Helena Townsend (209)

Date of Birth: 29 Sep 1695
Date of Death: Unknown
Generation: 3rd
Residence: Ballymartle, Kinsale, Co Cork
Father: Colonel Bryan Townsend [200]
Mother: Synge, Mary
  1. Meade, William
  1. John
  2. Richard
  3. Robert
  4. William
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Notes for Helena Townsend

Page 127 of Gillman's 'Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cork and Ross' records a Marriage Bond dated February 1719. Very Rev William Meade (1) Dean of Cork and Rector of Ballymartle, (2) Dunderrow and Ringroane was the eldest son of Robert Meade (3) of Ballymartle, Kinsale, Co Cork. See Burke's Irish Landed Gentry 1912 - Meade. See page 333/334 of Brady's Parochial and Clerical Records Volume 1 for a summary of William's ministry.

Helena was godmother to William Townsend [504].

Of the children:

Rev John Meade was appointed Rector of Ballymartle in 1752. He married first Katherine Moore, daughter of Rev John Moore of Innishannon, in 1748 and second Susannah Townsend [604] in 1768. He purchased from his cousin John, 1st Earl of Clanwilliam, the family estates of Ballymartle and Ballintober in 1787. John died without issue in 1800.

Rev Robert Meade, Rector of Dunderrow, was born in 1722 and died in Feb 1799. He married Charlotte Nesbitt, daughter of James Nesbitt, surgeon, in 1753. The daughter Helena married Horatio Townsend of Derry [5D00] on 1 May 1785. Robert died in Feb 1779.

Richard Meade was a barrister and died unmarried in 1769.

Rev William Meade, Rector of Ringcurran, was born in 1728 and died in 1769. He married Martha Bourne, daughter of Col. Richard Bourne of Burren, in 1759 and had four sons and three daughters.

'The Post Chaise Companion or Traveller's Directory through Ireland 3rd Edition 1804' page 352 records "Five miles and a half from Cork on the R. is Mount Pleasant, the seat of Mr Bonwell; and two miles farther, on the L. is Ballymartle, that of the Rev Mr Meade”.

(1) William was born on 2 January 1685 and died in March 1764. His will is dated 29 November 1763 and was proved 31 May 1764. The entry for Meade in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "This family was related to the Meades, Earls of Clanwilliam. In 1787 the Reverend John Meade, Rector of Ballymartle, near Kinsale, county Cork, bought the estates of Ballymartle and Ballintober from his cousin John 1st Earl of Clanwilliam. His nephew the Reverend Richard Meade succeeded to the Ballymartle estate and another nephew John succeeded to the Ballintober estate. Rev. John Meade held townlands in the parish of Templemichael, barony of Kinalea at the time of Griffith's Valuation. William R. Meade was among the principal lessors in the parish of Ballymartle at the same time. He was the proprietor of over 1100 acres in the 1870s while John Meade of Ballintober owned 982 acres."

(2) The entry for Ballymartle in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "William R. Meade held Ballymartle in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £35. It was also noted by Lewis as the seat of W.R. Meade in 1837. In the 1770s it was the property of Rev. W, Meade. It is now a roofless ruin."

(3) Robert assisted in raising a regiment of foot for the service of King William III, his commission bearing date 1694. He married Frances, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Peter Courthorpe of Courtstown and of Little Island, Co Cork. He was appointed Governor of Munster by Charles II in 1669.

(4) Ordnance survey of Ireland. Discovery Series. 1:50,000. Map sheet 87, grid reference W644576.

'Pooles of Mayfield' p. 144/237 refers.