The Eustace Families of County Limerick
The earliest record of a Eustace family member in County Limerick lists John Eustace of Ballymurra, County Limerick who converted to Protestantism in 1746. His name is listed on "The Convert Rolls" edited by Eileen O'Byrne in 1981.
The Eustace name
was rare in County Limerick and was concentrated in a very small area in Limerick and died
out by 1879. Essentially, there were 3 lines in the late 1700's and
early 1800's and they could all be related.
Bridget Eustace, Ballymurry, cert. and enrolled 1 November 1779 (A).
gent. Ballymurra, Co Limerick, cert. 13 November 1746, enrolled 17
November 1746(A). Conformity 18 May 1746 (B). (D).
1) MARGARET EUSTACE to John Grady on Jan 25, 1834 at St. Mary's Church in Limerick City, Limerick.
2) JOHN EUSTACE to Jane Seymour on Jan 28, 1834 at St. Michael, Limerick City, Limerick.
3) BRIDGET EUSTACE to James Henderson on Feb. 28, 1841 at St. Michael, Limerick City, Limerick.
Bridget became widowed and remarried John Matson on Nov 14, 1846 at St. Michael, Limerick City, Limerick.
Bridget's father was PATRICK EUSTACE a bootmaker. Patrick Eustace would have been born abt. 1795-1815. I suspect that because two of these 3 marriages occurred at St. Michael's Church that John (married to Jane) and Bridget (m to James/John) could be siblings or somehow related.
If John was the brother of Bridget then he would be the son of PATRICK EUSTACE and if John had a son a year after his marriage (1835ish) he likely would have named him after his father, Patrick. Of course, this is all conjecture but research is needed here.
I know I have told you that the name "William" doesn't seem to fit into the Eustace lines at least on the west side Ireland. When I reread your family history, I see that Patrick who came to the US in the 1850's had 4 sons. The oldest sons were Thomas and John. William is fourth. Naming patterns usually (but definitely not always) called for the oldest son to be named after the father's father. And the second oldest son to be named after the mother's father. The remaining sons were then named after uncles, etc.
Having said that, we know that a "William Eustace" died in Limerick in 1868 at the age of 17. He would have been born in 1851 so a full generation after your ancestor Patrick.
The following are all of the Eustaces that died in Limerick between 1864-1922:
William Eustace single b. 1851 d. pauper of typhoid fever 1868 in workhouse at St. Munchins, Limerick.
Anne Eustace single b. 1822 d. pauper of dementia Nov 29, 1879 in worhouse at St. Munchins, Limerick.
John Eustace widower b. 1799 a Dyer died January 29, 1881 of bronchitis age 82 in workhouse at St. Munchins, Limerick.
John Eustace, of Mungret Street, Limerick
Limerick Chronicle 28th April 1896
Sudden Death: John
Eustace, 65; a rag and bone gatherer by occupation lodging with a man
named John Long was suddenly taken ill on Sunday and died in a short
time. Death is attributed to heart disease. Mr J. Coffey, R.O had the
internment carried out as it appeared the deceased was destitute. The
coroner Mr. De Courcey was communicated with but did not consider it
necessary to hold an inquest.
We don't know if they were Catholic or not.
There is one birth:
Catherine Cantlon b. April 13, 1866 whose mother was Catherine Eustace. This birth also occurred in the workhouse at St. Munchins, Limerick. There is also a record of a Catherine Eustace who died at sea who was from Limerick. I will try and find that and send to you. Here again, we don't know if they were Catholic.
By the way, there were three children of Patrick Eustace of Kilrush (Bernard's family) who were born in Limerick between 1905-1910. They moved to Limerick so Patrick (Bernard's family) could learn the tailoring trade. They moved back to Kilrush abt. 1911. This family is not directly related.
Here's what I think the next step should be. Maybe Stig or one of you would contact St. Michael's Church and St. Mary's Church in Limerick City on their website and see if you can get any Eustace death, baptismal, marriage records that they may have.
I will say here that I have found evidence of one other Eustace family who had children baptized at St. Senan's in County Clare in the 1830's who were from "Ballynolan" Limerick. Their names were Michael and Mollie Miniter Eustace and they had a son "Pat" baptized at St. Senan's in 1833. I have ruled them out only because Michael doesn't seem to fit and they look to be originally from the clan in County Clare. However, I believe your family originates there too.
This Robert Eustace and Nora McGrath couple look like the first recorded parents of children in Limerick in the early 1790's.
WALTER UESTICE was baptized April 20, 1793 Parents: Rob UESTICE and Nora McGrath St. Mary's Church, Limerick
MATT UESTICE was baptized Mar 2, 1796 Parents: Rob UESTICE and Nora MCGrath St. Mary's Church, Limerick
JOHN UESTICE was baptized April 20, 1801 Parents: Rob UESTICE and Nora McGrath St. Mary's Church, Limerick
PATRICK UESTICE baptized December 1, 1806 Parents: Rob UESTICE and Nora McGrath St. Mary's Church, Limerick
>MARGARET UESTICE June 9, 1813 Parents: Michael UESTICE and Mary Gleeson St. Mary's Church Limerick RC
>PATRICK EUSTACE Jan 25, 1816 Parents: Michael EUSTACE and Mary Gleeson St. Mary's Church, Limerick RC
>MICHAEL EUSTACE April 24, 1821 Parents: Patrick EUSTACE and Mary Hamilton St. Mary's Church, Limerick RC
>MICHAEL EUSTACE October 8, 1845 Parents: Patrick EUSTACE and Mary O'Brien St. Mary's Church, Limerick RC
>JAMES EUSTACE Dec 04, 1810 Parents: John EUSTACE and Mary Sullivan PATRICKSWELL, Co Limerick RC
> Sponsors: Js Sinan Mgt Quin
>MICHAEL EUSTACE Feb 7, 1818 Parents: James Eustace and Ellen McGarry PATRICKSWELL, Co. Limerick RC
>JOHN EUSTACE May 19, 1837 Parents: John EUSTACE and Bridget Neville PATRICKSWELL, Co. Limerick RC
> Sponsors: Jn Dea and Han Galahoe
1808 Alexander Eustace Church of St. John CI
1806 Mary Eustace ?
1813 Joanna Eustace Patrickswell RC
1813 Mary Eustace St. Mary's RC
1815 Patrick Eustace St. Mary's RC
1817 James Eustace Patrickswell RC
1817 Maria Eustace Patrickswell RC
1824 Maria Eustace Patrickswell RC
1826 Bridget St.
The family in Patrickswell looks like it stayed in Limerick until late 1800's.
1757 Ellen Eustice
to Michael Conneen Jan 11, 1757 St. Mary's Church RC
1808 Alexander Eustace to Ellen Kenny Jan 25, 1808 Church of Ireland St. John's CI
Mungret Street, Crecora Cemetery, St. Michael's and St. Mary's all look very close to each other on the Google map. John who died in 1896 may have been related. Certainly more records would help.
There are two Eustace women in the
1901 census - one from Carlow, the other from Clare.
to Quebec, Canada
1 November 1841
It is with deep
regret that we record this day the wreck of this fine vessel, the
property of our fellow citizen, George Williams, Esq., attended with the
loss of Forty-one lives.
1 James O'Neill, of the County of Clare;
2 Catherine O'Neill, of the County of Clare;
3 Patrick Hanlon, county Kerry;
4 Timothy Murphy, of county of Limerick;
5 Michael Hall, of county of Limerick;
6 Maurice Hall, of county of Limerick;
7 Philip Sarsfield, of county of Limerick;
8 James Nevill, of county of Limerick;
9 Margaret Molony, of county of Limerick;
10 Anne O'Neill, of
the county of Cork.
Total passengers saved- 10.
11 Stephen Rennals, county of Clare;
12 James Slattery, of Limerick;
13 Patrk. Clancy, of Limerick;
14 Anne Murray, of Limerick;
15 Mary Hall (aged 6), of Limerick;
16 J. Hinchey, of Limerick;
17 Margaret Hinchey, of Limerick;
18 Maria Hinchey, of Limerick;
19 John Hinchey, of Limerick;
20 Frederick Harden, of Limerick;
21 Daniel Carney, of Limerick;
22 Margaret Carney, of Limerick;
23 James Carney, of Limerick;
24 Mary Carney, of Limerick;
25 Daniel Carney, of Limerick;
26 Jeremiah Conners, of Limerick;
27 Catherine Eustace, of Limerick;
28 John O'Brien, county of Clare
29 Michael O'Brien, county of Clare;
30 Mary Cummins, of the county of Galway;
31 Bridget Cummins, of the county of Galway;
32 Anne Cummins, of the county of Galway;
33 Catherine Cummins, of the county of Galway;
34 Michael Cummins, of the county of Galway;
35 Julia Crawley, of Clare;
36 Patrick O'Neill, of Clare;
37 Thomas Kennedy, of Dingle.
*Male adults lost 11.- Female adults lost 12.- Total Adults 23.-
Children Lost 6. Total passengers lost -29.
1 Solomon Davis, master;
2 Edward Roundy, second mate;
3 Timothy Behane, seaman;
4 Patrick O'Brien, apprentice;
5 Charles Donnelly, apprentice.
- Total crew saved, 5.
6 Patrick Blake, 1st mate;
7 James M'Inerney, carpenter;
8 Michael Hegarty, cook;
9 John Fahy, steward;
10 David Keeffe, sea-men;
11 John Harper, sea-men;
12 John Graham, sea-men;
13 Thomas Allan, sea-men;
14 Patrick Shannon, sea-men;
15 Thomas Harte, sea-men;
16 John Hynes, sea-men;
17 James Cusack, apprentice;
18 Francis Johnson, apprentice.
- Total crew lost, 12.
* According to this list, there were 37 passengers and 18 crew.
* These totals of
passengers lost do not match with the list given.
Correspondence 03/21/2004 captain Davis
I believe Solomon Davis is my ancestor. Here is a brief summary of his
Solomon Davis, Captain Amanda born in Province of Quebec
son Solomon Davis, b 1826, Quebec
Married Susan Ames from Sudbury Massachusetts
Settled in Holland VT.
Daughter Henrietta Davis, b 1850
married Albert Hall, Holland, Orleans, Vt.
Henrietta died 1887 in Vt Asylum, Burlington, Vt
son Leslie J. Hall, b Vt
married May Budd
son Leslie C Hall (My Grandfather)born 1899 NYC, moved to Sudbury,
Still looking for Solomon Senior's family. Will update when found.
Limerick Standard Newspaper 1 November 1841
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