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Michael Spain



Kate Lynch.
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Michael Spain,
bapt 25 Apr 1847.
High Sheriff of Limerick.
Family from near Nenagh, Co.Tipperary.
He moved to Limerick city and became merchant there.
He was living William St, Limerick, at mar 1875, listed as "draper".

He mar 1875 to Kate Lynch [Catherine, bapt 22 July 1848].
Her father had a business on Roches St, Limerick.
Michael is listed as draper, Roches St, Limerick, at son's birth 1877.
They are listed as living 33 Roches St, Limerick (the Lynch house) at dau Mary's birth 1878. He is "provision merchant".
They are listed as living 36 Roches St, Limerick, at son's birth 1879. He is "provision merchant".
He is listed as Vice-President of Shannon Rowing Club in [Bassett's, 1880] and [Bassett's, 1884].
Living 33 Roches St at son's birth in 1881. He is listed as "Provision Merchant".
He reported her father's death 1882. He is listed as living 45 Roches St, Limerick.
He took over running her father's business on Roches St, Limerick.
His son was born at 45 Roches St in 1883. He is "Provision Merchant".
"Lynch and Spain" and "M. Spain", provision merchants, 45 Roches St, Limerick, listed in [Bassett's, 1884] and [Guy's, 1886].
Listed as "provision merchant", 45 Roches St, at son's death 1884.
He is listed as living 43 Thomas St in [Bassett's, 1884] and [Guy's, 1886].
He is listed as president of Shannon Rowing Club in [Guy's, 1886].

Town Councillor, High Sheriff of Limerick:
Michael is listed as Town Councillor, Shannon ward, Limerick Corporation, in [Guy's, 1886] and up to at least [Thoms, 1898].
His son was born at 45 Roches St in 1888. He is "Provision Merchant".
His son was born at 45 Roches St in May 1890. He is "Provision Merchant".
Living 45 Roches St at son's death Oct 1890. He is "Provision Merchant".
"Lynch and Spain", provision merchants, 44 Roches St, listed in [Ashe's, 1891].
In 1891 a young employee was discovered stealing from him and was jailed. See item in Sligo Independent, 25 July 1891. He is "T.C., provision merchant". See item in Weekly Irish Times, 25 July 1891. He is "T.C., bacon curer".
He moved to live in Hartstonge St.

High Sheriff of Limerick city 1893:
He was High Sheriff of Limerick City for 1893.
He is listed as High Sheriff of Limerick, and T.C. (Town Councillor) for Shannon Ward, living Hartstonge St, in [Thoms, 1893].
He was at Jim O'Mara's funeral 1893.
His death report says he was in the provision business, and was a large employer.
He was involved in sporting life (racing, rowing, athletics, cycling). He owned several race horses, including "Carmelia" and "Eveline".
He is listed as T.C. in Limerick Chronicle article, 6 Oct 1896.
A truncated article in Limerick Chronicle, 23 July 1898, shows him at Regatta Dinner. Listed as T.C. (todo) See full article.
Listed as T.C. for Shannon Ward, Limerick, in [Thoms, 1898].
He moved to Crescent View, Military Rd, Limerick. He was living Crescent View at death 1900.
At death he is listed as "bacon merchant".
At death and wife's death and dau's marriage he is listed as "B.C." (would be "Borough Councillor").

Michael dies, 1900:
He died at his home, Crescent View, Limerick, Thur night, 6 Dec 1900, of "congestion of liver" [GROI], age 53.
See report in Limerick Chronicle, 8 Dec 1900. Votes of condolence passed by Limerick Corporation, and by the nationalist National League.
Funeral in Limerick, Sun 9 Dec 1900. Huge attendance, including John Daly, Mayor of Limerick and Thomas Cleeve, High Sheriff of Limerick and Michael Joyce, MP and many local politicians, and many people from Nenagh.
He was bur in Spain grave at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
See funeral report in Limerick Chronicle, 11 Dec 1900.
In [P106/33] Kate on 15 Dec 1900 thanks Mrs and Miss Rahilly for their sympathy.

Kate dies 1901:
Kate died 8 Apr 1901 [grave],[death notice], age 52 yrs, at 90 Harcourt St, Dublin. Probate says 6 Apr.
90 Harcourt St is listed in [Thom's, 1901] as Wellington House Private Home Hospital.
Death not found in [GROI].
See death notice in Irish Times, April 9, 1901.
See mass card. Says she is age 43 which is totally wrong.
Funeral 10 Apr 1901. Attendance included Mayor of Limerick, Thomas Cleeve, Michael Joyce, MP, and James F. Barry, High Sheriff of Limerick.
She was bur in Spain grave at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
See funeral report in Limerick Chronicle, 11 April 1901.
Probate of Michael's estate granted in Dublin, 25 July 1901. See entry from here. Lists him as of 40 Roches St. Granted to Ellen Spain, spinster. This would be his sister.
Probate of Kate's estate granted in Dublin, 21 Aug 1901. See entry from here. Granted to son-in-law Jim Gaffney and John McCormack (who married Michael's sister).
Further probate of Michael's estate granted in London, 18 Sept 1901. See entry from here. Lists him as of 40 Roches St. Granted to Ellen Spain.
Further probate of Kate's estate granted in London, 20 Jan 1908. See entry from here. Granted to son-in-law Jim Gaffney and John McCormack.
Michael and Kate had issue:


  1. William Spain,
    William Andrew Spain (names of the two grandfathers),
    born Roches St, Limerick, July 1877, see birth cert in [GROI],
    died 1 Oct 1884, 45 Roches St, age 7 yrs, of scarlet fever, see entry in [GROI].


  2. Cis Spain,
    "Mary" on birth cert, "Ciss" on death cert,
    Mary Josephine Spain [census, children's births, burial record],
    born 11 July 1878, 33 Roches St, Limerick.
    See birth cert in [GROI].
    Listed as "Cis S. Gaffney" in death notice and on grave. Think the "S." stands for "Spain".
    Legal notice writes her as "Cis Spain Gaffney".
    She is listed at "Crescent View House, Limerick" in scrapbook in 1890s.
    Her father died Dec 1900.
    She is listed at "Crescent View, Limerick" at mar.
    She mar 23 Jan 1901 to Jim Gaffney [born 1866] and had issue.
    Both living Limerick but married in Dublin for some reason. They mar at University Church, Stephen's Green, Dublin. See mar cert from here.
    See notice in Nenagh News, January 12, 1901.


  3. John Spain,
    born 18 Nov 1879, 36 Roches St, Limerick. See birth cert from here.
    He died 1 Oct 1890, 45 Roches St, age 10 yrs. See death cert from here.


  4. Michael Spain,
    born 15 Oct 1881, 33 Roches St, Limerick. See birth cert from here.
    He was bapt 17 Oct 1881 [St.Michael's RC church, Limerick].
    Michael Aloysius Spain.
    Listed as "M.A. Spain" at father's death 1900.
    Listed as "M.C. Spain" at grandfather's funeral 1901. Think this is error.


  5. Andrew Spain,
    after grandfather,
    born 23 May 1883, 45 Roches St, Limerick, see entry in [GROI],
    bapt 25 May 1883 [St.Michael's RC church, Limerick].
    Living Limerick 1901, though not at home in 1901 census.
    He wit his brother's mar 1909.
    He emigrated to America.


  6. William Spain,
    second William, William Mary Spain, Willie,
    born 15 Aug 1888, 45 Roches St, Limerick.
    See birth cert from here.
    He was bapt 16 Aug 1888 [St.Michael's RC church, Limerick].


  7. James Spain,
    born 21 May 1890 [mother age 41], 45 Roches St, Limerick.
    See birth cert from here.
    He was educ Crescent College, Limerick, 1896-1900.
    Living Limerick 1901, at home in 1901 census.
    He was age 10 when orphaned in April 1901.
    He mar 1913, Dublin, to Annie Donnelly [born 1889, from Limerick].
    They emigrated to America 1920.
    Both fl 1940.
    They had issue:

    1. Phyllis Spain,
      born 1914, Limerick.
      She mar --- Zimmerman.
      She died 1999.






Kate Lynch (baptised 1848, married 1875).
Courtesy of Nancy Ashburn.
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See other version. Posted here.

  

Andrew Lynch's will 1879 asks that the business be carried on by his wife and daughter and his son-in-law Michael Spain.



Lynch and Spain in 1891-92 in the ledger books of Tim O'Connor of Tarbert Island.
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Lynch and Spain, and O'Mara's bacon factory and Richard Ray's shop, on Roches St, Limerick, listed in [Guy's, 1893].


  

Michael Spain grave

Michael Spain grave.
Part of the Lynch / Spain / O'Mara grave.
Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
  

Michael Spain grave.
Photo 2009. See full size.



Close-up of Michael Spain grave.
Photo pre-2003. Courtesy of Nancy Ashburn.
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