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The 'Fictitious' Kelly family of Carrowlisconnor, Ballymore, County Mayo, Ireland

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Records have been found of two distinct Kelly families in the Carrowlisconnor area through the later nineteenth century: (1) As stated above, the enquirer's earliest known male Kelly ancestor was John Kelly of Carrowlisconnor, who would have been born c. 1795; (2) The earliest traceable ancestor of the other family was Richard Kelly who was born c. 1803. Though it is most probable they were related to each other, it is impossible to establish with certainty how closely due to the incomplete and inexplicit nature of available records. They may even have been brothers, but this cannot be proven.

The enquirer's earliest traceable Kelly ancestor is John Kelly with whom the genealogy below begins:

JOHN KELLY, the enquirer's great-great-great-grandfather, born c.1795, died 3rd Apr. 1865 aged 70 years.6 He is listed in the Tithe Applotment Book for Kilbride parish (1832) as a tithe-payer in the townland of "Carlisconner" (recte Carrowlisconnor).7 He married HONORIA LYONS; no record of this marriage was found, and her place of origin is not known, though it is likely she belonged to one of the many Lyons families long-since resident in the townland of Derryrevagh, about one mile north of Carrowlisconnor. John and Honoria lived in Carrowlisconnor and had issue of whom three sons and one daughter - MICHAEL, Honoria, James and Thomas - are recorded:
1. MICHAEL KELLY, the enquirer's great-great-grandfather, born c. 1838, fl.1901, age given in census of that year as 63. He is listed in the General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland (1856) as a landholder in the townland of Carrowlisconnor where he held a house and shares of three parcels of land in co-operation with other tenants.8 He married 25th May 1856 in Bekan parish BRIDGET PRENDERGAST of Mullaghbaun, Ballymore, daughter of PATRICK PRENDERGAST (witnesses: Michael Lyons and Mary Prendergast).9 She was born in 1833, fl.1901, age given in census of that year as 62. For details of her family see "The Prendergast family of Mullaghbaun, Ballymore" below. Michael and Bridget lived in Carrowlisconnor and had issue of whom four sons and eight daughters - Honoria (Mrs. Morley), Bridget, Mary Anne, Catherine, Elizabeth (Mrs. Murphy), Margaret, PATRICK, Luke, John, Ellen (Mrs. Browne), Michael and Sarah - are recorded:
A. Honoria Kelly, the enquirer's great- grandaunt, bapt. 2nd July 1857 (sponsors: Thomas Prendergast and Mary Prendergast),10 fl.1901, age given in census of that year as 37. She married 8th Mar. 1884 in Ballymore church Michael Morley of Greyfield, Kildonnell, son of Patrick Morley (witnesses: Thomas Morley and (continued on further pages in a real report)


6Ballymore civ. reg. deaths, vol.1, p.76. Informant Thomas Kelly, Carrowlisconnor son.
7 see enclosed extract.
8 He held, in co-operation with Luke Kenny, 15 acres, 2 roods and 18 perches of land; he held a quarter share of 2 acres, 1 rood and 30 perches of land in co-operation with John Lyons, Anthony Kenny and John Kenny; he held a share, with five others, of 4 acres, 3 roods and 30 perches of bog (see extract of General Valuation).
9 Kilbride RC reg. mars., p.167.
10 Kilbride RC reg. bapts., p.93.

 

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