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Monday, 21 April 2014

The Gale Family of Queen's County and Carlow

I've decided to do a post about the Gales of Ashfield/Valleyfield on the Carlow/Laois border, simply because of a suspected early family link to these people.  Our paternal great-grandmother was Rebecca Cuthbert, whose aunt, Maria Cuthbert/Culbert, married John Thomas Gale, the son of William H. Gale, both of these Gale family members being of Laois/Carlow.
John Thomas Gale and Maria Cuthbert/Culbert settled in Limerick city, and a current descendant of this line recently emailed me to let me know that they were told in the 1950s of a connection between their family and the Parnell family, although they are unclear about the exact link.  Since my own family in Dublin had also been told in the 1940s about this supposed link to the Parnell family, then taking a closer look at the Ashfield Gales might be interesting.
I've done, therefore, a potted history of the Gales, which follows, much of this research having been done by American descendants of the Gale/Kearney families.   I've been particularly interested in the children of Anthony Gale and Anne Delany of Ashfield, especially two of his sons, Captains Thomas and William Gale, who both settled at Valleyfield, the property immediately next to Ashfield Hall.

Having just spent a day in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin, it seems more and more likely that the scripture reader William Gale, father of John Thomas Gale, was indeed the son of the blind Captain William Gale of Valleyfield, since Eliza Gale, the widow of the younger William Gale, was noted as the widow of William Gale of Valleyfield when she died in Westland St., Limerick, on 25th September 1875.

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/09/maria-culbert-and-john-thomas-gale.html

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/09/the-family-of-john-thomas-gale-of-laois.html
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There is some connection between the Parnell family of Rathleague and the Delany/Gale family of Ashfield, Ballyroan, which accounts for the use of the Parnell name in later Gale generations. The abstract of a deed of 27th October 1784 states that the terms of the deed was for the three lives of Thomas Gale, Sir John Parnell (son of an older John Parnell) and Frances Delany, now Frances Moffitt.
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The first of the English Gale family to settle in Queen's County/Carlow was Anthony Gale who was married to a Miss Wandesford.  Anthony Gale was a member of Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads during the Irish Rebellion in 1649 - 1652. Cromwell confiscated large tracts of land owned by Irish Catholics and awarded it to his supporters and soldiers, including Anthony Gale. The tracts were in Westmeath and Queen's Counties, the latter of which was the former Crotteneagle estate that later became known as Ashfield. Anthony first appeared in Ireland on the 1659 Census as a land holder in Crottentegle. He claimed his land "in right of an Adventurer as well as in right of a Soldier."

The son of Anthony Gale was Samuel Gale of Ashfield Hall, who married Alicia or Ellis Grace, the daughter of Oliver Grace of Shanganagh, later named Gracefield, an MP and Chief Remembrancer of the Exchequer of Ireland.    Samuel and Alicia Grace Gale resided at Ashfield Hall but almost lost the estate as a consequence of Samuel's support of Catholic James II against the Jacobites during the Williamite War in Ireland. However, the Jacobites were defeated in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and Samuel retained the property, later inherited by his son Anthony.

Anthony Gale, the son of Samuel Gale and Alicia Grace, married Mary Vicars of Levally, daughter of William Vicars/Vigors, in 1732.
The second wife of this Anthony Gale was Margaret Tench Driscoll.   Peter Gale (1736 - 1799) was born to Anthony and Mary Vicars Gale of Ashfield Hall. He graduated from Trinity College and in 1758 married Catherine Browne, the daughter of William Browne and Elizabeth Clayton of Browne's Hill, Carlow.
Peter Gale inherited Ashfield Hall and was succeeded by his son Samuel Gale of Ashfield, Queen's County,  who married Susanna Brush, the second daughter of James Brush of St. Andrews Street, Dublin, in Dunleckney, Carlow, on 9th January 1803. ('Saunders Newsletter', 11th January 1803.)
James Brush, 1774-1812 , jeweller, watchmaker,  and Madeira wine merchant, of  7, St. Andrew St., Dublin, was noted as the Treasurer of the Masonic Female Orphan School in the 1790s - he was possibly the son of James Brush of Co. Down, with a brother, George Brush who served his apprenticeship with the Dublin Goldsmith Robert Calderwood.

Samuel Gale and Susanna Brush were the parents of Peter Gale (1803 - 1857) of Ashfield Hall, Laois.  Peter Gale had a daughter, Annette Gale, by his first marriage to a woman named Elizabeth. He married, secondly, Anna Maria Harriet Lynch, the daughter of Captain Fleeson of the 6th Dragoon Guards and widow of Patrick Lynch of Ballycurrin Castle, Rocklands, Mayo - the wedding took place in St. George's, Hanover Square, London,  on 20th June 1837.   The marriage settlement was marked with deed 1837-14-19 which named Anna Maria Harriett Lynch of Talbot Street, Dublin, William Raymond Fitzmaurice of Carlow, John Fleeson of Cork City and Samuel Ryan of Great Britain Street, Dublin.This Peter Gale was the last of the Gale family to live at Ashfield in Laois. He also owned property in Carlow, but was forced by debt, due to the Famine, to sell up in the 1850's - an article dated 11/13/1851 in The Morning Chronicle at Dublin noted that Ashfield Hall, the estate of Peter Gale, had been divided into 12 lots and sold. Peter Gale died 28th September 1857 at age 54 and was buried in Monkstown Parish,  Cork.

Another son of Samuel Gale and Alicia/Ellis Grace was Thomas Gale ( 1710-15 - 1780), whose wife was named Mabel and who lived at Sampson's Court, Queen's County, but who was also associated with the property named Bellbrook, which had previously been named Barnadunty.

The son of Thomas and Mabel Gale of Sampson's Court, was Thomas Gale of Sampson's Court/Barnadunty/Bellbrook who married Anne Sherridan in Dublin on 5th September 1763.
A daughter of Thomas Gale and Anne Sherridan was the Miss Anne Gale of Bell-brook who married, on 6th April 1795, Henry Ellis of Wildfield or Rockbrook, Kilkenny.  Ann Ellis died, aged 34, of consumption in Mallow on 18th April 1813.

A daughter of Thomas Gale and Anne Sherridan of Sampson's Court was Elenor Gale who married Robert Perry, founder of the brewery in Rathdowney, Queen's County.  The couple married in August 1826 in the Friends' Meeting House in Mountrath.  Elenor/Eleanor was named as the daughter of the late Thomas Gale of Sampson's Court. ('Dublin Morning Register', 25th August 1826.)
The couple's children were Ellen Perry of Belmont, Anne Gale Perry of Belmont, Mary Walpole Perry of Belmont, Arthur Perry of Burgh Quay, James Perry of Belmont, King's Co., John Miller Perry of Rathdowney, Thomas Perry of Belmont, Henry Robert Perry of Belmont, and Robinson Gale Perry of Belmont.
Robinson Gale Perry, son of Robert Perry and Eleanor Gale of Rathdowney, married Deborah, eldest daughter of Joseph Walpole of Ballyduff House, Queen's County, in the Friends' Meeting House, Knockballymaher, on 13th October 1858.

(The 'Freeman's Journal' of 12th May 1851 noted the death, on 3rd May 1851 at Gale's Hill, Queen's County, of an Eleanor Matilda Gale, ONLY daughter of Captain Anthony Gale of Belbrook.  Another 'stray' Gale of this era, was the Mrs. Eliza Gale, who died aged 72 at her lodgings in Ennis, Co. Clare, in March 1855 - this from the 'Limerick and Clare Examiner'' of 10th March 1855. )

Captain Anthony Gale of the 17th Regiment:
Captain Anthony Gale of the 17th Regiment, born circa 1775, was the son of Thomas Gale and Anne Sherridan of Bellbrook.  He married, in February 1808, Eleanor/Elinor Aldis.
Deed 605-751-413029, dated 27th February 1808, which detailed the marriage settlement made between the families of Anthony Gale and Eleanor Aldis or Oldis.  The parties to the deed were Thomas Gale of Bellbrook;  Francis Oldis of Mount Trafalgar, Kilkenny, who was the father of the bride;  Captain Anthony Gale's brother-in-law Henry Ellis of Rockbrook, Kilkenny;  Lieutenant Anthony Gale of the 17th Regiment, 2nd son of the said Thomas Gale of Bellbrook;  Elinor Aldis, 2nd daughter of Francis Aldis.

In October 1849, Charlotte Amelia, eldest surviving daughter of the late Captain Anthony Gale of 17th Regiment died in Carlow, of a rapid consumption.
The eldest son of Captain Anthony Gale of the 17th Regiment was Thomas Francis Gale (1810 - 1857) of Barrow View, Carlow, who married Emily/Amelia McKay/McKey, the daughter of the late Captain McKey of the 3rd Buffs,  on 21st May 1832.
In the 1850s, Thomas Francis Gale was leasing land (206 acres) in Moyadd, Queen's County, from Peter Gale of Ashfield Hall.
The daughter of Thomas Francis Gale, Emily Gale, was born 22nd June 1833 at 3 Warrington Place, Dublin.  A son, Robert Gale, was born at 7 Warrington Place on 28nd February 1836.
 In 1847, Thomas Francis Gale was noted at 8 Warrington Place, Dublin;  at 10 Warrington Place was Mrs. Captain Gale, presumably the widow of Captain Anthony Gale of the 17th, and mother of Thomas Francis Gale.
Thomas Francis Gale's second wife was Anna Fuller, only daughter of Adam Fuller, Esq. of Woodfield, Kings Co, on 8th June 1841 -  she died June 14th 1854  at Barrow View House.  The son of Thomas Francis Gale and Anna Fuller was Robert Peter Gale, born circa 1848 - on 20th June 1843,  Robert Peter Gale was presented with a mug by Peter Gale, Esq. of Ashfield Hall.

Deed 1857-27-245 names Robert Peter Gale of Barrow View House, Graigue, Queen's County, and Emily Harriet Gale, spinster of the same place, wrangling about money with James Palmer of the Carlow Bank.

Thomas Francis' daughter, Emily Gale, married George Perceval Wilson, hotelier, son of George Wilson, in Dublin on 19th Oct 1857.  George Perceval Wilson had been born to George and Margaret Wilson of Killeshin, Queen's County, on 11 December 1832.  The numerous children of George Perceval Wilson and Emily Gale were  Emily Frances Wilson, 22 July 1858, at Somerton House, Killeshin;Isabella Oliva Wilson, 11 March 1854, at at Somerton House, Killeshin; Alice Harriette Gale VICARS Wilson born 22 June 1861 at Barrow View, Carlow;  Georgiana Mary Wilson  at Barrow View, on 1 May 1863;  Sophia FLEESON Wilson at Barrow View on 10 December 1865 ;George Gale Wilson born Barrow View, Carlow, 29 Apr 1864; Anna Maria Wilson on 1 April 1867 at Greenhill, Killeshin;  Richard Francis Wilson at Greenhill Cottage, Killeshin, born 5th Jan 1870;   Josephine Charlotte Wilson at Greenhill Cottage on 3 August 1873.
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Thomas Gale ( 1710-15 - 1780) of Sampson's Court, Queen's County, who married Mabel, had the Thomas Gale of Sampson's Court/Belbrook mentioned above.

Thomas and Mabel also had Anthony Gale who married Anne Delany, and whose American descendants have extensively published their research into this branch of the Gales online.

Anthony Gale and Anne Delany:
Anthony Gale , born circa 1761 although the exact date is unclear, the son of Thomas and Mabel Gale of Sampson's Court, Queen's County, married Anne Delany, the daughter of Malachi Delany.

(A John Gale was named in Anthony's marriage settlement to Anne Delany.  This John Gale of Ashfield Hall was named in deed 271-281-179721, registered 19th February 1770, whereby John Gale of Ashfield demised a house on the west side of Merrion Square, Dublin, to Robert Fitzgerald of Dublin, the house being next door to another also owned by the same John Gale.
A later deed of 11th December 1787, (392-547-259935), seems to mention the same property on the west side of Merrion Square, this time being made over by a Grantham Gale, hosier of Dublin, and by Samuel Gale of Naas, Kildare, to Joseph Hone of Dublin.
Grantham Gale, hosier of Dublin, married Dorothea Lartigue in 1785, and was most likely the son of Samuel Gale and Catherine Grantham who had married in the 1750s. 'Pue's Occurrences' of 1st July 1749 noted that Mr. Samuel Gale, a very eminent weaver of the Coombe, Dublin, married Miss Grantham, a lady of fine accomplishments and a handsome fortune.   In the 1780's, both Samuel Gale and Grantham Gale were noted at 26 Grafton Street.  In May 1787,  the home of Peter Gale - 16 Great Longford Street - was put up for sale;  those interested could apply to either Peter Gale himself, or to Grantham Gale of 26 Grafton Street.  Grantham Gale, son of Samuel Gale and Catherine Grantham, had been in the hosier business with Mr. Stock of Essex Bridge until 1787 when he branched out on his own, setting up in business at 26 Grafton Street.  Later, on 16th June 1804, Grantham Gale's stocking factory at Manor Street near Prussia Street, was up for sale.  Grantham Geale (sic) was admitted to the Dublin Freemen as a weaver,  and by birth, as was Samuel Gale, at Easter 1790.

Anne Delany's uncle, Martin Delany, married Anna Dorothy Fitzgerald and had a Stephen Fitzgerald (Delany?) who lived at Ballydavis, Queen's County.  (In 1761, the death occurred of Dudley Fitzgerald of Ballydavis, near Maryborough, the treasurer of Queen's Co.; Dudley Fitzgerald was the guardian of a Pearse Hovenden - he married a Miss Delany  in Ballyfin, Queen's;   in 1794 a Mr. Fitzgerald was seated at Kilminchy, a mile from Maryborough, and next door was the Baldwin seat of Summerhill. A Robert Fitzgerald married Mrs. J. Baldwin, née Miss Roberts.)

The children of Anthony Gale and Anne Delany were:

1) Lt. Col./Commandant Anthony Gale of the US., 4th Commandant of the US Marine Corps. Born 17th September 1782, he emigrated to Philadelphia in 1793.  He joined the Marines and married, in 1801, Catherine Swope, daughter of Rev. Benedict Swope.   At the end of 21 years of service, Anthony Gale was promoted to Lieut. Col. Commandant on 3rd March 1819.  He was, however, given to heavy drinking and psychiatric instability, and was accordingly removed from office in 1820.  It is worth noting that his own father had died insane.  Anthony Gale was confined to the Pennsylavania Hospital following his discharge from the Navy. His wife petitioned the House of Representatives on 15th February 1821, asking to be allowed a pension for herself and her children.

A daughter of Anthony Gale and Catharine Swope was Emily Gale, who married, on 30th June 1830, William S. Campbell in Kentucky where the elderly Anthony Gale had settled.
A son of  Anthony Gale and Catharine Swope was named as Washington Gale; a second son was William A. Gale.
Commandant Anthony Gale died in Kentucky in 1843.

2) Parnell Gale, born 1772 to Anthony Gale and Anne Delany, who was the correct age to be the Parnell Gale who was the Mayor of Galway in 1817.  He died in Galway in 1818.
'Saunders Newsletter' of 1st October 1830 noted the death on 29th September 1830 in Gardiner Street, Dublin, of Eleanor Gale, widow of Parnell Gale and eldest daughter of the late Hyacinth Daly of Killimur/Killimor Castle, Co. Galway.   Hyacinth Daly was himself a Protestant mayor of Galway in the late 1790's and early 1800's, as were many other members of the prominent Daly family at this time.  Mayor Hyacinth Daly was married to Anne Daly, the heiress of Dermot Daly of Killimor Castle.  The name of Hyacinth Daly repeats endlessly through the generations of the Daly family.

3) Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield, born to Anthony Gale and Anne Delany.   Both Captain Thomas Gale and his younger brother, Captain William Gale, were both noted as being of Valleyfield, Ballyroan, Queen's County.

The military records for Captain Thomas Gale are available to download free of charge on the UK National Archives Discovery site.
Born circa 1777, he had joined the 87th Regiment as an ensign, aged 30, in November 1807. He also served in the 12th Foot, and went on half pay in 1817.  In 1818, it was noted that he had lived for the previous five years in France, and also occasionally in Ireland.

 Helpfully, the record lists some of his children, two of whom had been born to his first, unknown, wife - Frances Gale, born 2nd September 1800, and Margaret Gale, born 5th November 1802.

Daughter Frances Gale, born 1800, married William W. Fitzgerald of Ballyroan, Queen's County, on 30th October 1828, although the papers of November 1826 note the marriage which occurred in Ballinakill Church.  This same record states that Frances Gale was the oldest daughter of Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield and this was confirmed by the Dublin Evening Mail when Frances/Fanny Fitzgerald, née Gale, died about 1896.  Her husband, William W. Fitzgerald may be the barrister-at-law, William Fitzgerald, who died in Ballyroan in October 1833, he being the son of Charles Fitzgerald.

Margaret Gale, aka Gretta Gale, born 1802, emigrated to Canada where she married Robert McCormick/McCormack in Kingston, Upper Canada. ('Freeman's Journal', 5th April 1842.  The marriage ceremony was performed by the Presbyterian minister, Rev. J. Machar, who also officiated at the marriage of Gretta Gale's sister, Jane Ann Gale, to Andrew Drummond.   A notice in the Canadian paper, 'Chronicle and Gazette' of 25th June 1842, announced that Miss Gale had recently arrived from Europe to join her sister, Mrs. McCormack at her school.  
'The Armagh Guardian' of 12th October 1860 announced the death of Gretta, wife of the merchant, Robert McCormick, and daughter of the late Captain Gale of Queen's County, on 20th September 1860 in Kingstown, C.W.

Thomas Gale also had three children by his 2nd wife, Harriet Thomas, who he married in Dublin on 8th February 1808.   Jane Ann Gale was born on 5th November 1810,  Harriet Gale in 1817 (this was nigh-on illegible), and Eliza Gale on 19th January 1820.   Harriet Gale married David Armstrong in 1841;  Jane Ann Gale married Andrew Drummond in Toronto.

The daughter of Captain Gale of Valleyfield (ie: Captain Thomas Gale) was married in Kingston, Ontario, on Aug 15, 1843 by Rev. John Machar -  Jane Ann Gale, born 1810, named erroneously in the newspapers of the day as youngest daughter of the late Capt. Gale of Valleyfield, Queens County, (she was the third-born) married Andrew Drummond,  eldest son of the late merchant Robert Drummond.   Andrew Drummond worked for the Commercial Bank in Toronto.  Jane Ann Drummond died in Toronto in 1850.  ('Limerick Reporter', 18th June 1850.)

From The Freeman's Journal of 1841: 'In this city, David Armstrong Esq., of Baggot Street, to Harriet Maria, fourth daughter of the late Captain Gale of Valleyfield in the Queen's County.' 

On 15th July 1844, Harriet Gale, relict of Captain Gale of Valleyfield, died in Kingstown, Canada. ('Freeman's Journal', 15th August 1844.)

David Armstrong and Harriet Maria Gale, daughter of Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield,  had emigrated to Canada before living in Chelsea, Massachusetts, where their eldest son Robert Gale Armstrong, died 8th March 1863, aged 19.
They also had a son called Francis (named after his grandfather) -both were born in Canada. The 1850 USA census shows the family living in Ward 10 in Boston, in the county of Suffolk, State of Mass. with two sons - Robert and Francis; also present was a 14-yr-old member of the Armstrong family, Samuel Armstrong.  By 1855, they've moved to Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
David Armstrong, who married Harriet Gale, born circa 1825, was the son of the Longford builder, Francis Armstrong of Baggot Street and of Catherine Williams.
David's father, Francis Armstrong, builder of 55 Lower Baggot St. married, as his second wife, in 1860, Julia Ann Hornidge, daughter of Peter Hornidge.  In the same year at 55 Baggot Street, Matilda Armstrong, daughter of Francis Armstrong, married John Croker Walsh of Waterford.  Another daughter of this builder, Francis Armstrong, was Frances Elizabeth Armstrong, who married in 1857 William Whitsitt - the witnesses were other Armstrongs, David W. Armstrong and Robert W. Armstrong.
The second witness was another son of the Dublin builder, Francis Armstrong - Robert Williams Armstrong, an architect, who married Anne Langley Nairn in 1848.   Robert Williams Armstrong was later a founding partner in the Belleek Pottery, Co. Fermanagh. Robert Williams Armstrong was born in 1824 to Francis Armstrong and Catherine Williams; his obituary in the Irish Times of 29th January 1884 is as follows:

Death of Mr R.W.Armstrong. Architect. We much regret to report the death of the above-named gentleman, at Belleek, on Sunday last. For the promoters of home industries it will be interesting to know that to Mr Armstrong was due the success of the Belleek pottery now in vogue for about a quarter of a century in Fermanagh. The deceased gentleman was of Irish birth but went to London to practise his profession as architect. From the midst of a most promising career, he was induced by Mr Bloomfield, the landlord of Belleek, to come to this country to construct the pottery, and to add his artistic talents to the factory. Up to almost his last days, he was still engaged in his scientific researches. Dying at the comparatively early age of 59, he is much regretted by the neighbourhood at large.” 

This next 'daughter' is very mysterious and has me baffled....according to two Irish newspaper announcements, another daughter of Captain Gale of Valleyfield married Rev. Peter Ferguson in Hamilton, Upper Canada, in March 1840.  The 'Limerick Reporter' of 27th March 1840 noted her as Miss Gale, the daughter of the late Captain Gale of Valleyfield, Queen's County.   Further detail was given by the 'Freemans Journal' of 23rd March 1840, which noted that, on 21st January 1840 at Lagu, near Hamilton, Upper Canada, Rev. Peter Ferguson of Esquesing married Miss Gale, second daughter of the late Captain Gale of Valleyfield, Queen's County.  Canadian records name the wife of Rev. Peter Ferguson of Boston Church, Esquesing, as Isabella Gale. Both the Rev. John Machar, who married Jane Ann Gale to Andrew Drummond in Kingston in 1843, and Rev. Peter Ferguson who married Isabella Gale in 1840, were founding members of the Scots Church/ Presbyterian Church in the Lake Ontario area.
Rev. Peter Ferguson had been born in Scotland in about  1795, died in January 1863, and was buried in Boston Presbyterian Churchyard, Canada.  His wife, Isabella Gale Ferguson (1810 - March 1878) was buried alongside him.    Online records, including a history of Boston Church, Esquesing, name Isabella Gale, wife of Rev.Peter Ferguson, as the sister of the Rev. Alexander Gale, also a founding father of the Presbyterian Church in early Ontario.  What baffles me here is that, although the two Irish newspaper announcements of 1840 name the wife of Rev. Peter Ferguson as a daughter of the late Captain Gale of Valleyfield, the Canadian records name her a sister of Rev. Alexander Gale who was the son of John Gale and Jean Esson of Logie-Coldstone, Aberdeen , Scotland, who had married there in 1800.   The Rev. Peter Ferguson, his wife, Isabella, and their children ( John Ferguson, Peter Ferguson, Margaret J. Ferguson and Alexander Ferguson) all appear on the 1861 Canadian census in Esquesing, and this records Isabella, née Gale, as Scottish-born like her husband.  Could the two Irish newspapers, which announced the marriage of Isabella Gale and Rev. Peter Ferguson in 1840, have been incorrect, and, if so, how??

Although not mentioned in the miltary records of his father, possibly because he was no longer living at home when the record was compiled, the eldest son of Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield was Sharp Gale, later known as Thomas Sharp Gale, who was born in about 1796  and who emigrated to Philadelphia with other Gales. His obituary was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 21 February 1876:
 “On the 15th inst., at the advanced age of 80 years, Thomas Sharp Gale, eldest son of the late Thomas Gale, of Valleyfield, Queen’s County Ireland. He was a nephew of the late Colonel Gale, United States Marine Corps, and cousin of the late Sharp Delany, first collector of the Port of Philadelphia under George Washington.'
Sharp Delany, 1739-1799, after whom Thomas Sharp Gale was named, was the son of Daniel Delany of Ballyfin, Queen’s County, and of Rachel Sharp, granddaughter of noted Dublin Quaker Anthony Sharp who also owned land called Roundwood near Mountmellick, Queen's Country.  Anthony Sharp bought property in Philadelphia - Thomas Sharp Gale's cousin, Sharp Delany, was buried in St. Peter's, Philadelphia, when he died there, aged 60, on 13th May 1799.    Also in the St. Peter's records were recorded the following deaths who may, or may not, be related:
 Rachel, daughter of Sharp and Margaret Delany, who died 11th December 1767, also a second Rachel, daughter of Sharp Delany, who died 6th September, 1781.    Dorothy Delany, daughter of Sharp Delany, who died 15th october 1788.  Sharp, son of Sharp Delany, who died 31st July 1784.  Frances Baldwin, daughter of Sharp, who died 5th July 1800.  Thomas Delany who died 6th June 1806.   Margaret Delany who died 20th May 1813. Ann Delany who died 6th September 1832 aged 56.  Mary Delany who died 20th January 1846 aged 60.

Sharp Gale, the son of Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield, as noted in deed 1861-27-4, had power of attorney over an Anthony Gale.  The 1861 deed was a land deal involving the Perrys, namely William Perry of Ballinagore, Westmeath, and Henry Robert Perry of Clara, King's/Offaly, who were both the executors of the will of the late Robert Perry of Rathdowney.   The Perrys had been sold a share in property from Sharp Gale which had formerly been held by the late Anthony Gale of Sampson's Court, and which was afterwards held by Thomas Gale of Sampson's Court and by Thomas Gale of Barnadunty, later name Bellbrook.
Another deed, 1868-9-232, named land previously owned by an Eliza Gale - ie: Woodpark, Rathdowney - but which was now owned by Robert Perry.  The deed states that an Eleanor Gale married Robert Perry, and names the couple's children as Ellen Perry of Belmont, Anne Gale Perry of Belmont, Mary Walpole Perry of Belmont, Arthur Perry of Burgh Quay, James Perry of Belmont, King's Co., John Miller Perry of Rathdowney, Thomas Perry of Belmont, Henry Robert Perry of Belmont, and Robinson Gale Perry of Belmont.
Robinson Gale Perry, son of Robert Perry and Eleanor Gale of Rathdowney, married Deborah, eldest daughter of Joseph Walpole of Ballyduff House, Queen's County, in the Friends' Meeting House, Knockballymaher, on 13th October 1858.

A second son of Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield was Anthony Gale  - he was known to be the heir to Peter Gale.  At some stage this Anthony Gale, in common with all his siblings, left for America.  All settled there permanently, with the exception of Fanny Fitzgerald, wife of Walter W. Fitzgerald, who is believed to have returned home to Ireland.

To return to Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield- although his first wife is unknown,  his second is well documented - Harriet Thomas, who he married in Dublin on 8th February 1808.

From the Gentleman's Magazine of 1808:  'At Dublin, Thomas Gale. Esq., Captain of the 87th Regiment to Miss Thomas, daughter of the LATE Rev. Henry Thomas.'

I transcribed the following marriage settlement off the internet:
'Gale to Parnell and another.
 To the Registrar Appointed by Act of Parliament for registering Deeds, Wills, etc.  A Memorial of a Deed of Settlement dated the fifth day of February 1808 and made Between Thomas Gale, Esq., Ensign in his Majesty’s 87th Regiment of Foot of the first part, Harriot Thomas, Spinster daughter of the Reverend Henry Thomas,  deceased, a minor under the age of 21 years And Robert Cooke of Robamis(?) in the Queens County, Esq., Guardian of the said Harriot Thomas of the Second part, Mathew Dillon Thomas of the City of Dublin, Esq., the only son and heir at law of the said Henry Thomas, Brother to the said Harriot of the third part And the said Robert Cooke and Parnell Gale of Birr in the Kings County, Esq., of the fourth part. Whereby after reciting among other things that a marriage was their (sic) intended to be Shortly had & Solemnized between the said Thomas Gale and Harriot Thomas. He the said Thomas Gale for the consideration therein mentioned did give, grant, sell, assign, release and confirm unto the said Robert Cooke and Parnell Gale All that and those the undivided moiety of the Town and Lands of Sampsons Court and Knockardegier with their and Every of their rights, members and appurtenances situate in the Queens County in as full a manner as the said Thomas Gale was entitled to the same by virtue of the Settlement recited upon the intermarriage of his father Anthony Gale with Miss Anne Delany. Also all those several pieces or parcells  of Arable meadow & pasture Land with the Cabbins and Gardens thereon thereto belonging being part of the Lands Commonly Called and known by the name of Raggetstown as then called Valley Field situate near the town of Ballynakill and Containing of by Admeasurement (sic) 52 acres, 3 rods and 31 perches in as full a manner as the said Garden(?) & Meadow(?) Lands were demised by the Earl of Stanhope to the Said Thomas Gale. Also all that and those the several tracts of the Lands of Dearyfera(?) late in the possession of the Honorable Francis Hugh Massey both parts Containing 74 Acres or thereabouts in as full a manner as said Lands of Derryfery(?) has been demised or assigned by the said Thomas Hugh Massey to the said Thomas Gale also all that the lands of Clonohill now in the possession of Robert Stubber and Robert White, Esqs., in as full a manner as the said Thomas Gale is entitled to the same under the Right Honorable Lord Devesie(?) and situate in the Queens County aforesaid to Hold unto the said Robert Cooke and Parnell Gale or the survivor of these & the heirs, Executors, administrators & assigns of the survivors for and during the natural lives and life & other terms ? mentioned and contained in the ? ? or other Instruments under which the said Thomas Gale held the same And all such other life or lives or other terms as may thereafter be acquired therein Contained and the said deed of Settlement Contains other Clauses and Covenants. And the said Deed as ? Excon(?) thereof by the said Thomas Gale, Harriot Thomas and Mathew Dillon Thomas and this Memorial are (sic) witnessed by Thomas Shea of the City of Dublin, Gentleman & by James Whelan of said City ? ?. 
 Thomas Gale (seal)  - 12th day of February 1808. '

(The Family of Harriet Thomas, second wife of Capt. Thomas Gale:
Harriet Thomas's  grandfather was Mathew Dillon of Leighlin Bridge, Co. Carlow, who married in Feb. 1758, her grandmother,  Hellen Cook of Rossena, Queen's Co.  Mathew Dillon died in March 1784, having had one child Elizabeth Dillon of Kilkenny City who married, on 21 July 1784,  the Rev. Henry Thomas of Leighlin Bridge, Carlow.  Elizabeth Dillon Thomas made her will in Dec. 1798, and was buried with her husband in a vault in St. Thomas's Church, Dublin.

The Dillons had settled in Leighlin, Co. Carlow, where a relative was noted as Francis Dillon in the first hald of the 19th century - a Francis Dillon died in April 1863 at Garryhill, Carlow, aged 102.  He was the friend and relation of James Dillon, pawnbroker of Dublin, who died after making a will in 1819.  The will stipulated that his trustees invest his money, the proceeds of which was to be divided equally between his two sons, James Dillon Junior, who left for South America where he died, childless, and Thomas St. John Dillon, and to provide a yearly stipend for his widow, Catherine Dillon, who died shortly after her husband. The will stipulated that Thomas, the second son, would only benefit from his father's will if he broke off all contact with the woman he'd been living with, Anne Robinson, who his father highly disapproved of. This Thomas agreed to do in writing - '...from this moment to the end of my existence, I will have no kind of communication with her...'
The will of James Dillon also stipulated that, if his sons were to die without issue, then the proceeds of his invested money were to go to his friend and relation, Francis Dillon of Carlow, and, when Francis Dillon, died, to go to Matthew Dillon Thomas, the son of his relation Elizabeth Dillon, otherwise Thomas. (ie: the wife of Rev. Henry Thomas, and mother of Harriet Thomas.)  The trustees were also directed to divert some of the money to be donated to Carlow Infirmiary in order that a home be founded for infirm and reduced old men without regard to religious distinctions.
In 1821, Thomas St. John Dillon married Anne Robinson, who used an assumed name, claiming to be Mary Anne Madden, the only daughter of Andrew Madden of Dunleary.  The trustees paid up accordingly. Thomas died in 1823, leaving everything to his widow, A. H. Dillon, who was proved to be Anne Hemsworth Robinson.  She in her turn died in August 1825 and left all she had to John Robinson, a minor. The judge eventually found against John Robinson, agreeing with Francis Dillon and Matthew Dillon Thomas that Anne's husband, Thomas St. John Dillon, had indeed forfeited his claim to his father's money when he'd married Anne Robinson in 1821.

Harriet Thomas' grandmother, Hellen Cook of Rossena, Queen's Co., the wife of Matthew Dillon of Leighlin, was related to Robert Cooke, named as Harriet's guardian at the time of her marriage to Captain Thomas Gale in 1808.   Rossena, seat of the Cook/Cooke family, is only about three miles east of Ashfield, seat of the Ashfield Gales.

In 1700, Rossena was the estate of William Cooke of Painestown, Carlow, and had been owned by the Cooke family for five generations prior to 1700.  In 1710, George Cooke was leasing Rossena from William Cooke;  in 1747, George Cooke, son of George, was leasing it from William Cooke's son, Thomas Cooke;  in 1757, William Cooke, son of George, was leasing it from the same Thomas Cooke;  in 1791, Robert Cooke, guardian of Harriet Thomas in 1808, was leasing Rossena from Valentine Brown, 1st Earl of Kenmare, who was the grandson of Thomas Cooke - Thomas Cooke had died leaving one daughter, Anne Cooke, who had married Thomas Brown, the father of the 1st Earl of Kenmare, who thereby inherited Rossena.    Robert Cooke of Rossena died in 1818.
The daughter of William Cooke, tenant of Rossena in 1757, was Helen Cooke, who married John Bagot of Castle Bagot, Dublin - their daughter was Mrs. Sheffield Grace.  This was the same Grace family as the family of Alicia or Ellis Grace who had married Samuel Gale of Ashfield Hall.
A John Cooke of Rossena was a solicitor of Harcourt Street, Dublin in 1870.

Harriet Thomas' parents,  the Rev. Henry Thomas and Elizabeth Dillon had one son Mathew Dillon Thomas, and three daughters—Harriet, Hellen and Mary Dillon.

The son, Matthew D. Thomas, held land in Moone, Kildare, and also in Huntingtown, Kilkenny, and a corn store on Cornwall Quay, Carlow Town, as well as land in Killeen, Clonagh, and Coolanagh, Kilabban Parish, Queen's County.
In 1811, Matthew Dillon Thomas married, firstly, Miss Warren, the daughter of the late James Warren of Killeen, Queen's County.  He married secondly, on 12 June 1844, Mary Deering who died 12 April 1867. Her will was proved in 1867 by her son Henry Deering Thomas of Moone.  Matthew Dillon Thomas's will was dated 10 July 1851 and proved 25 Jan. 1856.  They had one son Henry Deering Thomas, and one daughter Emma Josephine Thomas. Henry Deering Thomas of  Moone, Kildare, retired major, died 1899, with probate to spinster, Emma Josephine Thomas of Kingstown who had been born in Queen's County in about 1855.
When Harriet Thomas' brother, Mathew Dillon Thomas of Killeshin, Carlow/Queens married Mary Deering of Mount Street, Dublin, in 1844, the witnesses were William Robert Rogers and Mary's brother, John Armstrong Deering.    Both Mary and John Armstrong Deering were the children of the barrister, John Deering of Monuntjoy Square and Harriot Armstrong who had married in Dublin in 1805.  Mary Deering was born to John and Harriot Deering in 1811. Lucius Henry Deering in 1818,  Emma in 1819.   Mary Thomas, née Deering, died on 12th April 1868 in Moone, Kildare.

Mary's father, John Deering, in the 1830s, had two addresses - 6 Mountjoy Square and also Derrybrusk, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

In 1838, John Armstrong Deering was a witness, as was John Deering, as was Henry Ryan, at the wedding of Edward Ryan of 48 North Great Georges Street and of Margaret Deering.
Also in 1838, John Armstrong Deering was witness, with Henry Ryan, Thomas H. Porter and Richard Bourne,  at the wedding of Thomas Nolan, of Chester but now of 48 North Great Georges Street, and of Ann Ryan of same address.

John Armstrong Deering, eldest son of John Deering and Harriet Armstrong, entered TCD, July 3, 1826, aged 17;  he died in February 1850, aged 39, in Leeson Street, Dublin.

William Watkins Deering, also a son of John Deering, entered TCD  July 4, 1831, aged 17. A clergyman, in 1869 he sold the family property in Fermanagh in the landed estates court. Elizabeth Adams (c.1823-88), m. 1841 Rev. William Watkins Deering (d. 1870) and had issue 4 sons and 4 daughters;  one of the sons was Charles Lucius Henry Deering who married, in 1877 Anna Louisa Soden Cullen, the witnesses being Henry Augustus Dillon and Charles Henry Dillon.    (The witnesses are interesting, but I'm unsure about a family link or not - although 'Dillon' is a family name here, thanks to Matthew Dillon of Leighlin Bridge, Carlow;  the Henry Augustus Dillon, who acted as witnessin 1877 at the Deering/Cullen wedding, was the 13th Viscount Dillon of Costello-Gallen, Co. Sligo. )

'DEERING and CULLEN - Feb. 26th, at St. Mary's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. B. W. ADAMS, D.D., cousin to the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. T. R. S. COLLINS, Charles L. H. Deering, Esq., Captain Royal Dublin Militia, and the late 28th Regiment, eldest son of the late Rev. W. W. Deering, M.A., and grandson of the late Charles S. Adams, J.P., of Shinan House, Shercock, to Anna Louise SODEN, youngest daughter of the late Francis Nesbitt Cullen, Esq., J.P., of Corry Lodge, co. Leitrim.'

Another son of John Deering and Harriet Armstrong was Colonel Rupert Barber Deering of the 99th Regiment;  there was also a William H. Deering in 1841 at Derrybrusk - he died on 30 November 1967, with probate to Herbert Deering, farmer.
Lucius Henry Deering, son of John Deering and Harriet Armstrong,  married Caroline Gildea, daughter of Anthony Gildea of Pembroke Place in 1845.  A son, John Deering, was born in 1845 at 19 Lower Pembroke Street.  A son, Lucius Henry Deering, was born at 48 Lower Leeson Street, in 1848.   A descendant was named William Watkins Deering....Lucius proved the will of a possible relation, the unmarried Bridget Amstrong who died in 1883 at Thomastown Glebe, Rathangan, Kildare, and who had lived at 4 Goldsmith Terrace, Bray.

Emma Deering, the daughter of John Deering and Harriet Armstrong, married Joseph North of York Street, son of Roger North, in 1845 - wits were Susan H. Deering and Roger North.)

To return to Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield:  Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield had died by 1834, as cited in deed 1834-8-216 which named Harriet Gale as the widow of Captain Thomas Gale of Valleyfield.
The children of Captain Thomas Gale and his second wife, Harriet Thomas, were named in deed 1838-23-217.   They were Jane Gale, Harriet Gale and Elizabeth Gale, all of Athy, Co. Kildare.

4) Captain William Gale of Valleyfield, Ballyroan, born circa 1778, the son of Anthony Gale and Anne Delany.   I accessed his military discharge papers on the Find My Past site.     Born circa 1778 in Ballinakill, Queen's County, he was discharged on 18th May 1802, aged 24:
   'His Majesty's 13th Regiment of Lt.Dragoons whereof General Fras. Craig is Colonel.   
      These are to certify that the bearer hereof, William Gale, Serjeant in Capt.Bennett's Troop of the aforesaid regiment, born in the Parish of Ballinakil (sic) in the County of the Queen - aged 24 years - and by Trade a farmer - hath served honestly and faithfully in the said Regiment two years and a half;  having borne a commission of Ensign one year and a half in the Wallace Fencible Infantry - but by reason of a violent inflammatory terminating nearly with a loss of vision, occurring during a march from Norwich to Colchester - is hereby discharged and humbly recommended as a proper object of His Majesty's Royal Bounty of CHELSEA HOSPITAL....'  (Ipswich Barracks, 18th May 1802.)

Blind Captain William Gale married twice, first to a Miss Mitchell, then to a second unknown wife.
The children of blind Captain William Gale of Valleyfield, Ballinakill, were Thomas Gale who drowned in 1834,  William Gale who married Eliza Baldwin in 1832, Alicia Gale, Grace Gale, Parnell Gale and Samuel P. Gale.   When daughter Grace Thompson, née Gale, died in Derry in 1895, the papers named her as the fourth daughter of Lieutenant Gale of Ballyroan, so there are at least two other unidentified daughters hiding away in the archives.

The children of blind Captain/Lieutenant Gale of Ballyroan, Ballinakill:

A) Blind Captain William Gale of Valleyfield married twice, his first wife being a Miss Mitchell, by whom he had Thomas Gale who drowned while swimming in the River Barrow in Athy, Co.Kildare in July 1834.

B) According to a family genealogy written in the 1950s, it seems that blind Captain William Gale's son was the Laois-born teacher and scripture reader, William H. Gale (1806 - 14th january 1870) of Laois/Carlow, who married Eliza Baldwin in 1832 - their son was the John Thomas Gale who married our ancestor Maria Culbert in 1861.
William H. Gale's wife, Eliza Gale, née Baldwin, when she died, aged 68, in Limerick on 25th September 1875, was noted as the widow of William Gale of Valleyfield House, Ballyroan, Laois.   She died at Westland Street, where her daughter, Alice Baldwin Gale, the daughter of William H. Gale and Eliza Baldwin, was living when she married Thomas Hasset in Limerick in 1871.   A son of William H. Gale and Eliza Baldwin was William Henry Gale, who was also living at Westland Street in the 1870's.
The two following links give details on the life of William H. Gale, scripture reader, son of blind Captain William Gale of Valleyfield....
http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/09/the-family-of-john-thomas-gale-of-laois.html

http://alison-stewart.blogspot.ie/2012/09/maria-culbert-and-john-thomas-gale.html

C)  A daughter of blind Captain William Gale, and of his first wife, Miss Mitchell, was Alicia Gale (1819 - 1875).  
Alicia Gale married the policeman, William Burgess, in the Parish Church at Lea, Portarlington, Queen's County/Laois, on 30th December 1852.   The marriage registration certificate names her father as the gentleman, William Gale;  at the time of the wedding, Alicia was living in Portarlington.
Her groom, William Burgess, living in 1852 at Rathdowney, Queen's County, and was the son of a gentleman, the earlier William Burgess.  Sadly, both the witnesses' signatures are faded and illegible. Alicia Gale was illiterate and signed her name with a cross.

The R..I.C. records are viewable in the National Archives in Dublin.  A native of Carlow, William Burgess joined the constabulary, aged 20, on 5th September 1834.  (A William Burgess was baptised in Carlow town on 23rd April 1813 by William and Elizabeth Burgess.)   William had been recommended by Col. Henry Bruen of Carlow.  He had married on 24th November 1853 (which isn't accurate) and his wife was from Queen's County.  He was posted to Queen's County, and. following 36 years' service, was pensioned off on 15th November 1870.

Constable William Burgess was noted in the Petty Court records throughout the 1860s in both Durrow, Carlow, and Portarlington, Queen's County.

On 15th June 1868, William Burgess, sub-constable of Portarlington brought his sick wife to court, where it was sadly decided '...that defendant (ie: Alicia Burgess) is of unsound mind and a dangerous lunatic...'     Information supporting this was provided by her husband, William Burgess, her son, John Burgess, and by Dr. A.E. Tabuteau, Dispensary Physician.  The court ordered that Alicia be committed to Maryborough District Lunatic Asylum.  The death of an Alicia Burgess was registered in Mountmellick in 1875.

The three known children of Alicia Gale and William Burgess were William Gale Burgess of Portarlington who would marry Anne Louisa Gatchell in 1874,  Harriette Mitchell Burgess who would marry her first cousin, Robert Thompson (the son of Grace Gale and William Thompson) and John Burgess who had given evidence against his sick mother in 1868.

William Gale Burgess, son of Alicia Gale and William Burgess, had been born in Laois in about 1849 and married, in 1874, Anne Louise Gatchell of Mountmellick, the daughter of Thomas Gatchell.  In 1901 this family was living at Dargle Road, Drumcondra, where William Gale Burgess was working as a clerk in a brewery.   Their children were:
William Burgess who had been born in Laois in 1875.
Catherine Morton Burgess who had been born in Laois in 1876.
Richard Mitchell Burgess, named for his grandmother's family, and who had been born in Scotland in 1878.
Mary Burgess who had been born in Scotland in 1881.

Anne Louise Gatchell, who had married William Gale Burgess in 1874, was the daughter of Thomas Gatchell and Jane Morton who had themselves married in 1843.  Thomas Gatchell was a clerk in the Clonmel Union, and was jailed for 12 months in 1854 for theft of union funds. A son was born in Clonmel in 1853.
A Charles Gatchell  and Frances M. Watson witnessed the wedding of Thomas's daughter, Anne Louise Gatchell and William Gale Burgess in 1874.  Later in 1874, this Charles Gatchell, a tea dealer in Dublin, married Frances Morton Watson, his fellow witness. Charles was the son of Samuel Gatchell, while Frances was the daughter of William Watson of Mountmellick. The Gatchells clustered in the Mountmellick/Rathangan area and appear to have been Quakers.

D) The fourth daughter of blind Captain William Gale of Valleyfield was Grace Gale, (1824 - 1895), who married William Palmer Thompson (1805 - 1891), son of Robert Thompson, in Durrow, Queen's County, on 12th September 1849.  When their son, Robert Thompson, married in Dublin in 1879, his father William Thompson was noted as working for the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Grace Thompson, née Gale, died on 30th May 1895 at Park View House, Gobnascale, Derry - the residence of her son George Richard Thompson - and she was noted as the widow of the late William Palmer Thompson and as the fourth daughter of the late Lieutenant Gale of Ballyroan. The American and Australian papers were to note her death - this signifies that the Gales or Thompsons had family living abroad.

The family of William Palmer Thompson and Grace Gale lived firstly in Durrow, Co. Carlow, then at 11 Burnett Place, Dublin.

Children of Grace Gale and William Palmer Thompson:

a) Robert Thompson, born circa 1849/1850 in Durrow, Laois, and married to his first cousin, Harriette Mitchell Burgess of Portarlington. They had married in St. George's, Dublin, on 22nd November 1879.  Both bride and groom were living at 11 Burnet Place, and the fathers of both were in the R.I.C. - William (Palmer) Thompson and William Burgess.   The witnesses were William Burgess and William Gale Thompson, presumably the groom's brother.   

Robert Thompson was a printer living in 1911 at 47 Fitzroy Avenue, Drumcondra, with their one surviving child of four, Grace Gale Thompson, who had been born on 27th April 1882.   
In 1901, they had been living at 4 Royse Road, Drumcondra, and there was a second daughter, Alice Elizabeth Thompson, who would die in 1907 aged 23. 

On 30th June 1880, 3-week-old Robert William Thompson  died at 11 Burnett Place.
The daughter of Robert Thompson and Harriette Mitchell Burgess, Grace (Gale) Thompson, was born at Burnett Place on 27th April 1882.

 On the night of the 1901 census, a daughter of Grace Gale and William Palmer Thompson was living or staying with Robert Thompson and Harriette Mitchell Burgess - this was Anna Grace Thompson, who had been born in Co. Laois/Queen's County, in 1871.

b) Laois-born George Richard Thompson (1851 - 24th December 1935), son of Grace Gale and William Thompson, married Derry-born Elizabeth/Lizzie Foster (who died 13th June 1917. )  They married in Derry on 18th June 1875.  George Richard Thompson was noted as the son of William Palmer Thompson of Upper Dorset Street, Dublin, while Lizzie was the 2nd daughter of Mr. George Foster of Creevagh, Derry. ('Derry Journal', 21st June 1875.)   
George Richard Thompson had joined the post office in 1872, and retired in 1917.  This couple had an astonishing amount of children.....

  • George Burnet Thompson born Derry on 23rd June 1876.  He worked in the Post Office. 1911 shows him married to Ellen Thompson, living in Argyle Street.
  •  William Gale Thompson born in Derry on 7th September 1877.
  •  Dealtry Palmer Thompson (2nd February 1879 -Jan. 5, 1955.) Newspaper Proprietor (Derry Standard), named after an earlier relation,  he married  Jean "Jeannie" GURNEY of County Donegal in 1901 - the family home was at 68, Duncreggan Road, Londonderry, Northern IrelandHe began at the Derry Standard Newspaper as an apprentice in 1893, aged just 13 years.  For over 30 years he was Branch Secretary of the Topographical Association (Londonderry branch) and a member of the Executive Council of the Association. He was a former chairman of Derry Trades Council and the Corporation Electricity Lighting Committee . He served 2 terms on Derry Corporation, first as a councillor and then as Alderman representing the Waterside ward. He was also a member of the Claremont Mission Church in the Christ Church parochial district. He was in the Orange Order, being the District Master of Number 1 District L.O.L. His son George Thompson was a teacher at Portadown Technical College, Portadown, Northern Ireland. His daughter Mrs. Alice Clews was married to Derek Clews, also a teacher at Drumahoe Primary School, County Londonderry. There was another daughter called Margaret.
  •  Thomas Burnett Thompson, born 19th November 1880 and who survived the War.
  • Sergeant Robert James Burgess Thompson, born 1881 - died in action in France, aged 35, on Ist July 1916.  He had married Sarah Ballantine Adair of Derry. 
  • Robert James Thompson born Derry 1882.  In 1911, he was working as a clerk in a distillery.
  • Possibly Elizabeth Maude Thompson, born Derry in 1885, who was a visitor in the house of George Burnett Thompson in 1911.
  • Alice Elizabeth Mitchell Thompson was born on 22nd April 1887 at 28 Desmond Terrace, Dublin.  (Although she was born in Derry and most likely baptised here in Dublin.)  She was named after her cousin, Alice, the daughter of  Robert Thompson and Harriette Mitchell Burgess.
  • Grace Gale Thompson, named for her paternal grandmother, was born to George Richard Thompson and Elizabeth Foster in 1890 in Derry.
  • Lancelot Fitzgerald Thompson, governor of Belfast Prison, who served during WWI.
  • Samuel Foster Thompson, born 25th August 1893, writing Clerk of Gobnascale, Waterside, son of George Richard Thompson married Jeannie Donaghy, 19 years, seamstress daughter of Robert Donaghy 26 April 1913. Witnesses John Arthur and Sadie Donaghy.   Moved to Canada and joined the army, surviving the War but with one leg amputated. In 1916, his wife, Jennie, was listed at 130 Oak St. Toronto.d
  •  Corporal Frederick William Palmer Thompson, who was killed in action on January 27, 1917 - however, a Frederick Thompson was named on the 1901 and 1911 census as a Dublin-born nephew and not a son.  This might be the same man.
  •  Lieutenant William John Thompson, who died in action on March 26, 1918. 
  • Richard Gale Thompson who survived the Great War. Born Derry 1895.
  • Matthew W. Thompson, survived the War.  Born Derry 1900.
  • Harriet Thompson, born Derry 1884.
  • Kathleen Thompson, born Derry 1886.
  • Jane Thompson, born Derry 1891.
  • John Thompson, born Derry 1893.
b) The son of William Thompson and Grace Gale was William Gale Thompson who was born in about 1850.    William Gale Thompson emigrated briefly to Boston where he married Delia Costello, the daughter of Martin and Mary Costello.   The marriage took place on 23rd October 1872.

 William Gale Thompson and his wife, Delia, lived briefly in Boston, Massachusetts, where Albert William Gale Thompson  was born on 22nd August 1874 or 1875 - Albert would marry Emily Jane Westcott, the daughter of John Westcott, in Bedminster, England, on 26th November 1901.    The second son of William Gale Thompson and Delia Costello was John Francis Thompson born on 11th June 1876. 
William Gale Thompson and his wife, Delia, returned to Dublin where son William Gale Thompson was born at the Thompson family home of 11 Burnett Place, Dublin,  on 15th April 1880.  A fourth son, George Richard Thompson was born on 15th April 1880.

William Gale Thompson and his wife, Delia, moved to Bedford, England. where Mabel Delia Alice Thompson was born on 29th November 1892.

The four sons, recorded above, attended St. Paul's National School in Bedford from December 1889 to 1892 and 1893 - the admissions record noted that they had previously lived at Marlborough St, Dublin, and they they were now living at Flitavon Villa, Foster Hill Road, Bedford.

Son William Gale Thompson married Edith Alive Howarth and were living with her widowed mother in Manchester where William worked as an optician's manager.  Their sons were Eric born 1905 and George Raymond Arthur born 1909.

c) The newspapers note the death, on 16th June 1886 at 23 or 28 Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, of Alice Eliza, eldest daughter of  William Palmer and Grace Thompson, and granddaughter of the late Lieutenant Gale of Ballyroan, Queen's County.  ('Freeman's Journal', 17th June 1886.)

d) Anna Grace Thompson, who had been born in Co. Laois/Queen's County, in 1871.

e) On 3rd February 1879,  a Dealtry Thompson, died, aged 21 at 11 Burnett Place;  the day before this Dealtry Thompson's burial, his brother, George Richard Thompson of Derry named his new-born son as Dealtry Thompson in honour of his brother.

f) Thomas Thompson, son of William Thompson and Grace Gale of Durrow, born 25th July 1864, was baptised as a Catholic in St. Agatha's, Dublin, on 25th February 1892, prior to marrying a Catholic woman, Maria Joanne Brophy, the daughter of Thomas Brophy.  The wedding took place in St. Agatha's the day after Thomas was baptised there.  He was living at Desmond Terrace, while Maria Joanne Brophy was living at Sackville Avenue. The witnesses were Holdon Sapharus (?) and Bridget Sullivan. 

g) A child was born to William Thompson and Grace Gale in Durrow, Co. Laois, on 24th November 1865. 

h)  On 9th October 1867, William James Thompson, son of William Thompson and Grace Gale of Durrow, was also baptised Catholic in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  I've no idea why there was a change of religion here, or if there were possibly two Durrow couples by the name of William Thompson and Grace Gale.

E) Another son of blind Captain William Gale and Miss Mitchell of Valleyfield was Parnell Gale of Cork from whom the Cork Gales descend.   This Parnell Gale (1815 - 1893) joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1835, aged 20, and was stationed thereafter in Cork.
He married Margaret Penny or Penney in Cork, and was noted as the head-constable at the police barracks in 29 St. Patricks Hill, Cork, in 1871.  Parnell Gale's father, blind Captain William Gale, spent his later years living with Parnell Gale in Cork.

On 11th July 1868, Parnell Gale, Head Constable of the R.I.C., signed a legal document on behalf of his son, Parnell Gale Junior, to confirm that the younger man had been born at Peacock Lane, Cork City, on 1st June 1844, and that this birth was recorded in the parish register of St. Ann's, Shandon, Cork.  Parnell Gale Junior was, in 1868, joining the civil service which required proof of age.

The younger Parnell Gale married Mary Wilhelmina Shine in 1878 in Bandon, Co. Cork.  Parnell Gale Junior worked for the Inland Revenue, and, widowed,  was living in 1901 at 18 Lansdowne Crescent, Glasgow, with his children - daughter Margaret Elizabeth Gale who had been born in Cork on 2nd September 1879, son Berkeley Gale born 1884, Robert Gale born 1887, and Arthur Mitchell Gale, who was born in Ireland in 1889 and who died in Australia in 1949 - his middle name, Mitchell, seems to be in honour of his great-grandmother, Miss Mitchell, the wife of Captain William Gale of Valleyfield.
(The 1901 census, transcribed on Find My Past has Parnell Gale Junior as having been born in 1865 which contradicts his father's statement confirming his son's birth as being 1st June 1844 - this is most likely an error of transcription on the part of Find My Past - the original Scottish census is not available to view online as microfilm so I can't check the original document. The daughter of Parnell Gale and Mary Wilhelmina Shine was born in Cork in 1879;  if her father had really been born in 1865, then he would have been 14 years old when his daughter was born.

The son of Parnell Gale Junior and Mary Wilhelmina Shine, Lt-Col. Robert G.Gale, was born in Cork on 16th September 1887, and died on 14th March 1937 at 25 Taswell Road, Southsea. His military funeral was reported by 'The Portsmouth Evening News' of 18th March 1937.  He was the son of Parnell Gale and had been educated in Glasgow High School before studying medicine in Glasgow University.  He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp and served in Egypt, in France during the Great War, and thereafter in India and Jamaica. He left a widow, a son in the merchant navy, and a daughter. The chief mourners were his sister Miss M. Gale, his sisters-in-law, Mrs. Berkeley Gale and Miss C.G.B. Alexander, his brother-in-law Mr. R. Glassford Alexander, his cousins Mr. and Mrs. Brown-Robinson, and a Miss Stewart, who I doubt is a relative of my own Stewart family.
Lt. Colonel Robert Gale had married Lora Duff Alexander (15th February 1892 - 15th June 1982) - they had Alan Parnell Gale (born Glasgow 20th February 1917, died 13th May 1976 in New Zealand) who married Elsie Peace Ball (born Karachi 1919, died 20th August 2009 in New Zealand).

The second son of Parnell Gale and Mary Wilhelmina Shine was Arthur Mitchell Gale (born December 1889 in Ireland, dued 1949 in Camberwell, Victoria, Australia) who married Mabel Mary (born 1896 and died in 1979 in Prahran, Victoria, Australia).

The third child of Parnell Gale Junior and Wilhelmina Shine was the Glasgow-educated surgeon Colonel Berkeley Gale (born 1884 in Ireland,  died 21st April 1953 in Chichester), who married Mabel Evelyn Wodehouse (born 21st August 1882 in Gotham,Nottinghamshire; died 11th February 1942 in Midhurst, Surrey) the daughter of Rev. Frederick Armine Wodehouse of Gotham, Northamptonshire, in Bengal, India, on 12th February 1913.  In 1923 a passenger list recorded Berkeley Gale as living at 27 Greycourt Gardens in Westminster.

The fourth child of Parnell Gale Junior and Wilhelmina Shine was Margaret Elizabeth Gale, who never married. She had been born in Cork on 2nd September 1879 and died on 1st November 1958 at Earnley Cottage, Earnley, Sussex.

To return to Head Constable Parnell Gale of Cork - another son was Berkeley Gale (born on 11th March 1851 in Cork; died in Wallasey, Cheshire in 1942) who married Emma Louise Adams in Cork in 1876 - Emma Louise Adams had been born in Swindon, England, in 1856.
In 1911, Berkeley Gale and his wife, Emma Louise, were living in Liverpool where Berkeley was working as a customs clerk.  Their children were  Margaret Gale born 1877, Anne Gale born 1879, Sarah Gale born in Cork in 1882, Emma Louise Gale born Cork 1884, and John Gale born Cork 1886.  Berkeley's son, Parnell Gale (1882 - 1963) married Clara Antrum, the daughter of a miller, Edward James Antrum, in St. Marks, Islington, London, on 17th June 1905.  The witnesses to the marriage were Edward Antrum and Kathleen Whitley,  In 1911, Parnell Gale (1882 - 1963), son of Berkeley and Emma Louise Gale, was working as a surveyor of taxes in Flitton, Northamptonshire, along with his wife, Clara, who had been born in about 1888 in Loose, Kent, and their children -  Muriel Gale who had been born in Middlesex in 1906, Berkeley Gale who had been born in Huntingdon in 1909, and Parnell Clarence Gale who had been born on 21st May 1901 and who died in 2001 in Bath.   Parnell Gale, son of Berkeley and Emma Louise Gale, died on 17th March 1963 in Longmeadow, Devon, and his will was administered by his daughter, Muriel Townsend.

Another son of Head Constable Parnell Gale and Margaret Penny of Cork was the Under Sheriff of Cork, John Gale of Hollymount, who had been born on July 5th, 1854.  John Gale married, on August 22nd, 1876, Mary Diana, daughter of the late Thomas Atkins, of Cork;  John died on 3nd October 1916 with probate of his will to his son, the solicitor,  Parnell Gale (1878 - 1948).  This Parnell Gale was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery: 'PARNELL GALE, died 19th May 1948 and his wife, EVELYN, died 26th March 1972.'    He had been living at 8 Castle Park Road, Dunlaoghaire, Co. Dublin, at the time of his death.

Blind Captain William Gale of Valleyfield, following the death of his first wife, Miss Mitchell, moved to Cork to be close to his son, the policeman Head Constable Parnell Gale.

F) By blind Captain William Gale's second, unknown wife, he had Samuel P. Gale (1830 - 1902) of Cork, who emigrated to Philadelpia and who married his cousin, the Pennsylvania-born Mary Ann Burchell.

Mary Ann Burchell had been born in about 1843 in Philadelphia to the Irish-born Henry Burchell and to Philadelphia-born Mary Gale, the daughter of Malachi Gale and Catherine Holland, Malachy Gale being the son of Anthony Gale and Anne Delany, as was blind Captain William Gale.

Mary Burchell had been born to Malachy Gale and Catherine Holland in about 1827 - she died, aged 72, in Philadelphia on 8th April 1900, and was buried in the Old Cathedral Cemetery on 11th April in grave S-2-13, where, her husband, Henry Burchell had been buried in 1889, as was her son, Henry Pius Burchell in 1895, her brother, Malachiah Gale on 14th January 1890, and a John Joseph Burchill on 15th May 1906.
A son of Henry Burchell and Mary Gale was the dentist, John Burchell, who married twice, first to German-born Henrietta/Hetty Stern by whom be had six children, and secondly to Maggie by whom he had a daughter, Frances Burchell.

Alponsus Pius Burchell, the son of Henry Burchell and Mary Gale, married Lizzie Annie Holmes, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Holmes, in the Church of the Evangelist on 22nd July 1866.  A conveyancer, he would die aged 74 on 15th March 1926.    Alphonsus's wife, Elizabeth Burchell, gave birth to a son, Joseph Gale Burchell, in about 1867 - in 1870 mother and son were living in the home of the child's grandmother, Elizabeth Holmes.  Elizabeth Burchell's son, Joseph Gale Burchell, was baptised as a Protestant  in later life on 24th March 1883 in Trinity Episcopal Church, and was confirmed a few days later. He would die young, however, and was buried in Trinity Cemetery on 19th October 1887.
Henry Pius Burchell, the son of Henry Burchell and Mary Gale, married Catherine Flynn, the Irish-born daughter of John Flynn and Katherine Barry, who had emigrated to the States in 1860. Of the five children of Henry Burchell and Katherine Flynn, only one survived, possibly John Burchell, who was living with his grandparents and parents at 625 Sanson Street in 1870, and with his parents in 1880.  John Burchell, born 25th December 1861, was an upholsterer. His father, Henry Pius Burchell, died in April 1895 and was buried in the same plot in the Old Cathedral Catholic Cemetery, ie: plot S/2/13, as his father, Henry Burchell, who died later in March 1899.  Katherine, the widow of the younger Henry Burchell, was working as a laundress in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in 1900, but she died there of gangrene on 6th April 1902.

(NB: There are a few inaccuracies in the records - the 1860 Philadelphia census states that Henry Burchell had been born in Connecticut;  however, in most of his childrens' later records, they state that he was Irish-born. Also, when his wife, Mary Ann Gale, née Burchell, died on 28th January 1920 at the W. Clementine Street home of their unmarried daughter, Frances Gale, the death certificate stated that she was the daughter of Samuel Burchell, rather than Henry Burchell- the informant was a Samuel Gale of W. Clementine Street, but I can find this individual nowhere on the various US censuses of the time, so, perhaps the certificate was carelessly filled out.)

In 1859, Samuel P. Gale and Mary Burchell  as first cousins, once removed, were given dispensation to marry by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the wedding duly took place on 8th March 1859 in St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on Queen Street.

Henry Burchell (1809 - buried 21st March 1889) operated in central Philadelphia as a furniture dealer, and, for some time, was in partnership with his son-in-law Samuel P. Gale in the East Division, 3rd Ward, Philadelphia. In 1861, Henry Burchell and Samuel P. Gale were noted as stove-dealers, operating together in Philadelphia, but were later noted as furniture or retail dealers, as was Henry's son, Henry P. Burchell.
In 1860, both families were living together  - Henry and Mary Burchell (circa 1820 - 4th April 1900) had a daughter, Catherine Burchell, who was born in 1839 in Pennsylvania and who died on 18th October 1863.  Daughter Elizabeth Burchell was 15, Alphonus Burchell (1849 - 1926) was 11, Jerome/Girome Burchell (1850 - 1873) was 8, and son Francis Burchell was 6 and would die at 625 8th Street, Philadelphia on 18th June 1866.
Son-in-law Samuel P. Gale was aged 30, his wife, Mary A. Gale, was only 17, and the young couple had a new-born daughter Mary Gale.  There was also an 80-year-old Harriet Gale present in the Burchell household on the night of the 1860 census, who, apparently, had been born in Delaware, Pennsylvania, according to the return, but there are many inaccuracies in the census returns of this time, so it's more likely that she was one of Samuel's Irish-born relations, possibly even his widowed mother, ie, the second wife of Captain William Gale.  I can find no further information about her however.

On 30th September 1869, Samuel P. Gale, the son-in-law of Henry Burchell, was naturalised in Pennsylvania;  he stated on the application that he had arrived in the Port of New York in September 1848.

By 1870, Samuel P. Gale had moved to York, Pennsylvania where he continued to operate as a furniture dealer. Along with his eldest daughter, Mary A.Gale Junior, there was Agnes aged 7, Theresa aged 6, Celia/Cecilia aged 4, Augusta aged 2, and the infant son Frances, who had been born, along with a twin, Mary, on 27th December 1869. Neither Frances or Mary survived, and both were dead by 1880.
In 1875,  Samuel P. and Mary A. Gale had a daughter, Elizabeth Gale, who was born in 1875 and who died soon after on 9th April 1875.
By 1880, the family were living and farming in Douglass, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. There were two extra children - Joseph Ignatius Gale aged 9, and daughter Frances Mary Gale who had been born on 4th May 1873.

On 14th August 1891, in Bally, Berks., Pennsylvania, two of Samuel P. Gale's children married two members of the Reppert family.  Daughter Celia Gale married Raymond E. Reppert, the son of Daniel Reppert and Elizabeth Edlinger, while Augustine A. Gale married Raymond's sister, Senia Reppert.
Augustine Gale, born in January 1868, had moved to Chester, Delaware, Pennsylvania, to work as a labourer, but had returned to Philadelphia by 1910 where he worked as a fireman.  The children of Augustine and Senia Gale were Joseph S. Gale, born in March 1892,  Augustine Junior (April 1895 - 20th September 1915), Virginia Gale born August 1896 who married a member of the Senior family, Anthony Dewey Gale born June 1898, Florence Teresa Gale (20th May 1899 - 15th August 1929) who married Charles Senior and who died of pregnancy complication in 1929, Gertrude Gale born 1904, and Forrest Gale born circa 1905.  It seems that Augustine Gale, the childrens' father, was also known as Forrest Augustine Gale, since this was the name his death was registered under in 1929. His wife, Senia Gale, in 1930 was living with another son, Russell Gale, who had been born in 1907, and a married daughter, the widowed Virginia Senior, and a grandson, Francis Senior, born 1918. Senia Gale died on 14th August 1939.

IN 1914, Ignatius Joseph Gale, who had been born to Samuel P. Gale and Mary Ann Burchell in Montgomery on 5th May 1881, married Beatrice L. Sperry, the daughter of Dexter and Alice M. Sperry of Philadelphia.  In 1920, Ignatius was working as a book salesman in Philadelphia, and the couple had two young children, Eugene and Mary.  Following the death of his wife, Beatrice, Ignatius and his two children moved in with his sister, Frances Mary Gale, of W. Clementine Street.  Ignatius was drafted into the army  during the 2nd World War.  He was noted as a dealer with United Petroleum, and his next of kin was his son, Eugene Gale of Chelten Avenue.  When Ignatius died on 9th July 1947, Eugene, the informant, was living at 2841 W.Clementine Street.

Frances Mary Gale, the daughter of Samuel P. Gale and Mary Ann Burchell, lived at 2841 Clementine Street, and worked as a saleslady at Strawbridge & Clothiers' Department Store. She died on 28th September 1936, and was buried in the Old Cathedral Cemetery.  The informant was her brother, Ignatius Gale, who had lived with her in W. Clementine Street.

In 1900, Samuel P. Gale and wife Mary A. Gale, were back in Douglass, along with their youngest surviving son, Nathaniel Gale, who had been born in about 1881, and with son Joseph Ignatius Gale, who had married Catherine/Katie Mary Engel in 1898 - Joseph and Katie Gale had had a child, Lewis J. Gale shortly afterwards. They also had Regina Maria Gale in 1901, Mary Catherine Gale in 1904, and Catherine Maria Gale who died shortly after her birth in 1910. Katie Engel had  been born on 4th July 1875 to the German-born Louis Engel and Mary Metzinger, and would die at 5300 Chester Avenue on 13th August 1957.
Joseph I. Gale, elevator operator, who had been born on 10th March 1873 to Samuel P. Gale and Mary Ann Burchell, died in Philadelphia on 1st September 1922.  Earlier, he had buried an infant son, also Joseph I. Gale, who had been born on 3rd of June 1909, and who had died of convulsions on 12th December 1909.
Following Joseph Gale's death in 1922, his widow, Katie, moved in with her daughter, Regina, who had married George J. Crossman in Philadelphia in 1921. The family were living in Reno Street in 1930 - Regina and George Crossman had a daughter, Elizabeth Crossman, who had been born in 1925.

Samuel P. Gale died on 10th November 1902 in Bally, Pennsylvania, and was buried along with his daughter, Mary A. Gale, who died, aged 24, on 25th February 1884.   His widow, Mary Gale, née Burchell, went to live with her daughters - in 1910 she was with her widowed daughter, Cecilia Reppert at 1610 York Street, then, in 1920, with daughter Frances Gale at her residence on W. Clementine Street - Frances Gale would later confirm that her father, Samuel P. Gale, was the son of blind Captain William Gale.
Also present in the household of Cecilia Reppert in 1910 were Ignatius Gale, born 1886, Thomas Gale, born 1902, and Cecilia's young daughter, Philomena Reppert, born 1902.

5) John Gale, born to Anthony Gale and Anne Delany.

6) Jane Gale, born to Anthony Gale and Anne Delany  - She married Patrick Glascock and had two daughters, whose baptisms were noted in the Ballinakill Catholic parish register -  Mary Glascott was baptised in March 1796 by Patrick Glaves (sic) and Jane Gaile, and was sponsored by James and Anne Ryan in Ballyrone.  Frances Glascott was baptised on 29th October 1797 by Patt Glasco (sic) and Jane Gale, and was sponsored by Thomas Ryan and Mary Kennedy.  Jane Gale's widowed mother, Anne Delany, had married a man by the name of Ryan following the death of her first husband, Anthony Gale, and I wonder were the sponsors of Mary and Frances Glascock related to this unknown Ryan?  Other researchers have named Jane Gale's husband as 'Glascott', but the parish registers show up a cluster of Glascocks in the Ballinakill/Ballyroan area;  no Glascotts are noted.

7) Frances Gale, born to Anthony Gale and Anne Delany, who married John Kearney in 1800 - their children were  Frances Kearney, born 1809, John Kearney, born 1811,  Jane Kearney born 1813 and John Kearney, born 1822.  The Kearney's emigrated to the US.  One of the current American Gale researchers, Richard McCunney, descends from Frances Gale, daughter of Anthony Gale and Anne Delany.

8) Malachi Gale (1777 - 1861), son of Anthony Gale and Anne Delany.   Malachy Gale married Catherine Holland (1778 - 1845) and his children were baptised in the Catholic Ballinakill Church -

1st September 1801 Anthony Gale (sponsors: Thomas Ryan and Elizabeth McEvoy).
5th November 1802 Hellen Gale  (sponsors: Edward and Sarah McMahon).
26th February 1804 Margaret Gale (sponsors: Andrew Ryan and Elizabeth McMahon).
1806 Catherine Gale
24th June 1808 Parnell Gale
1811 Malachi Gale.

This family  also emigrated to USA - aboard the 'Catherine', leaving Dublin on 14 July 1817 and arriving in Philadelphia on 24 September 1817.
Malachi Gale died aged 94 in Philadelphia on 14th September 1861; his funeral left from his son, Malachi Gale Junior's residence, 1161 South 11th Street, to St. Paul's, then to St. Mary's Cemetery.

9)  Ryan, first name unknown,  - a half-brother born to the widowed Anne Delany and a 2nd husband following death of Anthony Gale.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Newcombe Family of Geashill

This post concerns the family of Mary Anne Newcombe, daughter of Benjamin Newcombe and of his first wife, Martha/Marthe Beauchamp.  Mary Anne Newcombe was the third wife of our immediate maternal ancestor, the Portarlington schoolmaster Thomas Willis.
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The Newcombe family originated in the Geashill area of King's County/Offaly close to Portarlington. The baronies of Geashill and Upper Philipstown are 3.5 miles northwest of Portarlington, and includes the parish of Killeigh.  The chief residences there (in 1847 ) were Cloneygowan, Woodfield, Bloomville, Aghanvilla, Retreat and Finter.   Cloneygowan, Bloomville and Aghanvilla were associated with the Newcombe family; Portarlington with the Willis/Laval famillies;  Killeigh with the Tarleton family.

The first of this Newcombe family to settle in the Irish midlands was John Newcombe who received land at Cloneygowan, Portarlington, in 1693; his wife was Catherine - a daughter, Catherine Newcombe (1693 - 1763), is believed to have married William Henry Odlum of Cloneygowan, naming a son Newcombe Odlum in 1745, thus beginning a tradition of Newcombe/Odlum marriages in the area.



The son of John and Catherine Newcombe was Mary Anne Newcombe's grandfather, William Newcombe (Senior) who had been born in Ballychristal near Aughnavilla. He died in Nov. 1763, and had married another member of the Odlum family, Elizabeth Odlum.  Some of their  children were:

1) Arthur Newcombe was born to William Newcombe and Elizabeth Odlum about 1730. He married Mary Duplex in 1758 in St. Peter's, Dublin.   Mary Duplex was the daughter of George Dupleacks and Alicia French; she had been born in September 1734 and died in 1789.

Arthur Newcombe and Mary Duplex had the following children:

a) William Newcombe was born to Arthur Newcombe and Mary Duplex   in 1759. A builder, he married Marianne Atkinson, daughter of Thomas Atkinson and Letitia Knox. He died in May 1835 in Cloneygowan, Tullamore.  His wife Marianne died in 1843 in Clonegowan House, Portarlington.   They had Letitia Abigail Newcombe in about 1780 ; George Newcombe was born in 1800 and married Isabella Susanna Carey on 28 Feb 1818 in St. Peter and Kevin, Dublin; Thomas Newcombe; Rebecca Newcombe, born about 1790 - she married Samuel Ridgeway on 15th April 1820 in St. Peter and Kevin and died in 1861;  Marianne Newcombe;  Richard Newcombe was born about 1765 in Ballychristal and died in 1818 in Portarlington - his wife may have been Marianne Disney, daughter of W. Disney of Offaly.  A possible son of this Richard was the Richard Newcombe of Ballychristal who married Mary Anne North On 28th May  1831 - the Tithe Applotments of the 1830s note Richard Newcombe at Ballycristal, Geashill. The only son of Richard Newcombe of Ballycristal, Geashill, was the engineer William James Newcombe, who married in Bray, Co. Wicklow, on 21st October 1868, Mary Evelina North, the daughter of Thomas North Esq.  They had a son, Thomas William Newcombe, at 54 Blessington Street, Dublin,  on 16th January 1870.    Another son was James Haddington Newcombe, born at 54 Blessington Street, on 28th April 1871.
George Newcombe, a son of William Newcombe and Marianne Atkinson, was born in 1800, and married Isabella Susanna Carey on 28 Feb 1818 in St. Peter and Kevin, Dublin. He died in 1897 in Clonegowan, Tullamore.  Their children were William John Newcombe who married Elizabeth Maria Newcombe on 11 Apr 1856 and who died in 1860 of typhoid;  Susannah Newcombe was born about 1826 and married Henry Clarke on 17 Jul 1856 in St. Peter and Kevin's, Dublin -she died in 1873;  George Newcombe was born in 1828. He died on 02 Jul 1855 in Cloneygowan and this may have been the doctor, George Newcombe, mentioned as resident in Portarlington in the 1840s;  Marianna Elizabeth Newcombe was born in 1822 in Peters Place Dublin and died after 1911; Elizabeth Letitia Angeline Newcombe was born on 5th Mar 1827 in Cloneygowan House and died in 1853 in Cincinnati, Ohio, having married Thomas Shaw Odlum in Ireland. 

b) George Newcombe, the son of Arthur Newcombe and Mary Duplex,was born 10 May 1762 in Killucan, Westmeath.   

c) Arthur Newcombe was born in 1764 to Arthur Newcombe and Mary Duplex . He received a game license for Heathstown, Westmeath in 1809; his wife was possibly Anne Kelly. They married in 1804.  The Protestant Kelly family featured heavily in deeds relating to the Willis/Laval families of Portarlington - they lived in both Portarlington and Dublin.

d) Mary Newcombe was born to Arthur Newcombe and Mary Duplex in 1771. She married James Atkinson on 01 Feb 1790 in St. Peter's, Dublin. 

2)  Margaret Newcombe was born born to William Newcombe and Elizabeth Odlum  about 1730.  She married the Portarlington merchant Edward Geoghegan and had:   Margaret Geoghegan in 1754;  William Newcombe Geoghegan - A  broker, he was declared bankrupt in Chester in 1793, but reappeared back in business in Liverpool the following year - a freeman of Portarlington, he was admitted onto the corporation of the town on 26th June 1820;  Elizabeth Geoghegan;   Mary Geoghegan was born in 1753.      A possible brother of the merchant Edward Geoghegan was Gerald Geoghegan of Dublin.  Edward Geoghegan was mentioned time and again in deeds involving the Laval and Willis families of Portarlington.

3) John Newcombe was born born to William Newcombe and Elizabeth Odlum on 28 Jun 1736. He married Mary Odlum in 1765.

4) William Newcombe born to William Newcombe and Elizabeth Odlum.

5)  Mary Anne Newcombe's father, Benjamin Newcombe, was born to William Newcombe and Elizabeth Odlum.  He died before 1798.   He bore the middle name 'Hall', and several deeds mention members of the Hall family.  Some records denote him as a clergyman, but I haven't found any evidence of this myself. He married twice, first to Marie Beauchamp, and then to Francoise d'Ully de Laval, the daughter of David de Laval of Picardie and Portarlington.

Deed 513-334303-47, dated 14th March 1790, between Richard Clarke of Portarlington and Thomas Willis, whereby Richard Clarke was passing on a house to Thomas Willis for the lives of Mrs. Louise Hall, otherwise Beauchamp, who was the wife of Major Hall,  Mary Anne Newcombe who was the  wife of the Portarlington schoolmaster Thomas Willis, and Miss Harriot Newcombe, the daughter of Benjamin Newcombe.    The witnesses were Gerald Geoghegan of Dublin, Edward Geoghegan and Richard Clarke of Portarlington.

Deed 265-288-175141, dated 29th March 1769, between Henrietta de Laval of Portarlington and William Burrell, also of Portarlington, was signed in front of Edward Geoghegan, merchant of Portarlington, and Theophilus Beauchant, son of Samuel Beauchant.

A Deed of 1798 includes Benjamin Newcombe, deceased, Benjamin's daughter Hariot Newcombe, his daughter Mary Anne Willis, married to Thomas Willis, Richard Clark, Ed Geoghegan, Gerald Geoghegan, Mary Geoghegan, Major Hall and wife Louise Hall, née Beauchant/Beauchamp.

Rev. Benjamin Newcombe married, firstly Marie Beauchant, (probably the daughter of Samuel and Marianne Beauchamp, who had been born in Portarlington on 11th April 1743). Given that two of Benjamin Newcombe's daughters - Mary Anne and Deborah Charlotte - were supposedly step-sisters, then the eldest child, Mary Anne Newcombe, was possibly the daughter of Benjamin Newcombe and Marie Beauchant.
Benjamin married, secondly, her friend Francoise d'Ully de Laval (1740 - 11th July 1780), the granddaughter of the Vicomte David d'Ully de Laval of Portarlington and Goudelencour, Picardie.

The children of Benjamin Hall Newcombe were:

a) Mary Anne Newcombe (born circa 1763, died 20th June 1804) who married the schoolmaster Thomas Willis (1748 - March 18th 1825) of Portarlington as his third wife on 14th 1795.  She was perhaps the daughter of the first wife Marie Beauchant.

b)  Deborah Charlotte Newcombe  (born 1778; died  24th September 1857) who married in 1808 Thomas Gilbert Willis  (May 21st 1785; he died January 11th 1837), the son of the schoolmaster Thomas Willis of Portarlington.   Deborah Charlotte Newcombe was supposedly the half-sister of her older sibling Mary Anne Newcombe.

c)  Henrietta Newcombe was born in 1777.

d) Hariot Newcombe.

Other Newcombes of Geashill:
William Newcombe, who died prior to 1805, of Ballycristal, was married to Elizabeth Newcombe - his son and heir was James Newcombe of Ballymoney, King's County.  (Yet another Odlum/Newcombe alliance -  Elizabeth Odlum was born about 1760 and married a James Newcombe on 25th November 1757  in Abbeyleix, Queen's County.)
In 1811, a William and Arthur Newcombe were noted at Bloomfield House, Geashill. The schoolmasters of Abbeyleix School in 1827 were William Newcombe and Daniel Newcombe.

Newcombe/Ridgeway:
William Newcombe, along with an indecipherable member of the neighbouring Odlum (Rookcrew?) family, witnessed the King's County wedding, on 15th April 1820, of Rebecca Newcombe, the daughter of William Newcombe and Marianne Atkinson, of St. Peters, Dublin, to Samuel Ridgeway of Kilmurry, King's County.  Samuel Ridgeway was the son of John Ridgeway and Mary Odlum who had married on 2nd Feb 1768 in Geashill.

Samuel Ridgeway and Rebecca Newcombe had  Thomas Newcombe Ridgeway was born in 1821 in Clonegowan House who married Elizabeth Mary Ridgeway on 30 Nov 1848 in Ballycommon, Kings County and who died in 1878;   Marianne Ridgeway, born on 06 Jul 1823, died in 1906; William John Ridgeway, born about 1829, died in Apr 1846.

Another member of this family was Samuel Ridgeway's nephew,  Rev. John Henry Ridgeway, son of John Ridgeway and Charlotte Clarke of Ballydermott House, King's County. Rev. John Henry Ridgeway's son would later be knighted as Sir William Ridgeway, the Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge.  This Professor William Ridgeway would later prove the will of Rev. John Dickson Eccles Newcombe in 1907, who was the grandson of William Newcombe, merchant of Athy and Dublin.

Thomas Newcombe Ridgeway, son of Samuel Ridgeway and Rebecca Newcombe, died at Aghanvilla, Geashill, King's County, on 3rd March 1879; his widow was Elizabeth Mary Ridgeway.  His daughter was Rebecca Jane Ridgeway who married the chemist, William Porter, in Dublin in 1893.


Rev. Arthur Newcombe and Catherine Wingfield:
Note:  although Arthur Newcombe was also of the Geashill Newcombes, it's unclear to me which William Newcombe was his father.  His father, William, was married to Elizabeth Bradell of Carlow.

12th July 1833:  Rev. Arthur Newcombe (born circa 1787) of Abbeyleix, Queen's County, the son of William Newcombe (son of Arthur) and Elizabeth Bradell, married Catherine Wingfield (Powerscourt);  witnesses were  William Newcombe and William Odlum.  Their daughter, Isabella, born 1836, married General John Christopher Guise on 18th September 1861 in Abbeyleix, Queen's County.    A son, William Wingfield Newcombe, was born 13th June 1834 at Abbeyleix, and was baptised in St Peter's, Dublin.  He died in Co. Carlow on 27th April 1857, a bachelor, with probate to his sister, Isabella Newcombe of Glenbawn, Queen's County, his only next-of-kin.

Rev. Arthur's sister was Joyce Newcombe, born about 1788, who married Peter Vickers in 1805.

Rev. Arthur Newcombe's brother was William Newcombe who married Elizabeth Letitia Sarah Eccles, the daughter of Daniel Eccles and Anne Dickson, on 23rd October 1813. She was the sister of John Dickson Eccles of Fintona, Co. Tyrone.  She died at Rockfort on 27th October 1833.  Given his later use of the name 'Bradell', this was most likely the William Newcombe who follows, who had business dealings in both Dublin and Athy, Co. Kildare.

The children of William Newcombe and Elizabeth Letitia Sarah Eccles were  William John Newcombe, who was born in Leitrim in 1814, and who married Mary Belinda Dickson on 1st Jun 1848 in St. Peter's, Dublin. He died in Woodville, Leitrim ;  Daniel Eccles Newcombe was born to William and Elizabeth Letitia in 1818 in Dublin. He died in 1853;  Benjamin Arthur Bradell Newcombe was born to William and Letitia in 1825 in Dublin - he married Elizabeth Maria Frances Wilhelmina Eccles in 1852 and died in 1864.   Another daughter of William and Letitia was Elizabeth Maria Newcombe who married William John Newcombe on 11 Apr 1856 in Booterstown, Dublin and who died in 1896.

On 28th October 1852, Rev. Benjamin Arthur Braddle Newcombe, the son of William Newcombe, merchant of Barrowford, Co. Kildare, married Elizabeth Maria Frances Wilhelmina, the daughter of John Dickson Eccles of Fintona, Co. Tyrone.  They were therefore cousins. She would die on 27th September 1883.  Her brother was named as Robert D. Eccles.   Rev. Arthur Braddle Newcombe died in Tyrone on 4th June 1864.

Slaters Directory of 1846 notes Daniel Eccles Newcombe, barrister, and also William Newcombe, wine and tea merchant of W. Newcombe & Son,  and also William Newcombe Junior, all at 104 Baggot Street, Dublin.    A second address for the above merchant was Barrowford, Athy, Co. Kildare.

The younger William Newcombe of 104 Baggot Street married, on  1st June 1848, Mary Belinda Dickson, the daughter of the Baggot St. barrister, John Dickson.   William Newcombe, son of the late William Newcombe of Dublin, died at Bray, Co. Wicklow, on 26th October 1854....on 12th May 1854, the elder William Newcombe of Barrowford, Athy, Co. Kildare, had died at 5 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin.

A son of Rev. Benjamin Arthur Newcombe was Rev. George Newcombe who married Alice Ruckley, the daughter of Joseph Ruckley, on 27th January 1847;  Rev. George Newcombe lived at 22 Lower Rutland Street, Dublin. This might be a typo - the correct address may have been 22 Upper Rutland Street because he was noted at this address in 1847.
...a Letitia Newcombe died aged 50 on 15 June 1872 at Upper Rutland Street;   a Frederick Newcombe died at 33 Upper Rutland Street on 15 September 1877, aged 5; a Frances Newcombe died at 32 Upper Rutland Street, aged 50, on  28 May 1879.
....at 22 Upper Rutland Street lived the wine merchant Thomas Arthur Newcombe and his wife, Dorinda Maria, who, on  25th August 1860, had a daughter Anne Letitia Newcombe. On 12th August 1862 a second daughter was born - Frances Catherine Mary Newcombe.  This family moved north to Clontarf, Co. Dublin, where daughter Elizabeth Dorinda Newcombe was born on 21st November 1864.

The son of Rev. Benjamin Arthur Newcombe of Donaghmore, Tyrone, was Arthur Braddle Newcombe, who died at Valetta Lodge, Kingstown, Co. Dublin, on  15th August 1864, with probate of his will to his brother,  Rev. John Dickson Eccles Newcombe of Navan, Co. Meath.  Another brother was Charles Thomas Newcombe who died on 1st December 1891 at Peafield Terrace, Blackrock, Co. Dublin - his brother Rev. John Dickson Eccles Newcombe administered the will;  in 1891 he was living in Edenderry, Queen's County.

Possible daughters of Charles Thomas Newcombe, who died at Peafield Terrace, Blackrock,  were Hessie Catherine Newcombe of 12 Peafield Terrace, Blackrock, who died in China, on 1st August 1895,  Jemima Newcombe, who administered her will, and Ethel Lucy Newcombe who also died at Peafield Terrace on 11th April 1897 and whose will was granted to Rev. John Dickson Eccles Newcombe.   Jemima Newcombe was also mentioned in the will of the unmarried Anna Maude Frances Newcombe, late of China, who died at the Vicarage, Edenderry, on 12th December 1910.   Jemima, along with Janie Newcombe, also proved the will of Benjamina Eliza Newcombe of Leeson Park who died 22nd July 1915 in China.
Hessie Newcombe was an Anglican missionary in China, along with four of her sisters, and was murdered there on 1st August 1895 during the Kucheng Massacre, a precursor to the Boxer Rebellion.  She had been in charge of the Kucheng Girls' Boarding School;  her sister founded the 'Hessie Newcombe Memorial School for Girls' in her memory in Shanyang in 1895.

Jemima also proved the will of Hester Frances Dickson of Hollybrook, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, who died there on 19th January 1918.

Rev. John Dickson Eccles Newcombe died on 1st May 1907 in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow;   his will was granted to Rev. Robert L.D. Eccles and Professor William Ridgeway.   This was Sir William Ridgeway who had been born to Rev. John Henry Ridgeway and to Marianne Ridgeway in Ballydermot, King's County in 1858 and taught Greek in Queen's College, Cork, before taking up the post of Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge - he was granted the will of Marianne Ridgeway who died at 32 Corrig Avenue, Kingstown on 14th January 1906.
Elizabeth Frances Newcombe, widow of Rev. Benjamin Arthur Braddell Newcombe, also died at Valetta Lodge, Kingstown, on 2nd February 1865, the executrix of her will being a second widow, Elizabeth Newcombe.