I won’t burden you with all the details, but, it took a long, long time to find him. I will tell you that I started in the vicinity of Ballybrown in the northern part of the church parish. The name of the parish is Patrickswell and Ballybrown Catholic parish. Now, you would think that with a name like Browne, logically, the family would be in the Ballybrown area, right? Wrong! There were no Brownes in Ballybrown, nor were there Kellys or any of the other names shown in the church record. Who would have thought?
When I finally got over that fixation, I decided to try the area around Castleroberts where Timothy #2 was located. I’m not sure why I picked that area, but, I think there was a guiding hand somewhere. Fanningstown, next to Castleroberts, but notably within Patrickswell parish was one of the areas I checked.
|Fanningstown Tenure Book|
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There were two lines, at the top, showing “Browne Jno & Brothers.” Line 4 shows Maurice Hogan and line 11 shows David Hallinan. Maurice and David were witnesses at the marriage of Timothy Browne and Hannah Kelly! I looked at the Fanningstown Tenure Book again and found entries for Thomas and Thady Browne. 3 (See image for Thomas and Thady Browne below left. Image has been cropped to show only these two men.) Like the image for John and James, the left portion of the document is shown in the top portion; the right side of the document is at the bottom. While they are shown together, each of them holds about 27 acres of land. John and James above have 23 acres. Looking back at the Tithe record for John Browne and Brothers, they hold a total of 75 acres. Combining the three entries in the Tenure Book, there is a total of approximately 75 acres. This is probably the same family, but where is Timothy? I initially decided this was a different family and went on to other townlands with no luck.
|Thady Browne Tenure Listing|
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That is until I took an Irish Genealogy course in 2011 which included a lecture on names and naming patterns. It seems that Thady (pronounced Tā . dy) is a substitute name for Timothy! The Irish have a LOT of alternative names and nicknames.4 The letter from the Limerick Archives (see previous post dated January 3, 2016) gave an alternative name for Hannah; it did not mention any alternative for Timothy. The actual church registers, not available to me until 2012, (shown in the same January 3, 2016 post) show Thady/Thaddeus in some of the records. I only wish I had known about this earlier!
Now the Tenure Book entry for Thady and Thomas Browne makes sense. They are part of the “John Browne & Brothers” from the 1821 Tithe Record. There are two other vital pieces of information in the Tenure Book. First, notice that both Thady and Thomas Browne are crossed off with the notation “Dead.” Does this mean one or both of them were dead? Because of the notations in the Observations column, I believe both had died. The tenure for these men began in 1826 as a “joint lease” but had been given up to the land owner, Mr. Jackson, in December 1848. Remember that prior to 2011, I had located a passenger list that gave the date of the family’s arrival in Boston in January 1849. Taking into consideration the average length of time for the voyage, December 1848 would be a logical date for the family to have left Ireland.
|Poverty Relief Loan|
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There is other information available for Fanningstown, but, that will need to wait for the next post .
to that church or not. Taxes were collected from those engaged in agricultural endeavors and was not generally
collected from towns people unless they had a garden plot somewhere. It was not collected from those engaged
in other occupations, such as a cooper, or miller for example.