Monday, August 14, 2017

89. Garryhill Info From Niall Green

O’Neill Ownership of Clonmore

(otherwise known as Garryhill), Co. Carlow

Deed dated 25 October 1736 Memorial of an Indenture of Lease.

Morgan Neal and Laurence Cook lease 80 acres at Clonmore from Sir William Vigor Burdet of Benekerry, County of Carlow in a deed dated 25th October 1736.

Registered 7th December 1736.

It is likely that this Morgan is Morgan Neal (1688-1742), the brother of Hugh O’Neaile (1696-1790).

No record has been found concerning the transfer of ownership of Clonmore from Morgan to Hugh O’Neail.


            Morgan O’Neill dies 1742.

Deed dated 28 September 1754 Memorial of an Indenture.

Concerns Hugh O'Neaile (1696-1790) of Clonmore, County Carlow and John O’Neail of Raheenwood; Hugh transfers dwelling house, outhouses and other land about said house (Clonmore) to John O’Neail in a deed dated 28th September 1754. The deed was not registered until 12 noon 19th November 1779.

Deed dated 19 August 1767 Indenture – details quoted in deed dated 13.07.1781

The first reference to Garryhill is a deed dated the 19th August 1767 which indicates that Hugh O'Neaile (1696-1790) obtained a lease to farm the land of Clonmore, otherwise known as Garryhill, from William, Earl of Bessborough.

Deed dated 1781.July 13 Memorial of an Indenture of Assignment.

Hugh O'Neail (1696-1790) transferred ownership of Garryhill to 'his only son John O'Neail' (1728-1803) of Milltown, County Carlow in a deed dated 13th July 1781. The area of land was 42 acres and 2 roods plantation measure. Registered 11th February 1782.

            Hugh O’Neail dies in 1790.

Deed dated 1803.May 30. Memorial of an Indented Deed of Assignment.

John O'Neail (1728-1803) of Garryhill (commonly called Clonmore) transferred Garryhill (42 acres and 2 roods) to his youngest son William O'Neill (1778-1843), and 4 acres, 1 rood 30 perches of Bog to John O’Neill and Luke O’Neill (2nd and 4th sons).

            John O’Neail dies on 5th November 1803.

Deed dated 1839.February 04 Memorial of an Indenture of Settlement.

William O'Neill (1778-1843) bequeathed 23 acres of Clonmore to his son William Percival O'Neill in 1839, while making provision for both himself and his second wife Catherine Dillon, and his two unmarried daughters Charlotte and Anne.

Deed dated 1839.August 27 Memorial of an Indenture of Assignment.

William Percival O'Neill sold 3 acres 2 roods 38 perches Irish plantation measure of land to John William Bathe of Garryhill otherwise Clonmore latterly called Clonburren and dwelling houses, out offices, orchard and lawn in the Parish of Dunleckny.


William O’Neill, born in 1778, died on 15th April 1843.

It is assumed that once William and Catherine died, William Percival still owned some of Garryhill/Clonmore and eventually sold the property


William Percival O'Neill was 'of Clonmore' when he married his first wife Alicia Jane Sparrow on the 3rd December 1846. However, there is no mention of Clonmore when William Percival and Alicia Jane’s daughter was baptised on 3rd November 1858 – his address was given as 11 Rathmines Road, Dublin. When he married his second wife, Mary McCape on 19th June 1860 – his address was given as 26 Burren Street, Carlow.

It is not clear when the O’Neill family finally disposed of their ownership of Garryhill, as no information has been found indicating that the family had any interest in Garryhill after 1858.

William Percival emigrated to the USA in 1864 with his wife Mary and eight children. He died in Brooklyn, New York on the 26th August 1888 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.


However, William O’Neill’s second wife Catherine O'Neill (nee Dillon) probably lived at Garryhill until her death (see deed dated 1839.02.06). Her gravestone inscription in Clonmelshe graveyard also suggests that she lived in Garryhill:

‘In memory of Catherine O'Neill late of Garryhill daughter of Edward Dillon and grand daughter of Wm Steward Esq of Leighlin Bridge. She died 30th April 1875 aged 76 years’.

Provision in the same deed was also made for William’s two daughters, Charlotte and Anne (Anna Maria born 1806), to live at Garryhill, if they remained unmarried. I have been unable to find any marriage or death records for Anne/Anna Maria or Charlotte to find out if this was likely.

The only other information about Garryhill/Clonmore/Clonburren is the photograph of the house. Richard Corrigan thought that the person standing in the doorway was a Mrs Samuel James; I have no information on her, nor any idea of when the photograph was taken.

Niall Green

August 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

88. Alexander O'Neill On Deck For 2018!

The Indiana Genealogical Society Conference in April 2018 will be in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. I'm planning to go down early and revisit my only Indiana O'Neill branch. Still have a brick wall on William James, so maybe something will shake loose.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

87. A New O'Neill Connection Located

[I just received the following email from Kansas. Lots of O'Neills are connecting through the Web. ]

Hello, Ron -
I am a fellow descendant of Hugh and Deborah O'Neill, through their son William, as follows:

Hugh O'Neill  >  William O'Neill >   Mary Ann O'Neill Crawford  >  Forest Lily Crawford Long  >  Lawrence Long  >  Marjorie Long Freidline  > 
Bill Freidline  >  Blaine Freidline

 I live in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.  My family has lived in Kansas since William O'Neill came to Kansas Territory a year or two before statehood.  (And as you can see above, Mary Ann O'Neill married a Crawford, from an Ulster Scot family also in Kansas Territory.)

 A thousand thank-you's for your detailed essay "The Hugh O'Neill Family: From County Carlow to Ohio"!  I have learned a great deal about our O'Neill roots from it (and I knew very little before reading it).  I am grateful for all your hard work on this and the rigor you applied. 

 My wife, daughter, and I will be travelling to Ireland in late September and will visit County Carlow.  Any suggestions as to people to see or places to visit?  We will certainly go to the small towns and countryside in the Leighlinbridge/Bagenalstown/Fenaugh area.  I saw the article by Niall Green on your blog about the graves of John and Esther O'Neail in Fenaugh.  Do the graves still have the inscriptions that you record elsewhere on your blog?  Any other info on those graves?  Do you know where in Kilkenny Hugh and Deborah were married in 1794?  Do you know any more of the participation of Hugh and his brothers in the Rebellion of 1798?

 When you get a chance, I'm all ears to any suggestions you have on things we can learn about the O'Neills in Ireland.  I do have some info on William O'Neill and his descendants in Kansas.

 Thanks again.  You've certainly enriched my understanding of my O'Neill ancestry.

 Your distant cousin, Blaine

Monday, May 16, 2016

86. Just so you know, we're still in business!

The O'Neill family and associates are still viable members of this great American nation and have been since 1805. How many folks can say that? Anyone have anything new to report?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

85. My Wilson Family Book Comes Out In December

There's one thing to be said for a lengthy recuperation period: You have time for lots of keyboard and sorting tasks. My book on the Wilson family has been in process for way too long, as I was busy on other jobs. It will be coming out this month, after a couple of small additions and some editing. How is this connected to the O'Neill family? Well, Mary Catherine Wilson married Thomas O'Neill in Summerfield, Ohio, in 1874, and my grandmother Lena O'Neill was born five years later. Oh, yes, William Wilson was one of my Patriot ancestors (the others were John Long and Henry Darrah).

Revolutionary Patriot 
William Wilson
 of Maryland
and West Virginia

Ronald L. Darrah

Saturday, November 28, 2015

84. Gotta Love Family History Reunions!

The Horton family had a reunion in 2002 in Summerfield, Ohio, founded by Moses Horton around 1817 or so. David O'Neill and I were the only two attendees descended from Anne Horton and John O'Neill. We had a great time out in a field close to town. Only other family reunion I ever attended was a Bowen get together at Kent, Ohio, a few years later. I recommend them highly; if you ever get a chance, attend one of your family assemblies. You'll be glad you did!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

83. Morgan O'Neill House in County Carlow.

   This house owned by Morgan O'Neill in Old Leighlin was built in the mid-1700's. Hugh O'Neill, Morgan's brother and my 4th great-grandfather, along with his family lived here for a time before they left for America ca 1806. [Photocopy not too good a quality]