Borrisokane Torpey & Kilkeary Baptisms Co Tipperary1821-1881

Borrisokane Catholic Parish map Co Tipperary Ireland

My gr gr grandfather’s first child, Maria, was born in Sopwell Co Tipperary in 1852. His wife was Ann Kilkeary. So I have included any Kilkeary Baptism records that may be relevant.

7 Nov 1821, Bridget of Roger Kilcary & Cath Nolan, Sopwell sp: Tim Brennan & Cath Tynan

15 Nov 1823, Ann of Roger Kilkery & Cath Nolan, Sopwell, sp: John Gleeson & Ellen Kilkeary

11 May 1825, Sara of Patrick Toohy & Mary Connor? sp; Darby Darcy & Cath Torpey, Ballyspelin?

25 Jul 1825, Edward of Tim Brennan & Margaret Ryder Sopwell, sp: James Brennan & ? Meara. Daniel Torpey my grgrgrandfather’s mother was a Mary Ryder. Perhaps Margaret Ryder was his aunt??

12 Oct 1825, Mary of Roger Kilkeary & Cath Nolan Sopwell, sp: William White & Ellen ??

11 Oct 1827, William of Roger Kilcary & Cath Nolan, Sopwell sp: John Mulchahy & Mary Liffy

23 Dec 1827, Sara of John Rider & Eliza Griffen?

14 Jan 1828, Judith of William Cahil & Mary Torpy, Ballalina? sp: William Cahil & Cath Torpey

17 Jun 1828, Thady of Tim Brennan & Margaret Ryder, Sopwell sp: Frank Cleary & ? Ryan

May 1829, John of ? Corrigan & Ann Fogarty Sopwell, sp: John Torpy & Ellin Mahon

11 Jan 1830, Winifred of James Torphy & Honor Coglan, Feigh, sp: John Egan & Biddy Darcy

9 Feb 1830, Pat of Tim Brennan & Peggy Ryder, Sopwell, sp: James Ryder & Mary Scully

21 Feb 1833, Ellen of Roger Kilkeary & Cath Nolan, Sopwell, sp: James Liffey & Peggy Brennan

2 Jan 1834, Michael of Tim Brennan & Margaret Ryder, Sopwell, sp: Morgan Feean & Mary Thorpe. Sometimes Torpy is spelt Thorpe.

2  Aug 1834, Cath of William Cahill & Mary Thorpe, Bathylynn?? sp: Pat Thorpe & Anne Kelly

Oct? 1835, ? of Tim Brennan & Mary Thorpe sp: Roger Kilkeary? & Judy Thorpe

22 Jan 1835, Mary of William Cahill & Mary Thorpe, Ballylyna, sp: Michael Thorpe & Mary Healy

29 Oct 1837, Michael of William Cahill & Mary Torpy, Ballylina, sp: Mary Mannion

31 Oct 1837, Bridget of Tim Brennan & Peggy Ryder

23 Sept 1838, John of Tim Brennan & Peggy Ryder, Sopwell

21 Sept 1839, John? of William Cahill & Mary Torpy sp: John Kelly & ? Cahill

Jun 1841, Sarah of William Cahil & Mary Torpy, Ballalina, sp:Daniel Cahil

30 Apr 1842, Jane of Patt Torpy & Esther Pye sp: Michael Kinshaw & Mary Kennedy

5 Jul 1843, Anne of William Cahile & Mary Torpy, sp: Dan & Elle Cleary

26 Oct 1844, Frances of Pat Torpy & Esther Pyne sp: Andy Dooley & Hony Heffernan

15 Feb 1845, Daniel of William Cahil & Mary Torpy sp: Patrick Cleary & Mary Cleary

*21 Aug 1852, Maria of Daniel Torpey & Anne Kilkeary, Sopwell, sp: John Fenane & Mary White, Behamore

23 Apr 1858, Mary of William Griffin & Bridget Kilkeary, Sopwell sp: Patt Cleary and Mary Arnell?

21 Apr 1860, Thomas of William Griffon & Bridget Kilkeary, Sopwell, sp: Michael Colman & Biddy Kilkeary.

*7 Apr 1862, James of William Cavanagh (Protestant) & Margaret Torpey, Ballingarry, sp: Ellen Brennan & Michael Donagh?

14 Mar 1864, Edward of William Grffin & Bridget Kilkeary sp: Thomas Henlon & Catherine Kilkeary

23 Jun 1866, Daniel of William Griffin & Bridget Kilkeary sp: John Clear & Eliza Hough

19 Aug 1869, Mary of John Bergen & Bridget Gleeson sp: James Fanning from Roscrea & Jane Talbot.

 

Borrisokane Torpey Marriage Records 1821-1883, Co Tipperary, Ireland

The National Library of Ireland’s online marriage records for Borrisokane Parish are from 30 Jul 1821 to 28 Nov 1835, 21 Jan 1836-21 Jan 1844 and 2 Oct 1844 to 5 Feb 1883. This parish is also called Uskane or Uskean Parish. Up until about 1838 the records are in a very bad state, pages damaged and many entries totally illegible.

Rootsireland has marriage records for this parish from 1821-1911.

Civil marriage records are online free at irishgenealogy.ie and start from records over 75 years.

The Borrisokane Parish marriage records from 1821-1844, on the National Library of Ireland site, are damaged and unfortunately too hard to decipher.

17 Nov 1844, John Clear & Mary Ryder, wit: Thomas Hoctor & Judy Torpey

4 Sept 1849, Pat Torpy & Mary Dunn, wit: Peter Griffen

1 Oct 1855, James Madden & Bridget Dean wit: Joe Torpy & Mary Cork?

9 Feb 1860, Thomas McCormack & Margaret Brennan wit: Thomas Kelly & Honora Torpy

Shinrone Parish, Torpey Baptisms Co Tipperary & Co Offaly(Kings Co), 1842-1880

Shinrone Catholic Parish Map, Co Tipperary & Co Offaly (Kings Co)

Shinrone Parish is also called Ballingarry Parish.

3 Apr 1842, John of Wm Summon & Mary Mahon, Lissadona sp: Daniel Fogarty & Mary Torpy

21 Jan 1844, William of William & Mary White, Lisadona sp: ? Ryan & Judy Torpey

5 Jul 1844, Ann of John Torpey & Ann Clear, Lisadona sp: Mary Murphy

14 Jul 1844, Mary Ann of Michael Flynn & Biddy Fitzpatrick, Lisadona sp: Patt & Onney Torpy

5 Nov 1848, Mary of Antony Carroll & Judy Torpy, Toura sp: William Carroll & Rachel Torpey

10 Jun 1858, Julia of John Kelly & Maria Torpey, Lisadona sp: Thomas Dwyer & Honora Torpey

20 Oct 1860, MaryAnne of William Cavanagh & Margaret Torpey, Ballingarry, sp: Teady Brennan & Anne Brennan

29 Apr 1862, David of Pat Quin & Margaret Cleery, Lisadona sp: Will Cleary & Ony Torpey

15 Apr 1860, Anne of Will Burke & Anne Floyd sp: Daniel Crane & Mary Torpey

22 Feb 1866, Daniel of Michael Torpey & Mary Crane, Lisadona, sp: Henry & Kate Crane

12 Sept 1867, Patrick of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, sp: Daniel & Anne Crane, Lisadona

20 Jan 1869, Catherine of Michael Carroll & Mary Kennedy Lisdonagh sp: Michael & Mary Torpy

8 May 1869, MaryAnne of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, Lisdonagh, sp: Pat Kennedy & Eliza Crane

11 Dec 1870, John of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, Lisdongh, sp: John Quin & Ellen Crane

3 May 1873, Johanna of Michael Torpy & Mary Crane, Lisdonagh sop: Michael and Mary Carroll

7 Mar 1875, Michael of Michael Torpey & Mary Crean, Lisdonagh sp James and Kate Hoare?

5 Dec 1878, Catherine of Henry & Ann Crean nee Kennedy, Cloughmoyle, sp: Daniel Torpey & Bridget Nugent

 

Shinrone Parish Torpey Marriage Records 1842-1876

 

Shinrone Catholic Parish Map, mostly in Offaly (Kings) Co but some in Co Tipperary.

 

Unfortunately pre 1842  Shinrone Parish records have been lost. Shinrone Parish is sometimes referred to as Ballingarry Parish.

I came across lots of Kilkeary marriages in this parish but only a few Torpey records and no Fanning marriages.

15 Feb 1843, William White and Mary Torpey, Lisadona wit: Michael Lamb & Kate Carroll

25 Feb 1865, Michael Torpy and Mary Crane, Towra wit: Daniel Crane & Kate Crane

27 Jul 1865, Edward Gleeson & Honora Torpey, Lisadona, wit: Patrick Toohey & Mary Smyth

Torpey Family History, Lissadonna Co Tipperary to Collingwood Victoria Australia

My maternal grandmother told me we had Irish, English and Scottish ancestors. The Torpeys, the O’Regans and the McSweeneys were Irish, the Knightons were English and the Cooks were Scottish.

On my father’s side I always knew that his ggrandfather, William Patrick Fanning, Big Bill, came out to Australia on the Enmore in 1841 and eventually settled at Bulla north of Melbourne. I was lucky enough to know that he came from Thurles in North Tipperary. The Fannings rented land and were relatively well off, so have been easier to track than the other branches of my family. They were mostly farmers but some were shopkeepers and publicans. This has meant I have been able to find them in directories and other documents.

I knew that Daniel Torpey came from Kings county, his wife from Queens county, and their first child, Maria, was born in Sopwell Co Tipperary.  Maria was baptised on 29 August 1852 in Borrisokane parish.

As with most Irish surnames they were spelt phonetically and in different ways. The most common spelling is Torpey and Torpy. But I have come across Torpie, Turpey, Tarpey, Tarpy, Thorpe, Torphy, Turphey and Torphey. It just depended on how the person writing the record thought the surname should be spelt. Kilkeary was also spelt in a variety of ways from Kilkeary to Kilcary to Kilkerry to Killcary.

I have recently done some searching for Kilkeary records. In the Tithe Applotment books there was a Roger Kilkeary in Sopwell townland about 1824.

In Griffiths Valuations all the Kilkearys were in one area of Ireland in North Tipperary, up in the northern most area around Borrisokane. However in the townland of Sopwell there were no Kilkearys or Torpeys in 1851. However there were lots of Torpeys in Tipperary and surrounding counties.

Sopwell Hall Co Tipperary
Sopwell Hall Co Tipperary

I think it is more than likely that Sopwell was where Ann Kilkeary was born and raised. I did come across a baptismal record for an Anne Kilkeary born Sopwell, Borrisokane, 15 Nov 1823. Mother was Catherine Nolan but the father was Roger Kilkeary. On Ann’s death certificate her father was listed as John but this could easily have been a mistake although none of her sons was named Roger but one son was named John.

Torpey Coat of Arms
Torpey Coat of Arms

I have also read that the Torpeys were actually of older Irish stock than the Anglo-Norman Fanning family.

The name Torpey is an Anglecized form of the Gaelic O Tarpaigh. Tarpey and O’Tarpey, O’Torpey are all variations on the surname. They held a family seat in Cork and are said to be descended from the ancient tribe of Erainn stock. The O’Tarpeys were also associated with Sligo Co.

I also did an Ancestry DNA test and a match came up for me for a Margaret Cavanagh nee Torpey. This has led me to find the home and townland, Lissadonna, in Co Tipperary, that Daniel Torpey my gggrandfather came from!! Unfortunately the baptismal records for Daniel and his siblings were in the Parish records for Shinrone Parish. All church records earlier than 1843 have been lost or destroyed.

In the Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837 a Daniel and a Michael Torpy are separately listed as living in the townland of Carrig Lisadona & Boston, in the Parish of Ballingarry in Co Tipperary. They are listed in 1831 and 1834. In 1834 Daniel has three acres of second class land and three acres of third class. Michael has a little over one acre of second class land. A Patrick Kilkeary is also listed in this townland.

In the 1841 Census Dan Torpy is living in the townland of Lissadonna in Ballingarry Parish Co Tipperary. In the Valuation Office Books, 1831-1856 Daniel Torpy is living in Lissadonna in 1846 and 1848. Daniel Torphy appears in Griffiths Valuation records about 1852 in Lissadonna. He has a house, offices and 17 acres of land.

Lissadonna Lot 5 Daniel Torpeys 17 acres Griffiths Valuation about 1851

Michael Torpey does not appear again and may have been Daniel’s father deceased or brother.

 

Daniel Torpey’s holding at Lisadonna in 22 Jun 1846 in the Valuation Office Books

 

Lissadonna in the  April 1848 Vauation Office Book

 

I pick up the trail of the Lissadonna Torpeys in the 1901 Census. Michael and Mary Torpey are at House 2 in Lissadonna. There gransson Richard Liffey is with them. Michael was my ancestor’s brother. In 1901 Census the children of Michael are listed as living at house 1 in Clucka North in King’s Co. John, MaryAnne, Johanna, Michael, Henry, William and Elizabeth Torpy are all listed.

The 1911 Census records show that the parents, Michael and  moved from Lissadonna to the Clucka North property. In the 1911 Census Michael and his wife Mary and Henry and William their sons were living in House 1 Clucka North Kings Co. John Torpey and his wife moved to Lissadonna and were living there in 1911 with their two children: Maureen and Michael and nephew Joseph Liffey.

The first related Torpey to come out to Australia was Daniel Torpey.  He was born around 1830.  I recently came across their emigration record. Daniel and Anne and their baby Maria arrived at Geelong in Victoria on 17 Jan 1854 aboard The Prince Alfred. There was also a Mary Ryder on board who might have been a cousin to Daniel.

His father was also Daniel Torpey, a farmer at Lissadonna Co Tipperary and his mother was Mary Rider.

I recently came across a Baptism record for his brother, Patrick Torpey. He was baptised in Dunkerrin Parish, Kings County (Co Offaly), on 28 Mar 1830. His godparents were Michael Torpey and Honor Cleary.

Daniel Torpey, my grgrgrandfather, was 59 when he died of hepatitis in Melbourne Australia. He was married to Anne Kilkeary in Ireland about 1850. She came from the next county, Queens Co, now Laois.

Anne and Daniel had seven children. Their first child, Maria, was born in August 1852 in Co Tipperary Ireland in the parish of Borrisokane.

Maria Torpey born Sopwell near Borrisokane Map
The area where Maria Torpey was born in 1852 in the Parish of Borrisokane Co Tipperary Ireland. A = Sopwell, their address on Maria’s Baptism record in 29 Aug 1852.

I had difficulty finding Maria’s birth/baptism record as her father’s name was written as Turpey!

Maria Torpey Baptism 1852
Baptism record of Maria Torpey 1852 Parish of Borrisokane Co Tipperary Ireland

Their second child, Patrick, was born in 1855 in Hawthorn Victoria Australia. So they immigrated between 1852 and 1855 and may have come from an area on the border of all three counties.

Anne and Daniel Torpey had seven children: Maria 1852-1873, Patrick 1855-1858, Katherine 1858-1930, Daniel 1861-1924, Margaret , my great grandmother, 1863-1896, John 1865-1931 and Annie 1868-1950. On his daughter Katherine’s marriage certificate his occupation is given as cab proprietor.

Daniel Torpey Death Certificate 1889 cr
Death Certificate for Daniel Torpey 1889
Anne Torpey nee Kilkeary Death Notice Argus 7 Nov 1907
Death notice for Anne Torpey The Argus 7 Nov 1907

Anne Kilkeary Death Certificate 1907CR

Death Certificate for Anne Torpey nee Kilkeary 1907

Maria Torpey 1871
Maria Torpey 1871
Hokitika in the 1860s
Ships at Hokitika during the gold rush 1860s

 

Torpey Marriage W Coast Times _0002

Marriage notice for the wedding of Maria Torpey and Llewellyn Trask

Hokitika Township in the 1870s
Hokitika Township New Zealand in the 1870s

Maria married Llewellyn Trask on the 9th of July in 1872 in Hokitika New Zealand. She was 21 and Llewellyn 22. Llewellyn was from Merriott Somerset Shire in England. He and his family had emigrated to new Zealand.

Rev Dean Martin
Rev Dean Martin who married Maria and Llewellyn.

I have always found it strange that Maria should be married in New Zealand or what she was doing there.

Hokitika experienced a gold rush in the 1860s. The population of 1,000 had swelled to over 50,000 by 1866. Many of the prospectors came from Melbourne and it was described as a “suburb of Melbourne”.

She was also not married in St Mary’s Catholic church in Hokatika but in the home of Thomas Tully, a butcher and his wife Bridget, in Fitzherbert St Hokitika. They were married by Father A Martin, the Catholic Parish Priest.

Birth Certificate Llewellyn Charles Trask born 1873_NEW
Birth Record of Llewellyn Charles Trask born June 2, 1873 Collingwood Victoria Australia

 

Maria Trask nee Torpey died nine days after giving birth. She is buried in the Torpey family grave in Melbourne Cemetery Victoria Australia.

Mary Trask nee Torpey Death 1873cr
Death Certificate of Maria Trask nee Torpey

Her child was reared by the Torpey family.  Llewellyn Trask went to Cleveland Ohio where he settled and remarried on Feb 4, 1876.  There do not appear to have been any children from this marriage. Annie was the daughter of Francis Norton and Christiana Lawrence and was born in Merriott in Somerset shire England in 1856.

Annie and Llewellyn came over to Australia in 1887 and Llewellyn junior went back with them and lived and worked as a butcher until his father’s death. He then  came back to Victoria and settled.

Llewellyn died on 3 September 1890, aged 39, from congestion of the lungs, which seems to have been after an operation. His death was reported in the New Zealand paper The Colonist on Nov 7 1890.

Llewellyn Trask Death Notice NZ_0003
Llewellyn Trask Death Notice The Colonist New Zealand

He lived at 1428 Pearl St Cleveland where he worked as a butcher. He is buried in the Riverside Cemetery.

Francis Trask
Francis Trask

His brother Francis was Mayor of Nelsen on the south island of New Zealand.

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Grave plan for Llewellyn Trask and the Norton family in Cleveland Ohio USA

Llewellyn Trask junior married Catherine Miller  (1875-1954). Their children were  Llewellyn Trask born 1901, Francis Reuben born 1904 and Veronica born 1906. Llewellyn Charles born 1873 died in 1942 aged about 69. He is buried in Fawkner Cemetery in Melbourne.

His son Llewellyn married Selma Salisbury in 1930. He died in Hampton, Melbourne in 1976, aged about 74.

Daniel and Anne’s second daughter Katherine married John Horan in St Ignatius’s Church in Richmond Melbourne on 28 April 1886. She was 26. Her husband John Horan was born in Collingwood in 1860 and died there in 1931 aged 71.

Daniel  Charles Torpey married Gertrude Gardiner Woolley. They lived in Abbotsford, Collingwood.

Daniel Torpey Billiards Prahran Telegraph 28 Aug 1889
Daniel Torpey in a Billiards competition 28 Aug 1889 The Prahran Telegraph

He died in Kew in 1924, aged 63 and is buried in Boroondara Cemetery Kew Melbourne with his wife Gertrude.

Danel Torpey and Gertrude Gardiner Woolley Grave Boroondara
Grave of Danel Torpey and Gertrude Gardiner Woolley Boroondara Cemetery Kew Melbourne Australia

Their third daughter was my great grandmother Margaret.

Margaret Torpey 3
Margaret Torpey

Margaret married William Charles Knighton in 1893. On her marriage record her place of birth is given as NSW which is mysterious or perhaps a transcription error. On the actual document it is Camperfield Sydney Rd. Hence the mistake.

William Knighton was a tram employee at the time of their marriage and Margaret a servant. They were both 28.

They had two children Mary and James, my grandfather. See the Knighton Family post for more on this side of my family.

Margaret Torpey Marriage William Knighton 1893 cropped
Marriage Certificate of Margaret Torpey and William Knighton 1893

Margaret died after the birth of her second child, Mary.

Margaret Knighton neeTorpey Death 1896 cr
Death record of Margaret Knighton neeTorpey 1896
Knighton Grave Boroondara Close Up (2)
Grave of Margaret Knighton nee Torpey in Boroondara Cemetery Kew Melbourne

Annie Torpey, the youngest child of Daniel and Anne, was married to Thomas Leahy in 1915 (1864 -1924). They lived at 104 Ford St Ivanhoe Melbourne. In the 1903 census she is listed as a saleswoman. She was living with her mother and brother John at 29 Baker St Richmond Melbourne. John was a driver. In 1914 he was living at this address with Llewellyn Charles Trask, a butcher and his nephew. Annie was 84 when she died in Ivanhoe, a suburb of Melbourne, in 1950.

Torpey Graves Melb Gen Cem
Torpey family graves Melbourne Cemetery Victoria Australia
Torpey Graves Melb Cem
Torpey gravestone Melbourne Cemetery Victoria Australia

 

Descendants of Daniel Torpey Updated May 2018