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John Humphrys, "Cracked Jack",
said there was a
story that Cracked Jack's wife was a descendant of a marriage between Humphrys
O'Grady (or Grady) of Cappercullen
(the neighbouring townland),
which was how Humphrys got their land.
However, there is no evidence of this. There is no mention of Humphrys in any O'Grady papers or pedigree. Also, the O'Gradys don't seem to have owned Glenstal.
The Humphrys seem to have got an unusual (for Catholics) 18th century lease of Glenstal alright, but they seem to have got it from Hyde of Castle Hyde, Co.Cork.
Later, in the 19th-20th century, their landlord was Barrington of Glenstal Castle.
Barrington acquired the land of Glenstal apparently before 1826. They built Glenstal Castle 1833-38.
In the 1882 dispute it is stated that Humphrys held Glenstal on an old lease before Barrington came to Glenstal.
[Griffiths Valuation, 1850] shows that Barrington then owned Glenstal townland. Humphrys leased their land but did not own it.
Cracked Jack farmed at Glenstal, Co.Limerick.
[Deed, 1809] is a Deed of Lease dated 10th Aug 1809 from John Humphrys Senior, farmer, of Glenstal, Co.Limerick, to John Humphrys Junior of Glenstal, farmer. Cracked Jack is giving over to his son John some lands in Glenstal currently in the possession of Cornelius Ryan and William Tucker. Ryan and Tucker will continue to live there for now.
There are two listings for "John Humphrys" at Glenstal in [Tithe Survey, 1826]. (See also here.) These must be John Humphrys senior and junior, renting 107 acres and 17 acres from Matthew Barrington (probably the future 2nd Baronet).
Cracked Jack fl 1831 (he erected the gravestone to his sons Michael and Nicholas at Abington).
He died Glenstal, Co.Limerick, at advanced age, est c.1850, age est c.90 yrs.
He was bur Abington, Co.Limerick.
His gravestone says "In memory of John Humphrys aged 115 years" (which would be the oldest Irish person ever). The story is that he put it up before he died, for the crack, wanted to be the oldest man in Ireland. It was common to put up a stone before death in order to secure a spot in the graveyard, but not obviously to put an age on it.
[Ó Ceallaigh, 1957] though says that this stone is of the Squire's brother John rather than of the Squire's father.
Cracked Jack had issue:
She must be:
mar William Burke,
he died pre-1878,
she died Glenstal, 1878,
(todo) see [Cork Examiner, 12 Sept 1878].
Cracked Jack is also probably father of:
Signature of John Humphrys Junior, of Glenstal.
On memorial of [Deed of 1809].
Must be related:
The will of "John Humphrey", of Glenstal, was proved 1811.
Entry in [Vicars' index of wills 1536-1810].
This will was burnt in 1922.
What must be John Humphrys senior and junior listed in [Tithe Survey, 1826] as renting 107 acres and 17 acres at Glenstal.