He was a descendant of the marriage of Michael O’Sullivan, Bantry, (Heart Tax Collector and land Owner and reputed descendant of O’Sullivan Bere) and Mary Vickery, Whiddy Island.
From Ron Price a descendant of the extended family:
Between 1981 and 1990 I made notes immediately after speaking to various Co Cork people about my Cork ancestry. I now wish to make those notes available to anyone interested. Any clarification comments added at this stage are in square brackets. I would welcome any questions or comments.
Source: Thomas (Tommy) Bryan (b 1930) of Ballybrack, Glenville, Co Cork
Notes from conversation on 8 May 1989
– Definitely heard that William Dukelow was relatively prosperous. As well as his 5 sons who worked on the farm he had 2 hired men working from first thing in the morning. Mrs Roberts views, which are slightly anti-William perhaps influenced by his heavy drinking – she is very anti-drink. He had heard that William was very diligent in managing the farm. They had a very balanced diet supplemented by herrings caught in William’s own boat. Pickled herring for the winter.
– Heard that William Dukelow was killed when walking back from Durrus.
– William Dukelow’s son Charles spent some time in Canada before returning home.
– William Dukelow definitely gave £200 dowry with Anne on marriage. Dowry details were negotiated by the 2 sets of parents. The £200 did not go to Henry Bryan, but £100 to his sisters Frances and Minnie as dowries for their marriages.
– William [was] supposed to have £2000 in Bantry Bank, while some of his neighbours were evicted.
– William drank most evenings in the hotel in Durrus.
– There was a Mr Leathem who preached on the evils of drink – he was a former schoolteacher who had lost his job through drink. He was put up at Brahalish one night after preaching to Mrs Dukelow & girls. William arrived back late, with[a] bottle of whiskey. On hearing of the guest, he insisted in loudly shouting out his name and insisting he shared the bottle with him. Next day Mr Leathem got up late & claimed that it was lucky that he had there to save William from being smothered in drink. Mrs Dukelow regarded him less highly as [a] result.
– Henry Bryan had to sell the Knockeenboy farm to pay off debts. (The land at Ballybrack is no better.) At one point he was rather hard-up – so went back to Brahalish looking for assistance. Anne’s parents [were] not impressed – “you got a good girl; a £200 fortune” &; [they] gave no help. Henry referred to Margaret Dukelow as of the “Cob Dubh” breed (black face in Irish) because of her dark face in response to his request.
– Henry Bryan ‘s family (and his cousin) were the first Protestants to live in Ballybrack neighbourhood. An old local man recently told him the crossroads beside the farm became known as “the Planter’s Cross”.
– Ballybrack farm [was] rented from a Charles Allworth who lived in Sunnyhill, Mallow. He was known as “the halfpenny bun landlord” because he always carried a large halfpenny bun around with him.
– Fanny Bryan of Ballymana eloped with Thaddeus Bryan by climbing out a widow of the Model School she was attending. Thaddeus had a horse waiting – they went off to Thaddeus’ married sister then living near Clonakilty. He then left her there for a couple of weeks which rather offended her. She was aged around 18.
– Fanny Bryan was well educated – could speak three languages – English, Irish & French.
– Heard that Thaddeus & Fanny had eleven children, but [he] can only name ten. – Before William; Anne were married William Dukelow came to inspect the Knockeenboy farm to assess the suitability of the family. [He was] not impressed – house too crowded; cluttered, so he stated. William [was] about to go. Henry had his horse’s bridle hidden to prevent him from going – got William another bottle of whiskey; eventually all was arranged.
– Henry’s daughter Ellen had an accident in the quarry behind the farm & had [a] leg amputated. She never really recovered & died as a result.
– Henry Bryan was a good singer ; musician – played [the] melodeon.
– Henry’s Uncle Charlie took him to his sister Ellen married to Busteed. He wanted to stay on when Charles insisted on leaving – he subsequently referred to him as “the old grey goat”. [see clarification below]
– Ballybrack farm did not originally include the 10 feet on the right-hand side beyond the chimney. The upstairs windows were originally flat-topped.