Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Anne dies, 1848:
She died 1848, bur Kickham grave, Mullinahone.
"John Kickham" listed in [House Book for Mullinahone, 1848] running a clothing shop at plot 2, Fethard St, Mullinahone. The lease is held by his brother James Kickham.
John is also listed in [House Book for Mullinahone, 1848] at plot 14, Callan St (now Kickham St), Mullinahone. Think he is renting it out.
He became a member of Mullinahone branch, Tenant Protection Society, at inaugral meeting, early Nov 1849.
He is listed in [Field Book for Kilvemnon, 1850] at plot 2, Fethard St.
"John Kickham" listed in [Griffiths Valuation, Nov 1850] as occupying a house at plot 14, Callan St (now Kickham St), Mullinahone, small house, no land, leasing it from Anastasia Dunne.
Death report says Kickham
"repeatedly served on our county Grand Juries at Quarter Sessions".
[Deed, 1855] relates to the property currently in possession of John Kickham, bounded on E by Fethard St, i.e. plot 2, Fethard St. He is described as John Kickham, of Mullinahone, shopkeeper.
[Deed, 1860] refers to [Deed, 1855], and also relates to various other people's properties in and around Mullinahone, including the property just N of "James Kickham's house and premises" on Killaghy St.
Death report says still running drapery business at death 1861.
John dies by suicide or accident, 1861:
He died in his house in Mullinahone, evening of Fri 2 Aug 1861, by a gunshot wound when alone in his room. Death report says he was age over 70 yrs.
The inquest considers suicide but decides it was maybe an accident.
He had been depressed and often got his gun out. But he was also suffering from delusions and imagined the house was infested with rats. It was suggested he may have been shooting at these imaginary rats and shot himself by accident. Another suggestion is it was the way he placed his gun in his room, that it went off when he opened the door.
He was bur Sun 4 Aug 1861, Kickham grave, Mullinahone.
See report in Nenagh Guardian, August 7, 1861.
See Kilkenny Journal, Wed 7 Aug 1861 [NLI].
See report in Freemans Journal, August 8, 1861. This gets the name of his (not yet famous) son wrong.
See report in Kerry Star, August 10, 1861. This is actually old, undated news. Also gets his name wrong.
See report in Munster Express, August 17, 1861.
John and Anne had issue:
Lost one of his legs, 1852:
"At the age of 16, owing to an accident in carrying a gun,
Thomas injured his left leg, which had to be amputated and this occurence impeded his active energy through life."
He was said to have
"shot off his leg while fowling".
He took over his father's drapery business in Fethard St in late 1850s.
He lived Mullinahone.
He sp bapt of his niece Bridget Frances Cleary 1862.
Thomas Kickham, shopkeeper, of Mullinahone, is party to a deed with his brother-in-law James Mansfield Cleary in 1863.
When his poor-of-hearing Fenian brother was on trial in Jan 1866, Thomas communicated the proceedings of the trial to him.
He went over to England to visit his brother in prison, early Oct 1866.
Developed a drink problem early 1870s.
He (rather than his uncle Thomas) may be "Thomas Kickham" of Mullinahone who is listed as owning 3 acres 2 roods 15 perches in [Owners of Land, 1876].
Obituary in 1895 says:
"Owing to the resulting infirmity he used to ride about a good deal on his famous pony "Little Wonder" to which he was greatly attached having owned it for twenty years. It died only last year and had been known all around Slievnamon almost as familiarly as himself."
"T.P. Kickham" registered his aunt's death 1882, living Clonagoose.
"T.P. Kickham" of Fethard St is listed in [Bassett's, 1889].
He died Mullinahone, c.Mar 1895, age 58 yrs.
See [obituary, 1895].
He was bur Kickham grave, Mullinahone.
One dau (must be either Bridget or Elizabeth) died soon after 1848 [Comerford, 1979].
This house is numbered 14 Callan St (now Kickham St), Mullinahone.
It is at approximately the same position as plot 14 in [Griffiths Valuation], and probably is the same site.
Photo 2008. See full size.
See street view.
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