Thursday, 31 January 2013
Mary Anne Quin, wife of Thomas Williams
Was Mary Anne Quin, who married Thomas Williams of the Bank of Ireland in St. Thomas's on 26th February 1777, the granddaughter of Rev. Charles Wye, the cleric who married the couple in St. Thomas's? Rev. Charles Wye was not associated with this church in any way, and appears to have been specially requested by the couple to perform the ceremony. It is worth noting that they christened their son as Charles Wye Williams in honour, perhaps, of this man in 1779.
Rev. Charles Wye had his origins in Dunleer, Co. Louth, his father, Mossom Wye, having been the rector of Kilsaran Parish, Louth. In 1715, Jane/Jenny Bellingham, the daughter of Colonel Thomas Bellingham of Castlebellingham, Louth, married Francis Quin, a wealthy bricklayer/mason who was of the Dublin family of an early Lord Mayor, Mark Quin from whom Mary Anne was supposedly descended. Francis Quin and Jane Bellingham had a son, Thomas Quin, who settled at Castlebellingham.
Betham's Extracts record the marriage on 20th August 1746 of Thomas Quin, gentleman of Kilsaran, Louth, to Mary Wye of Dromlisk, Louth. Were these the parents of Mary Anne Quin who would marry Thomas Williams in 1777?
In December 1849, this Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham sold 34 acres of land near Castlebellingham in Kilsaran Parish for £350 to Alan Bellingham of Drogheda town. (Deed 138-285-93198). Alan Bellingham was the son of Henry Bellingham, and the grandson of Colonel Thomas Bellingham. Thomas Quin and Alan Bellingham were, therefore, first cousins.
It is known that Mary Wye, the daughter of Rev. Charles Wye, married a man by the name of Quin. I wonder, therefore, were the parents of Mary Anne Quin, who married Thomas Williams in Dublin in 1777, Thomas Quin and Mary Wye, and did the bride and groom ask Mary Anne's elderly grandfather, Charles Wye, to perform the ceremony on the day? The following two deeds, sourced recently in the Registry of Deeds on Henrietta Street, are what piqued my interest....
Deed 46-249-28525: In April 1725, Francis Quin, bricklayer, transferred a large plot of land near Sherriff Street, Dublin, to Thomas Quin, Apothecary, who was his nephew. The land in question was described as lying 'between Mabbotts' Mills and the Shades of Clontarf on the North side of the River Anna Liffey', and was further described as being edged by Mayor Street. (This plot had been granted earlier to Francis Quin by the Lord Mayor, Sherriffs and Citizens of Dublin.) Thomas Quin, apothecary was Francis Quin's nephew,being the son of Francis Quin's brother, Thomas Quin, bricklayer, of Castleknock, who was married to Ellen/Ellinor Doyle, and whose will had been proved in 1685 - Thomas and Ellinor had 5 children, Thomas, Margaret, Rose (who married a Smyth), Mary and Elizabeth.
It seems that this exact plot of land, mentioned in the deed above, was later in the possession of Thomas Williams' and Mary Anne's eldest son, Richard Williams of 38 Dame St and Drumcondra Castle in 1837 - I sourced a 2nd deed (1837-18-24), dated 11th October 1837, which detailed the selling of this plot to the directors of the British and Irish Steam Packet Company, James Ferrier, John McDonnell and William Willans. The owner was Richard Williams of Dame Street, and the plot was described as being between Mabbotts' Mills and the Shades of Clontarf on the North side of the River Anna Liffey, and as being next to Mayor Street. It seems to me that this plot had been passed onto Mary Anne Williams, née Quin, at some stage, and then onto her son, Richard of 38 Dame Street.
I sourced other deeds which may be helpful....
Deed 21-204-11252. Dated 30th and 31st of May, 1718. The parties involved were Thomas Quin, Alderman; Francis Quin, bricklayer; Thomas Brownrigg, Dublin gentleman; Mary Whitshed, Dublin widow, sister and sole heir to John Quin of Dublin; Thomas Quin, Junior, Apothecary.
Mary Whitshed was the daughter of Mark Quin, Lord Mayor, while John Quin was his son. Thomas Quin, Junior, apothecary, was the son of the bricklayer Thomas Quin of Castleknock.
The deed concerned the sale of a property named the Bull Inn, and 10 small brickhouses in Bull Alley and Patrick St, which had once been owned by John Quin, and which was being sold by Thomas Quin, Alderman, Francis Quin and Thomas Brownrigg, to Mary Whitshed, with the permission of Thomas Quin, Junior, Apothecary, for £436. Among the witnesses to the agreement was Richard Whitshed, who, I believe, was the son of Mary Whitshed, née Quin.
Deed 32-159-19284: Dated 17th October 1721. Concerned a newly-built house in Church Street, close to St. Michan's Church which Francis Quin had close involvement with. The house was being transferred to a John Williams, no relation of Thomas Williams of the Bank etc., on the occasion of the marriage of Francis Quin's niece, Margaret Doyle, the daughter of Hugh Doyle of Killcandra, Co. Meath, to Richard Codd, the son of George Codd of Killiskillen, Co. Meath, Gentleman. Obviously Francis Quin's sister had married Hugh Doyle of Meath.
Deed 124-153-84082: Dated 20th and 21st August 1746. A deed of lease and release, between Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham, Rev. Charles Wye of Dromlisk, Co.Louth, Thomas Quin, apothecary of Dublin and Mary Wye, spinster, the second daughter of Rev. Charles Wye. Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham was the son of Francis Quin, bricklayer, while Thomas Quin, apothecary was Francis' nephew.
Whereby Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham, for the consideration of Charles Wye of the parish of Kilsaran (ie: Castlebellingham), and for the consideration of Thomas Quin of Dublin, his heirs and assigns, 34 acres of land near Castlebellingham and a house in Castlebellingham owned by Thomas Quin - these properties were being conveyed to Charles Wye and Thomas Quin of Dublin, for the lives of Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham, Robert Sibthorpe, eldest son of Stephen Sibthorpe of Dunany, Louth, and Henry Hughes, eldest son of John Hughes of Castlebellingham.
Also, Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham demised to Charles Wye and to Thomas Quin of Dublin a plot of land in Bow Lane, Dublin, so that a house may be built there. The witnesses were Samuel Boyd and William Spring of Dublin, who must be a relation of Charles Wye's wife, Sarah Spring.
It was known that Charles Wye's daughter, Mary Wye, was married to a man named Quin - was the above, theerefore, the precursor to a marriage settlement between Mary Wye and Thomas Quin of Castlebellingham? She wasn't marrying Thomas Quin, apothecary, since he was married to Isabella Brownrigg of Annagh, Wexford.