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Morrison Family Rathnagissaun

As my grandfather was born just pre-civil registration (c1861) I cannot find note of his birth date.  Civil Records show his younger siblings born at Rathnagissaun, and via Yorkshire Police Staff Records, that some older siblings were born at Castlemore Vicarage, Rathnagissaun, Kilmovee.  A book on Kilmovee published in 1986 mentions a Morrison family being the only protestants in the area, and living in a house built for them on the grounds of the Glebe.  I am therefore presuming my grandfather, Johnston Morrison (son of Hugh Morrison Snr and Margaret Morrison nee Archey) was also born in Rathnagissaun, and most probably at this house on the grounds of Castlemore Vicarage.  My great grandmother Margaret Morrison died in Rathnagissaun on 11 July 1873 and my question is this..... as a church of Ireland member, where would she have been buried?  Church records for Castlemore seem to have been destroyed and the RCB didn't have much for me to go on!  

(After my great grandmother's death, her husband and children appear to have moved to Keithley in Yorkshire).

I hope to travel to Kilmovee over the next week or two and would be very grateful if there was any local knowledge of the family's existence there or where Margaret could possibly have been interred. 

A long shot, but it's amazing where one picks up leads........

Hazel Morrison.

 

 

hmorrison

Sunday 23rd July 2017, 07:05PM

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  • According to my guide to Church of Ireland records, the early Castlemore records were destroyed in the 1922 fire in Dublin. (Ironically they had been sent there to the Public Record Office for safe keeping). About 40% of all early COI records were lost in that fire. All the RCB library has are baptisms from 1890 and marriages from 1847 (which are on-line anyway).

    Your book extract says that Parson Little Morrison was buried in the Old Cemetery in Ballaghaderreen. So perhaps there was a family plot there, and that might be where Margaret was also buried.

    Griffiths Valuation for 1856 lists the Rev Anthony Thomas as occupying the Glebe property (plot 1 in the townland - Ranagissaun, in Griffiths). At that time it was 44 acres of land, a house, offices (ie outbuildings) and 2 cottages.  Later changes to Griffiths records are noted in the Valuation Revision records, in the Valuation Office in Dublin. Those records are not on-line at present but should show any additional properties on the plot, and changes of occupant.

    Elwyn

    Sunday 23rd July 2017, 08:21PM
  • Hazel:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I would visit the Kilmovee (Cois Tine) Heritage Center which is part of the Community Center next to the Church of the Immaculate Conception. A new book was published in 2014-- Kilmovee Down Memory Lane. There are stories related to the townlands of Kilmovee including Rathnagussane with some discussion about who owned the Glebe House after the Morrisons.

    Here is a Facebook link to the heritage center  https://www.facebook.com/Cois-Tine-Heritage-Centre-Kilmovee-158469349512...

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon

    Sunday 23rd July 2017, 08:40PM
  • Many thanks for your information Elwyn.  I think the book was missing a full stop after the words Parson Little!  Parson Little and Morrison were two different people. From the Yorkshire Police Staff files I gather my grandfather's siblings worked for Parson Little so I presume my great grandfather also did, but in what capacity I am unsure.

    Regards,

    Hazel.

     

    hmorrison

    Sunday 23rd July 2017, 10:17PM
  • Many thanks for your information Elwyn.  I think the book was missing a full stop after the words Parson Little!  Parson Little and Morrison were two different people. From the Yorkshire Police Staff files I gather my grandfather's siblings worked for Parson Little so I presume my great grandfather also did, but in what capacity I am unsure.

    Regards,

    Hazel.

     

    hmorrison

    Sunday 23rd July 2017, 10:17PM
  • Thank you Roger for your response, much appreciated.  I had Cois Tine on my list.  Interesting about the discussions on the Glebe House.  I'm looking forward to my trip to Kilmovee.  Just trying to gather as much info as I can before I visit.

    Regards,

    Hazel.

     

     

    hmorrison

    Sunday 23rd July 2017, 10:21PM