Descendants of Mary LOOBY (caution: not verified) (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

First Generation


1. Mary LOOBY (caution: not verified) was born in abt 1790s in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She died on 5 Feb 1865 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in probably Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

It is known that John's wife's first name was Mary, but there is uncertainty regarding her last name. It is a possibility that it was Looby because, buried in the same plot as Nicholas Treacy (c.1805-1848), whom we think was a brother of Mary's husband John, is a John Treacy (c.1787-1848), husband of 'Mary Treacy alias Looby'.     

Given that rural people in 19th century Ireland tended to marry locals, it is likely that Mary Looby came from the parish of Soloheadbeg, and it is a possibility that she was from the townland of Newtown because the only Loobys listed in Griffith's Valuation (1850s) for the parish of Soloheadbeg occupied land in Newtown.  

Among the sponsors at the baptisms of the children of John Treacy and Mary Looby were Eliza and John Looby, indicating they may have been siblings of Mary.

The children listed below marked 'Caution: not verified' are the children of John Treacy and Mary Looby, who may well NOT be the children of OUR John Treacy.

Looby (also spelled Luby)  is a common surname in the Tipperary/Waterford/Limerick area. It is derived from the Irish name Ó Lúbaigh which comes from the word 'lúbach' meaning 'cunning'.

Mary married John TREACY, son of 'unknown' TREACY and 'UNKNOWN', in possibly 2 Feb 1818 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. John was born in possibly about 1787 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died in possibly 21 Feb 1848 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

There is a Tithe Applotment (1826) record for a John 'Tracy' who leased eight acres in Soloheadbeg. This is possibly our John above. The only other Treacy listed for Soloheadbeg is Thomas Treacy. Could Thomas have been the father or a brother of our John?

If our John Treacy was the John Treacy who married Mary Looby in February 1818, then he died on 21 February 1848 aged 60 (this information comes from a headstone on a Treacy plot in Kilfeacle). It is perhaps surprising that the Treacys of Soloheadbeg were buried in Kilfeacle, approximately 12km away, rather than in the local Solohead cemetery (there is no church or cemetery in Soloheadbeg itself). There are no Treacy headstones to be found in Solohead, but of course this is no proof there are no Treacys buried there as many families in those days would not have been able to afford to erect a headstone. I thnk it likely that my Treacy family settled in Soloheadbeg from the Kilfeacle area.

Although we think John died in 1848 it is a possibility that he died between 1851 and 1856 because Griffith's Valuation (1851) lists him as the owner of the property, whereas the revision to Griffith's Valuation (1856) lists his wife as the owner.

The (only) witness at the marriage of John Treacy and Mary Looby was Thomas Treacy, indicating he may have been the father or a brother of John; and among the sponsors at the baptisms of the children of John Treacy and Mary Looby were Michael, Catherine, Ellen and Margaret Treacy, indicating they may have been siblings of John (baptismal records have been located for Catherine and Ellen, sisters of John) .

They had the following children.

  2 F i
Catherine TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 18 Nov 1818 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 18 Nov 1818 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were Timothy Keogh and Eliza Looby.
+ 3 M ii Thomas TREACY was born in possibly about 8 Nov 1821. He died on 24 Dec 1895.
  4 F iii
Ellen TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 22 Sep 1824 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 22 Sep 1824 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Ellen's baptism were Michael Treacy and Catherine Treacy.
  5 M iv
John TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 31 Mar 1827 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 31 Mar 1827 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 21 Mar 1848. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were John Looby and Ellen Treacy. John died when he was only 20 years of age.
+ 6 M v Denis TREACY was born about 1831. He died on 19 Mar 1899 from bronco-pneumonia.
  7 F vi
Mary TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 1831 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 31 Jul 1844. She was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Mary died at the age of 13.
  8 F vii
Bridget TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 16 Jan 1838 in probably Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 16 Jan 1838 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

The only sponsor listed on Bridget's baptismal certificate is Margaret Treacy. The certificate also shows the family's address to have been Newtown (presumably the townland of Newtown in the parish of Soloheadbeg).

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