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Peter O'Mara



"Peter Meara" listed in [Tithe Survey, 1826] as holding 1 acre at Abbey or Inishlounaght townland, just W of Clonmel.
From here. Copy here.


  
Peter O'Mara,
or Peter Meara.
Farmer on W side of Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.
John and Andrew and James all had sons called Peter, after the grandfather.

Spelling: The family story is that the family name was once spelled "O'Meara" and changed to "O'Mara".
This seems likely. Peter is written "Peter Meara" in [Tithe Survey, 1826] and at bapt of children 1817. He is "Peter Mara" at bapt of child 1826.
Later, his wife is "O'Mara" on her grave and in burial record.
The story was that it was James who changed the name.
This seems false. John and Andrew and their families use "O'Mara" in almost all records. Though Andrew is "Andrew Meara" at mar.
If it did change to "O'Mara" it changed earlier than James.
Because Peter's wife has "O'Mara" on her grave, we will give him that spelling. But he may have started out as "O'Meara" or "Meara".
We will name family members "O'Mara" unless evidence emerges otherwise.

Peter married pre-1817 to Margaret Casey [born 1785, or possibly 1779].
Her family was from Clogheen, near Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.

Peter and Margaret's sons were baptised in Clonmel town in 1817.
Peter is described as "farmer" at his son John's marriage.
He would be "Peter Meara" who is listed in [Tithe Survey, 1826] as holding a tiny plot of 1 acre at Abbey or Inishlounaght townland, Inishlounaght par, just W of Clonmel. This is close enough to town that children would still be baptised in town even if they lived here.
Child baptised in Clonmel town in 1826.
Andrew moved to Limerick city by 1837.
James moved to Limerick city by 1839.
John moved to England by 1842.

Margaret dies in Limerick, 1863:
Margaret's burial record says that at her death in 1863 she was living Roches St, Limerick, She would be living with her son James, with other son Andrew nearby.
She died 23 Sept 1863, age 78 yrs [grave] or (less likely) age 84 [burial record].
She was bur 24 Sept 1863 [burial record] in Lynch / O'Mara grave at Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
Grave erected by "James O'Mara", father of Bridget Cusack (died 1870), "in memory of his mother".
She is spelt "Margaret O'Mara" on grave and in burial record.
Peter and Margaret had issue:


  1. Francis O'Mara.
    Letter of maybe Dec 1869 by Martin O'Mara asks: "do you know Uncle Frank's address"


  2. Michael O'Mara.
    "Michael O'Mara" sp the bapt of Andrew's child in Limerick in 1838.


  3. Patrick O'Mara.
    According to one version of O'Mara family tree.


  4. John O'Mara,
    twin with Andrew,
    born Jan 1817, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary,
    bapt 8 Jan 1817, St. Mary's, Clonmel, sp William Casey and Mary Dunn.
    His family always used spelling "O'Mara".
    He went to Liverpool.


  5. Andrew O'Mara,
    Written as "Andy" at some of children's baptisms, and also in [PAT/1, p.5],
    twin with John,
    born Jan 1817, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary [grave],
    bapt 8 Jan 1817, St. Mary's, Clonmel, sp Stephen Banks and Bridget Kennedy.
    [Goodspeed, 1889] says he was from Co.Tipperary.
    His family almost always used spelling "O'Mara".
    He went first to Limerick city and later emigrated to Canada.


  6. James O'Mara,
    born 1817 [according to age on grave and in obituary and death cert].
    His family always used spelling "O'Mara".
    He moved to Limerick city.
    Founded the Limerick bacon factory.
    High Sheriff of Limerick city.


  7. (dau) O'Mara.
    She mar --- Kelly.
    They lived in Liverpool (where her brother John went).
    Is it possible this is confusion with John's dau Mary O'Mara who mar in 1872 to James Keely?
    They had issue:

    1. (dau) Kelly,
      mar --- Murray,
      lived Liverpool,
      had issue:

      1. (son) Murray.
        When Fr. Paddy O'Mara was in France in WWI, he had a batman named Murray who claimed to be his cousin and who came from Liverpool.

      2. (other issue) Murray,
        lived Liverpool.


  8. ---- O'Mara,
    name illegible on baptism,
    bapt 17 July 1826, St. Mary's RC church, Clonmel.




Abbey or Inishlounaght townland, just W of Clonmel, on 1829 to 1842 map.



Baptism of twins John and Andrew O'Mara, 8 Jan 1817, St. Mary's RC church, Clonmel.
We think this is some form of "Joannes" and "Andreas", "filii Petri Meara" ("sons of Peter Meara").
Note four sponsors (twins).
From here.



Baptism of illegible child of "Peter Mara" and Margaret Casey, 17 July 1826, St. Mary's RC church, Clonmel.
From here.



The old St. Mary's RC church, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.
Where the O'Mara children were baptised.
From 1829 to 1842 map.
The old RC church was replaced with a new RC church built in 1850 on the same site.
See modern street view.



"Margaret O'Mara" (died Sept 1863) is spelt "O'Mara" in burial register for Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.



Grave of Margaret O'Mara (nee Casey, died 1863).
She is buried in Lynch / Spain / O'Mara grave. Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, Limerick.
Photo 2009. See full size.
Margaret O'Mara is grave on LHS. Her inscription is RHS of that gravestone.
See close-up. See other shot.



Close-up of grave of "Margaret O'Mara" shows her with that spelling.
Photo 2009. See larger and full size.


  

The Queen's Life Guard story

Patricia Lavelle in [PAT/1, p.5] says that one of the brothers (she thinks Andrew) joined the Queen's Life Guard in London.
Also called the Queen's Guard, a "lifeguardsman", guard of the Royal residences. He was in Queen Victoria's bodyguard.
He was said to have fallen out with his brother James (an active Home Ruler) over Irish politics.

But this biography does not fit Andrew, who lived in Limerick, and later went to North America, and stayed in contact with James' family.
Maybe this is Frank or another brother.

  

Patricia Lavelle in [PAT/1, p.5] says that Andrew joined the Queen's Life Guard and lost contact with his brothers.
Since Andrew clearly did not lose contact, maybe this is Frank or another brother.




Clonmel parish records

The online microfilm for St. Mary's RC church, Clonmel, for this period is largely illegible.
The other O'Mara baptisms may be hidden in the illegible entries.
(todo) See original paper register.

This may be another child:

  


Cousin Nora, Loreto Convent, Wexford

  

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