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Eton College is the most distinguished secondary level school in the United Kingdom. Formed in the 15th century it has seen countless pupils go on to distinguished positions of leadership. Lists of those who have attended Eton show that a member of one of the main 19th Paulstown landowning families was a student there.

Election 1826 Upper School Forth Form[1]

Aylward:  James Kearney of Shankill Castle Co. Kilkenny

Election 1829 Upper School Fifth Form Lower DIvision[2]

Aylward:  James Kearney of Shankill Castle Co. Kilkenny


[1] Stapylton, H.E.C. 1863. The Eton School Lists 1791-1850. London: E.P. Williams p.131

[2] Ibid.  p.137

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A list of soldiers from county Kilkenny who died in World War I was published in the Kilkenny People newspaper in November 2011. The names of those from Paulstown are transcribed below.

Name / From / Date of Death / Place of Death

Gleeson, John / Paulstown / 29 May 1918  / Unknown

Gleeson, Richard / Paulstown / 4 September 1918 / France

O’Neill, Michael / Paulstown / 19 March 1916 / Unknown

Tobin, Edward / Paulstown / 21 April 1917 / France

You can read the full list here. I hope to write more in-depth articles in the future about those from Paulstown who fought in World War I.

I would like to thank a reader of this blog for directing me towards this resource.

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I have previously written an article about Michael Byrne, who was a passenger on the Lusitania when it sank in 1915. After surviving the attack he made his way to Paulstown to stay with relations. You can read the full article here.

More specific genealogical information about Michael Byrne can be found on a website that has transcribed records from the Registration of Americans Citizens forms that were filed at the United States Consulates in Ireland.[1]

The entry states that he was born on 15 May 1868 in the Carrick-on-Suir area of Co. Tipperary. He married Herminie Rushman who was born at Numberg (Nuremberg?), Germany. The reason for his trip on the Lusitania was ‘commerical business’.


[1] Unknown, Sheila, compiler. Irish Gleanings to Connect People to Townlands in Ireland; Registration of Americans Citizens forms that were filed at the United States Consulates in Ireland                                                                                            http://sites.google.com/site/irishgleanings/home/american-registration-documents : accessed 28 December 2011

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The following names appear on passenger list for ships that sailed into the port of Boston from 1820 – 1943. It was only after the Immigration Act of 1891 that place of origin/ birth information started to appear on passenger lists, so many people from Paulstown could have sailed into Boston before the earliest name listed here.

Thomas Reeves[1]  – Arrived 29 April 1909 on S.S. Iverna from Queenstown, Cork, Ireland

Age: 24 / Male / Single / Occupation: Clerk / Can Read and Write / Nationality: British / Last Permanent Address: Paulstown, Ireland / Name and Complete Address of Nearest Relative: Richard Reeves Paulstown Co. Kilkenny / Final Destination: St. Pauls (Cannot decipher state) / By Whom Was Passage paid: Self / How Much Money In Possession Of: $10 / Whether Ever Before in the U.S: No / Name and Address of Friend or Relative Going to Stay With: Uncle Edward Moylan, 449 Laffan St, St. Pauls / Height: 5’6” / Complexion: Fair / Hair: Fair / Eyes: Grey / Place of Birth: Paulstown.

 

William Upton[2]  – Arrived 13 May 1909 on S.S. Saxonia from Queenstown, Cork, Ireland

Age: 22 / Male / Single / Occupation: Clerk / Can Read and Write / Nationality: British / Last Permanent Address: Bagenalstown / Name and Complete Address of Nearest Relative: Mrs. Upton Paulstown Bagenalstown / Final Destination: New York, NY / By Whom Was Passage paid: Self / How Much Money In Possession Of: $10 / Whether Ever Before in the U.S: No / Name and Address of Friend or Relative Going to Stay With: Friend Edward Butler, 520 East 82nd St, New York / Height: 5’7” / Complexion: Fair / Hair: Fair / Eyes: Green / Place of Birth: Paulstown, Ireland.

 

Bridget Brennan[3] – Arrived 26 October 1923 on S.S. Franconia from Cob, Cork, Ireland

Age: 56 / Female / Widow / Occupation: Wife / Can Read and Write / Nationality: British / Last Permanent Address: Sligo, Ireland / Name and Complete Address of Nearest Relative: Mother Mrs. Dowdall, Upper John St. Sligo / Final Destination: Elsmhurst, Long Island, NY / By Whom Was Passage paid: Self / How Much Money In Possession Of: $50 / Whether Ever Before in the U.S: No / Name and Address of Friend or Relative Going to Stay With: Son William Brennan 55 Boston St, Elmhurst Long Island / Height: 5’5” / Complexion: Fair / Hair: Auburn / Eyes: Blue / Place of Birth: Paulstown, Ireland.


[1] “Boston Passenger and Crew lists 1820-1943”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2011), entry for Thomas Reeves; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 133.

[2] “Boston Passenger and Crew lists 1820-1943”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2011), entry for William Upton; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 133.

[3] “Boston Passenger and Crew lists 1820-1943”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2011), entry for Bridget Brennan; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 288.

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The Loyal National Repeal Association was founded by Daniel O’Connell in the early 1840s. Catholic Emancipation had been achieved in 1829 and this organization was established to build on this momentum. The aim of the organization was to repeal the 1801 Act of Union between Britain and Ireland and to set up a parliament in Dublin.

Funds were collected across Ireland and the world to help aid the organization.  A list of subscribers from Newfoundland, Canada appeared in the 2 September 1843 edition of the Freeman’s Journal. One name on this list is of a man originally from Paulstown, James Summers.[1]


[1]Heaphy, Mary, compiler. Irish Genealogy Project Archives Loyal National Appeal Association – NEWFOUNDLAND Pt 2 from Freeman’s Journal Newspaper 2 September 1842                                                                                                    http://www.igp-web.com/igparchives/ire/countrywide/newspapers/freemans025.txt : accessed 21 November 2011

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Many Irish people who came to the U.S. ended up in poor houses, almshouses and asylums. Some, for a short time, until they had the well being, contacts and resources to survive. For others, they stayed there until they died.  One entry in the registers for Westchester County (the county just above Bronx county, New York City) has information about a Mary O’Connor/Gorman who was born in Paulstown.[1]

If further outlines:

Name: Mary O’Connor or Gorman

Record Number: 3/1340

Date of Admission: 9 February 1880

Age: 60 / Single / Birthplace: Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland / How long in the US: 20 years / How long in the State: 20 years / At what port landed: N York / Birth Place of Father: Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland / Birthplace of Mother: Gordon (possibly the neighboring village of Gowran?), Kilkenny, Ireland / Education: None / Occupation of Father: Land Steward / Existing Cause of Dependence: Sickness and Destitution / What kind of labor is the person able to pursue, and to what extent: Light Housework / Has the person been an inmate of any other charitable institution: In Lunatic Asylum bd? 6 months.

A number of other questions are asked but answers are not provided.


[1] “New York Census of Inmates in Almshouse and Poorhouses 1830-1920”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 October 2011), entry for Mary O’Connor, 9 February 1880; citing: New York State Archives, Albany, New York; Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1875-1921; Series A1978, Reel A1978:88, Record Number: 3/1340

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This is a continuation from Information Wanted Ads I. Please read the first installment for further details and footnote information.

Michael Teahin – 1863                                                                                                                                                                                           Michael Teahin, Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland, your son and daughter are in Melbourne depot.[1]

Michael Connors – 1864                                                                                                                                                                                              From the townland of Paulstown, date of departure 1859, first location after arrival was Louisville, Kentucky. Patrick Connors, his brother, seeks information and can be reached at Gold Springs Post Office, Putnam County, New York. Date of advertisement 6 August 1864.

Patrick O’Neill – 1866                                                                                                                                                                                              Seeking person wants information, dead or alive. From the townland of Barnaphea (probably Baurnafea), Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Firs location after arrival was Sandfords Corners, NY in July 1855. Next location was Gregisville, Levings Co. NY. Michael O’Neil, his borther, seeks information and can be reached at Sandford Corners, Jefferson Co. NY. Date of advertisement 4 August 1866.

Patrick Phelan – 1877                                                                                                                                                                                           Wanted, Mr. John Nash of Melbourne, formerly of Royal Oak, Co. Carlow, Ireland, who recently communicated with Mr. John Doyle of Balyealls, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland to be good enough to send his address to Patrick Phelan, formerly of Garryduff, parish of Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, now of Heargraves, near Mudgee, New South Wales.[2]

Patrick Finlay – 1886                                                                                                                                                                                                 Patrick Finlay, White Hall, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. The last was heard of him thirty years ago eight miles outside of White Plains, NY. Wishes to be found by his sister, Bridget Burns, 168 Richard St, South Brooklyn.[3]


[1] Author Unknown, Missing Friends, Messages Etc. in The Argus, 27 August 1863, p.1; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 21 July 2011

[2] Author Unknown, Missing Friends, Messages Etc. in The Argus, 26 February 1877, p.1; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 21 July 2011

[3] Author Unknown, Personal in The New York Herald, 25 August 1886, p.1; America’s Historical Newspapers http://www.newsbank.com : accessed 24 May 2011

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Below are the details of four people who gave their place of birth as Paulstown in the 1851 and 1871 censuses of England. The first is a prisoner with only his initials given. The second is an army corporal and more than likely a member of the famous Flood family of Paulstown. The third is a young army private and the fourth is a house servant.

1871 – Lewes Gaol and House of Correction, Lewes, Sussex[1]

Name: J.B./ Convicted  Prisoner / Unmarried / Male / 48 / Agricultural Labourer / Born: Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland

1851 – District Military Barracks, Weedon Beck, Northamptonshire[2]

John Flood / Soldier / Unmarried / Male / 27 / Corporal Infantry? Army / Born: Paulstown, Kilkenny

1851 – Catham District Barracks, Gillingham, Catham, Kent[3]

Michael Longworth / Unmarried / Male / 18 / Army Private / Born: Paulstown, Kilkenny

1851- 16 East Street House, District 2H, All Saints Parish, Southampton, Hampshire[4]

Elizabeth Morney / Unmarried / Female / 20  / House Servant / Born: Paulstown, Ireland


[1] “1871 Census of England”, database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 May 2011), entry for J.B. (age 48), Lewes, Sussex, citing GSU roll 827492,  Folio 122, p.6; Lewes registration district, Lewes subdistrict, ED Lewes Goal and House of Correction, household 1.

[2] “1851 Census of England”, database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 May 2011), entry for John Flood (age 27), Weedon Beck, Northamptonshire, citing GSU roll 87696,  Folio 124, p.21; Daventry registration district, Weedon subdistrict, ED Military Barracks, household 1.

[3] “1851 Census of England”, database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 May 2011), entry Michael Longworth (age 18), Catham, Kent, citing GSU roll 193511-193512,  Folio 446, p.45; Medway registration district, Gillingham subdistrict, ED Catham Barracks, household 1

[4] “1851 Census of England”, database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 May 2011), entry Elizabeth Morney (age 20), Southampton, Kent, citing GSU roll 193576-193577,  Folio 886, p.13; Southampton registration district, Southampton subdistrict, ED 2H, household 37

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One of the main ways that family and friends tried to find people who emigrated to the US or Australia was through ‘Information Wanted’ adverts in different newspapers. Word of mouth was the key with some reunited and others never to be found. Below is a selection of these adverts where Paulstown is mentioned. Some of the people placing adverts wrote that Paulstown was in county Carlow. Varying amounts of information are provided and all entries without a footnote are from the Boston Pilot newspaper.[1]

John Cooke – 1836                                                                                                                                                                                                               Of John Cooke, a native of Shanakil, county Kilkenny, Ireland. When last heard from he was in Boston, his father is now in New York, and is anxious to hear from him. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received, addresses to Lawrence Langton, No 232 Mulberry street, New York.[2]

Michael Dooley – 1850                                                                                                                                                                                                   From the townland of Paulstown, first location after arrival was Fall Springs, Massachusetts. John Dooley, his brother seeks information and can be reached at Michael Hughes, 47 Rensse (St?), Albany, NY. Date of advertisement 21 September 1850

Martin Stanton – 1851                                                                                                                                                                                                 From the towland of Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, first location after arrival was ONT (Ontario?) in 1848. Last heard from in UCN in 1848. Information sought by Patrick Cane, a cousin, and can be reached at 85 So. 2nd St, New Bedford, MA. Date of advertisement 13 December 1851.

Garrett Healey – 1855                                                                                                                                                                                                 From the townland of Paulstown, Co. Carlow. Information sought by Pierce Healey, a brother. Can be reached at 2 Pleasant St. Court, Boston, MA. Date of advertisement 10 February 1855.

Catherine Doyle – 1856                                                                                                                                                                                                From the townland of Paulstown or Garryduff, intended destination was New York City, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sailed on the Winchester, leaving Liverpool in January 1853. Margaret Doyle, her sister, seeks information and can be reached at Patrick O’Carroll, South Trenton, New Jersey. Date of advertisement 15 November 1856.

James Mahon – 1861                                                                                                                                                                                                    From the townland of Grange Lower near Paulstown, barony of Gowran, poor law of Kilkenny, county Kilkenny. Aged 24 and first location after arrival was Ohio. John Nowlan, a friend, seeks information and can be reached at S.Brookfield, MA. Date of advertisement 26 October 1861.


[1] “Information Wanted: A Database of Advertisements for Irish Immigrants Published in the Boston Pilot”, database, Bostoncollege.edu (http://infowanted.bc.edu: accessed 24 May 2011), entries for Paulstown location

[2] Murphy DeGrazia, Laura and Fitzpatrick Haberstroth, Diane. 2005. Voices of The Irish Immigrant: Information Wanted Ads in The Truth Teller New York City 1825-1844.New York: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, p.81.

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Included below is some genealogical information taken from two applications for U.S. passports where Paulstown is mentioned. The first is for John F. Martin whose father, Edward Martin, was born in Paulstown.[1] He applied on 9 May 1919. More documents were part of this application including an affidavit of identifying witness, a letter from the Knights of Columbus, an affidavit of birth and some letters from the War Department.

The second application came from Edward Vincent O’Rourke and was also made in 1919, on 3 October.[2] Edward’s father, William O’Rourke was born in Paulstown. This application also contained other documents. There was a letter from the Braden Copper company and an affidavit of birth where Anna O’Rourke is listed as Edward’s mother.

The italicized scrip shows where the applicant filled in information in his own handwriting. Text with a strikethrough was crossed out on the application.

John F. Martin

I John F. Martin a native and loyal citizen of the United States, hereby apply to the Dept. of State, at Washington, for a passport, accompanied by my wife.

I solemnly swear that I was born in De Pere in the state of Wisconsin, on or about the 15th day of March, 1868, that my father Edward Martin was born in Paulstown, Ireland and is now residing at dead, that he emigrated to the United States from the port of don’t know on or about 1848; that he resided 67 years uninterruptedly, in the United States from 1868 to 1915 at Utica NY for a few years and about 60 years at De Pere, Wn; that he was naturalized as a citizen of the United States before the Circuit Court at Brown County at Green Bay on Nov 4th 1856, as shown by the Certificate of Naturalization presented herewith; no certification on file only notation in record book

I am domiciled in the United States, my permanent residence being at Green Bay in the state of Wisconsin, where I follow the occupation of Lawyer; that I am about to go abroad temporarily; that I intend to return to the United States within 4 months with the purpose of residing and performing my duties of citizenship therein; and that I desire a passport for visiting the countries hereinafter names for the following purpose:

France                  Knights of Columbus War Relief Work

Great Britain      En Route

I intend to leave the United States from the port of New York, NY sailing aboard the unknown. My last passport was obtained from I never had a passport

 Description of Applicant

Age: 51 years / Stature: 5 feet 11 inches, Eng / Forehead: High / Eyes: Blue / Nose: Medium / Mouth: Ordinary / Chin: Ordinary / Hair: Brown / Complexion: Fair / Face: Ordinary / Distinguishing Marks: None

Edward Vincent O’Rourke

I Edward Vincent O’Rourke a native and loyal citizen of the United States, hereby apply to the Dept. of State, at Washington, for a passport.

I solemnly swear that I was born in Columbus in the state of Ohio, on or about the 5th day of September, 1895, that my father William O’Rourke was born in Paulstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland and is now residing at dead, that he emigrated to the United States from the port of Queenstown on or about 1882; that he resided 35 years uninterruptedly, in the United States from 1882 to 1917 at Columbus, Ohio; that he was naturalized as a citizen of the United States before the United States District Court at Ohio at Columbus on 1 – , as shown by the Certificate of Naturalization presented herewith

I am domiciled in the United States, my permanent residence being at Columbus in the state of Ohio, where I follow the occupation of Engineer; that I am about to go abroad temporarily; that I intend to return to the United States within 3 years with the purpose of residing and performing my duties of citizenship therein; and that I desire a passport for visiting the countries hereinafter names for the following purpose:

Chile So. America                             Mining Engineering

I intend to leave the United States from the port of New York sailing aboard the -.

Description of Applicant

Age: 24 years / Stature: 5 feet 9.5 inches, Eng / Forehead: Low / Eyes: Hazel / Nose: Large / Mouth: Medium / Chin: Round/ Hair: Dark Brown / Compexion: Dark / Face: Round / Distinguishing Marks: Mole on left jaw


[1] “U.S. Passport Applications 1795-1925”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 August 2011), entry for John Martin, 12 May 1919; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 – March 31, 1925; ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #768, application # 80591.

[2] “U.S. Passport Applications 1795-1925”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 August 2011), entry for Edward O’Rourke, 7 October 1919; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 – March 31, 1925; ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #768, application # 125556.

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