Pat Purcell Papers
Names: Murphy, Doyle, Kavanagh, Nail, Doran, Byrne, Barron, Nowlan & Bunbury.
From Pat Purcell Papers.
1817 / 1818.
THE Examination of Edward Murphy of Ballyellen, Farmer, who being this day Duly Sworn on the Holy Evangelists Deposeth and Saith that on the 17th April 1817 he was desired by Peter Doyle of Ballyellen, Carpenter, to collect Threatening Notice papers to the effect that persons should not rent or lease the farm of David Barron, Farmer, of Ballyellen, then out of Lease and for renewal of which lands Walter Blakney, Esquire, of Ballyellen House was Landlord, Peter Doyle expressed his desire to have the Threatening Papers attached to the Chapel Gates in the area and at the Cross Roads threatening Death to any person who would take the Lease of the aforesaid lands.
That about four days after meeting Peter Doyle, he was sought out again by Doyle who then and there gave him a Crown Sterling and desired him to go to Saint Mullins to meet with some men to bring to Ballyellen, the names of which were Thomas Kavanagh, Michael Kavanagh, Miley Kavanagh, Patrick Doran, Hugh Nail, James Byrne and James Nowlan all of the Barony of Saint Mullins, Farmers, for the intention of attacking Ballyellen House and by fire consume the property, Peter Doyle told Edward Murphy that each man would be paid a Crown Sterling and whatever Chattles and Yokes they could remove from the House and out-Buildings could be divided among themselves.
That they should approach the House at ten of the Clock after sunset at which time Walter Blakney would be in the Palour as was his custom to be so there and that Peter Doyle had a Pistol and a tin of Gunpowder which he would give to Edward Murphy with encouragement that he was to shoot the Bastard Blakney dead as he sat in the Palour and Burn the House, following which no man would then take the Lands at Ballyellen and the Lands of right belong from father to son of the Doyles for over one hundred years before taken from them by David Barron a common rascal of low order and the aforesaid Lands would be restored to the Doyles once Blakney was in the Pit of Hell.
Edward Murphy Saith that he heard out Peter Doyle in order to know his Wicked intent in order that he would Swear Information before the Magistrates in Open Court against a dangerous Lunatic and Evil man such as Peter Doyle amongst the Subjects of our most Sovereign Lord, George the Third, King and so Forth.
And Edward Murphy further Saith Naught ~
(signed) Edward Murphy.
Sworn before me this 10th Day of August 1818 (signed) Benjamin Bunbury.
Taken and Acknowledged by Benjamin Bunbury, Esquire, One of His Majesties Justices of the Peace, before the Clerk of the Peace at the Court House at Carlow Town and conveyed to Walter Blakney, Esquire, by immediate dispatch.
Just a few comments from Roger Nowlan!
In the account of events described below, Peter Doyle was offered money to fetch several Kavanaghs and a James Nowlan, all of the Barony of St. Mullins, from St. Mullins mentioned. At this point one may be tempted to assume that these men were from St. Mullins, however, in my opinion, I believe that St. Mullins was merely a point of assembly. Ballyellin (at least this part) is in the Barony of St. Mullins and I believe that the James Nowlan mentioned was also from the Ballyellin area (more specifically the Ballyellin-Tomdarragh area; essentially just south of the "Crossroads"). The Kavanaghs mentioned in the account were likely from the Borris area where they are more numerous.
Supporting my conjecture about the above-mentioned James Nowlan is the fact that during my trip to counties Carlow and Kilkenny last Fall I met with a Nolan family from the Goresbridge area which traced its ancestry in the early 1800s to the Ballyellin area.
In my own family research, one line of investigation is that my ancestor James Nowlan (who married Mary Shortall in Ballon in 1793) may have moved to the Ballyellin area after the troubles of 1798. In the mid-1700s a Rev. Michael Shortall had been parish priest in Ballon and, at his death, in the 1790s, he was buried "with his ancestors" in Ballyellin. I believe that my maternal ancestor Mary Shortall was related to this line of Shortalls from the Ballyellin-Goresbridge area and that the family decision to move to the Ballyellin area would have been be one based upon having family ties in the area.
Besides the two brothers who emigrated to New Brunswick in 1818 (Peter born circa 1796 and Edward born circa 1798), two other tentative children of the James Nowlan identified in the transcription below would have been the Thomas Nolan (c1797-1861) and James Nolan (c1800-1846) buried in the Goresbridge cemetery. Here is the transcription for their tombstone:
[RN: Based upon onsite research I know this family originally hailed from the Ballyellin area.]
The two Nowlan brothers who emigrated to New Brunswick did so around 1818.
* Thomas (presumably after the child's great-grandfather and also possibly an uncle)
* John (after the child's maternal grandfather)
* William James (after the child's grandfather namely James", also possibly an uncle and possibly after an uncle "William")
* Pierre/Peter (after the child's father)
By kind permission of Michael Purcell 2012
By kind permission of Michael Purcell 2012