Caroline Eleanor Townshend (5B20)

Date of Birth: 7 Jan 1857
Date of Death: Unknown
Generation: 7th
Residence: Great Bentley, Essex & Bawnlahan, Myross, Co Cork
Father: William Uniacke Townsend [5B01]
Mother: Coote, Mary Anne Harriet
  1. Powell, Francis Pery Hutchesson
  1. FitzHenry Townshend
  2. William Uniacke
  3. Marian Elsie Lillian
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Notes for Caroline Eleanor Townshend

Married 29 November 1887 at St Stephen's Church, Dublin. Rev Francis Pery Hutchesson Powell MA (1 & 1a), of Bawnlahan (2 & 2a) and Vicar of St Mary The Virgin, Great Bentley, Colchester, Essex and son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Clarinbold Powell (3) of Bawnlahan (4), Union Hall, Co Cork. His biographical details are given on page 272 of 'Pike's Contemporary Biographies 1911'. See Burke's Irish Landed Gentry 1912 - Powell.

The marriage certificate shows Caroline living at 30 Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, the home of John FitzHenry Townshend [250].

The April 1911 Irish Census records Francis Pery Hutchesson Powell, a Clerk in Holy Orders aged 67, living at Bawnlahan, Myross, Co Cork, with his mother in law, Mary Anne Harriet Townsend, two visitors and three servants. Rather strangely, Caroline is not shown on the census, though Francis is shown as being married. The house consisted of 14 rooms, two stables, a coach house and seven further outbuildings. The census also shows that they had seven surviving children.

Neither Caroline nor Francis are shown in the 1901 Irish Census.

Of the sons: FitzHenry Townshend Scudamore Powell was born on 28 August 1888. He was a Captain in the Royal Munster Fusiliers and William Uniacke Pery Powell was born on 1 June 1891.

(1) Francis was born on 7 July 1843. Page 595 of The Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1922 in the National Archives of Ireland records that probate of the will of "The Reverend Francis Pery Hutchesson Powell late of Bawnlahan Union Hall County Cork clerk", who died on 8 August 1914, was granted at London on 26 September 1914, to "Caroline E Powell the Widow and Wilfred Baddeley”. Resealed at Dublin on 12 January 1915. Effects £1,671 15s 2d.

(1a) The entry for Powell (West Carbery) in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Burke indicates that the Powells, originally a Welsh family, inherited the O'Donovan estate at Roscarbery though the marriage of Emma Powell with The O'Donovan in 1800. There were no children of this marriage and the estate was inherited by Emma's brother Edward. He was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Creagh and Myross, West Carbery, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. In the 1870s, his son, Henry C. Powell of Bawnlahan, was the owner of over 2400 acres in county Cork."

(2) 'Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary 1837' shows in the entry for Myross "...Clantaffe is the residence of R. Townsend, Esq.; Bunlahan, of Major Powell; Brade, of the Rev. E. P. Thompson; Union Hall, of Capt. Somerville; Ballincolla, of Capt. Lyster; and Rock Cottage, of J. French, Esq." ‘Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland, 1894’ records under the heading ‘County Magistrates for the Province of Munster Co Cork’ - “Powell Henry Clarinbold, Banlahan, Leap R.S.O.”

(2a) The entry for Bawnlahan in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Edward Powell held this property in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £21. Lewis describes it as the residence of Major Powell in 1837. In the 1770s it was the seat of an O'Donovan family. Lt. Col. Henry Powell was the owner in 1906 when it was valued at £21." The last known O’Donovan resident of Bawnlahan was General Richard O’Donovan who died without surviving issue in 1829. Having barred the entail, he left his entire estate to his wife, Emma Ann Powell. The house remained in the Powell family until about 1915, when they moved to Monkton Combe near Bath, Somerset.

(3) Henry Powell was witness to the will, dated 19 August 1864, of Richard Mellifont Townshend. When Richard died on 17 September 1884 there was controversy over his last will, dated 17 May 1884, which was significantly different to that of 1864. In an attempt to clarify who should inherit the family silver, Henry wrote to John FitzHenry Townshend [250] on 21 October 1884. "It was only yesterday I had for the first time the curiosity to read a cancelled will of Richard Townshend. It was found by my brother and left in a packet ‘Drafts of Wills’. I now send it to you principally because a question arises here between Tom Somerville and Richard AH Townshend about the Sabatier plate and this old will shows that in 1864 it was the testator’s intention the silver marked with the Sabatier crest should go to his nephew Thomas Somerville." Full details of the arguments surrounding the will of Richard Townshend [236] will be found in his entry. See Lovera Papers 236/26

(4) Ordnance survey of Ireland. Discovery Series. 1:50,000. Map sheet 89, grid reference W196347.