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Hi,  The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers on the RCB website indicates that the Adamstown Parish records are in local custody. Does anyone know how I may access these when I am in Ireland in October?

I would like to do further research on my Kough family. Henry Kough (1857-1943), my great grandfather migrated to Queensland in 1880. His father was Charles Kough (1821-1904) and grandfather Henry Kough (abt.1795-abt 1860). The Kough family were farmers and had leases (various spellings of surname) in the New Ross and Adamstown areas. On a previous visit I found the marriages of Charles and Henry snr. in the St Mary's Church, New Ross, Parish Register but no baptisms which I think may have been at Adamstown. A family pedigree of my branch of the Kough family from the 1990s has birth dates for two of Charles' siblings but no references.

Thanks, Patricia


Sunday 18th Jun 2017, 07:37AM

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  • Patricia:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    As far as I can determine, the Anglican church in Adamstown is not active. I think I would contact the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory  to see where the Adamstown C of I records are held.

    I searched on Find My Past and was unable to locate any RC baptismal records in Adamstown for Kough children. Here is the parish register   You may want to do some manual searching.

    I'm also wondering if the name was also spelled Keogh. The 1853 Griffiths Valuation head of housheold listing for Adamstown parish shows a number of Keogh records. 

    Let me know what questions you have.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 18th Jun 2017, 02:23PM

    Hello Roger,

    Thank you for your response to my message.

    You are correct, there are many variations of spelling in the records. Using the information on birth, marriage and death registrations. I have found that Henry Kough (abt.1795-abt 1860) held leases in the townlands of Templenacroha, Ballagh, Marshmeadows, Barretts Park and Castlemoyle, the last three are in the name of his father-in-law, Charles Dodd,  in the Tithe Applotment Books.

    I have not been able to establish whether other Keough, Keogh or Kehoe in the Griffitth's Valuations etc. were related. A website mentioned that there were the true Irish Keoughs of Co. Wexford and the German Keoughs. From family knowledge, mine were the German.

    There are records of Kough families at New Ross prior to 1795 back to 1715 when Kath Kough is listed as the head of a Palatine family on the Abel Ram estate at Old Ross but I have not found Henry's background. I would appreciate any suggestions as to what records might be available.  

    Kind regards, Patricia 

    Monday 19th Jun 2017, 05:39AM
  • The Church of Ireland at Adamstown seems to have been been demolished sometime in the early 1900s, as there is no sign of the building on current maps. The graveyard is still there and at least some of the old headstones are just visible from the road (Google street view).

    The area now seem to be part of the Parish Union of Killane with churches at Killane, Killegney, Rossdroit and Templeshanbo,  the historic records for Adamstown are most likely held by one of these churches.

    The green marker on the the parish list indicates that at least some of the records for the parish were lost, and the M that there are microfilms of records available for this parish in the National Archives (Dublin), so worth checking what dates these cover. The 2nd yellow line shows that marriages from 1851 are held by the RCB Library.

    In addition to the Diocese it's worth contacting the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin as they may be able to help with the location of these records and possibly who to contact. Their website has contact details, the website also has contact details for the Parish of Killlane and a map showing the various church locations - see Killane St. Anne.


    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 22nd Jun 2017, 06:46AM
  • Shane,

    Thank you for your suggestions which I will follow in preparation for my trip in October. There is information in various sources on the Kough families of New Ross, especially those who belong to merchant branch which descends from Thomas Kough. Mine appears to have remained on the land and I think possibily descends from a different son of Kath Kough. There is a George Kough, head of Palatine family, at Old Ross in 1790.

    Your input is much appreciated. Patricia


    Saturday 24th Jun 2017, 02:44AM

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