Katherine Townsend (307)

Date of Birth: ca 1717
Date of Death: Unknown
Generation: 4th
Residence: Castle Salem and Cellmount
Father: John Townsend [300]
Mother: Barry, Katherine
  1. Morris, William
  1. William
  2. Jonas
  3. Abraham
  4. Edward
  5. Katherine
  6. Helena
  7. Thomas
  8. Barbara
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Notes for Katherine Townsend (Katherine Townesend)

Under the heading 'Townesend', page 127 of Gillman's 'Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cork and Ross' records a Marriage Bond dated 1737. Married 6 December 1737. William Morris of Castle Salem and Cellmount, son of William Morris of Castle Salem,(1) Rosscarbery, Co Cork and brother of Jonas Morris who married Mary Townsend [308]. William was born on 28 February 1709 and his will is dated 25 July 1783. He fathered at least 7 illegitimate children and was, by contemporary accounts, an unpleasant man.

Of the children: William Morris (2) married Barbara Jennison (3) on 31 August 1784 in the Parish Church of Myross, Co Cork. Of their sons: Edward Morris married Elizabeth Townsend [326] on 6 February 1820, Jonas Morris was born ca 1791, married Martha Travers Smyth on 20 April 1818 and died in January 1842 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

'The Post Chaise Companion or Traveller's Directory' through Ireland 3rd Edition 1804' page 333 records "A little beyond Ross on the R. is Derry, the seat of Mr Townsend [501]; and near it, Castle Sally (Salem), the seat of Mr Morres". And further on page 333 - " Three miles beyond Ross, on the L. is Selmount, the seat of Mr Morres."

(1) The entry for Morris ([Castle Salem and Cellmount) in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "A Welsh family descended from Captain William Morris who was granted lands in East and West Carbery, county Cork under the Acts of Settlement. Abraham Morris of Cork, merchant, bought lands in the baronies of Barrymore, Duhallow and Muskerry from the trustees of forfeited estates, 1703. Originally settled at Castle Salem, by the late 18th century Abraham Morris was established at Dunkettle near Cork city. In the 1790s he was elected Member of Parliament for county Cork in a controversial election. In 1851 his grandson Jonas Morris married Ellen only daughter of Silver Charles Oliver of Inchera. At the time of Griffith's Valuation the Morris estate was located in the parishes of Shandrum, barony of Orrery and Kilmore, Clondrohid and Drishane, barony of West Muskerry and Ballydeloher and Caherlag, barony of Barrymore. In the 1870s Richard Morris of Dunkettle owned 6,494 acres in county Cork."

(2) William Morris was born ca 1745 and was buried at Castlehaven on 15 October 1806. Probate on his will was granted on27 June 1807. On 6 June 1798 a man named Timothy Feehane was executed at Gallows Green, Cork, for conspiracy to murder William.

(3) There is another Jennison connection at Richard Townsend [315].

For other Morris connections see John Townsend [214], Mary Townsend [308], Mary Townsend [314], Elizabeth Townsend [326], Horatio Townsend [6B01].