Family of Valentine Ryan and Bridget Tobin of County Kilkenny, Ireland, and Grant County, Arkansas: New Information (3)

Map of County Kilkenny from John Savage, Picturesque Ireland : A Literary and Artistic Delineation of the Natural Scenery, Remarkable Places, etc. (New York: T. Kelly, 1885), highlighting Mullinavat

Or, Subtitled: Interesting Connections Between 19th-Centutry Ryans, Costellos (and Tobins and Walshes) in Buckstown (Killahy Civil Parish, Inchacarran Townland), County Kilkenny, Ireland

In my previous posting, I shared how I have used early 19th-century Catholic parish records (which are often sparse) of baptisms, marriages, and deaths to tease out some new clues regarding possible relatives of my ancestor Bridget Tobin, who married Valentine Ryan, son of John Ryan and Margaret Oates of Templeorum Catholic parish, on 21 September 1836 in Kilmacow Catholic parish. As a map I included in the posting I have just linked shows, Templeorum parish is contiguous to Mullinavat Catholic parish, where Valentine and Bridget Tobin Ryan lived following their marriage. As that posting also states, Mullinavat parish was separated from Kilmacow parish in 1842; the map shows that Mullinavat and Kilmacow are adjoining Catholic parishes. 

Family of Valentine Ryan and Bridget Tobin of County Kilkenny, Ireland, and Grant County, Arkansas: New Information (2)

Record of the marriage of Valentine Ryan and Bridget Tobin, Kilmacow Catholic parish, County Kilkenny, Ireland, 21 September 1836, from Ossory diocesan transcript of parish records in a microfilm copy at the National Library of Ireland under the title Catholic Parish Registers (microfilm 05028/04)

Or, Subtitled: The Challenge of Teasing Genealogical Clues from Sparse Early 19th-Century Irish Catholic Records

I’ve told you that I have not been able to find information about the family of my 2nd-great-grandmother Bridget Ryan, who married Valentine Ryan in Kilmacow Catholic parish, County Kilkenny, Ireland, on 21 September 1836 with Edmond Hayden and Margaret Fitzgerald as witnesses. The marriage took place at Mullinavat, where Valentine and Bridget lived after marrying, and from which they and their children emigrated to America.

“In Memory of Valentine Ryan, Born in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, Feb. 23, 1810, Died Feb. 22, 1881. Erected by his son Patrick Ryan”: Irish Roots of Ryan Family, Grant County, Arkansas (3)

Ryan, Bridget Tobin Tombstone
Tombstone of Bridget Tobin Ryan, Orion Cemetery, Grant County, Arkansas. Inscription reads, “May her soul rest in Pais, Bridget Ryan, Died November 19, 1873, aged 55 years.” In the lower right corner is an inscription saying, “Eracted by V. Ryne,” with the name “J. Gill” carved beneath this.

In my previous two postings in this series, I’ve explained how I eventually found my Ryan ancestors’ roots in County Kilkenny, Ireland, after many years of searching. I now want to tell you what I found, once documents began to open to me after I had determined a specific place of residence for the family and a particular Catholic parish in which the family’s baptisms, marriages, and deaths are recorded. A reminder: a cardinal rule of doing research on Irish families is that you must locate their precise place of residence before records will unlock for you. Continue reading ““In Memory of Valentine Ryan, Born in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, Feb. 23, 1810, Died Feb. 22, 1881. Erected by his son Patrick Ryan”: Irish Roots of Ryan Family, Grant County, Arkansas (3)”