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Thursday, 24 November 2011

A Collection of Quins

Mary Ann Quin who married Thomas Williamsof the Bank of Ireland in St. Thomas's, Dublin, on 26th February 1777, and who was the mother of the founder of the Dublin Steam Packet Company, Charles Wye Williams, and Richard Williams, claimed descent from Mark Quin, Lord Mayor of Dublin, although there are no records of her birth which makes an exact link, or proof thereof, awkward.  She would have been born circa 1750.

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2011/07/thomas-williams-first-secretary-to-bank.html

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I accessed a book 'Henry Quin, M.D. President and Fellow of King and Queen's College of Physicians in Ireland.' by Thomas Percy Claude Fitzpatrick and Henry Quin, at the National Library recently (February 2013) and this publication gives an excellent genealogy of the Dublin Quin family, although it makes no mention of Mary Anne Quin who was believed to be of the same family.  Other sources for this post include the Irish newspaper collection on Find My Past, and the Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street, Dublin.

Mark Quin, Lord Mayor:
Mark Quin, later the Lord Mayor of Dublin, was admitted to the Freemen of Dublin in 1644. He married Mary Roche in 1645 and died in the late 1670's, after cutting his throat in Christ Church in a fit of jealousy over the conduct of his wife. He was an apothecary/merchant who lived at ‘The Flying Horse’ in High Street - ’The Flying Horse’ was a well-known school for apothecaries.  He was incredibly wealthy - the parish of St Michael kept their plate, money and documents at his house. He contributed £100 to the construction of the Hospital at Oxmantown Green in Dublin; in 1670 he paid Patrick Seagrove £10 for lime and stones used during the building of the hospital.
Mark Quin became the Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1676.

He had four sons - Thomas, James, Samuel and John - and a daughter, Mary.
His son, Thomas Quin, merchant,  was admitted to the Freemen of Dublin in 1674 and  died unmarried in 1685.
Mark Quin's son, Samuel Quin, a merchant, was admitted to the Freemen in 1683.

In 1674, Mark’s daughter, Mary Quin, married Thomas Whitshed, an Irish barrister and MP for Carysfort, Dublin. who was the son of William Whitshed, a merchant.  Thomas Whitshed died in 1697.  Their eldest son, William, was a lawyer who became Solicitor General in 1709,  Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1714, and Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in 1727.   He spent time in  both England and Ireland, and denounced, in 1720, a tract published by the Dean of St. Patrick's, Jonathon Swift, which called for the use of goods manufactured in Ireland.  He was lampooned mercilessly by Swift because of this. William Whitshed died in 1727 and was buried in St.Michael's, Dublin.  His three addresses were Mary Street, Stormanstown, Dublin, and Killencarrig, Wicklow.

Mary Quin and Thomas Whitshed had five sons and eight daughters.
One of their daughters, Mary Whitshed, married John Parnell;  a second daughter, Catherine Whitshed, married another member of the Quin family, probably a cousin, who had served his apprenticeship at the Quin's house, Thomas Quin, who died in 1722, leaving a son, also Thomas Quin, and two daughters.  This additional Thomas Quin, and there are many of them, was an apothecary of Skinner's Row, who was an alderman of the city in 1691 and Lord Mayor in 1698 and 1711.   His will, which was made on 29th January 1722, noted his widow as Catherine (née Whitshed) and his minor children as Thomas, Ann and Maria.
Another daughter of Mary Quin and Thomas Whitshed was Jane Whitshed who died unmarried in 1737.

When Mark Quine, Lord Mayor, died, he left £1000 a year to his son James Quin of Lincoln's Inn.  James Quin had converted to Roman Catholicism at some stage, and in 1690 he married a woman he'd met in Chester, who had posed as the widow of an army officer, John Grindzell.  On 24th February 1693, James Quin and the widow had a son, James Quin Junior, but shortly afterwards, the widow's first husband, John Grindzell, a shoemaker of Shrewsbury, turned up alive.  James Quin made his will on May 11th 1710, and died shortly afterwards, leaving everything to his illegitimate son, the actor James Quin.  His mother, Mrs. Grindzell, lodged a bill in chancery to recovery her son's property, but this was challenged by William Whitshed because of the boy's illegitemacy.  William Whitshed was the son of Mary Quin, Mark Quin's only daughter who had married Thomas Whitshed.
 Deprived of his inheritance because of this legal action, James Quin, who had been hoping to enter the legal profession, turned instead to the stage and became the most celebrated actor of his time.  He left £100 in his 1766 will of 1766 to Thomas James Quin, son of Dr. Henry Quin, a physician of Dublin. (See below.)  He also left money to the painter Thomas Gainsborough of Bath, whose portrait of James Quin is owned by Buckingham Palace.

Thomas Quin, Bricklayer of Castleknock:
As well as Mark Quin's family, there was a second Quin family who lived in Oxmanstown near Castleknock;  both families were closely related somehow..
On November 19th 1674, the marriage took place in St. Michan's of Thomas Quin, a bricklayer of Castleknock, and Ellinor/Ellen Doyle.  Their children were:

  • Margaret Quin, born September 23rd 1675.
  • Rose Quin, born January 30th 1677 or 1678, later Rose Smith.
  • John Quin, born June 16th 1679, died June 20th 1679.
  • Mary Quin, born October 3rd 1680.
  • Elizabeth Quin, born December 10th 1682.
  • Thomas Quin, born December 11th 1684; an alderman of Dublin and an apothecary, who served his apprenticeship in Mark Quin's premises, he married Catherine Whitshed.
The will of Thomas Quin, bricklayer of Castleknock, was signed on July 3rd 1685 and proved on September 25th.  Thomas mentions his wife, Ellen, and five children;  he also refers to his brother, Francis Quin, who was at the time serving his apprenticeship to him and who was to get his 'wearing apparroll', and, if he finished his apprenticeship with Mrs. Quin, a legacy of £10.  He also left his father, Terence, £5 and his broadcloth coat.  This Terence may have been his father-in-law, rather than his father.

Francis Quin, bricklayer:
The brother of Thomas Quin, bricklayer, was Francis Quin of Dublin, who represented the Guild of Bricklayers on the Common Council of Dublin in both 1714 and 1717.

Deed 21-204-11252, dated 30th and 31st May 1718, involved Thomas Quin, Alderman, Francis Quin, bricklayer, Thomas Brownrigg, Dublin gentleman, Mary Whitshed, widow and sole heiress of John Quin of Dublin.   This involved the sale of a property called The Bull Inn, along with 10 small brickhouses in Bull Alley and Patrick Street. They had once been owned by John Quin and were now being sold for £436 to Mary Quin with the consent of Thomas Quin, Junior, Apothecary.  The witnesses were Richard Whitshed of Dublin, Joseph Bury and Thomas Cooke Junior, notary.  I include this deed here to illustrate the links between the two Quin families of Dublin.

Yet another deed (32-159-19284, dated 17th October 1721) mentions Margaret Doyle, the niece of Francis Quin.  The parties to this deed were Francis Quin, bricklayer, John Williams of Dublin (he lived at Arrans Quay and was involved in many land deals with Francis Quin in the Church St/St.Michan's area), Richard Codd, the son of George Codd of Killiskillin, Meath, and Margaret Doyle, the daughter of Hugh Doyle, carpenter of Killcandra, Wicklow.  The deed involved the transferral of a house, newly built in Church Street, to John Williams, on the occasion of the marriage between Margaret Doyle and Richard Codd, and this was witnessed by Thomas Palmer of Ballyboggan, Meath.

On June 12th 1715, Francis Quin married Jane/Jenny Bellingham, the daughter of Henry Bellingham of Castlebellingham, Co. Louth.

Deed 14-467-6611, dated 1st June 1715, between Francis Quin, bricklayer, Henry Bellingham of Castlebellingham, and John Williams, gentleman of Dublin, concerned a property in Church Street which Francis Quin was demising to Henry Bellingham and John Williams.  I have found no link between this John Williams and the family of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland who later married Mary Quin.

Francis Quin made his will on February 1st 1727, and died 8 days later on February 9th.  He specified that his son and heir, Thomas Quin, not yet 21, should be educated in Dublin, and if his son dies, then his property should all go to his nephew, Mr. Thomas Quin, apothecary of Dublin.   £10 should go to his niece, Rose Smith.    The executor was Captain Thomas Burgh, Surveyor-General of Ireland, and architect of the library in Trinity College and of Steeven's Hospital, both of which Francis Quin had built.
This will was also noted in Betham's Extracts - Francis Quin's nieces were named as Winifred Phillips and Bridget Byrne, while a nephew was Lawrence Doyle.  The son and heir of Francis Quin was his son Thomas Quin.   Sisters-in-law were Mrs Anne Bellingham and Mrs. Abigail Bellingham. A niece was Rose Smith, and a nephew was the apothecary Thomas Quin.  A relation was named as Abraham Phillips.

Francis Quin's son, Thomas Quin, was born in 1722 and settled or owned land in, Castlebellingham - this was where his mother's family, the Bellinghams, came from.  He fulfilled his father's wishes by entering Trinity College on April 6th 1738, aged 16.
 I believe he married Mary Wye who was the daughter of Rev. Charles Wye of Louth, and that he was the father of Mary Anne Quin who married Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland in 1777.  Betham's Extracts record the marriage of Thomas Quin, gent of Kilsaran, Co. Louth, to Mary Wye of Dromlisk, Louth, on 20th August 1746. Thomas Quin is always referred to in deeds as Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham.  

Thomas Quin, Apothecary:
Francis Quin's nephew was Thomas Quin, apothecary of Dublin, son of bricklayer Thomas Quin of Castleknock.  He married Isabella Brownrigg, the daughter of Henry Brownrigg and Joan or Jane Symes of Wingfield, Wexford, who had come to Ireland from Cumberland.  Jane Brownrigg, the widow of Henry Brownrigg, made her will on 25th June 1729 and named her daughter as Isabella the wife of Thomas Quin;  other children were named as Thomas, Henry, Rachel Hardy, Mary the wife of Henry Brownrigg of England, John and James. Her sister was Anne Hyde.

Thomas Quin, apothecary, appears in the printed records repeatedly, so must have been a prominent member of the community.  In 1720, Mary Whitshed, the daughter of Mark Quin the Lord Mayor, appointed Thomas Quin, apothecary, as one of the trustees of her will, in which she left him £20;  she left a further £5 to his wife, and £5 to her goddaughter, Mary, the daughter of Thomas Quin, apothecary.  This will was dated 30th March 1720 according to Deed 555-280-371677.

In October 1687 a list was drawn up to show the aldermen of Dublin corporation as established by James II - Thomas Quin, apothecary was included.  Confusingly, Thomas Quin, apothecary, had a prominent son, also Thomas Quin, who practised as an apothecary and was also an Alderman.

Mary Whitshed's daughter, Jane Whitshed, died unmarried in 1737 or 1738, and left £20 each to Thomas Quin, apothecary, and to his wife Isabella (Brownrigg);   she left £10 to his son John to buy rings with;  she left a pair of silver candlesticks to his eldest daughter, Mary, and a bequest of £600 to Steeven's Hospital to pay for three beds.    Earlier, in 1710, Dr. Richard Steevens, the founder of the same hospital which Francis Quin, bricklayer, had worked on, left £20 to the Alderman (and apothecary) Thomas Quin who was the husband of Catherine Whitshed.
Thomas Quin, apothecary, witnessed the will of Christian Borr of Bigg Butter Lane, Dublin, in 1733, and also the will of Mark Nowlan of Dublin in 1723.

Margaret Quin of Ballygannon, Wicklow, a spinster, named her kinsman, Thomas Quin, apothecary of Dublin, as her executor.

Thomas Quin, apothecary, was buried in St. Michan's on April 27th 1767.  The Freeman's Journal recorded that he died at Broadstone.  His will, which was proved on May 4th 1767, had been made out on 6th December  1763.  In this he named his wide as Isabella, and his son as Dr. Henry Quin whose wife was Anne (Monck).  A daughter was named as Mary Freeman and a granddaughter as Anne Mayant Freeman.  
Thomas Quin, apothecary, owned 20 and 21 Great Ship Street.  He helped to found the apothecary's guild, and was recorded as a warden of the guild in 1745 and 1746, and as a master in 1750.

Thomas Quin (Junior), apothecary, who married Isabella Brownrigg, had two sons, John Quin and Dr. Henry Quin, and a daughter Mary. In 1746 Mary Quin married John Freeman, a surgeon of London;  she died in her brother Henry's house on Stephen's Green in 1789.

Henry Quin M.D:
Henry Quin, the son of Thomas Quin, apothecary, and of Catherine Whitshed, was a prominent surgeon of Dublin, and a celebrated member of Dublin's high society. He attended Trinity from 1733 till 1737 and studied medicine in Italy.
Dr. Henry Quin held £6000 of stock in the fledgling Bank of Ireland in 1788.
Dr. Henry Quin (1718 - 1791) married Ann Monck on November 17th 1753 in St. Anne's.
 In 1749, he was elected King’s professor of the practice of physic in Trinity College.
In 1762 he bought 101 Stephen's Green from William Fairbrother of Foxhall, Wicklow;  being a talented harpsichord player, he installed a concert theatre in his Stephen's Green house.  He also bought Borleigh in Co. Wexford, for £13,000.
Henry's wife, Ann Monck, died on November 4th 1788, and he himself died at Stephen's Green on February 11th 1791.

Dr. Henry Quin’s daughter, Ann, married her cousin Charles Monck, 1st Viscount Monck, in 1784.

Henry Quin’s son, Henry George Quin, killed himself in 1805 by shooting himself through the heart. The younger Henry was renowned for his collection of rare books, but had always lamented his lack of a profession, which, it is believed, led to his suicide. He left £500 to each of his sisters, Isabella Anderson, Anne Quin and Henrietta Quin,  £3000 to his brother Charles William, and the residue to his brother Thomas James.  He also left his book collection to the Provost and Library of Trinity College, Dublin.

Henry Quin MD's son, Charles William Quin (1755 - 1818), became President of the College of Physicians in 1789. He was educated at Harrow, and was admitted to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1772.  Charles William Quin married Elizabeth Preston, the daughter of Nathaniel Preston of Swainstown, Meath on 23rd August 1784.  (This was recorded in Deed 365-330-244784, dated 9th July 1784.)  Elizabeth, wife of Charles William Quin, died aged 83 in Wicklow in February 1840.

In 1785, one of Henry Quin's daughters, Henrietta Judith  Quin, married Robert Alexander, the son of William Alexander of Limavady, Co. Derry, and of Mary Porter of Monaghan.  Henrietta and Robert Alexander had William John, Henry, Robert, Charles Richard, John, Edward, Anne, Isabella, Mary Henrietta and Jane.

Henry's son, Rev. Thomas James Quin, married Ellen Wilson, the eldest daughter of William Wilson of Wilson Castle, Limerick, in 1795;  a cleric, Thomas James Quin was in Longhall, Armagh, in 1784, but later worked at the parish of Borleigh, Co. Wicklow. His seat was at Wingfield, Wicklow.  He died in Wingfield aged 86 on 22nd January 1841. Thomas James Quin's second son,the barrister William Charles Quin, was admitted to Trinity in 1814, aged 16.  His Trinity admission notes mention that his father, Thomas, was of Wicklow.  Later called Charles William Quin, he married Elizabeth Kemmis of Ballinacor, Wicklow, 2nd February 1827.
Isabella Quin,the daughter of Rev. Thomas James Quin of Wicklow,  with an address at 101 Stephen's Green South, married, on June 29th 1836, Rev. James Jones of Madden, Co. Armagh, third son of the late Rev. James Jones of Urmey.
The fifth and youngest son of Rev. Thomas James Quin of Wingfield was the lawyer John James Quin who was called to the bar in 1841 but who died of fever in Milan on 27th December 1843.  Ellen, the eldest daughter of Rev. Thomas Quin of Wingfield, died at 3 Pembroke Road in July 1869. Harriet Quin, the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Quin of Wingfield, married Matthew Forde  of Hyde Park, Wexford, in Delgany Church on 7th June 1841.

Deed 555-280-371677, dated November 1803, confirmed that the Rev. Thomas Quin of Wingfield, County Wicklow, was the executor of the will of Henry Quin, MD of Dublin, who was the son and heir of Thomas Quin of Dublin, deceased, who was the executor of his mother, Catherine Quin, formerly of Dublin, widow, executrix named in the will of Mary Whitshed, formerly of Dublin, dated 30th March 1720 or 1728.  A second party to this 1803 deed was Rear Admiral James Hawkins Whitshed, executor and devisee named in the will of James Whitshed of New Burlington, Westminster.  In consideration of Mary Whitshed's will, Thomas Quin was to give up to James Hawkins Whitshed, property near Bull Alley (or Symmons Alley) lately in the possession of the representatives of Mary Whitshed.  An earlier lease for this same property had been made in May 1778 between James Whitshed and Dr. Henry Quin.

Dr. Henry Quin's daughter, Isabella, married another member of the Quin family, becoming Mrs. Quin.  Her death in 1816 was recorded:
    'Mrs. Isabella Quin, died, eldest daughter of the late Dr. Henry Quin, and sister to Dowager Viscountess Monck, and, maternally, first cousin to Elizabeth, late Marchioness of Waterford, and Isabella, Dowager Viscountess Howarden.'  (Gentleman's Gazette, 1816.)

Thomas Quin, Esq., K.C., Barrister-at-law:

Richard Palmer Williams, the grandson of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland and of Mary Anne Quin, was a talented amateur zoologist who contributed a piece, 'On the Occurrence of the Spoonbill in Co. of Cork' to the Monthly Journal of Natural History, in which he stated that Richard Quin of Firgrove, Inishannon, Cork, was his relation whose primary contribution to natural history research involved shooting everything that moved.

Later, in 1870,  Richard Palmer Williams proved the will of the same Richard Quin of Firgrove, Inishannon, Co. Cork, which further confirms the family link.  

Richard Quin of Firgrove was the second son of Thomas Quin, barrister-at-law of Dublin, who married Charlotte Orpen, the daughter of Rev. Richard Orpen of Frankfort, Cork, in 1790.   Thomas Quin, barrister of Dublin, was possibly the brother of Mary Quin, Richard Palmer Williams' grandmother.

Although I've found nothing to clarify his parentage, Thomas Quin was most likely the following individual.

The Register of Admissions to Gray’s Inn in London shows up a Thomas Quin, admitted on March 27th 1780, the only son of Thomas Quin of the city of Dublin, a gentleman. In the ‘Treble Almanack’ of 1815, there is an entry for a barrister, Thomas Quin, called to the bar in 1785, and living at 16 Leeson St., Dublin.  Any barrister wishing to be called to the Irish bar, first had to keep nine terms at the King’s Inns in Dublin and eight terms at the Inns of Court in London. Most Irish students attended Gray’s Inn because of its greater facility of admission and cheaper fees.
This Thomas Quin, barrister, is believed to have been the same man who wrote ‘City of Refuge’ a poem in four books, published in London in 1817.

In 1790, Thomas Quin, Esq., a barrister-at-law of Leeson Street, Dublin, and relation of Richard Palmer Williams, married Charlotte Orpen, the daughter of the late Rev. Mr. Thomas Orpen of Frankfort, Cork.  When Charlotte Quin died in Firgrove in 1848, the newspapers noted her as being formerly of Leeson Street.  Thomas Quin died whilst on circuit in Limerick in March 1829.
The children of Thomas Quin KC and Charlotte Orpen were:

1) Thomas Quin who married, in 1816, Charlotte Melian Stawell and they had a son, Thomas Stawell Quin (20th April 1817 - 29th September 1886) who, on 7th May 1844 in Brinny, Co. Cork, married Mary Conner/Connor, the daughter of Rev. Richard Longfield Conner MA, of Downdaniel Castle, Inishannon, the Rector of St. Anne's, Shandon, Cork City.  The daughter of Thomas Stawell Quin and Mary Connor was Mary Frances Melian Quin who later married Rev. George Pring Quick, who would prove the will of the widowed Mary Quin, née Conner, when she died at Firgrove on 10th March 1892.
Thomas Stawell Quin of Firgrove had made his will in 1886 and had named his cousins as Charlotte Orpen Meade, Richard Meade, Thomas Quin Meade and John Meade. Other of the Meade siblings were Elizabeth Quin Meade who died in 1883, Mary de Courcy Meade who died in 1890, and Martha Emma Meade.  Their brother was General John de Courcy Meade.


2) Richard Quin, JP, (1790 - 18th May 1870) who settled at Firgrove, Inishannon, and who contributed to Richard Palmer Williams' natural history research.  He might have married a member of the Massey or Ellard families, since his daughters carried those names.   Elizabeth Massey Quin, married in 1882, the Rev. Joseph Edwards Leeds, but this couple divorced in 1891.
Sophia Ellard Quin, daughter of Richard Quin JP, married in October 1869 in Inishannon, Henry Webb Junior of Kanturk - this couple had Richard Henry Quin in Cork on 20th August 1870, George William/Atkinson Web born in Kerry on 18th August 1872, Sophia Mary Webb born in Cork on 14th June 1874 and Charles John Savael Webb born in Kerry on 12th May 1878.
Another of Richard Quin's daughters, Charlotte Elizabeth Quin, married in Brinny on 11th October 1850, Shaw Busteed, the son of Captain Henry Busteed of Carrigaline, Co. Cork.  Shaw Busteed died on 11th August 1869 at Ballinrea, Co. Cork.
Mary Jane Quin, the daughter of Richard Quin of Firgrove, married in Inishannon on 14th October 1856, Hugh Travers Adams, the son of William Adams.
In Firgrove, Inishannon in 1901 was farmer William John Quin, who had been born in about 1857 to a Richard B. Quin and who married Mary Elizabeth Lane, the daughter of farmer George Mellifont Lane, on 3rd June 1884 in St. Peter's, Cork city.   This couple had 16 surviving children who carried the family names of 'DeVere' and what looks like 'Belsagne'.

3) Bessy/Elizabeth Quin who married, in 1814, Captain John Meade RN, who was the son of Reverend Richard Meade and of Mary de Courcy.   Captain John Meade and Elizabeth Quin had a son, General Sir Richard Meade, as well as Charlotte Orpen Meade, Thomas Quin Meade, General John de Courcy Meade, Elizabeth Quin Meade who died in 1883, Mary de Courcy Meade who died in 1890, and Martha Emma Meade.

4) Charlotte Quin who died young in Leeson Street, Dublin, on 2nd July 1806.


Finally, in Gray’s Inn, London,  in 1784, a Thomas Quin was appointed ‘puisne butler’ on 25th November; later, in 1787, the same man was appointed second butler and panyerman and Steward’s and Chief Butler’s man, in place of Peter Davies who had resigned and been pensioned. Later in the same year, 1787, he was elected Steward and Chief Butler. In 1806,  Thomas Quin, Steward of Gray’s Inn, 2 Holborn Court, gave evidence in the case of Edward Swinney who had been indicted for stealing lead off the roof at Gray’s Inn.  From ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol.113’:  ‘Aged 68,  Mr.Thomas Quin, many years steward to the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn; deservedly respected for his integrity, liberality and unassuming manners.’  (1813). 
This Thomas Quin made his will in 1813, but makes no mention of any Irish relations - he mentioned two brothers, William Quin, painter/glazier of Camden Town, and James Quin, yeoman of London, and a son-in-law, Francis Millard. His will was witnessed by John Jeffery Williams of Grays In, a cousin of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland who married Mary Ann Quin;  earlier, in 1788, Thomas Quin of Gray's Inn, London, had witnessed John Jeffery Williams' marriage to Sarah Dignan in St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch.
Our (possible) paternal great-great-great-great grandfather, John Jeffery Williams, a relation of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland, succeeded Thomas Quin as Steward of Gray’s Inn, the post he held when he died in 1815.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Carleton Family of Eustace Street, Dublin

The Williams family, who founded the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company in the 1820s, had connections with the Carleton family. Francis Carleton was the secretary of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, and lived in the 1830s at 15 Eden Quay, one of three buildings owned by the company, the others being No. 16 and No. 17 where our great-great grandfather, Richard Williams, lived for the best part of a decade.
George Carleton was noted as a shareholder (£300) in the company in 1828.
Susannah Carleton married Hutchins Thomas Williams, son of John Jeffery Williams, in the 1820s and emigrated to Simcoe, Canada, with him.
In April 1834 in St. Andrew's, Dublin, Mary Williams, the eldest daughter of Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland and of Hampton Lodge, Drumcondra, married George Simpson Carleton.

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It seems that both families were parishioners of St.Andrew's Church of Ireland Church, whose records for the first half of the nineteenth century were destroyed in the fire in the Four Courts during the Civil War, so it's difficult to pin down the exact relationships between the various members. Most of them, however, lived at some stage in Eustace Street, the street where John Dignan Williams, brother of Hutchins Thomas Williams, lived  (or perhaps worked) from 1817.

The Carletons were an old, merchant family of Dublin who had migrated from Cambridgeshire after 1693 before settling at Darlinghill (which they would later sell on to the Pennefathers) in Tipperary; they intermarried with the Huguenot Cossart family.

John Carleton of Darling Hill, Tipperary, was noted as the Sheriff of Tipperary in 1717;  he married Jane Stratford of Baltinglass, Wicklow, and amongst other children, had George Carleton who may have been the first member of the family to come to Dublin where he settled in Eustace Street - he had been born in 1715 and married Margaret Cossart, who was the daughter of Pierre Cossart and Elizabeth Perdriau of Cork.

Pierre Cossart and Elizabeth Perdriau married in St. Mary's, Cork, in April 1720, shortly after arriving in Ireland. Their children were:

  • John Cossart, born 1721. A John Cossart of Cork married Margaret Cavendish, the daughter of Sir Henry Cavendish, in November 1755.
  • Margaret, born 1722, who married George Carleton of Dublin.
  • Elizabeth Cossart, born 30th July 1725, who married a Mr. Baker.
  • Pierre Cossart, 1728 - 1784.
  • Susanne Cordelia Cossart, born 1730, who married a Mr. Lapp.
  • Isaac Cossaart, 1732 - 1792, of London.


The children of George Carleton, of Eustace St., and Margaret Cossart were:
  •     John (born 1750)  Lord-Mayor of Dublin who married Mary Chambers in 1798.
  •     George-Frederick (born circa 1770 - 10th Januaray 1831) of Eustace Street who married Elizabeth Cossart  on 17th October 1784.  He left no children. A nephew was named in his will as Francis Carleton, who was the son of John Carleton, Lord Mayor. This Francis left his uncle's will unadministered and the will was subsequently granted to George Simpson Carleton of Seapoint who was the son of the Peter who follows.
  •     Rev. Peter Carleton (1756 - 1825) who married, in 1784, Mary Griffin. 
  •     Susannah (born 1747) of Brunswick St, who married Charles Ward of Queen's County.

Susanna Carleton, daughter of George and Margaret Carleton



John Carleton, son of George and Margaret Carleton

The above images were kindly sent to me by Judy Tweedale - she is currently offering these for sale to any descendant of the Carleton family who might be interested.  Please email me for Judy's contact details if you are interested.


George Carleton (senior)  gave evidence to a committee of the House of Commons which was looking into the decline of the Irish linen industry since 1770. The report stated that George Carleton had been a linen merchant in Dublin for thirty years before becoming involved in the manufacture of damask.

George Carleton of Eustace Street  (this was most likely George-Frederick Carleton, son of George senior) was a member of the Trinity Guild (the guild of merchants) and was mentioned in the Almanack for 1815:
'Common-Council for Three Years next ensuing the 24th December 1813 in Trinity Guild - George Carleton, Eustace Street.'
This George Carleton cannot possibly be the George Carleton who bought into the CDSPCo in 1828 - he would have been 113 years old. George Frederick Carleton was born circa 1770 to George Carleton and Margaret Cossart; he married a relation, Elizabeth Cossart, on 17th October 1799 in St. Thomas's Church; it is believed they had no children.  The wife of George Frederick Carleton died aged 71 on 20th November 1821, and was buried in St. Andrew's.
In the 1815 Almanack, George Frederick Carleton was named as a director of 'The Commercial Insurance Company.' He was also one of the Common Councilmen of the Guild of Merchants in Dublin from 1824 till 1830, as was George Simpson Carleton who was the nephew of George Frederick Carleton - he too lived on Eustace Street.

Susan/Susannah Carleton was born to George Carleton and Margaret Cossart in 1747.

Her brother, John Carleton, was born in 1750. In 1783 he was mentioned in 'Wilson's Dublin Directory' as High Sheriff of 8 Eustace Street; this was also his business address, but he also had a residence, High Park, Co. Dublin. John Carleton was later an Alderman on the city council.
'Walker's Hibernian Magazine' of 1787: 'This day a Post Assembly was held at the Tholsel, for the purpose of electing an Alderman of this city, in the room of Sir Anthony King, Knt., deceased, when the following Sheriff's Peers were returned by the board of Aldermen as fit and proper persons to fill that important station....John Carleton, merchant, Eustace Street, out of which return the Commons elected John Carleton Esq., who was accordingly introduced to the Board and sworn, after which the corporation were elegantly entertained at dinner by the newly elected Aldermen, at the King's Arms, in Smock-Alley.'
John Carleton was the Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1792; he was mentioned in the 1815 Almanack as John Carleton & Co., 12 Eustace Street, and was also named, along with George Carleton, as a Trustee of the Royal Exchange. This was John's brother, George Carleton, also of Eustace Street, who was in the Trinity Guild in 1815. Alderman John Carleton was named as one of the vice-presidents of St. George's Dispensary and Fever Hospital.

John Carleton's eldest son, also John Carleton, who was of 6 Mountjoy Square, was admitted to the Freemen of Dublin in 1813:
'Beseech your Honors, John Carleton Junior of Mountjoy Square, Merchant, to be admitted...by birth, being the son of Alderman John Carleton who came in at Michaelmas 1772 by birth.'

Alderman/Lord Mayor John Carleton and Margaret or Mary Chambers also had  George, Henry, Hugh, Charles, Frederick, William, Margaret, Eliza, Mary and Ellen.  Burke's Genealogy names a son of Lord Mayor John Carleton as Francis Carleton who married Sarah North - however, the Francis who married Sarah North was the Francis Carleton who worked for the Dublin Steam Packet Company, and who lived from 1800 to 1848.

 'Carleton, Francis (ed. by Rev. John Cutler, Sherborne) May 31 1798, aged 18;  son of John, dead; born Dublin.'   (This from the Trinity, Dublin, admission records. )

The 1831 will of the childless George Frederick Carleton of Eustace Street, brother of Lord Mayor John Carleton, named his nephew as Francis Carleton.

The younger Francis Carleton's obituary was published in 'The Minutes of Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers' in 1849:

'Mr Francis Carleton, a native of the city of Dublin, began his career in the service of the Bank of Ireland, where he soon distinguished himself as possessing superior business habits, with a peculiar aptitude for official correspondance and financial details, combined with remarkable steadiness and attention. These qualifications induced his being intrusted, at an early age, with the management of the Branch Banks department of that establishment....A natural delicacy of constitution, combined with the decease of some of his family from consumption, warned Mr. Carleton, that his frame was not likely long to resist that close attention to official hours , which the important position he held so unremittingly demanded. Under these circumstances he abandoned the flattering prospects before him, and retired from duties, which his state of health rendered at once irksome and dangerous.

Mr. Carleton's peculiar habits of business then recommended him to Mr. C. Wye Williams (Assoc. Inst. C.E.), the Founder and Managing Director of the Dublin Steam Packet Company, to which enterprise he was appointed Secretary in the year 1826.

Thus introduced to the business of steam navigation, he soon became conversant with the peculiarities of that branch of what, from its importance, may be called the public service. He was in time elected one of the Directors of the Company, on its being incorporated by Act of Parliament, was shortly after appointed Assistant Managing Director, and continued one of its Directors to the period of his lamented death.

On the Transatlantic Steam-Ship Company being established, under the auspices of the Dublin Steam Packet Company, Mr. Carleton took an active part in its formation and management, while it continued to maintain an intercourse between Liverpool and New York. The experience of three years, having satisfied its Directors, that the expense of equipping and maintaining a transatlantic intercourse by steam vessels, without the aid of a Government contract, was incompatible with a successful persuit of their object, and a prospect of a more profitable employment for their vessels presenting itself, in consequence of a proposal from the proprietors of the Peninsular Steam Packet Company to join that enterprise, their two vessels, the Great Liverpool and the Orient, were transferred to the latter Company, which was then under contact for the conveyance of the mails to Lisbon, Cadiz, and Gibraltar, preparatory to the formation of the existing Peninsular and Oriental Steam-navigation Company, of which new company Mr. Carleton became one of the three Managing Directors.

In the subsequent negociations with Her Majesty's Government, for a royal charter, and obtaining a contract for the conveyance of the Mediterranean mails, Mr. Carleton took an active part, in conjunction with other Managers, Mr. Wilcox and Mr. Anderson, and the successful prosecution of that enterprise, is the best test of the efficiency of its management.

Mr. Carleton became an Associate of the Institution in 1845. His decease, at the early age of forty-eight years, deprives the Peninsular and Oriental Company of a most efficient Director, and causes a feeling of regret among a large circle of friends.'

It's unclear who the parents of Francis Carleton of the Dublin Steam Packet were. His Dublin address of Clifton Terrace, Seapoint, Monkstown, tallies with the family of George Simpson Carleton and Mary Williams, Mary being the sister of the founder of the shipping company.  However, George Simpson Carleton married his first wife, Sophie Andouin, in 1823 and Francis had  been born in 1800.

Francis Carleton took a lease in 1832 from Archibald Ferguson for 6 Clifton Terrace, Monkstown.

In the Deeds of Agreement between the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company and The Dublin and Liverpool Steam Ship Building Company' of the 1820s, Francis Carleton was noted as being of Liverpool.
In 1856, the representatives of Francis Carleton were leasing a house at 6 Clifton Terrace, Monkstown, which is at Seapoint where the family of George Simpson Carleton lived.

The British papers widely reported the death of Francis Carleton on 22nd October 1848 and noted that at the time of his death he was living at Sydenham Hill, Kent, and that he had for many years been a director of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.   His widow was Sarah Carleton, ie, Sarah North, the daughter of Ford North of Ambleside, Keswick, who Francis Carleton had married in March 1836.
Sarah North had been baptised by Ford North and Sarah Ashworth on 6th December 1808 at Grasmere, Westmoreland, in the English lake district.  Her sister was Althea North who was baptised there on 19th October 1813, and a brother was James North, baptised in Liverpool on 21st June 1802.

On the 15th February 1839, at the Monkstown residence of her brother-in-law, F. Carleton, the death occurred of Althea, the youngest daughter of Ford North of Ambleside.

In 1837, a son and heir was born at Clifton Terrace, Monkstown, to the wife of Francis Carleton.
This was most likely  Major Frederick William Carleton of the 60th Regiment, son of Francis Carleton, who married, on 6th August 1867, Mary Louisa Campbell, the daughter of Sir Guy Campbell - children born to them were Guy Francis Carleton in 1871 and Margaret Theodora in 1874 and Louisa Carleton who married Francis Logan.

A daughter of Francis Carleton and Sarah North was Louisa Carleton who married Francis Dobinson, son of Joseph Dobinson of Chertsey, Surrey, in July 1858.   Their son was born in Surrey in April 1864 and was baptised as Francis Carleton Logan Dobinson.

A son of Francis Carleton and Sarah North was Francis who was born on 19th November 1839, at Edge Hill, Liverpool - the papers the following day anonounced that Francis Carleton, the infant son of Francis Carleton of Monkstown had died.


Rev. Peter Carleton, born 1755, was the second son of George Carleton and Margaret Cossart. In 1800 he was named as a subscriber to 'Life's Painter of Variegated Characters in Public and Private Life' - once again, the address was Eustace Street. Peter Carleton was a cleric - by 1806, he was living in Coolock, North Dublin, but was also the Dean of St. Patricks and Killaloe.
The Rev. Peter Carleton married Margaret Griffin in St. Andrews, Dublin in 1784; the couple had ten children, two of whom married their Cossart cousins.   Peter Carleton later worked in Killyleagh, Co. Down, where two of his daughters married.
One of Peter Carleton's daughters was Francis Susannah Carleton who married Hutchins Thomas Williams in Dublin, before emigrating to Simcoe, Ontario.

Margaret Carleton, née Griffin, died in November 1843 in Eustace Street.

The children of Rev. Peter Carleton and Margaret Griffin:
  • George Simpson Carleton, Eustace St, born 1786 who married Mary Williams in 1834.
  • Henry Peter Carleton (1787 - 1844) married Elizabeth Cossart in St. Andrew's, Dublin on 17th May 1826.  Was of the Bengal Army. Henry Peter Carleton died in 1844 at Albany Place, Monkstown.  Elizabeth Cossart was the second daughter of John Cossart of Dublin.
  • Lieutenant Charles William Carleton who died in August 1834 in Monghe, East Indies.
  • Frederick died in India.
  • William Cossart Carleton (1790 - 1842), who was of the 36th Regt.Bengal, married Louisa Tritton.
  • John Hugh Carleton of Liverpool.
  • Fanny  Susannah Carleton who married Hutchins Thomas Williams.
  • Charlotte Carleton, married James Bailie of Ringdufferin, Co. Down.
  • Eliza Carleton married James Wilson of Killeague, Co. Down.
  • Margaret Carleton (1783 - 15th March 1869) married her cousin, William Cossart, of Harcourt Street, in April 1831. Her obituary appeared in the Limerick Chronicle in 15th March 1869:  'At Harcourt-street, Dublin, Margaret, widow of the late William Cossart Esq., and eldest daughter of the later Very Rev. P. Carleton, Dean of Killaloe, &c., and rector of Killyleagh, co. Down.'   William Cossart had been born on 12th July 1777, operated as a merchant in Lisbon and Madeira, and died in Dublin on 28th January 1837,  leaving no children.
William Cossart Carleton of the 36th Regiment (1790 - 12th January 1842), who was the son of Rev. Peter Carleton and Margaret Cossart,  married on 22nd June 1830 in India, Catherine Louisa Tritton, the daughter of Captain Tritton.    Their children were born in India - Charlotte Jemima Carleton on 27th March 1831, Louisa Jane Smith Carleton on 28th September 1832, Margaret Elizabeth Carleton on 4th July 1834, and Frederick Hone Carleton on 12th October 1840.

George Simpson Carleton, the eldest son of Rev. Peter Carleton and Margaret Griffin, was a wine merchant and agent to the Sun Fire and Life Assurance Company of London. He lived at 23 Eustace Street. He appears prominently in the 1832 Almanack as agent to the Sun Assurance Company - there were perks associated with this job:
'Persons Assured in this Society are allowed to cross St. George's Channel between Great Britain and Ireland, in regular passage vessels or Steam Boats, without any extra charge.'
By 1846, George Simpson Carleton, wine merchant and life assurance agent, had moved from 23 Eustace Street to 18 Eustace Street. They must have loved Eustace Street!

George Simpson Carleton married twice, first to Sophia Audouin, the daughter of George Lamb Andouin, in 1824,  by whom he had Colonel George Carleton  (1827 - 1913) of  the Madras Horse Artillery, who married Elizabeth Mary Susan Hughes (1826 - 1907), daughter of the late Captain William Hughes, in Monkstown Church on 16th June 1854.  Their children were born in Madras, and the family were noted in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK, on the 1891 census.    Lieutenant George Carleton named one of his sons as Guy Audouin Carleton when he was born in India on 23rd November 1859, and this confirms that George was the son of George Simpson Carleton and his first wife, Sophie Audouin, the daughter of George Lamb Audeoin of Newtownmountkennedy. Co. Wicklow. Other children born in India to Lieutenant George Carleton and Elizabeth/Bessie Hughes were George Dudley Carleton on 24th May 1858 (who married Hilda Maude McMullen in 1909 in Cheltenham) and Lancelot Richard Carleton on 15th September 1861.

Sophie Carleton, née Audouin, died 12th February 1832 aged 41 and was buried in St.Andrew's, Dublin.
George Simpson Carleton married, secondly, Mary Williams in April 1834, she being the eldest daughter of Thomas Williams and Mary Ann Quin of Hampton Lodge, and the sister of Charles Wye Williams, the founder of the Dublin Steam Packet Company.
George Simpson Carleton had Mary Williams had Rev. William Carleton of Callan, Kilkenny, who married Mildred Beresfort, Henry Carleton of Seapoint, Monkstown, and Elizabeth Carleton.  The Dublin address of Rev. William Carleton was 3 Seapoint Terrace, Monkstown.
Henry Carleton of 3 Seapoint Terrace, Monkstown, was admitted as a Freeman of Dublin in 1859 by birth, being the son of George Carleton who had himself been admitted in 1807.

Mary Carleton, née Williams, late of Eustace Street, died on 6th November 1856, and the will was granted to her son, Rev. William Carleton of Pilltown, Co. Kilkenny.
Her husband George Simpson Carleton died on 1st September 1863, aged 78, at Seapoint Terrace, Monkstown, after a long illness.

I found a deed relating to George Simpson Carleton and Mary Williams - 1857-27-21, dated 14th September 1857, between Richard Williams of Dame Street, the surviving trustee of the earlier marriage settlement - on April 9th 1834 -  of George Simpson Carleton and Mary Williams,  and George Simpson Carleton of Eustace Street.  At the time of the marriage in 1834, a sum of £1000 was granted in trust to Francis Carleton and Richard Williams, probably on behalf of Mary Williams, and a further £1000 was lent as a mortgage to George Simpson Carleton for a house on Eustace Street.  Francis Carleton, the other trustee, had died in 1849.   

The Richard Williams named in the deed was the brother of Mary Williams, both being the children of Thomas Williams and Mary Ann Quin.

The son of George Simpson Carleton and Sophie Audouin was Henry Carleton who was living at Seapoint, Monkstown, when he administered his uncle's will, ie. Rev. George Audouin who was named as the brother of James Lamb Audouin.





Thursday, 10 November 2011

John Jeffery Williams, father of Richard Williams of Eden Quay?

John Jeffery Williams 1770 - 1815.

John Jeffery Williams was born to Hutchins Williams and Mary Williams in 1770 and was baptised in St. John The Baptist Church in Hillingden, West London, on 3rd April 1770.
Hutchins was the brother of Thomas Williams, who was later the first secretary of the Bank of Ireland in Dublin.  Hutchins had been born to their parents, Richard Williams and Mary Hutchins, in Leighton Buzzard in Bedford on 26th December 1740;  his brother, Thomas Williams, had been born there on 30th December 1747

Hutchins married a woman named Mary - given that they christened their first child as John Jeffery Williams, I wonder was Hutchins' wife, Mary Jeffery?   A Mary Jeffery had been born on 3rd November 1754 in Biddenham, Bedford, which is close to Leighton Buzzard where Hutchins Williams had ben born in 1740. Her parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Jeffery.
Mary Jeffery had siblings - Edward Jeffery, born at Biddingham, Bedford, and baptised there on 21st November 1745.  He must have died since there was a second Edward Jeffery, baptised 1st March 1747, by the same parents.  William was baptised on 15th October 1738, followed by a replacement William Jeffery who was baptised on 22nd January 1744.   Elizabeth Jeffery was baptised by Thomas and Elizabeth Jeffery at Biddenham, on 1st October 1749;  another Elizabeth Jeffery was christened there on 19th May 1756.  Finally, Thomas and Elizabeth Jeffery had an Ann Jeffery who was baptised on 6th March 1751.

As well as John Jeffery Williams, Hutchins Williams and Mary (Jeffery?) had Thomas Williams, who was baptised in Hillingden on 21st February 1772,  and William Williams, baptised on January 22nd 1774.  Hutchins' wife, Mary, must have died, because a daughter, Betty Williams, was baptised in St. John The Baptist Church on 29th November 1775 by Hutchins and Betty Williams.

Hutchins' son, John Jeffery Williams, mentioned in his will that he had one brother and more than one sister, but he didn't name them.  The brother may have been William Williams who was admitted to the Freemen of Dublin in 1817, and who was named in the admission papers as the nephew of Thomas Williams (brother of Hutchins William of Hillingden) of the Bank of Ireland.

The will of John Jeffery Williams, 1815:

‘This is the last Will and Testament of me John Jeffery Williams of Greys Inn, Gent, who owes outstanding debts to Mr. Andrew Duncan of Greys Inn aforesaid in the sum of two hundred pounds…and to Mr. James Kibblewhite of the same place...is one hundred and thirty pounds and which I direct may be discharged by the money which shall arise by sale of a set of Chambers belonging to me in Grays Inn and if any deficiency shall happen after appropriating the money to arise by sale of the set of Chambers in satisfying the said debts, then my will is that such deficiency shall be made up out of the money to arise out of the sale of my other effects not hereinafter specifically bequeathed.

I give and bequeath to my dear wife Mary Williams all my shares in the Amicable Society in Serjeants Inn. I give to my dear daughter Sarah my piano and all my books of music, also the (lease?) of my house in Greys Inn (Lane?) subject to the rent…………
….and I bequeath my silver teapot for her own use and I give to my dear son John my Encyclopedia Britannica and to my dear sons Thomas Hutchins and William I give all the rest of my printed books and I give to each of my said sons and daughter twenty pounds for mourning and I give to my Brother Sisters ten pounds for mourning and I also give to my dear beloved sister  (possibly Harriet) the further sum of twenty pounds.

I give to my beloved wife my gold watch and chain in trust for my dear son Richard, and all the rest and residue of my estate subject to the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath the same to my said dear wife and I desire to be buried in or near the grave where my late dear wife was buried and at as little expense as may be, and I request that my friend Mr (Twigg?) may lead the management of my funeral and I appoint the said Andrew Duncan and John Dignan Williams of Dublin executors of this my will and do hereby revoke all former wills by me made in witness whereof………this twenty first day of May, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. J.J.Williams. Signed sealed published and….by said testator John Jeffery Williams as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his bequest….our names as witnesses, Sophia Augusta (Mullon??) //Elizabeth Dart.
Proved at London 28th June 1815 before the worshipful Samuel Kirke……surrogate by the oath of Andrew Duncan one of the executors.......to John Dignan Williams the son of the Testator.’


NB:  James Kibblewhite and Andrew Duncan, both mentioned in John Jeffery Williams' will, were solicitors of Grays Inn;   James Kibblewhite was admitted to Gray's Inn, aged 39, on February 28th 1811, and was the son of the late William Kibblewhite of Liddiard, Millicent, Wiltshire.   Andrew Duncan lived at Gray's Inn Place and practised law locally.   


The Family of John Jeffery Williams:
So, John Jeffery Williams married twice. He married Sarah Dignan (sometimes Dignam) in St. Leonards Church, Shoreditch, on 19th October 1788 - the witnesses were Thomas Blinson/Blanson and Thomas Quin, who was the Steward of Gray's Inn.


By Sarah Dignan, his first wife, he had:
1) John Dignan Williams who was baptised in St.Andrew's, Holborn, on 6th October 1789.
     http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2011/11/john-dignan-williams-grandson-of-thomas.html
2) William Williams (date of birth unknown, but possibly 1795) was later mentioned in his father's will of 1815.
3) Sarah Williamswas born in 1794, and was baptised in St. Andrew's on 2nd October 1794.
4) Harriot Williams was baptised on 16th August 1796.
A second daughter named Harriet was born in January 1798 and baptised on 30th January - neither Harriot survived, and were not mentioned in their father's will of 1815.  Both were named after an aunt named Harriet who was mentioned in their father's will.
5) Thomas Hutchins Williams was born to John Jeffery and Sarah, and was baptised on February 20th 1790 at Georges Court, and was baptised in the Church of St. George the Martyr in Queen Square; the family were living in Boswell Court near Grays Inn at the time.  Thomas later called himself Hutchins Thomas Williams.

Following the death of Sarah Dignan, John Jeffery Williams married Mary Oliver of Alresford, Essex, and had a further three children with her:

1) Richard Williams was born on 24th July 1812 and was baptised in the Old Church, St. Pancras on 3rd September 1812.  This may be our great-great grandfather who worked for the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company for many years.  I have not yet found a link for this.
2) Mary Williamswas baptised in the same church on September 3rd 1813;  the family's address at the time was what seems to be Mabledon Place, but this was difficult to decipher and may be incorrect.  Mary was not mentioned in her father's will, but she would later marry Rev. Samuel Farman.
3) Henry Jeffery Williams was baptised in St.Andrew's, Holborn on August 20th 1815, several months after the death of his father. The family were living at Gray's Inn Place. 

John Jeffery Williams of Grays Inn, Holborn, was referred to in the records by three names - John Jeffery Williams,  John Williams and J.J. Williams.


He appeared in 'The Universal British Directory' of 1791, under the heading 'Inns of Court, Gray's-Inn, Holborn':
   'Stewart, Mr. Thomas Quin, Library Staircase, Gray's-Inn
    Under Steward, Mr. John Williams.'
The above Thomas Quin was probably one of the men who witnessed John Jeffery's marriage to Sarah Dignan;  Thomas Quin died in 1813 and was  buried in St. Andrews, Holborn, on February 13th.  He was succeeded as Steward of Gray's Inn by our John Jeffery Williams.
(Thomas Quin appears in the 'Pension Book of Gray's Inn' - on 23rd February 1787, he was appointed second butler and panyerman and Steward's and Chief Butler's man, in place of Peter davies who had resigned.  Later on 14th November 1787, he was noted as the second butler who was elected on this date as Chief Steward and Chief Butler.   Thomas Quin died, aged 68, in January 1813.  The Steward of Gray's Inn performed an administrative roll, dealing with admissions and correspondance.  John Jeffery Williams was, along with John Howell of Bartlett's Buildings, one of the witnesses to Thomas Quin's 1813 will - Thomas Quin mentioned two brothers in his will, William Quin, a painter/glazier of Camden, and James Quin, a yeoman of Crown Court near Grays Inn.  He also mentioned a son-in-law, Francis Millard, and it's interesting to note that John Jeffery William's son, John Dignan Williams, was apprenticed in London to a merchant tailor named Francis Millard.

John Jeffery Williams, who succeeded to the post of Steward, was himself buried in St.Andrew's, Holborn two years later on 27th May 1815. In the parish register he was noted as 'Steward to the Honorable Society of Gray's Inn'.
The same year an inquest was held in the chambers of the late John Jeffery Williams upon a member of Gray's Inn who had been found dead and badly decomposed in his own room.
In his will, John Jeffery Williams mentions the sale of this set of Chambers in Grays Inns, all of which seem to suggest that he was a barrister and his son, Henry's, marriage certificate later confirms this.
In Doane's 'Musical Directory' of 1794, he was cited as an alto, or counter-tenor, of 22 Great Warner Street, Cold Bath Fields (an area of Gray's Inns), who belonged to the Choral Fund and sang in the Drury Lane oratorios and in the Handelian performances of 1785 - 1791 in Westminster Abbey. This is more or less confirmed in his will when he leaves his piano and his music books to his daughter Sarah.

John Jeffery Williams was a kind individual - 'The Times' of May 14th 1801, published this appeal:
   'To Merchants and others - A Friend of a respectable youth of fifteen years of age, educated for the counting-house, takes this modic of presenting him, for employment;  he writes a good and improveable hand, knows Accompts, and understands the French language very well.  The parent has taken great care of his morals, and is flattered with having succeeded to the utmost wish in that respect.  Salary at present is not so much a matter of concern as a reputable connection, where a hope might be entertained that merit would meet reward.  Address, post paid, to Mr. J.J.Williams, Gray's Inn, Holborn, who will give particulars, and wait upon the parties if necessary.'

John Jeffrey's son, John Dignan Williams, aged 26, had already moved to Dublin by the time of his father's death in 1815. His activities as a merchant are quite well-documented - see my separate post on him - he was noted as a shareholder in the CDSPCo. His father named him as the executor of his will which seems to suggest that he was the eldest son in the family.

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/2011/11/john-dignan-williams-grandson-of-thomas.html

The widowed Mary Williams, née Oliver,  might have been one of the shareholders of the East India Company, who, because she held £1000 worth of stock in 1826, was entitled to vote in the company.  In 'A List of The Names of the Members of the United Company of  Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies, who appear by the Company's Books Qualified to Vote at the General Election, 12th April 1826.'  Her brother, Thomas Oliver, worked as a colonel in the service of the East India Company.
She was noted as 'Mrs. Mary Williams, Widow, Gray's-Inn Place.'

William Williams, the son of John Jeffery Williams, was taken on by the Gray's Inn solicitor, George Tennant, as a clerk/apprentice in 1811;  William's brother, John Dignan Williams, had started his apprenticeship in the London linen industry at the age of 16 - if William had started his clerkship at the same or similar age, then he would have been born in 1795.  A William Williams, who witnessed a deed of 1814 whereby 14 North Cumberland Street in Dublin was leased out to John Dignan Williams, and it was noted that William had previously lived at Dame Street but was now resident at Cumberland Street.

Later, a solicitor, William Williams, had offices at 3 College Green, Dublin, and this individual was involved in a property deal along with Richard and Hutchins Thomas Williams of Dame Street. The deed concerned was 1833-6-103, between John Boyd, accountant-general of Stephens Green, Richard and Hutchins Thomas Williams of Dame St., James Josiah Hardy, barrister, William Williams of College Green and Thomas Cusack of Dundrum.  The land concerned was at Ellis Quay.

William Williams of College Green also witnessed deed 886-120-586622, dated 13th July 1832, whereby land at Friarsland, Queen's County, was being tranferred to Hutchins Thomas Williams from James Lafarelle.
The subsequent deed, 886-120-586623, also dated 13th July 1832, between Crofton Fitzgerald of Simmonscourt Avenue, Richard Williams of Drumcondra Castle and Hutchins Thomas Williams of Dame Street, concerned a house on Baggot Street which was demised to the same William Williams.


'Philip Reeve of Gray's Inn, Gentleman, maketh oath and saith, that by Articles of Agreement bearing date the twenty fourth day of April last past and made between George Tennant of Gray's Inn, aforesaid, gentleman, one of the Attornies of his Majesty's Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas at Westminster and a solicitor in the high Court of Chancery of the one part, and John Jeffery Williams of Gray's Inn Lane in the County of Middlesex and William Williams son of the said John Jeffery Williams of the other part,  the said William Williams for the considerations therein, did put, place and bind himself clerk to the said George Tennant to serve him in the profession of an Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery from the day of the date of the said Articles for the term of five years from thence next ensuing and fully to be complete and ended and which said Articles were in due form of Law executed by the said George Tennant, John Jeffery Williams, and William Williams in the presence of this Deponent and George Smith of Gray's Inn aforesaid in the County of Middlesex and that the names "Philip Reeve" and "Geo. Smith" set and subscribed as witnesses to the due execution thereof, are of the proper Hand Writing of this Deponent and the said George Smith.
Sworn at my Chambers in Serjeants Inn this twelfth day of June One thousand Eight hundred and eleven.  Philip Reeve.'
(Taken from the UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874.  George Tennant was a Gray's Inn solicitor who was in partnership with Thomas Green.  Born in Wigan, in 1817 George Tennant bought the Glamorgan estate of Rhydings near Neath. He invested in and developed the local Welsh canal system and also had unfulfilled plans to develop the railway there.)



Thomas Hutchins Williams, son of John Jeffery and Sarah Dignan,  also moved to Dublin, but reversed his given names and was known always as Hutchins Thomas Williams.
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2011/09/hutchins-thomas-williams-son-of-thomas.html

The children of John Jeffery Williams and his second wife, Mary Oliver, were much younger than his children by his first wife, Sarah Dignan,  and it's unclear whether they had many dealings with each other.

Mary Williams, the daughter of John Jeffery and his second wife, Mary Oliver of St. Osyth, married Rev. Samuel Farman.  Her mother lived with her in Layer Marney.
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/11/mary-williams-second-wife-of-john.html

John Jeffery's youngest son, Henry Jeffery Williams, who was born several months after the death of his father in 1815, married Eliza Richer in St. Dunstan All Saints Church in Stepney on May 16th 1840. He was a book-keeper, like his (possible!)  brother Richard of Eden Quay, and gave his address as 7 Willington Street. His father was, of course, John Jeffery Williams, a solicitor; Eliza's father was Thomas Richer, a builder, of 16 George Place. The witnesses were Elizabeth Jarnett and Ethel Price.
Thomas Richer had been born in 1781 in Washbrook, Suffolk, and died in Stepney, London, on February 24th 1855.  He appeared on the 1851 Census at 4 Cadbury Place as a carpenter, along with his wife, Eliza Richer, who had been born in Ipswich in 1789.  Their children had all been baptised at the Church of St. Mary le Tower in Ipswich -  Eliza, who would marry Henry Jeffery Williams in 1840, had been baptised on 21st July 1816.  A sister, Amelia, was baptised on 29th September 1822 - she would marry the mariner, James Vashon Rowed, in London in 1846.  (James Vachon Rowed had been born in March 1819 in Catersham, Surrey, to William and Eliza Rowed.   Following their marriage in 1846, Amelia Richer and James Vachon Rowed had a daughter, Amelia Kate Rowed, in 1850 in Stepney.  James Vachon Rowed died in St. Pancras in 1880 - the following year, his widow, Amelia, was living at 81 White Horse Lane, Mile End, where she worked as a seamstress.  She died in 1918 at Uxbridge, Middlesex.)
There were also two Richer brothers - Thomas, baptised in Ipswich on 20th February 1815, and John baptised in February 1815.

Following  Henry's marriage to Eliza Richer in 1840, he disappears from the records. I scoured the UK, American, and Canadian records for any trace of him, but had no luck - he should really have been on the 1841 Census for the UK, since he had married there the previous year, but he wasn't.  The passenger lists, available on Ancestry.com, showed up nothing for him.  His mother, Mary Williams, who lived with her daughter at Layer Marney, made her will in 1873 - a wealthy woman when she died, she left the greater part of her fortune to her daughter's family, and a mere £100 to her son Henry Williams.  However, she made no mention of his whereabouts, nor was her third child, Richard Williams, mentioned.  

(Note:  A Henry J. Williams was an investor with the Dublin Stock Market later; this may be the same man. Or not!)

Richard, born to John Jeffery Williams and to Mary Oliver in 1812, similarly disappears from view.  I scoured the UK, US and Canadian censuses for any sign of him, but without any luck. I suspect he may be our Richard Williams of Eden Quay, Dublin, who was a bookkeeper like Henry Jeffery, and who worked for the Williams' shipping business in their Dublin headquarters, but I've failed abysmally in the hunt for a positive link.  Our great-great grandfather was known to be the son of a deceased John Williams, but he is one of those mysterious ancestors who seem to have no relations nearby, which is highly unusual in Ireland!

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.com/2011/08/richard-williams-and-geraldine-omoore.html


(Sophia Augusta Mullon/Mullen (1787 - 1839), who witnessed the will of John Jeffery Williams in 1815,  was the proprietor of a London lodging house who went bankrupt in 1831.  From 'The Law Advertiser, Volume 9' of 1831, under 'Insolvent Debtors':  'Mullen, Sophia Augusta, formerly of Tavistock-street, Covent-garden, then of York-street, Covent-garden, lodging-house keeper, then of Blenheim-street, Bond-street, and late of Leicester-square, out of business.'
She died in 1839, and was buried on 12th October in All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green. She had been living at 26 Surrey Street, The Strand, at the time of her death.)



Monday, 7 November 2011

John Dignan Williams, son of John Jeffery Williams


John Dignan Williams 1789 - 1858:
This post is about John Dignan Williams, one of the early shareholders of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, who I have previously researched, hoping to find a link with the family of Charles Wye Williams, and now I’ve discovered new, improved information about the man.
Although named as John Dignan Williams in his father's will, he is sometimes named as John Dignam Williams - I'm presuming for the moment that there is only the one individual and not two separate men with a similar name.


 John Dignan Williams was born in 1789 to John Jeffery Williams and Sarah Dignan and was baptised in St. Andrews Church in Holborn, London.
His siblings were Harriot Williams, born in 1796 and Sarah, born in 1794. A Pedigree Resource File contributed to the LDS site by J.W. Renaud provides other siblings - William Williams and Hutchins Thomas Williams.

The father of John Dignan Williams was John Jeffery Williams who married Sarah Dignan in Holborn in St.Leonards Church, Shoreditch on 19th October 1788.

 John Jeffery Williams later married to a woman named Mary Oliver and they had three children together. In 1815, they had a son named Henry Jeffery Williams who was baptised in St.Andrews, Holborn, the same church which had been used by the parents of John Dignan Williams.

Earlier, this couple had a daughter, Mary Williams, who was baptised in the Old Church of St. Pancras in 1813.
And earlier still, in 1812, John Jeffery Williams and his wife Mary baptised their son, Richard Williams in St. Pancras on 3rd September. He had been born to the couple on 24th July 1812, and I wonder if John Jeffrey Williams had two wives as was so common in those days? I’ve already isolated the facts that our great-great grandfather, Richard of Eden Quay, had been born outside of Ireland in about 1810 and that he had some link to the family associated with the CDSPCo. Could this be the missing link, I wonder? He himself mentions on his 1847 marriage certificate that his father was John Williams, a gentleman, deceased.  However, a genealogy on the family of John Jeffery Williams, which was commissioned in the 1880's, gives no information for either Henry or Richard Williams. 

John Jeffery Williams was the son of Hutchins Williams who was the brother of Thomas Williams, first secretary of the Bank of Ireland. Both Hutchins and Thomas were the sons of Richard Williams and Mary Hutchins of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.



On 7th September 1805, John Dignan Williams was admitted to the Freedom of the City in London, when he was formally accepted as an apprentice to the Merchant Taylor of London, Francis Millard.  Following his apprenticeship, he moved to Dublin


In 1814, John D.Williams, linen-factor, was working at 75 Upper Dorset Street; a separate Thomas Williams, linen draper, flannel and blanket merchant, was at 30 Lower Sackville Street.
 

 The 1815 Treble Almanack listed John D. Williams as a woollen merchant and linen factor of 12 Merchants Quay.
In 1827 he was noted as holding £300 worth of stock in the CDSPCo.
In 1827 his address was 25 Eustace Street - he was earlier noted at 15 Eustace Street.

‘Memorial of Indenture, dated 15th December 1817, between Job Hall Culloden of Phibsborough, merchant of the first part; Henry Higginson of Eustace Street, Dublin, merchant of the second part; John Dignan Williams, Merchants Quay, merchant of the other part.
Reciting:
Reciting deed of lease made by David La Touche in 1784...it would appear that the premises at 15 Eustace Street came into Henry Higginson’s possession in 1808. The dwelling was free from incumberances and recites a memorial of indenture became vested in Henry Higginson. On 18th June 1816 the property in consideration of £700 the property became vested in Job Hall Culloden. A commission of bankruptcy was awarded under the Great Seal of Ireland against Henry Higginson on 22nd June 1816 and on that date he was declared a bankrupt and his estate assigned to Nicholas Mahon. In the High Court of Chancery, 13th July 1816, Mahon was assigned the major portion in Henry Higginson’s goods, estates and effects for the benefit of Higginson’s creditors and in the consideration of £113.15s John Hall Culloden released 15 Eustace Street to John Dignan Williams.’

(Henry Higginson of Eustace Street was a woollen merchant like John Dignan Williams; The Job Hall Culloden mentioned above also had land dealings with a William Williams of Caigronew, Merrionethshire, Wales - the land involved was Mill Street and land near Naas, Kildare. Job Hall Culloden had taken out a mortgage with this William Williams which was still outstanding when Culloden died.)

‘Memorial of Deed of Agreement, dated 22nd July 1817, between John Dignan Williams and Henry Higginson.
Reciting: That Henry Higginson undertakes and agrees to make out to the satisfaction of the said John Dignan Williams in three weeks from this date, a title to the house No. 15 Eustace Street…now occupied by Mr. Coyne and that Henry Higginson has agreed to release the house to Williams for the fine sum of 100 guineas and the yearly rent of £125 above taxes.’
(I filtched the above information off the internet - it had been researched by Valerie Garton.)


Deed 1836-18-180, dated 18th July 1836, details the transferral of land in Shantalla, Galway, to Eliza Burke.  John Dignan Williams of Eustace Street and London was named as one of the assignees of the estate of John Burke of Galway town. (The 2nd assignee was a Henry Chapman of London.)


John Dignam (sic) Williams married Mary Roberts in 1818.  Later, their son, Watkin Wynn Williams, would marry Amelia Louisa Roberts of Waterford, and I wonder were both women from the same family?  John and his wife, Mary, owned property in New Ross, Wexford, along with Samuel Batt, Hannah Chandler and Anne Hours.
Mary Roberts seems to have been John's first wife - a family tree of the Williams family noted Mary Love as the wife of John Dignan Williams.  Since one of their daughters, Bessie Law Williams, had been given the middle name 'Law',  perhaps his second wife was actually Mary Law.  Mary Law/Love had been born in Dublin in 1801.
Another possibility here is that Mary Roberts was actually called Mary Roberts Law - Robert Law of Brookville, Raheny, Dublin, was married to Sarah Roberts, and this Law family of Dublin was definitely acquainted with John Dignan Williams.  The Law family were involved in banking in Dublin.

Deed 762-115-517250, dated 5th April 1821, named John D. Williams and George Frederick Carleton as the legal assignees of the estate of the effects of William Hartnett, bankrupt of Limerick.  The Carleton family, one member of whom married a kinsman of John D. Williams, lived on Eustace Street as did John D.Williams.

In 1832 John D. Williams was noted as a director of The Royal Irish Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts.
John D. Williams of Eustace Street was also one of the Protestants of Dublin who signed the petition of 1829, published in ‘Historical Sketch of the late Catholic Association of Ireland’ which called upon the British Government to bring about the immediate emancipation of the Catholic population.

John Dignan Williams had been born in London, and died back where he started in St. Pancras Parish in central London on 13th July 1858.
He was living at the time of his death in Argyle St, Grays Inn Lane, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery.
Earlier in 1841, he appeared with his family on the UK census at 34 Woburn Place in Bloomsbury. By 1851, the family address was Argyle St., Grays Inn Lane, although John himself was absent from the household on the night.

I had mentioned in an earlier post that a Watkin Wynn Williams, who had been born in Dublin and who was a shipbuilder, was most likely a relative of our Williams family and this too has proved to be the case.
Watkin Wynn Williams had been born in Dublin to John Dignan Williams in about 1828. He married Amelia Louisa Roberts on the 28th November 1858 in St. Pancras Church. His father, John Dignan Williams was dead by then. Amelia's father was a gentleman, Thomas Roberts, of Hillsborough, Waterford. The witnesses were what looks like Isabella Amelia Williams and somebody who signed their name with an incomprehensible squiggle.

I also came across a Marie Antoinette Williams who married Daniel Henry Rucker in Coolock, North Dublin, on 4th November 1847. Her father is named as John D. Williams; Daniel's is John Anthony Rucker, a textile merchant whose family had originated in Germany. The fact that both families were involved with the textile industry makes me suspect that Marie was the daughter of John Dignan Williams. Also, the couple later named one of their children as Wynn which was one of the Williams names.

Also, in the index of past Cambridge students, 'Alumni Cantabrigienses, Vol 6. Part 2', I found another son of John Dignan Williams:
   'Williams, Robert, Adm.pens. at Trinity, February 2 1847; son of John Dignan, of 14, Endsleigh Street, Tavistock Square, London; Matric, Michs. 1847. Scholar 1850, B.A. (23rd Wrangler) 1851, M.A. 1854; Died October 16, 1894, at Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. (The Standard, Nov. 7, 1894).'
Robert Williams appeared on the 1851 UK Census as a student of Trinity College, Cambridge, and his entry confirms that he was born in Dublin in 1827.

(A bit of a mystery: The 'Dublin Weekly Register' of 17th April 1819 noted the birth at North Cumberland Street of a daughter to John D. Williams.  John D. Williams appeared in an 1836 Street Directory at 14 North Cumberland Street, Dublin.  The following year he reappears as John Dingan (sic) Williams, 14 North Cumberland Street.  However, a John Williams also lived there - this other John appeared in the 1824 Pigot's Directory as John Williams, merchant, of 14 North Cumberland Street.  He died five years before John Dignan Williams and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery in 1853 - was John Williams the son of John Dignan Willams?  

Update on the above mystery - I accessed an 1814 deed in the Registry of Deeds, ie: 687-484-472654)  in which John Usher and William Wynne of Dublin conveyed 14 Cumberland Street to John Dignan Williams, to hold for 943 years at an annual rent of £90.  The witnesses were Henry Richardson of Dublin and also William Williams, formerly of Dame Street but now of Cumberland Street.  William Williams may have been John Dignan's brother, or another unknown member of this family.

More info here:
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/01/children-of-john-dignan-williams.html










Friday, 4 November 2011

Further Details on The Family of Thomas Williams of The Bank of Ireland

Richard Williams  (1778 - 1868)  was the son of Thomas Williams, of the Bank of Ireland, and of his wife Mary Anne Quine.
Along with his younger brother, Charles Wye Williams, he founded the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company before becoming a stockbroker in partnership with James Gibbons - their offices were at 38 Dame Street, directly across the road from the present Bank of Ireland headquarters.  He had a younger brother named Walker Williams who died before adulthood.
Richard Williams lived at Drumcondra Castle.

His children were as follows:
Anne Williams who was christened in St. Thomas’s of Cathal Brugha Street in 1807. She married Daniel Barrington of 3 Palace Street and Limerick, in St.Andrews Church in 1829. Daniel Barrington was the brother of Sir Mathew Barrington, and the son of Sir Joseph Barrington. He was a clerk of the crown in Limerick. 


The children of Anne Williams and Daniel Barrington were:
     a) Anne Barrington who died in 1886, married Walter Ker McKinnon.
     b) Mary Anne Charlotte Barrington, who died 31st August 1870, married John Bayly of Debsborough, Tipperary.
     c) Colonel Joseph Thomas Barrington, born 4th Sept.1834, died 24th Feb.1913.
     d) Capt. Richard William (or Williams) Barrington, born 4th Jan.1838, died 15th Oct. 1900.

Richard William Barrington of Eden Park, Dunddrum, died on 15th October 1900 in Llandudno, Wales. His widow was Henrietta Maria Jane Barrington.  His children were:
    a) Alice Henrietta who married William Keawick.
    b) Helen Lucy Johnstone Barrington.
    c) John Lawrence Barrington.
    d) Richard Irving William Barrington.

Thomas Williams was born in 1810 to Richard and Anne Williams and christened in St. Thomas’s on Cathal Brugha Street.


From 'Dublin University Alumni':  'Thomas Williams, S.C. (Mr.Feinaigle) July 4 1825, aged 15; son of Richard, Scriba Aerarii;. born Dublin;  BA Aest 1829;  MA Nov. 1832.'

 He married Marion, the daughter of Sir Matthew Barrington of Glenstal Castle in Limerick.I believe the couple were married by Rev. Henry de Laval Willis.  Marion  died on 30th April 1858 at 50 Stephen's Green, Dublin, and Thomas Williams, whose later address was 72 Stephens Green South, went on to marry the widow, Georgina Graves.
Georgina was a member of the Lees family and was therefore a relation of Thomas Orde-Lees who accompanied Ernest Shackleton on his Antartic expedition of 1914 - 1917. Georgina’s first husband was James Perceval Graves; the couple had been married in Donnybrook in 1847 and lived at 13 Fitzwilliam Square.
In September 1867, Thomas and Georgina Williams were witnesses to the marriage of Georgina’s daughter, Emily Graves, to George Archibald Graham Adamson of Westmeath.


Thomas Williams was involved in finance - he worked alongside his brothers, Richard Palmer Williams and Charles Watkin Williams, in his father’s office at 38 Dame Street. In 1856, he was noted as working for the Bank of Ireland.
He also maintained close links with the Barringtons of Dublin and Limerick. Thomas shared ownership of land in Co. Limerick with Croker Barrington and both appear as property owners on the list of petitions presented to the commissioners for the sale of encumbered estates in September 1849 - the petitioners were Thomas’s brother, Richard Palmer Williams and his father Richard; their solicitors were Barringtons & Co. of 10 Ely Place, Dublin.
(The Encumbered Estates Acts, 1848 and 1849, allowed the sale of Irish estates which had been mortgaged and whose owners, because of the Great Famine, were unable to meet their obligations. It was hoped that English investors would be attracted to buy Irish estates and thereby transform Irish agriculture. Under the 1849 Act, an Encumbered Estates Court was established with authority to sell estates on the application of the owner or encumbrancer who was one who had a claim on the estate. After the sale, the court distributed the money among the creditors and granted clear title to the new owners.)Thomas Williams died in 1890 and his obituary called him ‘the father of the stock exchange.’


In 1880, Thomas Williams had addresses at 20 Merrion Square, South, and at 'Kalafat', Sorrento Road, Dalkey.

Thomas's funeral was reported in the Irish Times of 24th February 1890:  'The remains of the esteemed gentleman, the Father of the Dublin Stock Exchange, were removed on Saturday morning from his late residence, 68 Merrion Square, for interment in Mount Jerome Cemetery...There was a large concourse of members, embracing nearly all the licensed stockbrokers of Dublin...The remains were enclosed in a suite of coffins, the outercase being of oak, with brass mountings. The breastplate bore the following inscription: -
     "Thomas Williams, 
     Born 29th March 1810,
     Died 19th February 1890." '

Amongst the mourners were his nephew, Richard William Barrington, his son-in-law G.A.G. Adamson,  his brother-in-law J. Vanderkiste,  W. Barrington,  H. Percival Adamson and Charles G. Adamson.

'Williams, Thomas, Personal Estate in England £3,698 10s., 9th May - Probate of the Will of Thomas Williams, late of 68 Merrion Square and of 38 Dame-street, both in the City of Dublin, Stockbroker who died on or about 19th February 1890 at 38 Dame Street granted 26th March 1890 at Dublin to Richard Palmer Williams of 38 Dame Street, Stockbroker, one of the Executors.'


George Gibbons Williams was born to Richard and Anne Williams in about 1811, although the exact date is unclear. (The later US census gives a date of 1815.) His middle name was probably in honour of his father’s business partner, James Gibbons.

From 'Dublin University Alumni':   'George Williams S.C. ( Sch) Oct 16 1826 aged 15; son of Richard, Notarius Publicus; born Dublin, BA Aest 1831.'

George married, in 1837, Emma Highfield, the daughter of John Highfield and his wife Catherine of Liverpool. John Highfield was the business partner of John Bibby, and together, in 1807, they founded the highly successful shipping company which operated a service from Liverpool to Dublin. John Highfield left the company in 1821, but a wooden brig, the ’Margaret Highfield’ was launched in 1828 and named after one of John Highfield’s daughters.
George Gibbons Williams, along with his father and Joseph Barrington, was involved with the development of Pery Square in Limerick in the 1840.
He was the owner, in 1841, of a ship ‘The Amanda’ which, on September 26th 1841, during a voyage from Limerick to Quebec, sank off Little Metis Point, killing 29 passengers and 12 crew.


Catherine Williams was born to George G.Williams and Emma Highfield in Limerick in 1842; she was baptised in St.Michael's Church.
Ann Williams was born to George Gibbons Williams and Emma Highfield in Aigburth, Liverpool, on 29th September 1843, and was baptised in St. Anne's Church.
Thomas Williams was born to the couple in Aigburth on 7th March 1845; he must have died young because another child named Thomas Harris Williams was born to them the following year, 1846, on 10th July.  This son also died, aged 7 months, of whooping cough.
Charles John Williams was born in 1847 and baptised on 2nd December in St. Peter's, Liverpool - his father, George Gibbons Williams, was noted in the register as a corn merchant of Hope Street, Liverpool.

George and Emma emigrated at some stage to New York - the passengers list for the 'Albert Gallatin', which arrived on the 10th May 1850 in NYC, show up the merchant George Gibbons Williams, his wife Emma and their 2-year-old son Charles John amongst the passengers. The other children must have travelled separately.

George G. Williams and his family were recorded on the US census for 1870, living in Essex, East Orange, New Jersey.  He was working as a clerk in a store.  The children were listed as Richard H.born 1838 in Ireland, Catherine born Ireland 1842, Ann/Annie born 1843 England, Charles born 1847 in Ireland, Abraham born 1853 in New York and Frederick B. born 1858 in New York.  There was also a boarder, rev. John G. Mulholland, who was an Irish Episcopal clergyman.  
Their son, George Perry Williams, was absent from the household in 1870. He appeared on the 1900 census living at 514 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, along with his second wife, Ella C., who he'd married three years previously. He didn't give a year of birth, but stated he'd been born in Ireland in September in the 1850s.  His wife, Ella C. had been born in New York in January 1864 to an Irish father and an English mother. Her daughter (George's stepdaughter) was Clara B. Mackay who had been born in New York in 1884 - her own late father had been born 'at sea'.   George's natural daughter, Emma H. Williams, had been born in August 1886 in New York.  Both girls were students.

George Perry Williams, the son of George Gibbons Williams and Emma Highfield, died in New York on 26th May 1908.  His obituary, which appeared in 'The Limerick Chronicle', has been published to the internet by the Limerick city website:
    'Death of a Limerick Man Abroad - To  the Editor of the Limerick Chronicle - 46 Nt. Beech-street, Richmond Hill, New York, May 16th 1908.   Sir - I have been requested to advise you of the death of George Perry Williams, son of the late George Gibbons Williams and Emma Williams, all of Limerick, Ireland.   The late Mr. Williams died at 210 (?) Parkide Avenue, (Flatbush), Brooklyn, New York and City of New York, USA, on May 5th 1908 in the 68th year of his age.  He held a high position in the New York City Controller's Office for 38 years, and for the last 15 years had been the oldest in the service in that office.  He leaves a widow and two sisters, Annie and Kate Williams, and a daughter, Emma, now of 49 Sth. Spruce-street, Richmond Hill, New York.   The family were well-known in Limerick and Dublin, and he was grandson of the late Richard Williams and Annie Williams, of Drumcondra Castle, Dublin,  Ireland.  By publishing this, it will be very much appreciated by his friends and relations in Ireland, - yours truly,  George B. Stanett.'

The marriage of the son of George Gibbons Williams and Anne Highfield, Charles John Williams, to Annie Jessica Mordecai (her parents were Benjamin Mordecai and Clara Pollock) was much later recorded on 19th August 1884.  In 1915, Charles J. and his wife were living at 521 West 112th St., New York. Charles J.Williams and his wife, Annie J. Williams, were living in Manhattan at the time of the 1930 US Census.

The 1910 Census showed three of the other children living at 3109 Chichester Avenue, Queens - Catherine Williams, 67 years old, who had emigrated in 1853, was a music teacher.  Her sister, Annie, aged 66, had emigrated in 1858, and had her own income.  Their younger brother, Abraham, was 57 and an invalid.

Another brother, Frederick B. Williams, is also recorded through the censuses. In the 1892 New York Census, he was shown living on Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, and working as a salesman.  His wife was Louise H. Williams, aged 38. There was a 10-year-old son, Joseph H. Williams.  By 1900 this family were living at 132 Briggs Avenue, Queens.  Frederick (who had been born in 1858 to an Irish father and an English mother) was still a salesman.  Their son, Joseph H, born September 1882, was now an assistant bookkeeper, and there was now a daughter, Catherine B, who had been born in April 1885.
By 1910, they lived at 150 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.  Frederick was a travelling salesman for a wholesale dry good company, while Joseph travelled for a starch manufacturer.  Catherine, who would be 25, is absent, possibly married with a new name.


Richard Palmer Williams was born to Richard Williams and Anne Palmer. I did a separate post about him earlier.
From 'Dublin University Alumni':  'Richard Williams, S.C. (Mr.Hawkesworth) July 5 1830, aged 16;  son of Richard, Notarius; born Dublin, BA Aest 1834.'   Note: Mr. Hawkesworth was the master of the Feinaigle Institute, Aldborough House, Dublin.

 I gleaned much of the genealogical information from a publication of 1874, in which Richard Palmer Williams had inserted a note at the foot of the page in relation to his father Richard Williams - 'He was son of Thomas, who was son of William, who was third son of Richard (of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire) who, it is believed, was son of William, third son of Roger Williams of Fleet Street, London, mentioned in "Le Neve's Baronets" Herald's Office, London. Any information on this point gladly received by Richard Palmer Williams, 28 (sic) Dame Street, Dublin.'
Well, Thomas Williams was the son of Richard Williams of Leighton Buzzard, not the grandson - there simply wasn't enough time to squeeze an extra generation in there. The only explanation for this error, is that Thomas Williams had died almost 40 years before the publication of this book, so Richard Palmer Williams may not have paid too much attention to the origins of his family while his grandfather had been alive.


From the UK Probate Calendar:  'Williams, Richard Palmer of Glaslinn Clontarf County Dublin esquire died 12 May 1892 Probate Dublin to Richard Williams Barrington esquire and Croker Barrington solicitor Sealed London 15 August Effects £2206 in England.'

Charles Watkin Williams was born at Drumcondra Castle to Richard Williams and Anne Palmer in 1820. He worked in finance alongside his brothers at 38 Dame Street and lived at 8 Synnot Place. He married Anne Highfield, the sister of Emma Highfield who had earlier married his brother George. The wedding took place on October 15th 1846 in Aigburth, Liverpool. The witnesses were Charles’ brother, Richard Palmer Williams, and Anne’s father John Highfield.

In 1853, CharlesWatkin Williams lived at 'Optic Lodge' in Fairview.


Charles Watkin Williams of 8, Synnott Place,  died on 2nd March 1878 at Charlemont Street. Probate of his will was granted to his brother, Thomas Williams, of 38 Dame Street, stockbroker - Thomas was also appointed as the guardian of Charles' Watkin Williams' son, Watkin Wye Williams.
The son, Watkin Wye Williams, was born at Synnot Place on 25th September 1860. According to the historian Hazel Smyth (whose essay ‘Some Notes on Charles Wye Williams’ I used here), Watkin Wye Williams emigrated to the USA where he worked with horses in Buffalo Bill’s Circus. The LDS site records his emigration in 1909, when he sailed from Queenstown/Cork to New York city on ‘The Mauretania’. In fact, the Ellis Island site shows up the ship’s manifest with plenty of interesting information about Watkin Wye Williams - it records that he had visited the USA before in 1908 and had lived in St. Louis, and that, in Dublin, he had been living with Mrs. Reede, (his sister Eliza) at 13 Reuben Avenue. In 1909, he was heading to stay with a friend, the Rev. Brother Pious Coughlan, at 2912 Sheritan Avenue, St. Louis. The manifest records that he was 47, had blue eyes and grey hair, and that he was working as a groom which backs up the Buffalo Bill story nicely.
In 1876, in the Church of St. Thomas and St. George, Charles Watkin William’s daughter, Eliza Williams, married Samuel Thomas Reede, a doctor of Carrickmacross, Monaghan. The witnesses were A. MacNeall, Thomas Austin and E. Watkin Williams. She was widowed by the time of the 1901 Census.


Richard Williams and Anne Palmer also had two daughters - Mary Anne who married John Vanderkiste of Limerick, and Lucy Williams who married Hugh Harris of Ashford, Tynan, Co Armagh, and who had Margaret Anne, Mary Anne Madeline, Lucy Henrietta, Eugenia Porter and Eliza Louise Edith.
(From The Limerick Chronicle, 24th August 1844:  'At Drumcondra Church, by the Rev. George Blacker, Rector of Laraghbryan, county Kildare, Hugh Harris, Esq., of Ashefort, county Armagh, Barrister-at Law, to Lucy, daughter of Richard Williams, of Drumcondra Castle, county Dublin, Esq.')

Richard Williams also became a trustee of Mary Williams who married George Simpson Carleton in Dublin in April 1834.   It's unclear whose daughter she was.  Richard already had a Mary, ie: Mary Anne who married John Vanderkiste, and he wouldn't have had two Marys.  Was she a relation?  Might she be a sister, born late to his parents, Thomas Williams and Mary Anne Quin?

Other members of this Williams family: a deed exists in the Registry of Deeds which records some sort of property deal in Dublin city centre. The deed was dated 25th February 1782.
‘Thomas Williams on behalf of himself & of Henry Lyons & Clifford Boldock of the City of Dublin, merchant, of the one part & William Shannon, Public Notary. Witness: Watkin Wynne Williams.’
Thomas Williams, Henry Lyons, Clifford Boldock and William Shannon were all names associated with the Bank of Ireland. Watkin Wynne Williams was the brother of Thomas Williams and both had been born in Leighton Buzzard to Richard Williams and Mary Hutchins in the mid-eighteenth century.

The Dublin City Archive of the Ancient Freemen of Dublin shows - online - that a William Williams was admitted to the Freemen of Dublin in 1817 and that he was a nephew of Thomas Williams:
'Beseech your honours, William Williams of William Street, Merchant, to be admitted by Grace Especial the rather being nephew to Thomas Williams Esq., Secretary to the Bank of Ireland, a Respectable Citizen...'
I haven't found any other information about either Watkin Wynne or William Williams, but their existence shows that other members of this Welsh family were in Dublin in the early nineteenth century.