Re the Sullivans of Tedagh, Vickerys, Sweetnams, Dukelows etc .

As an example of new documentary sources become available I recently got a message from a descendant of Michael Sullivan and Mary Vickery m 1785 found he could fill in a few gaps in the biography of Thomas Swanton of Cranliath, enthusiastic proponent of the Irish language, the arts in general and all round compassionate gentleman.

His wife was from the  Sullivan/O’Sullivan Tedagh, family, Parish of Durrus but on the Bantry side of the Parish. Through the 1884 will of her sister Maria, (  Now that the Registry of Deeds memorials are online and this has provided further details about Thomas Swanton.

Thomas married Jane Sullivan in 1835 (Marriage Licence Bonds); Jane was a daughter of John Sullivan, oldest son of Michael Sullivan and Mary Vickery (of Whiddy Island) at Tedagh, they married 1785. An 1839 deed describes Thomas, then living at Ballybay, Parish of Skull, as the second son of Job Swanton, formerly of Ballybay, but then of Bawnaknockane, also parish of Skull.

By August 1841 a land deed shows that Thomas had moved to Cranliath, and several subsequent deeds confirm that “Cranliath” was in, or part of, the townland of Sparrograda. The family lived there for perhaps 20 years, but in March 1860 a deed refers to Thomas Swanton of Ballydehob village, lately of “Croumleagh”. It is impossible to say why the family had left Cranliath, but it is possible that Thomas’ compassionate nature during such harsh times had led the family into reduced financial circumstances. The Freeman’s Journal record of the death at Bantry on 20th July 1861 of Thomas Swanton Esq of Ballydehob, is therefore almost certainly Thomas formerly of Cranliath.

An 1869 deed gives widow Jane Swanton’s children as Robert and Jane, then adults, and John, Hannah and Fanny aged under 21. The family were not blessed with good health – three children had died during the 1850s, and son John died later the same year as the deed in which he was named. Their other son Robert lived until at least 1891, when he was described as a Bank Accountant of Bandon when named as executor of his Aunt Maria Sullivan’s will. His fate after that date is unknown.

On Thomas Swanton, In referring to his move from Cranliath to Ballydehob village indicated in an 1860 deed, I should really have mentioned that that deed was a court judgement regarding a £300 owed by Thomas to Robert Shannon, a farmer of Rooska,  of which £150 was still due. This confirms that his financial circumstances had indeed been reduced