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Saturday, 8 March 2014

The Family of Gilbert Tarleton and Marie Louise Charlotte de Laval of Portarlington

This is a continuation of an earlier post about the Willis/Laval families of Portarlington, and explores the line of descent of Marie Louise Charlotte de Laval and Gilbert Tarleton.

The Vicomte David d’Ully de Laval's stepdaughter, Marie Louise Charlotte (de Cobreville)de Laval , following the family’s return from France to Portarlington in 1751, would marry Gilbert Tarleton of Portarlington.

Gilbert Tarleton was the direct descendant of Gilbert Tarleton who had been born in Hazelwood, Lancashire, in about 1580, and who died in 1656 in Geashill, Killeigh, King's County - his grandson Gilbert Tarleton married Elizabeth Warren and would die in Portarlington in 1740.   Their son, Edward Tarleton (1708 - 1740) married Anne Tarleton, and their son was the Gilbert Tarleton of Portarlington who married Marie Louise Charlotte de Laval in the early 1760s.
The Killeigh and Portarlington Tarletons were related to the prominent Tarleton family of Liverpool.
(The register of the French Church in Portarlington also records the death in Dublin of another elderly Tarleton family member, Elizabeth Tarleton, aged 68 on 15th January 1797.)

On 20th February 1764, the Register of the French Church recorded the baptism of Edouard Tarleton, son of Gilbert and Marie Tarleton.  David de Laval, the child’s grandfather, was recorded as the godfather. Also present at the baptism was a second Gilbert Tarleton, noted as the uncle of the baby's father - this older Gilbert was the son of Gilbert Tarleton and Elizabeth Warren.  A Miss Anne Tarleton was also there.

On August 1767, the couple had another son, David Tarleton. Present at the baptism were Samuel Beauchamp, merchant of Portarlington whose daughter, Martha, was the second wife of Thomas Willis, and Miss Francoise de Laval, aka Frances or Fanny, the daughter of David Daniel de Laval.

Yet another son was Henry Tarleton who was of the military and who died in action.

A daughter of Gilbert Tarleton and Marie Louise de Laval was Henriette Tarleton who married Gideon Castelfranc IV, a lieutenant-colonel in the English army who died childless in 1839.  Gideon was the son of Francis Castelblanc and was a member of a noble family of Castelfranc, near La Rochelle, whose surname was De Nautonnier, and who had fled to England at the time of the Revocation.
The head of the family at the time of their flight from Catholic France was a cleric of La Rochelle, married to Marguerite Chamier. They had three sons and six daughters, three of whom, following a spell in captivity in France, had been released and settled temporarily in Geneva. The other six children had been en-route to a penal settlement when their ship had been captured by the English who brought the Castelfrancs to London.   One of the daughters married a Mr. Testas, another a M. Boudet.  Three of the sons entered the English army - two died in action, while the third later settled in Portarlington.
The son who settled in Portarlington on a half-pension from the army of William of Orange was Gideon/Gedeon Castelfranc, who had married Marie Pin and who died in Portarlington on 11th July 1749. This was an ancestor of Gideon Castelfranc who married Henriette Tarleton, the  daughter of Gilbert Tarleton and Marie Louise de Laval.  
The earlier Gideon Castelfranc was the brother of Abel Castelfranc of Rathbone Place, Marylebone, London, whose will was probated on 22nd July 1748 and who had married Suzanne Le Blanc. Abel's will confirmed that his brother was Gideon Castelfranc who had settled in Ireland and who held a lease of mortgaged land at Siskin, Queen's County;  Abel had financial interest in these lands and mortgages and decreed that, following the death of his brother Gedeon, that the land should be divided equally between Gedeon's three sons, namely Peter, Francis and Gideon. Peter was named as Abel's residual legatee and was the man who proved the will in London in 1748.  Also named was Abel's sister, Mary Nautonnier Castelblanc who was to benefit from his will provided she continued to keep a school.  A niece was Esther Castelblanc who was to receive South Seas annuities;  a niece in Ireland was Charlotte Dolier;  a third niece was Margaret Castelblanc;  a fourth niece was Charlotte (?Bessott) of Switzerland.   Abel's late brother-in-law was Albert Le  Blanc who had left him his plate and linen, and which Abel was now leaving to nephew Peter Castelblanc. Peter's wife was named as Abel's niece, Elizabeth Castelblanc, the wife of Peter.

Gilbert Tarleton, born 1732, died in Portarlington aged 78 on 15th April 1810.  His wife, Marie Louise de Laval ,the daughter of Marguerite-Madeleine de Paravicini and the adopted daughter of David Robert d'Ully de Laval, died on 4th February 1814.

Edward Tarleton, son of Gilbert Tarleton and Marie Louisa de Laval:
Baptised in Portarlington on 20th Feb. 1764, he was noted in the 1801 edition of  Wilson's Dublin as a tea merchant of  88 Great Britain Street.  A son, born circa 1804, was Rev. John Rotheram Tarleton of Monaghan.  A daughter was Mary Tarleton, who died aged 73 on 13th November 1868 (ie, she'd been born to Edward Tarleton in about 1795) - Mary Tarleton died at the residence of her nephew, Frederick Falkiner Tarleton, who lived at 3 Lower Pembroke Street.      A third son of Edward Tarleton, tea merchant, was Edward de Laval Tarleton, born circa 1809, a doctor of Bath, who died aged 40 in Eccles Street in Dublin on 10th September 1849, and who had settled in Pulteney Street, Bath, where he had, in May 1846, married Ann, the daughter of John Merryweather of Lindum Terrace, Lincoln.   Ann, his widow, would later die at Pulteney Street, Bath, aged 69, on 2nd March 1869.

The grandson of Marie and Gilbert Tarleton of Portarlington, and son of Edward Tarleton, was the Rev. John Rotheram Tarleton, Rector of Tyholland, Co. Monaghan, who was the representative of the Vicomte de Laval - in 1845 a Caroline Tarleton married an Edward Rotheram, which may be the origin of Rev. John's middle name.
Rev. John Rotheram Tarleton was educated by a Mr. Fea, and entered Trinity College, Dublin,  on Nov. 6, 1815 aged 14.

Rev. John Rotheram Tarleton was married to Judith Catherine Falkiner who had died in Monaghan on 24th July 1868.  She had been born in 1798 to Frederick Falkiner (1760 - 1839ish) and to Louisa Fraser (1761 - 1817) in Congor House, Tipperary.   The brother of Frederick Falkiner of Congor House, Tipperary, was Rev. Richard Falkiner of Mount Falcon, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary (born 1751), whose eldest son was Richard Falkiner pf Mount Falcon who married Tempe Litton of Terenure. Their children were Richard Henry Falkiner who married Georgina Rebecca Sadleir, Travers Hartley Falkiner, Frederick John Richard Falkiner (barrister), Robert George Falkiner and Rebecca Falkiner.

The Rev. John Rotheram Tarleton died at Tyholland Glebe, Monaghan, on 21st February 1885 - his will was proved by his eldest son, Frederick Falkiner Tarleton of 3 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin.

The children of Rev. John Rotheram Tarleton and Judith Catherine Falkiner were:
1) Frederick Falkiner Tarleton, born circa 1822.  Lived at 3 Lower Pembroke Street. .   A barrister, Frederick Falkiner Tarleton would die at Pembroke Street on 30th June 1899, leaving a widow, Caroline C. Tarleton.  This couple had married on 7th August 1860 - she was Caroline Campbell Paterson, the daughter of Irwin Whitty Paterson of Bonnie Doon, Kilrush, Co. Clare. The second daughter of Irwin Whitty Paterson was Alice Paterson who married, on 29th April 1861 in Kilrush, Tyrrell E. Davenport of Ballynacourty, Co. Clare.
Three of the children of Frederick Falkiner Tarleton and Caroline Campbell Paterson were baptised in Tyholland Church, Monaghan - John Gilbert M'Ivor Tarleton on 2nd February 1862, Judith Amelia Tarleton on 5th March 1865, and Agnes Louisa Tarleton on 19th March 1870.         Judith Amelia Tarleton, known as Aimée Tarleton, married the doctor Alfred Ernest Taylor, son of Nathaniel Sneyd Taylor, on 27 July 1895; in 1901 she was living with her widowed mother, Caroline C. Tarleton, in Dunlaoghaire, Dublin, and with her children, Noel E.F. Taylor and Aimee C.V.F. Taylor.    The unmarried daughter of Caroline Paterson and Frederick Falkiner Tarleton, Agnes Louisa Tarleton, was also living with them.

2) Francis Alexander Tarleton, born circa 1830, solicitor, called to the bar in 1868, although other records note him as a senior fellow of TCD, Dublin, and a professor of natural philosophy.   He published several treatises on thermodynamics and maths.
On 9th July 1868, Francis Alexander Tarleton of TCD married Gertrude Albinia Fleury of 24 Upper Leeson St, the daughter of Charles Marlay Fleury - the witnesses were Robert George Flakiner and Annie Fleury who was the bride's sister.   Gertrude Albinia Tarleton died on 2nd December 1912 at 66 Upper Pembroke Street - she had previously lived at 24 Upper Leeson Street, and her will was proved by her husband Francis Alexander Tarleton.  
 In 1879 when he proved the will of an Eliza Tracy, late of 73 Bushfield Avenue, but who died at 3 Lower Pembroke Street, Francis Alexander Tarleton was living at 24 Upper Leeson Street. He also proved the will, along with Arthur Fleury, of the widowed Catherine Fleury in 1873.    Francis Alexander Tarleton of 24 Upper Leeson Street died in July 1920 and his own will was administered by Emma Catherine Fleury.

3) Rev. John Tenison Tarleton, born circa 1830.  Was minister at Kilmore, Co. Monaghan, then at St. Thomas's, Old Charleton, Kent, UK, where he died on 18th September 1910. His widow was Margaret E.T. Tarleton, ie. Margaret Eleanor Theresa Dowman, who'd been born in Galway in 1854 and who died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 15th December 1934.  In 1911, the widowed Margaret E.T. Tarleton was visiting Blarney, Co. Cork.
Margaret was the daughter of the Irish-born customs officer, Jonathan Darby Dowman and of Margaret Dowman. The family had lived in Liverpool and Galway before finally settling in Dublin.

4) Edward de Laval Tarleton, born circa 1832. Of the Royal Artillery.  Captain Edward de Laval Tarleton died on 25th December 1899 at Gourlencour, Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey - Gourlencour was the name of the Laval family estate in Picardie, France.  Edward had been named after a possible uncle, also Edward de Laval Tarleton, a doctor of Bath, England, who died on 10th September 1849 in Eccles Street, Dublin.  In 1848, he had been noted at 19 Great Pulteney St. in Bath.

5) Eliza Louisa Tarleton, born circa 1834 in Tyrone, who died unmarried on 11th July 1908 at 52 Wellington Road, Dublin.  In 1901 she had been living with her brother, Francis Alexander Tarleton at 24 Upper Leeson Street.


  1. The Churchyard of Geashill, in which stands the Protestant Church rebuilt in 1814, lies at the foot of the rising ground on which the castle was erected. Though of large extent, there do not appear to be any tombstones of a date earlier than the year 1684.
    To the south-east of the church, there are two slabs lying close to one another. One of them, which was almost covered by a sod (April, 1913), bears the following inscription:-


  2. Thanks a million, Nicola - that headstone certainly serves to clarify the early Tarletons, including their family link to the Liverpool family.

  3. Hi Alison
    In 1) above
    Is Catherine a typo and meant to be Caroline? If not who is she?
    You say she is a widow. Do you know who her first husband was?

    (researching the Paterson family)

  4. Hi Angus, yep, I must have been sleeping on the job when I did up this post! The wife of Frederick Falkiner Tarleton was Caroline Campbell Paterson, and there's no evidence to support the fact that she was a widow when she married Frederick in 1860 in Co. Clare. I'll amend this immediately. Thanks for pointing it out!

  5. Alison, I am Leonard Tarleton, now of Wellington NZ. I am fairly certain of being of the line of one, Edward Frederick Tarleton (latterly, Architect, of Dublin 1808-1880, This,by virtue of marriage cert of my gfather Frederick Tarleton in which he claims EdFred, ' architect' as his father, wth his mother being Eleanor StJames Tarleton. Fred had brothers Robert (Rev). John Digby, William, & Eugene Digby, with sister Ellen The Rev Robert was ex Trinity and went to USA, where his son Robert continued in the family business. Eugene may have gone to Cork and married Caroline Finn. In Census records I have found, he claims Manchester as his place of birth, but that may just have been to not acknowledge 'Irishness'? Family lore has it that he was 'the black sheep' of an Irish Family
    Have you found any linkage of my sparse findings, to any of your exhaustive research? Cheers, LenT

  6. Hi there Len...I hadn't come across your branch of the Tarletons before, but, given their use of the family name of 'Digby', they must somehow relate to the Tarletons of Killeigh as do the family discussed in this post. I trawled through whatever records I could find, but failed to find a link.
    As you already know, Edward Frederick Tarleton was an architect/surveyor of Marlborough Street. There are a few online records as I'm sure you're already aware. Irishgenealogy have a few of the family births...

    Ellen Maria born 21st May 1840 at 3 Rulers Row, to Edward Tarleton, carpenter and his wife Ellen.
    John Digby Tarleton born at 54 Mary Street on 13th April 1838.
    Robert Tarleton born at 20 Stafford Street, on 30th November 1836.

    The British Civil Service Evidence of Age documents are archived on Find My Past and show up your grandfather Frederick Tarleton, born 2nd April 1846 to Edward F. Tarleton and Eleanor Tarleton. He was baptised on 8th June 1846 and registered 12th June 1846.

    His brother, Eugene Digby Tarleton was noted in 1866 as a compositor (ie, printer) with the Northern Whig newspaper, who was randomly assaulted in the street by a stranger. ('Belfast Newsletter', 10th January 1866.)
    The previous year, Digby Tarleton, aged 20 of Marlborough Street, was imprisoned in Dublin for drunkeness - this was probably the origin of your 'black sheep' family lore!

    Eugene Digby Tarleton married Caroline Finn, daughter of Joseph Finn, in Cork city in 1868.

    James Joseph Tarleton was born on 23rd June 1869 and was baptised on 28th June 1869 as Frederick Joseph Tarleton. (Catholic Baptism.)
    John Edward Tarleton was born 22nd September 1870.
    Ann Tarleton was born 26th September 1871.
    Digby Edward William Tarleton was born 25th June 1873, but he died the following year.
    Digby Tarleton was born 22nd October 1874.

    It seems that Eugene, known as Digby, Tarleton emigrated to Victoria Australia, where he married, secondly, on 14th May 1883, in Waymouth Methodist Church, Mary Quin, second daughter of James Quin of Adelaide. Internet sources name their son as James Herbert Tarleton.

    I haven't found any further details but I'll keep searching. Maybe someone out there will read this and know of a link?

  7. Alison,
    Thanks for that, quite magical.
    My father and his cousins would only have known of Fred as the husband of their 'Granny Tarleton' so he, Fred, would have been the supposed Black Sheep
    I have had contact with Robert and Albert Tarleton in USA as the descendants of Sanford and Robert, the American born sons of (Rev)Robert, the oldest son of EdFred.
    Robert,apparently left Trinity and went to USA as per previous.

    When my grandfather RobertEdward(b1881) remarried in 1925 his father was given as Frederick (dec) 'Customs Officer'. This ranking,presumably occasioned the need for the Civil Service 'Proof of Age'doc
    Does that doc specify Dublin as pob (birth or baptism?) because he consistently claimed Manchester as his pob in several census records in which he is variously describe as 'Omnibus or Cab Driver.

    I had a sense of Eugene/Digby going to Aus, I must have gleaned that in one of my spasmodic forays into researching Tarleton.

    Re Ellen, I was barely able to decipher 'Ruler Row' but got there eventually, but alas, no further

    I haven't even considered JohnDigby or William as the other siblings of 'my' Fred

    Courtesy of my US cousins, there was obviously a proliferation of Tarletons' in Dublin throughout the 1800s and many references to Trinity, including a Tarleton being on the Board.
    But the antecedents of EdFred (Carpenter cum Architect) are still to be discovered ,
    But Hey, we may be from the wrong side of the blanket, never mind the many religious hints.
    It might be nice to be able to claim French Gentry in my background. Unless of course they happen to beat the 'All Blacks'

  8. In building my family tree, I have come across a rode block. Does anyone know who the parents are for Muriell Digby Tarleton? Any help is much appreciated.