THE CHILDREN OF
THOMAS HICKEY AND ELLEN ALLEN
Thomas Hickey married Ellen (sometimes called Nell) Allen
26 August 1823 in Bruff, County
Limerick, Ireland. Thomas was listed as being of Lough Gur, and
Ellen was of Bruff. They lived a few miles east in the townland
of Lough Gur, Knockainy parish.
Thomas and Ellen had the following children:
1. Mary was christened 11 January 1825 in
Knockainy. She died young.
was christened 4 March 1827 in Knockainy. He married Bridget
Dooly 7 February 1853 in Knockainy, and had children: Thomas
(1853), Mary (1854), Maurice (1857), John (1858), David (1861),
and Bridget (1866). Patrick's occupation was a thatcher. He died
18 October 1867 in Lough Gur, after having bronchitis for nine
months. Patrick Hickey of Loughgur is mentioned in Petty Session
Court records in 1866 when he "did on the 18th October 1866
assault one Edmond Ryal of Rathjordan in the town of Bruff by
striking him on the hat which was on the crown of his head",
and was fined "five shillings and costs three shillings and
sixpence or one week in jail in default of payment". (Irish
Petty Sessions Court Registers on www.findmypast)
Patrick's son Thomas married Mary Bresnahan, and they had the
following children: Patrick (1897), Bridget (1898), John (1901),
Michael (1903), Mary (1905), and Nora (1907). Thomas is
mentioned in the book "The Farm by Lough Gur" which is
quoted in this record. Thomas appears in the Dog License
Registers from 1908 to 1913, owning a black and white terrier.
Thomas is mentioned in a collection of Lough Gur folklore at the
time of his death in 1931: "I remember once, in 1931, I think
it was. I worked at Jim Murnane's above in the hill. Tom
Hickey's grandfather (Thomas Hickey) he was dying this night
and the banshee was around the whole place. As a matter of
fact, I went from Hickey's back to Murnane's for Mick Hickey
was there - that's Pat's father, and the banshee was with me
along the fields as I was going back. Now I didn't see
anything. I could only hear the sound. And as I said while
ago, it was like the drone of bagpipes, that kind of sound, a
nice sound. I liked it, but I was very anxious to know who was
doing it because I could see nobody." The banshee was claimed
only by families of pure Milesian descent - the O's and the
Mac's. The banshee was frequently considered to be a friendly
spirit who never abandoned the family she followed, even when
they left Irish shores. (Lough Gur Historical Society Journal,
No. 7, 1991, 1991 - Danny O'Riordan, 8/16/88)
Patrick's grandson Michael, fought in the Irish Rebellion from 1916 to 1922 with the East Limerick Brigade, D (Lough Gur) Company of the Irish Republican Army. His wife, Alice Hanley Hickey, received a widow's pension, and also recounted giving assistance in the fight: She "claimed membership of Cumann na mBan, Elton Knocklong Company, 2 Battalion, East Limerick, 2 Southern Division," and "claimed that she while in Cumann na mBan she 'took dispatches, was the first to dress a wounded man after the Grange Ambush, fed that man for 3 weeks, and my home was open day and night to the Flying Column' . She also claimed to have gone 'into enemy lines to put them astray in order that the Flying Column could get away''. The descendants of Patrick Hickey still occupy the family farm in Lough Gur.
Baptism record of Patrick Hickey in Knockainy:
"Patrick of Thomas Hickey and Nell Allen, spr: James Daly and Margaret Hayes"
was christened 16 March 1829 in Knockainy. He married Catherine
Ryan, another Lough Gur resident, in about 1857 in Ireland or
Chicago, and they had the following children: Ellen (1858), and
Thomas (1862) who married Ellen Cleland. Thomas, Sr. died in
about 1865 in Chicago, and was buried in Calvary Cemetery.
Catherine then married James Daly, and had a son, John. James'
obituary reads: ""Daly, James, Husband of the late Katherine
(nee Ryan), father of John Daly, stepfather of Thomas and the
late Ellen Hickey, brother of Mrs. John Cooper, Mrs. John
Helen, and Michael Daly, native of Parish Loughgur, Co.
Limerick, at residence, 601 S. Jefferson St. Funeral
from Holy Family Church to Calvary Cemetery." March
16, 1905 from Chicago Irish Families, 1875-1925, citing
Chicago Daily News, in ancestry.com.
was christened 6 March 1832 in Knockainy. She married James
Gorman of Ballybricken 5 February 1856 in Knockainy. Her
marriage record shows her as being of Knockroe townland.
Witnesses were Patrick Ryan and Patrick Hickey. They had
children: Margaret (1856), Ellen (1859), James (1861), Mary
(1863), John (1866), Thomas (1869), and John (1871), all
christened in Ballybricken.
was christened 6 April 1833 in Knockainy. Bridget immigrated to
Chicago and married John Farrell 12 February 1861 in St. Mary's
parish, Chicago. John and Bridget had three sons, Thomas, born
20 December 1863 in Chicago, baptized 25 December 1863 in Holy
Family parish, John Henry, born 26 July 1865 in Chicago,
baptized 6 August 1865 in Holy Family, Maurice Edward, born 4
September 1870 in Chicago, and baptized 11 September 1870 in
Holy Family parish. Bridget died 16 March 1887 in Chicago. Her
obituary read "Farrell, Bridget, nee Hickey, on March 16, 1887
at 1613 S. Dearborn St., wife of John, of Laughguir, Co.
Limerick, aged 50 yrs. Funeral from St. John's Church to
Calvary." Chicago Irish Families, 1875-1925, citing
Chicago Daily News, at ancestry.com.
was christened 10 June 1836 in Knockainy.
(or Morris) was christened 26 December 1838 in Knockainy. He
emigrated to America in 1857. He married Margaret Leddin 5
February 1872 in Chicago, and they had four children: Ellen,
Mary, Mary Ellen (Margaret), and Joseph. Maurice died 1 July
1914 in Chicago, and was buried 3 July 1914 in Calvary Cemetery.
was christened 15 November 1840 in Knockainy. He immigrated to
Chicago, and was the sponsor at the baptism of his brother
Maurice's son, Joseph, in 1883.
was christened 10 July 1844 in Knockainy. Ellen immigrated to
Chicago with her brother, Maurice in 1857. She was the sponsor
at the baptism of Maurice's first child, Ellen, in 1873. Ellen
lived with her brother Thomas and his family at 21 Liberty in
Chicago. After Thomas' death in 1865, she continued to live with
Thomas' wife, Catherine, and her nephew, Thomas, and niece,
Ellen. She died on 28 July 1892.
Sources: Knockainy parish register, Bruff parish register,
Holy Family parish register, Sacred Heart parish register;
death certificate of Patrick Hickey on rootsireland.ie; Irish
Petty Sessions Court Registers on www.findmypast.com: Dog
License Registers on www.findmypast.com.