Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

My ancestors - O'Sullivan - Contents

Jeremiah Ring

Telegraph station, S of Knight's Town, Valentia Island, Co.Kerry.
From 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern street view.

Jeremiah Ring,
born 14 Jan 1856.
He went to work for the telegraph station at Valentia Island, Co.Kerry.
The transatlantic telegraph cable came out of the sea at Foilhomurrum, W end of Valentia Island. The telegraph station was at the E end of the island, near Knight's Town (or Knightstown).
At mar 1881 Jeremiah is listed as "telegraphist", living Knight's Town, Valentia.

He mar 20 Oct 1881, Valentia RC church, to Sarah Cremin [of Valentia, born 7 Jan 1863].
She was dau of Daniel Cremin, shopkeeper. At mar she is shopkeeper, living Knight's Town, Valentia.
See mar cert from here.

He is listed at children's baptisms 1882-83 as of "Revenue" (must be his employer).
Lived Valentia Island, Co.Kerry.
Listed at children's baptisms 1886-94 as of Knight's Town, Valentia Island.
Listed at children's baptisms 1896-97 as of "Telegraph Station".

Later in life they lived with son George at Ballyroan House, Rathfarnham, Co.Dublin.
Jeremiah is listed at death as "cable operator (retired)".
He died at Ballyroan House, Rathfarnham, 5 Feb 1940, age 84 yrs.
See death cert from here.
Sarah fl 1940, living Ballyroan House.
They had issue:

  1. Timothy Ring,
    Tim, born 21 September 1882, would be after grandfather,
    bapt 23 September 1882 [Valentia RC par records], sp John McCarthy and Mary Cremin.

  2. Mary Ring,
    born 14 Oct 1883, bapt 19 Oct 1883 [Valentia RC par records], sp Denis Ring and Jane Cremin.

  3. Daniel Ring,
    born 24 Dec 1884, baptism not found,
    died in infancy.

  4. Eugene Ring,
    born 20 March 1886, bapt 24 March 1886 [Valentia RC par records], sp Timothy Cremin and Ellen O'Sullivan.

  5. Catherine Ring,
    Kathleen, born 13 July 1887, would be after grandmother,
    bapt 17 July 1887 [Valentia RC par records], sp Michael Cremin and Catherine Scaiffe.

  6. Fr. John Ring,
    of Valentia,
    John Dillon Ring, born 18 Sept 1888,
    WWI Draft Registration Card says he was born Valentia Island, 18 Sept 1888,
    bapt 22 September 1888 [Valentia RC par records], sp Patrick Cremin and Elizabeth Smith.
    He successfully claimed the O'Sullivan Bourse in 1912 (age 24) to be educated at the University of Louvain. See [De Rís, 1997].
    This is despite the fact it was a totally new university.
    He did go to Louvain. Though strangely, within a year he emigrated to the U.S., in 1913.
    Emigration record says John D. Ring, Irish, age 24. Last Place of Residence: Louvain, Belgium.
    He left Southampton on the "Majestic". Arrived in US on August 28, 1913.
    He was a priest in Illinois.
    He died 1966, age 78 yrs.

  7. Dion Ring,
    born 7 May 1890, bapt "Denis", 10 May 1890 [Valentia RC par records], sp Denis O'Sullivan and Mary O'Sullivan.

  8. Jerome Ring,
    born 20 September 1891,
    bapt 26 September 1891 [Valentia RC par records], sp Thomas Smyth and Eleanor Ring,
    died in infancy.

  9. Patrick Ring,
    NOT John, born 4 December 1894,
    bapt 8 December 1894 [Valentia RC par records], sp Timothy Ring and Honora Smith,
    died in infancy.

  10. George Ring,
    born 11 April 1896, bapt 18 April 1896 [Valentia RC par records], sp Timothy O'Sullivan and Margaret Smith.
    Lived in Dublin. Parents came to live with him.
    "George Kevin Ring" is listed at Ballyroan House, Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, Co.Dublin, in [Thom's, 1939, p.1989].

  11. Sarah Ring,
    Sally, born 11 September 1897, NOT 1898,
    bapt 22 September 1897 [Valentia RC par records], sp Gerald Smith and Mary Ring.

  12. Nora Ring,
    born 1 Feb 1902.

  13. Jane Ring,
    born 7 Jan 1905,
    died Chicago, 1994, age 89 yrs.

Ballyroan House, Ballyboden, SW of Rathfarnham, Co.Dublin, on 1887 to 1913 map.

Ballyroan House today.
2021 screenshot. From Google 3D view. View from the N side.

Fr. John Ring

Fr. John Ring with his mother Sarah Cremin (born 1863) and his sister Sarah.
From Maryl McKinley Hook.

Fr. John Ring.
See larger. From Maryl McKinley Hook.

The 1916 Rising cable

At the start of the 1916 rising, brothers Tim and Eugene Ring and their cousin Rosalie Rice co-operated to send a secret telegraph cable to the USA to tell Irish American leaders the Rising was on.

From 2016 display at Kerry County Museum.
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See wide shot.

The secret cable.
From 2016 display at Kerry County Museum.
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