The Ordinance Survey
maps are detailed enough to show individual buildings on the
property. Daniel Kirby was in Lot 2d. There is a long building
on the map, labelled c to l, and may be a row of adjoining
cottages along the road. Daniel must not be farming at this
point, and may be elderly. If he was Catherine's brother, then
he would have been born in about 1770, and be about eighty
years old at the time of Griffiths Valuation.
There are Kirby gravestones in the St. Molon cemetery in
Tullabracky townland in Bruff, about a mile from Ballyreesode.
Daniel and Anne Kerby
gravestone, St. Molon
There is a monumental inscription for Daniel Kerby and his
wife Anne O'Donnell. Daniel was born in 1749 of Camas, an
adjoining townland to Ballyreesode. He died in 1813. Anne was
born in 1745 of old Clarina. She died in 1823. Daniel and Ann
were of an age to be Catherine Kirby's parents.
Here lieth the remains
of Daniel Kerby of
Camass who depd life
July 29 1813 aged 64 yrs
also his wife anne Kerby
alias O Donnell of old
Clarina depd January
22 1823 aged 78
(St. Molon Cemetery, Tullabracky, Bruff)
Daniel and Anne Kerby's grave is number 84. No monumental
inscription has been recorded for number 83, but number 85 is
the grave of John Kirby, and his two daughters, Mary and
Bridget Kirby. The proximity of the gravestones makes it quite
likely that they were also family. John was born in 1792, and
died 2 November 1857.
Mrs Kirby of Baggottstown
in memory of her beloved
Husband John Kirby
who departed this life on
the 2nd of November 1857
aged 65 years also in
memory of her two daughters Mary and
May They Rest In Peace
Map of St.
Molon Cemetery in Tallabracky townland, Bruff parish.
Daniel Kerby and Anne O'Donnell are buried in #84.
Ballyreesode townland, Bruff parish, County Limerick
In the parish of Tullabrackey, about a mile from Ballyreesode,
there are Kirby, Allen, O'Donnell, and Slattery families found
living next to each other in the Tithe Applotment of 1833.
Tithe Applotment, Tullabrackey in 1833
Ordinance Survey map, showing Ballyreesode
townland, where Daniel Kirby lived, Ballynanty townland
where Catherine Allen, David, Patrick and James Kirby
The Tithe Applotment for Tullabrackey, Ballynanty townland
in 1833 lists some familiar names. David Kirby, Patrick
Kirby and James Kirby leased property here. Maurice
Slattery was a sponsor for Catherine's son James in 1816.
John and James Slattery leased property in the townland.
James O'Donnell and Michael O'Donnell also leased
property. And Catherine Allen leased just over three
acres. Could this be our Catherine Kirby Allen? She would
have been in her 60s, possibly a widow. The connections
with the Kerbys and Slattery who were listed as sponsors
for Catherine's children, and were near neighbors in
Ballynanty makes it likely that this is our Catherine.
along with the familiar names of O'Donnell and
Slattery, Camas, where Daniel Kerby was born, and St.
Molon Cemetery in Tullabracky,
where Daniel Kerby and Anne O'Donnell Kerby were buried.
Griffiths Valuation, Ballybane townland,
Tullabracky parish, 1851
Catherine is found in Griffiths Valuation in 1851, in the
townland of Ballybane with a small house and garden, but no
land. She would be about 81 years old. She leased land from
John O'Donnell. Near neighbors were Maurice Slattery, and
Patrick Kirkby (Kirby).
A Tenure Book created in 1849 in preparation for Griffiths
Valuation showed Catherine and some details of her lease.
Tenure Book for
Catherine is found in Lot 4e
in Ballybane. She had a house and garden, and leased it
from N.P. O'Gorman. She paid a rent of £4 per year. The
details of her lease say "Will old take". A take
was a lease. Perhaps she had inherited the leasehold by
will. In the Observations column, there is a note
"Including rent of garden in Ballynanty Lot 5".
Patrick Kirby leased a house and garden in Lot 1d, also
from N.P. O'Gorman. The details of his lease say "Very
old take" or very old lease. Edmond Kirby had a
house and garden in Lot 1k, but was lined out, presumably
deceased. He paid no rent, but in the Observations
column is a note "For giving up land".
Slatterys and O'Donnells were still neighbors.
House Book for Ballybane, 1849
Catherine is lined out
in this entry, but appears in Griffiths Valuation in
Ballybane two years later. The house was rated 3C
which meant that it was a thatched house of stone
walls with mud mortar, or mud walls of the best
kind. The condition was old and out of repair. The
house was 24.9 feet long by 17 feet wide by 6.3 feet
tall. There were no other buildings on the property.
Catherine was in her 80s in Griffiths Valuation. It
seems likely that she was also buried in St. Molons
Cemetery, perhaps marked with a stone that is
weathered and unreadable.
Kirby families are found in the early Bruff records:
the late 1700s:
Denis Kirby and Ellen
- Denis, christened in 1782
- (not recorded), christened in 1786
Kirby and Alice Shinnors
christened in 1789
Philip Kirby and Catherine Gleeson
- Nicholas, christened in 1789
James Kirby and Bridget
- Richard, christened in 1784
James Kirby and Margaret (or Mary) Shinnors
Kirby and Alice Shinnors
- Patrick, christened in 1785
- Dermot, christened in 1787
christened in 1786
Edmond Kirby and Bridget Slattery:
- John, christened 1784
- Ellen, christened in 1785
- David, christened in 1788
- Patrick, christened in 1790
There is a gap in the Bruff parish register between 1790
In the early 1800s:
Maurice Kerby - there are three consecutive
marriages for Maurice Kerby. This may be one Maurice or
two or even three.
Maurice Kerby and Bridget:
- Demetrius, christened in 1808
(illegitimate), the son of Maurice Kerby and Bridget
- Bridget, christened in
1815, the daughter of Maurice Kirby and Bridget
Maurice Kerby and
- Edmond, christened in 1817, the
son of Maurice Kerby and Ellen Irwin.
- Lucy, christened in
1784, the daughter of Maurice Kerby and
and Ellen Hurley:
- Margaret, christened in
1820, the daughter of Maurice Kerby and Ellen
David Kerby - there are four marriages for David
Kerby. There must be more than one David Kerby. One of these
David Kerbys must be the one listed in the Tithe Applotment
David Kerby and Mary London:
- Daniel, christened in
1809, the son of David Kerby and Mary London.
married Margaret Carty in 1811.
christened in 1820, the daughter of David
Kerby and Margaret McCarthy.
Kerby and Honora Slattery:
David Kerby and Mary
christened in 1818, the son of David Kerby and
- James, christened in 1816, the son of
David Kerby and Mary Fitzpatrick.
James Kerby married Mary Liffane in 1815.
(James was a sponsor at Catherine's daughter
Bridget's christening. This is likely the James
Kerby listed near Catherine in the Tithe Applotment
- Mary, christened in 1817, the daughter of
James Kirby and Mary Liffane.
christened in 1819, the daughter of James
Kirby and Mary Liffane.
- Michael, christened in
1820, the son of James Kerby and Mary
John Kerby - there
are two marriage for John, both to a Slattery. It is
possible that they are the same woman. This is
likely the John Kerby who is buried with Daniel and
John Kerby married Ellen Slattery in 1815.
This is likely the John Kirby who was buried in
St. Molon Cemetery, right next to Daniel and Anne
Kerby's grave. John was born in 1792, and had two
daughters, Mary and Bridget, buried with him. He
may be Catherine's brother.
christened in 1817, the daughter of John
Kerby and Ellen Slattery.
John Kerby and Margaret Slattery (is this really
Ellen Slattery? Margaret is listed as a sponsor. Perhaps
the priest switched Ellen and Margaret's names):
- Daniel, christened
in 1818, the son of John Kirby and Margaret
Patrick Kerby married Anna Barry in 1815.
This is likely the Patrick shown in the Tithe
Applotment in Ballybane.
Edmond Kirby and Mary Slattery: (Edmond was a
witness at Catherine Kirby's wedding)
- Margaret, christened in
1818, the daughter of Edmond Kirby
and Mary Slattery.
Daniel Kirby and Margaret Keeiffe:
christened in 1819, the daughter
of Daniel Kirby and Margaret
GROUP RECORD OF
DANIEL KERBY AND
This family group is
speculative, based on the christening, marriage, and land
records, along with monumental inscriptions.
Daniel Kerby was born in 1749 of Camas, Limerick, Ireland.
He married Anne O'Donnell of "old Clarina". Anne
was born in 1745. Daniel died 29 July 1813 and was buried
in St. Molon Cemetery, Tullabracky. Anne died 22 January
1823 and was buried with Daniel in St. Molon Cemetery.
Daniel and Anne had the following children:
*1. Catherine, born in about 1770; married Thomas
Allen 23 November 1791 in Bruff; listed in 1833 in
Ballynanty, Tullabrackey parish in 1833, likely widowed at
this time; listed in Ballybane, Tullabrackey parish in
1849 and 1851.
2. Edmond, married Mary Slattery; witness at
Catherine's wedding; listed in Ballybane in 1849, but
lined out; occupation - laborer; died 12 January 1874 in
Bruff, age 80; residence at time of death - Ballyresode.
3. John, christened 9 February 1784 in Bruff.
4. Ellen, christened 21 January 1786 in Bruff.
5. James, married Mary
Liffane in 1815 in Bruff; sponsor at Catherine's daughter
Bridget's christening; listed in Ballynanty in 1833.
6. Patrick, married Anna Barry in 1815; listed in
Ballynanty in 1833; listed in Ballybane in 1849 and 1851.
7. David, christened 16 November 1787 in Bruff;
listed in Ballynanty in 1833.
8. Daniel, christened 2 September 1790 in Bruff; married
Margaret Keeiffe; listed in Ballyreesode, Bruff parish in
1833; listed in Ballyreesode in 1851; occupation -
land surveyor; died 29 February 1864 in Bruff of
bronchitis, age 74; residence at time of death - Camas.
9. John, born in 1792; married Ellen Slattery
in 1815; died 2 November 1857; buried in St. Molon
"The surname Kirby comes from the Gaelic-Irish O Ciarmhaic,
which was anglicized as Kerwick. The Irish name was later
corrupted to O Cearba, which was Anglicized as Kirby. The
surname Kirby was first found in Knockany in County Limerick
located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster,
where members of the family were chiefs of the Eoghanacht
Clan of Munster. The family were descendents of Eoghan, son
of King Oilioll Olum." (https://www.houseofnames.com/kirby-family-crest/Irish)
SOURCES: Bruff parish register, www.findmypast.com and
nli.ie; Tithe Applotment, Bruff; Tithe Applotment,
Tullabracky; Griffiths Valuation, Bruff; St. Molon cemetery
monumental inscriptions, www.historicgraves.com;
death record, www.rootsireland.ie.