| Possible Ancestors and the
Godparents of the Children of John Walsh
I do not know where John Walsh was born. However, he was known to have lived
in two townlands in Ballinrobe, Carrownalecka and Knockanotish. These townlands
abut one another on the north/west section of the town of Ballinrobe. Part of each townland is
actually in the town itself.|
It is possible that John Walsh was the son of someone in this neighborhood.
There are several records which predate the civil and parish records that list Walsh families in the northwest section of Ballinrobe:
Possible Ancestors Listed in The Analecta Hibernica
According the "Analecta Hibernica #14" published in the "The County Mayo Chronicles" Volume 1, March 1988 and available at the New York City Public Library, there were five Walsh heads of household in the Town of Ballinrobe in 1783 as follows:
According to the South Mayo Family History Center in Ballinrobe, Bridge Street is east of the bridge over the Robe River and High Street is to the west of the same bridge. This means that they are basically the same street seperated by the bridge. Each street is at best one block long. High Street becomes Glebe Street going east at the intersection of Main Street. Bridge Street becomes Chaple Road going west. See Ballinrobe Maps
Consequently, Mick, Peter, John, Peter, and Nicholas as listed in the Analecta Hibernica in the town of Ballinrobe were living in relatively close proximity.
I do not know how the town was divided in 1783, however, John Walsh on Bridge Street, Peter Walsh on High Street, and Nicholas Walsh on High Street were living in the section of town that was listed in later records as Knockanotish.
In addition, the Analecta Hibernica, listed 38 other Walshes in the townlands of the parish of Ballinrobe as follows:
The list represents heads of households only. The household could include anything from a single, unmarried, or widowed male living by himself to the father of ten kids.
As mentioned, Walsh was, and is, one of the most common names in Ireland. As the above records show, there were already forty three Walsh heads of household in Ballinrobe Parish by 1783.
The Analecta Hibernica shows that there were at least six John Walshes in the parish by 1783. It also indicates that there were at least three Walsh families living in the areas that were associated with John Walsh and his clan in the mid 1800s. There is of course no way to know for sure if there was any direct connection between these Walsh families in 1783 and the family of John Walsh in the mid 1800s. It is possible that John Walsh was not even born in Ballinrobe. However, the records indicate fairly strong ties between John Walsh and his children and people living in the north west sections of the town of Ballinrobe. Since his wife, Fanny Feeny, did not seem to have any connections to that part of town, there is significant reason to suppose that John was the one with the connection to the locale and it is highly probable that he was born into one of the families already well settled in that neighborhood.
The tithe applotment was a tax list made 44 years after the parish list of 1783 published in the Analecta Hibernica.
There were two Walshes listed in the 1827 tithe applotment in "Cahirnalecka" (Carrownalecka):
The only listing in Knockanotish was C Kenny Esq.
I do not know why there are only two Walsh families listed in the northwest section of Ballinrobe 1827 versus five in 1783.
The 1857 Griffith Valuation (another tax roll) listed six Walshes in Knockanotish and Carrownalecka.
There was one listing for Walsh in Knockanotish:
There were the following listings for Walsh in Carrownalecka:
It must be reiterated that there is no known relationship between John Walsh and any of the people listed in the Analecta Hibernica, the Tithe and the Griffith.
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