Humphrys genealogy

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James Kickham

Marriage of James Kickham, 25 July 1824 [Mullinahone RC par records].

James Kickham,
born 1800.
His father died 1815.
He inherited his father's shop on The Square in Mullinahone, Co.Tipperary.

He mar 25 July 1824 to Kate Mullally [Catherine, born 1796, NOT Kathleen].
She is "Aunt Kitty" in the Fenian's prison letters.
She was from a farming family, Mullally of Ballycullen, S of Mullinahone (see map), think NOT of Ballywilliam.
They mar at Mullinahone RC church.

"James Kickham" is listed in [Tithe Survey, 1834] as holding 6 acres at Mullinahone.
Kate is probably "Catherine Kickham" who sp baptism of her nephew Thomas Kickham, Apr 1836.
Listed at Mullinahone at son's bapt, June 1836.
James was persuaded in Oct 1842 to become agent for newly launched Nation newspaper.
There is a deed [Deed, 1843] about the property on The Square in Mullinahone (plot 15, Killaghy St). This is a deed from the landlord Despard to James Kickham of Mullinahone, shopkeeper, about the property in the possession of James Kickham.
In [House Book for Mullinahone, 1846], James Kickham holds plot 16, Fethard St, Mullinahone, listed as unoccupied.
"James Kickham" is listed in [House Book for Mullinahone, 1848] at plot 15, Killaghy St.
He was member of Mullinahone branch of Tenant Protection Society. He was at inaugral meeting, early Nov 1849.
James is listed in [Field Book for Kilvemnon, 1850] at The Square.

"James Kickham" is listed in [Griffiths Valuation, Nov 1850] for Mullinahone, as:

He may be (not confirmed) James Kickham, of Mullinahone, gentleman, in [Deed, 1856].

Kate dies, 1871:
She died at her home, Mullinahone, 20 July 1871, age 75 yrs.
See death cert from here. She is "wife of farmer".
See notice in Freemans Journal, July 22, 1871.
The Shee grave, Mullinahone, remarkably gets this wrong. It lists James' wife "Kathleen" Mullally as dying in 1849. But this is clearly confusion (both in name and date) with her dau Kathleen, who died 1849.

James dies, 1873:
He is listed as "gentleman farmer" at death.
He died 16 Feb 1873, at his house in Mullinahone, age 73 yrs [death notice], [GROI].
The grave erected for his grandson Nicholas Shee is wrong to say the grandfather died 1871.
See death notice in Waterford News and Star, February 21, 1873. And also Freemans Journal, February 21, 1873.
He was bur Mullinahone.
James and Kate had issue:

  1. Ellen Kickham,
    bapt 1825 [Mullinahone RC par records].

  2. Kathleen Kickham,
    bapt Catherine 1826 [Mullinahone RC par records].
    Catherine at marriage. Kathleen on grave.
    She mar, settlement 1847, to John Shee and had issue.

  3. William Kickham,
    bapt 21 Feb 1828 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp Rev. W. Mullally and Anne Mullally. See entry from here.
    He was a clerical student.
    He died at Thurles College.

  4. Sr. Mary Patrick Kickham,
    Mary Anne.
    She was a nun, Convent of Mercy, Baggot St, Dublin.
    Superioress in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
    She attended the Fenian's deathbed 1882.

  5. James Kickham,
    James J. Kickham,
    bapt 1832 [Mullinahone RC par records].
    He was a non-commissioned officer in the Irish Papal Brigade in 1860.
    The Irish Papal Brigade was defending the Papal States from Italian nationalist unification of Italy.
    He died Australia.

  6. Clara Kickham,
    Clara Mary Kickham,
    bapt "Clare", 12 Jan 1834 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp John Kickham and Mrs. Michael Mullally.
    See bapt entry from here.
    She mar 1 Dec 1860 to Dr. Thomas Crean and had issue.
    They mar at Mullinahone RC church. See entry from here.
    Mar wit by James Kickham (could be her brother or father) and [maybe Richard Crean] and [illegible] Kickham.

  7. John Kickham,
    bapt 9 June 1836 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp John Mullally and Mary Mahony.
    See bapt entry from here.
    He died Mullinahone.

  8. Gertrude Kickham,
    Gertrude T. Kickham, "Gettie".
    Her obituary says born 25 Mar 1836.
    Grave says born 25 Mar 1843.
    Both are the wrong year. She must be born 25 Mar 1838.
    She was bapt 28 Mar 1838 [Mullinahone RC par records], sp by Charles Kickham and Mary Mullally. Probably NOT 23 Mar 1838.
    See bapt entry from here.

    She inspired the character "Grace Kiely" in Knocknagow.
    She inspired the Fenian's poem St. John's Eve: "Yes, Gertrude, I remember well; That St. John's Eve, three years ago".
    She registered her mother's death 1871. Living Mullinahone.
    By 1876 both her parents were dead.

    She mar 24 Aug 1876 to Capt. John Hendrick and had issue.
    Hendrick had emigrated to America. He returned to Ireland on a visit, married her, and brought her to America. She was age 38.
    They mar at Mount Mellary, Co.Waterford. The marriage was entered about a month later into the local parish records, Cappoquin RC par records, Co.Waterford. See mar entry LHS and RHS from here.
    The entry is thin and inaccurate, probably due to someone trying to remember one month later. Her surname is wrongly given as "Keating". They have no parents listed. He is from Texas. She is from "Cashel".
    Her obituary confirms the marriage date of 24 Aug 1876.
    No entry found in [GROI].

Shee grave (left) and Crean grave (right).
Catholic church yard, Mullinahone.
As explained above, the Shee grave is inaccurate.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.




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