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Denis HOLLY (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born in Tarmons Hill, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He died. Denis married 'UNKNOWN'.

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Mary Ann RYAN [Parents] died. Mary married 'unknown' O'MAHONY.

'unknown' O'MAHONY died. 'unknown' married Mary Ann RYAN.


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'unknown' SULLIVAN was born in abt 1770s in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork. He died in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork. 'unknown' married 'UNKNOWN'.

I AM INDEBTED TO MAURA O'HANLON OF MOURNEABBEY, CO. CORK, A GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER OF 'UNKNOWN' SULLIVAN, FOR HER GENEROSITY AND HELP WITH MY O'SULLIVAN RESEARCH.

It is believed that 'unknown' was born in the townland of Caheraveelane in the civil parish of Kilshannig and in the Catholic parish of Donoughmore (near the village of Nad or Nadd) in Co. Cork. The Sullivans from Caheraveelane were known as the 'Caher' or 'Cahera' (pronounced 'kawra') Sullivans , presumably to distinguish them from the other Sullivan families in the area. They used the surname 'Sullivan' prior to the early 20th century when they started using the name 'O'Sullivan which would have been their ancestors' original name. Note that Caheraveelane seems to be spelled nowadays as Caheravellane.

It is possible that 'unknown's name was Thomas as the Tithe Applotment records of 1823 tell us that a Thomas Sullivan, the only Sullivan listed for Caheraveelane, occupied 16 acres of land in that townland.

I have been told that Sonia O'Sullivan, the well-known Irish athlete, is a descendant of the Caher Sullivans (although her O'Sullivan grandfather was apparently a native of Dublin) but I have been unable to verify this. I suspect there is no connection but would love to come across information that would indicate that there is in fact a link. Interestingly, several other descendants of the Caher Sullivans have been talented sportspeople, e.g., Jerry O'Sullivan who enjoyed success in boxing in Britain prior to emigrating to Australia; his brother Eugene (1927-1967), a distance runner who was selected to represent Australia at the 1956 Olympics; and Arthur Sullivan (born in 1884 in Caheraveelane), another fine distance runner.     

The O'Sullivan surname is the third most common surname in Ireland, with four out of five O'Sullivan families in the country living in counties Cork and Kerry where O'Sullivan is the most common surname. The original Irish surname was 'O Suileabháin', deriving possibly from 'suil dubh án' meaning 'dark-eyed'. It is possible that the O Suileabháin families originated in South Tipperary from where they were driven out in the 13th century by the O'Briens and the Normans. Most settled in west Cork and Kerry. By the end of the 14th century, the O Suileabháins had split into at least seven different groupings, the most impportant of which were (i) Clann Gilla Mochuda of south Kerry, who in the 16th century, changed their name completely to McGillycuddy, (ii) the O'Sullivan Mór, based on the shores of Kenmare Bay, and (iii) the O'Sullivan Beare, rulers of the area around Bantry and of the Beara peninsula of Co. Cork. I am presuming therefore that my O'Sullivan family is descended from the O'Sullivan Beare.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married 'unknown' SULLIVAN.

They had the following children.

  M i James (Seamus) SULLIVAN was born about 1812. He died on 5 Nov 1882.
  M ii Michael SULLIVAN (Caution: exact relationship to Séamus uncertain) was born in abt 1820s. He died.

John MASON was born in possibly about 1825. He died on 18 Apr 1900 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He was buried on 19 Apr 1900 in Raheenyhooig Cemetery, Dingle, Co. Kerry. John married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Anne HUGGARD on 15 Oct 1852 in Dingle.

John was a land agent, working for many years for the Right Honourable E. A. de Moleyns in Dingle. I have seen several references online to John above having been Master of the Dingle Workhouse but I have come across no evidence to prove that the John Mason who was appointed master of the Dingle Workhouse in the 1850s was our John Mason. It appears to me that there were two John Masons, each with a wife and children, living in Dingle around the same time, hence the confusion regarding the two Mason families from Dingle.

Our John and his wife, Lizzie, and their family lived on Green St., Dingle, Co. Kerry.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Anne HUGGARD [Parents] was born about 1832 in Co. Kerry. She died on 19 Sep 1915 in probably Dingle, Co. Kerry. Elizabeth married John MASON on 15 Oct 1852 in Dingle.

Lizzie was Catholic. Her husband, John, was a member of the Church of Ireland and their children were raised in the Church of Ireland faith.

It is likely Lizzie and John had more children than those listed below, given the gap between 1855 and 1866.

Marriage Notes:

Lizzie was Catholic and John was Protestant. It appears they were married in a Catholic ceremony but their children were raised in the Church of Ireland faith.

They had the following children.

  M i
John George MASON was born about 31 Oct 1853 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 2 Nov 1853 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He died after 30 Mar 1901.
  F ii Maria L. A. MASON was born about 13 Sep 1855. She died on 30 Apr 1956.
  F iii
Amelia MASON was born about 1866 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. She died after 30 Mar 1901.
  M iv
Richard Huggard MASON was born about 29 Mar 1866 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 1 Apr 1866 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He died in Sep 1903 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Raheenyhooig Cemetery, Dingle, Co. Kerry.

According to his obituary in the Kerry Weekly Reporter of 19 September 1903, Richard was the second son of John and Lizzie. The obituary also tells us that, on his father's death, Richard succeeded him at the Estate Office in Dingle, although the position held is not specified. Richard was also secretary to the Dingle Harbour Board and a member of the Dingle District Council. He was unmarried.
  F v
Elizabeth MASON was born about 1867 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. She died after 30 Mar 1901.
  M vi
Edward A. MASON was born in possibly 1868 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He died after 1903.

At the time of the death of his brother Richard in 1903, Edward was working at the Hibernian Bank in Armagh.
  F vii
Kate MASON was born about 1869 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. She died after 30 Mar 1901.

According to a notice in the Kerry Weekly Reporter of 28 June 1902, a Kittie Mason, "fourth daughter of the late John Mason of Dingle and granddaughter of the late Richard Huggard of Dingle", married a Fred Mather, youngest son of the late John Mather of Tulough [should this have read Freagh?], Carbury, Co. Kildare on 18 June 1902 at Christ Church, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This may be Kate above. By the time of the 1911 census 42-year-old Kittie and 43-year-old Fred, a Kildare-born farmer, were living in Freagh, Carbury with three daughters, Ruby aged eight, six-year-old Nora, and Violet aged four. Visiting them were Kittie's sister Lizzie, aged 44. Kittie's and Lizzie's ages tie in nicely with the ages of Kate above and her sister Elizabeth. We know that Kate, who outlived Fred, died in Freagh on 15 February 1956; and Ruby and Nora, neither of whom married, died on 2 April 1967 and 1 November 1976 respectively.
  F viii
Mildred MASON was born about 1872 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
  M ix
Francis (Frank) John Boyle MASON was born on 1 Aug 1875 in Dingle, Co. Kerry. He died in 1924. He was buried in Raheenyhooig Cemetery, Dingle, Co. Kerry.

The 1911 census of Ireland tells us that Frank was working as a horse trainer at the time. A brief obituary in The Kerryman edition of 12 April 1924 tells us he was "identified with the races for a long number of years".

Edward HUDSON [Parents] was born about 17 Dec 1801 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 17 Dec 1801 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He died on 30 Jul 1871 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was buried on 1 Aug 1871 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Edward married Sarah HICKSON on 15 Aug 1838 in Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Edward was the sole surviving son of Edward and Honora's nine children (six daughters and three sons). Edward junior was a "landed proprietor" (according to the marriage certificate of his son Robert), is listed in Griffith's Valuation of 1851 as landlord of some 440 acres in Kilbaha in the parish of Newtownsandes (now called Moyvane) owned by the Sandes family. The property comprised the entire area of the townland of Kilbaha North (there is also a Kilbaha South, Kilbaha West and Kilbaha Middle). My own Hudson family, from Kilbaha in Moyvane in Co. Kerry, is connected to Edward's family but the exact relationship has not yet been established.

Edward renewed the Kilbaha lease, previously held by his father, on 1 October 1839) and a Lease in Perpuity was granted to Edward on 7 April 1859. It was on a parcel of this land that my ancestor Richard Hudson settled as a tenant around the late 1840s. In 1915 a number of Richard's descendants purchased their holdings at a favourable price.

Edward lived in Gortmore House (now the Bon Secours Hospital) on Strand St. in Tralee (where my great-great-grandmother Johanna Hudson was married in 1847). According to Griffith's Valuation, he rented 11 acres and No. 25 Strand St. from Thomas de Moleyns, and four acres and No. 27 Strand St. from Sir Edward Denny); presumably Gortmore House stood on one of these properties.

There was another Edward Hudson in Kerry at the time who married an Elizabeth Kivell and had a daughter named Emma Jane who was born in the Tarbert area of Co. Kerry on 28 October 1871. Could this Edward be related to our Hudson family?

It is believed that many of the older generations of the Tralee Hudsons, who were Protestant, are buried in Ballyseedy Churchyard just outside Tralee.

Further information on Edward and his descendants is available in 'The Hudsons of Tralee' one of a number of volumes written by Bill Hudson of Florida who was a descendant of the Kilbaha Hudsons (I have yet to take a look at this work). Beginning in 1956, Bill studied his Hudson family history right up to his death in 2008 and donated copies of the results of his research to the public libraries in Tralee and Listowel.

Sarah HICKSON [Parents] died on 8 Mar 1845 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Sarah married Edward HUDSON on 15 Aug 1838 in Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Sarah was an only daughter. It appears she died only about two months after the birth of her youngest child, Jane.

They had the following children.

  M i
Edward HUDSON was born on 6 Jun 1839 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 23 Jun 1839 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He died on 19 Mar 1911 in Gortmore House, Strand St., Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Edward, who never married, lived in Gortmore House (now the Bon Secours Hospital) in Tralee. He is described as a farmer in the 1901 census. He had inherited the family's land in Kilbaha (456 acres, apparently) which was rented to Hudson relatives and used to visit Kilbaha once or twice a year "to see about the bogs" (according to notes by Hudson researcher Bill Hudson). An amicable relationship apparently always existed between Edward's family and the tenants.

Edward suffered from mental infirmity in the last 10 years or so of his life and is reported to have shot and wounded two boys in Tralee who climbed over the wall into his property in Tralee in 1901. Owing to his condition his brother Robert took over the management of the Kilbaha land around this time.

Edward died of heart failure in 1911 aged 71.
  F ii
'unknown' HUDSON (female) was born in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died.

It is known that Robert, a brother of 'unknown' above had two sisters, including 'unknown' above, who lived in Limerick. Robert's son Edward told Hudson family researcher Bill Hudson in 1960 that he did not have much information on the sisters as his father had not been in regular contact with them.
  M iii
Richard HUDSON was born on 10 Mar 1841 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 25 Mar 1841 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He died in Jan 1845 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Richard died of croup aged only four.
  M iv Robert HUDSON was born in 1842. He died on 18 Feb 1917.
  M v
William HUDSON was born about 30 Jul 1843 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 30 Jul 1843 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.
  F vi
Honora HUDSON was born in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died.

We are not entirely certain that the above daughter of Edward and Sarah was actually named Honora but it is believed she lived in Limerick.
  F vii
Jane Eliza HUDSON was born in Jan 1845 in probably Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 12 Jan 1845 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She died in Dec 1845 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was buried on 21 Dec 1845 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Jane's mother, Sarah, died when Jane was only about two months old. An Eliza Jane Hudson of Tralee, who died at the age of 14 months, was buried in Tralee in December 1845. This is likely to have been our Jane Eliza above even though Jane Eliza would only have been about 11 months in December 1845.

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Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.

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Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.

Herbert Walter BURNHAM died in 1997 in probably Coventry. Herbert married Margaret O'SULLIVAN in 1954 in Coventry.

Margaret O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born in Dec 1927 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 5 Dec 2014 in probably Coventry. Margaret married Herbert Walter BURNHAM in 1954 in Coventry.

Margaret lived in Coventry.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.
  F v Living.
  M vi Living.
  F vii
Kathleen BURNHAM was born in 1967 in Coventry. She died about 1968.

Kathleen was Christopher's twin.

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