Descendants of Patrick O'CONNOR / CONNORS (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

First Generation


1. Patrick O'CONNOR / CONNORS was born in abt 1800s in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

MANY THANKS GO TO JER KENNELLY OF KNOCKANURE, CO. KERRY FOR ALL HIS HELP WITH MY O'CONNOR RESEARCH AND WITH MY NORTH KERRY RESEARCH IN GENERAL.

It is believed that Patrick was born in the townland of Dirreen Lower in Athea, Co. Limerick and moved as an adult across the county border to Kilbaha South, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. Note that Newtownsandes is now called Moyvane and that Dirreen is spelled in some documents as Derreen, Direen or Dereen. According to notes made by Jer Kennelly many years ago following a conversation with a Ned Buckley who lived just across the Gale river from the O'Connor farm in Kilbaha, the O'Connors came from that part of Dirreen known as Scrahan. I am told that Scrahan is situated near the iron bridge in Dirreen, "next to the Mulvihill farm". According to Jer's notes a Mr. Scanlon "got the land of three tenants", including the O'Connor farm in Scrahan. We do not know if this means the O'Connors were evicted or whether the O'Connors chose to leave the Scrahan farm and move to Kilbaha.

There are two entries in Griffith's Valuation (with a printing date of 1 July 1852) for a Patrick Connors occupying land in Dirreen. One or both of these could refer to our Patrick above. One entry shows that a Patrick Connors was renting a house from a Timothy Sullivan and the other shows a Patrick Connors renting a house and land from a John Connors.  There is also an entry for a Johanna Connors in Dirreen who was renting a house and garden from a Daniel Liston.

With regard to the Griiffiths entry above, listing Patrick Connors as the lessee of a house and land from John Connors, Michael O'Connor of Co. Wexford has kindly provided us with information on the family of a John Connors/O'Connor of Dirreen Lower who appears to have connections with our O'Connor family. For further information on John's family please click on O'Connor in the Connected Families section of this website.

There is also an entry in Griffith's Valuation (with a printing date of 15 December 1851) for a Patrick Connors in Kilbaha South. There are no other entries for Connors or Connor or O'Connor for the entire parish of Murher (name of civil parish, equivalent to Catholic parish name of Newtownsandes), so it is also a possibility that this Patrick Connors is our Patrick.  It is also a possibility that our Patrick may have farmed in both Dirreen and Kilbaha. The Patrick listed in Griffith's Valuation for Kilbaha was the lessee of a "Herd's ho.", presumably a herdsman's house, along with about 28 acres of land. The lessor was a Rev. Samuel B. Leonard. Nowadays there are a number of O'Connor families established in Moyvane, such as the "Slate Connors" (so named because at one time a member of this family had the only house in the parish with a slate roof) in Clounbrane, and the O'Connor family of Keylod, but there appears to be no connection between these families and our O'Connors.

Another O'Connor with Kilbaha connections was John Connor who was married to Catherine Connor (we do not know if Connor was her maiden or married name). They lived in Kilbaha and had a daughter named Hanora who was baptised on 2 January 1862 with sponsors Jeremiah Connor and Johanna (what looks like) Flahivan. Could John and his family have been connected to our O'Connor family?

Diane Kern in the United States has sent me information an another O'Connor family from Newtownsandes who are probably not related to our O'Connors but for the benefit of other O'Connor researchers, here is Diane's information on the family of Bryan O'Connor, her great-great-grandfather: Bryan was born in Newtownsandes (name of townland is unknown), one of the 15 children of Michael O'Connor and Catherine whose surname was believed to have been Flaherty. He left Newtownsandes for the U.S. (possibly via Canada) in the late 1840s/early 1850s and later married Margaret O'Keeffe from Duagh, Co. Kerry (with whose family he may have travelled to Canada). Family lore has it that Bryan had to leave Ireland because he was to be hung for stealing a sheep to feed his starving family. If you would like to get in touch with Diane regarding this family, please send an e-mail to dock9@adelphia.net.

The O'Connor surname is very common in all areas of Ireland, especially in counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork. The name is derived from the Irish 'O Conchubhair' from the first name, 'Conchubhair', meaning, perhaps, 'lover of hounds'. There were five septs: in Connaught (O'Connor Don), Offaly, north Clare, Keenaght in Co. Derry, and Kerry. In Kerry, the O'Connors were chiefs of a large territory in the north of the county. The Norman invasions displaced them further north to the Limerick border where they retained much of their power until the seventeenth century. Today the descendants of these O'Connors are by far the most numerous of all the descendants of the original septs.

Patrick married Mary DALTON (caution: not verified) in possibly 31 Jul 1830 in Athea, Co. Limerick. Mary was born in abt 1810s in probably Athea, Co. Limerick. She died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

It is believed that Mary was from the Athea area. Perhaps she was from the same townland as her husband, which was Dirreen Lower. If this was in fact the case, then here is a little information acquired on a Dalton family from Dirreen. It is possible that Mary may have been connected to this family:

Dalton was - and still is - a common surname in the parish of Athea but at the time of Griffith's Valuation of that area (1852) there was only one Dalton family occupying land in Dirreen, that of Thomas Dalton who was renting a house, office and land from an H. de Masey. It is known that this Thomas married a Maria Sheahan. There does not seem to be any record of the marriage in Athea so it is possible that Maria Sheehan was not from there since marriages usually took place in the bride's parish. Their farm was occupied after their deaths by their son Michael. Michael married a Mary Dillane but they had no family so the farm was passed on to Michael’s niece and Maria's nephew, John Sheehy from Templeathea East and Elizabeth Scanlan from Glenagragra in Glin, who were husband and wife. Descendants of the Sheehys still live on this farm. There is, however, absolutely no proof that our Mary Dalton was related to this family in Dirreen.

The Dalton surname is common throughout Ireland. Its early spelling was D'Alton and it arrived in Ireland with an Anglo-Norman family of this name that settled in Meath in the 13th century and became completely hibernicised.

Marriage Notes:

A marriage record was located on the Roots Ireland website, www.rootsireland.ie, for a Patrick Connors and Mary Dalton who were married in Athea, Co. Limerick on 31 July 1830. This may relate to our Patrick and Mary above. However, I have been given the same date by a reliable family source for the baptism, in Athea, of their eldest child. Is it possible that the two ceremonies were carried out on the same day?

The marriage record from Roots Ireland unfortunately does not provide the addresses of the bride and groom or the fathers' names. We do, however, have the witnesses' names, Maurice Scanlon and Thomas Sheahan.

Patrick and Mary had the following children.

  2 F i
Mary O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Jul 1830 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 31 Jul 1830 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

Sponsors at Maria's baptism were Maurice Scanlon and Maria Mulvihill.
+ 3 F ii Johanna O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Oct 1832. She died.
  4 M iii
Michael O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Nov 1834 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 10 Nov 1834 in Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in probaby before April 1849.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were Thomas Connors and Maria Fitzgerald.

Because a second Michael was born to Patrick and Maria in April 1849, it is being assumed that Michael above died as a child.
+ 5 M iv William O'CONNOR was born in probably Oct 1835. He died in Apr 1920.
+ 6 F v Brigid O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born about 1837.
  7 F vi
Catherine O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in May 1843 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. She was christened on 7 May 1843 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were Daniel Mara and Maria Dore.
       
Catherine married Daniel CONNELL (caution: not verified), son of Timothy CONNELL, on 14 Dec 1866 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Daniel was born in probably Athea, Co. Limerick. He died.

A marriage record was located for a Daniel Connell of Athea and a Catherine Connor of Kilbaha, daughter of Patrick Connor. We are assuming that this Catherine was Catherine, daughter of our Patrick O'Connor.

Marriage Notes:

The marriage was witnessed by John Bunce of Leitrim, Co. Kerry.

  8 M vii
Michael O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in Apr 1849 in probably Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 6 Apr 1849 in Athea, Co. Limerick.

The only baptismal sponsor name I have been given is Maria Connors.
  9 F viii
Hanora O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born in possibly Dirreen Lower, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died.

From the irishgenealogy.ie website we know that a Hanora O'Connor from Kilbaha, whose father's name was Patrick, married a Patrick Riordan of Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick on 23 February 1878. It is possible that Hanora was a daughter of our Patrick Connor so I have added her to the list of his children, along with a caution.
       
Hanora married Patrick RIORDAN. Patrick was born in probably Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. He died.
  10 F ix
Margaret O'CONNOR (caution: not verified) was born about 4 Dec 1858 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Dec 1858 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Margaret's baptism were Joseph O'Connor and Ellen Connell.

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