Friday, October 30, 2009

Westmeath, Ireland books

Book title: "South Westmeath Farm and Folk" by Jeremiah Sheehan, Published 1978 by Blackwater Press, Dublin.
Items of interest from the above book for Claffey researchers are as follows:

page 141 The parish priest had an aversion to the excessive drinking on fair days and forbade his parishoners to enter a public house . He prevailed on some business people in Moate to provide other refreshments and Mr. Claffey's establishment served tea, bread and soup and was well patronized. (This took place @ 1880)

page 183 Charles Claffey of Knockdominy, Moate was a frequent cattle prize winner from 1846-1860 at the Moate Agricultural Show.

page 297 In 1846 Kieran Claffey of Banoges, Moate won prizes at the Moate Agricultural Fair for Crop Husbandry and Farm Improvement.

page 299 In 1848 Charles Claffey of Ballinamudagh won the prize for the Best Calved Heifer in the category of Farmers with Less than Fifty Acres of Land. (I do not know whether this refers to Old Irish Acres, Irish Acres, or English Acres, which as best I can figure out differ widely.)

Also at the 1848 fair Kieran Claffey of Banoges won the prizes for Best Three Hogget Ewes, Best Cultivated Crop of Beans, and Best Boar. (The townland is spelled Banogues elsewhere in the text.)

page 310 Kieran Claffey, Banoges, Moate, was born in Kilgarvin, Ballinahown about 1792. He worked as a gardener at Moyvoughly House and in 1832 he married Miss Whittaker of Banoges, Moate, and with whom he inherited 10-1/2 acres of good land. Kieran was an intelligent man and profited from his stay in Moyvoughly. Right through the first period of Moate Show his name appears every year, amongst the prize-winners for crop husbandry, sheep and pigs and was second on two occasions for the Society's medal for the best managed farm under fifty acres. He was also a prize-winner at local ploughing matches. He died in 1888 aged 96 years, being outlived by his wife who reached the great age of 106 years. His grand-daughter, Miss Margaret Claffey lived until recently on the farm that he managed so well at Banoges. (This paragraph is taken directly from the text.)

page 311 Charles Claffey farmed 24 acres and was a regular prize winner at the Agricultural Fairs which were held from 1840 to 1862.

page 317 Cattle prizes were won by Thomas Claffey, Baltrasna, Moate, at the fairs which were held from 1928 – 1932.

page 319 Jack Claffey was a Moate Show Committee member in 1946.

page 325 In 1861 Kieran Claffey, Bonoges, won Second prize in the "Ploughing Match for Farmers with Under 50 Acres (This is the third variation of the spelling of this Townland.)

page 387 Moate businesses in 1881 included: James Claffey, Draper; James Claffey, Grocery & Spirit Dealer; James Claffey, Ironmonger & Hardware.

Page 391 Moate businesses in 1928 included James Claffey, Draper, Main Street.


Book Title: "Moate, County Westmeath, A History of the Town and District" by Liam Cox, published Athlone, 1981.

The ex-Cromwellians in 1659 were 'tituladoes' or persons of standing, in their respective townlands and with their families, relatives and planters, who came to Ireland from 1656 onwards, formed a new English population. In Clonlonan barony they numbered about 123 adults and were 'settled' among some 917 native Irish—tradesmen and labourers—who had survived the 'destructions' at the end of the war. The principal Irish names and numbers were: Fury 15, Daly 10, McLoughlin 10, Claffey 10, Kelly 7, Coughlan 7, Moran 6, O'Dully 5, Dillon 5, Killeen 5, Riley 5, Naughton 5.The first Mulleady in Moate, Patrick, came from near Lismoyney between Kilbeggan and Clara, as a gardener employed by the Robinson family of Aghanarget House. About 1770 he married according to family tradition a Miss Claffey, who was also employed in Aghanarget House, and died 6 June 1802 aged seventy-seven. He was buried in Mount Temple leaving two sons: John and Patrick.

At the summer assizes Mary Claffey was indicted for setting fire to the house of James Farrell of Boggagh, but was acquitted. (This was in 1827.)

An epidemic of cholera occurred in 1832 in Athlone and Moate. The poorer people suffered so severely from starvation and illness. . . the government appointed a Commission of Inquiry. In October 1834 the hearing was attended by . . . Daniel Claffey, labourer. . .

From the townland of Boggagh at least a dozen persons left for America between May 1870 and May 1873. Those who left Boggah included William Claffey . . . who appears to have returned since he was married at home just before the Xmas of 1887.

In 1881, or early in 1882, a branch of the Land League was established at Mount Temple. The members' register has survived. The President was John Egan . . . The Committee included . . . James Claffey . . .

The Parkwood Ambush: In October 1920 Faheeran, in Tubber parish, county Offaly, was in the Athlone Brigade area and had an interested and efficient group of Volunteers—E Company of the 1st Battalion. . . . It was decided to ambush the convoy at Parkwood. About eleven in the forenoon members of the Flying Column assembled at the appointed place and included: . . .Tommy Claffey, ex-British soldier and his brother, Paddy, of Faheeran. . .One Volunteer was restrained by Tommy Claffey from stepping out on the road as the first tender appeared over the hill.. . . Two Tans, who sheltered on the off-side of the first lorry, appeared on the road and Tommy Claffey fired twice at them without effect.

John Claffey, a leading merchant in the town, was arrested when seditious documents were found on his premises, in a box belonging to Conn Costelloe one of his employees. Claffey was detained in Athlone barracks for a week. (Most other accounts of this arrest say James Claffey, not John.)

1832 Voters—Moate and District: James Claffy, Boggagh

1825 Tithe Rental-Town of Moate—James Claffey

1825 Tithe Rental-Clara Road, Killeenboylegan townland: Martin Claffey

Inscriptions from Kilcleagh old churchyard:

Hugh Claffey d. 7 June 1780 aged 57. Erected by his son, Peter Claffey.

John Claffey d. 2 June 1763 age 36. (More illegible).

Daniel Claffey d. 14 July 1799 aged 62 and his wife, Ann Claffey, alias Linnan, d. 13 Feb. aged 90. (Rest sunk.)

Moate businesses 1914: James Claffey, general draper, grocer, wine and spirit, hardware and general provisions merchant.

1922 Registered Elector: John Claffey of Moategranoge, Moate.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


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James Claffey (c1837 Kings, Ireland) married Hannah Clulow (1840, Sheffield, Yorkshire) on 1 September 1862 in Sheffield. Their children were:
1. George Henry Claffey 25 Sep 1863 Glasgow, Scotland
2. James Claffey 18 Jun 1865 Palmerston District, Dublin, Ireland
3. John Patrick Claffey 18 Mar 1867 Agra, West Bengal, East Indies
4. William Daniel Claffey 22 Dec 1868 Agra, West Bengal, East Indies
5. Hannah Claffey 14 Jul 1870 Subathoo, Bengal, India
6. Daniel William Claffey 27 Sep 1872 Curva Kilder, Kildare, Ireland
7. Sarah Ann Claffey 1875 Welshpool, Montgomeryshire
8. Joseph Claffey 1877 Welshpool, Montgomeryshire
9. Charles Gantley CLAFFEY 1879 Welshpool, Montgomeryshire
10. Bertram Thomas Claffey 1883 Welshpool, Montgomeryshire
Charles Gantley CLAFFEY married Agnes Elizabeth PEARCE (born 1883) in 1906 in Welshpool and their children were:
1. Edith Hannah CLAFFEY 21 Apr 1907 13 Whittingtons Passage, Welshpool
(Mother Agnes, Father Charles)
2. Agnes Jessie Doreen Claffey 07 Mar 1918 Welshpool
(Mother Agnes, Father Unknown)
Edith Hannah CLAFFEY married Francis James OWEN (born 16 Jul 1905, Oswestry) in 1926 in Welshpool and their children were:
1. Burle Annie OWEN 28 Mar 1926 Welshpool
2. Francis C Owen 1927 Oswestry (died in infancy, aged about 6 months)
3. Edith Margaret Owen 1928 Oswestry
Burle Annie Owen married John Field Thorne (born 1924, Oswestry) in 1948 and their children are:
1. Peter Charles Field Thorne 1952 Shrewsbury
2. Roger Field Thorne 1958 Shrewsbury
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Sunday, October 18, 2009


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Claffey/Fox/McHale/McGavin (or McGovern) in Iowa:

The following Claffey family started out in Kings County (Offaly) Ireland, went to Canada around 1828, on to Lewis Co., NY around 1837 and at least three daughters moved to Iowa. Am seeking any genealogy details on this family.

01-Charles Claffey b 1799 or 1802, Clonmacnoise, Kings Co., Ireland,

Died 27 Apr 1868, Highmarket, NY

02-----+Ann (Anna Egan) b @ 1800 d 5 Aug 1878, Woodburn, Clark Co.


03----------Thomas b 1822 Ireland

04---------------+Margaret Nolan

05----------Mariah b 1828 in Canada, d 1892 in PA

06---------------+first married a Mr. Hughes

07---------------+second James Leo b. Newport, Co. Tipperary

08----------Elizabeth b 1837 or 38 in Quebec or NY, d Corning, Iowa

09---------------+Dennis Fox b 1831 Ireland, married in Rome, NY

10----------Ellen (or Hellen) b 25 Feb 1840 Oneida, NY d 1 Jan 1878

Woodburn, Clark Co., Iowa

11----------------+Patrick McHale, married 25 Oct 1857 Constableville,

Lewis Co., NY

12----------Ann (or Anna) b 1844 NY, d Iowa d 21 Sep 1900 Lucas Co.

13----------------+John McGavin (or McGovern)

This is Ellen Claffey McHale's youngest daughter

Corning Iowa 9/11/1904

Miss Claire McHale and Ed F. Gauthier

were married Saturday morning at

St. Patrick's church Rev. Father B. J.

Sheridan saying the service. Over two

hundred guests witnessed the ceremony.

The wedding was one which has long

been anticipated and unites two of Corning's

most popular young people. The

bride has taught school for a number of

years in the' county and is classed among

the best teachers and is also a general

favorite among the young people. The

groom has for a number of years clerked

for the Andrews clothing house and is in

every sense a thorough gentleman. He

is to be congratulated upon his choice of

a wife, they will make their home

with Mr and Mrs. Denis Fox, uncle and

aunt of Mrs Gauthier, with whom she

has made her home all her life.- The

church was beautifully decorated with

chrysanthemums and palms and the

bridal pews were draped in white flowers

and white ribbon and enclosed with

heavy ropes of white cord. A large floral

arch, from which hung suspended a

beautiful silver wedding bell, was constructed

in front of the altar through

which the bridal party passed. Upon

their entrance at the church- they were

led by the ring Nearer, .little .four-year old

Vivian Thompson bearing the ring

on a small silver tray -which was decorated

with tiny white chrysanthemums.

Following'were the groomsman Thomas

MaGrath and the bridesmaid, Miss

Mayine Gauthier, followed by the bride

and groom, who slowly marched to the

altar to the music of Mendelssohn's

wedding march rendered by Miss Bertha

Chapman. Rev. Father Sheridan met

them and said the marriage ceremony,

using the ring service. They left immediately

for the bride's home where

the guests were entertained at a fine

dinner. The table decorations were

bride's roses and white ribbon. The

bride was gowned in a beautiful champagne

lace and voile made over champagne

silk, fancifully trimmed in ribbon

and medallions with hat to match. She

carried a lovely bouquet of bride's roses.

The maid of honor wore a champagne

mohair gown becomingly trimmed. The

little ring bearer was dressed in a dainty

white Persian lawn trimmed in white

satin ribbon and insertion. The ushers

were Dan Mack and Arthur Colgan.

One of the pleasant features of the day

was the celebration of the golden wedding

of the bride's uncle and aunt, Mr.

and Mrs. Denis Fox. The following day

a reception was given at the home of

the grooms parents, Mr. and Mra. A. B.

Gauthier, in Mercer township at which

nearly one hundred guests were present.

Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier received many

beautiful and useful presents. Congratulations

are extended to them by their

many friends. The guests from a distance

were Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Fox,

Council Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Oakes,

Emerson; Mrs. G. M. Fox and son, Master

George, Omaha; Charles Fox and

daughter, Miss Angela. Omaha; Mr. and

Mrs. George Davidson and daughter, Miss

Anna, and Mrs. Mac McDonald, Creston;

Miss Rose McGovern, Chariton. They

also attended the golden wedding reception

of Mr. and Mrs. Denis Fox.

See further details on this family on New Mexico page at The Claffey Home Page.

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Co. Offaly, Lemanaghan Parish

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Claffy baptisms, Lemanaghan Parish, Offaly 1821-45
?? ??? 1821 John; Anne Claffy
30 oct 1821 Patrick; Patrick Claffy and Brigid Shea; spon: Patrick
Daly, Esther Shea.
18 dec 1821 Mary ; James Claffy and Mary Madden; spon: James Malony,
Anne Staunton.
11 feb 1822 Francis; William Claffy and Mary Malone; spon: Frank
Moran, Brigid Malone.
22 may 1822 John: Tom Claffy and Anne Geoghagan; spon: Patrick Egan,
Cath Egan.
5 sep 1822 Thomas; John Claffy and Mary Fitzgerald; spon: Richard
Cormick, Rose Claffy.
1 aug 1823 John; John Claffy and Mary Carroll; spon: John
Connor, Mary Corrigan.
25 sep 1823 Michael; John Sheridan and Brigid Claffy; spon: Chris
White, Mary Moonan.
16 feb 1824 John; Tom Claffy and Mary Claffy; spon: John
Majory, Eliza Majory.
10 jul 1824 Edward; John Claffy and Mary Fitzgerald; spon: Stephan
Claffy, Anne Fitzgerald.
16 jul 1824 Edward; Patrick Fitzgerald and Mary Claffy; spon: Edward
Fitzgerald, Mary Fitzgerald.
18 jul 1824 James; Patrick Claffy and Mary McLain; spon: Stephen
Collins, Donna Pazek.
23 feb 1826 Mary; Thomas Claffy and Anne Majory; spon; Patrick
Dolan, Mary Claffy.
20 aug 1826 Kieran; John Sheridan and Brigid Claffy; spon; James
Sheridan, Catherine Egan.
7 nov 1826 Catherine; Charles Claffy and Mary Roohan; spon: Reudi
Kelly, Brigid Roohan.
29 jan 1827 Edward; Thomas Claffy and Catherine Kelly; spon: Francis
Daly, Catherine Claffy.
05 jan 1828 Ellen; Stephen Claffy and Anne Flynne; spon: Thomas
Flynn, Ellen Reilly.
25 jan 1828 Thomas; Edward Claffy and Anne Larkin; spon: Martin
Flannery, Mary Devery.
06 jul 1828 Eujene; Thomas Claffy and Anne McGurry; spon: Thomas
Flannery, Mary Flynn.
03 sep 1828 Charles; John Sheridan and Brigid Claffy; spon: John
Mannion, Mary Gosan.
14 sep 1828 Kieran; John Claffy and Mary Carroll; spon: Thomas
Connor, Margaret Corragan.
26 dec 1828 Anne; Stephen Claffy and Anne Flinn; spon:Thomas
Flinn, Mary Claffy.
07 jun 1829 Thomas; Thomas Claffy and Catherine Kelly; spon: John Claffy,
Anne Marian.
30 jan 1830 Mary; Peter Claffy and Brigid Collins; spon: John
Connor, Margaret Mullin.
05 nov 1830 Anne; Thomas Claffy and Anne McGorry; spon: Thomas +
Brigid McGurry.
05 jan 1831 Thomas; John Claffy and Mary Carroll; spon: Michael
+ Sarah Corragan.
02 jun 1831 Mary; Thomas Claffy and Catherine Kelly; spon: Murry
+Mary Kelly.
06 feb 1833 Patrick; John Claffy and Mary Fitzgerald; spon: Edward
Claffy, Rose Nolan.
17 feb 1833 Patrick; Martin Cloonan and Margaret Claffy; spon: Stephen
Cloonan, Mary Egan.
13 jun 1833 John; Edward Claffy and Brigid Egan; spon: Kyran
Egan, ?.
31 sep 1841 Thomas; Edward Claffy and Mary Daly; spon: ? Claffy,
Mary Daly.
13 oct 1841 Anne; Bernard Coughlin and Anne Cooke; spon: John Claffy,
Margaret Conlan.
04 feb 1842 John; Kieran Kelly and Elizabeth Corigan; spon: Edward
Corigan, Mary Claffy.
28 feb 1842 Patrick; Bernard Daly and Brigid Claffy; spon: John
Claffy, Rose Claffy.
06 mar 1842 Ellen; Thomas Eaghy and Mary Dillon; spon: John
Claffy, Catherine Bolande.
22 mar 1842 Mary; Patrick Conely and Elizabeth Footin; spon: James
Claffy, Anne Hicky.
24 apr 1842 Kieran; Michael Doyle and Brigid Claffy; spon:
Patrick Grenan, Cecilia Claffy.
06 feb 1843 Anne; Peter Claffy and Brigid Collins; spon: John
Collins, Margaret Claffy.
27 feb 1843 Kieran; Kieran Downy and Margaret Cowly; spon: Patrick
Claffy, Mary McNally.
28 feb 1843 Brigid; John Conor and Ellen Hanaffy; spon:
Dionysii Henry, Mary Claffy.
24 jul 1843 Mary; James Corigan and Anne Daly; spon: Peter
Claffy, Elizabeth Keigan.
28 jul 1844 James; John Flinn and Anne Moran; spon: John
Claffy, Catherine Buckly.
29 jun 1845 Brigid; Michael Kildoyle and Brigid Claffy; spon: John
Egan, Elizabeth Hanaffy.
12 jul 1845 John; Patrick Egan and Mary Henrican; spon: John
Claffy, Ellen Nestor.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Irish Baptisms

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New Misc Ire

Some early Irish baptisms from Counties of Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Longford & Westmeath. After reviewing a number of early parish registers, I am of the opinion that Claffey/Claffy was spelled whichever way the priest chose. Each priest seemed to have his preferred spelling. While most baptisms were done soon after birth, there were exceptions. If you find an ancestor listed, I can offer further direction in locating the record.

Co Dublin:

Claffey: Mary 1788, James 1815, Mary 1815, Anne 1819

Claffy: Thomas 1817, Anne 1819, James 1828, Elizabeth 1831

Co Westmeath:

Clavey: Philip 1779

Claffey: John 1782, Ann 1789, Margaret 1811, Mary 1811, Elizabeth 1813, Ann 1822, Eleanor1826, Joseph 1826, William 1826, Eleanor 1828, Eugene (Owen) 1828, Catherine 1830,Thomas 1830, Anne 1831, Martin 1831, Catherine 1832, John 1832, Peter 1832, Rose 1832, James 1834, John 1834, Winifred 1834, Elizabeth 1835, Mary 1835, Elizabeth 1836, Joseph 1836, Michael 1836, Michael 1836, Patrick 1836, Thomas 1836, Anne 1837, Catherine 1837, James 1837, Ann 1838, Ellen 1838, John 1838, Mary 1838, Rose 1838

Claffy: Margaret 1778, Catherine 1780, Catherine 1805, Mary 1815, Thomas 1815, Andrew 1818, Francis 1818, Peter 1819, Catherine 1820, John 1821, Mary 1821, Patrick 1821, Francis 1822, John 1822, Thomas 1822, Elizabeth 1823, John 1823, Mary 1823, Patrick 1823, Edward 1824, James 1824, John 1824, Michael 1824, Ellen 1825, Bernard 1826, Mary 1826, Patrick 1826, Anne 1827, Edward 1827, Michael 1827, Thomas 1827, Catherine 1828, Elizabeth 1828, Ellen 1828, James 1828, Kieran 1828, Thomas 1828, Anne 1829, Anne 1829, Catherine 1829, John 1829, Thomas 1829, Thomas 1829, Anne 1830, Bryan 1830, James 1830, Mary 1830, Patrick 1830, Patrick 1830, Patrick 1830, Peter 1830, Catherine 1831, Elizabeth 1831, Hugh 1831, Mary 1831, Thomas 1831, Agnes 1832, Anne 1832, Ann 1832, James 1832, John 1832, Joseph 1836, 1832, Patrick 1832, Thomas 1832, Bridget 1833, John 1833, Mary 1833, Patrick 1833, William 1833, Catherine 1834, George 1834, James 1834, James 1834, James 1834 John 1834, Peter 1834, Peter 1834, Richard 1834, Bridget 1835, Bridget 1835, Mary 1835, Michael 1835, Patrick 1835, Patrick 1835, Rose 1835, Bridget 1836, James 1836, James 1836, John 1836, Patrick 1836, Patrick 1836, Anne 1837, Catherine 1837, Hugh 1837, John 1837, John 1837, Martin 1837, Stephen 1837, Bridget 1838, Bridget 1838, Thomas 1838

Co Galway:

Claffey: Thomas 1814, Charles 1828, Margaret 1832

Claffy: Catherine 1821, Thomas 1821, Michael 1823, Charles 1823, Elizabeth 1825, Margaret 1825, Bridget 1826, Bridget 1828, Catherine 1828, John 1828, Catherine 1829, Mary 1830, Ellenor 1831, John 1831, John 1832, Mary 1832, Thomas 1833, John 1835. Patrick 1835, Margaret 1836, Patrick 1836, Patrick 1836, Anne 1838, Charles 1838, Mary 1838, Michael 1838

Co Kildare:

Claffey: Mary 1826

Co Limerick:

Claffy: Anne 1802, John 1805, James 1808,