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Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Ryan Family of Ballymackeogh, Newport, Tipperary

The Ryans of Ballymackeogh were the Tipperary neighbours of our maternal ancestors, the Pennefathers of Newport;  because they intermarried with both the Pennefathers and also with the Lysaght family of Mountnorth, I'm doing a post about them.
Although of an ancient Irish family, they were Protestant, which is only of importance in the sense that it makes it easier to distinguish them from other Tipperary Ryan families who were mostly Catholic.

The earliest known member of this Ryan family in Tipperary was William Ryan, whose son, Daniel, married Honor Ewer, the daughter of a Cromwellian soldier, Captain John Ewer, who had been granted land by Charles II in 1666.
Captain John Ewer was the son of John Ewer and nephew of Colonel Isaac Ewer, one of the regicides of Charles I, who was the brother-in-;aw of Cromwell's secretary of state, John Thurloe. Following the execution of the king, Isaac Ewer of the New Model Army accompanied Cromwell to Ireland where he took an active role in the infamous seige of Drogheda in 1649.  Ewer stayed in Ireland and participated in the capture of Kilkenny and Clonmel, dying of plague in Waterford in 1650 or 1651 where he was buried.  In February 1661, upon the restoration of Charles II, lands in Westmeath and King's County was forfeited to the king by reason of the treasons of Sir Hardress Waller, Isaac Ewer and John Nelson.
On 5th October 1666, Isaac Ewer's nephew, Captain John Ewer, was granted the lands of Ballymackeogh, Co. Tipperary, which had been seized following the 1641 rebellion, and which would pass into the ownership of the Ryan family when John's daughter, Honor Ewer, married Daniel Ryan.

(Other Ewers:
An abstracted will, dated 30th August 1732, held in the Registry of Deeds, Dublin, concerns the will of the Limerick widow, Ann Virgin, which names her cousins as Thomas Ewer of Clonmel, married to a second Ann Virgin, and his sister Anne Ewer.  
A later will of 1765 was made by another member of this family, Arthur Virgin, merchant of Carrick-on-Suir, who names his second cousin as William Ewer, the second son of Thomas Ewer of Clonmel, deceased attorney. William was the brother of Anne Ewer and of Garnet Ewer.

The religious census of 1766 lists some of the Protestants of Newport, Tipperary as John Ewer, William Ewer, Ewer Ryan and William Ryan.
William Ewer, born circa 1696, was of Clonbury or Clonsingle, Kilvellane, Tipperary, and married in 1719 in Cashel, Mary Phillips, daughter of Thomas Phillips. Their daughter was Elizabeth Ann Maria Ewer who married Simon Young of Brookfield, Kilbarron, Borrisokane, Tipperary.  A headstone in Kilvellane Parish graveyard was erected by Anna Maria Ewer for Charles Young who had died aged 19 on 13th April 1773.

Hannah Ewer made her will in 1755 at Bohercrow, Co. Tipperary.
Thomas Ewer made his will in 1764 in Clonmel.
William Ewer made his will in 1781 in Clounluenny, Co. Tipperary

A Thomas Ewer was Sheriff of Limerick in 1769.
A John Ewer died in John's Street, Limerick, in 1809, at a very great age.
A Miss Anne Ewer was also noted in John's Street, Limerick, in the same era.)

Daniel Ryan, who had married Honor Ewer, died in 1731, leaving the following children:
a) William Ryan.
b) Anthony.
c) George Ryan - a gentleman, George Ryan, was buried in Newport on 1st January 1757 (from St. John's parish register).
d) Elizabeth Ryan who married Edward Lee of Barna, Tipperary - Barna is immediately adjacent to Ballymackeogh and Newport, and the Lee family were prominent there.
e) Anne Ryan who married Edmond Griffin,
f) Mary.

On 27th September 1707 in Clare, William Ryan, gentleman, of Ballymackeogh, married Catherine Magie, alias Elmore, and the bondsmen were Daniel Ryan of Ballymackeogh and Francis Ryan of Co. Clare.   It's unclear which William Ryan this was - he was possibly the son and successor of Daniel Ryan and Honor Ewer, who later married, as his second wife, Elizabeth Newstead of Ballybough, Co. Tipperary.  Or possibly a completely unrelated Ryan!

In 1725, William Ryan, the son of Daniel Ryan and Honor Ewer, married Elizabeth Newsteed, the daughter of Richard Newstead of Ballybough, Tipperary.  She died in 1765.

Their children of William Ryan and Elizabeth Newsteed were:
1)Ewer Ryan who follows.
2) Richard Ryan.
3) William Ryan who married a Miss Bradshaw - he was possibly the William Ryan MD who is noted in the St. John's parish register, and who died aged 66 in 1805.  His wife was also noted and buried shortly after in Kilvolane on 23rd July 1805.   Their daughter was Miss Margaret Ryan who died aged 25 and buried in Kilvolane on 6th September 1794. This family lived at a place named something like 'Derelagh', although this was impossible to decipher correctly.
4) George Ryan, wine merchant of Limerick, who married Margaret Lysaght in 1767.
5) Anne who married possible relation of her grandmother, John Ewer,
6) Elizabeth who married Solomon Ledger Cambie of Castletown, Tipperary,

George Ryan, son of William Ryan and Elizabeth Newstead, was noted as a  wine merchant of Limerick, who married in 1767 Margaret Lysaght, the daughter of Charles Lysaght of Ballybreen, Co. Clare, and sister of Andrew Lysaght of Summerville, Kilfenora, and of John Lysaght of Brickhill.  This Lysaght family was related to the Pennefather family.

George Ryan of Limerick had a son, the solicitor Ewer Ryan, (named after George's older brother), who was called to the Irish bar in 1799 and was noted as the second son of George Ryan, merchant of Limerick.   Ewer Ryan, barrister-at-law, operated in Dublin and died there on 25th January 1849, aged 78 at Lower Fitzwilliam Street.
Mrs. Ryan, the wife of the merchant George Ryan of Limerick, was buried in Kilvolane on 24th March 1800.
Elizabeth Ryan, daughter of George Ryan of Limerick, was buried in Kilvolane on 9th January 1790.
'Saunders Newsletter' of 7th September 1805 announced the death of Miss Charlotte Ryan, daughter of the late George Ryan of Limerick, wine merchant.

Elizabeth Ryan, daughter of William Ryan and Elizabeth Newstead, married Solomon Ledger Cambie of Brookfield and Castletown, Tipperary in 1762. Solomon Cambie died in July 1792, and named, as the executors of his will, his widow, Elizabeth, and his sons, David and Edward Cambie (1768 - 1836). Solomon died owing money to George Ryan, who died in his turn on about 23rd April 1805, leaving as his executors his three sons, William Ryan, George Ryan and one other. Was this the George Ryan of Limerick who had married Margaret Lysaght, and who was therefore the brother-in-law of Solomon Cambie?   The executors of the late George Ryan issued a writ in 1827 against Charles Cambie who was the heir of Solomon Cambie, and who was tenant of Brookfield, Kilgarvin and Ballyscanlon, Co. Tipperary. Charles Cambie, I believe, was Solomon's grandson, who had come of age in 1821, his father, David Cambie having died in 1813 leaving a widow, Margaret Cambie.('Irish Equity Reports, Volume 2' of 1840.)

Ewer Ryan (1730 - 1802), of Port Ryan, then of Ballymackeogh, the oldest son of William Ryan and Elizabeth Newstead, married, in 1754, Elizabeth, the daughter of Richard McGrath of Lisduff, Tipperary.  Elizabeth McGrath was sister-in-law to the attorney Denis O'Brien.  She was also related to John Firman of Firmount whose eldest son was Pierson Firman.   Ewer Ryan of Port Ryan stood as the bondsman for the wedding in June 1762 of Ellenor Firman of Aronhill, Tipperary, and Richard Vandeleur of Loughrea, Co. Galway.

The children of Ewer Ryan and Elizabeth McGrath, who had married in 1754, were:

a) William Ryan. who follows and who married Anne Pennefather in 1814.
b) George Ryan - the St. John's parish register records the baptism on 26th March 1808 of a Charlotte Ryan, the daughter of George Ryan and Mary Woods (this name was slightly difficult to read and might be wrong).  Charlotte Ryan had been born on 24th May 1808.  The register also records the baptism of William Ryan, son of George Ryan of Ballymackeogh and of Nancy Good, on 17th June 1810 - he had been born on 7th June 1810.
c) John Ryan - he died in August 1785 and was buried in Kilvolane.
d) Anthony, who was perhaps the Anthony Ryan of Ballymackeogh who died there, aged 94, in July 1861, ie, he was born circa 1767.
e) Captain Richard Ryan and Major Rickard Ryan of the 93rd Regiment, who were most likely one and the same person.  In 1810 in the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Captain Richard Ryan, born 1776, of the 93rd Regiment, aged 34, married Maria Theresia Halloran, aged 24.  The 'Dublin Evening Post' of 27th August 1796 reported that Richard Ryan of Ballymackeogh had fought and won a duel against Captain Meade of Count Walshe's regiment of Irish Brigade.
f) Elizabeth Ryan - Elizabeth, daughter of Ewer Ryan was buried on 27th April 1797 (this from St. John's register, Newport).
g) Eleanor Ryan
h) Bridget Ryan - the register of St.John's, Newport, records the baptism on 25th (October?) 1758 of Bridget, the daughter of Ewer and Eliza Ryan, and also the marriage, on 11th July 1803, of Bridget Ryan with Patrick McGrath of Glencrow.
i) Eleanor or Ellen Eyan, daughter of Ewer Ryan and Elizabeth McGrath, married Beverly Smith of Rathcoursey, Co. Cork, in March 1786. The St. John's parish register notes that Mrs. Smith, wife of Beverly Smith of Port Ryan and daughter of Ewer Ryan, was buried in Kilvolane on 3rd March 1790.

William Ryan and Anne Pennefather of Ballymackeogh:
Ewer Ryan died in 1802 - the St. John's register records his burial in Kilvolane aged about 71 on 7th October 1802.    His wife, Elizabeth,  had been buried there on 20th July 1797.  He was succeeded at Ballymackeogh by his eldest son William Ryan.
The Tithe Books of 1832 showed up Ewer Ryan's son and heir, William Ryan, in Ballymackeogh, Kilvellane, Tipperary, along with a Denis Ryan and a Michael Ryan.   (The names 'Denis' and 'Michael' are generally Catholic names, so are probably not related.)

In 1814, Ewer's son and heir, William Ryan, married Anne Pennefather (born September 27th 1791 in Newport - Dec 10th 1863), the daughter of our immediate ancestor, Rev. John Pennefather and Mary Percival.  (We descend via Anne's half-brother, Edward Pennefather.)
The marriage settlement was dated 8th September 1814 and involved four separate parties. The first party was William Ryan, eldest son of Ewer Ryan;   the second party was Henry Lee of Barna,  Rev. William Lee,  Kingsmill Pennefather of Lacklands (ie: Newport), and Henry Vansittart of Bisham Abbey, England, all trustees;   the third party was David and Saul Baldwin of Stradbally, Queen's County, William Pennefather of Cork, and Westby Percival of the Royal Navy;   the fourth party comprised Rev. John Pennefather of Lacklands and his daughter Anne Pennefather.    Rev. John Pennefather paid £3000 to William Ryan accordingly.

Anne Ryan, née Pennefather, made her will 4th June 1852 at Lower Mount Street, Dublin, and the executrixes of her will were named as her three unmarried daughters, Clare, Mary Anne and Laura/Louisa Ryan.   The witnesses to her will were the solicitor, Joseph Lysaght Pennefather, who was her brother, and William Ryan.  Anne Pennefather, wife of William Ryan and daughter of Rev. John Pennefather, died at Ballymackeogh on 9th December 1863.

The children of William Ryan and Anne Pennefather were:

1) William Ryan (born 1st December 1815, died 13th February 1890) of Ballymackeogh who married Jane Grogan (1808 -1895) in 1842. See below.

2) John Ryan, solicitor;  in September 1843 in Monsktown Church, Co. Dublin,  John Ryan of Ballymackeogh and of Gloucester Street, Dublin, married his first cousin, Louisa Ricarda Pennefather (born 1821), who was the daughter of Kingsmill Pennefather and Frances Elizabeth Hall.
They lived in Dublin at 66 Lower Mount Street or at 56 Lower Mount Street, and also in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
On 22nd September 1859, Clare Elizabeth Emily Pennefather, the youngest daughter of the late Major Kingsmill Pennefather, died at the Nenagh residence of her brother-in-law, John Ryan.

Their children were William Ewer Ryan (born circa 1846), John Pennefather Ryan (born in Lower Mount Street on 6th March 1847), Frances-Elizabeth Ryan (born at Lower Mount Street on 31st May 1848) and Louisa Mary Ryan (born on 21st June 1851).

The oldest son, William Ewer Ryan, was both a solicitor and a cleric.  William Ewer Ryan, eldest son of John Ryan of Nenagh was called to the bar as a barrister in January 1873 aged 25.   In March 1873, William Ewer Ryan, AB., T.C.D., was ordained in St.Canice's, Kilkenny, for the curacy of Newtownbarry, Ferns Diocese.
In 1880, William Ewer Ryan, barrister, was living at 76 Blessington Street. Dublin, where Elizabeth Pennefather, spinster, died on 14th December 1875, her will being proved by William Ryan of Ballymackeogh.
 In 1891 William Ewer Ryan was resident as the Vicar of Pilton in  Devon, and was sharing the vicarage with his widowed mother, Louisa Ricarda Ryan, née Pennefather.  Next door to them in Orchard House was Townshend Monckton Hall, a widower who'd been born in Torquay in 1845 to an earlier Vicar of Pilton, Rev. William Craddock Hall who was the first cousin of William Ewer Ryan's mother.

John Pennefather Ryan (1847 - 1927), the son of John Ryan and Louisa Ricarda Pennefather, died in Brisbane, Australia. He had been born and educated in Dublin and attended the Royal College of Surgeons there.  He worked firstly in an English hospital and then as a doctor aboard an emigrant ship to Argentina, before emigrating to Australia in 1874 where he worked as a medical officer.

On 8th June 1877 in All Saint's, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, John Pennefather Ryan married Jessie Gertrude, eldest daughter of Richard Bliss of Brisbane.  They had five children together - solicitor Guy Ryan, Cass Ryan of the New South Wales Bank, Gladys Ryan, Daphne Ryan and Doris Ryan.   Eldest son Guy Pennefather Ryan of 'Hobbs, Wilson and Ryan' solicitors, married Effie Hartley, youngest daughter of R.T. Hartley of Townsville, in April 1913.  Earlier, on 24th October 1905 in St. Peter's, Gympie, Queensland, Gladys Ryan married Captain Llwellyn Stephens of Cumbooqueba, Vulture Street, Brisbane, son the late Hon. T.B. Stephens, at one time Colonial Treasurer of Queensland, and younger brother of W. Stephens, former MLA for Brisbane.  Both brides, Gladys Ryan in 1905 and Effie Hartley in 1913 wore a veil of Limerick lace, a family heirloom which had been worn by Louisa Ricarda Pennefather when she married John Ryan in Dublin in 1843.  Gladys Ryan's bridesmaids were her two unmarried sisters, Daphne and Doris Ryan (later Mrs.A.Henderson and Mrs. R.P. Stumm), and also Kitty Parkinson, daughter of the prime minister. The bride's great-uncle was in attendance - Captain Fonblanque Pennefather (1848 - October 1922), the Comptroller General of Prisons in Queensland.

(Captain Charles Edward de Fonblanque Pennefather was the son of Kingsmill Pennefather and Jane Catherine Patricia de Grenier de Fonblanque, who had married in St. Helier's in 1843. We descend directly from Kingsmill Pennefather's eldest brother, Edward Pennefather....

3) George Henry Ryan, a surgeon in the Royal Navy who died without issue.  On 1st January 1855, he was appointed surgeon to the 'Agamemnon'.  He died at Port Royal, Jamaica, on 17th July 1866 and was, at the time of his death,  surgeon of HMS Aboutir.

4) Robert Percival Ryan.

5) Elizabeth Ryan, who died aged 18 in March 1837.

6) Maryanne Ryan.

7) Edward Ryan.

8) Clare Ryan.  She made her will on 18th July 1890. The executor was her nephew, Charles Arthur Ryan;  the beneficiaries were her sisters, Mary Anne and Laura Ryan;  also mentioned was her grandniece and godchild, Anna Alice Drew who was the daughter of her niece, Anna Alicia,  and a second grandniece, Jeanette Louisa Clare Maunsell who was the daughter of her other niece, Jeanette Maunsell.

9) On February 2nd 1827, Lysaght Pennefather Ryan was baptised in Newport Parish by William Ryan of Ballymackeogh and Anne his wife. (This from the Newport Parish register.)

10) Laura Ryan, born circa 1838. Sometimes noted as Louisa Ryan, she was mentioned in both her mother's and her sister's wills.  In 1901 she was living with her nephew at Ballymackeogh, Charles Arthur Ryan.

William Ryan and Jane Grogan:
William Ryan, the oldest son of William Ryan and Anne Pennefather, was born on 1st December 1815, and married, on the 29th November 1842, Jane Grogan  (1808 -1895).
Jane Grogan of Harcourt Street, Dublin was the second daughter of John Grogan and the sister of Sir Edward Grogan.  The couple were married in the British Embassy in Paris on 24th November 1842, the ceremony being performed by Jane's brother, the Rev. Charles James Grogan of Harcourt Street and of Dunleckney, Carlow.  William Ryan was later nominated as the executor of this brother's 1887 will.

An obituary from the Limerick city archives noted the death in Leeson Street, Dublin, of Sarah, the widow of Anthony Dopping.  Sarah Dopping (1804 - 1870) was Jane Grogan's sister;  Anthony Dopping was of Colemolyn, Co. Meath, and predeceased his wife.

A census fragment for 7th April 1861 survived and noted several members of the family at Ballymackeogh, namely,  Jane Ryan and her three daughters, Anna, Elizabeth and Antoinette, along with an uncle, Anthony Ryan.  It was noted that William Ryan, Charles Ryan and Jeannette Ryan were absent and resident in Kingstown, Dublin.

The children of William Ryan and Jane Grogan were:

1) William Edward Ryan, born 24th March 1851 - a midshipman in the Royal Navy, he died, aged 18, on 1st March 1870.

2) Charles Arthur Ryan, born 7th November 1853, and died in Dublin in August 1929 - his wife was Mary, the daughter of Captain Henry Ormsby-Rose, who he married on 24th February 1903 in Dublin.   Captain Henry Ormsby-Rose of Merrion Square, Dublin, married Lucy Anne, eldest daughter of Henry Stuart Burton of Carrigaholt, Clare, in St. Anne's, Dublin, on 17th October 1863. A daughter was born to the Ormsby-Roses in Merrion Square on 18th March 1866; a second daughter was born on 20th July 1867 in Monkstown.  Captain Henry Ormsby-Rose of the Royal County Limerick Militia, died at Ryde, Isle of Wight, on 31st August 1870.

3) Anne Alicia Susanna Ryan. In January 1881, she married Ringrose Drew of Drewscourt, Co. Limerick, the son of Francis Drew and the Hon. Margaret Everina Massy.  The children of Anna Alicia Ryan and Ringrose Drew were Francis William Massy Drew, Ringrose Charles Wellington Drew, Alicia Jeannette Drew, and Anna Everina Margaret Drew.     Ringrose Drew died at Drewscourt on 23rd December 1895.

Ringrose Drew's parents married on 17th July 1833 in Dublin - Francis Drew was the only son of Ringrose Drew of Drewsborough, or Drewscourt, Scarriff, Co. Clare, and of Alicia Willington (daughter of John Willington), while the bride, Margaret Everina Massy was the 4th daughter of the late and sister to the present Lord Massy. ('Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courrier', 25th July 1833.)   Francis Drew's sisters were Alice Willington Drew who married Rev. Robert William Nisbett of O'Connelloe Glebe, Co.Clare, in July 1838 and Frances Drew who married Captain Tully in Killaloe in May 1836.  Oddly, the 'Dublin Evening Packet' of 4th January 1844 reported the marriage on 2nd January 1844 of Elizabeth, the youngest daughter of the late Ringrose Drew of Drewscourt to Kivas Tully CE, second son of Captain Tully RN.  Elizabeth died three years later and Kivas Tully, architect, emigrated to Canada.
Francis Drew and Margaret Everina Massy, whose son, Ringrose Drew married Anne Alicia Susanna Ryan in 1881, also had Captain Francis Massy Drew of the 7th Hussars who married in Paddington in June 1874, Mary, the eldest daughter of the late Anthony Wilkingson of Coxhoe Hall, Durham, and Margaret Everina Massy who married, on 7th December 1872, Charles Conyers of Castletown, Co. Limerick.

The daughter of Anne Alicia Susanna Ryan and Ringrose Drew, Alice Drew, married Robert Cordner Lucas in 1915 and had two children, Robin Franklin Kennedy Lucas and iris Jocelyn Everina Lucas.  Robert Cordner Lucas had been born in Tipperary in 1874 to Captain Henry Lucas and Letitia Jocelyn Kennedy.

Captain Henry Lucas, son of Benjamin Lucas of Mount Lucas, King's County, had married Letitia Jocelyn, daughter of Rev. James Kennedy, on 16th September 1852.  The ceremony took place in Abingdon Church, Limerick, and was performed by the Rector of Abingdon, Rev. James Kennedy, father of the bride.  At the same time, Rev. James Kennedy's niece, Letitia Longfield, only daughter of the late Major Edward Eustace Longfield, married Thomas Wallis Sargent, second son of Rev. Abraham Sargent, Vicar of Killardry.
Henry Lucas of Rockvale, Newport, Co. Tipperary, died on 20th December 1892; his widow, Letitia, on 30th May 1813.  As well as Robert Cordner Lucas, the couple had Eleanor Goodwin, Robert Lucas, Elizabeth Lucas, and Emily Lucas.

4) Elizabeth Ryan  who died, aged 16, on 1st September 1864.

5) Jeannette Ryan - Jeanette Ryan (1856  - 1933) married Edward Herbert Maunsell on 10th August 1886.  From the online 'Dictionary of Canadian Biography':  Edward Herbert Maunsell was born on 14th October 1855 in Ballywilliam, Co. Limerick, to Frederick Maunsell and Louise Herbert of Finneterstown, Adare, Co. Limerick. The Maunsell family were a prominent Limerick family, best-known for the establishment of Maunsell's Bank in the city.   Jeanette Ryan's husband, Edward Herbert Maunsell, had emigrated to Canada in 1874 where he joined the North Western Mounted Police.  He returned briefly to Ireland before returning to MacLeod, Alberta, where he took up ranching with two of his brothers, George Wyndham Maunsell and Henry Frederick/Harry Maunsell, a business which, despite early difficulties, eventually thrived.  At the height of its success in 1910, the Maunsell ranch owned 15,000 head of cattle and would regularly transport entire trainloads to the Chicago market.  
Edward Herbert Maunsell and Jeanette Ryan had two daughters and a son, Frederick William Edward Maunsell, who was killed in France in 1917.  Daughter Jeannette/Ivy Maunsell married Edward Buckwell;  daughter Antoinette Maunsell never married.

Edward Herbert Maunsell died in Fort MacLeod on 11th November 1923; his widow, Jeanette, née Ryan, died there in 1933.

6) Antoinette Jane Ryan, born circa 1856, she died on 4th June 1903 at 67 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin.  Previously, in 1901, she was living with her older brother, Charles Arthur Ryan, at Ballymackeogh, along with her paternal aunt, Laura Ryan.


  1. Jeannette Ryan, daughter of William Ryan and Jane Grogan married Edward Maunsell of Limerick. Edward Maunsell was a North West Mounted Police, he and Jeannete lived in Macleod Alberta, Canada. I have more information on them if there is an interest. My email is

  2. I was married to a descendant of Alice Lucas (nee Drew of Drewscourt) and have some memorabilia from Ballymackeogh including a portrait of I think Pennyfather and a few miniatures also I have a gilt overmantle from Ballymackeogh along with some photos of Ballymackeogh showing the overmantle in place. Alice Drew married a Lucas and they had two children: Robin Franklyn Kennedy Lucas and Iris Jocelyn Everina Lucas. Iris married a Roderic Harrison and they had three children: Shane, Shilagh and Patricia. If I can be of any assistance with my limited knowledge please let me know. My email is

  3. I am a great granddaughter of Ponsonby John Lucas who, along with three siblings, emigrated to Australia in 1888. They were the children of Henry and Letitia Lucas. Robert Cordner Lucas would have been their brother. I believe Henry and Letitia Lucas had eight children.