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My great great grandfather James Briody came to England and married Martha Pittam in Northampton in 1854. His father Connor Briody was described as a farmer on their marriage certificate. Census records indicate that James was born c1834 in Oldcastle, County Meath although oral history has it that he came from Castletown. He died in Northampton on 18 December 1911. Since Oldcastle Poor Law Union covered both Meath and Cavan, I have been searching for Connor Briody in both counties. Connor and Con are short forms of the name Cornelius.

Apparently, James was for some reason paid by his family to stay in England and received money from them for many years, provided he didn't return to Ireland. I have also been told that the family had something to do with flax.

Oral history also indicates that he had a brother who was a Catholic Priest in Ireland and that he rose up in the ranks to become a Canon.  

One possible Connor Briody is listed in the 1821 Cavan Census as Conner Brody of Aghnahederny. Subsequent Information gathered from Griffiths Valuation, Petty Sessions and Dog Licence records shows that the family's surname was in fact Briody.

1)1821 Census Residents of a house 20 in Aghnahederny (Kilbride, Cavan)
Brody Conner 40 Farmer 
Brody Cathrine 40 Wife 
Brody John 12 Son (married Margaret Flynn)
Brody Michael 9 Son (married Bridget Fitzsimmons)
Brody Judith 7 Daughter 
Brody Winny 5 Daughter
Brody Anne 1 Daughter

2) A Conor Briody with wife Bridget Curn had a Peter baptised 2 July 1838 at Kilbride, Mountnugent. 

3) Also a Connor Briody with wife Christine Monaghan  had a Catherine baptised 13 October 1839 also at Kilbride, Mountnugent. Catherine Briody married John Fitzpatrick and had children in Kilnaleck.

4)In 1854 Catherine Briody is a tenant in Aghnahderna.

5) in 1857 Griffiths for Aghnahederny has Mary Briody, Catherine Briody, John Briody, (John has landlord Catherine)

6)On 26 Jul 1861 Michael Briody of Aughnahederny was a defendant.

7) A Bridget Briody of Aughnahetherna with father Connor Briody, a farmer, married John Meretty/Merity in 1864 at RC Chapel in Mount Nugent, Ballyjamesduff, OLdcastle, Cavan. They had a son in 1865 in Kilnaleck before she died the same year and John went on to remarry. 

8)On 27 Oct 1865 and 24 Nov 1865 Michael Briody of Aughnahederny was complainant against Henry Heany

9)On 29 Dec 1865 complainants Catherine Briody, John Briody and defendant Henry Heany all of Aughnahederny 

10)John Briody dies in 1868. He was a married farmer aged 55 of Aghnahetherna. He died of cancer of stomach 15 weeks. The informant was Margaret Briody of Aghnahetherna in attendance during last illness.

11)On 2 and 30 Jun 1871 Michael Briody was complainant and Margaret Briody was defendant for trespass on complainant's enclosed grass 3 times. Adjourned for witnesses. Margaret Briody is widow of John Briody.

12)1871 Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers for Cavan show Connor Briody of Aghnahederny complaining against Michael Briody of Aghnahederny at Kilnaleck Court re debt. This could be Cornelius Briody 1850-1923. He was a farmer and the only known son of John Briody and Margaret Flynn.

13) 29 Mar 1875 Dog Licence Connor Briody Aughnahederny  
14)31 Mar 1876 Dog Licence Cornelius Briody  Aughnahederny  

15) 1878 Irish Petty Sessions have a complainant Cornelius Briody of Aughnahederny for refusal to pay wages earned at Aughnahederny.

16)On 27 Feb 1880 Michael Briody of Aughnahederny was a defendant.

17)1884 Irish Petty Sessions have a complainant Con Briody of Aughnahederny.

18)1885 Bridget Briody of Aughnahederny was fined six pence and costs and to take out licence for having an unlicensed dog in her possession on 12 May 1885 at Aughnahederny. Bridget was the widow of Michael Briody.

I also have a Dna match with a descendant of a Catherine Briody (born c1848 died 6 Mar 1923 Oldcastle) who married James Kellett (born 1850 died 17 Nov 1812 Oldcastle) on 4 Jul 1869 in Kilbride and Killeagh, County Meath. Interestingly, they had a son named Cornelius.

Are there any Briodys still living in / near Aghnahederny? I would be very interested to be put in touch with any descendants of this family or to hear from anyone who knows more about them. Are there any surviving local school records? Which are the local graveyards and are there any Briody headstones in them or any burial records?




Tuesday 17th Jan 2017, 07:51PM

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  • Sheila:

    Welcome to ireland Reaching Out!

    Maybe others will comment. The online Irish phone book  has a number of Briody listings in the Crosserlough/Kilnaleck area which is not far from Kilbride. Make sure you use the Residential TAB.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 17th Jan 2017, 08:49PM
  • Thankyou Roger.


    Wednesday 18th Jan 2017, 03:13PM

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