church graveyard up to the year 2001.  The church building has been abandoned and is now roofless.

Ballymackey Parish Church 2011

John Mounsey died in March 1916, possibly at Ballygibbon, County Tipperary.  His wife Mary had died before him, in October 1903.  Both were buried in the Ballymackey churchyard.

Finding information on children born in Ireland before 1864 (the start of civil registration) is problematic so the complete list of the children in the Mounsey family is still tentative but I believe that John and Mary Mounsey had eleven children, two of which died as infants:

  • Mary (1853)
  • Elizabeth (1855)
  • Stephen (1858?)
  • John (1859)
  • Anne (Annie) (1861)
  • Stephen (1864)
  • Eleanor (Nell) (1866)
  • Infant (1868?)
  • Margaret (1870)
  • Thomas (1871)
  • Isabella (Belle) (1874)

Mary and Elizabeth Mounsey were definitely born in Westmorland.  The most tentative part of this list is the first Stephen, supposedly born and died in 1858.  It would be the usual practice of the time to name the eldest son Stephen because that was the name of the child’s paternal grandfather.  It would also explain why there was a later son also called Stephen if the first one died as an infant.

Aside from not having any record of the first Stephen’s birth, the key question is where was he born.  If it was in Ireland, as some on-line family trees say, then the Mounseys had moved to Ireland between 1855 and 1858.  The next son, John, was definitely born in County Tipperary in 1859, possibly at Clashnevin.  I know he was born in County Tipperary from the census records of 1901 and 1911.  So I believe the Mounseys were in Tipperary at least by 1859.

One thing I have learned from my helpful contact in the Mounsey family and from a couple of on-line family trees is that John Mounsey’s eldest daughter Mary was married three times.  Previously, I had no idea about this.  All that I knew was that she had married Robert Hodgins in the Ballymackey parish church on 13 October 1873, when she was under age, and she had a daughter Elizabeth (known as Lulie), who married my great-uncle Tom Smith.  Robert Hodgins was a grocer living on Castle Street in Nenagh.  His father Richard Hodgins was a farmer in the Ballymackey area so that is probably how Mary and Robert first met.

From on-line sources, including census records, I have learned that Mary had five surviving children in her first marriage to Robert Hodgins.  Elizabeth was born in 1874 and Robert, Mary, John and Stephanie followed her, probably in that order.  Most of the children were born in Nenagh, County Tipperary, although census records show that Stephanie was born in County Clare, probably in 1882.

I do not know when Robert Hodgins died but it was possibly soon after 1882 because in 1885 Mary Mounsey married for a second time to John Cody from County Clare.  They had one daughter Kathleen, who was born in County Clare, probably in 1886.

Mary’s third marriage was in 1893 to Robert Francis Mulligan, who was from County Cavan.  They had no children.  Robert Mulligan was about 10 years younger than Mary, who was 40 at the time of this marriage.

We can see a little bit about Mary’s later life in the available Irish census records. In 1901, Mary Mulligan was visiting some friends in Westmoreland while her husband was running a grocery store in on Peter Street in Nenagh.  His occupation was given as grocer and general merchant.

In 1911, Mary Mulligan was back on Castle Street in Nenagh, listed as the head of household, with her son John Hodgins and several employees. By this time, John Hodgins was the grocer.  He could have been running the same grocery business that had belonged to his father on Castle Street.  Meantime, Robert Mulligan was not living in Nenagh at all but was back in County Cavan, living with his older unmarried brother and two unmarried sisters.  His job in the census records was given as “cycle agent”.

Mary Mounsey Hodgins Cody Mulligan died in 1923 in Hatch End, Middlesex, aged 70.  When the 1921 census records are available, that could help to show who Mary was living with at that time.

Elizabeth Mounsey, the second daughter after Mary, was also born in England but I do not know anything about her other than that she was born in 1855.

Following Elizabeth was Stephen, possibly born in 1858 in Ireland but who must have died as a child because there was a second Stephen later on.

The eldest surviving son was John Mounsey who was born in 1859 in Tipperary, as already mentioned.  Like his father of the same name, John was a farmer.  In 1893, John married Georgina Stanley at Ballymackey church.  They went to live at Riverlawn, which was the property of the Stanley family.  Georgina’s father Samuel Stanley is listed as “gentleman” in the marriage record at Ballymackey.  John and Georgina had six children:

  • John Stanley (1895)
  • Mary (1896)
  • Sarah (1898)
  • Caroline Ann (Annie) (1902)
  • Robert Samuel (1905)
  • Georgina Stanley (1907)

The Mounsey household at Riverlawn also seems to have included an older unmarried sister of Georgina’s called Annie Stanley.  John Mounsey died in January 1937 at Riverlawn while his wife Georgina continued living until December 1962, aged 93.  Both were buried at Ballymackey.

Anne (Annie) Mounsey followed her brother John in the Mounsey family.  She was born in 1861. Annie married John Hegarty who was a travelling salesman.  They had at least one child, a daughter also called Annie.

Stephen Mounsey was next, born at Clashnevin in 1864.  Stephen married Elizabeth Mary McCarthy in 1898 in Dublin.  They had three children, one of whom died young.  The two surviving children were born in Tipperary: Thomas Branthwaite Mounsey (1899) and Elizabeth Mary Mounsey (1901).  At that time, Stephen was a farmer at Knockahunna townland, in the Ballymackey area.  He died in November 1929 at Beech Hill near Tullamore, County Offaly, and was buried at Ballymackey.

Eleanor (Nell) Mounsey followed Stephen.  She was born in September 1866, probably at Clashnevin.  In 1894 Nell married Lancelot Smith of Beaverstown, County Dublin.  What I know about Nell has been included in the page about the children of Lancelot Smith of Corballis so I won’t repeat it here.

Margaret Mounsey is the next one in the family that I know anything about (she followed an unnamed infant who died).  Margaret was born in 1870, probably at Clashnevin and remained at home until she married Frederick William Evans in 1912.  They had no children.  I believe that Fred W. Evans was a farmer in the townland of Ballyluskey. The Evans family was in Tipperary from the early 1850s farming in the townland of Ballyrickard at that time.  Margaret was buried at Ballymackey in January 1923.

Thomas Mounsey was the tenth child and youngest son of the Mounsey family; he was born in 1871, probably at Clashnevin.  Thomas may have married twice; I have no information on whether he had any children.   Thomas was a farmer living at Ballygibbon, Tipperary.  In 1901, Thomas was living with his parents and other siblings at Ballygibbon so I assume the Mounsey farm at Clashnevin had been given up before then.  Thomas’s father John was still living with him at Ballygibbon in 1911.  By that time, Thomas was married.

Isabella (Belle) Mounsey was the youngest of the family and she was born in 1874 – the same year that her eldest sister gave birth to Elizabeth Hodgins.  Belle married Joseph Randal Smith, who was known as Joe, and what I know about them is also described in the page on the children of Lancelot Smith of Corballis.

The information I have gathered about the Mounsey family is fragmentary and has come from a variety of sources.  I have made some assumptions based on what I have learned but there could be errors and there are probably omissions.  I would be pleased to make changes in this post if any of my readers can help.  I am sure there is more information that could be found or will become available in the next few years.

While the Mounsey story is interesting, it is not central to the focus of my blog about the Smiths so I invite others to search for more information about John Mounsey of Clashnevin and his family.

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