Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.


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Gould of Limerick city

Our family

Our family starts with Bridget Gould who married John Ebrill. Their children were Catholic.
Bridget Gould is a close relation of the Protestant William Gould below.
They look like they might be siblings.
Could Bridget be born Protestant and converted? Or could William be born Catholic and converted?
Confusing matters, Bridget is rather a Catholic name and William is rather a Protestant name.

Our line starts with:

[Pigot's directory, 1824] shows John Ebrill in Mungret Street, Limerick.


The Protestant William Gould

Our Bridget Gould married John Ebrill, who had a wool business on Mungret St, Limerick. Her children were Catholic.
Bridget Gould is a close relation of the following Protestant William Gould, who had a wool business on Mungret St, Limerick. His children were Protestant.
Proof they are close relations:

But are they siblings? And were they born Catholic or Protestant?

[Pigot's directory, 1824] shows William Gould in Mungret Street, Limerick.

The families were right beside each other on Mungret St, Limerick.
Here is an extract from Mungret St in Griffith's Valuation, 1850.
Mary Anne Gould is orphaned and has inherited her father William Gould's business.
She is leasing a house (must be her late parents' house) at plot no.17, right beside John Ebrill and Bridget Gould (Bridget is possibly her aunt).

William Gould's son-in-law, the Protestant William D. Wilkinson, witnesses the Catholic marriage of what must be his wife's cousin William Ebrill in Dublin in 1864.
See full marriage cert.


Stephen Gould

Some trees on Ancestry have this Stephen Gould, or Goold, marrying 1793, Limerick, Protestant, being the father of Bridget Gould and of William Gould (who they identify with the William Gould born 1796).
But this is clearly impossible if Bridget was born 1785 or 1786, and William Gould married 1804.

Other Goulds of Limerick (male)

Other Goulds of Limerick (female)


A widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Goold, appears on a Limerick document of 6 Jan 1768.
See full size.
From Paul O'Brien.


Goold of Co.Limerick

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