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James Kickham, of Knockelly Castle


The death of James Kickham, of Knockelly Castle, in 1823.
From Freemans Journal, April 11, 1823.

James Kickham,
of Knockelly Castle, near Fethard, Co.Tipperary.
He was the first Kickham in Knockelly Castle. He rented it from the Barton family of Grove.
He served as a Protestant yeoman in the 1798 rebellion (i.e. volunteer militia opposing the rebels).
[Heffernan, 1958] tells a story where Kickham "maltreated" one of the much disliked (by both sides) Hessian mercenaries (his allies), and got away with it, claiming he thought he was a rebel. The Hessian mercenaries were German mercenaries imported by the English to help put down the rising. They had a reputation for brutality.

[Cusack] says the above James is identical with the following James. (He says the following James is grand-uncle of the Fenian.)
[Heffernan, 1958] however says James of Knockelly Castle is 1st cousin of the Fenian's father. So this suggests the above James is father of the below James.

James Kickham,
of Knockelly Castle.
[Cusack] says he was agent to the Barton family of Grove.
It says he "kept a private pack of hounds" (would be at Knockelly Castle).
He mar c. early 1800 to Ellen Purcell.
She was of Fortwilliam House (or Fort William, or Caherclogh House), Caherclogh, N of Clonmel, Co.Tipperary (see map).
She was Catholic, of old Norman Irish Catholic family. Children all Catholic.
The Kickhams of Mullinahone were regular visitors to Knockelly Castle.

[Cusack] says he "died, prior to 1834, when, resting his feet on the chimney-piece and tilting his chair, he fell backward and broke his neck".
But in fact, he must be James Kickham, of Knockelly Castle, who died on Wed 2 April 1823 of a fall from his horse.
See item in Freemans Journal, Friday, April 11, 1823.
James and Ellen had issue:

  1. (dau) Kickham,
    mar --- Green.

  2. Catherine Kickham,
    or Catharine, born 1808,
    mar pre-1836 to Patrick Heffernan and had issue.
    She took over Knockelly Castle from her brothers.

  3. Michael Kickham,
    of Knockelly Castle,
    later of Ballinard (unidentified, a few possibilities),
    mar Biddy O'Brien [of Coolquill, Crohane par, Co.Tipperary],
    had issue:

    1. (dau) Kickham, mar --- Keating and had issue:
      1. Ciss Keating, no issue.
      2. Babs Keating, no issue.
      3. Tom Keating, no issue.

  4. Thomas Kickham, Tom,
    of Knockelly Castle.
    He mar --- Sheehan [of "Tansrath" (unidentified)]. No issue.
    "Mary and Thomas Kickham" are listed at Knockelly Castle in [Tithe Survey, 1833].
    Thomas is listed at Knockelly in Co.Tipperary voters 1838 and 1839. He had enough property to have a vote.

  5. Ellen Kickham,
    of Knockelly,
    born 1812,
    had children bapt 1834 to 1856,
    mar c.1832 [Cusack] to Richard Crean [born 1788 or 1790, neighbour at Knockelly] and had issue.

  6. Mary Kickham,
    name according to notes written on [Cusack tree] but see discussion below,
    mar John Hurley and had issue.

    Kickham who married Hurley:

    Kathleen Crean, daughter of Ellen Kickham above, married a James Hurley, son of John Hurley.
    [Cusack] says they were 1st cousins, that James Hurley's mother was a Kickham, sister of Ellen Kickham.
    Notes written on copy of [Cusack tree] by unknown Hurley descendant name James Hurley's father as John Hurley (which is true) and his mother as "Mary Kickham".

    However, we found the following couple in Youghal, Co.Cork, who, assuming the reading of the surname "Kickham" is right, look like James' parents.
    Youghal, Co.Cork, is quite a distance from Fethard, Co.Tipperary, but assuming the Crean tree is right that it was a 1st cousin marriage, "Nanno Kickham" must be the mother.
    The other issue is we would have two sisters as late mothers in their 40s, but that is possible.

    We think the above should be:

    Nanno Kickham,
    or Nano,
    this tree says "Honora",
    probably born post-1815,
    had children bapt 1853 to 1857,
    mar pre-1853 to John Hurley and had issue.

Knockelly Castle on 1829 to 1842 map.

"Mary and Thomas Kickham" at Knockelly Castle in Knockkelly townland in [Tithe Survey, 1833].
Mary might be Thomas' wife.
From here.

Fortwilliam House (Purcell house) on 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern satellite view and street view of W entrance.

Barton of Grove

Before they purchased Grove, Barton were seated in Co.Fermanagh.
In 1752, Barton purchased Grove House, Strike Upper townland, Coolmundry par, SE of Fethard, Co.Tipperary.
Barton purchased Knockelly Castle, NE of Fethard.
James Kickham rented Knockelly Castle from Barton.
James Kickham of Knockelly was agent to the Barton estate.

The Barton seat, Grove House, SE of Fethard, Co.Tipperary.
From 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern satellite view.



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