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Marriage of George Cashel and Mary Kickham, 6 Feb 1838, Mullinahone RC par records.


 

George Cashel [poss. descendant of Edward III],
George Blennerhassett Cashel,
born 1807, Co.Kerry [RIC records].
[RIC records] say he was Catholic. It is possible this was by marriage, not by birth.
A policeman for nearly 40 years (1828 to 1867).

Joined the County Constabulary, 1828:
George joined the County Constabulary 1st Sept 1828 [RIC records], RIC no.560.
The County Constabulary later became the Irish Constabulary, then the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC).
He joined the rank and file (non-commissioned), below the officers (cadet school, commissioned).
He would have started as some class of Sub-Constable.
Age given as 21 (no need to lie since you could join at age 19). Height - 5 ft 9 in (minimum acceptable height). Trade or calling - "none".
Members of the police were forbidden to belong to "any political society whatsoever, or to any secret society whatsoever, except the Society of Freemasons".
He was recommended by "A. Blennerhassett, J.P." He had to be personally known to his recommender, who could be from various categories, including a local J.P. That is, Cashel must be from same area as A. Blennerhassett.
The letter of recommendation would have been in his RIC personnel file, which would have been destroyed.
He would have been in training for about 6 months first, 1828-29.

Co.Waterford, 1829:
He was stationed Co.Waterford, c.1st Mar 1829.
He was probably stationed in or near Clashmore, Co.Waterford (see old map and modern street view) since in the disciplinary action of Sept 1829 he was brought before Clashmore Petty Sessions by the Chief Constable of Clashmore.
Note you were not allowed serve in your home county (Co.Kerry).
There was a disciplinary action in Sept 1829 brought against Sub-Constable "George Cashell" for being drunk (presumably on duty).
He was fined, but allowed to continue in the constabulary.

Possibly Co.Kerry, 1833:
There was a disciplinary action in Oct 1833 brought against "Constable Cashel" of the "Kerry Police" for being found intoxicated.
It is recommended that he be disrated (reduced to a lower rank), not dismissed.
This looks like our George Cashel since it is just before he is transferred to Co.Tipperary (1 Nov 1833).
On the other hand, he was thought to be a Sub-Constable not a Constable. (Maybe he was disrated from Constable back to Sub-Constable because of this.) And he should not be of the Kerry Police since you were not allowed serve in your home county.
Under "Punishments" in Cashel's RIC record is "Reprimanded and Removed", document reference 68868 - 8414.

Co.Tipperary, 1833 to 1858:
He was stationed Co.Tipperary, S.R., from 1 Nov 1833.
He was probably stationed in or near Mullinahone, where he met his wife.
Note you were forbidden to marry until after 7 yrs service (1835).
The County Constabulary became the Irish Constabulary 1836.

Mullinahone:
George mar 6 Feb 1838 at Mullinahone to Mary Kickham [born est c.1815].
[RIC record] is wrong to say married June 1841.
She would have to have been vetted by the police (but of course the Kickhams weren't revolutionaries at this point).
You were also not supposed to serve in your wife's home county (Co.Tipperary) - but he lived and served in and around her home town for many years.
He was a Catholic from a recent mixed Catholic-Protestant background, and it seems that she was a Catholic from a recent mixed Catholic-Protestant background.
Their child was born at most 7 ½ months later. It is just about possible this was a premature birth, but much more likely is that she was already pregnant at marriage.
He must be stationed at the old Mullinahone police station in 1838-44 since his children are bapt then at Mullinahone.
He was promoted to Constable 20th May 1839, document ref 2942 - P - 1934.

Lismalin:
He moved from Mullinahone to nearby Lismalin sometime in 1844 to 1846.
[RIC List] only starts listing the names of the Constables in charge of small stations with [RIC List, 1846, 2nd half].
In [RIC List, 1846, 2nd half] to [RIC List, 1854, 2nd half] he is listed as the Constable in charge of Lismalin police station.
While at Lismalin he kept property in Mullinahone.
He is listed as renting out plot 63, Carrick St, Mullinahone in 1846. He himself is in Lismalin. The house in Mullinahone may be his old house, where he lived when first at Mullinahone. It seems he kept it when at Lismalin and rented it out.
In 1846-48 his children are bapt at Drangan RC parish church, W of Mullinahone (though Lismalin is Ballingarry RC parish). He is noted in par records as Constable at Lismalin. His son Blen says on census that he was born Lismalin (in 1848).

In the 1840s his wife's Kickham relations became increasingly nationalist.
In 1848 his wife's relation Charles Joseph Kickham took part in an armed rising against the state that Cashel, as a policeman, was defending.
The new Mullinahone police station, in Killaghy St, Mullinahone, was built c.1849.
He is still renting out plot 63, Carrick St, Mullinahone in [Griffiths Valuation, 1850]. He would be in Lismalin.
Can't find him at Lismalin in [NAI.VO, 1846-50] or [Griffiths Valuation, 1850]. He may have lived at the station.

Mullinahone:
He moved from Lismalin back to Mullinahone in 1854 or 1855.
He possibly lived at plot 63, Carrick St, Mullinahone when first came back, then moved to Callan St.
In [RIC List, 1855, 1st half] to [RIC List, 1858, 1st half] he is listed as the Constable in charge of the new Mullinahone police station, the head quarters of Mullinahone district.
In the Jan-Mar quarter of 1856, he is listed among those rewarded by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue for assistance in the prosecution of the sale of unlicensed spirits, document ref A 33402 - 3021 [RIC rewards, etc.].
He is listed in 1856-58 as holding plots 63 and 64, Carrick St, Mullinahone but not living there.
He is listed in 1856-58 as living at plot 34, Callan St, Mullinahone.
Wonder how he got on with his wife's relation Charles Joseph Kickham, who became an increasingly prominent enemy of the state. Perhaps this was why he left Co.Tipperary in 1858.
It is interesting that within a generation, in his son Blen's time, the family had become nationalist and even republican.

Co.Wexford, 1858:
He was stationed Co.Wexford 1st Mar 1858.
He was promoted to 2nd class Head Constable (nearly highest rank below officers) 1st Mar 1858, document ref 68868 - 10078.
In [RIC List, 1858, 2nd half] he is listed at Ferns police station, Ferns, Co.Wexford, though he is not listed as the Constable in charge of the station.
See his appearances in Ferns Petty Sessions, Aug-Oct 1858. He is listed as Head Constable, and as both "George Cashel" and "George Cashell".

Co.Carlow, 1858 to 1867:
He was stationed Co.Carlow, 1st Nov 1858, transfer document reference A - 64363 - 3901.
In [RIC List, 1859, 1st half] to [RIC List, 1859, 2nd half] he is listed as the Constable in charge of Leighlinbridge police station, Leighlinbridge, Co.Carlow.
In [RIC List, 1860, 1st half] to [RIC List, 1867, 1st half] he is listed as the Constable in charge of Bagenalstown police station, Co.Carlow, the head quarters of Bagenalstown district.
See [RIC List] 1860-63 listings:
(todo) See [RIC List] listings for 1863-67 at findmypast.
See his appearances in Bagenalstown Petty Sessions, Dec 1859 to Sept 1866. He is listed as Head Constable, and as both "George Cashel" and "George Cashell".
He lived at Bachelors Walk, Bagenalstown.
Mary probably dies, pre-1861:
Mary probably died pre-1861 (see Edward's civil war letter).
She maybe died before family left Co.Tipperary 1858.
Under "Rewards, Marks of Distinction and Favourable Records" in George's RIC record is a hard to read entry, something like: "2nd Sheet" with document reference "B - 12312 - 3013" or similar.

George retires, 1867:
He was pensioned 1 Feb 1867 (perhaps at 60th birthday), document ref A - 74 899 - 4795. Length of service given as 38 years 4 months (which would be Oct 1828 to Jan 1867 inclusive). No injuries received in course of duty over entire career.
His pension was awarded in [CSORP, 1867, no.1510], dated 28 Jan 1867. He is listed at Co.Carlow. This paper no longer exists.
Pension records say pension started 1 Feb 1867. £50 per year. Paid a quarter of that every 3 months.
He retired just before the Irish Constabulary was prominent in the suppression of the Fenian Rising of Mar 1867.
In [RIC List, 1867, 2nd half] he is gone.
Irish Constabulary became Royal Irish Constabulary Sept 1867.
He lived with his son William Henry, who worked on the railways.

He wrote letter shortly before Feb 1869 to his brother-in-law William Kickham in USA. George's letter sent from Buttevant, Co.Cork (where his son William Henry was stationmaster). William Kickham replied in letter of Feb 1869.
He is listed as "George Blennerhassett Cashel, gentleman" at his son Blen's mar 1869 [GROI].
He would be "George Cashel" who sp bapt of his grandson Michael Thomas Sheahan 1871.
The following entries in RIC pension records at [NA.UK] survive, dates 1873 to 1882:

George dies, 1882:
He died Wed 21 June 1882, Railway Station, Carlow town (his son William's house) [GROI], age 75 yrs.
See notice in Irish Times, Fri 23 June 1882, listed as "George S. Cashel", age 72.
See notice in Freeman's Journal, 23 June 1882, [NLI] microfilm, listed as "George S. Cashel", age 72.
He is listed as "George S. Cashel" in [Carlow Sentinel, Sat 24th June, [BL.NL] M 4557] and [Carlow Independent, Sat 24th June, [BL.NL] M 20167].
No notice of death found in Kerry Evening Post, [KCL] RR microfilm, 21st June - 5th July.
Funeral Fri 23 June from Carlow Cathedral,
bur Killeshin, Killeshin par, Co.Laois (just across border from Carlow town), (todo) find grave.
This would be graveyard of the old church at Killeshin, or of the new church at Killeshin (Holy Cross, built 1821).
No inscription apparently found in a 1984 survey of these graveyards.
Will proved 21st Sept 1882 at Principal Registry, Dublin, by his son William [NAI]. He is described as "Constabulary Pensioner". See image of entry. Will burnt in Four Courts 1922.
George and Mary had issue (all Catholic):


  1. Agnes Cashel,
    Agnes Mary Cashel, "Mary Agnes Cashel" at dau's birth 1884,
    born Co.Tipperary,
    bapt 21 Sept 1838 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp William Armstrong and Sarah Kickham, NOT Sara,
    "Grandfather Cashel's only sister" [Pat Lavelle],
    at marriage she is listed as living Buttevant, Co.Cork (where her brother William Henry was stationmaster),
    mar 25th Apr 1870 [her age 31, him age 24], Lisgriffin RC church, Buttevant par, NC Co.Cork [GROI],
    to David Sheahan [bapt 13 Feb 1846] and had issue.


  2. Edward Francis Cashel,
    Edward, born Co.Tipperary,
    bapt 14 June 1840 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp Edward Kickham and Sarah Kickham,
    [his U.S. Army pension records] say born 20 July 1840,
    [US Census, 1900] says born July 1840,
    named after his grandfather Edward Francis Kickham,
    fought in American Civil War,
    one of the very first U.S. settlers in Alaska.


  3. William Henry Cashel,
    "William" in 1864 letter,
    born Co.Tipperary,
    bapt 16 Nov 1844 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp Richard Armstrong and Ellen Manning(?).


  4. Charles Cashel,
    Charles is Kickham family name,
    bapt 30 Nov 1846 [Drangan RC par records], sp John Vaughan and Joanna Flannery,
    not mentioned in 1864 letter, must have died.


  5. Blennerhassett Cashel,
    "Blen" in 1864 letter,
    born Lismalin, Co.Tipperary,
    bapt 18 June 1848 [Drangan RC par records], sp Matt Mursen(?) and Ally(?) Mullally(?),
    looks like "Blennard" in bapt register,
    [GSWR record] says born 13 June 1850,
    must be born 13 June 1848,
    cover page of entry in 1911 census says "Blennerhassett H. Cashel" but this was apparently filled in by the enumerator and may be a mistake,
    his notepaper shortly before retirement 1911 is made out as "B.H. Cashel", he may be using the style "Blenner Hassett Cashel".





George Cashel living on Callan St, Mullinahone in 1856.



Killeshin, Co.Laois (burial place of George Cashel) on 1887 to 1913 map.
Showing old and new churches.
See street views of old church and new church.


  

George Cashel's RIC service record

  


First part of George Cashel's RIC record.
Showing that he was recommended by "A. Blennerhasset, J.P." when he joined the County Constabulary in 1828.



More of George Cashel's RIC record.
[NA.UK] says: "The reference numbers quoted in these records refer to papers and correspondence that has not survived."



Last part of George Cashel's RIC record.


  

George Cashel in the Petty Sessions

As would be expected, George Cashel is mentioned many times in the Petty Sessions which survives for:

These are the original sources at [NAI]:


Ferns, Co.Wexford, Petty Sessions

He is listed as Head Constable and as both "George Cashel" and "George Cashell".
Cases generally resulted in fines or short jail sentences.
"Complainant" usually means complainant and witness also.

Date of Petty Sessions No. George Cashel's role Defendant charged with Date of offence Image
10 Aug 1858 191 Witness Drunk in public at Ferns. 4 Aug 1858 p.1 and p.2
24 Aug 1858 200 Complainant Drunk in public at Ferns. 10 July 1858 p.1 and p.2
24 Aug 1858 201 Complainant Drunk in public at Ferns. 10 Aug 1858 p.1 and p.2
24 Aug 1858 206 Witness Pub in Ferns was open outside allowed hours. 15 Aug 1858 p.1 and p.2
21 Sept 1858 230-231 Complainant Assault at Ferns. 19 Sept 1858 p.1 and p.2
5 Oct 1858 253 Complainant Contempt of court on same date. 5 Oct 1858 p.1


Bagenalstown, Co.Carlow, Petty Sessions

He is listed as Head Constable and as both "George Cashel" and "George Cashell".
Cases generally resulted in fines or short jail sentences.
"Complainant" usually means complainant and witness also.

Date of Petty Sessions No. George Cashel's role Defendant charged with Date of offence Image
12 Dec 1859 8 Complainant Cruelty to a horse at Bagenalstown. 2 Dec 1859 p.1
9 Feb 1860 14 Complainant Intoxication. Not given p.1
5 Mar 1860 6 Complainant Lighting a fire on the street at Bagenalstown. 2 Mar 1860 p.1
16 Apr 1860 13 Witness Having stones heaped on road at Bagenalstown. 12 Apr 1860 p.1
20 Aug 1860 20 Complainant Allowing horse and cart to wander loose in Bagenalstown. 13 Aug 1860 p.1
15 Oct 1860 5 Complainant Drunk on street in Bagenalstown. Not given p.1
12 Nov 1860 77 Complainant Drunk on street in Bagenalstown. 10 Nov 1860 p.1
24 Dec 1860 14 Complainant Drunk on street in Bagenalstown. 15 Dec 1860 p.1
4 Feb 1861 15-19 Complainant Disturbing the peace in Bagenalstown. 22 Jan 1861 p.1
19 Aug 1861 23 Complainant Drunk on street in Bagenalstown. 15 Aug 1861 p.1
2 Sept 1861 7 Complainant Drunk on street in Bagenalstown. 15 Aug 1861 p.1
16 Sept 1861 11 Complainant Goats wandering on road at Tomnasock (W of Bagenalstown). 23 Aug 1861 p.1
28 Mar 1862 12 and 13 Complainant Assault at Ballybannon (some distance N of Bagenalstown). 16 Mar 1862 p.1
16 May 1862 40 Complainant Drunk on street in Bagenalstown. 10 May 1862 p.1
10 Oct 1862 14-15 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. 18 Sept 1862 p.1
8 May 1863 3-9 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. Various dates p.1 and p.2
13 Nov 1863 39-43 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. Various dates p.1 and p.2
4 Dec 1863 22-27 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. Various dates p.1
4 Dec 1863 28 Complainant Obstructing the towpath at Bagenalstown. 26 Nov 1863 p.1
6 Jan 1865 30-33 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. 23 Dec 1864 p.1 and p.2
12 May 1865 30 Complainant Leaving horse and cart unsupervised in Bagenalstown. 3 May 1865 p.1
2 Mar 1866 10 and 11 Witness Assault in Bagenalstown. 25 Feb 1866 p.1
2 Mar 1866 17 and 18 Complainant Fighting on street in Bagenalstown. 25 Feb 1866 p.1
27 July 1866 34 Complainant Leaving horse unsupervised in Bagenalstown. 20 July 1866 p.1
17 Aug 1866 33 and 34 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. 10 Aug 1866 p.1
7 Sept 1866 14 and 15 Complainant Possession of fraudulent weights and measures. 28 Aug 1866 p.1




Children



Baptism of Agnes Cashel, 21 Sept 1838, Mullinahone RC par records.



Baptism of Edward Francis Cashel, 14 June 1840, Mullinahone RC par records.



Baptism of William Henry Cashel, 16 Nov 1844, Mullinahone RC par records.



Baptism of Charles Cashel, 30 Nov 1846, Drangan RC par records.



Baptism of Blennerhassett Cashel, 18 June 1848, Drangan RC par records. See sponsors.




The other "George Cashell" in the RIC

Our George Cashel is not to be confused with another "George Cashell" who was also in the RIC.

  

  

George Cashell,
born 1813, Co.Kerry, Catholic.
Policeman. See his RIC record, no.1521 (and other scan).
He enlisted in County Constabulary 8 Jan 1833, age 20. Trade or calling: "none". Recommended by "Denis Mahony", Protestant clergyman.

He spent all his service in "Cork W".

He mar Julia ----- [born 1802].
He must be George Cashel who mar 4 Feb 1837 [Kilmurry, Co.Cork, RC par records] [him age 24, her age 35] to Julia Murphy.
He was "re-appointed" to the police on 12 Sept 1837.
RIC records list him as married "Circular 20 Dec 1838", wife from "Cork W".
"John Buckley the younger", age 20, was sentenced on 6 Feb 1839 for assaulting "George Cashell", Sub-Constable. Buckley got 1 month in Cork prison. See entry in [Cork Prison Register, 1835-1846].
George was promoted to 1st class sub-constable, 1 Mar 1839.
He settled Dernagree (or Derrinagree), Dromtarriff par, NE Co.Cork.
He was promoted to Constable, 1 Oct 1848.
Pensioned 21 June 1866, after 33 years 6 months of service.
He is described as "ex-policeman" at his son John's mar, Nov 1866.

Julia died 18th Apr 1884, Dernagree, age 82 yrs [GROI].
George is described as "ex-sergeant, RIC" at death.
He died 11th Feb 1893, Dernagree, age 80 yrs [GROI].
George and Julia had issue:


  1. John Cashell, born 1837,
    teacher, of Dernagree,
    mar 6th Nov 1866, Catholic church, Dernagree [GROI], to Mary Shanly [or Mary Anne, or Marianne, born 1840, dau of Edward Shanly, banker], she is listed as also teacher, of Dernagree, at mar,
    he died Dernagree, 11th Dec 1904, age 67 yrs [GROI],
    she died Dernagree, 15th Jan 1925, age 85 yrs [GROI],
    had among other issue:

    1. George Cashell,
      bapt 9 November 1881 [Dromtarriff RC par records],
      reported father's death early 1905.


  
The following may be the baptism of this George:



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