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  • Title
    Murphy Papers Ballymore, Co. Tipperary
  • Reference
    IE CCCA/U076
  • Date
    1807-1849 (1689; 1903; 1970s)
  • Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The collection consists of photocopies of a small number legal documents, letters and notes relating to the Murphy family of Ballymore, Co Tipperary. An unsigned note (U76/5) provides an account of Patrick Murphy’s arrival in Tipperary from Co Kilkenny in 1689, and of the first few generations of Murphys at Ballymore and elsewhere in South Tipperary. Family history notes and draft family trees present attempt to document the family’s descent more fully (U76/6-7). The legal documents relate mainly to Mick Murphy, and include an 1807 lease by him of lands at Ballymore from a Daniel Murphy (possibly his father), the lands being owned by Sir Thomas Judkin Fitzgerald (U76/2). Murphy leased further land from the Fitzgeralds in nearby Lislowryn in 1818, this land coming into the possession of his son Michael in 1849 (U76/3-4). A residuary account of the elder Mick Murphy’s will gives an overview of his estate and goods on his death in 1834, and his arrangements for his family. His sons Daniel and Michael, both parties to the 1849 deed, emigrated to the USA that same year, and sent letters from New York and Illinois to their mother and their brother John Baldwin Murphy (U76/10-12; copies of these letters also occur in U6 Murphy-Baldwin Correspondence). Also present are two earlier letters received by Mick Murphy from his brother-in-law John Baldwin Junior, then on military service under Wellington in Spain and Portugal (U76/8-9; also in U6). The latest item, a 1903 business letter with the letterhead of TJ Clanchy’s Great Munster Dairies, is evidence of the link between the Murphys and Clanchys, Dr Edmond Murphy marrying Elizabeth Clanchy, daughter of TJ, in 1899 (U76/13; a copy of this item is in PR11 Papers of TJ Clanchy (d1897) & Family). The collection is useful for those studying the genealogy of Murphy families of South Tipperary, and provides evidence of connections with the Baldwins of Cahir and the Clanchys of Cork. It is significant that Daniel and Michael Murphy, sons of Mick, emigrated to the USA in 1849, despite Daniel’s interest in lands at Lislowryn being assigned to Michael that same year. This suggests they were struggling financially as farmers, and were endeavouring to reestablish themselves in America, their brother John having become a lawyer in Dublin. The family’s land interests in south Tipperary seem to have ended at this time, as documented in some of the items present. The Napoleonic war adventures of their uncle John Baldwin and the families’ later Clanchy connections provide colour and context to the collection, and link it with the related collections U6 and PR11.
  • Extent
    13 items
  • Level of description
    file