The notes by Patricia Lavelle
about her Lyons ancestry
are a bit inaccurate.
thought that the mother of our Maria Agnes Lyons
was Falvey of Tralee.
Pat said that Maria Agnes visited the Falveys in Tralee with her small children.
However, we find that someone of Maria Agnes Lyons' generation,
Mary Ellen Lyons,
married Dr. Francis Falvey of Tralee.
We find that "Mary Ellen Lyons" sponsored the baptism of our Maria Agnes' daughter in 1870.
It would be her that Maria Agnes went to visit.
In 1904, Maria Agnes' widowed husband
Blennerhassett Cashel is listed as one of the chief mourners at the funeral of Dr. Francis Falvey.
They are clearly close relations.
Mary Ellen Lyons' father is Michael Lyons, son of Laurence Lyons.
Maria Agnes Lyons' father is John Lyons.
So they are not sisters.
Probably they are 1st cousins.
(i.e. Michael and John are probably brothers).
Michael in fact did have a brother John, who is probably identical with our John.
The Laurence Lyons family is as follows:
lived near Millstreet,
died 10 Nov 1870, age 88 yrs,
can't find death in
bur in Lyons grave, Millstreet, Co.Cork,
- John Lyons.
He and his brother Michael erected father's grave 1870.
Probably identical with our John Lyons.
Michael Laurence Lyons, born 1825 or 1826,
born near Millstreet, Co.Cork
Lived in Mallow.
Later a draper and T.C. in Tralee.
He and his brother John erected father's grave 1870.
He is father of Mary Ellen Lyons who married Dr. Francis Falvey of Tralee.
There is a Laurence Lyons listed in
[Griffiths Valuation, 1852]
, Dromtarriff par, Co.Cork
see old map
and modern map
He is renting plot 15 from Sir George Colthurst.
39 acres and a house.
This might be our Laurence.
Proof that Mary Ellen Lyons (wife of Dr. Francis Falvey)
is connected to our family:
Chief mourners at the funeral of Dr. Francis Falvey in 1904 include
Falvey's wife and Cashel's wife must be 1st cousins.
Laurence Lyons grave,
Saint Patrick's Church,
See street view
According to the map of graves
the Lyons grave (no.31) is at the back of the church,
directly behind the centre of the back.
Laurence Lyons was bur here in 1870,
with an inscription saying his sons John and Michael erected the grave.
Michael Lyons was bur at Millstreet in 1887,
"in the family burial place",
though the inscription was not changed.
Grave of Laurence Lyons.
and full size
For Maria Agnes Lyons' immediate family, we start with:
Though originally probably of near Millstreet, Co.Cork.
He is probably identical with John Lyons, son of Laurence Lyons.
I had once thought he was of Tralee, Co.Kerry,
but I cannot now find why I thought this, and it seems incorrect.
However his brother was probably a draper of Tralee.
Lyons and Co., drapers, Main St, Mallow
in [Directory of Cork & Munster, 1867, pp.314-316].
He is listed as John Lyons, draper, at his dau's marriage 1869
His dau's mar 1869 is wit by John Lyons of Mallow (would be him or a son John).
Lyons and Co., drapers, Main St, Mallow, are
[Slater's Directory, 1870].
At the baptism of Agnes Cashel
in Mallow in 1870,
the sponsor William Henry Cashel
was "represented by John Lyons".
It was remembered that John would sit round table after tea,
and read the family
Shakespeare or some other good literature.
- Maria Agnes Lyons,
NOT Mary Agnes,
Pat Lavelle's notes
have her as "Agnes",
but almost all contemporary records,
and her gravestone, say "Maria Agnes",
living Mallow, Co.Cork at mar 1869.
30 Sept 1869
[St. Peter and Paul, Patrick St, Cork],
to Blennerhassett Cashel and had issue.
Mar wit by John Lyons of Mallow
and Mary Sheehy of Mallow.
- William Lyons ["Uncle William"].
Lyons and Co., drapers, Mallow, Co.Cork,
in [Directory of Cork & Munster, 1867]
This must be our John Lyons' business.
Marriage of Maria Agnes Lyons and Blennerhassett Cashel,
30 Sept 1869
[St. Peter and Paul, Cork].
Marriage of Maria Agnes Lyons and Blennerhassett Cashel
See full size.
Maria Agnes Lyons.
See full size.
is in Dromtarriff civil par
and Dromtarriff RC par (records from 1832).
is in Drishane civil par
and Millstreet RC par (records from 1853).
is in Mallow civil par
and Mallow RC par (records from 1757).
- Mallow Archaeological & Historical Society