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I’m looking for any information on James Levins born around 1805 in the Clonakilty area. He married Mary Anne OLeary in Rosscarberry in 1840 and had 3 children that I’m aware of Catherine Anne Levins born 1840, Ferdinand George Levins born 1841 and William Joe Levins born 1844. James was a police constable at Rosscarberry. Ferdinand also went on to be a constable. Catherine was a governess who died of TB in the Clonakilty workhouse in 1869. I’m looking for a family gravesite or other evidence of the family living in the Cork WR area. All help appreciated. Name variant Levings or Levinge.




Thursday 20th December 2018, 05:44PM

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  • RGregg1

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    I found an 1871 civil marriage record for Ferdinand. He married Hanora Sullivan in Killarney where he was stationed. Since Hanora was from Killarney, Ferdinand was reassigned to Limerick city and two of their children were baptized in Limerick city. Later he was assigned to Portlaois Co. Laois where a third child was baptized. These baptismal records were located on the subscription site Roots Ireland. The marriage record was on the free site  I did not find a death record for Ferdinand.

    Roger McDonnell

    Name:Catherine Anna LevingsDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:29-Mar-1873Address:
    Parish/District:ST. JOHN'SGender:FemaleCountyCo. Limerick
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Ferdinand George LevingsMother:Hanora O'SullivanOccupation:Name:Ferdinand George LevingsDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:30-Apr-1876Address:
    Parish/District:ST. JOHN'SGender:MaleCountyCo. Limerick
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Ferdinand George LevingsMother:Hanora O'SullivanOccupation:
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    Informant 1:Michael Collins Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Ellen O'Dwyer 

    Name:Arthur William LevingDate of Birth:00-Jul-1878
    Date of Baptism:
    CountyCo. Laois
    Father:Ferdinan LevingMother:Honoria O'SullivanOccupation:


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 20th December 2018, 10:41PM
  • Thank you Roger, I have found this information. I cannot find concrete evidence of James being in the police other than newspaper clippings. I cannot find where his son William Joe went. I have Catherine, his daughter’s death certificate. I cannot find what happened to his wife Mary Anne. I cannot find James parents.I have extensive information on my great grandfather Ferdinand. Robyn Gregg



    Friday 21st December 2018, 08:13AM
  • I had a look through the RIC records to check for your Levins - no problem finding Ferdinand's details, but nothing I could see for James either... do the newspaper clippings you located mention any other locations, or just Roscarberry ?

    R.I.C. men were not usually permitted to serve in their county of birth, or that of their wives, so likely he was born outside Cork.

    I Iocated a reference to James in Aldwell's Cork City & County Directory of 1844/1845 - seems he was Head-Constable based at Rosscarberry - see the image attached. The full directory is available to view on the CorkPastandPresent website.

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 21st December 2018, 09:14AM

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  • Thank you Shanew, I have searched the RIC records and discussed this via messages with Jim Herily the historian. It seems James was likely a Baronial constable and the rules for service in home county hadn’t been implemented to my knowledge. Newspaper articles have him placed at  Condon and Clongibbons, Fermoy, Clonmel, Rosscarbery, Bandon, Skibbereen and Ballyneen between 1824 and 1845. I have no track of him before or after.


    Saturday 22nd December 2018, 07:42AM
  • I met up with Jim Herlihy about 12 years ago when he was a Garda in Blarney Co. Cork. I believe he has retired in the interim.We talked for an hour about his work on the History of the RIC.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 22nd December 2018, 05:55PM
  • Roger, he is a very knowledgeable man. He has replied to me yesterday saying that James May have died or left the force and that is why the records stopped.  Thanks for your interest. Robyn 


    Sunday 23rd December 2018, 07:25AM