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A possible key to the sibling or other relatives of John Walsh is to establish relationships between the godparents of his children and other families in the community.

John Walsh and his wife, Fanny Feeney, had ten children all born in the town of Ballinrobe. The "addresses" listed at the births of their children were Carrownalecka and Knockanotish. Carrownalecka and Knockanotish are "townlands" in the northwest section of Ballinrobe that form part of the town proper. Several of the godparents of their children are known to have lived in this area. See Maps.

The Godparents

The parish records indicate that godparents were frequently relatives. In the case of John and Fanny's children there was only one Walsh godfather and no Feeney godfathers. This suggests that Fanny did not have any brothers and John may have had had only one brother.

The female sponsors are tricky because it is not always clear if they were listed under a married or maiden name. The records indicate that several of the godmothers were married and that their maiden names were Walsh. Consequently, I believe that they were related to John Walsh, either as aunts or sisters. There should have been ten female sponsors for ten children of John and Fanny. However, there was no female sponsor listed for Bridget in 1881 and the female sponsor for William in 1871 is know to have been a Lardner, but try as I might, I can't read the first name which looks like either "Mrs." or "Bgt". Of the remaining eight sponsors, five of them, Bridget Lardner, Mary Lardner, Bridget Flanagan, Bridget Murphy, and Ellen Goggin were more likely to have been related to John Walsh than to Fanny Feeney.

Most of the godparents of the children of John and Fanny Walsh, as did John and Fanny themselves, lived in the north west section of the town of Ballinrobe. This included the townlands and parts of the town itself that were called Carrownalecka, Knockanotish, and Rathkelly.

Most of the information listed under the godparents does not establish any clear relationship between John Walsh, Fanny Feeney and the godparents. I am still working on this problem. I believe that further research may shine some light on the situation.

The godparents had the following surnames:

  • Lardner, six times.
  • Mally, twice
  • Murphy, twice
  • Burke , once
  • Flanagan ,once
  • Keaffe, once
  • Goggin ,once
  • Hughs, once
  • Mea , once
  • Meehan, once
  • Morahan, once
  • Walsh, once

For more details on the Lardner and Malley Families see, The Lardners and Malleys.

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The Lardners

The name is spelled either Larner or Lardner.

Lardners were godparents six times for the baptisms of the 10 children of John Walsh and Fanney Feeney. The records show close ties between the Lardner family and the Walsh family. Since the Lardners were godparents to the children of John and Fanny so many times, I will consider them first. The rest of the godparents are listed alphabetically below.

The Lardners as Godparents to the Children of John Walsh and Fanney Feeney:

For more detailed information about this family, see The Lardners.

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James Burke, The Godfather of Mary Walsh in 1865

James Burke was the sponsor of John and Fanny Walshes' daughter, Mary, in 1865. James was a common first name and Burke was one of the most common surnames in the area. Consequently, there were several James Burkes in the parish.

Unfortunately, there are no other indications of any connection between any of the James Burkes and John Walsh and/or Fanny Feeney.

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Bridget Flanagan, The Godmother of Mary Walsh in 1865

In addition to being the godmother of John and Fanny's daughter, Mary, in 1865, Bridget Flanagan was the sponsor for:

There were no listings for Flanagan in Ballinrobe in the Tithe in 1827.

Patrick Flanagan was listed in the 1857 Griffith at 1g in Rathcarreen. Rathcarreen is the townland just north of the townland of Curragh and west of the townland of Rathkelly.

There were several Flanagan families in the parish in the mid 1800s. Most of them show no relationship to anyone related to either John Walsh or the Lardner family with the exception of Joseph Flanagan and his wife, Bridget Gibson.

Note:

Bridget Gibson= Bridget Flanagan.
Joseph Flanagan and Bridget Gibson had:
  1. William, on July 17, 1877, sponsors, Kate Larner and Pat Sullivan.

    The fact that Kate Larner was a sponsor to the son of Joseph Flanagan probably indicates a tie to the family of John Walsh and Fanny Feeny.

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Goggins,

There are two connections between the Goggin family and the family of John Walsh:

  1. Ellen Goggin was the godmother to James, the son of John and Fanny Walsh in 1867

  2. Bridget Goggin, a "cousin" of John Walsh reported his death in 1894

Ellen Goggin, The Godmother of James Walsh in 1867

Goggins was not a common name in the parish in the mid 1800s. There were no Goggins in the Tithe. There were only two listings for Goggins in the 1857 Griffiths. There were three listings in the 1901census.

Ellen Walsh Goggins and Michael Goggins

Ellen Walsh married Michael Goggin, date unknown. They had:

  1. Michael, of Michael Goggin and Ellen Walsh, was baptized on December 17, 1855. The sponsors were Pat Ganly (?) and Mary Braghan (?).

Based on the date of birth Michael, Ellen was born no later than 1835.

The baptismal records for the children of the Goggin family in Ballinrobe show that Michael, Pat, William and Thomas Goggins were related to one another. However, the records do not clearly connect any of the Goggins in the parish to John Walsh.

John Goggins and Ellen Reily, Carrownelecka

The 1901 census indicates that John Goggins and Ellen Reilly Goggins were born circa 1851.

John and Ellen Goggins of Carrownlecka had:

  1. Mary of John Goggins and Ellen Reily, sponsors William Murphy and Mary Murphy, July 2, 1870, "Carroonaleca"
  2. William of John and Ellen Goggins of "Carranelecka", sponsors, Michael Goggins and Julia Reilly, January 6, 1876
  3. Thomas of John and Ellen Goggins, "Cahernolecka", sponsors, Michael and Mary Goggins, January 20, 1878
  4. John circa 1881
  5. Hugh circa 1884
  6. Michael, circa 1887
John and Ellen Goggins were listed in the 1901 census in Carrownalecka, Ballinrobe as follows:
  • John, head, cannot read, age 50, farmer, married, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
  • Ellen, wife, read and write, age 50, married, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
  • Willie, son, age 25, labourer, not married
  • Thomas, son, age 23, labourer, not married
  • John, son, age 20, labourer, not married
  • Hugh, son, age 17, labourer, not married
  • Michael, son, age 14, scholar
All the sons were listed as able to read and write, born in Mayo and Irish/English speakers.

Ellen Goggin as a Godmother

  1. "Elinor" Goggins was the sponsor, with William Goggins, for Elinor, the daughter of Tom Goggins and Mary, alias Lydon, on March 15, 1865. Note: This records indicates a relationship between William and Tom Goggins. I believe Elinor was also known as Ellen.
  2. Ellen Goggin was the sponsor, with James Swift , to Bridget of Michael O'Brien and Bridget Kelly, February 29, 1872, no place listed
  3. With Michael Mally, to James, the son of John Walsh and Fanny Feeny, 1867
  4. With John (?) can't read, of Bridget of Martin Sheriden and Mary do or Hel--rn, January 23, 1871
  5. Ellen Goggin was the sponsor, with Michael Goggins, of Pat, of Tom Goggins and Mary Goggins, January 12, 1874

Bridget Goggin, The Cousin of John Walsh, Who Reported His Death in 1894

According to the 1901 census, Bridget Goggins was born circa 1841.

Bridget Goggin in the 1901 Census

Bridget Goggins of Carrownlecka, Ballinrobe was listed in the 1901 census as follows:

  • Bridget, head, cannot read, age 60, widow, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
  • Patrick, son, age 30, labourer
  • Ellen, daughter, age 25
  • Anne, daughter, age 22
  • James, son, labourer
  • Michael Swords, grandson, age 1

All the sons and daughers could read and write, were born in Mayo and were Irish/English speakers.

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Mary Hughs, The Godmother of Joseph Walsh in 1873

Mary Hughs the sponsor of John Walsh and Fanny Feeney's son, Joseph Walsh in 1873.

I do not know how Mary Hughes was connected to the family of John and Fanny Walsh. It seems like every male Hughes in the parish was married to someone named Mary.

Some possibilities are:

  1. Mary Walsh married John Hughs on February 24, 1852. The witnesses were John Duffy and Bidy (can't read). There was no place listed with this entry.

    In the 1857 Griffith John McHugh was listed at number 1 Chapel Road, Carrownalecka with a house, yard and small garden and at number 3 with an office and yard. John McHugh was still listed at number 1 and 3 in the 1893 Griffith. The total annual valuation of ratable property in 1857 at 1 and 3 Chapel Road was 1 pound each.

  2. Mary and James Hughs, Creagh Road had:
    1. Mary of Jas and Mary Hughs, Creagh Road, sponsors, Wm Murphy and Peggy Mullony, April 25, 1851
Mary Hughs was also a sponsor for
  1. With Pat Walsh of Catherine of Michael Walsh and Kitty Conry (?) January 28, 1862
  2. With Michael Conway of Andrew of Luke Mally and Bridget Do or Conway (?), November 28, 1870
  3. Patt of Patt Mally and Mary Mally, sponsors, John Mally and Mary Hughs, no place, April 5, 1872
  4. Bridget of Michael Hughs and Bridget Malley, sponsors, Michael Murphy and Mary Hughs, September --, 1873

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Pat Keaffe, The Godfather of Michael Walsh in 1867

Pat Keaffe and the Keaffes in general made very few appearances in the parish records.

There do, however, appear in the first records I have found for the parish. The Analecta Hibernica #14 of 1783 lists two Keaffes in the parish:

  1. John Keefe in Knocklehard
  2. Patt Keaffe in Knockanotish

This places a Keaffe in the Walsh clan neighborhood at a very early date. However, after that the the name disappears for a while and I cannot find any listings for them in the Tithe Applotment in 1827 or in the Griffiths in Ballinrobe in 1857.

There were two Pat Keefes in the parish records from the late 1860's to the turn of the century:

  1. Pat Keaffe in Liskellen which is a townland to the north of Knockanotish.

    Birth: Circa 1830/33, most likely the son of James Keaffe. (See the death of James Keaffe below)

    Marriage: Bridget Philbin, date and place unknown

    Children:

    1. Ellen, according to the 1901 census circa 1863, according to the 1911 census, circa 1859.
      Note: She was most likely born during the period of the missing records.
    2. James, according to the 1911 census was born circa 1863.
      Note:He was most likely born during the period of the missing records.
    3. Mary baptized July 29, 1863, sponsors Michael Keaffe and Bridget Keaffe.
    4. Bridget, the daughter of Pat Keaffe and "Bridget Do, alias, Philbin", was baptized on May 30, 1866, sponsors: John Horan and Sally (can't read).

      The civil registration of Bridget should have been in the records, I did not find it. Death: Bridget, the daughter of Pat Keaffe, laborer of Liskillen died on July 2, 1866. The death was reported by Bridget Philben (Civil Record).

    Pat Keaffe as a witness to the death of James Keaffe: James Keaffe, widower, Liskillen, age 80, laborer, died of debility on May 10, 1870, reported by Pat Keaffe, present at the death.

    1901 Census

    The 1901 census listed the family of Patrick Keefe in Liskelleen as follows:

    • Patrick Keaffe, head of household, age 68, cannot read and write, general labourer, Irish/English speaker
    • Bridget, wife, age 68, cannot read and write, housekeeper, Irish/English speaker
    • Ellen, daughter, age 38, cannot read and write, housekeeper, not married, Irish/English speaker.

    1911 Census:

    The 1911 census listed the family of Pat Keaffe in Liskilleen as follows:

    • Pat Keaffe, head, Roman Catholic, cannot read, age 81, farmer, widower, born in Mayo, Irish/English speaker
    • Ellen, daugher, Roman Catholic, cannot read, age, 52, single, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
    • James, son, Roman Catholic, cannot read, age, 48, general labourer, married, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
    • Honoria, daughter-in-law, Roman Catholic, cannot read, age, 34, married 1 year, no children, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker

  2. According to the civil birth records, Pat Keaffe, herd, of Carnacola, Neale, and his wife, Marie Mellett, had:

    1. Catherine born on January 5, 1868.

MacLysaght says the name was Anglo-Norman and was restricted to "the bounds of what is now Co. Cork."

Why was Pat Keaffe chosen to be the godfather of Michael Walsh?

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Michael Mally, The Godfather of James Walsh in 1867

John Mally, the Godfather of Ellen Walsh in 1877

There were two Malleys who were sponsors for the children of John and Fanny Walsh:

  1. Michael Mally was the sponsor James, the son of John and Fanny Walsh, in 1867. As expected given common names, Michael and Mally, there were several Michael Mally is the parish.
  2. John Malley was a sponsor for Ellen, the daughter of John and Fanny Walsh, in 1877.
For more on the Mally family in Ballinrobe see,
Mally

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Bridget Mea, the Godmother of Fanny Walsh in 1875

Mea, later written May, was not a very common name in Ballinrobe in the mid 1800s There were two Bridget Meas who seem to have been connected, see the baptism of the son of Martin Mea and Bridget Walsh in 1870.

The 1857 Griffith lists:

  • Patrick Mea at number 30 Chapel Road in Carrownalecka with a house, yard and small garden. In the 1866 ledger Patrick was crossed out and Bridget was entered. There were two additional notations which looks to be in the same hand writing as "Bridget" which reads "and others" and "Red". In the 1867 ledger "Bridget Mea and others" were replaced by James Turbott. Bridget Mea in the meantime was entered at number 32 where James Turbott had been crossed out. The "1880" ledger does not have any listing for Bridget Mea on Chapel Road.
  • The 1857 Griffith listed Thomas Mea at number 13 Creagh Road, Carrownalecka with a house, yard and small garden.
  • The 1857 Griffith listed Mary Mea at number 16 Creagh, Carrownalecka with a house.

The 1866 Griffith listed Martin Mea at number 11 Glebe Street Town of Ballinrobe, with a house office and yard valued at 1 pound. There was no listing for Mea in the north west section of Ballinrobe in the 1901 census.

There were two Meas families having children in Ballinrobe parish in the mid to late 1800s:

  1. Martin Mea and Bridget Walsh Mea

    On November 17, 1855, Martin Mya married Bridget Walsh. Witnesses were John and Margaret Moran. Unfortunately, there is the break in the records between the time of their marriage and the birth of the first known child in 1861. There may have been children born to them in that period. Martin and Bridget had several children after the records resumed:

    • Pat, of Martin Mea and Bridget Do, was baptized on July 30, 1861, sponsors: James Mea and Sarah Mea. Pat must have died as another Pat was baptized in 1867.
    • Mary, of Martin Mea and Bridget Walsh, was baptized in 1862, sponsors: Michael Horaghty (?) and Bridget Brogan (?).
    • William, of Martin Mea and Bridget Walsh, was baptized on February 11, 1864, sponsors: Joseph (can't read looks like "O X viger") and Bridget Cavanaugh. According to the civil record William was born on January 4, 1864 and Martin was listed as a "victualler". According to Webster, a victualler is "a publican holding a license to sell food and alcoholic drinks on his premises." Further, a publican is a person who runs a public house or "pub".
    • Pat, of Martin Mea and Bridget Mea, was baptized on July 30, 1867, sponsors: James Mea and Sarah Mea. These were the same sponsors for Pat born in 1861.
    • Martin, of Martin Mea and Bridget Walsh of Ballinrobe, was baptized on November 12, 1870, sponsors: Thomas Mea and Bridget Mea. The second Bridget in this duo was most likely, Bridget the wife of Michael Mea, see below.

  2. Michael Mea and Bridget Mally Mea

    On October 31, 1866 Michael Mea married Bridget Mally. The witnesses were Pat Malone and Catherine Mel-n-. Michael and Bridget had several children:

    • Mary, of Michael Mya and "Bridget Do a Malley" was baptized on December 29, 1867, sponsors: Pat Feeney and Bridget Mea.
    • Thomas, of Michael Mea and "Bridget Do or Malley", sponsors: Peter Mally and Judy Malley on November 19, 1869.
    • Pat of Michael Mea and Bridget Mally, sponcors Thomas Burke and Julia Mally, Rulkeran (?), January 12, 1872
    • Michael of Michael Mea and Bridget Mally, sponsor Martin and Judy Mally, November (?) 1873.
    • Bridget, of Michael and Bridget Mea of Killern, was baptized on November 17, 1878, sponsors: Pat Millet and Catherine Mea.
    • _____, of Michael and Bridget Mea ,was baptized in January 1881, sponsors: John Kelly and Anne Malley.
    • John, of Michael and Bridget Mea, was baptized on June 16, 1883, sponsors: Michael and Mary Mea.

Bridget Mea as a sponsor:

  • Patrick, the son of John and Fanny Walsh in 1875.
  • With Pat Mea to Michael of John Mea and Mary Mullony, September, 8, 1864
  • John, of Tom Flanagan and Sally Kerrigan, sponsors Pat Mea and Bridget Mea, on April 28, 1868. Note: Mary, of Thomas Flanagan and Sally Keragan of Curragan, sponsors John Keragan and Bridget Flanagan, March 26, 1867.
  • Martin, of John Mea and Mary alias Mullony, sponsors Pat Mea and Bridget Mea, September 26, 1866.
  • Pat, of Martin Mea and Mary Stinson, sponcors, Redman (?) Millet and Bridget Mea, December 9, 1872
  • Catherine of Pat Mea and Honor Jennings (?), sponcors,Peter Malone and Bridget Monahan
    Ann, of the same, sponcors, Pat Manahan and Bridget Mea
Other Bridget Meas
  • Ann of Thomas Burke and Bridget Mea, sponsors, Michael and Marg-----, July 1, 1871, no place

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Michael Meehan, the Godfather of William Walsh in 1871

Michael Meehan was the sponsor of William, the son of John and Fanny Walsh, in 1871.

Michael Meehan and Bridget Doorden (?) had:

  1. Martin of Michael Meehan and Bridget Doordon, sponsors, Thomas Garry and Mary Meehan, (month ? between February and July), 8, 1862
  2. Margaret of Michl Meehan and Bridget Doordon, sponsors John Meehan and Mary Meehan, November 13, 1863
  3. John of Michl Meehan and Bridget Doordon, Ballinrobe, sponsors, Mary Meehan and John Garry, July 27 (?), 1865
  4. Mary of Michl "Meechan" and Bridget Doordon, sponsors Martin Doordan and Margaret Doordon, High Street, B'robe, March 4, 1867
  5. Michael of Michael and Bridget Meehan, sponsors, John Meehan and Honor Meehan, May 14, 1876
  6. Francis of Michael Meehan and Bridget Doordan, sponsors, John and Margaret Meehan, September 1878
Michael Meehan as a godfather
  • With Bridget Joyce to Thomas of Martin Joyce and Mary, July 6, 1861
  • With Bridget Faraher to Bridget of Tom Garry and Margaret Farraher, --ember, --, 1862
  • To William, the son of John and Fanny Walsh in 1871
  • With Anne McDonnell, to James of James and Mary Meehan, July 6, 1879

There were other Meehans in Carrownalecka:

  1. Honor of John and Margaret Meehan, "Carunalecka", sponsors Jno Do (Meehan) and Ann (no last name), January 28, 1854

For more information on the Meehans in Ballinrobe see MEEHAN



Mary Morahan, the Godmother of Michael Walsh in 1863

Mary Morahan was the sponsor of Michael, the son of John and Fanny Walsh, in 1863.

The 1857 Griffith listed James Moraghan at number 17 Chapel Road. In the 1859 ledger James Moraghan was crossed out and James Morett was entered. In the same ledger, James Morett was crossed out and Mary Lyden was entered.

There were no Morahans in the north west part of the town of Ballinrobe in the 1901 census.

The records indicate the following Morahans in the north west section of Ballinrobe:

  • Pat and Biddy Morahan had:
    • Nelly, of Pat and Biddy Morahan of Chapel Road, sponsors Michl Do (Morahan) and Biddy (Sally) Madden on July 12, 1852. Note: There is the break in the records from 1856 to 1861.
  • Pat and Mary Morahan had:
    • John of Pat "Morehan" and Mary Do, sponsors, John Murphy and Ellen, May 24, 1851
    • Jas of Pat and Mary Morahan, sponsors Jno and Bridget Walsh, October 22, 1852, "Cnuecanotis" (Knockanotish ?)
    • Mike, of Pat and Mary Morahan, "Caranalek", August 22, 1854, sponsors, James and Biddy Hession. Note: There is the break in the records from 1856 to 1861.
  • Martin Morahan and Mary had:
    • Honor, of Martin and Mary Morahan, was baptized on December 20, 1863, sponsors were Patt Faragher and Honor Philben. No place listed.
There were two Mary Morahans born Morahan:
  • Mary Morahan and Martin Burke:
    • Martin, of Martin Burke and Mary Morahan, was baptized on October 26, 1861, sponsors were James Faragher and Mary Ganly (?). No place listed.
    • Anne of Martin Burke and Mary Do a "Morghan", sponsors, R. J. Hardiman and Honor Cunningham, October 22, 1862

  • Mary Morahan and Martin Rafferty:
    • Mary Morahan married Martin Rafferty on July 31, 1863. The witnesses were John Costello and Bridget Hambroye. There is a notation "2do in torio". I believe that his means it was a second marriage for both of them. They had at least two children:
      • John, of Martin Rafferty and Mary "Morachan" of "Ballinrobe" was baptized on May 22, 1864, sponsors were Michael "Morchan" and Bridget "Morachan". The civil registration lists Martin as a "householder". Which means he owned his own house.
      • Michael, of Martin Rafferty and Mary Morachan of Ballinrobe, was baptized on January 20, 1865, sponsors were John Lockry (?) and Mary Morachan. According to the civil birth registration, Martin Rafferty of Abbey Street, Ballinrobe, was a cooper.
Mary Morahan as a sponsor:
  • "Mary Morahan" with William Rooney of Bidy, of Pat Grunell and Bidy MacHugh, on February 24, 1852.
  • With ---- Stanton to Margaret, of Hanny Mally and Mary McTigh, January 16, 1862
  • With Pat Keaffe of Michael Walsh, the son of John Walsh and Fanny Feeney in 1863
  • With John Reddington to Kitty of John Morahan and Honor Joyce of Bally New (?) October 8, 1863
  • Michael Rafferty in 1865
  • Mary Morahan was the sponcor with John Hession of Ann of Pat Hession and Bridget Walsh, May 20, 1874
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John Murphy, the Godfather of John Walsh in 1861
Bridget Murphy, the Godmother of Thomas Walsh in 1869

John Murphy

I have not been able to determine the relationship between John Murphy and the Walsh family. Since he was connected to other Walshes he is more likely to be related to the Walsh and not Feeney family.

John Murphy was also sponsor to two people who the records show were related to John Walsh:

  • Richard O'Donnell and Ellen Walsh's son Pat in 1867
  • Martin Walsh and Bridget Branagan's son, Martin, in 1876
There were, however, several John Murphys in the parish of Ballinrobe in the mid 1800s. There are some discrepancies in the records, so it is unclear how many John Murphys there were.

Bridget Murphy

I do not know if Murphy was Bridget's maiden or married name. If she was married Murphy she could have been the wife of Hugh Murphy listed below. Bridget Murphy was also the sponsor of one person who the records show was related to John Walsh:

  • Bridget, the daughter of John Larner and Bridget Walsh, on February 10, 1868, sponsors Charles and Bridget Murphy.
The Murphys in Carrownalecka

There were two listings for Murphy in Carrownalecka in the Griffith:

  • John Murphy was listed in the Griffiths valuation at numbers 6, 7, and 8 in the townland of Carrownalecka from 1857 through 1867. Number 6 was 10 acres of land, number 7 was two acres of land, and number 8 was five acres of land, a house and an office. By the ledger with the dates 1872 to 1880 John Murphy was replaced by Alfred Bermingham as the tenant in numbers 6, 7 and 8. (It is possible that some of the notations in this last ledger were made after the 1901 census.)
  • Hugh Murphy was listed in the 1857 Griffith at number 4c Carrownalecka, house, offices and an 18 acre land share with Patrick and Hugh Reilly, and at number at number 11 Carrownalecka with 11 acres of land.
The parish and civil records indicate the following Murphy families in the north west part of the town of Ballinrobe:
  • John Murphy and Anne (Honor) Joyce of High Street Ballinrobe had the following children:
    • Bridget, of John and Anne Murphy of High Street, baptized on August 10, 1853, sponsors, William Braken and Bridget Walsh
    • John, of John and Ann Murphy, baptized on November 26, 1855, sponsors Thomas Sheridan and Kate Thompson (no place listed)
    • The break in the records.

    • Mary, of John Murphy and Honor, sponsors John Joyce and Mary Lydon, can't read date 1861, no place listed
    • Eight year break

    • Margaret, of John Murphy and Honor Joyce on December 2, 1869, sponsors, Tom and Mary Joyce

  • John Murphy and Catherine Lydon of High Street, Ballinrobe and Creagh Road Ballinrobe, had:
    • Pat, of John Murphy and Kate Lydon of High Street, was baptized on January 12, 1866, sponsors were Pat Devlen (?) and Ellen Cusack. According to the civil birth registration, John Murphy, labourer, of High Street, Ballinrobe, and his wife Catherine, had a son, Michael, born on July 12, 1866. The birth was registered January 29, 1867. This entry was "cancelled". A line was drawn through it and the following was entered. " Registered six months after Birth." Did they change his name to Michael or did Pat die? Another Pat was baptized in 1686.
    • Pat, of John Murphy and Kate Lydon of Creagh Road, was baptized on July 21, 1868, sponsors, Pat Donlon and Ellen Cusack. The civil record lists the birth of Pat on August 17, 1868. John Murphy of High Street was listed as a labourer.

  • John Murphy married Mary Hennelly on February 2, 1857, witnesses were Michael Sheridan and Mary Moran. No place listed.
  • James and Mary Murphy had:
    • John, of James and Mary Murphy of Chapel Road, sponsors Martin and (?) Bridget Falton, on June 11, 1853

  • Hugh Murphy and Bridget Fahy had:
    • Bridget, of Hugh and Bridget Murphy on May 7, 1853, "Feast of St. Stanislaus", sponsors were James Murphy and Cite Fahey
    • Mary, of Hugh Murphy and Bridget Fahy, Sponsors John Murphy and Mary Fahy., October 28, 1854
    • The break in the records
    • Mathias of Hugh Murphy and Bridget Fahy, can't read date 1861, sponsors Anthony Fahy and Mary Rodger. Mathias Murphy married Mary Anne Cunningham. They had:
      • Hugh, of Mathias Murphy and Mary Anne Cunningham of Carnalecka, was baptized in 1894. The sponsors were Willie Toole and Mrs. Cunningham.
    • William, of Hugh Murphy and Bridget Fahy of "Caroonaleca", on October 9, 1863, sponsors James Reilly and Mary Reilly.
    • John of Hugh Murphy and Bridget Fahy, sponsors Wm Murphy and Mary Murphy, September 15, 1867. According to the civil birth registration, Hugh Murphy of Carnalecka was a farmer.

The following baptismal records listed John Murphy as a sponsor:

  • With Ellen (Murphy ?), of John of Patrick M-chan and Mary on June 24, 1851
  • With Mary Fahy of Mary, of Hugh Murphy and Bridget Fahy, October 28, 1854
  • With Bridget Larner to John the son of John and Fanny Walsh in 1861
  • With Bridget (no name is given, it could be Murphy), to John, of James Fahy and Mary Moran, on August 27, 1864
  • With can't read, to John of John Mullony and Margaret Murphy on February 27, 1871
  • With Sarah Cane, to Mary, of Thady Moran and Honor Cane, on April 3, 1871
  • Edward of Pat and Eliza Murphy, town, sp John Murphy and Honor Murphy, July 10, 1878

The 1901 census contained the following listings for the Murphys in Carrownalecka:

  1. At number 6 Carrownalecka the family of Bridget Murphy, widow, age 75, cannot read, no occupation Irish/English speaker, Mary Anne Murphy, no notation under relationship, age 32, married, read and write, Irish/English speaker, no occupation, Bridget Murphy listed as a daughter, cannot read or write, age, 40, no occupation, not married, Irish/English speaker, and Hugh Murphy, son age, 7, read and write, English speaker, scholar.

    Note: This information indicates that:

    • Bridget (one) was born in 1826
    • Bridget (two) was born circa 1861
    • Mary Anne was born circa 1869.
    • Hugh was born circa 1894. According to the parish baptismal register, Hugh, the son of Mathias Murphy and Mary Anne Cunningham of Carnalecka, was baptized in 1894.

  2. At number 29 Old Chaple Road, John Murphy, age 55, baker, born in Ballinrobe, can read and write, and his wife, Catherine, age 63, born in Ballinrobe, cannot read and write, both were Irish/English speakers.

    Note: This information indicates that John Murphy was born circa 1846. He was not the sponsor of John and Fanny's son, John, baptized in 1861, as he would have been only 15 years old in 1861.

  3. At number 26 Old Chaple Road, Michael Murphy, age 80, labourer, married, his wife, Bridget, age 60, and their children, Michael age 18, Patrick, age 16, Bridget age 14 and Anne age 6. They are all listed as not able to read or write and as English/Irish speakers.

    Note: This information indicates that Michael Murphy was born circa 1821, Bridget circa 1841, Michael circa 1883, Patrick, circa 1885, Bridget, circa 1887, and Ann circa 1895. Were Michael and Bridget really the parents of these children? If the information as stated is true, Bridget was 54 years old when Anne was born.

Unfortunately, none of this clarifies who were the sponsors for the children of John and Fanny Walsh.



Walsh

Thomas Walsh was the sponsor for John and Fanny's daughter, Bridget, in 1881.

He was the only sponsor with the surname Walsh. Was Thomas Walsh a brother of John Walsh?

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