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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

More on Pierre and Bertrand de la Vallade

The search continues! I have yet to find any definitive link between Charles de la Valade of Lisburn and any French Huguenot family in the south of France - nor can I find any noble La Valade family anywhere in the Languedoc other than the Viguier de la Valade family of Moissac as mentioned in an earlier post - I'm ruling out the Viguier de la Valade family completely.
I am still fixated on the Pastor of Fontenoy-le-Comte, Pierre de la Vallade, who was possibly of the same family as Bertrand de la Vallade as was the earlier Jean de la Vallade.  It is mentioned that this family followed the Princes of Navarre to Poitou;  although one text mentions that Pierre de la Vallade was born in the Langudoc, another mentions that he came from a family of Languedoc. (Languedoc being a generic term for the southern area of France.)

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/2011/12/la-vallade-family-of-fontenay.html

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/p/bertrand-de-lavalade-of-nerac.html

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/p/charles-lavalade-timeline.html

Charles de la Valade was supposedly the son of a count, but I've been told that this is merely a generic term for a French noble.  I can find no French nobel family of the name of La Valade and of the Protestant religion.
Bertrand de Lavallade of Nérac, however, was granted noble status by the King of Navarre, and this title could have been handed down.

Anyway, here is more information which I've uncovered about the families of Bertrand and Pierre de la Vallade.
In 'La Revue de l'Agenais', I read through 'La Chronique d'Isaac de Peres' who was the Concierge to the royal household at Nerac. He was the secretary there in the early 1600s but kept a simple journal there from 1586 on, in which he noted births, deaths, marriages. The Lavallade family of Bertrand de Lavallade gets a few mentions: a relation of Isaac - Pierre de Peres  - married Janne de Lavallade who was related to Bertrand, the president of the cour des comptes in Nerac.    Catherine de Lavallade, Bertrand's daughter, married Jan Pinole in April 1596.  She died the following year in the town of Bordeaux; Isaac mentions that Jean Pinole was his own brother-in-law - Isaac was married to Jan's sister, who was the daughter of Guillaume de Pinolle.  The niece of Bertrand de Lavallade died in August 1596.
(In these journals, Isaac de Peres also mentions members of the duBedat family who later fled France and ended up in banking in Ireland.)

Pierre de la Vallade was the Protestant pastor at Fontenoy-le-Comte from 1603 until his death from either scarlet fever or cholera in 1633.  He was married to Loyse (Louise) Billaud.  Louise was the daughter of a lawyer of Fontenoy, Pierre Billaud and of Francoise Delespee.  Pierre Billaud died about 1621 - his principle heir was his son, Joachim Billaud, the lord of Moulin Billaud in Pouzauges, a townland of Fontenoy.  A legal document exists which documents the division of Pierre Billaud's properties amongst his children with the agreement of Joachim Billaud.   Their names were Francois Billaud, the lord of Pigasse who lived at Auzay; Louise, the wife of Pierre de Lavallade; Marie Billaud, the wife of Pierre Delafond, living at La Rochelle; Catherine Billaud, the wife of David Poignand, living at La Rochelle.  
The properties which the siblings divided up amongst themselves were the house and farm of Moulin Billaud, the territories of Pigasse and de Gallerand, the house and farm at La Berthiniere in the parish of La Parate, Gatine.
Louise and Pierre de la Vallade got the house in Fontenoy, a tenanted farm in the village of Suairie le Mouille and several other plots of land. 
Other legal documents exist from Fontenoy.  In November 1606,  Pierre de la Vallade leased a low room with a cellar for three years to the widow, Jeanne Audayer, in the building he had constructed next door to the protestant church.
In January 1617, Pierre Bernard, the lord of Jauroy, an advisor and secretary to the king in his house of Navarre, and who was living at Cognac, accepted the payment of income due to him by Pierre de la Vallade, the minister of the reformed church at Fontenoy, for half of the noble house and tenanted farm at Parois a la Jaudonniere.   (A rural area north of Fontenoy-le-Comte next to Bazoges-en-Pareds which was associated with the Huguenot Hudel family who intermarried with the La Vallades - Saran Udel was the wife of Hanael d'Espee or Hanael Delespee who was a doctor and the brother-in-law of the pastor la Vallade. Later, Jean Hudel of Fontenoy renounced Protestantism in 1686 but engaged in Protestant propaganda at Bazoges-en-Pareds, the area his wife came from, and was subsequently jailed from 1690 till 1717. Not surprisingly he fled the country following his release.)
In June 1622, Louise Billaud, on behalf of her husband, Pierre de la Vallade, took the harvest from their land at Garennes Rondes in La Jaudonnieres to the miller.
In October 1623, Pierre Terras,a judge in the town of Duras in Agen, on behalf of Alain Fillol  (who was an advisor to the king ,who was in charge of wages etc, and who worked in the parliament at Guyenne), gave a receipt for 549 livres which Fillol claimed was due him following a contract for transport (?) to Pierre de Lavallade.  This archaic French has defeated me here, but there was also mention of Fillol's father who worked in the Parliament at Bordeaux and had something to do with this business deal.   The mention of Bordeaux, and La Vallade's connection to it, is of interest - the widow of Jacques Duboudieu who fled France later was the sister of Charles de la Valade. Jacques Dubourdieu, her husband, had been the pastor at Blaye, Bordeaux before his murder in 1685.  The town of Duras mentioned above was just south of the Dubourdieu home town of Bergerac, and about three miles from the town of Le Sauvetat where Isaac Dubourdieu had been the pastor in 1637.
Earlier in April 1621, an apothecary of La Rochelle, Pierre Defforgue, sent a bill to Pierre de la Vallade and to Pierre's brother-in-law, Francois Billaud the lord of Pigasse. The bill was for 250 livres to pay for the four or five months of medical treatment given to Pierre de la Vallade's mother-in-law, Francoise Delespee by the apothecary . The Delespee family appear many times in the legal documents of Fontenoy, which record wills and minor business deals in the area. These documents were published to the web by the Conseil General de la Vendee and appear under the title of 'Notaires de Fontenoy-le-Comte: analyses d'un choix de pieces (1578 - 1632).'

Pierre and Louise de la Vallade had four children although I've only discovered references to two of them. Their son, Elysee/Elisee de la Vallade, the maitre d'hotel du Roi, married Marie Genay in 1647, 14 years after the death of his father.
The next references to this family, show them to be under pressure from the Catholic authorities and hint at the conditions the Huguenot population had to contend with  in the years leading up to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
From an official list of people who were condemned as false nobles in 1668 and 1670, we see Elisee de la Vallade and Jean de la Vallade, both of the area of Xanton (just east of Fontenoy), and both of them declared to be common peasants. (Roturiers.)  Elisee de la Vallade was fined 500 livres, as was Pierre Billaud, the lord of Moulin Billaud.
A later text - incomplete - about the Protestant church of Fontenoy stated  'the revocation of the Edict of Nantes targeted with great cruelty several of  La Vallade's grandchildren, some of whom lived in Fontenoy, some in the outskirts of the town....'

Given that Rev. Charles de la Valade's sister was married to Jacques Dubourdieu in Bordeaux in the 1680s, I've kept an eye out for La Vallade connections to the town. 
Bertrand de la Vallade's daughter, Catherine, moved there following her marriage to Jan Pinole in 1596, and died there the following year.
Much earlier, in Bordeaux in 4th October 1542  '...a certain Monsieur Helie de la Valade for having said that church candles served no purpose and that it would be better to give them to the poor, and that he didn't want a mass said for him after his death, was condemned to pay a fine and to retract his statement...'
The same Helie de la Valade was held prisoner in Bordeaux in 1542.  I found another incomplete reference to Helie de la Valade, which stated that he was a 'licencie es-loi' which I presume refers to the legal profession, and that he was related to Antoine de la Valade.  (An Antoine de la Vallade was a co-seigneur along with John Brun de la Vallade at this time in Brive-la-Gaillard but I have no idea if these people have any link to Pierre and Bertrand de la Vallade.)
I also stumbled across a reference to the baptism of a Jean de la Valade, the son of Alain de la Valade of Bordeaux but no date was given for this.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Still Hunting for the La Valade Family!

This Huguenot La Valade family are proving elusive! I've joined Geneanet which is excellent value - only €40 for a year's subscription - and have spent a few days dredging through their online library of digitised books, searching for La Valade references in the Langudoc region.
The major problem with French genealogy is that early French families use a 'nom de terre' rather than a 'nom de famille'.  The name 'de la Valade', therefore, signifies an area rather than a specific family, and there are numerous townlands named Lavalade scattered throughout the country.

The only reference to a La Valade family in the old Languedoc area occurs in Moissac/Castel-Sarrasin, but I've been unable to find any mention in the historical genealogies of a Count de LaValade who was, presumably, the father of Charles de la Valade and his brother, the two Huguenot pastors who left France for Lisburn circa 1700. If the family were truly members of the French aristocracy, their lineage would be well-recorded and relatively easy to track down. If our La Valade family were members of the aristocracy, then they were surely minor members of it.
I have, however, made a little progress although it's mostly speculative at this stage.
In a book of armorials, the family coat of arms of the Valade family of Languedoc is mentioned - 'Palé de gueules, d'or,  d'azur d'or et de gueules' - so they must have existed somewhere in the region!

I mentioned in an earlier post that Pierre de la Vallade was the protestant pastor of Fontenoy-le-Conte from 1603 - 1633 and that he had been born in the Languedoc before moving west to Bergerac. Several of the texts hint at a family link between this Pierre de la Vallade and Charles de la Valade who went into exile following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
The journal of Paul de Vendée, a Huguenot captain, mentions Pierre de la Vallade twice - in an entry for February 1622, he mentions that he saw M. de la Vallade preaching at la Buardyere, and earlier in 1619, that M.de la Vallade went to spend the night at Escoue.
In another text, I read that Pierre de la Vallade died during an epidemic of either scarlet fever or cholera which struck the town of Fontenoy in 1633.
Yet another text relates that Pierre and his wife, Louise Billaud, had four children, although only one was mentioned - Elysée or Élie, who was an equerry and master in the house of the King. He married a Marie Genays in 1647. This text was incomplete.

Another link: A Saran Udel was the wife of Hanael d'Espée, doctor and brother-in-law to the pastor La Vallade.  (Pierre de Lavallade's wife was of the family d'Espée - her mother was a Francoise d'Espée.)  Later, a Huguenot, Jean Hudel of Fontenoy-le-Conte, engaged in protestant propaganda at Bazoges-en-Pareds, was jailed from 1690 to 1717, before leaving France for good.

Most of the literature links Pierre de la Vallade to Bertrand de la Vallade who likewise worked for the King of Navarre and for his protestant mother, Jeanne d'Albret.  An early historian, Samazeuilh, wrote a note about Bertrand de la Vallade but gave little information on his origins.  Bertrand, he writes, was the 'procureur générale' for the Queen of Navarre in the duchy of Albret and in the Chambre des Comptes in Nerac in 1566.  By 1582 he was the master of 'requetes ordinares' for the King of Navarre, and the president of the Chambre des Comptes in Nerac in 1598 and 1604.  Bertrand, with the authorisation of the King, sold the title of president to the Chambre des Comptes on 28th September 1610 to a Du Maurier.
Bertrand de la Vallade appears in numerous texts and seemed to play the role of notary overseeing commercial land transactions between various members of the Perigord nobility, and also seemed to play the role of messenger for the royal house of Navarre.
Working alongside Bertrand in the Chambre des Comptes in Nérac were Jehan Alespée, Sieur de la Grange, and Jehan de Secondat, Sieur de Roques.
The daughter of Bertrand de la Vallade, Catherine, married Jean Pinolé on Sunday 28th April 1596.
Bertrand de la Vallade's niece - unnamed - died on 16th August 1596.

From 'The Revue d'Aquitaine' we learn that the family of the pastor, Pierre de la Vallade, came to Poitou following the princes of Navarre and Condé but it doesn't say where they originated from!  The same text mentions that a Jean de la Vallade was possibly the father of Pierre de la Vallade and was certainly the father of Bertrand de la Vallade.
This Jean de la Vallade, who is sometimes called by the archaic form of Jehan, also worked in the royal household of Navarre and a letter exists written by him from Fontenoy-le-Conte on 19th May 1569, in which he states that he was commissioned by the princes of Navarre to collect funds due to the state following the sale of ecclesiastical goods in the dioceses of Lucon and Maillezais.
The published records state that Bertrand de la Vallade was of the town of Laumont, which is just south of Brive-la-Gaillarde in Perigord. In some texts he is called Bertrand BRUN de la Vallade which seems to link him to the Brun de la Valade family who lived in the same area of southern Brive-la-Gaillarde.
By 1540, there is mention of Jean Brun, Seigneur de la Vallade at Grospuy and l'Estrade which are in the area of Laumont associated with Bertrand de la Vallade.
There was a chateau belonging to the Brun family in Grospuy south of Brive-la-Gaillard since the thirteenth century but the name of La Vallade doesn't make its appearance alongside the Brun name until about 1500 when there is mention of Jean and Antoine Brun, co-seigneurs de la Vallade.  The daughters of Jean Brun de la Vallade married into the illustrious d'Abzac and d'Aubusson families and the land passed quickly into those families.

I mentioned earlier in this post that Bertrand de la Vallade served alongside a man by the name of Jehan or Jean Secondat in the Chambre des Comptes at Nérac.  He was the seigneur of Roques who became the steward of Henry II of Navarre. Henry's daughter, Jeanne d'Albret, awarded Jean's service with 10,000 livres so he could become lord of the domaine called Montesquieu north of Moissac in the Languedoc. This family later reverted to Catholicism.
There are links between the Secondat and la Valade families although in this instance the nom de famille is 'Viguier de la Valade' and this branch of the family is associated with Moissac/Castel-Sarrasin in the Languedoc.
In the 1550's, Catherine de Secondat was married to N.....de Viguier, sieur de la Valade, who lived close to Moissac in Quercy.
In 1566, Marie-Anne de Secondat was baptised a Protestant and had, as godfather, Henry, Prince of Navarre who was represented at the ceremony by Antoine Viguier de la Valade.
In 1574, the noble Pierre de Secondat, seigneur de Roques, who was the maitre d'hotel ordinaire for Henry IV, had been baptised a Protestant;  the godmother was Anne de Viguier de la Vallade, his cousin.
Later, Catherine de Viguier, the heiress of the la Valade family, married Francois, the seigneur de Pechpeyrou and Montbarla (Montbarla is just north of Moissac), the baron of Beaucaire.
By 1780, the La Valade estates belonged to the Marquis de Beaucaire.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Origins and Genealogy of the Williams Family

For the information on this post I used a Jstor article which had been published by the Old Dublin Society and which was very kindly sent on to me by a staff member in the RDS recently. The article was 'Some Notes on Charles Wye Williams, His Family, Their Life and Times' writted by Hazel Smyth and published in the Dublin Historical Record in 1996.
I also used information stumbled upon while browsing online, in particular a Victorian genealogical study named 'A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland' by Sir Bernard Burke.

Our maternal great-great-great grandfather was a John Williams whose son, Richard Williams, lived for some years in 17 Eden Quay which was the headquarters of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company.  The CDSPCo had been founded by Charles Wye Williams and his older brother, Richard Williams, both the sons of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland.  I've been trying for some time to link our Richard Williams of Eden Quay to the founders of the CDSPCo and I believe I've now figured out the correct genealogy of the family.

 Our great-great-great grandfather, John Jeffery Williams (1770 - 1815)  was the son of Hutchins Williams who was the son of Richard and Mary Williams of Leighton Buzzard.  Hutchins was the brother of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland.   The Mormon LDS website records the births of the children of Richard and Mary Williams of Leighton Buzzard as follows:
  • Hutchins Williams born 26th December 1740 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • John Williams born 29th September 1742 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • William Williams born 31st March 1746 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • Thomas Williams born 30th December 1747 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • Richard Williams born 29th December 1749 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • Mary Williams born 12th September 1751 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • Watkin William Williams born 28th December 1753 in Leighton Buzzard.
  • Watkin Win Williams born 1761 in Leighton Buzzard.
The first Watkin may have died young and the second was named after his dead sibling. The inclusion of the name 'Win' which is definitely a misspelling of 'Wynn' is significant because of the common recurrence of the name with the 'Williams' name in the genealogies of North Wales.  It makes me wonder was the 'Wye' of Charles Wye Williams actually supposed to be 'Wynn'?
At what date did the Williams family of Leighton Buzzard make the move to Dublin? Did the parents, Richard Williams and Mary Hutchins, accompany their offspring to Ireland, or did the Williams brothers head to Dublin as adults later? 
By 1783, Thomas Williams was working for the Bank of Ireland. His sons, Richard and Charles Wye, founded the CDSPCo in the early 1820's.   In 1827 the CDSPCo took over the rival Liverpool and Dublin Steam Navigation Company.  Voting took place on the 15th December 1827 to decide on extra trustees - the following is a list of voters with the amount of stock each held:
  • Richard Williams  £8700   (Older brother of Charles Wye Williams.)
  • Thomas Williams of Sackville Street  £200  (Of the younger generation - cousin of Charles Wye W.)
  • Charles Wye Williams  £8000
  • John D. Williams  £300  (Another cousin, John Dignam Williams. Died in the 1850s. Was of Eustace Street.)
  • Richard Palmer  £500  (A relation of Richard's wife, Anne Palmer?)
  • Thomas Williams of Hampton Lodge 5000  (Of the Bank of Ireland, Charles Wye W's father.)
  • Hutchins Thomas Williams  4400   (The elder brother of Thomas Williams?)
  • William Williams  200   (Another brother of Thomas Williams, or the son of his brother William. Was of College Green, Dublin.)
  • By Proxy: Peter Williams  400
  • Thomas Gibbons  2400
  • George Carleton  300
(The above list was transcribed from the records in the Custom House by my second cousin Jane Williams.)

Thomas Williams' son, Richard, who founded the CDSPCo with his brother, Charles Wye, was buried in St. Andrews Church before being re-interred in Mount Jerome Cemetery.  Inscribed on the vault is the following:
   'Richard Williams descended from Griffith Williams, 1st Baronet Penrhyn (1661).'

It is known that his grandfather, Richard Williams of Leighton Buzzard, had a coat of arms which showed him to be of the ancient family of Williams of Penrhyn, Cochwillan and Meillionydd near Carnarvon, North Wales.
It is stated that Richard Williams of Leighton Buzzard was born in Carnarvon on July 17th 1719 .
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/2011/11/clarifications-on-williams-genealogy.html

The genealogy of this family is complex and bewildering. Griffith Williams, the first baronet Penrhyn, descended from William Williams Esq. of Cochwillan who was sometimes called William WYNN Williams, the MP for Carnarvon in 1571. His wife was Dorothy, the daughter of William Gruffydd (or Griffith), who was the Knight of Penrhyn. 


(Gruffydd Williams, or Griffith in English, the 1st Baronet Penrhyn, succeeded to the estates of Cochwillan and Penrhyn which were left to him by his uncle, the Archbishop of York. He was the Sheriff of Carnarvonshire in 1651 and 1662; he was created a Baronet of England on 17th June 1661.  By his marriage to Gwen, the daughter of Hugh Dodwrda Esq., of Carnarvonshire, he had 12 surviving children and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Robert Williams. )

Now it gets really interesting.  The Williams family of Cochwillan, the Williams of Meillionydd, the Williams-Bulkeley family of Penrhyn  and the Griffiths family of Penrhyn (amongst other North Wales families) descend directly from  a Welsh nobleman named Sir Tudor ap Ednyfed Vychan who was married to Adlais, the granddaughter of Griffith ap Cynan, the King of North Wales. 
This Ednyfed Vychan later married a second woman, Gwenllian, the daughter of Rhys ap Griffith, a Lord of South Wales.  Their grandson was Tudor ap Grono of Penmynedd, who built the priory at Bangor and did homage for his lands to Edward I at Chester.
 Tudor's great-great- grandson, Sir Owen Tudor, married Catherine de Valois, the youngest daughter of Charles VI, the King of France. Catherine was the widow of Henry V of England, and the mother of Henry VI.
Catherine and Sir Owen Tudor, who was beheaded in 1461 for his role in the Wars of the Roses, had a son, Edmund Tudor, who was created the Earl of Richmond in 1452 by Henry VI.  Edmund married Lady Margaret Beaufort, the daughter and heir of John, Duke of Somerset and died in 1456, leaving an only son, Henry VII who was the King of England and the founder of the royal house of Tudor.

Friday, 12 August 2011

The Anderson Family of County Antrim

When starting a post about a branch of the family, it's always difficult to know whether to start in the present and work backwards towards the late eighteenth century, or whether it's better to begin with the earliest known ancestor and work forwards towards the present! Maybe I'll just run through the line for clarity's sake to begin with ,before working forwards from the past to the present....
For this post I want to present all I know about the family of my paternal great-grandmother Agnes Jane Anderson who was married to Edward Leviolett Wilson - these were the parents of my grandmother, Nessie Wilson.
The parents of Agnes Jane Anderson were William John Anderson and Agnes Keating. William John Anderson was the son of John Anderson and Jane Wilson Blair.

William Anderson  (1804 - 28th January 1892) and Sarah Fay (1804 - 1887) :
John Anderson was the son of William Anderson and Sarah Fay of Kells, Co. Antrim, an area immediately south of Ballymena.  William and Sarah Anderson were buried in St. Saviour's Church of Ireland churchyard and I came across their headstone on the History From Headstones website:
  
 '1887 - Erected by Joseph Anderson, Belfast, in affectionate remembrance of his mother, Sarah Fay, born 1804, died 1887.  And of his father, William Anderson, born 1804, died 1892.  Also five brothers and one sister who died young.'

The children of William Anderson and Sarah Fay were:

  • John Anderson, schoolmaster (born circa 1828 to 1835 - 1903)
  • Belfast auctioneer Joseph Anderson (born circa 1850, died Bangor 1920)  
  • Ellen/Eleanor Anderson, born circa 1826, who married John Blair.
  • Possibly Alexander Anderson, who witnessed the wedding of Eleanor Anderson and John Blair.
  • Possibly Sarah Anderson, who witnessed the wedding of Eleanor Anderson and John Blair, although this may well be Eleanor's mother, Sarah Anderson, née Fay.


St.Saviour's Church is in Connor, the sister village to Kells. The Anderson family were actually Presbyterian but it was common for Presbyterian burials to take place in other churchyards.  Also in St. Saviours was the following headstone commemorating James and Grizel Anderson of Gilgad (modern name 'Kilgad') which is found just outside Connor. I've no idea if this couple were related to our Andersons but I'll include them here anyway.
  'Here lieth the body of Grizel Anderson, the wife of Jas.Anderson of Gilgad who died 17th Octr. 1818 agd. 58 yrs.  Also the above named Jas.Anderson her husband who died 4th Feby. 1835 agd. 80 yrs.'
  
Update - I scoured the Tithe Applotment  Books in the National Library for this area, which were compiled in the 1830's and came across few, if any Andersons.  There were none in the townlands of Drummadaragh or Ballybracken where William and John Anderson taught later.  The only two I discovered were in Kilgad, Ferniskey.  James Anderson, Senior, was leasing 20 acres, as was his son, James Anderson Junior.  This cluster of Fays and Andersons in Kells/Connor/Ferniskey south of Ballymena seems to suggest that this was the place of origin of our Anderson family and that the two James Andersons were of the same family.

The following headstone in the same graveyard commemorates Christopher and Sarah Fay who must surely be the parents of Sarah, the wife of William Anderson:

'Erected by C. Fay, in memory of Sarah Fay, his wife, who departed this life 2nd Jany. 1843 aged 72. Also the above named Christopher Fay,  late of Ferniskey, who departed this life 21st March 1851 aged 83 yrs.'

A schoolteacher, Christopher Fay was mentioned in the reports of 'The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor' which was also known as the Kildare Place Society.  He was noted as being the teacher in the Old Kells School in the 1820s, having 70 pupils and a patron named Rev. H. Henry. In the 1827 report he was noted as the teacher at Apultee school with the same patron and 33 pupils.
The Kildare Place Society was founded in 1811 by a group of philanthropists, mostly Quakers, to provide non-denominational education to the poor of Ireland. Among the trustees were Samuel Bewley, Arthur Guinness and Edward Pennefather. They established three model schools at their headquarters in Kildare Street, Dublin, in 1819 alongside a Teachers Training Institute.  Christopher Fay was trained here from 22nd February to 22nd May 1828 following recommendation to the Society on his behalf by his sponsor Rev. H. Henry.  In order to be accepted into the Society's training scheme, the candidate had to be aged between 18 and 35.
Although the schools were founded on the ethos of religious inclusion, the Society insisted that the Bible be read to the pupils everyday - this inevitably led to Protestant proselytizing in many of the schools, eventually leading to the loss of support of much of the Catholic population including Daniel O'Connell. Accordingly, in 1831, government funding was diverted to the newly developed National School system, establishing a network of centrally-funded schools.

A recent DNA test through Ancestry.com has linked me genetically to a fellow descendant of the Fays of Kells, Co. Antrim.  His research confirms that Christopher Fay of Kells married Sarah Larimon or Larimore in 1797.   These seem to be the parents of Sarah Fay who married William Anderson.
The children of the teacher Christopher Fay and of Sarah Larimore were Isabella, Margaret, Jane, Sarah who married William Anderson, James Fay born circa 1811, Esther born circa 1811, Joseph born 25th December 1812, Christopher born circa 1815, and Mary born 1832.
Daughter Esther Fay, who had been born in about 1811, married Charles Hall - in 1921, their elderly daughter, Ellen Hall, in a bid to qualify for the newly-introduced old-age pension, requested a search of the 1851 census, which revealed Esther Fay and Charles Hall as living in Lisnevanagh near Connor and Kells.  In 1921, daughter Ellen Hall was living with a Mrs.Ellen McDonald at 80a East Main Street, Armadale, West Lothian, in Scotland.
Christopher Fay Jr. (1815 -1845) married a Mary Ann McKay.
Joseph Fay, the son of Christopher and Sarah Fay of Kells, had been born on 25th December 1812. He married Jane Irwin, and emigrated to the States where he died on 6th January 1897 in Fort Covington, Franklin, New York.  A shoemaker, he had enlisted in the 98th New York Company at the time of the Civil War but was discharged because of disability in Philadelphia on 19th December 1862.  Joseph's son was Christopher R. Fay who had been born in Antrim on 17th February 1838;  he came to Canada with his parents, before they travelled on to New York in about 1852.  Although he trained as a shoemaker like his father, he took to daguerrotypes and portrait painting, and settled permanently in Malone, New York, where he died on 25th July 1916.  Christopher R. Fay's wife was Emilie A. Evans, the daughter of Nathaniel Evans and Elizabeth Fisk.  Christopher and Emilie had two sons - Clifford E. Fay in 1867 and Eugene A. Fay in 1874.


William Anderson, and his son John Anderson, were teachers and worked in a variety of schools south of Kells and Connor. I found reference to them in several records. From an 1851 report on National Schools, I discovered that William Anderson was the principal and sole teacher of Tildarg National School in Ballyeaston Parish.  This school joined the National School system on 22nd August 1833, and William Anderson was being paid £16. 13s a year.
At the same time, John Anderson, his son, was the principal and only teacher of Ballybracken National School in the same rural area. The school joined the system on 4th November 1841, and in 1853 John Anderson was being paid an annual salary of £4 11s 8d.   In 1850 Ballybracken School had 52 pupils.

(I discovered a third Anderson, Elizabeth Anderson, who was the teacher at Ballyrobbin 2nd National School at this time. Ballyrobbin was a townland close to Antrim town. I have no idea if this Elizabeth Anderson was related to William and his son John Anderson but she would be the correct age to be a daughter of William and Sarah Anderson.  She also appears the Census fragments for 1851, lodging in the home of Hugh Sherlock in the same Ballyrobbin townland where she was teaching. Her age in 1851 was 20.)

On 10th July 1856, the daughter of William Anderson and Sarah Fay, Ellen Anderson, married the farmer, John Blair in Drumadarragh - the ceremony was performed in the parish of Kirkinriola, Ballymena.  William Anderson, the father of the bride, was noted in 1856 as a farmer rather than as a teacher;  John Blair's father was the farmer, Andrew Blair/Blain.  Both families were living in Drumadarragh.  The witnesses were Sarah Anderson, who may be Eleanor Anderson's mother, and also what seems to be Alexander Anderson (this was faded) who must be a relation of some sort.

In 1862 William Anderson was leasing a house and garden from William Todd in Drumadarragh south of Kells/Connor.  The Tithe Applotment Books of the 1830's don't show William Anderson;  William Todd was there, however, leasing 26 acres.

William Anderson, retired schoolmaster, died at 46 Limestone Road, Belfast, on 28th January 1892;  the informant was his son, the auctioneer Joseph Anderson of 30 Vicinage Park, who organised the headstone for his parents in St. Saviour's Church, Kells.

John Anderson and Jane Wilson Blair:
Six years earlier, his son, John Anderson, married Jane Wilson Blair on 24th October 1856. From the certificate we learn that John, a teacher, was born in 1835, and was living in Drumadarragh, Kilbride, Co. Antrim presumably still at home with his parents.  Closeby, as can be seen from Griffiths Valuation, was a school in Ballybracken townland where John Anderson was the principle and only teacher.  On the marriage certificate we see that Jane Wilson Blair lived her in Ballybracken. She had been born in 1837 to William Blair, a weaver of Ballybracken, and to his wife Shusoneah Susan Willson.   The witnesses to the marriage were J.S. Rainey and Samuel Ferguson.

(The Tithe Books show up Blairs in the 1830s in the Grange of Kilbride - William Blair, 16 acres;  Robert Blair, 18 acres.  There were also a cluster in the Ballywee townland - Robert Blair, 15 acres; William Blair, 20 and 6 acres (two farms); David Blair, 17 acres.)

It was difficult to find information on John Anderson and Jane Willson Blair following their marriage, other than snippets here and there.

The children of the schoolmaster John Anderson and Jane Willson Blair were as follows:
His son, William John Anderson, was born in 1858 according to the 1901 Census.
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2011/08/william-john-anderson-and-agnes-keating.html

In 1901,  the widowed John Anderson was living with his daughter and her family in Derry and, from the Census information, we know that his daughter, Sarah, had been born in County Antrim in about 1865.
A daughter, Susan, was born to the couple on March 18th 1865 in the Templepatrick Registration District and was baptised in Ballylinny Presbyterian Church on 18th May 1865 - Ballylinny is in Newtownabbey south of Kells and close to Belfast. This child died of scrofula at the age of seven on 31st July 1872; her father, John, was present when she died at home at 59 Hardinge Street in the centre of Belfast.
A third daughter, Ellen, was born July 2nd 1867 in Belfast - she possibly died in 1875, aged 8 and the death was registered in Belfast.  Ellen had been named after her father's sister, Ellen Anderson Blair.

On a government sessions report into Irish schools, I came across a reference to John Anderson, a teacher of Carnmoney No.2 Boys' School in 1865.  Carnmoney is in Newtownabbey where his daughter, Susan, had been baptised in 1865.
(Three years later, in 1869, the 'Journal of the Society of the Arts' mentions that a John Anderson of 11 Carnmoney Street had just been appointed as secretary to the Belfast Board of Education but I am unable to work out if this is the same man. The 1870 edition of the Belfast Street  Directory lists a John Anderson as living at 11 Carnmoney Street in Belfast which seems to suggest that this Carnmoney Street is in the city of Belfast and not in Carnmoney, Newtownabbey, so there may well be two John Andersons.)

The widowed John Anderson later moved to live with his daughter, Sarah, and her husband ( who was also a schoolteacher ) James Barbour in Aughansillagh, Lislane, Co. Derry.  Their two eldest children were the twins, John and Joseph,  who had been named after their grandfather and his brother. It is interesting to note the presence of twins here - the daughter of William John Anderson (Sarah's pawnbroker brother in Belfast) was supposedly a twin although her sibling died shortly after being born.
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2013/03/john-anderson-schoolteacher-of.html

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/07/sarah-anderson-and-james-barbour-of.html

John Anderson died on 8th February 1903 at Aughansillagh, Derry, and the will was proved by his brother, Joseph Anderson, an auctioneer of Belfast. This was the same Joseph Anderson who had erected the headstone to their parents, William Anderson and Sarah Fay, in St. Saviour's Churchyard in Connor in 1892.

Joseph Anderson (1849 - 1920), son of William Anderson and Sarah Fay and brother of John:
Joseph was the younger brother of John Anderson, having been born in 1850 according to the 1901 Census.

He married Ellen Campbell on September 9th 1873 in St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church in Shankill, Belfast. At the time Joseph was a clerk; his father was, of course, the teacher William Anderson. Ellen - called Helen on the certificate - was the daughter of a ship carpenter, John Campbell and his wife Ellen McTeer. The witnesses were Jayne Call and Alex Tougher who was an auctioneer and colleague of Joseph's.

(The McTeer Family of Donaghadee:  Ellen Campbell's parents were John Campbell and Ellen McTeer, who married in Belfast on 13th June 1848 - Ellen McTeer's father was Cornelius McTeer, while John Campbell's father was Robert Campbell.   Ellen Cambell, née McTeer, was widowed in 1890, when her husband, John Campbell, died - she buried him in Donaghadee Church of Ireland graveyard:
    'Erected by Ellen McTeer in memory of her beloved husband, John Campbell, who died April 2nd 1890 aged 70. Also the above Ellen McTeer widow of John Campbell who died 6th September 1906 aged 7...'
   Ellen's father and grandfather were buried in the same graveyard in Donaghadee:
   'Erected by Robert McTeer in memory of his daughter, Eliza McTeer, who departed this life 16th May 1833 aged 8 years.  And also the moral remains of above named Robert McTeer, mariner, who lost his life in Cloughey Bay on the 30th March 1850 aged 49 years. Also his son, James McTeer, who departed this life 13th October 1870 aged 47 years.  Also Ellen Nevin, wife of the above named Robert McTeer who departed this life 16th November 1882 aged 81.'

 'Erected by Robert McTeer in memory of his father, Robert McTeer, mariner, who departed this life 6th January 1823 aged 45 years.  Likewise on the left hand side lieth his son, James, who departed this life June 5th 1819 aged 14 years.  In memory of Margaret, wife of Wm. Betconc who died in Hamilton, Ontario, September 24th 1885.'


   Later, in 1912, Joseph Anderson would sign the Ulster Covenant in Donaghadee, the home of his wife's family.)
     
Joseph Anderson and Ellen Campbell got a mention in the Belfast Telegraph of May 10th 1874 when the birth of their son was announced, but not named, at 197 Nelson Street, which was the home of Ellen's parents, John and Ellen Campbell. Ellen Campbell's mother, Ellen McTeer, née Nevin, died at 197 Nelson Street aged 81 on 16th November 1882. ('Belfast Newsletter', 17th November 1882.)

The children of Joseph Anderson and Ellen Campbell were:

William Anderson born 10th May 1874 at 197 Nelson Street.
Ellen  McTeer Anderson born 22nd December 1875.
John Campbell Anderson born 1st January 1886 at 20 Bentinck Street.
Joseph Anderson born 4th May 1888 at 23 Bentinck Street.

From 1883 Joseph Anderson's address was Vicinage Park in central Belfast - he appears here on both the 1901 and 1911 Census  - and his auctioneer's premises was just south of that in the old market area of Smithfield. The old covered Smithfield market was destroyed by firebomb in 1974 at the height of the Troubles. From the street directories we learn that the business address was 16 Smithfield from 1884. In 1892 he also had a shortlived auctioneers enterprise at 33 - 35 Gresham Street.

Both of Joseph Anderson's sons went into the medical profession. In 1901 the eldest, William, was a medical student and John, aged 15, was a dental apprentice.  His daughter, Ellen, was a schoolteacher, like her uncle John Anderson and her grandfather William Anderson before her.   Although none of Joseph's own children seem to have followed him into the auctioneering trade, the son of his nephew, William John Anderson, is noted as an auctioneer's assistant and may possibly have been working alongside Joseph Anderson in Smithfield.
I wonder did Joseph Anderson and his nephew, the pawnbroker William John Anderson, collaborate somehow?   The link between pawnbrokers and auctioneers was a tight one. Unredeemed pledges at the pawnbrokers had to be publicly auctioned rather than sold over the counter, thus the business of the auctioneer and the pawnbroker went hand in hand. Pawnbrokers were generally the only source of finance available to nineteenth century tradesmen. The laws governing the trade were a subject of constant debate - the opening hours of the pawnbroker were restricted by law to daylight hours, a law which was generally ignored in order to provide a usable service for the urban poor of the city.  The police generally turned a blind eye to the flouting of the opening hours, recognising as they did the vital role of the pawnbroker in the poorer areas of the city.

On the 15th August 1885, Joseph Anderson, auctioneer, was mentioned during a debate on the subject at Westminster:
' Mr. Sexton (for Mr. O'Kelly): asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Is it a fact that William Hunter of Smithfield, Belfast, carries on the business of auctioneer and appraiser at the above address, he being a person appointed to office of appraiser over the pawnbrokers of County Antrim by the Grand Jury, and, in contravention of the Act, carries on the pawn broking business at North Queen Street and Shankill Road, also the business of moneylender and bill discounter;  is it a fact that Joseph Anderson, being appointed as above, manages a pawn office, and carries on the business of auctioneer in Smithfield, Belfast, the owner of said pawn office residing in Gilford, County Down;  is it true that those men do not conduct their business as directed by the Act.
The Chief Secretary (Sir William Hart Dyke): I am informed that the statements are substantially accurate;  but I am not aware that the persons mentioned do not conduct their business as directed by the Act.'
Joseph Anderson seems to have been a business associate of the Tougher family. Alex Tougher was a witness at his wedding to Ellen Campbell;  also Joseph Anderson and William Tougher, auctioneers of Smithfield, proved the will of a Sarah Ann Stewart (no relation) in Belfast in 1894. On the 1901 Census, this William Tougher gives his profession as a pawnbroker.

On 4th April 1888, a dinner was held, on behalf of Joseph Anderson, at which his fellow auctioneers/pawnbrokers, John Scott, John Bennett and Andrew Lavery expressed confidence in him following difficulties in his business.

Joseph Anderson proved the wills of his brother-in-law, John Blair, and of his niece, Jane Blair. John Blair, the son of Andrew Blair, married Joseph Anderson's sister, Ellen Anderson, (the daughter of William Anderson and Sarah Fay)  on 10th July 1856 in Kirkinriola, Antrim.  Ellen Anderson was, therefore, the sister of John Anderson and Joseph Anderson.

John Blair, Joseph Anderson's brother-in-law, died at 1 Newington Avenue, Belfast in 1901.  He was a retired gardener and had earlier, in 1897, proved the will of his own brother Andrew Blair of Drumadarragh, Antrim.  John Blair died shortly after the 1901 Census so he filled out a return:  he was living at Newington Avenue with his wife, Ellen, and two daughters, Sarah Ellen, and Jane Blair, a teacher who died shortly afterwards in 1907. Jane Blair's will was also proved by her uncle, Joseph Anderson, auctioneer.

William Anderson, the son of Joseph and Ellen Anderson, appeared in the UK Medical Registers up until 1919, when his entry appeared but was crossed out in pencil.  The 1915 Register gave his address as Hartley Road, Nottingham;  he had been registered with the medical board on July 31st 1902. William had received his qualifications as a surgeon in 1902 from Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities.
He appeared on the 1911 census with his wife Rachel at 53 Hartley Road.  She had been born in Augherlough, Monaghan, in about 1883.  They had two sons, William, who'd been born in 1905 in Belfast, and Joseph, born in Nottingham in late 1910.

Ellen McTeer Anderson, daughter of Joseph and Ellen Anderson, married, in Fortwilliam Church on 26th April 1904, a commercial clerk, Andrew Anderson.  This was the man who would later prove the will of Ellen's father, Joseph Anderson.   Andrew had been born in Co. Down on 27th January 1871 to the Scottish-born Thomas Anderson and Ellen Cockburne.  I doubt a family link between the two Anderson families here - Thomas Anderson may have been born to Irish parents in Scotland, and then returned home to Co. Down, or he may be truly Scottish. An insurance clerk, he settled in the Banbridge area, where the family had eight children, of whom only two survived - Andrew and Marion.   The wedding of Ellen McTeer Anderson and Andrew Anderson was witnessed by Robert Maxwell Carson and the bride's first cousin Sara Ellen Blair, who was the daughter of Ellen Anderson and John Blair.

On 9th February 1905, Andrew Anderson and Ellen McTeer Anderson had a son, John Campbell Anderson, named after Ellen's brother;  this child didn't survive and died of diabetic coma, aged only 3, on 22nd April 1908 at 137 Alexandra Park Avenue.  He was buried in Carnmoney Cemetery in North Belfast;  his grandparents were buried later alongside him - Thomas Anderson died, aged 78, on 15th April 1916 at 11 Manor Street, and Helen Anderson died at Manor Street, aged 81, on 19th April 1921.  At the time of his father's death in 1916, son Andrew Anderson was living at 15 Park Avenue in Bangor.

On 19th October 1907 in Ballysillan Church, Shankhill, Belfast, John Campbell Anderson, son of Joseph Anderson and Ellen Campbell, married Elizabeth Smyth, daughter of Inspector Robert Smyth; the wedding was witnessed by Matthew Parker and Marion Stevenson. Matthew Parker was a relation of Elizabeth Smith.
In 1911, John and Elizabeth Anderson were living at 25 Grosvenor Road, Belfast;  he was a master artificial teeth maker. John Campbell Anderson died on 1st June 1923 at 116 Grosvenor Road.

His father, Joseph Anderson, auctioneer of Smithfield, died aged 71 at 30 Ward Avenue, Bangor, on 17th November 1920, and his will was proved by his widow, Ellen Campbell Anderson, and by his son-in-law, the secretary, Andrew Anderson.

Joseph's brother's son was William John Anderson, whose daughter, Agnes Jane Anderson, married Edward Leviolette Wilson in Belfast in 1901 - Edward Leviolette Wilson and Agnes Jane Anderson were the parents of our paternal grandmother, Nessie Wilson.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011

William John Anderson and Agnes Keating



This is my great-grandmother, Agnes Jane Wilson,on the beach at Ballywalter with my father, Paul Cuthbert Stewart, circa 1936.  She was born Agnes Jane Anderson in 1881 in East Belfast to William John Anderson and Agnes Keating.

William John Anderson had been born in Kells, Co. Antrim - just south of Ballymena - on 28th March 1858 to a teacher, John Anderson, and to Jane Wilson Blair. 


At some stage before his marriage to Agnes Keating, William John Anderson moved south to work as a pawnbroker in Belfast city, probably aided by his paternal uncle, Joseph Anderson, who worked as an auctioneer in Smithfield in the city centre.

William John Anderson and Agnes Keating married in Berry Street Presbyterian Church, Shankill, on 17th October 1877.  William John gave his profession as a pawnbroker. The witnesses were Alexander Reid and James Rainey. Agnes Keating's father was mentioned as Samuel Keating a cardriver.  She gave her address as the time of the marriage as Dunadry which is close to Templepatrick in Co. Antrim, this despite the fact that her family came from the Donaghadee area of County Down. She may possibly have been living with William John's family who had their origins in the area.  Or perhaps someone misheard 'Donaghadee' and transcribed in incorrectly as 'Dunadry' - both are phonetically similar.



You can trace William John Anderson through the street directories. Between 1884 and 1897, he ran two pawnbroking establishments, one at 69 Templemore Avenue and the other around the corner at 93 Castlereagh Street. 

In February 1892, William John Anderson was assaulted with a clock by a man named Thomas Houston when Houston was asked to leave the panwbroker's office on the Newtownards Road.
In 1897, during the Belfast Municipal Elections, William John Anderson of 93 Castlereagh Street, stood as assentor to the candidate Robert John Dawson of Cherryville, My Lady's Road, a building contractor.

By 1900, he has branched out into the bicycle trade at 134 Albertbridge Road while still running a pawnbrokers closeby at 215 Templemore Avenue. 
He later opened the first cinema to operate in the area and also ran several shoe shops.  The cinema was named The Princess Picture Palace on the Newtownards Road and seated 1,200 people - it opened on 16th September 1910, and closed down on 31st December 1926.

When William John Anderson signed the Ulster Covenant in 1912, the family home was at 418 Woodstock Road;  in 1911 they had been living at 360 Woodstock Road, while in 1901 they were at Number 410.  

William John Anderson


The children of William John Anderson and Agnes Keating were as follows:

Samuel Anderson, born 23rd September 1878 at 195 Woodstock Road. Samuel later married Marion Russell and died 13th May 1960.  He appeared on both the 1901 and 1911 as a pawnbroker, most likely working in one of his father's establishments,  but later managed one of his father's shoeshops.

Samuel Anderson signed the Ulster Covenant in 1912 and gave his address as 160 Madrid Street.

Samuel's wife, Marion Russell, was born on 21st June 1873 to the butcher, Matthew Russell, and his wife, Jessie Young, in Belfast.  Matthew and Jessie had been born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and married at Tradeston, Glasgow, on September 11th 1868, before moving to Belfast.  They lived off the Woodstock Road at 43 Castlerea Place.
Marion Anderson, née Russell, died on 23rd May 1917 at 160 Madrid Street.

Present on the 1911 Census were the two young sons of Samuel and Marion Anderson - William John Anderson who had been born on 11th June 1908 at 6 Lomond Avenue, and Matthew Aird Anderson who had been born on 18th March 1910 at 160 Madrid Street. 

Matthew Aird Anderson died at 10 Greenburn Park, Lambeg, Lisburn, aged 77 on 12th November 1987 and was buried in Plot E4-796 in Dundonald Cemetery.  Also there was May Anderson, aged 78, who died at the same address on 21st February 1994.  This was presumably the wife of Matthew Aird Anderson. Also buried in this same plot was a William J. Donald of 1 Queenside, Carryduff, who died aged 87 on 16th December 1970.

Agnes Jane Anderson, our great-grandmother, born at 56 Templemore Avenue on 25th March 1881.  She married our great-grandfather Edward Leviolett Wilson.

Agnes Jane had a twin, William John Anderson, also born on 25th March 1881.  A John Anderson died, aged 6, at the family home of 69 Templemore Avenue on 23rd April 1887.

Elizabeth Veronica (Lily) Anderson, who was born on 5th October 1884 at 69 Templemore Avenue;  present at the birth, according to her civil birth registration, was Elizabeth Jamieson of Wallace Street, Newtownards, who was a possible relation of Lily's mother, Agnes Keating, the daughter of Samuel Keating and Elizabeth Jamieson of Ballyhay, Donaghadee.  

Lily Anderson was a piano teacher who later lived at Gibson Park Avenue in Belfast.  Lily Wilson died aged 83 on 27th February 1968 at 13 Gibson Park Gardens and was buried in the family plot (C2-136) in the City Cemetery.

Kathleen Coey Anderson was born on 24th July 1887 at 69 Templemore Avenue, but she died aged only 1 year and 8 months at 69 Templemore Avenue on 5th March 1889.

William Mitchell Anderson was born at 69 Templemore Avenue on 28th July 1889, although his grave has his date of birth as 1884.  Relation Elizabeth Jameson, who now lived at 69 Templemore Avenue, was present at this birth too. William Mitchell Anderson later managed Andersons Picture House on the Newtownards Road which had been opened earlier by his father William John Anderson. He died aged 70 on 23rd June 1954 at 13 Gibson Park Gardens.

Ernest James Anderson was born on 3rd October 1897at 215 Templemore Avenue; his birth was registered under the name of James Ernest Anderson, but he was always known as Ernest. He died on 11th August 1968.  
He later emigrated to Canada, and met his Edinburgh-born wife, Mamie, on the boat going over. Ernest Anderson appeared on the 1931 passenger list of the 'Letitia' which was sailing from Belfast to Québec.  The list stated that Ernest had previously lived in Canada, from 20th October 1928 until 14th August 1931, at 1505 Makay Street, Montreal.  He was a stock-keeper, and his next-of-kin in Ireland was his sister, Elizabeth Anderson of 13 Gibson Park, Belfast. 

The family photo below shows Lily Anderson, the piano teacher, dressed in black to the right of the group. Her older sister, Agnes Jane Wilson (nee Anderson), is shown in the middle.  They are visiting our grandmother, Agnes Keating Wilson (aka Nessie), shortly after her marriage to our grandfather, Bertie Stewart, at their first home in Killyvolgan, Ballywalter, Co. Down.  Nessie is without a hat. Her sister, Kay, has her arm around her aunt Lily. The man to the far left is William Mitchell Anderson, the brother of Agnes Jane Anderson and Lily Anderson. Neither William nor his sister, Lily, ever married and the two shared a house together at 13 Gibson Park Gardens in Belfast. They also had a holiday home in Ballywalter, Co. Down.


William John Anderson seems to have been an enterprising and generous individual who employed many of his and his wife's relations in his various businesses.
William John and Agnes Keating Anderson witnessed the marriage of her brother, Samuel Keating, to Sarah Agnew of Bangor in 1885. By 1901, Sarah was widowed and living with her five children in Jocelyn Street close to the Woodstock Road where William John Anderson and Agnes Keating were living.  As can be seen from the Census, two of Sarah's adolescent children - William aged 16 and Samuel aged 14 - were working in the pawnbroking trade.
Agnes Keating's sister, Margaret Jane Keating, married Robert McWilliams in Westbourne Presbyterian Church in 1887.  By the time of the 1901 Census they were living on My Lady's Road off the Woodstock Road - Robert McWilliams was working there as a pawnbroker's assistant and one of their eight children has been named William John Anderson McWilliams.
On the same street - My Lady's Road - lived two of Agnes Keating's paternal aunts, Margaret McCully and her unmarried sister Agnes.  Margaret McCully's husband, George Cully, was a shoemaker and I wonder did he supply shoes to William John Anderson's shoeshops at some stage?

William John Anderson died at 13 Gibson Park Gardens, the home of his children, Lily and William Mitchell Anderson. Aged 70, he died on 15th October 1928.  
His wife, Agnes Anderson, née Keating, died aged 53 at 418 Woodstock Road on 21st March 1911.
The family plot was C2-136 in the City Cemetery and also held Lily and William Mitchell Anderson, neither of whom ever married.  
Also buried there were the two children of William John Anderson and Agnes Keating who didn't survive childhood - John Anderson died at 69 Templemore Avenue aged 6 on 23rd April 1887.  His sister, Kathleen Coey Anderson, died aged 1 year 8 months on 5th March 1889 also at 69 Templemore Gardens.







Thursday, 4 August 2011

Richard Williams and Geraldine O'Moore Creighton, 17 Eden Quay

Richard Williams (1812 - 1885) and Geraldine O'Moore Creighton (1811 - 1888) were our maternal great-great grandparents.  The father of Richard Williams was a gentleman, John Williams, who had died by the time of his son's marriage to Geraldine in 1847.  

Who was this John Williams, father to Richard?  I am still researching this, and have so far failed to uncover any definite relations for Richard Williams of Eden Quay from who we descend.

There is a possibility that Richard's father was John Jeffery Williams of Grays Inn, London, although I have yet to discover a definitive link.  John Jeffery Williams and his second wife, Mary Oliver, had a son, Richard Williams, in 1812;  their older sons moved to Dublin and had close links to the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company which our Richard Williams worked for at their Eden Quay headquarters.  In research into the family of John Jeffery's son, Hutchins Thomas Williams, commissioned by Hutchins' daughter in the 1880's, no information was given for either Richard or his brother Henry Jeffery Williams.  The following link gives the details of John Jeffery Williams nonetheless:

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/2011/11/john-jeffery-williams-father-of-richard.html


A handwritten note at the bottom of a parchment, listing the proprietors of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company,  mentions 'John Williams, dec'd' and this may be a reference to our elusive great-great-great grandfather.

The elusive father of Richard Williams might also be the John Williams who was in partnership with merchant Thomas Williams of 50 Lower Sackville Street.  The pair worked together at 1 Grafton Street up until about 1811 or 1812; following this, Thomas Williams (1779 - 1858) continued alone at 50 Lower Sackville Street.  Thomas Williams also had links to the Dublin Steam Packet Company, contributing £200 capital to the fledgling company.  Our Richard Williams' father-in-law, Rev. David Hill Creighton and his young daughters ran a school for young ladies from 50 Lower Sackville Street in the 1830s and it might have been here that Richard Williams met his future wife, Geraldine O'Moore Creighton.   The referees on behalf of Rev. David Hill Creighton also had close associations with the Dublin Steam Packet Company, Mrs. Ferrier of Willow Park and Mrs. Roe of Sans Souci, their husbands being shareholds and directors of the company.

Another elusive John Williams was the late John Williams of Penrallt, Wales, and then of Dublin, whose daughter, Elizabeth Georgina Williams, married architect Abraham Denny, son of Henry Denny of Waterford, in Howth on 8th October 1845.  (Freeman's Journal of 10th October 1845.)

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In the 1820's, the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company acquired the premises of 15, 16 and 17 Eden Quay, Dublin and it was at No. 15 Eden Quay that our great-great grandfather, Richard Williams, made his first documented appearance in 1837 when he bought £50 worth of shares in the Great Central Irish Railway.
(There were two Richard Williams - our ancestor who was the book-keeper for the CDSPCo and the older Richard Williams who was the co-founder of the company and who lived at Drumcondra Castle with business premises at 38 Dame Street. I'm assuming, given the paltry value of the shares bought, that the Richard Williams who bought into the Railway was our ancestor who lived at Eden Quay.)


The Street Directories record 'Williams & Co., merchants and cornfactors' at 1, Marlborough Street, in both 1836 and 1837.  I believe this to be our Richard Williams - there are no similar entries in the Dublin directories prior to 1836 and after 1837.
He appeared in the Dublin Street Directories, sometimes as a merchant, sometimes as an esquire, at the neighbouring address of 17 Eden Quay until 1854;  from 1854 until 1857, he wasn't listed in the directories/almanacs at all, but, between 1858 until 1860, Richard Williams Esq, was listed at 2 Upper Mayor Street, the street where the CDSPCo had their stores; this could well be a business address, rather than a family residence.  A child was born in 1853 at Mountpleasant in Rathmines.  From 1861 onwards, the family lived at Privot House, Dundrum in the southern Dublin suburbs, and from 1873 they lived at 8 Sydenham Road.

An 1839 meeting of the CDSPCo proposed that Richard Williams be employed as a clerk to the company - although he had already been living for at least two years in their Eden Quay property - on trial at a rate of £60 a year for 6 months.  Later on 5th May 1841, Richard Williams was paid £9-9-0 for attending nine sittings of the CDSPCo committee.  On 12th June 1847, the company ordered '...that £20 per annum be added to the salary of the book-keeper, Mr. Richard Williams, to commence from the 1st November 1846.'

In 1842, 17 Eden Quay was the offices of the Dublin and Liverpool Steam Ship Building Company, the Transatlantic Steam Ship Company and Williams & Co., Merchants & Cornfactors who had a timber and slate yard at 22 Sir John Rogerson's Quay.  Thomas Harvey Todhunter, a Quaker merchant, also had an office there in 1842.

By 1846, Williams & Co. was known as Williams, Todhunter & Co, signifying a business partnership between the two families but this was shortlived - by 1854, Thomas Todhunter is operating alone at his premises on Sir John Rogerson's Quay.    (Williams and Todhunter dealt in timber, slate and corn.  The Todhunter family of Rogerson's Quay were always considered to be timber dealers.)
In 1846, Phineas Howell, the secretary of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Co., was recorded as living at 17 Eden Quay although later he moved next door to Number 16.  Phineas Howell was one of the pallbearers at Charles Wye Williams' funeral in Liverpool in 1866.

It was during this era that Richard Williams, the son of the late John Williams, married his first wife. She died young at 35 years old - her burial is recorded in the Mount Jerome archives for 1846.  She was Mary Williams of 17 Eden Quay who died of consumption on 10th December 1846.  Signed by the Registrar and Alexander Fry.  Alexander Fry was a doctor and was possibly related to William Fry, an Athlone-born solicitor who was a founding member of the Plymouth Brethren community in Dublin along with Henry Bewley and J. Denham Smith.  Alternatively, he may merely have been the doctor attendant at her death.

Earlier the deaths of several children had been recorded at 17 Eden Quay:

  • Charlotte Williams died of consumption aged 7 weeks on August 25th 1842. Signed by the Registrar and Richard Williams. 
  • On 3rd July 1845,  Albert Williams, aged 6 years and 9 months, died of inflammation of the lungs. Signed by the Registrar and Richard Williams.

There were three surviving children of the marriage of Richard and Mary Williams:

  • Sophie Williams was born about 1836 and left Dublin to work in one of Thomas Barnardo's childrens' homes where she was a housemaster in charge of 25 girls.  In 1881, the UK census records Sophie Williams, who had been born in Dublin in 1846, working as a governess in Edgbaston, England.  By 1891 she was working in Illford, Essex at the 'District Girls' Village Home For Orphan Neglected and Destitute Girls'.  1901 shows her, aged 55, and still working at Dr.Barnardo's Girls' Home in Ilford. She died in London on August 1st 1933 at 10 Finchley Road, North Marylebone, of congestion of the lungs and ovarian cancer. She was 93, and had been working at the Girls' Village Home as a superintendant at the time of her death.

Thomas Barnardo was a family friend and a member of the evangelical Protestant sect, the Plymouth Brethren, as were the Williams.  Thomas was the son of a German immigrant, John Michaelis Barnardo, who had moved his furriers business from Hamburg to Dublin at the beginning of the 19th century.  Thomas had been born in 1845;  the family lived at 82 Dame Street.  Thomas was converted to the Plymouth Brethren religion in 1862 by William Fry, a family friend of the Williams, and a founder member of their Merrion Hall headquarters.
Apparently Thomas Barnardo would seek out the company of Richard Williams, who was a pious man and an ardent reader of the Bible. Richard attended Merrion Hall, which from 1863 was the meeting hall of the Dublin Plymouth Brethren, and would preach the Bible there. It is said that he was invited to take part in the production of the Revised Version of the Bible in 1881 but he declined.

  • Emily Williams was born in either 1836 or 1837 and remained unmarried all her life. She worked as a teacher and lived at 8 Charlemont Place, Dublin.  In 1901, the Irish census records her as the sole occupant of flat 735.1, Killeen Road, Rathmines; she was a 'visiting governess', aged 54 and, in common with other members of this family, was Plymouth Brethren.  In 1911 she was a retired teacher, living at 8.6 Charlemont Place.  Emily Williams died in Dublin on 8th October 1914 and was buried in the family plot in Mount Jerome, along with her half-brothers, Willis Creighton Williams and John Williams.

     'Family Burial Place of Willis Creighton Williams
    Jessie Muriel Williams (Junr)  died 20th May 1886
    Willis Creighton Williams (Junr)  died 26th September 1901
    Emily Williams     died 8th October 1914
    Kate Williams      died 17th February 1920
    Willis Creighton Williams  died 22nd October 1932
    John Williams     Killed in France   October 1918'


  • Richard Williams II emigrated to Australia at some stage and little seems to be known about him.






On 15th June 1846, six months after the death of his first wife, Mary, Richard Williams married Geraldine O'Moore Creighton, the daughter of an English Presbyterian minister, David Hill Creighton. Her mother was Eliza Willis, the daughter of Thomas Willis who ran a school in the Huguenot settlement of Portarlington. Following the marriage of Richard and Geraldine, the names 'Willis' ,'Creighton' and 'O'Moore' would repeat through the generations as family names; names associated with Richard's first invisible wife would not recur which is disappointing.  (The names 'Geraldine' and 'O'Moore' are both very interesting and I wonder was there some connection to the O'Moore family who orginally came from Portarlington?)
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2011/09/revdavid-hill-creighton-1737-1855.html

In 1846, the year of Geraldine and Richard's marriage, her father, Rev. David Hill Creighton, was living in Dublin city at 30 Summer Street;  from 1847 to 1849 he was noted at 43 Summer Hill. The family had settled in Dublin in about 1829, although he had spent a few years south of the city, working in Bray, Co. Wicklow.


The above photograph was kindly sent on to me by Judy Geddes, the great-great granddaughter of Richard and Geraldine Williams - this is believed to be a photo of Geraldine O'Moore Creighton taken at the time of her marriage to Richard Williams in 1846.

(Geraldine O'Moore Creighton's cousin, Rev. Henry de Laval Willis, who was the son of her maternal uncle,  Thomas Gilbert Willis, had links to the Woolsey family of Castlebellingham, Louth, as did Richard Williams of Drumcondra Castle, co-founder of the Dublin Steam Packet Company and the possible kinsman of her husband, Richard Williams of Eden Quay.
Explanation:  Geraldine's first cousin, Rev.Henry de Laval Willis, was born in Limerick to Rev. Thomas Gilbert Willis - Thomas Gilbert Willis being the brother of Geraldine's mother, Eliza Willis - on 1st April 1814.
He married Mary Anne Woolsey of Castlebellingham, the daughter of Thomas Woolsey (1784 - 1834) of the Admiralty and Elizabeth Gibson. Thomas  Woolsey was the son of Rev. William Woolsey and Mary Anne Bellingham of Kilsaran parish, County Louth.

The children of Thomas Woolsey and Elizabeth Gibson were all born in London, where Thomas was working in the Admiralty, and baptised in the Old Church, St. Pancras -
William Woolsey, baptised 16th November 1814.
Mary Anne Woolsey, later wife of Henry de Laval Willis, born 4th August 1817.
Elizabeth Lucy Woolsey, born 26 August 1821.
Thomas Frederic Woolsey, born 2nd Dec 1823.
Sophia Woolsey, born 21st Feb.1828.

Henry de Laval Willis and Mary Anne Woolsey married in Kilsaran. Co. Louth, on October 16th 1841.

The children of Rev. Henry de Laval Willis and Mary Anne Woolsey were:
Frances Hester Bellingham Willis, born Limerick, 17th December 1842. She would later marry, in 1861,  John Walker of Bolling Hall, Yorkshire.
Elizabeth Lucy Willis, born 1844, named after her maternal aunt.
Henry Thomas Gilbert Willis, born St. Mary's, Lancaster, in 1849.
Francis William Willis, born in Bradford, York, England, on 23rd February 1851.

The daughter of Rev. Henry de Laval Willis and Mary Anne Woolsey, Elizabeth Lucy Willis (1844 - 1870), married another member of the Woolsey family, John Woolsey. John Woolsey lived at Castle Cosey in Castlebellingham:
 'In memory of William Woolsey of Milestone, died 11th May 1887, aged 68 years, and his brother, John Woolsey, of Castle Cosey, Castlebellingham, who died 23rd May 1887 aged 56 years. This tablet has been erected in loving remembrance by their employees.'
      
John and William Woolsey, named above, were both the sons of Captain John Woolsey, the son of William Woolsey and Mary Anne Bellingham. Captain John Woolsey was the brother of Thomas Woolsey of the Admiralty;  he was married to Janet Jameson, the sister of James Jameson of the Dublin distillery and of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company.  
A variety of genealogical threads interweave at this point - Rev. William Woolsey's mother was Lucy Palmer;  his daughter, Frances Woolsey, married Richard Palmer of the same Kenmare family, whose sister, Anne Palmer, married Richard Williams of Drumcondra Castle, who co-founded the CDSPCo with his brother, Charles Wye Williams.  Many of these people invested in the CDSPCo.)

Richard and Geraldine O'Moore Creighton Williams had four surviving children together - David Creighton Williams, John Williams, Jessie Creighton Williams (named after her mother's sister, the schoolteacher Jessie Creighton) and our geat-grandfather Willis Creighton Williams.

The Dublin newspapers of the day show other children, however, born to Mr. Richard Williams at 17 Eden Quay;  given the inability of people at this time to know their correct age, the two surviving births which follow may well correspond to two of the surviving four children -

  • The 'Freeman's Journal' of 29th March 1848 announced the birth, on 27th March 1848, of a daughter.   On March 3rd 1851, Richard and Geraldine lost two of their children to whooping cough - Eliza Willis Williams, aged 3 years, and Geraldine O'Moore Williams, aged 8 months. (Their address was given as Harolds Cross - in 1853 they were living, or visiting, Mountpleasant in neighbouring Rathmines.)
  • The 'Dublin Evening Post' of 20th November 1851 reported that Mrs. Williams of Eden Quay had given birth to twin sons.  The 'Dublin Evening Mail' of 14th November 1851 confirmed that this was Mrs. Williams of 17 Eden Quay.   One of the twins must have been the Alexander Williams who follows.....
  • The 'Dublin Evening Mail'of 2nd July 1852 announced the death of Alexander Williams, the youngest son of Mr. Richard Williams, aged 7 months and 18 days.
  • The 'Dublin Evening Post'of 28th January 1853 announced the birth of a daughter, by the wife of Mr. Richard Williams of 17 Eden Quay, at Mountpleasant (Rathmines) on 23rd January 1853.  This was Jessie Creighton Williams.
  • The 'Dublin Evening Mail' also announced the birth of a son on 29th October 1854, probably our great-grandfather Willis Creighton Williams.

From 1861,  Richard William's address was Privot House in Dundrum, and from 1873, 8 Sydenham Road, Dundrum.  In 1866, The Times published Geraldine's mother's death notice:
    'On the 15th inst., at Privot House, Dundrum, near Dublin, Mrs. Creighton, relict of the late Rev. D.H.Creighton, aged 84.'

Geraldine O'Moore Williams, wife of Richard Williams of 8 Sydenham Road, Dundrum, proved the will of a widow, Jane Phillips, a Welsh housekeeper of 2 Stanley Crescent, Anglesey, Wales, who died on 16th September 1875, but I'm unsure if the two women were in any way related.  Jane Phillips had been born in 1807 and was buried in Anglesey on 20th September 1875. Perhaps Jane Phillips had worked for the Williams family as a housekeeper?


David Creighton Williams was born to the Richard Williams and Geraldine O'Moore Creighton circa 1849.   Perhaps he was the twin brother of Alexander Williams who had been born in November 1851 and who died 8 months later.
David Creighton Williams was a transfer clerk - the 'Dublin Evening Express' of 14th February 1894 noted that David C. Williams of 15 Eden Quay was one of the executors of the 1893 will of Stephen Mills who lived at 13 Upper Mountpleasant Avenue, Ranelagh.  In 1880, the street directories show D.C. Williams living at 40 Lower Mountpleasant Avenue, Ranelagh.   Earlier in 1859, Stephen Mills had an address at 15 Eden Quay where he was mentioned as one of the shareholders of the Galway railway.   It is interesting to see that David Creighton Williams had a business address in 1894 at 15 Eden Quay, one of the buildings owned by the Dublin Steam Packet Company which David's father had worked for.
For two years he was slowly dying and was visited daily by his younger brother, Willis Creighton Williams. He was moved during his last illness to 23 Carysfort Avenue in Blackrock where his younger sister, Jessie, ran a school, and he died there on 4th October 1895. The cause of death was hip disease and Bright's disease, and his brother, Willis Creighton Williams of 50 Park Avenue, Sandymount, was the informant.

He had married Irene Reynolds in Bangor, Wales, and, following their move back to Dublin, had seven children with her -

1) Irene Geraldine, born 21st July 1881, at 8 Sydenham Rd., Dundrum, the home of her grandparents Richard Williams and Geraldine O'Moore Creighton.   She married the Tyrone-born bank clerk Thomas John Lytle in Dublin in 1902 prior to leaving for Canada.  The US archives show up Thomas John Lytle entering the USA.  He was travelling to New Jersey without Irene Geraldine but with their five children - John S. Lytle, Robert M. Lytle, Creighton Reynolds Lytle, Irene H. Lytle and Dorothy W. Lytle.  The record states that Thomas John Lytle had emigrated first in 1906 to Lake Manitoba, Canada, and had previously visited America in 1916, 1923 and 1924.   The son of Irene and Thomas John Lytle, Creighton Reynolds Lytle, who had been born in Winnipeg on 29th May 1909, died in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, on 25th July 1980.  An insurance adjuster, he had married, then divorced, Margaret Graham.

2) Jessie Ida/Jumbo, born 10th July 1884 in Bray, Co. Wicklow.  On 19th April 1906 in Rathgar, Jessie Ida Williams, the daughter of David Creighton Williams and of Irene Reynolds, married the printer, David Percy Robinson.  At the time of the marriage, the bride was living at 19 Leinster Square, her mother's home, and the groom at 16 Greenmount Road.  The witnesses to the wedding were the bride's brother-in-law, Charles B.Reinhardt, and E. MacDowd Cosgrave.

David Percy Robinson was the only son of the Westmeath-born printer, William Woods Robinson, and his first wife, Frances Moore, who had married in Westmeath in 1881.  William Woods Robinson married, secondly, the widowed Elizabeth Stuart Simpson in Dublin in 1898.  At one time, he had lived at 74 Grosvenor Road in Rathmines.

Jessie Ida Williams and David Percy Robinson would have two sons - William David Edwin Robinson was born at 'Dalmar', Terenure Park, on 8th February 1907 and Richard Frank Robinson was born at 19 Terenure Park on 19th May 1911.
William David Edwin Robinson married Gladys Shorter - they were living at 29 Clareville Road in Terenure from about 1939 up until 1970 when Gladys Robinson was listed in the electoral lists as living there.
William D. Robinson and Gladys Shorter had Hillary Robinson in 1938, Carole Robinson in 1943 and Robert Lewis Robinson in 1946.
Jessie Ida Robinson, née Williams, died in Dublin on 6th April 1954 and is buried in Mount Jerome.

3) Louisa Vivian, born 7th June 1886, at 26 Claremont Rd., Sandymount, South Co. Dublin.  On 16th July 1907 in Rathgar, she married Charles Bradshaw Reinhardt, the only son of John Reinhardt of The Cottage, Monkstown.   Of Irish origin, but English-born, Charles' father, John Reinhardt, ran a paving business in Dublin.

Charles Bradshaw Reinhardt and Louisa Vivian Williams emigrated to Manitoba - a passenger list for the 'Minneapolis' showed the couple leaving for New York on 15th august 1908.  They would have three children in Manitoba - John in 1908, Edwin in 1910 and Eva Jessie on 20th March 1913 who would die on 6th June 1934.

Private Charles Bradshaw Reinhardt died on 28th January 1940 and is buried in Edmonton.

4) Edwin Reynolds Williams, born 18th March 1888 in Dublin and died in Vancouver on 4th December 1942.  He married Belgium-born Henrietta, who died a widow at 930 Glenacres Drive, Vancouver, on 2nd January 1988;  her death cert. named her father as a German-born man named Lionheart.

5) Florence Evangeline, known as Tookie, was born at 26 Claremont Road on 12th June 1889, and died on 3rd March 1965 at 1330 Bute St., Vancouver.   On 1st November 1910, by special licence at the residence of her mother, 4 Haslemore Block, Winnipeg. she married Henry Ernest Douet, the eldest son of Ernest Henry Douet, retired Civil Servant List, of Little Sidcup, Chippingstone, Kent, England.   The Dublin papers noted Tookie as the youngest daughter of David Creighton Williams, late of Leoville, Blackrock, granddaughter of Richard Williams late of 8 Sydenham Road, Dundrum, and granddaughter of Frank Reynolds, late of London and Scarborough.
The groom, Henry Ernest Douet,  had been born on 1st July 1880 in Croyden, Surrey, England, and   died at White Rock, 17th St., Vancouver, on 11th March 1958.  He was noted on his death cert as a retired cashier with The Royal Trust Company - the infomant on his death cert was his son, J.P.Douet of 24th Avenue, Langley.
Henry Ernest Douet had been born in Croyden in 1880 to the Jamaican-born Ernest Henry Douet and Sophia Caroline Paterson who had married in Woolwich in 1869.

6) Frank Williams.   The 1916 Manitoba Census shows him living with his mother, Irene Williams, and brother Edwin Reynolds Williams in Winnipeg.

7) A son, Willis Creighton Williams, named after David Creighton William's brother, was born on 13th October 1879 at Sydenham Rd., Dundrum, but this child died the following year on 26th October 1880 at 40 Lower Mount Pleasant Avenue.  The death certificate stated that he was the son of a gentleman and that he had died, aged 12 months, from acute bronchitis.

Irene Williams was the daughter of the English painter, Frank Reynolds (1828 - 1895), and of Jane Bailey, who had married in St. Pancras, London, on 10th February 1852.  Frank's parents were the painter/engraver, Samuel William Reynolds and Emma Humby who had married in January 1824 in Westminster. Samuel William Reynolds (1794 - 1872) had himself been born in Westminster on 6th May 1794 to the earlier painter/engraver, also Samuel William Reynolds who not only collaborated with Sir Joshua Reynolds, but also claimed kinship with him.

Irene Reynolds' mother, Jane Bailey, had been born in Bedford in about 1830;  in 1841 she was living with her parents in Biggleswade - Charles Bailey had been born in 1776 and was a steward.  His wife Ann Bailey had been born in about 1779.

Frank and Jane Reynolds settled in Dublin, and were living at Enderley, Sweetmount, Dundrum, from about 1860. The Irish dog licence records record the fact that the Reynolds family kept greyhounds and terriers.
The 'Freeman's Journal' of 23rd August 1879 carried an advertisement for Messrs. Cranfield and Co. who were currently showing a painting, 'Punchestown Winners 1879' by A. Jones and Frank Reynolds.

Frank Reynolds and Jane Bailey had children in Dublin, although Irene Reynolds had been born in England in about 1857 before the family moved to Ireland. Samuel William Charles Reynolds, named for both of his grandfathers (Samuel William Reynolds and Charles Bailey) was born at Sweetmount, Dundrum, on 1st August 1858,  Madeline Lucy Reynolds was born 16th July 1861, Hugh Reynolds was born on 18th October 1864,  Annie Rose Reynolds was born at Enderly, Dundrum, on 25th April 1866, and Arthur George Reynolds, later a photographer, was born on 18th May 1863.   Daughter Madeline would marry, in 1896 in Scarborough, a nurseryman named George William Walshaw, and had a son, Frank Walshaw, in 1897.
Frank Reynolds and Jane Bailey Reynolds returned to live in England where the 1891 census revealed them living at 3 Oak Road, Scarborough, along with two of their, as yet, unmarried children, Madeline and Arthur George.

Following her husband's death in 1895, Irene Williams, née Reynolds, moved in with her sister-in-law, Jessie Williams, at 23 Carysfort Avenue, along with her 6 surviving children. It was the Canadian descendants of this family who were told that the family originated in Wales, and it is telling that they chose to marry there.
Irene Williams emigrated to Winnipeg along with five of her children in 1908 - one of her daughters, Jessie Ida, aka Jumbo, remained in Dublin.


John Williams was born to Richard and Geraldine Williams circa 1852. He trained as a doctor and practised first in England and later in the Blackrock area of south county Dublin where his sister, Jessie, also lived. He was reknowned for his kindness and is said to have given away his own clothes to his poorer patients. John died of pulmonary consumption on 28th June 1880 at 8 Sydenham Rd; his brother, Willis Creighton Williams was the informant.

His sister, Jessie Creighton Williams, was born on 23rd January 1853 and ran a school at 'Leoville', 23 Carysfort Avenue.
Extract from The Irish Times, January 15th 1898:   'Leoville, Girls' Collegiate Boarding School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.  Principal - Miss Jessie Creighton Williams, Certificate, Dublin University. During 1897 Miss Williams's pupils have been successful in the following examinations:- Royal University Matriculation;  Intermediate, Passes and Honours; London, College of Music.
University classes and those for Pianoforte, Violin, Mandoline, Singing and Painting may be joined separately.
Boys under 11 received.  Special attention paid to backward or delicate pupils.  School re-opens (D.V.) Monday, January 10.  For prospectus, List of Masters etc., apply to PRINCIPAL.'

 Like most of the Williams family, Jessie was a member of the Plymouth Brethren. Later she moved the school to Leinster Square, Rathmines, before emigrating to Canada along with her widowed sister-in-law, Irene, who had been married to her brother, David, and Irene's children,
In 1901, she was still resident at Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, along with her widowed sister-in-law, Irene Williams, née Reynolds, and Irene's children - Irene Geraldine aged 19 (aka Igy), Jessie Ida aged 16, Louisa aged 14, Edwin aged 13, Florence Evangeline aged 11 (aka Tookie), and Frank aged 10.
By 1911, Jessie Creighton had moved to Leinster Square in Rathmines, but would soon follow her late brother's family over to Canada, where she died at East Kildonan, Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 4th February 1927.

I will do a separate post for her brother, our great-grandfather, Willis Creighton Williams, who seems to be the youngest son who had been born on 29th October 1854.
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2011/09/willis-creighton-williams-and-kate.html

Richard Williams, of 17 Eden Quay and 8 Sydenham Road, died of heart disease on 21st August 1885. The photo above must have been taken following the death of John Williams in 1880 and, obviously, before the death of Richard in 1885.

Richard's wife, Geraldine O'Moore Creighton Williams, died aged 77, of a tumour of the intestines and of peritonitis on 30th May 1888.  She died at 41 North Great Georges Street at a school owned by her three unmarried sisters, Jessie, Eliza and Louisa Adelaide Creighton.

Her will:  'Geraldine O'Moore Williams, 7 September 1888. Will of Geraldine O'Moore Williams, late of 41 North Great Georges Street, Widow died 30 May 1888 at the same place was proved at Principle Registry by Jessie Williams of Airfield, 26 Claremont-road, Sandymount, Dublin.'

Much of the above research into the Williams family was carried out by my second cousin, Jane Williams, and this has been plagiarised liberally by myself.



Other Stewarts of Moneyreagh, Co.Down

There are clusters of Stewarts around the Moneyreagh area who we may, or may not, be related to. The earliest mentions of a Stewart family in the area occur in the Montgomery manuscripts (1603 - 1706) which document the Protestant plantation of the area. A huge number of settlers had come over to north County Down from Ayrshire,Scotland, with Sir Hugh Montgomery during the first four years of his colonisation.

'In 1718, William Hannyngton Esq., who had been a captain in the army, on his return to his estate at Moneyrea, found that the Presbyterian interest had increased during his absence, consented to join his tenants and other neighbours in founding a congregation of Protestant Dissenters. In order to encourage the measure, he granted, on 18th of May 1719, to David Black, Archibald Stewart and John Orr, in favour of the congregation, one acre and a half of land, and half an acre of turf bog, forever at a nominal rent.'

Among the earliest settlers were the Stewart family of Clontinacally which is a townland immediately west of Moneyreagh.
The name which keeps recurring in the records for Clontinacally (and there are various wierd spellings of this townland) is Dr. Hugh Stewart who seems to have been deeply involved with the local church and school.
In 1822, government papers record that £73 was granted to H.Stewart of Moneyrea for the building of a school.
In 1825, Hugh Stewart Esq., was again in receipt of a grant to build a schoolhouse in the Moneyrea area.
In August 1832, Hugh Stewart of Moneyrea was granted an arms licence for 'one fowling piece and rifle' and 'one brace of pistols'.
On April 25th 1832, the Remonstrant Presbytery of Bangor (ie: Unitarian) held one of its annual meeting at Moneyrea.  Amongst other things, the minister of Moneyreagh Non-Subscribing Church, the Rev. Fletcher Blakely, proposed various resolutions in approval of the plan of national education.  Following the meeting, the congregation entertained the ministers at dinner in the school-house, Dr. Stewart R.N. presiding.

And in 1838:  ' The Rev. Joseph McFadden....on Thursday last, was entertained at Moneyrea, the place of his nativity, on which occasion 52 ladies and 96 gentlemen were present in the large schoolroom.  As soon as tea was over, the Rev. Fletcher Blakely took the chair, and a number of sentiments were proposed which were made the subject of some interesting speeches.  The principle speakers were Mr.McFadden,  Dr. Stewart R.N., Messrs. Alexander Orr McGowan, David Lindsay Blakely, William McGowan and William Cowan.'

Dr.Hugh Stewart R.N.:  'Died, on the 18th  January 1840, at Moss-Brook, Moneyrea, in the 57th year of his age, Hugh Stewart, Esquire, Surgeon, R.N. Having received a liberal education at the Belfast Academy and Glasgow University, he entered the Navy when very young, and was soon after appointed Surgeon. During his residence for several years past in his native neighbourhood,  he distinguished himself  by his successful treatment of various cases of Dropsy and Cancer.  As a general practitioner, he was deliberate, clear-minded and eminently successful.  In his dispositions he was truly benevolent and amiable.  A Unitarian from settled conviction,  he gave his countenance and support on all occasions to what he believed to be the truth of God.  His death is not only an irrecoverable loss to his family, but to a numerous circle of attached friends.'

Hugh Stewart's widow appears on the list of subscribers to Robert Huddlestone's book of poetry published in 1844.  She appears as 'Mrs. Doctor Stewart, Clontnacalley'.
A  Miss Jane Stewart of Clontinakelly, who was born about 1797, married William Kennedy about 1816.
In 1863, a Margaret Jane Stewart was farming eight acres in Clontonakilly in partnership with John Orr.

There were very strong links between the Stewarts and the Kennedys and these families seem to be associated with the Moneyrea townland of Ballymaglaff. Andrew Stewart, the son of Alexander Stewart, married Jane Kennedy, the daughter of Archibald Kennedy, in Moneyreagh Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on 12th June 1847.  In 1863, Andrew Stewart was listed as farming in Ballymaglaff. Their son was Archibald Kennedy Stewart who was a hardware merchant and farmer and also a staunch member of the Moneyreagh Unitarian community. In 1905 he accompanied the Rev. Richard Lyttle - who had witnessed the will of John Stewart in 1893 - to the Unitarian Congress in Geneva.



A note on the name 'Hugh' as it appears in County Down at this time:  I've noticed that this name seems to appear over and over again in the Bangor area of the county. Just as 'Hugh' appears to be associated with Bangor, the name 'Andrew Stewart' seems to be associated with the Moneyrea area.
An Andrew Stewart of Moneyreagh had a son, Andrew, in 1785. His son, also Andrew, was born in Moneyreagh in 1836 and emigrated to America in 1852 where he married Sarah Emery of Zanesville, Ohio, in 1867. Their son, Charles David Stewart, of Hartford, Wisconsin,  later became the Executive Secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin (1915- 1916), and was the author of 'The Fugitive Blacksmith' in 1905.