John Barrett Esq. (1790-1844) of Finnor House was a well-to-do and respectable gentleman farmer (and freeholder) who moved in the same circles as the Dillons of Ballaghdereen. He was the John Barrett who, in Killapoge Cemetery, erected the headstone for his parents Matthew Barrett (1749-1815) and Brigid Grealish.
Circa 1811 he married Mary Hanly (1791-1856). This couple had 12 children (who went on to be reputable clergymen, land agents, gentlemen farmers, merchants, magistrates and political leaders at a local level).
Rev. Matthew J Barrett of Ballinameen 1812
Martin Barrett Esq. of Prizon House 25/9/1814 Sp. Michael Barrett & Eleanor Farrell
Patrick Barrett Esq. of Carrick-on-Shannon 1814-1878
Michael Barrett Esq. of Finnor House 13/1/1818 Sp. Michl Barrett & Catherine Sharket
Bridget Barrett Gately of Renny 10/2/1820 Sp Stephen Barrett & Sabina Lannon
John Barrett of Lisnolan 29/7/1821 Sp Darby Fehan & Anne Noone
Catherine Barrett RIP 25/1/1823 Sp. Michael Horan & Anne Barrett
Catherine Barrett fl.1852 8/1/1826 Sp. Hugh Boyd & Catherine McGreevy
Stephen Barrett Esq. of Meelick House
Thomas Barrett Esq of Carrick on Shannon
Moira Barrett of CLAREMORRIS 1/8/1832 Sp. Michael Doud & Brigid Barret
Anne Barrett 31/8/1834 Sp. John Walker & Catherine Hanly
Nicholas Barrett USA 14/10/1839 Sp. Dominic Dunbar & Catherine Barrett
Among those invited to godparent were: Sabina Lannon (wife of John's brother, Pat Barrett Sr); Dominick Dunbar of Bellanagare (par. Kilcorkey; bar. Ballintober); John Walker of Ardmore, Croghan; Catherine McGreevy (wife of John Dowd of Ryefield); and Hugh Boyd of Ballinvilla.
Freehold Voter's Register
In 1829, the Catholic Relief Bill was passed. Catholics were admitted to Parliament and local government corporations (but still excluded from some of the higher offices) From 1793, Protestants and Catholics with 40 shilling freeholds had been allowed to vote. This 1829 “Relief” bill, increased the rate to 10 pounds for everyone, stripping 40 shilling freeholders of their right to vote. This increased the influence of landlords by confining membership to the propertied or monied classes. “Freeholders” were men who either owned their land outright or (as in John Barrett’s case) those who held it in a lease for the duration of their life (or the lives of other people named in the lease).
In May 1829 John Barrett Esq. “Farmer” of Finnor (aka West Fenor) and Ballynamreagh (aka Ballynaurreagh/ Belanainreagh/ Bellanamreigh - now Danesfort) was listed among applicants seeking to register to vote. This record states he was a “Freeholder” with “an annual value to be registered” of £10. He was quoted as having a house and lands containing about 168 acres at the yearly rent of £1 6s per (Irish) acre. [Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette 2/5/1829].
John Barrett of Finnor was regularly listed among the cess-payers for the ballot to the Grand Jury (for the Barony of Frenchpark) from 1835-37 and for the Barony of Boyle in 1841. He was the "Mr. Barrett" who sat on the Carrick-on-Shannon Board of Guardians at this time. In 1842 [TA] John Barrett is recorded as leasing 181 acres of land in Finnor with an annual value of £127, which included 35 acres of 1st quality land.
Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette - 03 October 1840; 01 May 1841, 15 April 1843
On 8 June 1844, John Barrett died at age 54 while some of his children were still young. He never saw the Great Famine. Following his death his eldest son, Rev. Matthew J Barrett, was appointed curate of Croghan and given special permission to live at home in Finnor, to look after his mother, Mary Hanly Barrett (1791–1856). However, it was John’s 4th son, Michael Barrett Esq (1818–1889) who ultimately succeeded him in Finnor, and acted as bailiff for the Caddells.
DIED (Roscommon Messenger, April 26, 1856)
On the 10th inst. at her residence, Finner, in this county, after a protracted illness of eight months, aged 63 years, Mrs. Mary Barrett, the kind fond, and indulgent mother of twelve children, who all survive her and deeply deplore her loss. The Rev. Mr. Barrett, R.C.C. of Croghan, is the eldest of this affectionate family.
The esteem in which she was held by all who knew her, and the sympathy felt for her family, were clearly manifested on the day of her internment (Monday 21st) when one of the largest and most respectable funeral processions, of both Catholic and Protestants, witnessed in this neighbourhood for years, accompanied her remains to the family burial ground. All the shops in Carrick on Shannon (4 miles distant) were closed from Saturday morning until 4 pm on Monday when her remains were consigned to the grave.
A solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday for the eternal repose of her soul at which 23 of the clergy of the surrounding parishes assisted. The Rev Thomas Fitzgerald R.C.C. Carrick on Shannon acted as high priest, the very Rev. T. Sweeny, PP Croghan as the deacon, and the very Rev Joseph M Ticker, PP Boyle as sub-deacon with the very Rev Dr. Dawson PP and Vicar-General of Ardagh, as master of ceremonies – Requiescat in pace.
The Very Rev. Canon Barrett, of Headford Co Galway;
Rev. Patrick Barrett. S.J., Limerick;
Rev J Barrett C.C. Mountbellew;
Rev J Gately, Professor, Summerhill;
Sr. Mary Alacoque Barrett (b.1864 in Meelick) Sisters of Mercy, Athlone;
(a total of 7 of grand-daughters became nuns).
|Date of Birth||1790 (circa)|
|Date of Death||1st Jun 1844|
|Associated Building (s)||Finnor House, Finnor aka Finner townland|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||Matthew Barrett (1749-1815) of Finnor|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Brigid Grelish|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Mary Hanly|