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Charles Kickham

Grave of Charles Kickham, died 1815 (left) and Laurence Kickham, died 1836 (right).
Kilvemnon graveyard, S of Mullinahone.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.

Charles Kickham,
born 1752, Protestant,
of Mullinahone, Co.Tipperary.
He was a blacksmith.
The Fenian apparently described his grandfather in a riddle as: "a grandsire who worked not in gold" [Comerford, 1979, p.225].

He mar probably late 1780s to Mary Clancey [Catholic].
She is "Clancey" on husband's gravestone. "Clancy" at dau's bapt 1810.
She was of Killusty, Kiltinan par, SE of Fethard, Co.Tipperary (some distance from Mullinahone, see map).
Children were Catholic (two of them Catholic priests).

Charles is described as blacksmith, of Mullinahone, in [Deed, 1796]. This records a lease to him of land and houses in Mullinahone village from John Nicholson Constable of Kilkenny city (NOT John Nicholas Constable).
He became a shopkeeper in Mullinahone. His shop was on The Square in Mullinahone.
He is described as shopkeeper, of Mullinahone, in [Deed, 1810]. This shows him purchasing freehold of his own premises (land at Mullinahone) from John Rose Bradshaw of Mullinahone.
He is described as shopkeeper, of Mullinahone, in [Deed, 1812]. This is lease by him of lands at Clonagoose, E of Mullinahone, from Francis Oldis of Mullinahone.
Edward's eldest son Charles Kickham was bapt in Mullinahone in 1812. The sponsor was "Charles the grandfather" (would be Charles Kickham).

He is described as "Charles Kickham of Mullinahone, gent" in [Deed, May 1815]. This shows him settling £537 debts owed to him by local landlord, Robert Constable of Mullinahone. He must have been quite a prosperous shopkeeper to tolerate giving such credit. Constable settled by granting him and his heirs a yearly payment of £52 out of rents from property in Mullinahone village until the debt is discharged.

Charles dies, 1815:
He died 30 Dec 1815, age 63 yrs [grave, Kilvemnon].
Mary erected her husband's gravestone in Kilvemnon.

Mary is described in [Clonagoose Deed, 1817] as living Mullinahone, widow of the late Charles Kickham, shopkeeper. The deed is renewal by her of lease of land at Clonagoose from Francis Oldis, of Mountrafalgar, Co.Kilkenny. Land is 52 acres.
The 1817 deed is signed "Mary Kickham her mark (seal)", which might indicate she was illiterate, though husband clearly was not.
Charles and Mary had issue:

  1. Edward Kickham,
    born est c.1790, Catholic.
    He is not listed in the Kickham tree in [White, 1955] but that lists only 5 of the 8 sons.
    But he existed and is a son of Charles because he is listed as eldest son in [Deed, 1812].
    Written as Edward Kickham or Edmond Kickham in parish records.
    [Pat Lavelle] had him as Edward Francis Kickham, with grandson Edward Francis Cashel named after him.
    He was a shopkeeper, of Mullinahone, Co.Tipperary.
    His daughter married a policeman, which may explain how he did not get listed in later Kickham genealogies written by the pro-Fenian side of the family.

  2. Laurence Kickham,
    born 1791,
    shopkeeper in Mullinahone,
    listed as 2nd son in [Deed, 1812].

  3. (dau) Kickham,
    mar --- Purcell [of Fortwilliam House, N of Clonmel, Co.Tipperary],
    had issue:

    1. Charles Purcell.
    2. Michael Purcell [Mick].

    3. Ellen Purcell,
      mar Thomas O'Brien [of Coolquill, Killenaule, Co.Tipperary].

    4. Annie Purcell,
      mar Patrick Cleary [of Thomastown, Co.Tipperary].

    5. Johanna Purcell,
      mar --- Green [of Thomastown, Co.Tipperary].

  4. Fr. Charles Kickham,
    born Mullinahone, 1798,
    listed as 3rd son in [Deed, 1812].
    He was educ Carlow College.
    He was educ Maynooth, matric 30th Aug 1817 [Maynooth].
    Ordained 1824.
    C.C. of Kilcommon, NC Co.Tipperary (see map) until 1832.
    "Charles Kickham" sp bapt of his niece Gertrude Kickham 1838.
    C.C. of Cloneen, Co.Tipperary (now part of Drangan, SW of Mullinahone, see map) in 1840.
    C.C. of Clerihan, Co.Tipperary (Ballyclerihan, NW of Clonmel, see map) 1841 to death 1842.
    See item in Freemans Journal, 25 Jan 1842.
    [White, 1955] lists him as "C.C., Mullinahone" but think he never had a position at Mullinahone. He did however die in Mullinahone.
    He died of TB, in Mullinahone, 10 Aug 1842 [death notice], [Larkin, 2005], age 44 yrs, NOT 1844.
    See notice in Freemans Journal, August 19, 1842.
    He was bur in the old St.John's churchyard, Carrick St, SE side of Mullinahone.
    He was later re-interred in the new Catholic churchyard, Callan St, NE side of Mullinahone.
    See [Larkin, 2002, p.73].

  5. James Kickham, born 1800,
    listed as 4th son in [Deed, 1812],
    inherited the family business in The Square, Mullinahone.

  6. Thomas Kickham,
    Tom, born 1800,
    listed as 5th son in [Deed, 1812].

  7. Richard Kickham,
    listed as 6th son in [Deed, 1812].

  8. John Kickham,
    death report in 1861 says he was age over 70, hence born pre-1791,
    but think this is wrong because he is listed as 7th son in [Deed, 1812],
    more likely born c.1805.
    Father of the Fenian, Charles Joseph Kickham.

  9. Fr. Roger Kickham,
    Rody, born est c.1807,
    apparently youngest son.

  10. Ellen Kickham,
    bapt 25 Jan 1810 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp Alice Kickham, see image.

    [White, 1955] says Charles Kickham had 2 or more daughters, one of which married Purcell.

Mullinahone village in [Taylor and Skinner, 1777, p.194].
The top is the road to Fethard (the W). The bottom is the road to Callan (the E).

Signature of Charles Kickham.
On memorial of [Deed of 1796].

Close-up of grave of Charles Kickham (died 1815), Kilvemnon.
Photo 2008. See full size.




Baptism of Ellen Kickham, 25 Jan 1810.

[White, 1955] only lists 5 of the sons.

Grave of Fr. Charles Kickham.
Catholic church yard, Mullinahone.
Location: To LHS of church. Near front. See street view.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.
See other shot and close-up.


Supporters of Daniel O'Connell, 1835-1836

A number of Kickhams appear in the lists of subscribers to the campaign of Daniel O'Connell in 1835-1836.
It is not clear who all these Kickhams are. There are multiple possibilities for some of these. As well as our family above, see the Kilvemnon branch and Miscellaneous Kickhams.


Subscribers from Mullinahone parish to the O'Connell campaign for the year 1835.
The subscriptions in Mullinahone were collected by Edward Kickham. The list includes James Kickham.
From Freemans Journal, February 12, 1836.

Subscribers from Mullinahone parish to the "Justice Rent", Sept 1836.
These are supporters of the General Association of Ireland, founded by O'Connell in mid 1836 to campaign for tithe reform. The General Association was supported by subscriptions called the "Irish rent" or the "Justice Rent".
The subscriptions in Mullinahone were collected by "E. Kickham" (clearly Edward Kickham from the earlier item). The list includes: Edward Kickham, Laurence Kickham, Mrs. Lawrence Kickham, James Kickham, Thomas Kickham, another Edward Kickham and John Kickham.
From Freemans Journal, 27 Sept 1836.

Subscribers from Mullinahone parish to the "Justice Rent", Nov-Dec 1836.
The subscriptions in Mullinahone were collected by Edward Kickham. The list includes: J. Kickham, Lawrence Kickham, Mrs. Lawrence Kickham, Thomas Kickham and John Kickham.
From Freemans Journal, December 27, 1836.

David Power Conyngham

The writer and nationalist David Power Conyngham was said to be cousin of the Fenian Charles Joseph Kickham (son of John, son of Charles above).
[Fitzgerald article] says: "Catherine Power's mother was a Kickham according to local tradition, apparently a sister of Charles Kickham of Ballydavid, grandfather of the novelist. This tradition is supported by the fact that James Kickham of Mullinahone, uncle of the novelist, acted as baptismal sponsor for another Cunningham brother."
However Charles, grandfather of the Fenian, was of Mullinahone, not apparently of Ballydavid (some distance S of Mullinahone).
There is a Nicholas Kickham at Ballydavid in 1911. Probably related to the Fenian but not proved.




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