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Barrett



The Barrett house in Ballylongford is the red and yellow house on the left here.
This is same site as the old house, but this is a new building.
This is on the road N of the Rahilly house.
View looking S. Up the street on right is the Rahilly house and the mill.
2009 image from street view.


  
John Barrett,
born est c.1830.
[P102/208(118)] says he was of Leanamore, Aghavallen par, SE side of Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
Though there is no Barrett listed at Leanamore in [Griffiths Valuation, 1851].
He mar est c.1855 (if had 14 children) to Mary Patt [bapt 17 September 1835].
They lived Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
They did NOT live Glin, Co.Limerick (this is confusion with their son John).

They are listed as of Ballylongford at children's bapts 1862-77.
The Barrett house in Ballylongford was on the road N of the Rahilly house, opposite the mill.
"John Barrett" is listed as farming at or near Ballylongford in [Slater's, 1870].
"John Barrett" is listed as farming at or near Ballylongford in [Slater's, 1881].
"John Barrett" is listed as farming at or near Ballylongford in [Slater's, 1894].
John died pre-1901,
bur Barrett grave, Lislaughtin Abbey, no inscription.

Mary is listed on Main St, Ballylongford, in 1901 census, she is widow, "seamstress".
She corresponded with The O'Rahilly about family tree, c.1905-10. She is an important source. See [P102/207]. She wrote from Ballylongford.
She writes from Ballylongford in c.1906 [P102/207(29)]: "Ballylongford is gone to the bad since ye all left".
She would be the "Mary Barrett" that James Patrick Ryan met when he visited Ireland 1907.
She is listed on Main St, Ballylongford, in 1911 census, she is widow.
She is NOT Mary Barrett who died in Listowel district, 3rd qr 1919, age 84, see death in [GROI].

The burning of Ballylongford, 1921:
The Barrett house, with other buildings in Ballylongford, was burnt by the Black and Tans in a reprisal on 23 Feb 1921.
See p.271 of Kerry's Fighting Story 1916-21 by J. J. Lee (2009).
Mary was said to be still alive when the house was burnt, and to have then left Ballylongford and moved in with her sister Margaret McCoy in Glin.
However the house burnt is listed in 1921 under her son's name, so it may be she was dead before this time.
A new Barrett house was later built at the site.

Mary is bur Barrett grave, Lislaughtin Abbey, no inscription.
John and Mary had issue:


  1. Mary Barrett, born 1860,
    emigrated to US with sister Kate before the 1886 letter,
    they settled in Muskegon, Michigan, where their aunt Ellen was,
    she was a priest's housekeeper,
    poss. connection with convent (poss. Little Sisters of the Poor) in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
    did not marry,
    (todo) see copy of her will,
    died 1951, age 91 yrs,
    bur with her aunt and uncle Ryan in St.Mary's cemetery, Muskegon, Michigan.


  2. Kate Barrett [Katherine],
    emigrated to US with sister Mary before the 1886 letter,
    when came to New York they stayed with their Hickie cousins who were living there (in New York),
    while they decided whether to go to Avon, Illinois, to their aunt Anna or to Muskegon, Michigan, to their aunt Ellen (her old school teacher),
    they decided to go to Muskegon,
    mar Edward Whelan and had issue.


  3. John Barrett,
    John Joseph Barrett, born Co.Kerry,
    bapt 1 June 1862, Ballylongford, Co.Kerry [Ballylongford RC par records], sp Catherine McCarthy.


  4. Bridget Barrett,
    bapt 1 February 1864 [Ballylongford RC par records], sp Bridget Patt,
    mar 1stly to --- Hartnett [of Abbeyfeale, Co.Limerick], no issue,
    mar 2ndly to --- Flynn [of Abbeyfeale], no issue,
    she is bur in Barrett grave, Lislaughtin Abbey.


  5. Elizabeth Barrett,
    would be after grandmother,
    bapt 21 April 1866 [Ballylongford RC par records], sp John Hickie and Susan Jeffcott.

  6. Stephen Barrett,
    bapt 1 August 1868 [Ballylongford RC par records], sp John Barrett and Ann O'Donnell,
    must have died in infancy.


  7. Stephen Barrett, born 11 July 1870, Co.Kerry,
    bapt 13 July 1870 [Ballylongford RC par records], sp Stephen Barrett and Bridget McDonnell,
    living with mother on Main St, Ballylongford, in 1901 census, unmarried, "farmer",
    living with mother on Main St, Ballylongford, in 1911 census, unmarried, "postman",
    did not marry,
    when the Barrett house in Ballylongford was burnt in Feb 1921 it was listed as "S. Barrett, grocery",
    lived with sister Margaret in Barrett family home, Ballylongford,
    he fl 1940s.


  8. Margaret Barrett, born 18 January 1877, Co.Kerry,
    bapt 23 Jan 1877 [Ballylongford RC par records], sp Patrick McCoy and Mary McCoy,
    living with mother on Main St, Ballylongford, in 1911 census, unmarried, "shop keeper",
    did not marry,
    lived with brother Stephen in Barrett family home, Ballylongford, where they ran shop,
    she died around 1960s.


  9. 1911 census says there were total of 14 children, 6 then living.




The local farmers listed in TARBERT AND BALLYLONGFORD entry in [Slater's, 1870].



The local farmers listed in TARBERT, BALLYLONGFORD AND FOYNES entry in [Slater's, 1881].



The local farmers listed in BALLYLONGFORD entry in [Slater's, 1894].



"Ballylongford is gone to the bad since ye all left".
Mary Patt (Barrett) in letter to The O'Rahilly c.1906 [P102/207(29)].
See full size.


 
The burning of the Barrett house and others in Ballylongford, early in the morning on Wed 23 Feb 1921.
Irish Independent, February 26, 1921.





Mary Barrett



Mary Barrett buried with her aunt and uncle Ryan in St.Mary's cemetery, Muskegon, Michigan.



Little Sisters of the Poor convent, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
See larger. From here.






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