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Friday, 7 December 2012

The Sibbald Family of Renfrewshire and Dublin


My grandfather, Bertie Stewart, had an older sister, Helen Louisa Stewart, who married John Thomas Sibbald in Dublin in 1925 - their children, my father's cousins, were Hazel and Les Sibbald.  This post, therefore, is about the Sibbald family.  I sourced all the info for this on Ancestry.com,  the LDS site and free online records for Mount Jerome cemetery.

James and Hannah Sibbald:
James Sibbald was baptised at Fallhills, Carstairs, Lanarkshire on 24th March 1769. He married Hannah Gracie (1773 - 1855) who had been born at Crawfordjohn, and farmed at Knowes Farm, Houston, Lanarkshire, where he died in February 1853.  Their children were as follows:

James, who died young, born 30th July 1798.
Janet
Mary 25th July 1800 - 1877.
James, born 14th January 1805.
Margaret 1802 - 1840.
Jean 1806 - 1846.
Thomas 1808 - 1846.
Isabel born 1810.
John 1812 - 1890. Moved to Dublin.
Agnes.

The Scottish census of 1851 shows James Sibbald at Knowes Farm, along with his wife, Hannah, and two of his adult children - Mary and Thomas, who would remain there all their lives.  A niece, Hannah, born in nearby Paisley in 1841, was also there. Hannah was the niece of Mary and Thomas, and the grand-niece of James.

John Sibbald:
The son of James and Hannah Sibbald of Knowes Farm, John Sibbald, was born in Houston, Renfrewshire, on 21st July 1812.
His first wife was Janet Frame, born 4th May 1821 to John Frame and Isabel Lindsay at Braidwood, Carluke, Lanarkshire. They married in Paisley on 7th December 1838, and appeared on the 1851 census at 30 Scotland Street, Govan, Glasgow, where John was working as a carrier's porter.  The couple had two daughters at this stage, Euphemia and Elizabeth.
At some stage in the next few years, possibly 1856, John and Janet Sibbald moved to Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, where John worked as a land steward at Baldonnell  (possibly at the Grierson property, Baldonnell House) and where Janet died on 15th October 1857.  They had had 6 children by this stage -

1) Euphemia 1839 - 1915.  Euphemia Sibbald never married, and lived with her uncle Thomas Sibbald, and her unmarried aunt, Mary Sibbald, at, the family farm in Houston.

2) Hannah, born 13th June 1841 at Abbey, Paisley; died 1904. Moved home to Scotland to the family farm with her sister, Euphemia, and younger brother, John, following her mother's death in 1857.

3) Elizabeth, born 1843. (This daughter must have died; she wasn't present in 1851.)

4) James 1854 - 1882.  Was buried in Mount Jerome, Dublin.

5) Thomas 1856 - 1921. He had been born in Dublin and later worked as a land steward for the Talbot family of Malahide Castle at their property, Robbs Wall Castle, and married Matilda Shields Little of Ballibay, Co. Monaghan, the daughter of a farmer, Robert Little. The couple married on 31st July 1884 in Crieve, Co. Monaghan, and the wedding was witnessed by Isaiah and Mary Jane King.
 Matilda Shields Sibbald died at Robbswall, Malahide, aged 58 on 13th June 1918; her widower, Thomas Sibbald died there on 30th January 1921.  His sister, Mary Kyle, was present.

6) John 1857 - 1918.  The 1861 Scottish census shows him living, aged 3, with his uncle and aunt, Thomas and Mary Sibbald, at Knowes Farm, Scotland, along with his older sisters, Euphemia and Hannah.  He stayed in Scotland and farmed the family farm at Houston, Renfrewshire. He married Margaret and had Mary, Allan and John.

Following the premature death of his first wife in Dublin in 1857, John Sibbald of Clondalkin, married a second time, this time to Hannah Roberts.  She had been born in Bangor, Wales in about 1835.  The couple married in Bangor, Wales, on 23rd September 1859, but their children were born in Dublin:

1) Eleanor Sibbald.

2) Helen Sibbald. On 3rd December 1890 in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Helen Sibbald of Cabinteely, Co. Dublin, the daughter of steward John Sibbald, married gardener John Cruickshank of Shanganagh Park, son of a farmer William Cruickshank.  Mary Sibbald and John Falconer were the witnesses.

3) Robert 1860  -  17th August 1883, was buried in Mount Jerome.

4) Mary, born 3th June 1864 at Clondalkin. On 21st December 1893 in Killiney Church,  Mary Sibbald married  a coachman, Joseph Kyle of Tyrone, who was living at 10 Herbert Street, Dublin. He was the son of Robert Kyle, also a coachman.  Mary Sibbald's address in 1893 was The Glebe, Killiney, and her wedding to Joseph Kyle was witnessed by Samuel Sibbald and Robert McCreedy.

In 1901, Joseph and Mary were living at Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, with their two daughters, Kathleen and Nora Kyle.  In 1911, the family were living in St. Stephen's Green.   Mary Sibbald Kyle died in Killiney on 10th August 1927, while her husband, Joseph Kyle, died later on 5th January 1945.  Their daughter, Nora, married a J.C. Fitzgerald - Nora died on 5th December 1980, while J.C. Fitzgerald died on 16th April 1974. The second daughter of Joseph Kyle and Mary Sibbald, Kathleen Mary L. Kyle, died on 15th December 1977.  The family were buried in Mount Jerome.

5) Richard 1866, married Elizabeth Richardson. Land steward.

6) Samuel 1868 - 1941.  Also a land steward.  He married, firstly, sarah Ann Rogers of Killiney, the daughter of a farmer William John Rogers. This first marriage occurred on 29th April 1902, and Samuel Sibblad was living in Cabinteely, the son of land steward John Sibbald. The witnesses to this first marriage were Edmond Henry Evans and Mina Croute.     Anne Sibbald, née Rogers, of Kilbogget,  died in the Rotunda Hospital, probably as a result of complications during childbirth, on 5th May 1904 aged only 30.


Samuel Sibbald, son of John Sibbald and Hannah Roberts, married, as his second wife,  Annie Harrison of Armagh in Rathdown on 21st February 1906.  They had Eveline May Sibbald on 17th September 1909, Richard Victor Sibbald on 9th June 1907 and Annie Olive Sibbald on 27th October 1911.
Samuel, and his wife, Annie, lived at Kilbogget near Killiney, Co. Dublin, where Samuel was the land steward for Kilbogget Farm.  It was here that his father, John Sibbald, died in 1890.

One of Samuel Sibbald's daughters was Ivy Cromie Sibbald, a clerk of 43 Upper Mount Street in 1929.  She married, on 13th June 1929 in Stephen's Green Unitarian Church, a journalist, Geoffrey Hugh Matthew Coulter of 22 South Anne Street, the son of a retired bank manager, Matthew Thomas Coulter.  The witnesses were Thomas B. Rudhouse (?) Brown and George Thompson.

A second daughter of Samuel Sibbald, land agent, was Evaline May Sibbald of Glenageary Park, Dunlaoghaire, who married George Lennon, a cashier of 28 Upper Pembroke Street, son of George Lennon, in Kingstown Church on 14th July 1939.  The witnesses were Joseph Kyle and Olive Ann Sibbald.

When Samuel Sibbald, land steward, died in Glenageary aged 73, on 23rd May 1941, his daughter Olive Anne Sibbald was there.

7) Janet, born 1870.  She married, in Ormond Quay Church on 26th April 1894, a Kildare builder, John Eacret, son of a builder Michael Eacret. John Eacret was living at Mountain View, Ballybrack, and Janet Sibbald was living at Kilbogget, Cabinteely,  The witnesses were Margaret Sibbald and John Thomas Hutchison.
   John and Janet Eacret settled in Naas, Co. Kildare with their children, John Eacret who had been born in Oldtown, Co. Kildare, on 20th September 1900, and later Lucy Patricia Eacret who had been born there on 7th March 1907.
   
John Eacret had been born in Co. Kildare to a farmer, Michael Eacret, and to Lucy Sheridan.  Other children of William Eacret and Lucy Sheridan, all Kildare-born, were:
       William Henry Eacret, born 25th December 1871.
        Michael Eacret, born 10th November 1873.
        George James Eacret, born at Old Grange, Kildare, on 10th April 1878.
        Frederick Eacret, born at Old Grange, Kildare, on 29th January 1881
        Mary Jane Eacret, born 18th January 1867.
John Eacret's father, Michael Eacret, died on 5th January 1896 at Old Grange, Monasterevan, Co. Kildare, and the primary beneficiary of his will was his son, the master builder, John Eacret, then resident at Mentone Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin.

8) Margaret Sibbald born 8th November 1872 at Kilbogget, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin, to John Sibbald and Hannah Roberts.
Margaret Sibbald married a Kilkenny RIC man, Samuel Treacy, in Killliney Parish Church on 24th April 1895. Samuel's father was a farmer, William Treacy, and the witnesses to the wedding were Leeson Treacy and Samuel Sibbald.
 Margaret and Samuel Treacy moved to Belfast where they had four children:
    a)  Ernest William Sibbald Treacy, born Co. Down 1896, who married, on 25th August 1920 in Willowfield Church of Ireland, Belfast, Co. Down, Evelyn May Hester Morris.  She had been born on 28th April 1899 in Southampton, New York, to the Cavan-born Robert Morris and his wife Minnie Bryson.  Evelyn May died in Belfast on 21st April 1982.     Ernest William Sibbald Treacy was an accomplished musician, the director of the Trocadero Sextet who were the resident dance band at the Trocadero Restaurant in Portrush, Co. Antrim.  He regularly broadcast on the BBC, and was a personal friend of Edward VIII, meeting up with him in Dublin on a number of occasions (this from the Treacy family).   From 'The Radio Times' of 15th August 1930:   'The afternoon concert on Friday, August 29, will be provided by the Trocadero Sextet, directed by E.W. Sibbald Treacy, and relayed from the Trocadero Restaurant, Portrush.  Besides being musical director of the sextet, Mr. Treacy is responsible for the dance band at the Northern Counties Hotel in this County Antrim seaside resort.  His interest in dance music began when he visited America eight years ago and came into contact with Schneider's band in New York and Pennsylvannia.  Shortly after this he completed a tour through Europe with with an American band, and the experience gained in this direction has been made full use of by Mr. Treacy, with the result that his sextet has proved itself the finest café orchestra in the Province.'
      Ernest W.S. Treacy and Evelyn May Hester Morris evetually divorced and both remarried;  together they had four children - Audrey Sibbald Treacy, born in Belfast in 1921, the twins Ethel  Gertrude Melbourne Sibbald Treacy  and Patricia (known as Daisy) Treacy born on 30th April 1926 in Belfast, and the youngest, Brian Sibbald Treacy born in Belfast.
  Ethel Melbourne Sibbald Treacy (1926 - 2009) married Robert LLoyd Woods (born 1912 in Belfast, died 22nd March 1978), whose daughter Rosemary shared this family info with me.  If you wish to contact Rosemary, you can contact her at Foffee3@Aol.com.

    b)  Ethel Elizabeth Audrey Treacy, born Co. Down circa 1901.
    c) Samuel Treacy, born Co. Down circa 1902.
    d) Austin Treacy, born Co. Down circa 1904.

Following the death of his brother, Thomas Sibbald, at Knowe Farm on 20th January 1871, John Sibbald settled his late father's estate by selling his entitlement to the family farm to his sister, Mary Sibbald, for £200.

'To Miss Mary Sibbald residing at Know in the United Parishes of Houston and Killillan,
I, John Sibbald, Land Steward of Baldonnel, Clondalking, County Dublin, Ireland, do hereby offer to accept of payment from you, of the sum of two hundred pounds sterling in full of all I can ask or claim out of the estates of my father the late James Sibbald and of my brother, the late Thomas Sibbald, farmers at Knows with both of which estates you have intromitted and the said sum being also in full satisfaction of me of all right title and claim, if any, which I have in and to the lease of the farm of Knows held by the said thomas Sibbald my brother at the time of his death on the 20th of January last, which in so far as i have right or claim thereto in any way, I give up to you in order that you may possess said farm to the end of said lease and upon your acceptance of this offer and payment to me of the foresaid sum, I will grant in your favour all requisite discharges of my shares in the foresaid estates if (sic) the said James Sibbald and Thomas Sibbald and will also execute any deeds or writings necessary to be granted by me in your favour, or otherwise for enabling you to possess said farm under the foresaid lease which was held by the said Thomas Sibbald.  In witness whereof I subscribe this offer the seventh day of February eighteen hundred and seventy one before these witnesses, Andrew Fleming Farmer Fulwood, and John Young, Farmer at Ibester (?) Fulwood, both in the parish of Houston,
                                                                                                     John Sibbald.'

The will of Mr. William Hone, Junior, of Yapton, Monkstown, Dublin, dated September 20th 1888, mentioned John Sibbald.  William left £100 to each of his brothers, and a further £100 to his steward John Sibbald.  Kilbogget was mentioned in the will - presumably William Hone was the owner of this property where both John Sibbald and his son, Samuel, were the land stewards

John Sibbald, land steward, died in Dublin in 1890, and was buried in Mount Jerome cemetery; his wife, Hannah Roberts, had died earlier in 1887:
   'In Loving Memory of John Sibbald, Kilbogget, Co. Dublin, died October 17th 1890 aged 78.  And Hannah his wife died April 5th 1887 aged 52.  James Sibbald died April 13th 1882 aged 28 years.  Robert Sibbald died August 17th 1883 aged 23 years.  Matilda Shields Sibbald died 13th June 1918 aged 58 years, dearly beloved wife of Thomas Sibbald.  Also the above-named Thomas Sibbald who died 30th January 1921 aged 64.'

Richard Sibbald (1866 - 1910) and Elizabeth Richardson:
Richard Sibbald had been born in Clondalkin, Dublin to John and Hannah Sibbald on 19th August 1866.
Richard Sibbald, land steward of St. Doulough's, Dublin, son of steward John Sibbald, married Elizabeth Richardson, the daughter of Thomas  Richardson, a gardener of St. Doulough's. The couple married on 20th May 1891 in Ormond Quay Church and was witnessed by Margaret Richardson and John Cruickshank.
Elizabeth Richardson had been born in the Swords area of North Dublin in 1873, and died in Dublin in late 1950.
The family lived in St. Doolagh's, Coolock, North Dublin;  they had three children before Richard died young in 1910.

The Irish Times:  'June 26th 1910 at St. Dolough's, Dublin, Richard Sibbald, son of the late John Sibbald of Kilbogget.'

Elizabeth Sibbald, née Richardson, died a widow aged 77, in St. Doulough's, Raheny, on 16th November 1950.

(The Family of Elizabeth Richardson:  Elizabeth Richardson was the daughter of a Tyrone couple, Thomas Richardson and Mary Clarke, who had married on 12th October 1866 in Drumglass, Co. Tyrone.  The father of Thomas Richardson was James Richardson; the father of Mary Clarke was James Clarke, who was a farmer of Killyneal, Drumglass, and who died on 2nd October 1890.
Thomas Richardson and Mary Clarke had an unnamed son in Co. Tyrone on 29th June 1867, but the remainder of their children were born in Dublin....
    Mary Richardson, born 18th December 1869.
    Margaret Richardson, born Malahide, Co. Dublin, on 18th November 1870.
    Elizabeth Richardson, who later married Richard Sibbald, was born in Dublin circa 1873.
    Caroline Richardson, born Coolock/Drumcondra, Co. Dublin, on 23rd April 1875.
    Annie Richardson, born Abbyville, Co. Dublin, on 18th October 1879.
    Thomas Richardson, born Dublin in about 1878.
     William T. Richardson, born Dublin in about 1882.

The widowed Mary Richardson appears on both the 1901 and 1911 census living two houses apart on the same street as Richard and Elizabeth Sibbald, ie, St. Doolough's in Coolock.  Three of her unmarried children were with her - Annie, Thomas and William.  The two sons worked in a solicitor's office.)
 

The children of Richard Sibbald and Elizabeth Richardson:

1) John Thomas Sibbald, born 8th October 1892, who follows.

2)Mary/May Sibbald 19th May 1896 in St. Doolough's, Raheny.  May Sibbald's marriage was recorded in the Irish Times:
    'Lynn and Sibbald - March 9th 1921, Clontarf Presbyterian Church.  Andrew Lynn, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lynn, 103 My Lady's Road, Belfast,  to May, eldest daughter of the late Richard Sibbald of St. Dolough's, Raheny, and Mrs. Sibbald, 9 Royal Terrace, Fairview.'
   
At the time of his marriage to Mary Sibbald, Andrew Lynn was living at 41 Addison Road in Fariview, while the bride was at 9 Royal Terrace.  The witnesses were Eveleen Sibbald and William Meneeley.
 
Andrew McIlroy Lynn, aged 6, was living with his family in Templepatrick, Co. Antrim in 1901.  His father, David Lynn, was a farm labourer who was married to Agnes Lynn.  By 1911 the family had moved to Ballygomartin, Shankhill, Belfast where David Lynn now worked in a linen factory.  The other children of David and Agnes Lynn were Isabella Elizabeth Lynn, Samuel McKeown Lynn, Margaret Jane Lynn and Agnew McKeown Bride Lynn.   Also present in 1911 was David Lynn's sister-in-law, Elizabeth McKeown, and a niece, Jane McKeown.

   Mary Sibbald Lynn died on 21st June 1936, aged 40.  Her husband, Andrew Lynn, died aged 72 on 31st January 1966.  A son, David Lynn, died aged 9 on 22nd January 1934, and a second son, Richard Lynn, died aged 84 on 7th June 2007.

3) Eveleen Sibbald born  11th January 1899.  A clerk, Eveleen Sibbald never married and died, aged 46, on 7th February 1935 at 9 Royal Terrace, Fairview.  Her brother, John Thomas Sibbald of 11 Waverley Avenue was present at her death.


John Thomas Sibbald and Louisa Helen Sibbald:

John Thomas Sibbald, a railway clerk of 9 Royal Terrace, Fairvew, the son of land agent Richard Sibbald and of Elizabeth Richardson, married Louisa Helen Stewart, the daughter of book-keeper Robert Stewart and his wife, Rebecca Cuthbert, my great grandparents.  At the time of the wedding, which took place on 22nd September 1925 in Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines, Louisa Helen Stewart was living at the home of her paternal uncle, Joseph Stewart, at 33 Grosvenor Road in Rathmines, rather than her family home at 25 Edenvale Road.   Her father, Robert Stewart, acted as one of the witnesses at her wedding to John Thomas Sibbald, as did her sister, Vera Stewart and the man who would later marry Vera, Robert Irwin.

John Thomas Sibbald and Louisa Helen Stewart were the parents of my father's first cousins, Leslie and Hazel.  The family lived at 11 Waverly Avenue, Fairview - Louisa Helen's elderly father, our great-grandfather Robert Stewart, lived here with them at the end of his life in the 1940's.
John Thomas Sibbald worked at Islandbridge as a clerk for the Western Railway Company, before working as the secretary to J & R Thompsons' builders of Fairview.    The family were all intensely musical - Hazel played the piano, her brother Leslie the violin;  their maternal aunt, Vera Stewart, was also an accomplished pianist and would become the accompanist for her husband, the tenor Robert Irwin.  The sisters' brother, Cuthbert, our grandfather, had attended St. Patrick's Cathedral School along with Robert Irwin, and both were members of the Cathedral choir.

The birth of one of the children was noted in The Irish Times:  'Sibbald - July 4th 1932, at 29 Upper Mount Street, Dublin, to Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Sibbald, 11 Waverly Avenue, Fairview.'
This was John Leslie Sibbald, known as Leslie;  his sister, Sylvia Hazel Sibbald, known as Hazel, had been born earlier in 1928.

John Thomas Sibbald died at 9 Royal Terrace, Fairview, on 29th April 1948.

Mount Jerome headstone:  'In Loving Memory of John Thomas Sibbald called to higher service 29th April 1948.  Also his beloved wife Louisa Helen who fell asleep 8th March 1977...'

On June 1st 1953, the wedding took place of Sylvia Hazel Sibbald and John Victor Dewar.  They married in the Clontarf Presbyterian Church.   John Victor Dewar was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Dewar of 22 Dromard Avenue, Sandymount, while Sylvia Hazel was the daughter of the late John Thomas Sibbald of 9 Inverness Road, Fairview.     The bride was given away by her brother, J. Leslie Sibbald,  the best man was Sidney Dewar, and the usher was our paternal grandfather, Cuthbert Stewart, whose sister, Louisa Helen, was the bride's mother.
The groom, John Victor Dewar, was the organist for Clontarf Presbyterian Church where they married. The couple moved to Athlone, Co. Roscommon, where John worked for Cadbury's,  but he worked also as the organist for Ballinasloe Church of Ireland, and also in Athlone.

Hazel Dewar, née Sibbald, sadly passed away on 11th December 2013 in Athlone.