Mary Townsend (308)

Date of Birth: ca 1720
Date of Death: Feb 1793
Generation: 4th
Residence: Castle Salem and Cellmount
Father: John Townsend [300]
Mother: Barry, Katherine
  1. Morris, Jonas
  1. Katherine
  2. Mary
  3. Dorothea
  4. Jane
  5. Jonas
  6. Abraham
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Barbara
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Notes for Mary Townsend

Page 127 of Gillman's 'Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cork and Ross' records a Marriage Bond dated 1740. Jonas Morris (1) JP of Barley Hill and Cellmount, son of William Morris of Castle Salem,(2) Rosscarbery, Co Cork and brother of William Morris who married Mary's sister Katherine Townsend [307].

'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."

Of the children:

Katherine Morris married Henry Baldwin in 1762.(3)

Mary Morris married John Townsend [214].

Dorothea Morris married Hewitt Poole. (4)

Jane Morris (buried 24 July 1842) married, as his 2nd wife, Rev William Robinson who was firstly married to Mary Townsend [314].

Abraham Morris JP of Hanover Hill married first Jane Rice and second on 16th July 1779 Thomasina Conner daughter of William Connor. Abraham was High Sheriff of County Cork in1760 and 1782 and MP for Cork County 1791-97. He was a partner in the bank of Morris, Leycester and McCall. His daughter Katherine by his second marriage married Horatio Townsend [6B01].

Elizabeth Morris married Robert Sealy.

Several entries in the Church of Ireland Parish Records of Ross Cathedral 1690–1823 refer to 'Mr Jonas Morris' and it is reasonable to assume that they refer to Mary's husband.

P.26 Burials "1757 7br(?) 4th Mrs Mary Morris wife of Jonas Morris Esq. 1757." This probably refers to another 'Mary Morris' in view of the entry on page 42 of the Parish records (see below).

P.27 Baptisms. "1747 June 21 Dorothy daughter of Mr.Jonas Morris received into ye congregation."

P.28 Christenings. "1748 7 October 16th John son of ye Rev John Beamish Sir John Freke, Mr Francis Townsend ([125])) and Mary Morris ([308]) sponsors."

P.29 Christenings. "1751 June 17th Mary and Jane daughters of Mr Jonas Morris. Mr Thomas Hungerford and Reverend Mr John Beamish, Mrs Sarah Morris, Jane Jones, Mrs Butler Townsend ([126]) Mrs Horatio Townsend ([130] or [600]) and Richard Townsend ([131]? [116]? [213]?) minor sponsors."

P.29 Christenings. "1758 April 18th Barbara and Elizabeth daughters of Mr Jonas Morris received into the congregation."

P.33 Marriages. "1762 8br (August?) 12th Mr Henry Baldwin and Ms Catherine Morris."

P.33 Marriages. "1767 August 4th Mr Hewett Poole of Bandon and Miss Dorothea Morris of Ross or Barley hill."

P.35 Burials. "1766 June 23rd Jonas Morris eldest son of Jonas Morris Esq."

P.42 Burials. "1793 February 19th Mrs Mary Morris widow of Jonas Morris Esq Barley hill."

(1) Jonas died in January 1782 and his will was proved 4 February 1782.

(2) The entry for Morris (Dunkettle) 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."

(3) Difficult to pinpoint but Henry was most probably one of the Baldwins of West Muskerry. The entry for Baldwin (West Muskerry) in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "The Baldwins of county Cork descend from two brothers, Elizabethan settlers, in the Bandon locality. One branch purchased the estate of Clohenna, parish of Kilnamartry, barony of West Muskerry, from Valentine Greatrakes of county Waterford in 1678. In 1689 Herbert Baldwin of Cloheena married Mary Hungerford and from them descend the Baldwins of the barony of West Muskerry. Later generations married with members of the Langton family of county Limerick, O'Connells of Derrynane and the Minhears. Herbert Baldwin, Medical Doctor, was Member of Parliament for the city of Cork in the 1830s. His daughter Mary Anne married John O'Sullivan of Bere. At the time of Griffith's Valuation Herbert MD, Henry and William Baldwin, held lands in the parishes of Ballyvourney, Kilnamartery, Kilmichael and Kilmurry, barony of West Muskerry. In October 1855, the house at Lissardagh and lands in the baronies of Kinalmeaky, East Carbery and West Muskerry, the property of William Baldwin, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court. Over 850 acres, the estate of John Baldwin in the parish of Kilmichael, were advertised for sale in April 1856 in the court."

(4) Almost certainly one of the family 'Poole's of Mayfield'. The entry for Poole (Mayfield) in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Burke indicates that the estate at Mayfield was purchased by Thomas Poole, a descendent of the Cheshire and Gloucestershire families, in 1628. Hewitt Poole, of Mayfield, Bandon, owned over 1700 acres in county Cork in the 1870s, while other family members owned lessor amounts. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Thomas Poole was among the principal lessors in the parish of Ballymodan, barony of Kinalmeaky."

For other Morris connections see John Townsend [214], Katherine Townsend [307], Mary Townsend [314], Elizabeth Townsend [326], Horatio Townsend [6B01].

'Pooles of Mayfield' p.57/70/73 refer.