Atlas 1878, Percy, Seymour, Ontario, Canada Showing Pockets of West Cork Emigrant Named Families.


Atlas 1878, Percy, Seymour, Ontario, Canada Showing Pockets of West Cork Emigrant Named Families.


Many thanks to Marthanne Williamson, Nova Scotia.

From the Percy map:

Probably from Rossmore/Brahalish, Durrus, Richard Williamson “cousin  married to Sarah Baker c 1829 -1888.  (This Richard is identified as a cousin to my gr gr grandfather also Richard Williamson 1800-1878 Hallowell. Prince Edward County, married to Susan Baker 1818-1894)

Henry Beamish 1821-1893 married to Sarah Baker 1823-1907( dr of Rebecca Williamson 1792-1859? and John Baker 1795-c 1840?)

Other familiar names- Allen, Atkinson, Attridge,, Barry, Beamish, Brickley, Brooks, Clark, Collins, Driscoll, English, Fleming, Forde, Johnson, Love, O’Sullivan, Thomas King, McCarthy, McGuire, Melville, Miller, Richardson, Shannon, Tobin, Wood, Young.

This and another page, Seymour, of the 1878 Ontario atlas show two pockets of families who likely came c 1840 to Ontario from the Durrus area.  Same concentration in nearby Hastings County,



Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases, 1507-2000Seymour , Northumberland




Co, Ontario 1878 Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases, 1507-2000




Here is the on- line Gazetteer of 1865-66 for these communities- Seymour and Percy- and the notes show population changes. eg Township of Percy 1842- 920 pop. By 1850.. Pop. 2162 . By 1861, pop 3,515 of which 438 were ‘natives of Ireland’.

The information provides concession and Lot numbers, also christian names for many of those indexed.

Here is Thomas King, married to Mary Baker, living at Concession 10 lot 8, Percy.

Percy p 70- Atkins R ( Robert) Con. 8, Lot 19 and other spellings- Akins, on marriage record eakens ( no caps) , Aikens Robert Aikins (1818-1889) married Eliza Williamson, (sister to my gr gr grandfather Richard Williamson 1800-1878). Robert’s sister, Ann Aikins ( 1822-1902) , married Thomas Williamson ( 1815-1905), second eldest son of Mary ( 1779-1873) and Robert Williamson (c 1780-c1830?) The Aikins’ were strong methodists- and may have come from Co. Cork, definitely from Ireland.

Beamest ( Beamish) Charles Con 1, Lot 12 Beamish, Henry Con , Lot 8

Collins, Jeremiah, Morris, and Patrick all at Con 9 Lot 24 Collins, Timothy Con 9 L ot17

King, A con 10, lot 9 King , James con 10, lot 8 King, Charles con 9, lot 11 King, Joseph con 12, lot 11. King, Thomas Con.10 lot 8

McCarthy Charles Con 7 lot 13 McCarthy James Con 11 lot 12 McCarthy John Con 11 lot 12 McCarthy P Con 11 lot 10 McCarthy Thos. Con 11 lot 10

Shanahan James Con 11, lot 24

Sullivan, John f. Con 10, lot 18 Sullivan: Timothy jr. f. Con 9 lot 6 Sulivan: Timothy h. Con 10 lot 10 Sullivan: Timothy sr. f. Con 10 lot 6 Sullivan, A f Con 10, lot 6

?Swinton D f Con 4, lot 11 ( Swanton? )

Tobin C Con 7 lot 14 Tobin Wm. b Con 10 lot 12

White J sr f Con 8 lot 10 White J jr f Con 8 lot 10 White, M f Con 9 lot 3 White, William con 5 lot 5

Williamson, R ( Richard) con 8, lot 7 ( ‘cousin’ to my direct family) Willamson James Con 11 lot 8( I can’t place him yet- could be my family?)


a bigger community 1850, 2117 inhabitants. 1861 3, 842 inhabitants. Irish 328 King, Wm. Con 14 lot1 9 ( out of alphabetical order on the page)

Beamest ( Beamish) Charles Con 1, Lot 12 Beamish, Henry Con , Lot 8 Hopkins, B Con 8, Lot 9 McCarthy Charles Con 7 lot 13 McCarthy James Con 11 lot 12 McCarthy John Con 11 lot 12 McCarthy P Con 11 lot 10 McCarthy Thos. Con 11 lot 10

Peters, Charles sr and jr Con 10 lot 7

O’ Sullivan C h Con 7 lot 10 O’Sullivan D f Con 1 lot 4 O’Sullivan J h Con 9 lot 10 (others “Sullivans” listed in Percy) Tobin, Cornelius Con 7 lot 14- from 1861 census 100 acres Tobin, Wm Con 10 lot 12

White J sr and jr Con 8 lot 10

White R f Con 5, lot 15 White, James f Con 4, Lot 16 White John and Andrew h Con 5, lot 19 White R f Con 3, lot 11

Willamson James Con 11 lot 8 Also listed in Percy Williamson, R ( Richard) con 8, lot 7 ( ‘cousin’ to my direct family)

Daily line to Rochester NY


Deeds, Rent Charges, Durrus, Bantry, from early 18th Century, Landlords, Blairs of Blair’s Cove, Evansons of Durrus, Hutchinsons of Clonee, Skint by 1800.

West Cork History

Deeds, Rent Charges, Durrus, Bantry, from early 18th Century.

This is only scratching the surface but gives an indication of the information contained in property deeds. Often leases for example are for three lives so the tenant, his youngest son and another young child often related.  Also locations townland given.

A feature which will surprise many is the emergence in the late 18th and early 19th century of local substantial Protestant and Catholic tenant farmer and merchants who lend to local landlord families who are often virtually penniless.  This is probably connected with the boom of the Napoleonic Wars.  Some of these families are alos contactors on the roads and bridges to the Grand Jury.

Many of the property transactions of the White/Bantry estate are in the Boole Library of UCC or in the National Archives in Dublin.

The Kenmare Estate extends as far as Newtown in Bantry and many…

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1834 Grand Jury Presentments. Barony of West Carbery, West Division, Magistrates, Cess Payers, Contractors, Road Works.

1834 Grand Jury Presentments Barony of West Carbery, West Division, Magistrates, Cess Payers, Contractors, Road Works.

West Division, West Carbery, Contractors, 1832, 1833, 1834.



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There are frequent reference to new lines of road. At that stage Richard Griffith and Alexander Nimmo had completed their grand roads from Skibbereen to Crookhaven, Skibbereen to Bantry via Letterlickey Durrus, Ballylickey to Castletownbere, Glengarriff to Kenmare partial, Crookstown to Bantry over Cousane Gap.  These road unlike the Grand Jury roads were built to  a very high engineering standard with robust bridges, all the more remarkable given the primitive state of equipment.


In the road contractor shere apart from the landlords they were a prosperous network up to now hidden from view.

In other presentments from 1800 onwards for the area between Kinsale to Skibbereen there is huge work on the roads network to link the interior of West Cork to beaches and  sand quays.  On the Red Strand outside Clonakilty there could be up to 1,000 horse and carts a day drawing sea sand for fertilizer.

Many of the secondary bridges were built between 1790 and 1820.



1674, Bounty for Wolves, Kinsale.

1674, Bounty for Wolves, Kinsale.

From Richard Caulfield’s Annals of Kinsale, his mother was Gosnell possibly far back from Schull area:


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The late Dick Warner in Irish Examiner:



In 1698 a Cork alderman made a written complaint about the number of foxes and wolves in and around the city. But the fate of the wolf in Ireland was sealed in the 1600s and Oliver Cromwell is probably responsible. During the Cromwellian Plantation the first settlers to arrive in the country were horrified to find it full of wolves. The animals had long been extinct in England and Wales, the only British survivors were in remote parts of the Scottish Highlands.

So in 1653 the Cromwellian government placed a bounty on them –- £5 for a male wolf and £6 for a female. This was a massive amount of money in those days. Persecuted by bounty hunters and with their forest habitat dwindling, wolves started to decline in numbers.


1604, Maurice Ronan, Rent Roll, Kinsale. 1695, Kinsale area Rent Roll of Edward Southwell, Esq., M.P.

1695, Kinsale area Rent Roll of Edward Southwell, Esq., M.P.

From Richard Caulfield’s Kinsale Council Book, p. 393 in book

1604, Maurice Ronan, Rent Roll

Page 391



The verye trywe copie of Morys Ronan’s Rentayel concerning his landes and tenements in Kynsale, copied and exemplified by me, Syr Davye Drosycoll, of Kynsale, Notarie publicke, worde by worde. James Cornishe is house in Fischer’s strete. Richarde Hwollawan his house in Fischer’s strete. James Pierode his house that John Gallwey boghte iis. by the yere. Richarde Copner’s house in Ficher strete. George’s house in Fischer strete iiiis. by the yere. Niclas Harbane his place abow and benede iis. iiiid. in the yere. 392 APPENDIX H. Teige Moylan’s his house bened, xxcl. by the yere. John White’s house that Davy Sheyn hath, and Philipp Gyanan holds, iiiid. by the yere. Margaret Gyanan his house that Chemet Tryalle holds, iis. by the yere. The litell seller by tux that and Katerine Glassau’s house, iiiid. by the yere. Kateryne Glassane’s house and Davy Cheyn’s house abow and benede, iis. iiiid. a yere. Katyne Cornishe’s house, xiid. by the yere, and the house myne in morgage. Davy Cursye’s house abow xiid. by the yere. John 0 Muruchu and Theige 0 Muryhy his house abow and benede, iis. by the yere . . Pyrodes Hyll and the longe house benede it. The voide place between J owan Broyn’s house and Patricke Gallwey’s soller. Grany his house, and the tache house bynorde that, iis. of chifry by the yere and the freehold myne. The two voyde meyses bysude that. Half a garden in the nyw dytche, xiid. by the yere and the fryeholde myne. J erlyhy Fischer by neude Katheryn Donyll, xld. by the yere and the freehold myn. Archedekenn Cursye’s house in Fischer strete abow, iis. by the yere. Mayster Cornische’s hOllse that Nicolas Wente had, iis. iiiid. by the yere and the frehold myne. The litell parke w’honte the nyew dytche. Eight Ryggs of ground in Patricke Galwey’s garden, viiicl. by the yere. The two sclate housen in the churchyard. Upon the parsonage, iiiid. by the yere. James Barry in Fryer’s strete, iiiis. by the yere. Cohyze his hous in Fryre strete, xId, by the yere. Edmunde Dowf Cursye’s hous, xiid. by the yere. John Byrrye’s hOllS that Niclrts Maknyedy had, xxiicl. by the yere. William Kehirnye’s house, iiiis. iicl. by the yere .. Davy Lahyznane’s shope, vs. by the yere. Jowann Lahyznen her house next the crosse, viis. viiid. by the yere. Inyspillan’s honse, iiiid. by the Jere. Cohyze’s grettre house east and weast. Kateryn Mehigane’s house, iis. by the yere. Mohyr Myowlyane and Ihrry White for a garden, xliiiid. by the yere. Harry White’s parke and a spiute of ground, xld. by the yere. Richard Copner’s hOllse by skot hys. Thome Lyone his tavern e. The nyew hOllS by Loddye’s castell and Loddye’s castell. And the lytell voyde place by yst that. I Moris Ronayne hav in J”uly 160,1 sett a house and garden in Frier’s streete to Phillipp Wirlin~, taIlor, and to his Iwires for ever, paying yerly xlLl. st. current money of and in England at Michmlru as (1l1d Ester, and if said rent be behincIe for three tearmes, it shall be lawful for me ancI to reinter.





RENT ROLL OF EDWARD SOUTHWELL, ESQ., M.P., HALF YEAR, 29 SEP., 1695. Sent by Barbara Baufield (widow of the late Mr. James B., Sir R. S. steward). (Brit. Mus., Add. 9714.) LIBERTIES OF KINSALE. Tenants’ names.—John Coleman. for Lisseahanbegg, 7li. lOs. Prehane lands, 18li. Oliver Pluncket, for Garra, 6li. Robert Browne, for Knockduffe, 1li. lOs. Robert Browne, for Southwaters, 7li. lOs. Robert Browne, for Slaveene, 4li. lOs. Rob’. Browne, for Glaunbegg and Knockanabohilly, Sli. Cap’. Mountford, for Trooper’s close, 2li. John Coleman, for Ranalickeene, 3li. 5s. John Bickford, for Gough’s Parke, 4li. Cap’. Meade, for Tigsaxon-beg, 8li. 15s. Benj. Hill, for his holdings, 30li Total, 1071i. COURSEYS AND KENELEA, do.-Mr. Ballard, 43li. 9s. Edw. Newman, 28li. lIs. 3d. Edw. Riggs and Jane Banfield, 15li. John Walton, 9li. 6s. 3d. Roger Haughton, l11i. Is. Widow Leayne, 10l’i. 17 s. 6d. James Gardy, 9li. 6s. 9d. Total, 127li. lIs. 9d. ‘RINCORRL\N, do.-\Vill. Deames, a house and garden, 16s. 3d. Teige Fowlue, a garden, 5s. Danl . Griffa, a house and garden, 12s. 6d. Kath. Phillip, do., lOs. Danl . Buy, do., 16s. 3d. Teige Buy, do., 16s. John Roche, a garden, 7s. 6d. Dermod MCDonogh, a house and garden, 12s. 6d. Charles Croly, do., 158. John Greana, do., lIs. 3d. Cornelius Greana, do., lIs. 3d. Derby Greana, do., lIs. 3d. Patrick Fowler, do., lIs. 3d. Teige Cahane, do., 12s. 6d. John Scannell, do., lOs. Redmond Burroge, do., lOs. John Kernean, do., Ss. 9d. John Murhill, do., lOs. Teige Carty, a house, 5s. Total, 10li. 12s. 3d. RAMoRE, do.-Derby Murphy, now Denis Keeffe, a house ancl garilen, 12s. 6d. Danl • Carty, do., 12s. 6d. Teige Murphy, do., lIs. 3d. Teige MlIrhill, do., l Os. Total, 2li. 6s. 3d. ARDllRACKE, do.-John Barry, 15s. Jeffery Wild, lli. 2s. 9el. Denis Donovan, a house and garden, lOs. John Gerald, do., 16s. 3d. Denis Carty, do., lOs. Danl • Connoe, lOs. John Carty, do., lOs. Widow Moores’ holding, lli. Derby Carty, a house and garden, lOs. Kath. Brin and J oane Roch, a garden, 1 Os. John Anders and Humphry Carty, do., lOs. Joane Fling, a cabin and garden, lOs. Rob’. Andrews, do. and small garden, 7s. 6el. Derby Conoe, elo., 7s. 6d. Total, Sli. 9s. KINSALE, do.-Corke Street, Oliver Pluncket, sadl er, 12g. Oliver Plllncket, ruercht., 2li. John Matthews, lli. 18. Sir Richaru Cox, crown rent, 68. MARKET KEY, elo.-Will. Mullane, 5s. Danl . MCAulife, 5s. Mary Rohane, 58. HIGH FISHER STREET.·-Councillor Suxbery, 5li. ~. 6d. Barth. Ashwicke, 3li. Eliz. Chisman, 2li. Adam Jessop, lli. lIs. 9d. John Pegg, 2li. wm. Howard, 4li. 38. 6d. James Dixon, 2li. 12s. 9d. Arthur Keeffe, 2li. 9s. 6d. Malt-house, Ald. Hoare, Paule French used for timber, &c., Smaledridge and English, 2li. 148. 3d. Nich. Gerrald, 3li. 38. John Blunt, 4li. 35. 6d. Gookin’s house waste, 50 ~ ‘— 301· APPENDIX IT. 7li. lOs. Mr. Yeflmon~, l li. lIs. GcZ. Total, 39li. S8. :Jd. Gookin, 7li. lOs. 46li. ISs. 3cl. do. Low FISHEH STREET, do.-Mr. Swettnam, 2li. lIs. gcZ. Abigail Lightfoot, 2li. 7s. 9cZ. Mr. Burrowe’s, Fenene Donovan, for part of Mr. Burrowe’s house, 2li. l Os. John Percivall, 3li. 3s. 6el. Will. Harris, 2li. Anti Whitewood, 13s. J ohn Danger, 2li. os. Geo. Piggott, 10li. Ss. 2cZ. Mr. Clarke, Bell J(I’Y, 5li. 4s. Jane Coghl ane, 2li. Jane Tremeal’l1e, lOs. Widow Hoskins, 3li. l Os. Crane Key and cellars waste. John Richardson, l li. lOs. Richd • Millner, 2li. John Rawlins, 2li. John Poore, 2li. 3 MARRINER’S LANE, do.-One house set to 3 people, lli. 15s. Ralph Blithman, 2li. Rose Poore, lOs. Margt. Grady, lOs. wm. Keeffe, a cellar and garden, lli. 15s. Widow Rawlins, lOs. Morgan Driskoll, 12s. 6cZ. Tho. Bourke, 12s. 6el. Capt. Elwell, 5li. Rob. French, part of Magazine, 2li. lOs. Part of Magazine waste. Mr. Snelling, custom house and its cellars, Sli. Long loft waste. Mr. Smaldridge, dwelling house, 4li. 3s. 6d. WOTlT,n’s EI’D, do.-Mnry Norwood, 3li. lOs. Patrick Ruth, lli. Mr. Williams, 2li.. Jer. Courtny, 3li. l Os. Ezekiel Davis, 2li. Ss. T~el. J oane LoatheI’, waste. Phillip Solomon, also Barnt, 13s. 9el. Ann Fackman, 15s. 10el. Tho. Matthewes, lli. 6s. 10tel. Henry Hooper, now Davis, 13s. 4!cZ. Richd • Mably, sen., lli. lIs. 6el. Rob. French. lIs. 9d. Tho. Newell, 9s. Wm. Bowler, lli. lIs. Richd • Mably, jun., 15s. Geo. Blake, 21i. Hugh Rosser, lli. 12s. 3d. Eliz. Emery, lli. 7 S. 1 ~d. Rich. Chard for Benj. Adams, lIs. 9d. Will. Weekes, 2li. 2s. 6d. Tomsen Madox, lli. 2s. 1 ~el. J ane Barnett, Os. 6d. Tho. Kaynes, lIs. 9d. John Smaldridge, lIs. 10lel. Henry Joanes, waste. Total, 31li. Is. Std. COMPASS HILL.- Will. Helton, for the orchard, 31i. J ane Burrowes, Hi. 3s: 6d. Widow MCTeige, 58. Tho. Burrowes, meadow, 41i. 2s. Walter Moarly, 16s. 10td. Arthur Keeffe, a meadow by weir, 3li. 5s. Denis Collins, 6s. Danl . MCAulife,5s. Derby Mahune, a garden, 5s. Charles Martin, do., lOs. John Winter, do., 7s. 6el. Derby Mally, on the rampier, 6s. Teige Keeffe, a garden, 4s. Total, 14li. 15s. lotd. CILLY.-Will. Coningeime, 1li. lOs. Anth. Woolwicke, lOs. John Blake, lli. 6d. Rob. Williams, lli. 6s. 7d. J ohn Neewel, harelip, 13s. 3d. John Madox, lOs. 2!d. Derby Driscoll and John Turner, lli. Is. Gel. Tho. Lacey, I Ss. 5d. Tho. Leamon, 13s.4d. Francis Masey, lIs. 3d. J ames Hayes, 16s. 4td. John Whitford, lOs. 3d. Robt. Roch, 12s. 3d. John Enagh, lli. Is. 6d. John Carey, lIs. 3d. Widow French, 16s. 4!d. Tho. Cripps, 14s. 4td. John Keane, 9s. 2d. Richd • Roch, 6s. l td. J ohn Murphy, 7s. Edw. Carey, 12s. 3d. Mary Lacey, lli. Is. 6d. J ames Roch, 12s. 3d. J ohn Newel, sen., 13s. 2~d. Will. Vron, l li. Is. 6d. Richd • Hicks, lOs. 10 el. Sarah Witheyes, 15s. Edw. Edwards, Ss. Sd. Luke Grifl’en, 19s. 5d. Ann Richards, lIs. 3d. Widow French, 78. ltd. Charles Coghlane, lIs. 3d. Denis Griffen, Ss. 2el. Thymothy Dorgan, 7s. l id. Steph. Witheyes, 9s. 2d. Thy. Bryan, 6s. l td. Arthur Nepkin, lli. 68. 7t d. Will. Collins, lli. 2s. Rob. Fullard, 78. 2d. Francis Witheyes, now Simon Waters, S8. Corn. Sheehane, 15s. 6d. Widow Flemen, 48. John Goula, now Aulife Montane, 58. John Crowly, 78. 6d. Kath. Tumod,48. John Reagane, 78. Agnes Kearnes, 48. Mary Daniel, 4s. Total, 30li. 98. 5d. Total entire, 451li. 16s. 2d. APPENDIX H . 395 14 Sep., l695.-Kilnclony. Edwd. Newman to Edwd • Southwell, Esq., M.P. Account of the King’s lands in the bar. of Courceyand Cantred of Kilbrittain, formerly the Duke of York’s. Present tenants to the King.-Ballimeredigh: Mr. Edw. Browne, val. l 5li. yearly, do. for a term, 20li. Coolbane: Mr. John Galwey, tenant to the King. Ballyncurrigh : Joseph Bullin, 30li. do. and 40li.” Kilgobbin and Ballinscubbig : Epinetus Cross, Esq., SOli. do. and lOOli. Farren MCRickerd, Knock-ni-Hylon, Lackin a Croockog, the Castle, hf. pld.; Tenant on premises, the widow Trisillian. Killaneety: Mr. Edw. Brown, lOli. do. and 15 do. Ballyntemple and Aghaduton, bar. of Iton: Mr. Tho. Gookin, 20li. do. and 25li. do. Curraleigh and Currabeagh, bar. of Barrets: Warham St. Leger, 2Sli. do. and 40li. Garrone Reagh : Mr. Jonas Stawell, 20li. do. and 25li. Knock-n-Copple: Mr. Henry Clungeon, 20li. do. and 25li.



Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge) Meeting addressed by Peadar Ó h-Anracháin, in Durrus, West Cork, 1905.

Some West Cork Contractors, Justices (Magistrates), Cess Payers, Baronial Constables (Collectors of County Cess), Cork Grand Jury 1834, 1838.




Some West Cork Contractors, Justices (Magistrates), Cess Payers, Baronial Constables (Collectors of County Cess), Cork Grand Jury 1834, 1838.



Early stage


1834, 1838 presentments, magistrates, cess payers, collectors of cess. cork archives, gj_co_pr_5 (1)


Cork Magistrates:


Cork Magistrates:

Cork Grand Jury: