Every county had a Petty Sessions District – the closest ones to the Aherns were in Oldcastle, County Meath and Mount Nugent, County Cavan. Justices of the Peace heard the various complaints in these courtes which covered criminal charges as well as complaints between neighbors. The clerk recorded the information in books which have survived and make for very interesting reading.
Irish Petty Sessions
In Oldcastle court was held on Mondays and the Aherns were often there – they brought charges against their neighbors – for trespassing, allowing their animals to wander and destroy the Ahern crops, assault and the ever populer “abusive and threatening language”. Charges were also brought against them – for the same reasons. They evicted their tenants, tried to get apprentices to continue working and fought with one another. Great great Aunt Kitty seems to have had a thing about breaking windows and her husband, William Knight, did not get along with his mother in law – Bridget Gibbons Ahern. He “threatened to take her life” more than once, and in 1876 spent a few days in jail. He was sent to jail on the first of November for 20 days, but before he went got drunk in Oldcastle. After his release from prison he was fined for that offense.
Court in Mount Nugent was held on Thursdays and the Aherns were represented there too, although not as frequently as at Oldcastle.
– John and James Ahern, along with several other men from Ross were involved in a riot. – 1875 a
James Somerville accused John Ahern of threatening to run a turf slane through his body.
An example of a turf slane and a man using one to cut turf.
Map of Ross showing where James Somerville and John Ahern lived. The turberry was held in common by all the families in Ross.
John and his son, John got into a few disputes.
These records can be found on Find My Past wh.ich has many Irish records
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George Ahern (on right) and one of his brothers with the family greyhound. Probably early 1900s
Dogs were popular in Ireland and they roamed free. Complaints about them were frequent – they attacked and even killed the livestock and people lived in fear of being bitten by a rabid dog. No one knew who the owners of the dogs were so, in 1865, Parliament passed a law requiring the Irish to register their dogs –
By March 31st of every year the owners had to go to the local petty sessions court to register their dogs. For the Aherns that would have been in Oldcastle. In 1866, the first year of the law, John Ahern went to Oldcastle in February to register his black mastiff. Within a few years, most people were waiting until March to register the dogs. The real rush came the last few days with several hundred people lining up to make the deadline.
In 1866, my great great grandfather, John Ahearn, was one of the first to register a dog, a black mastiff. In future years, most people waited until the end of March to register their dogs.
John Ahern registered a black mastiff.
My great grandmother, Margaret Shanley had a collie in 1912.
In this 1920s picture she’s holding a cat, but Margaret Shanley owned a collie for a few years.
Look closely and you’ll see the dog standing in front of the house (Quarry House in Ross)
Stamp that was affixed to the dog license. Different colors were used throughout the years.
This would have been given to the owner of the dog.
Patrick Whelan, who may have been my grandfather’s uncle, was fined because his dog was unlicensed. Note Anne Whelan who was fined for letting two asses run free. She may have been my great grandmother.
If you didn’t register the dog you were subject to fines.
The copy of the “Bill for regulating Keeping of Dogs and for Protection of Sheep and other Property from Dogs in Ireland” comes from http://eppi.dippam.ac.uk/documents/14740; Sessional Papers 569, Volume 1, Session 1865
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I’m taking the challenge again this year – 3rd time. For the month of February I will work on the Colbert Whelan Family History book.
I know, I know, I’ve been working on this for 7 years!! I have a complete draft, but it needs work – a lot of work. I’ve edited and revised much of the Colbert section, so for this challenge month, I will edit and revise the Whelan section. The story will start in Bansha, County Tipperary, with my grandfather’s parents, James Whelan and Honora Keating.
The real challenge will be to complete each chapter – that means I must finish the index and citations too. I will post my progress from time to time, but let’s hope that the end of the month one chapter is compete. Then I will have to set up a plan to complete the rest of the book.
These pictures were taken in 1973 by my mother. She and Aunt Angela went to Ireland and visited Bansha and Ross.
Bansha – 1973
- Bansha Roman Catholic Church – Whelans were baptized here.
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The Museum of the City of New York has a wonderful collection of photographs, maps and prints many of which are now available online.
I thought I would see if there were any pictures which showed what Harlem might have been like when our Colbert family lived there.
John Colbert arrived in the U.S in 1843 and was in Harlem by 1850 – he lived on East 119th Street, near Avenue A (now Pleasant Avenue). After his marriage he lived on 116th Street and Avenue A.
He died in 1865 and his widow, Mary Coleman Colbert, leased a lot on East 121st Street, between Avenue A and 1st Avenue. She had a one story framed house with a store, possibly the same house John had built on 116th Street. The Colberts had a horse and wagon and possibly a cow and other animals. They were milk dealers.
Did John Colbert’s horse and wagon look something like this?
This picture is in the Museum of the City of New York, but not online. I took it in 2008 at the exhibit on the 200th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of New York.
Here are some pictures I found online – you can see the animals wandering around.
Harlem squatter settlements in 1858.
The Colberts lived on 116th Street at this time. Is this what their area looked like? There were so many hogs in Harlem that the area around 125th Street was called “Pig’s Alley”
116th Street and 4th Avenue
This is the south east corner of 116th Street and 4th Avenue in 1889. Our family lived at 116th Street and Avenue A (Pleasant Avenue), about 4 blocks east of here from about 1855 to 1865.
This is the south west corner of 116th Street and 4th Avenue in 1895.
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This is for all those on the Facebook group – Ryans and Roches of Commonealine, County Tipperary.
The file is too big for Facebook. Click on the picture and you will see the chart and then zoom in. I only include information to my parents’ generation, because of privacy.
Descendants of Michael Roche and Mary Wallace
This may not be up to date, it’s the one I posted when I started the blog:
Family Group Sheet Ryan Roche
Check out the other posts in this blog – I have other information on the Ryans and the Roches.
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It’s been a long time since my last post. Beacon is celebrating its 100th birthday and I am on the centennial committee. For the last two weeks I’ve been working with other volunteers from the Beacon Historical Society setting up our Centennial Exhibit.
I do check records from time to time and this weekend Irish Origins had a free look at Irish directories. I figured I would take a look – again. You never know if something new has been added.
As usual, I put in the family names, Ahern, Colbert, Keating, Whelan. Luckily the site checks for variations of the name. This is what I saw for Whelan – could one of these be a relative?
Search results for James Whelan in Irish Origins. Click to see larger view.
I checked the first one and had success.
James Whalan, Bansha The * means that he was a grocer, not a spirit dealer.
My grandfather’s father was James Whelan and he had a shop in the village of Bansha in County Tipperary. The family lived in an apartment above the store. I don’t know exactly what he sold, whether he had a general grocery store or if he just sold one type of food product, but now I know that he did not sell spirits.
The funny thing is that my grandfather told his children that the store had a sign over it that said “Whelan”, but his brother Tom Phelan said the sign was “Phelan”. Phelan and Whelan were interchangeable in Ireland and my family used both names. When they came to the U. S. most of them chose Phelan, my grandfather was the only one who used Whelan. As my mother would say, it was pronounced “Wheeeeeelan”.
James Whelan died on January 31, 1881, so it’s just luck that he is in this directory. The information for the directory was probably collected before 1881.
As it turns out, these directories are also on FindmyPast.com. I have a subscription to that. I find the results easier to read, but I found it easier to search on Irish Origins. One more reason to check multiple sites, but not a good enough reason to sign up for yet anther genealogy subscription.
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Merry Christmas 2012
Bessie Shanley O’Hara and Annie Shanley Whelan
Colbert Christmas tree – 1939 at 525 West 182nd Street.
Grandma and Grandpa’s tree
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