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John Ebrill

"John Abrill" listed at Mungret Street, Limerick, in [Pigot's directory, 1824].

John Ebrill,
born 1780.
See entry in tree by Paddy Waldron.
He was a feather, skin and wool merchant in Limerick.
[PAT/2, p.21] said he was "in good circumstances, he was a friend of the clergy and well-to-do".

He mar pre-1805 to Bridget Gould [born 1785 or 1786].
Can't find childrens' bapts in [St.Michael's, Limerick] or [St.John's, Limerick].
[PAT/2, p.21] said "his marriage was rendered unhappy because of his wife's terrible temper".
[PAT/32] says he "Had a termagent of a wife."

He might be "John Abrill" who is found in a list of voters in Limerick General Advertiser, 23 October 1812. (This would not necessarily mean he was Protestant. Wealthy Catholics had the vote at this time.)
"John Abrill" of Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed under "Feather and Skin Merchants" on p.287 of [Pigot's directory, 1824].
J. Ebrill of Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed under "Feather and Skin Dealers" on p.83 of [Deane's Limerick Directory, 1838].
"John Abrill" of Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed under "Feather and Skin Merchants" on p.273 of [Slater's directory, 1846].
John Ebrill of Mungret Street, Limerick, is listed as a "worsted comber" on p.264 of [Slater's directory, 1846]. Also listed under "Wool Combers and Worsted Manufacturers" on p.278.

"John Ebril" or "John Ebriel" is listed on Mungret St in Griffith's Valuation, 1850.
He lives on Mungret St and he holds a large number of properties.
He is leasing these properties: He is also leasing out properties in Old Francis street, John's street, Cabbage Market lane (off John st.), Nicholas street, Brennan's Row, Dwyer's Lane, Cassidy's lane and Garryowen, in all of which he had lodgers or sub-tenants in occupation.

John dies, 1854:
He died Mungret St, 25th Aug 1854, Limerick, age 74 yrs.
He was bur Ebrill family grave, Garryowen, Limerick city.
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 26 Aug 1854.
See death notice in Nenagh Guardian, 30 Aug 1854.
His sons John and William continued running the business on Mungret St.

[PAT/31] says Bridget did not help her daughter Nell when Nell fell on hard times during the Famine and after. "Once when she was ill, hungry and desperate she appealed to her own mother. (That is the mother who was a termagent. What answer I wonder did she make.)"

Bridget dies, 1861:
She died Mon 16 Sept 1861 [death notice], or 17 Sept 1861 [grave].
She died at her son William's house, Mungret St, age 76 yrs [death notice] or 75 yrs [grave].
She was bur Ebrill family grave, Garryowen.
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 18 Sept 1861.
Same death notice repeated in Irish American Weekly, October 12, 1861.

There is an Ebrill stained glass window in the Redemptorists RC church, Limerick. (Redemptorists came to Limerick 1851, built temporary church, foundation stone of present church laid 1858, dedicated 1862.)
John is described as "merchant" at son William's mar 1864.
John and Bridget had issue:

  1. Stephen Ebrill,
    born 1805 (mother age 19 or 20).
    Note "Stephen" seems to be a Gould family name.
    He died 23 Nov 1818, age 13 yrs [grave, Garryowen].

  2. Nell Ebrill,
    eldest dau, and favourite of her father,
    born 1808 [by age in burial record].

  3. Catherine Ebrill,
    Kate, born 1811,
    NOT Mary.
    She mar 29 July 1841 to Thomas Power and had issue.
    They mar at St.John's RC cathedral, Limerick.

  4. William Ebrill,
    born 1818, Limerick, or poss. 1819.
    Note "William" seems to be a Gould family name.

  5. John Ebrill, born 1824.
    He and his brother William ran the family business, "William and John Ebrill", wool merchants, Mungret St.
    He died at "Laurel Hill Cottage", Summerville, Limerick.
    He died 17 July 1863, age 39 yrs [grave], [death notice].
    See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 18 July 1863.
    He was bur Garryowen.
    The business was still being called "William and John Ebrill" decades after 1863.

  6. Mary Ebrill,
    born 1829 (mother age 43 or 44),
    died 18th Apr 1848, age 19 yrs [grave, Garryowen].

  7. 3 others, Ebrill,
    who died young [grave, Garryowen].
    One of whom is apparently Louis Ebrill [Ebrill family tree].

John Ebrill grave, Garryowen, 1955.
See full size and original.


Proof of the above tree


Notes by Patricia Lavelle in [PAT/2, p.21].
Linking together John and his children Nell and William.
See full size.
Other proofs of the link:
  1. William Ebrill is buried with his parents John Ebrill and Bridget Gould, and named as their son on the grave.
  2. Every early Ebrill tree lists Nell Ebrill as dau of John and sister of William.
  3. The Gould DNA match proves that Nell Ebrill has to be the daughter of Bridget Gould.
  4. DNA matches between Nell's family and William's family.

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