THE CHILDREN OF
JOHN LEDDIN AND MARY MORRISSY
John Leddin was born in
about 1820 of Garrynalina townland, Galbally, Limerick,
Ireland. He is most likely the son of Patrick Leddin and
Margaret Gleeson. John's brothers, Patrick and Michael are
found in the Galbally parish records.
John and Mary
Morrissy were married 27 February 1838 in Galbally parish, County Limerick,
Ireland. The witnesses were Michael Morrissey and Catherine
John Leddin is found in
Coolboy, Emly in the late 1840s in the House Books, and The
History of Emly also shows John Leddin in Coolboy in
1850. He is found in Coolboy
townland, Emly parish in Griffith’s
Valuation of 1851.
The area of Coolbea (or
Coolboy) is 157 acres. A history of Emly lists the residents
of Coolbea: “Four of the six tenants in Coolboy in 1830 were
Bourkes — Edmund Sen. and Jun., David and William. The other
tenants were John Glasheen who did not live here and the
Rev. John Seymour who lived in the Glebe house (Emly House).
There were seven houses in Coolboy in 1841 and six houses
ten years later. The population fell from 55 to 46 during
the same period. There were still four Bourke families here
in 1850 — Michael, Tobias, Edmund and Mary. John Leddin and
Michael Corbett each had a house and garden here then. The
G.S. and W. Railway had built the railway station here in
1849 and their property covered four acres of townland.” The
parish priest of Emly explained that John most likely came
to Emly with the railroad and worked for the railroad.
Land records called
House Books were created in the late 1840s in preparation
for Griffiths Primary Valuation of Ireland. The House Books
show John Leddin in Coolboy.
House Book, Coolboy, Emly parish
John Leddin lived in a house that was 24.6 feet long by 13 feet wide, and 5.6 feet high. The condition of the house was 3b+. That means that is was a thatched house of stone walls with mud mortar, or mud walls of the best kind. The condition was medium (not new), but in sound order, and good repair. There were no barns, stables, piggeries or other outbuildings.
Griffiths Valuation, Coolboy, Emly parish, 1851
John and Mary had
the following children:
1. Margaret was christened 8
March 1841 in Emly. Margaret emigrated to Chicago in 1868.
She married Maurice Hickey 5 February 1872 in Chicago, and
had four children (Ellen, Mary, Margaret and Joseph).
Margaret died 19 July 1925 in Chicago, and was buried 24
July 1925 in Calvary Cemetery.
2. Michael was christened 1
November 1844 in Emly. He immigrated to Chicago and married
Bridget Cosgrove. Michael and his family are found in the
1880 census in Chicago:
Michael Ledden, age 29, born Ireland, occupation - works on railroad
John was born 2 November 1879 in
Chicago, baptized 9 November 1879 in Sacred Heart parish.
Another son, Patrick Joseph was born 14 March 1881 in
Chicago, baptized 20 March 1881 in Sacred Heart parish.
Michael died 14 January 1893 in
Chicago. His obituary read: "Ledden, Michael, Jan. 14,
1893, husband of Bridget, nee Cosgrove, and brother of
Mrs. Maurice Hickey, aged 42 yrs., native of Emly, Co.
Tipperary. Funeral from Cook County Hospital to St.
Jarlath's Church to Calvary." Chicago Irish
Families, 1875-1925, citing Chicago Daily News, in
parish register; Galbally parish register by corresp.;
Sacred Heart parish register, Chicago; 1880 census,
Chicago; Chicago Irish Families.
THE CHILDREN OF
PATRICK LEDDIN AND MARGARET GLEESON
Patrick Leddin, the son of William and Elizabeth Leddin, was born in about 1782 of Knocklong. He married Margaret Gleeson. Margaret was born in about 1785 of Emly, and she died 30 June 1844 in Knocklong (her gravestone reads 30 Dec 1841).
is buried in the old Knocklong Cemetery. Her gravestone
reads: "This small testimony of sorrow was erected by
William Leddin of Ballencarroona in memory of his mother
Margret Leddin alias Gleeson who died the 30 Dec 1841
aged 59 yrs"
Both Patrick and Timothy Leddin are mentioned as tenants in the estate records for the Earl of Kenmare in 1843 in County Limerick:
William Kean, Patrick Connolly,
Roger Daly, Owen Irwin, James Ryan, William Hayes, David
Heeland, Michael Glesson, John Kiley, Widow Harris,
Michael Regan, Widow Davern, Patrick Leddin, Timothy
Leddin, John Donovan, Patrick Reardon, Michael
Reardon, Edmond Carroll, Patrick Curtin, Jeremiah Crowe,
Richard McCann, James Barry, Andrew Quish, Edmond Day,
Michael Walsh, Patrick Day, Edmond Kean, Thomas Walsh,
Michael Kiley, Patrick Heeland, Widow Regan, John
Fitzgibbon, Denis Leahy Senr., John Walsh, Denis Leahy
Junr., Widow Harris, Patrick Real, Widow Heeland, James
McMahon, James Hanrahan, Widow David Ward, Patrick
Dillane, Widow James Ward, John Casey, William Heeland,
Sir Charles Coote, Messrs Wise, The Earl of Limerick,
Edward J Cooper esq., Joseph Gubbins esq., The Earl of
Patrick is found in the House Books that were created in preparation for Griffiths Valuation in the late 1840s, living next to Timothy Leddin. Patrick has a very large house, 47 feet long by 20.6 feet wide, and 7 feet high. The condition is 3C+. That means that it is a thatched house of stone walls with mud mortar or mud walls of the best kind. The condition is old, but in repair. There is also a porch house that is 6.3 feet long by 0.6 feet wide and 7 feet tall. It is rated 2C+, or a thatched roof house of stone or brick with lime mortar, that is old, but in repair. Patrick also has a cow house and stable.
Timothy is on
the next lot, with a large house that is newer, with a dairy
House Book, Ballycahill, Hospital parish
Patrick Leddin is found in Griffith’s Valuation of 1851 in Ballycahill and Newtown. He has 16 acres of land in Ballycahill. He is a medium farmer with that quantity of land. Timothy Leddin also has land in the same townland, totaling 24 acres.
Griffiths Valuation, Ballycahill, Hospital parish, 1851
has an office (farm outbuilding), possibly a barn, stable or
piggery in the parish of Newtown.
Griffiths Valuation, Newtown, Hospital parish, 1851
Patrick Leddin is next found in Ballycahill in the Valuation Lists in 1862.
and Margaret had the following children:
William, about 1810 in Emly; married Johanna Condon 9
February 1834 in Galbally.
Mary Ann, (chr 31 March 1813 in Hospital); married
Lawrence Bourke 1 May 1831 in Hospital.
Margaret (chr 28 May 1815 in Hospital)
Catherine, born in Emly; married John Bourke.
Patrick, who married Anne Irwin.
Michael, who married Mary Lenihan.
John, who married Mary Morrissy.
parish register; IGI; Ancestry.com; Griffiths Valuation;
House Books; Valuation Lists; death record online -
THE CHILDREN OF
WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH LEDDIN
William Leddin, born in about 1750 on a farm near Knocklong; married Elizabeth, the daughter of Patrick; and had these sons:
born in about 1782 of Knocklong; married Margaret Gleeson in
1800. Patrick died in early 1867. (Death
Registration Index, Kilmallock Registration District, Q1
1867, Vol. 5, Pg. 307 for Pat Leddin, age 75.)
born in 1792; married Mary Judith Murphy on 26 July 1816 in
Emly; died 30 November 1880 in Ballycahill. From the
Limerick Evening Post on 13 June 1828: "Yesterday two
men, named Timothy Leddin and John Hurley, were taken into
custody, charged with being leaders in the late dreadful
fight at Knocklong. They were fully committed to the
County Limerick Jail by Joseph Gubbins, Esq. of Kilfrush."
Timothy Leddin of Hospital is mentioned in the Petty Session
Court Records on 21 July 1859 for "being drunk
and disorderly on the public road", and had to pay a
may be another child for William and Elizabeth. He may also
have been involved in the fighting: From the Limerick
General Advertiser 30 November 1819: "Committals to the
County Gaol, by Joseph Gubbins, Esq. Michael Leddin,
charged with the murder of John Woods."
It is possible
that William Leddin married again, to Catherine Madden. A
gravestone in the Knocklong Cemetery reads: Erected by
Catherine Madden alias Lidden in memory of her husband Wm
Lidden who died June 29 1808 aged 47 yrs. This is
about the right age and location for William.
Photo taken by Marian Leddin Walters
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