Richard McEllistrem (standard spelling),
ran a big business on
Main St, Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
and general store.
"Richard McElistrem" is listed in [Tithe Survey, 1824] with 11 acres at Ballymacasy townland (Ballylongford), Aghavallen par.
He was supposed to have run post office at Ballylongford.
Though "Scanlan" is listed as postmaster at Ballylongford in 1825-26 and 1826-27.
This may be confusion with his grandson Mark McEllistrem who was postmaster.
He did not approve of dau Margaret marrying Rahilly in probably 1836.
All the business (including ultimately the post office) went with Margaret to Rahilly's shop.
Mary was alive in the 1840s, when her grandson
Richard Rahilly (bapt 1839)
Mary Barrett (bapt 1835) wrote to The O'Rahilly in [P102/207(29)], and said his father Richard knew his grandmother Mary: "Big Mamma your father used call her".
Mary might be "Mrs. McEllistrim" who is listed as one of the principal farmers in Ballylongford in 1861 ["Memory Lane", The Shannonside Journal, 1994, p.121].
Richard and Mary had issue:
Close-up of grave, showing spelling "Mac Ellestrem".
Photo 2006. See full size.
Extract from The O'Rahilly's research in 1900 [P102/208(81)].
This says Richard's tomb was built by his brother-in-law Michael Joseph Rahilly.
See full size.
The story in the modern McEllistrem family is that McEllistrem built the tomb.
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