Work in Progress
What follows below are a number of snippets of information, beguiling pieces of a jigsaw missing the remaining perhaps two thirds, and that is only from the late 1700s. Before then are the dark ages of Irish Mordaunt family history.
This page is regularly added to or corrected as I discover or am given more information. Any information you can provide about your family members, past or present, would be very welcome. Please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last amended in March, 2021.
The problem with doing any family history research in Ireland is the paucity of the records for all but the wealthiest of families prior to 1864 when the registration of births deaths and marriages was introduced in Ireland. On top of that, all census records prior to 1901 were burnt in the Civil War in 1921. Researchers are limited to whatever other records do survive of which, for land-holding families, the most important are the Tithe Applotment lists (1827 - 1831), the Griffiths (rating) Valuation (1848 - 1863) and surviving church and individual estate records.
The good news for Mordaunts is that a number were land-holding and that the name was comparatively rare and so is easy to pick out. The bad news is that closely related families chose all the same few names for their children making separating out who was who extra difficult.
For the serious researcher, there is no substitute for going to the Irish National Record Office in Dublin. However, some records are available via the Internet, including now the Tithe Applotment lists (1827 - 1831), the Griffiths (rating) Valuation (1848 - 1863), the 1901 and the 1911 Ireland censuses.
When did the first Mordaunt settle in Ireland
An Ancestry.co.uk DNA test makes me 49% Leinster Irish. This, I assume, means that my father was 98% Leinster Irish, which by my calculation makes my father one of the 6th (or 7th) generation. Working backwards, his father, Patrick , 5th/6th generation, born 1874. His father, Edward, 4th/5th generation, born 1831/32. His father, Denis, 3rd/4th generation, born 1783. His father, Patrick, 2nd/3rd generation, born who knows when, anything from 1733 to 1760. His father, 1st/2nd generation, anything from 1683 to 1725. 2nd/3rd generation Patrick appears from the scant evidence to be the most senior Mordaunt of his time, suggesting he was a first born, son of a first born. Whatever, it suggests to me that the first Mordaunt came to Wexford in the mid to late 1600s.
The name Patrick Mordaunt appears on a calender of indictments prepared for the September 1709 Middlesex Sessions. What for reason I cannot ascertain but the name Patrick strongly suggests Irish descent, a younger son, maybe, of, maybe, a younger son, trying to make it in the world and going to London to seek his fortune. I imagine, as a minimum , he would be in his 20s and therefore born any time before 1689. If he was first generation, would a 100% English father give his son such a clear Irish name? Or maybe he was named after his wife´s father. Will we ever know? Whatever, again it suggests Mordaunts were in Ireland by or around the mid 1600s
What took the Mordaunts to Ireland
The other pages on this site relate how the Mordaunts were part of the Norman invasion of England and were known to have established themselves by 1197 in Bedfordshire. At some time, one or more of the younger sons of some branch of the family made their way to Ireland. In the Griffiths 'Valuation of Tenements' (1848 - 1863) are named a Cath. Mordaunt (widow of George), Cath. (widow of Patrick), Denis, Ellen, Michael and Stephen Mordaunt in County Wexford, Luke Mordaunt in Dublin and Judith Mordaunt in County Wicklow. This did not include poorer, non-landholding Mordaunts living in lodgings. Given the preponderance of Mordaunts in Wexford it seems that the family settled here first. Whether Luke in Dublin was part of this family or a separate arrival, I do not know.
It is frustrating not being able to find how this group, descended from the Norman French invaders of England of 1066 ended up as tenant farmers County Wexford, but while I have not found when, who, why and how Mordaunts settled in Ireland, there was, historically, a substantial movement of Catholic English emigrants to Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Given the number of Mordaunt family groups in County Wexford in the late 1700s, it does suggest the family had been settled there for several generations and it is a possibility that they were part of that same historic movement and so the reasons for it may be worth briefly exploring.
First one must overcome any idea that, in the religious struggles of the 16th/17th centuries, the population of England changed from Catholic to Protestant overnight. A great many of those brought up as Catholics may have attended the official services to keep out of trouble but in their hearts and at home they remained Catholic. They are referred to as “Church Catholics,” that is, Catholics who attended the Protestant church on Sundays (defined by someone at the time as “Papists who can keep their consciences to themselves”). The fine for missing a church service, that is, being a “recusant,” over a year amounted to more than a yeoman’s annual income and church baptisms and marriages were also compulsory. (Yeoman - A man holding a small landed estate; a freeholder under the rank of a gentleman; hence vaguely, a commoner or countryman of respectable standing, esp. one who cultivates his own land - OED)
Only the very rich could afford the “luxury” of being a recusant. There are numerous instances among the peerage of the head of the family publicly conforming, going to the church and taking the requisite Oath of Supremacy, and therefore saving the family estates from sequestration or the children from being seized and fostered elsewhere, enabling the rest of the family and servants to continue relatively untroubled in the “old faith.” (Having saved the family fortune they then hoped for the opportunity of a “death-bed conversion” to save their own eternal souls).
The anti-Catholic religious laws of England were not enacted or enforced with such rigour in Ireland and there is ample evidence of fervent Protestants lamenting the rampant “popery” they witnessed in Ireland. As such, Ireland became the destination for some seeking a refuge from the severity of the English persecution. Even when “plantations” were set aside for English Protestants to move into, as part of the English government’s pacification of Ireland policy, many of these new colonists were “Church Catholics” who, once established in Ireland, felt able to revert to a more open practice of the old faith.
Records from all over Ireland show farm tenancies taken up by English Catholic, whether recusant or Church Catholic, immigrants. Sir George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, who was to found Maryland as a Catholic colony on the American continent, acquired the Cloghamon estate in north County Wexford and recruited tenants from England to farm his holdings. “Estate documents of 1638 show that the majority of these tenants were Catholics recruited from Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire and elsewhere” (“The Origins of Sectarianism in Early Modern Ireland,” Alan Ford & John MacCafferty, C.U.P., 2005).
This was a time when Catholicism stubbornly persevered among branches of the Mordaunt family in England. In Elizabethan and Jacobean times, members of the Mordaunt family were, in the view of the Protestant government, “notorious” recusants and even as late as 1750s there are records, for example, of Catholic Mordaunt farmers and labourers in Lancashire and a Catholic Mordaunt freeholder in Devon.
While the government in Ireland was aware of this happening, the English Catholics who had moved over retained a loyalty to the notion of England’s right to rule Ireland and therefore were not considered the prime security risk. They may have been waiting for the Queen or King to die and for better things in the future but they were not seen as potential rebels, unlike the Catholic Irish. So, except for the periods of extreme Protestant fervour and repression, such as under Cromwell, life for English Catholics in Ireland in general remained that much easier than in England.
So, one possibility is that the first Mordaunts in Ireland were among these religious refugees.
Another possibility is the curious tale of a marriage of an Osmund Mordaunt to Mary Bulger, reportedly from "Liraan nr.Gorey in Ireland," in the church of St. Peter Cornhill, London, on 25th June 1673. I say "curious tale" because this entry in the register is clearly a clumsy and incompetant forgery naming Osmund as the son of John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Avalon, which was denounced in the 19th century as part of a fraudulent claim to the dormant Mordaunt barony. This ignores the fact that this Osmund/Osmond would only have been about 3 or 4 years old at the time and that there is no record of any claim having been made either to the College of Heralds or to the Privileges Committee of the House of Lords. But, supposing there was a genuine entry of an Mordaunt which someone, at a later date, doctored for some unknown reason. Bulger is and was a common name around Gorey. "Liraan" is surely Lyrane, near Gorey. So much of this resonates of the truth. If it is a complete forgery, the forger did his homework. So, is it possible that a Mordaunt did marry a Bulger from Gorey in London and then moved to her home town in Co. Wexford, starting the Wexford branch of the Mordaunt family?
There can be little doubt that north Wexford, aroung the town of Gorey, was the first place of Mordaunt settlement in Ireland and that there followed a spillover into southern Wicklow and the normal pattern of younger siblings with no hope of acquiring any land drifting to Dublin and elsewhere for employment. Therefore, for this page, I am starting with Wexford then Wicklow before moving onwards to Dublin and elsewhere.
Mordaunts and Mornings?
An interesting matter was raised in November 2013 by a correspondent in Australia, Peter Rodney, doing his own family history research, who found confusion existing in the early 1800s in some records between the names Mordaunt and Morning. On a visit to Ballyoughter, Co. Wexford, he met Kay Greene (née Mordaunt) who told him that the Mordaunt family also went by the name Morning. Having heard the name Mordaunt spoken with a strong rural Wexford accent I can understand a listener mistaking the sound and writing the name as Morning. Anyway, Peter had discovered that the godparents of a James Rodney on 24th November 1816 were George and Betty Morning. Peter also sent me a copy of an 1811 map of the Gorey area. The map marks the houses of the more prominent landholders, such as the Rams, the Earl of Mountnorris and Sr Tho Esmonde, a number of Mr.s, such as a Mr. Grogan and a Mr. Swan and a number prominent enough to be recorded but not high enough up the social order to be a Mr. Among these were a Morning at Ballintlea (not itself named on the map) on the exact spot the later Griffiths Valuation recorded as a Mordaunt holding. Peter suggests, and I agree, that this landholding Morning was probably in fact a Mordaunt. I have not found the name Morning in any dictionary of Irish or English surnames.
In documents I have found via geneology websites on the Internet which are dated before 1840, most Mordaunts seem to be identified as Mornings. After 1840 they are usually clearly identified as Mordaunts.
The records show a number of Mornings in Donegal and a few more scattered around different parts of Ireland, mostly the north. I have not attempted to track these but have contented myself, so far, to list only those living in Mordaunt "areas" whose identity as a Mordaunt is more certain.
Inheritance in Ireland - Custom and Law
Under Irish custom, on the death of a landholder, his land was divided equally between his sons. An expression for this was "Gavelkind". In England, all land was inherited by the eldest son. It is very probable that, when they moved to Ireland, English Catholic families kept to the English custom and land holdings remained intact, passed down from father to eldest son. A 1703 Act to Prevent the Further Growth of Popery, passed by the Irish Parliament, among some other things, enshrined in law the Irish custom for all Catholics. It was intended to weaken the power of Catholic estates. If all children were Catholic, the land was to be divided equally between them, as per Irish custom. If the eldest son was Protestant, he would inherit all the landholding, as per English custom. This explains why, in the following land records, brothers hold equal areas of land. As land holdings became smaller, they simply were not profitable, and children went away to seek profitable work. What is not clear to me, from the wording of the Act, were the rights of widows and mothers of the heirs to retain land. The Act also stipulated that Catholics could not buy land and could only lease or rent land for a maximum of 31 years. That did not prevent them renewing a lease after thirty one years for a further period. I have not found reference to an Act of repeal, but it is probable that it would have become ineffective by the time of the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829, which removed almost all discrimination against Catholics.
The Beginnings - a Summary
1670s - 1690s On the limited available evidence, this, I believe, is the probable period in which the first Mordaunt settled in North Wexfod in the Gorey area. There is no written evidence.
1740s - 1750s Anything from 50 to 90 years later, how many generations would that be, three of four? Here, at last, there is written evidence of two Mordaunts born around this period North West of Gorey, although clearly there must have been more - Patrick Morning in church baptismal records and Michael Morning in the Memoirs of Miles Byrnes.
1780s - 1800s The next generation - I estimate that, in this fourth generation there must have been a minimum in the order of 40 Mordaunts born in this period. At last, written evidence is mounting up. There is written evidence of around a dozen Mordaunts born in this period whose baptismal records of their children or their gravestones are now available on Irish genealogy websites. Clearly a lot are still missing but those I have so far found or have been advised of are:-
- Laurence Mordaunt of Ramstown was born in 1772 according to his gravestone in a cemetery in Gorey
- Denis Morning, baptised 1783 and Elizabeth Morning baptised 1784, both of Ballintlea
- Edward Morning, who seems sometimes to be in Wexford and sometimes in Wicklow, baptised a son in 1809
- Stephen Mordaunt of Lyrane, whose death record suggests was born in about 1788
- Miles Morning of Ballinclea (sic), baptised a son in 1816
- George Morning of Camolin baptised a son in 1816
- James Morning of Ballydarrow (a village/townland not identified by me), baptised a son in 1816
- Patrick Morning of Ballintlea, baptised a child in 1817
- James Morning of Ballinahillen baptised a daughter in 1818
- Another(?)George Morning of Coolalug baptised a daughter in 1823
and others from later death records who may be some of the above or who may be others as yet unidentified
Confusing glimpses of the mid to late 1700s and early 1800s - the earliest recorded evidence of Mordaunts.
The Tithe Applotment Books (1823 - 1837) and the Griffiths Valuations (1854 in Wexford) are valuable soures that link a number of Mordaunts together, even though they raise almost as many questions as answers. In between were the Ireland Valuation Office books which were drawn up helped to inform the publication of Griffith’s Valuation. Earlier than these records, information is very vague. From what I have discovered, or was passed on to me by kind correspondents who discovered them, two names stand out.
- Patrick Mordaunt, (b. 1740s or 1750s) named in baptismal records of two children which have survived and been uploaded online. He can fairly confidently be placed in Ballintlea and is therefore quite possibly the Morning recorded in the 1811 map of the Gorey area . The map confusingly has the name of the neighbouring townland, Ballingarry, clearly written over the area of the townland of Ballinclay later changed to Ballintlea. The house/land is shown as occupied by a Morning. This Morning therefore was of sufficient local importance to be marked on the map, but not of sufficient importance to be granted the courtesy ranks of Mister or Esquire.
- Michael Morning (b. 1740s or 1750s) is mentioned in the early pages (set in 1796) of The Memoirs of Miles Byrne, which also names a son who was 15 years old in that year. At the time of writing this webpage, I consider it also possible that he was the Morning named on the 1811 map of the Gorey area .
The Memoirs of Miles Byrne (which were kindly drawn to my intention by John Doyle writing in my Guest Book) records
- Michael Morning (b. about 1781)
"Thomas Knox Grogan, of Castletown, having served in the Green Horse, received a commission from Government in the end of 1/96 to raise a corps of yeomen cavalry. Possessing two estates, Monaseed and Castletown, he found no difficulty in getting men well
mounted amongst his tenants, who enrolled themselves with pleasure, for it was difficult to find a more upright, honourable man, though he was not very well fitted for command, being subject to the gout. Sir Thomas Esmonde, of Ballinastra, was first lieutenant ; Laurence
Doyle, his first cousin, second lieutenant; Murt Murnagh, of Little Limerick, adjutant. The last was my near relation. Seeing several of my best friends and school-fellows, such as Nick Murphy, of Monaseed ; Ned Fennell, of Deerpark; John Doyle and his brother James, of Knock, and my aunt's husband
Michael Morning, all sending their names to Captain Knox Grogan, I readily consented to leave mine, but added my mother would not consent until she got the lease of the land called the Fox Cover renewed She could never forget what she suffered a few years previous
when leaving Ballylusk, the townland and place where I was born, and which had been in the family for centuries : she could not get the lease of that place renewed, as the landlord (J. Doyle) wished to come and live on it himself. Catholics could only get then leases of
thirty-one years. Mr. Grogan at once complied with my mother's wishes, and had the leases filled up immediately with three lives mine, my sister Bridget's, and my first cousin's, Miles Morning. The latter was then about fifteen years of age. He died a few years
after. My poor father was then sick and confined to his bedroom.
"After Mr. Grogan had signed the leases, in the presence of my uncle Morning and his land-agent, Jackson, he requested these gentlemen to accompany my mother to Monaseed, a distance of six miles from Castletown, in order for my father to sign them in their presence.
My mother was quite happy at having this business settled, and expected it would cheer my poor father's spirits. She was cruelly disappointed. For, when she told him I was enrolled in the corps of yeomanry, with all my friends and comrades, he declared " he would
rather see the leases burned and me dead than ever see me put on a red coat." I was then very young, and the pang I felt left me motionless for some time."
The 1811 map shows a Mr Grogan (notice the distinction) occupying land at Moneyseed (sic). He is therefore most likely to have been the Thomas Knox Grogan trying to raise the corps of yeoman cavalry and, if he was an important near neighbour, it might explain why Michael promptly volunteered.
Unfortunately, so far that is all I know of Michael and his son Miles, although he is quite possibly the father of one of more of the names that occur below in Lyrane or Monaseed, or others listed in the Tithe Applotments Books or Griffiths Valuations in the townlands adjacent to Ballintlea.
The Tithe Applotment Lists 1823 - 1837 and the Griffiths Valuation 1847 - 1864
The Tithe Applotment Books are a vital source for genealogical research for the pre-Famine period, given the loss of the early Census records. They were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland (the main Protestant church and the church established by the State until its dis-establishment in 1871 (Taken from the National Archives of Ireland website).
The Ireland Valuation Office books house several types of manuscript records from the Valuation Office in Ireland: field books, house books, quarto books, rent books, survey books, and tenure books. All of these books helped to inform the publication of Griffith’s Valuation. The assessment of land and buildings in Ireland was intended to aid in the re-evaluating of local taxes, which were at that time unevenly applied. These records were compiled in three waves, each with its own distinct parameters for assessment, prior to the publication of Griffith’s Valuation. These three methods for assessment produced different records. During the first valuation, house books would list the names of occupiers while field books recorded details solely related to soil quality. The nature of these two books changed slightly by the third valuation where both were including information on occupiers.
The Griffiths Valuation (more formally called the Primary Valuation) was a boundary and land valuation survey of Ireland conducted while a Richard John Griffith held the position of Commmissioner of Valuation and was completed in Wexford in 1854 (Taken from Wikipedia).
The spread of Mordaunts in north Wexford and south Wicklow in the Tithe Applotment lists and Griffiths Valuation is shown in this map.
But, of course, these records omit all the Mordaunts who were not land holders and who instead were labourers, farmworkers or any other work they could get.
Mordaunts of Ballinclay/Ballintlea
Ballinclay and Ballintlea?
The Tithe Applotment list 1825 records Mordaunts occupying almost the whole of the townland of Ballinclay, consisting of 142 acres, in the parish of Kilnahue, clearly next door to the townland of Ballingarry. Some 25 years later, in the Griffiths Valuation, Ballinclay is not mentioned but, instead, Mordaunts are occupying almost the whole of the townland of Ballintlea,consisting of 237 acres, not mentioned in the Tithe Applotment, also next door to Ballingarry. They are clearly the same place and the difference in name and size is explained in the Wikipedia article on Townlands which states that "During the 19th century, an extensive series of maps of Ireland were created by the Irish division of the Ordnance Survey for taxation purposes, which documented and standardised the boundaries of the more than 60,000 townlands in Ireland. This process often involved the division or amalgamation of existing townlands, and defining townland boundaries in areas such as mountain or bog land that had previously been outside the townland system."
In the Tithe Applotment list, in the townland of Ballinclay, a Patrick Mordaunt was farming 30 acres (21%), a Denis Mordaunt 30 acres (21%), a John Mordaunt had 18 acres (12%), an Edward Mordaunt had almost 18 acres (12%) and a Widow Mordaunt held 35 acres (25%) leaving 12 acres (9%) for a James Keegan.
In the Griffiths valuation, the townland of Ballintlea was dominated by Mordaunts. An Ellen Mordaunt was the immediate lessor of 81 acres (35%), 60 acres to a Martin Nowlan and of 21 acres to a Michael Purcell, a Michael Mordaunt was farming 56 acres (24%), a Catherine Mordaunt (Patk.) 45 acres (19%), Denis Mordaunt had sublet 45 acres(19%) to a Patrick Carton and 8 acres (3%) were occupied by Catherine Mordaunt (Geo.) from Denis and Catherine (Patk.) jointly. Dennis had by now acquired further land in Clone East and Clone West and had moved house.
The Ireland Valuation Office Field Book records a detailed survey of the quality of the soil in Ballintlea for tax purposes in the 1840s. The third page curiosly records only one house, that of a Patrick Morning .
Many of the baptisms of the family in the early 1800s took place in the church of Ballyoughter, a village that today seems surprisingly remote from their farmlands, about midway, as the crow flies, between Ballintlea to the north and Clone and Monamolin to the south. The present church, as far as I can ascertain, dates from the 1860s. Their record keeping was very confusing. A John Morning was baptised on 3rd January, 1816 and an Edward Morning was baptised on 4th January, 1816, and yet the entries are three pages apart.
I owe much to the knowledge and research of two correspondents from Wexford, Myles Mordaunt and Sarah Brennan, for valuable additional information not available on the Internet
Sarah Brennan writes from her childhood memories "The Mordaunt houses were down a lane which came down off the road turned left and then onto the houses - first Pat Mordaunt's (son of Myles Mordaunt) and a little bit further on to Mick Mordaunt's (son of Patrick Mordaunt)
The Mick Mordaunt house was at the top of a yard, and was divided from the adjoining farmyard and house all the way from the side of the house to bottom of the yard by a high wall. This house (Mick Mordaunt's) was very old as were all the outhouses - the house next door appeared much less old as did the outhouses -we would always have considered the older one as the original Mordaunt house.
A stream ran along the bottom of the lane just below the two yards with a spout at the left hand side - there was an old yard to the left of the spout and a haggard above this - the stream ran from a spring well in the field above this.
The farm next door although they were Mordaunts were considered a completely separate family and their land was to that side of the lane They were not closely related i.e. first to third cousins. They may have been related once - on asking when young, was told that they may have been way back - which I am sure they were."
If my suppositions below are correct, the Mick and Pat of this recollectionn were great great grandchildren of the patriarch, Patrick Morning/Mordaunt, just below, which I understand would make them 3rd cousins, four generations apart Is that enough to lose any sense of a relationship when they are physically living next door to each other?
Myles Mordaunt writes that he "was told that the farmyards had been built for two brothers in the early 1800s. The style of doweling house would put them in that period."
- Patrick Morning/Mordaunt (b. 1750+/-10 years? - before 1825) occupied much of the townland of Ballinclay/Ballantlea, which later was divided between at least two sons (Patrick and Dennis). His wife was named simply as Mary in the church baptism records. Perhaps she was the Widow Mordaunt recorded in the Tithe Applotment in possession of 35.5 acres.
I am very grateful to my distant cousin, friend and fellow family history enthusiast Alison McCarthy for finding records of Patrick and forwarding them to me.
While I have found no record of his birth or baptism, I believe Patrick was probably the elder son because, from Sarah Brennan's account, above, he inherited the original Mordaunt house.
- Patrick Mordaunt was recorded in the 1825 Tithe Applotment in possesion 29.5 acres in Ballinclay/Ballintlea. It was presumably his widow, Catherine Mordaunt "Cath(Patk)" who was listed in possession of a farm of 42 acres in Ballintlea in the Griffiths Valuation. She was also in joint possession with a Denis Mordaunt of 8 acres in Ballintlea sub let to "Cath(Geo)", presumably Catherine, widow of George. I have found evidence of only one surviving child, who was, presumably, the occupier of the farm in Griffiths Valuation and the 1901 census. There is a confusing record from the Ballyoughter church of an
- unnamed Morning child and its baptism on 27th May, 1817, father Pat Morning of Ballinclia (sic), mother blurry or omitted and with Denis Morning as a godparent. I cannot think where else to place him, or her.
- Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1828 - before 1911). A widower, described as a farmer, in the 1901 census, he had been married to Mary Anne Ireton (abt. 1838 - 2nd December 1891), and they had several children. He was named occupying the land in the Griffiths Valuation
I am assuming this is the Michael Mordaunt who buried a wife, Mary Anne, and a daughter, Kate, in Craanford Cemetery, (old section)
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1860 - 6th May 1946), married to Sarah Whitty (abt. 1870 - 6th December 1950). He was 'head of the family' at the 1911 census. Patrick and Sarah were buried in Craanford Cemetery.
- Michael Mordaunt (abt 1898 - 22nd November 1963). He continued to work the farm. He was almost certainly the Mick Mordaunt mentioned in Sarah Brennan's anecdote above.
He is buried with his parents. It was presumably he who married Rosanna (abt. 1906 - 29th January 1964) also buried at the same spot. I do not know how many children they had but they had at least one son
- Patrick Mordaunt (b. abt. 1949), who was 14 years old when his father died and then his mother died a year later. It was he, presumably, who sold the farm in 1970.
- Maryanne Mordaunt (b. abt. 1899 - 1957?). In the 1901 census she was listed as a niece, but as a daughter in the 1911 census. She crossed to Liverpool/Birkenhead and lived, and maybe worked, at the Crown Vault Hotel, Watson Street, Birkenhead, together with her younger sister Elizabeth.
- Peter Mordaunt (b. abt. 1901).
- Elizabeth (Lizzie)(Betty) Mordaunt (b. abt. 1904 - 3rd January, 1961). Like some of her sisters she left for Liverpool/Birkenhead at some time and married a widower, Owen John Allison Gray (d. 1958).
I am very grateful to my correspondent, Sharon, who wrote to me initially asking for information but, in the end, providing me with much information about the sisters Maryanne and Elizabeth (known as Lizzie as a child but later, among the Gray family, known as Betty) and introducing me to Ellen Mordaunt, see below.
- Owen John Gray (b. November 1948 - 2006). Orphaned at the age of 12, his step-family believe he was taken to Ireland, though by whom is not clear, but he died in Liverpool.
Elizabeth and Owen lived, and she worked, at the Crown Vaults Hotel, Watson Street, Birkenhead (Like many hotels/pubs these days it seems it no longer exists), along with sister Maryanne above, licensed to her sister, Ellen. Three years after being widowed, she was tragically killed, hit by a lorry, crossing the road near the pub.
- Sarah Mordaunt (b. abt. 1907). She married ? Brennan and had, among any other children, at least one daughter
- Sarah Brennan I am very grateful to Sarah for writing to me and bringing together in their rightful place as a family, Mordaunts I had scattered all over this page, in addition to providing much additional information.
- Margaret (Maggie) Mary Mordaunt (b. 2nd June,1910 - 12th January, 1913). Her death certificate gave as the cause meningitis.
- Ellen Mordaunt?. (b. 9th May, 1913). When Elizabeth, above, was tragically knocked down by a lorry in 1961, the newspaper reports describe her as the sister of Ellen Ryan, licensee of the Crown Vault Hotel in Watson Street, Birkenhead. In what order I do not know but she married Patrick Ryan, crossed to Birkenhead and became a pub licensee. In the reports of his sister-in-law´s death, Patrick Ryan was described as a student nurse - perhaps a late career change.
- Luke Mordaunt (abt. 1863 - 30th December 1952) who acquired his own farm, married from about 1892 to Margaret (abt. 1869 - 31st October 1943). In the 1901 census and the 1911 census they were in Ballingarry Upper, Gorey Rural. They had had 9 children, 8 surviving in 1911. They are buried in Craanford Cemetery, together with six of their children none of whom married, presumably. Their ages given on their tombstone would give them all different dates of birth than that suggested in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. I guess the census dates are likely to be the more accurate.
- Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1893 - 20th October 1979)
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1894 - 5th February 1975)
- William Mordaunt, (abt. 1896 - 5th May 1972)
- George Mordaunt, (abt. 1897 - ?)
- (?) Mordaunt.
- Lizanne Mordaunt, granddaughter of George, who wrote in my Guestbook, 4th April 2010
- Luke Mordaunt (abt. 1900 - ?)
- Ethel Mordaunt (abt. 1902 - 26th August 1975)
- Robert Mordaunt (1903 - 25th June 1987)
- Julia Mordaunt (abt. 1905 - 15th February 1993)
- Ellen Mordaunt (14th February 1866 - 10th January, 1903) in Gorey. She was the first of their children whose birth was registered under the newly introduced registration system for births, marriages and deaths. I am very grateful to Nicola Byrne who wrote to me with information about Ellen and her sister Margaret. Ellen married Nicola's great great grand uncle, Myles Byrne, a shopkeeper, at Craanford chapel on 9th April, 1891. 22nd January, 1892. They had children (maybe more): John, born Leakinfere, 22nd January, 1892; Michael, born 18th April 1893; Mary Anne, born Camolin, 6th May, 1895; Ellen Teresa, born Camolin, 1st April, 1899; Margaret Mary, born Camolin, 9th March, 1901. Ellen died at the early age of 37 years. Her sister, Margaret, married Ellen's husband's brother.
- Mary Mordaunt (24th January 1868 - ?). The death of a Mary Mordaunt, born about 1868 was recorded in Gorey in 1907
- Catherine Mordaunt (5th January 1869 - 15th June 1937) which would have made her 68 years old but the tombstone says she was 67 years old.
- Margaret Mordaunt (13th November 1875 - 28th February. 1906) With thanks again to Nicola Byrne, Margaret married her sister Ellen's husband's brother, John Byrne (b. 6th January 1868), on 30th August, 1899, at Craanford . They had one child, John, born in Creagh on 26th December, 1902. Margaret died at the young age of 29 and is buried in Kilnahue graveyard with her parents in law..
- George Mordaunt (15th September 1880 - ?), newly married to Lizzie (abt. 1875 - ?), also born in Co. Wexford, they had moved to house no. 29.3 in Donnybrook East, Dublin by the 1901 census, working as a gardner. At the 1911 census he was described as a motorman, married for 11 years, living at 69 Pembroke Cottages, Pembroke West, Dublin. In that time they had had 6 children of whom only 3 had survived.
- May Mordaunt (b. abt. 1902) was born in Dublin.
- Kathleen Mordaunt (b. abt. 1904) was born in Dublin.
- Michael Mordaunt (b. abt. 1908) was born in Dublin. The death of a Michael Mordaunt, born about 1907, was recorded in 1932 in Dublin North.
- Denis Mordaunt (1783 - 1865) - my great great grandfather. This is a summary of him and his family which can be seen in greater detail on the my family history page. He was baptised on 13th December 1783. He was recorded in the 1825 Tithe Applotment in possesion 29.5 acres in Ballinclay/Ballintlea. This is exactly the same area as held by Patrick (above). My supposition is that he was the same Denis listed in the Griffiths Valuation as intermediate lessor of 8 acres in Ballintlea occupied by Cath(Geo) but also the Denis Mordaunt in possession of 21 acres in Clone East and a further 84 acres in Clone West. He was the only Mordaunt registered to vote from Ballinclay in a list published in March 1835 and reproduced on the Ireland Genealogy Project website. This suggests that Patrick may have died by this time, or simply did not bother to register.
He was married to Mary Byrne (abt. 1791 - 1852). Because of a lack of certainty over ages at death, I am not totally sure of the order of births so I have relied on my father's memory where dates are missing.
- Miles Mordaunt (1817- 1895). was baptised (as Miles Morning) on January,1817, in Ballyoughter parish. I presume the godparent, Pat Morning, was his uncle. He was to inherit his fathers Ballintlea land. The death certificate of Myles Mordaunt, a farmer from Ballantlea, wife Mary, aged 78 is dated 21st June 1895. His tombstone gives his age as 76 years old
- Michael Mordaunt (1819 - 1894)was baptised (as Michael Morning) on 25th March,1819, in Ballyoughter parish. He was to inherit his father's lands in Clone East and West. A Michael Mordaunt, described as a farmer from Clone, of full age, son of Denis Mordaunt, farmer, married Anne Murphy (abt. 1830 - 1904) on 12th November 1869. He is presumably the Michael Mordaunt described as a farmer at Clone West, Monamolin, on page 394 of of Bassett's Wexford County Guide and Directory 1885. A Michael Mordaunt, a farmer from Clone, died 31st March 1894, aged 75 years old and so born around 1818/19.
Was he the Michael Morning appearing as a defence witness in a case of assault against a Peace Officer (did he mean police officer) in performance of his duties
- Margarett Mordaunt married Mogue (or Moses or Moyses) Murphy
- Mary Mordaunt married a Peter Laffin
- Catherine Mordaunt was godmother to a sister’s baby in 1849. I had written on this site that I had found no further information about her but now I am again grateful to Mary O'Dwyer who, continuing her own research into her own, closely related family, forwarded to me a copy of Catherine's Will, written in October 1869, as recorded in the National Archives. She married William Doyle (d. 1868/69), a farmer and miller, and had two surviving children, Thomas Doyle and Lizzie Doyle..
- Charles Mordaunt was godfather to a sister’s baby in 1852. According to family oral tradition passed to me by my father , Charles went to the USA where he was popularly believed to have made his fortune. A Charles Mordaunt, born in Ireland, was living in New York Ward 7, District 8 in the 1870 census with his wife Jane (abt. 1832 - ?) also born in Ireland. He was described as a clerk. They do not appear in any later census. The death of a Charles Mordaunt, born about 1834, was recorded in Manhattan on October 1st, 1892, aged given as 58 years. He is the most likely candidate I have found to be this Charles in the US records. I have found no record of children.
- Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1831 - 1917) was my great grandfather. He married Bridget Crowe (abt. 1841 - 1921)
- Denis Mordaunt (1865 - 1941). His birth was recorded in Killenagh and Wells.
- Mary Mordaunt (1866 - 1910). Her birth as recorded in Killenagh and Wells. About her and her sister:
- Catherine Mordaunt (abt.1867 - ?) I know nothing.
- James Mordaunt (1869 - 1943?)
- Myles Mordaunt (1871 - 1875) died when he was 4 years old.
- Michael Mordaunt (1872 - ?) I presume he died young as a second Michael was registered in 1875.
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt.1874 - 1914), my grandfather served in the British Army. He married Bridget Plunket (May 1873 - December 1957)
- Edward(Ned) Patrick Mordaunt (8th July 1900 - 1982). He married Lilian Mary Milnes (1907 - 1994)
- Mary Brigid Genevieve Mordaunt (1930 - 2011) married Dezso Pinter
- Andrew Pinter (b. 1964)
- Brigid Amelia Pinter (b. 1967)
- Clare Rowena Mordaunt (b. 1931) married Arthur Bernard Edwards
- David Edwards (b. 1955) married Susy Cormack
- Catriona Edwards (b. 1980)
- John Edwards (b. 1982)
- Huw Edwards (b. 1983)
- Rhodri Edwards (b. 1985)
- Richard Edwards (b. 1957) married Lynn in 1996
- Hugo Edwards (b. 1997)
- Nicholas Edwards (b. 1998)
- Robin Edwards (b. 1958) married Emma Clark
- Alice May Edwards (b. 1990)
- Arthur Charles Edwards (b. 1992)
- John Edward Patrick Mordaunt (b. 1939) married 1. Jennifer Mary Snowden
- Penny Mordaunt (b. 1973) was elected to Parliament for the Portsmouth North constituency in 2010
- James Mordaunt (b. 1973)
- Edward Mordaunt (b. 1978)
- Henry Charles Mordaunt (Me - b. 1943) married 1. 1972 Helen Caulfield (b.1948)
married 2. 1987 Alison Hearsey (b.1944)
- Sarah Elizabeth Mordaunt (b. 1975), married 1. Alfred Stangl and married 2. Tony Elder
- Archie Elder (b. 2013)
- Scarlett Elder (b. 2013)
- Christine Jennifer Mordaunt (b. 1977)
- Maximus (Max) Alexander Smith (b. 2008)
- William Luther Smith (b. 2010)
married 3. 2002 Leonida Edwards (b. 1955)
- Rhianne Elaine Mordaunt (b. 1988)
- Malaya Leonida Brissett (b. 2013)
- Ruby Tuesday Mordaunt (b. 1991)
- Elasia Leonida Humphries-Cuff (b. 2010)
- Myah Joan Taylor (b. 2016)
- Michael Mordaunt (1945 - 1945)
- Bridget Mordaunt (1902 - 1902)
- Michael Mordaunt (1903 - 1920)
- Myles Mordaunt (1905 - 1960) married Mildred Carruthers
He then lived with Dora Marsh and they had a son
- Michael Mordaunt (b. 1930) was born in Hampstead. He married Mary Calvert and lives near Eastbourne
- Delia Mordaunt (b. 1957) was born in Lambeth. She married James Reynolds in Penrith in December 1996.
- Saskia Beresford Reynolds (b. 2000)
- Christopher Mordaunt (b. 1960) was born in Surrey. He married Diedre Fox in 1997
- Theodora Catherine V. Mordaunt (b. 1999)
- Myles Joseph Mordaunt (b. 2001)
- Ulic Mordaunt (1933 - 1933) was born and died in Richmond.
- Timothy Charles Algar Mordaunt (1945 - 2009) lived in High Wycombe. He married 1. Valerie Beaver Romley (b. 1947)
Timothy married 2. Sarah Chambers in 1989 who has children
- Caroline Helen Mordaunt (b. 1971) was born in Cliveden
- India Rose R. Morgan (b. 2002) born in Chiltern, Bucks.
- Chaya Ruby Morgan (b. 2003) born in Chiltern, Bucks.
- Nima Gaia Morgan (b. 2006) born in Chltern, Bucks
- Myles Nicholas Mordaunt (b. 1973) was born in Cliveden. With Sonia Irvine he had a daughter
He married Natalie Weston in 2010
- Megan Irvine-Mordaunt (b. 2002) was born in Kensington and Chelsea
- Morgan Mansell Mordaunt (b. 2011) was born in Monaco
- Elizabeth Jane Mordaunt (b. 1993) was born in High Wycombe.
- Edward Victor A. Mordaunt (b. 1996) was born in High Wycombe
- Mary (Molly) Mordaunt (1908 - 1995) went to Australia and married Edward Pursell
- Patrick (Paddy) Mordaunt (1910 - 1986)
- Desirée Mordaunt (1942 - 2009) was born in Drayton, Portsmouth. She married Khaldoun El Solh in 1963.
- Yanal El Solh (b. 1963) was born in Hammersmith, London. He married 1. Zöe and had daughter
He married 2. Linnéa Larsson from Sweden in 2005
- Malia Eleonora El Solh (b. 19th June, 2006) was born in Truro, Cornwall.
- Leo Habib El Solh (b. 18th August, 2008) was born in Linkoping, Sweden
- Nayla El Solh (b. 1965) was born in Beirut
- Patrick Mordaunt (1943 - 2004). He married Tania Horsford and, after the birth of their children they moved to British Columbia in Tania´s native Canada.
- Natalie Isabel Mordaunt (b. 1974) was born in Basingstoke. In Canada she married Jason Daniel Green
- Mackenzie Alexandra Green
- Jayle Hope Green
- Ella Raeden Green Green
- Oliva Patrick Green
- Peter James L. Mordaunt (b. 1977) was born in Basingstoke.
- Brigid Mordaunt (1912 - 1993) married Albert Lewin in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
- Denis Mordaunt (1912 - 1914)
- Michael Mordaunt ( 21st August 1875- ?). .
- Johanna Mordaunt (abt.1877 - 1892)
- Margaret Mordaunt (20th May 1879 - ?) She married Tom McConneloge.
- Esther (Essy) Mordaunt (abt.1881 - 6th May 1914) She died at the family home, cause given as tubercular meningitis, her age given as 32.
- Charles Mordaunt, (24th May 1883 - ?). He went to the USA in 1912. I have no information on him after 1920.
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1834 – 1892) was a godfather to a sister’s baby in 1854. His wife was Ellen Crowe (1838-1899). He was to acquire a farm at Ballymurragh
- Mary Mordaunt, (18th January 1864 - ?). Either she died young and a later daughter was also called Mary or the date given in the English census records for Mary, Sister of Charity, below, is well out.
- Michael Mordaunt (15th August, 1965 - 1928?) was baptised in the church in Oulart (St. Patrick's?)on the same day of his birth. They took no chances in those days. He married Mary. The death of a Michael Mordaunt, born about 1867, was recorded in Gorey in 1928
- Patrick Mordaunt (1915 - ?).
- Michael Mordaunt (b. 1958)
- Charles Mordaunt (b. 1959)
- Mary Mordaunt (b. 1961)
- Olive Mordaunt (b. 1964)
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, (1867 - ?)
- Margaret Mordaunt, (1869 - before 1879).
- Ellen Mordaunt, (1871 - ?)
- Johanna Mordaunt, ( 1873 - 1947), She married James Sinnott (1850 - 1916).
- Myles Mordaunt, (1874 - 29th June 1946). Sometime in the early 1900s, he acquired the farm in Ballintlea formerly held by his grandather Denis and then by his uncle Myles. He is shown there in the 1911 census, a farmer married for 8 years to Margaret (Maggie) Kinsella (abt. 1885 - 8th May 1951). Their marriage was registered in Gorey in 1902. They were both buried in Craanford Cemetery, together with a number of their children
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1904 - 27th October 1967). He inherited his father's farm but, being a batchelor, it was finally passed on to a son of his sister, Ellen. He was almost certainly the Pat Mordaunt mentioned in Sarah Brennan's anecdote above. He is buried with his parents in Craanford Cemetery
- Ellen Mordaunt (abt. 1906 - ). She married a farmer, James Joseph Mills, of Castletown, Inch, at the Craanford Church on 7th January, 1942. One of her son's was to inherit the farm at Ballintlea.
- Bridget Mordaunt (abt. 1907 - 25th November 1928). Her nephew, Myles, told me that she died of TB. The tombstone apparently gives her age as 17 years (d.o.b. abt. 1911) which does not fit with the 1911 census (d.o.b. abt. 1907).
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1910 - 7th July 1929). Her nephew, Myles, told me that she died of TB. The tombstone apparently gives her age as 15 years (d.o.b. abt. 1914) which does not fit with the 1911 census (d.o.b. abt. 1910).
- Myles Mordaunt (26th August, 1914 - 1955). In 1943 he and his family moved to Rosslare Strand. Among any other children he may have had was
- Myles Mordaunt (b. ?) who moved to west London and married Rosalyn MacEntee in Ealing in 1964. They lived in Hayes, Middlesex, before returning to Ireland on his retirement in 2002.
I am very grateful to Myles who kindly contacted me to inform me that it was his grandfather Myles who took over Denis Mordaunt's land holdings in Ballintlea and to give me a great deal more information about the family, especially those buried in Craanford and Monaseed, taken from records prepared by those parishes..
- Jacqueline Elizabeth Mordaunt (b. 1967). Her birth was registered in Hillingdon.
- Michelle Ann Mordaunt (b. 1975). Her birth was registered in Hillingdon.
- A Denis Mordaunt, (b. 2nd March, 1917) who "died young" is buried with his parents. He is presumably the son that his nephew Myles told me died in a farming accident.
- Margaret Mordaunt (27th July, 1879 - ?). She was baptised in the church in Oulart (St. Patrick's?) on the same day as her birth like her brother Michael, above, and probably the rest of her family.
- Mary Mordaunt, (abt. 1880 - ?).
- Johanna Mordaunt and
- Rose Mordaunt were godparents in 1859. I know nothing more about them.
- Esther/Hester Mordaunt (abt. 1840 - 1879) married Francis Rath.
- Patrick Rath (abt. 1871 - late 1930s).
- Elizabeth Morning (1784 - ?) was baptised on 16th May 1784. My correspondent, John Doyle, informed me that she was his 3 times great grandmother
These three, Patrick, Denis and Elizabeth, above, are the only verifable children of Patrick senior that I have found or been notified of. The following raise all sorts of questions with few answers.
- "Widow" Mordaunt, holding 35 acres in the Tithe Applotment, is the first big mystery. Whose widow was she? Was she the widow of Patrick and mother of Patrick and Denis? Was she the widow, Catherine(Geo), in the Griffiths Valuation. Was she the Ellen Mordaunt of the Griffiths Valuation holding 81 acres in Ballintlea, again the biggest holding in the townland? Her land holding was equal to the sum of the holdings of John and Edward. Was she their mother? I do not think we shall ever know.
Two others had almost identical landholdings in Ballinclay recorded in the Tithe Applotment but both were both missing from the 1840s Ireland Office Valuation records and the 1850s Griffiths Valuation. At first I jumped to the conclusion they were brothers on no other evidence other than they had identical sized plots. However, investigation into Ellen Mordaunt, below, complicated that supposition.
- John Mordaunt, was holding 18 acres. I have found no further independently confirmed sighting of him. He is my only candidate to be the John Mordaunt (b. 1817) who emigrated to Canada in 1846 during the Potato Famine.
- Edward Mordaunt was holding 17.75 acres in the tithe applotment list, 1829. Could he possibly have been the Edward Mordaunt holding 13 acres in Monaseed, below? Adding the plots held by an Edward in the Tithe Applotment in Ballinclay and Monaseed, it comes to 31 acres, virtually the same as Patrick and Denis. Could he have been a third brother, son of Patrick senior? But then what of the Edward Mordaunt in Knockbrandon and his 38 acres?
- Ellen Mordaunt raises possibly more questions than anyone. Are all the references to one person, two or even three? The name Ellen is connected with by far the biggest land holding in the Griffiths Valuation in Ballantlea which she was sub-leasing, 21 acres sublet to a Michael Purcell and 60 acres sublet to a Martin Nowlan. The house of an Ellen was in the neighbouring townland of Foxcover. An Ellen Mordaunt was the land holder, and it seems the farmer, of 22 acres in Monaseed. The Monaseed land, see below, was held by an Edward Mordaunt in the Tithe Applotment list but by an Ellen Mordaunt in the Griffiths Valuation, and an Ellen Mordaunt and her husband Edward Mordaunt are buried in a cemetary in Monaseed. Was that Edward Mordaunt also the holder of 18 acres in Ballinclay in the Tithe Applotment List. Was John Mordaunt of the Tithe Applotment list in Ballinclay any relation? An Ellen seems to have ended up with all their lands, and that of the Widow Mordaunt. Was one of the possible Ellen Mordaunts the Widow Mordaunt of the Tithe Applotment? In which case, whose widow was she? Was she a widow, or unmarried? In the 1901 census, the Ellen's old lands in Ballintlea were still in the possession of Purcells and Nolans (sic).
Patrick's widow, Catherine, and Denis appear to have felt responsible for Catherine, widow of George Mordaunt, so, who was:-
- George Mordaunt, (? - before 1848?). His widow Catherine occupied 8.5 acres in Ballintlea in the Griffiths Valuation, from intermediate lessors Catherine, widow of Patrick, and Denis. I have not found any other reference to a George Mordaunt at this time.
A big surprise for me, in May 2020, was the discovery on www.findmypast.ie of a
- Miles Morning (? - ?) of Ballinclea (sic) , married to Mary Tool, who were named as parents of a son:-
- Miles Morning (1816 - ?), who was baptised on 2nd November, 1816 in the church of Ballyoughter. His godfather was an Edward Morning, suggesting a very close relationship but father Miles is not mentioned elsewhere with any land. Perhaps he died before the Tithe Applotment
Mordaunts of Ballynahillen
The 1829 Tithe Applotment list shows three Mordaunts, clearly closely related, holding land in Ballynahillen. Twenty or more years later, in the Griffiths Valuation, there was only one. Not knowing their ages, I have placed them arbitarily in alphabetical order.
- George Mordaunt (? - ?) holding 42 acres. A church record shows the baptism of a daughter Catherine, of Ballynahillen, the mother named as Mag, presumably Margaret, Gahan, if I have read it correctly
George Mordaunt is listed among tithe defaulters in the Tithe War of 1831 on www.findmypast.ie. Perhaps that is why he was not listed in the Griffiths Valuation
- James Mordaunt (? - ?) holding 21 acres. He was possibly the James Morning occupying 39 acres at Ballynahillen in the Griffiths Valuation, the only Mordaunt still occupying land in the parish. The only record of a child´s baptism I have found to date does not name his wife. He is listed among tithe defaulters listed in www.findmypast.ie in the Tithe War of 1831. A death certificate dated 23rd December 1866, aged 78 and so born about 1788. Was it this James?
- Elizabeth (1818 - ?) was listed as Betty in the record of her baptism on 25th May, 1818, in Ballyoughter parish. A godmother was an Ellen Mordaunt, for whom there are several possibilities.
- Peter Mordaunt (? - ?) also holding 21 acres. He is listed among tithe defaulters listed on www.findmypast.ie in the Tithe War of 1831. He was not listed in the Griffiths Valuation and is definitely my favourite to be the Peter Mordaunt of the right age (born abt. 1805 according to the 1880 US Census)) who emigrated to the USA in the late 1840s, at the time of the Potato Famine. If it was he, it seems to have been a good move. No other candidate has emerged to date
Mordaunts of Knocbrandon
- Edward Morning (sic !!!) was occupying 38 acres at the time of the Tithe Applotment. There were a lot of plots in different townlands occupied by an Edward Mordaunt. Knockbrandon, as it seems spelt now, neighbours Foxcover and Monaseed and so it is possible they were all the same Edward. He was not occupying the land by the time of the Griffiths Valuation.
Mordaunts of Lyrane
- Patrick Mordaunt (? - ?) The Tithe Applotment List of 1829 places a Patrick Mordaunt holding 30 acres in Lyrane.
Whether they were related in any way or not, the Grifffiths Valuation (1850s) some thirty years later has
- Stephen Mordaunt (b. about 1788 - 7th May 1873) as the occupier of 126 acres in Lyrane, the immediate lessor being an Edward Doyle. His wife was Anne Mordaunt (b. about 1786 - 20th(?) December 1874). His death certificate, as a farmer of Lyrane, aged 85, states he died after an illness of two weeks, without a medical attendant. Anne's death registry entry the following year states that she had been sick for six weeks but had received no medical attendant. A witness to both death certificates was a Patrick Mordaunt but whether that was a son or another relative I do not know.
I am very confused as to what happens next. Rating records place:
- George Mordaunt (abt 1831 - ?) A Landed Estates Court record for for May - July 1880 shows a George Mordaunt in occupation 148 acres of Land in Lyrane. I am assuming also he is the George Mordaunt, age 33 years, the son of a farmer from Lyrane, who married Anne Giles (abt. 1841 - 28th February, 1911) , age 24, a farmer's daughter, on 8th September 1864. This is the entry in the register where, in the column headed "Condition" where the registrar was supposed to record if they were bachelor or spinster or widowed, wrote "The answer to this would seem to be in the next column," the next column recording that they were the children of farmers. Did that mean they were fit and well fed and prosperous or that they were poor? Charlotte Byrne, who told me her uncle now occupies the farm, kindly contacted me to say that he married an Elizabeth Steadman.
- Stephen Mordaunt (abt. 1867 or 1876 - 4th February, 1952) had taken over the running of the farm by 1888, although it was his mother, Anne, who was named Head of the Family in the 1901 census. Stephen was Head of the Family at the 1911 census. His age was given as 34 years in 1901 and as 35 years in 1911. He is buried in Craanford Cemetery, where his age was given as 82 years, indicating yet another alternative birthdate of abt. 1869. His wife, Ellen McCann (abt. 1886 - 19th March 1947), is buried with him.
- Anne Mordaunt. According to Charlotte Byrne's research, they had only one child, Anne, who married John Byrne. They had six children of whom
- Charlie Byrne married Angela Doran and had four children including Charlotte Byrne. Her uncle still farms the same land at Lyrane.
I am very grateful to Charlotte Byrne for writing to me with information about her family.
Charlotte also informed me that, sometime within the last 90 years or so, the spelling of the name within the family has evolved to Mourdant!
- Mary Anne Mordaunt (abt. 1879 - ?)
- George Mordaunt (abt 1882 - 8th May 1929). He is buried with his brother Stephen in Craanford Cemetery, his age given as 45 years.
- Elizabeth (Lizzie) Mordaunt (abt 1884 - ?), who was not in the house for the 1911 census. I am very grateful to her grandson, Christopher Smith, doing his own research into the Doyle family, who wrote to me in June 2015 to inform me that she married Thomas Doyle of Grove House, Knockbrandon, and had ten children including Christopher's mother, Elizabeth Mary Doyle. His uncle George still lives in Grove House which, he writes, has been in the family for more than 150 years.
Mordaunts of Monaseed
- Edward Mordaunt (? - ?) was listed in the Tithe Applotment, 1829, list holding 13 acres. There is some explanatory word in the entry I cannot decipher. Was he is the same Edward Mordaunt who was holding 17.75 acres in Ballinclay, above, only three miles away. The Griffiths Valuation shows an Ellen Mordaunt holding 22 acres of land in Monaseed . An Edward and his wife Ellen are buried in St. Patrick's Cemetary, Monaseed. The Ireland Genealogy Project was three photos of their gravestone, one, two and three. It is badly weathered but they have attempted a transcription of what is legible -
Here lieth the ... of | EDWARD MORDAUNT of M..... | who dep this life J.n 7 1831? | Aged years | ... ELLEN MORDAUNT who d.. | 13 Jan 188. Aged ?? Years | And their daughter ALICE .. | died 15th July 1896? Aged 70? Y.. | And their daughter ELIZABETH K..... | .. ... 1907 | .... .... ...
The question arises, is this the same Ellen as listed above in Ballantlea or is it another? Adding the plots held by an Edward in the Tithe Applotment in Ballinclay and Monaseed, it comes to 31 acres, virtually the same as Patrick and Denis. Could he have been a third brother, son of Patrick senior? Ellen's death is recorded the Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index on ancestry.co.uk in 1883 giving her age as 92(!) which means she was born about 1790. There is evidence of two daughters:
- Alice/Alicia Mordaunt (abt. 1826 - 15th July 1896). She is buried with her parents in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Monaseed, her age given as 70 years.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (abt abt 1829 - 16th August 1907). She married Alexander Kinsella (abt. 1828 - 14th October 1919). They are both buried with her parents in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Monaseed, her age given as 78 years, his as 91 years.
Mordaunts of Mullaunfin (now Mullawnfin)
- Patrick Mordaunt (? - ?), who could well be Patrick Mordaunt of nearby Ballinclay/Balintlea, above, in 1795 obtained a lease to 16 plus acres of land in Killynan and Mullaunfin as shown in the Landed Estates Court Rentals, listing leassed land up for auction in 1855
- John Mordaunt (? - ?) was listed in the Tithe Applotment list occupying 1.75 acres. I have no other information on him except to surmise it was the home of the John Mordaunt holding land at Ballinclay, above, which was under two miles away. Of course, it could be a completely different person.
Mordaunts of Ramstown
A confusion of other Mordaunts in the Griffiths Valuation
- A John Morning (sic) was listed in the Griffiths Valuation occupying a house, office and yard in the townland of Coolgreany in the parish of Inch.
- A John Morning (sic) was listed in the Griffiths Valuation occupying a house in the townland of Killynan in the parish of Kilmkilloge.
- A John Morning (sic), as mentioned above, was listed in the Griffiths Valuation occupying 34 acres of land in the townland of Ramstown Upper in the parish of Kilmkilloge.
- A Stephen Mordaunt occupied a house and garden in Coolookmore, Killenagh, at the Griffiths Valuation. A death certificate of a Stephen Mordaunt at Killenagh, aged 79, is dated 1875.
A Stephen Mordaunt attended the wedding of his daughter Rose Mordaunt in 1867 (b. about 1832). She was 35 years old at the time. Whether it was this Stephen or the Stephen of Lyrane, above, or yet another Stephen, I do not know.
Other early references
- James Mordaunt (abt. 1788 - 1866) – Speculatively he was the James Mordaunt farming in Ballynahillen above.
- James Morning and his wife Catherine Tool are described in the Ballyoughter parish record as from Ballydarrow , somewhere I cannot trace. Speculatively he could the James Mordaunt farming in Ballynahillen above.
- John Morning (b. 1815/1816), who was baptised in the church of Ballyoughter on 3rd January, 1816. His godparents were Michael and Betty Morning, two more I cannot place at this moment.
- Michael Morning was named as godfather to John Mordaunt, immediately above, at his baptism in Balloughter church on 3rd January, 1816.
- Betty Morning was named as a godmother to John Mordaunt, above, at his baptism in Balloughter church on 3rd January, 1816. Perhaps she was the wife of Michael Mordaunt, immediately above.
- George Morning, described as from Camolin, is named as the father, a Sally Neil the mother, of
The same couple baptised a daughter, also "spurious" some fifteen years later
- Edward Morning (b. 1815/1816) who was baptised in the church of Ballyoughter on 4th January, 1816. He is described as "spurious," an even more dismissive epithet used at the time for an illegitimate child.
- Onora Mordant (b. 1831) who was baptised in the church of Ballyoughter on 3rd December, 1831. For this I am grateful to my correspondent, Margaret Campion from the USA who also provided me with additional information about the family of George Morming/Mordaunt in Wicklow, below. She was looking for records of a Nora Morden, an Irish great great grandmother.
- George Morning, who my correspondent Peter Rodney,informed me, with his wife Betty were godparents a James Rodney on 24th November 1816. He is possibly the George Mordaunt of Ballynahillen, above.
- Another Ellen Mordaunt dates from this time. The death register index records an Ellen Mordaunt born about 1791 and died 1883 in the Gorey district. It does not state if she was/had been married. She is so close to Ellen, wife of Edward, that I may have their dates mixed up.
- George and Brian Mordaunt (probably born before 1800). - Killvey parish records show a George and his wife, Judith, having children baptised from 1825. They were also sponsors for Brian’s child born in 1827.
- A George Mordaunt, date of birth about 1800, born in Gorey, moved to England where he clearly flourished. He is recorded in the 1851 English census living in Nether Hallam, Sheffied, with his Sheffield-born wife, Anne Maria and two children. He is described as a "picture dealer". In the 1861 census, he is a "dealer in fine arts". His descendants, based around Sheffield, belong on the pages of the Mordaunts in Britain
- Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1804 - 1864). The death of a Michael Mordaunt was registered in the Gorey district
These Mordaunts from Wexford, born in the 1770s/80s/90s, lived through one or both of two major events of modern Irish history, the 1798 rebellion and the Potato Famine 1846/49.
The 1798 rebellion swept through North Wexford in a surprisingly short space of time. On May 26th, the first armed encounter in the county occured at The Harrow, only two miles west of Clone. On the following day, the battle of Oulart between insurgents and yeomanry, was fought only three miles south of Clone. Within days, Enniscorthy and Wexford had fallen. First the rebels, advanced north, committing atrocities against Protestants and loyalists and scavaging for food as they went and then the militia pushed them back south also committing atrocities and scavaging for food. The remnants took refuge on Vinegar Hill outside Enniscorthy where they were finally overrun on 21st June. All this passed through whatever landholdings the Mordaunts held at the time. They seem to have come through it relatively unscathed.
For an brief guide to the 1798 rebellion visit this link and for interesting contemporary first hand accounts of the rebellion in Wexford try this link.
The Great Famine (1846/49). Caused by the failure of the potato crop, those who were tenant farmers of a reasonable sized plot would have been cushioned from the worst effects of the calamity. Denis's holdings of 105 acres and Stephen's of 126 acres would have been large for the time and indicate their families comparatively comfortably off. In 1845, for example, 24% of all Irish tenant farms were of one to five acres (0.4 to 2 hectares) in size, while 40% were of five to fifteen acres (2 to 6 hectares). A British Government report carried out shortly before the Great Hunger noted that the scale of the poverty was such that one third of all small holdings in Ireland were presumed to be unable to support their families, after paying their rent, other than through the earnings of seasonal migrant labour in England and Scotland. (Thanks to Wikipedia for that bit.)
I am grateful to Deirdre Donnelly who, while doing research into her own family. came across a book 'Historic Gorey 3. The Famine Years' by Michael Fitzpatrick. She very kindly forwarded to me a list of Mordants (sic) among those who died during the great Famine or from the resultant typhus:
George Mordant died 24th April 1849 in the workhouse aged 14
It is probably worth remembering that, awful though we may now imagine workhouses were, their rudimentary facilities were often the nearest thing to a hospital that many poorer people in the area would have had.
Rose Mordant died 22nd June 1849 in the workhouse aged 17
Catherine Mordant died 30th January 1850 in the workhouse aged 3
George Mordant died 10th March 1850 in Ramstown an infant
Laurence Mordant died 27th May 1850 in the workhouse aged 12
Stephan Mordant died 7th April 1851 in the workhouse aged 15
Richard Mordant died 20th December 1851 in the workhouse aged 2
Edwd. Mordant died 6th February 1852 in Boulacrena aged 68, probably the Edward Mordaunt, husband of Ellen, of Foxcover and Ballintlea above.
James Mordant died 25th May 1856 in Gorey aged 10
Jane Mordant died 29th August 1858 in the workhouse aged 40
The start of official records, 1865
The system of registering all births deaths and marriages was only introduced to Ireland in the 1860s. Searching through them I found one registrar had not paid attention on his training course. On marriage certificates there is a column headed "Condition." It is meant to record whether the person is a bachelor or spinster or widow etc. The registrar, as I have said, had not paid attention and he used the column to descibe their physical condition - "strong and healthy" or "sickly and weak." I only mention it here, not because it is rather funny but because of one entry I noted, "As you would expect of children of farmers," meaning fit and well fed.
Sadly it was not the case for all Mordaunts in the Gorey area. A search of the cemetries and birth, marriage and death certificates tell a different story. Mordaunts described as labourers or paupers, dying in the workhouses of the area. Even a 6 month old baby, Denis, in 1871 is described as a pauper on his death certificate! Spellings were very variable indicating these poorer Mordaunts were illiterate and that registrars or priests etc. were having to guess at spellings as best they could.
- George Mordaunt and his wife Anne Giles registered the births of the following children
- Stephen Mordaunt (12th June 1865 - ?) in Gorey
- Anne Mordaunt (24th August 1868 - ?)
- Margaret Mordaunt (1st January 1872 - ?) in Ballinclay
- George Mordaunt (29th June 1878 - ?)
- Patrick Mordaunt (? - ?) and his wife, Eliza Graham registered the births of the following child
- Jane Mordaunt (29th August 1872 - ?) in Gorey
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1831 - ?) appeared at the 1911 census, a widow, living with her brother, Patrick Gahan, a widower aged 82, both described as farmers, and with two much younger married relatives, at house no, 2 in Mullaunreagh, Monamolin. It was a sizable house with six rooms and with extensive farm buildings. Mary was not at the house at the 1901 census when Patrick's wife was still alive. Where she was then, or where she 'suddenly' came from, I have no idea. I do wonder if she was the Mary, married to my great great uncle Myles, son of Denis above.
- Denis Mordaunt (abt 1851 - ?) was not recorded in the 1901 census but at the 1911 census was living and working on the farm of Patrick Rath in Ballyedmond, Wells.
- Patrick Mordaunt (? - before 1901) and his wife Margaret Byrne (abt. 1833 - 1915?) registered the birth of three children in the 1870s. In the 1901 census and the 1911 census, Margaret was widowed, described as a retired farmer in Brackernaugh, Ballycanew. She had borne seven children of whom only three had survived to 1911. The death of a Margaret Mordaunt, age given as 82 years, was registered in Gorey district in 1915.
and a grandson to an unidentifed parent
- Mary Mordaunt (10th May 1867 - ?). She must have died before the birth of her sister Mary in 1876
- Patrick Mordaunt (20th February 1871 - ?), described as a general labourer in 1901 and as a farmer in 1911. He was not married in 1911.
- Mary Mordaunt (4th March 1876 - ?). She was not listed at home in the 1901 census,
- Catherine var. Katherine (Kate) Mordaunt (3rd July 1878 - ?) was at home in the 1901 and 1911 censuses
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1890) - ?), described as a scholar in 1901 and as a farmer's son in 1911
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1841 - ?) was listed in the 1901 census as head of the household, married to Eliza/Elizabeth Mordaunt, (abt. 1846 - 1915?) born in County Wicklow. He was described as a general labourer, living in Georges Street, Gorey. Patrick died before the 1911 census. Elizabeth bore four children of whom only three had survived to 1911. The death of an Elizabeth Mordaunt, age given as 67 years, was registered in Gorey district in 1915. Living at home in both the 1901 and 1911 censuses were
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1876 - ?), working as a gardener
- James Mordaunt (abt. 1882), working as a general labourer. Curiously he is the one member of the family listed as unable to read.
- John Mordaunt, (abt. 1863 - 1904), and his wife Mary (abt. 1866 - ?) were both born in Co. Wexford but moved to 8, Watkin's Cottages, South City No 3, Dublin. In the 1901 census John was described as a labourer. He died before the 1911 census, leaving Mary a widow.
- John Mordaunt, (abt. 1892 - 1935?), born Co Dublin, a brewery labourer in 1911.
- Margaret Mordaunt, (b. abt. 1894), born Co Wexford, a laundress in 1911.
- James Mordaunt (b. abt. 1896), born Co. Wexford, a brewery labourer in 1911
- George Mordaunt (b. abt. 1898), born Co Dublin, was at school in the 1911 census
- William Allen (b. abt. 1910), adopted, born in the city of Dublin
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1831 - 1918?), described as married (but where was his wife?), was, at the 1911 census one of two lodgers with the five member Doyle family in their five roomed house at 1 Church Lane, Gorey. There was no mention of him in the 1901 census. The death of an 86 year-old Patrick Mordaunt was registered in Gorey in 1918.
- James Mordaunt (abt. 1877 - ?), was recorded in the 1901 census as a farm worker for Richard Sinnott at house 4 in Clone, Ballycarney. Despite the discrepancy in dates, I suspect this is the same James as that immediately below.
- James Mordaunt (1881 - ?), a labourer married since 1902 to Margaret (abt. 1884 - ?) was recorded in the 1911 census at house 13 in Clone, Ballycarney. Living with them, squeezed into a two room rented house, was Margaret's 80 year old grandmother, Mary Quail, and their five children. Unusually, none, except Margaret, could read or write. Despite the discrepancy in dates, I suspect this is the same James as that immediately above.
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1902 - ?)
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (abt. 1904 - ?)
- James Mordaunt, (abt. 1906 - ?)
- Aiden Mordaunt, (abt. 1908 - ?)
- Margaret Mordaunt (1910 - 1913), aged 2 months at the 1911 census. The death of a 2 year-old Margaret Mordaunt was recorded in Gorey in 1913.
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt.1859 - 1927?), married his wife Annie, (abt. 1861 - 1916?) in 1884. They were recorded in the 1901 census as a farmer in house 5 in Ferns Upper, Ferns, with their only child. They were again recorded at the 1911 census at house 8, Coolbaun, Ferns. They could read or write at the 1901 census but had apparently forgotten how to do so by the 1911 census! The death of a Patrick Mordaunt born about 1859 was registered in Enniscorthy in 1927. The death of an Annie Mordaunt born about 1857 was registered in Enniscorthy in 1916.
- May K. Mordaunt (abt. 1886 - ?), was not listed at home at the 1911 census
- George Mordant (sic) (abt. 1847 - 1928), born in Co. Wexford, served in the Royal Irish Constabulary. In the the 1901 census, however, he was working as a publican, living in house 51 in Mayors Walk, Waterford. He married his wife Bridget Nolan (abt. 1855 - 1934), from Waterford, in about 1877. By the 1911 census he had left the pub trade and had moved down the road to house 13, Mayors Walk, and he was living on his RIC pension. According to the 1911 census they had had a total of 8 children but only three had survived. Clearly they had spent some years in Tipperary, where three of their children were born.
- John Mordant (6th June 1878 - 1899). His birth and death were registered in Waterford.
- Michael Mordant (13th September 1879 - 1893). His death was registered in Waterford.
- Edward Mordant (1881 - 1907), birth registered in the Nenagh district, Co. Tipperary. In the 1901 census, age given as 19 years, he was still described as a scholar. His death was registered in Waterford.
- Catherine Mordant (1884 - 1884). Her birth and death were registered in Thurles, Tipperary.
- Patrick Mordant (1885 - 1885). His birth and death were registered in Thurles, Tipperary.
- Mary Catherine Mordant (1887 - 1937), birth registered in the Thurles district, Co. Tipperary and died, unmarried in Waterford.
- Another Patrick Mordant (b. abt. 1888), birth registered in the Thurles district, Co. Tipperary. In the 1911 census he was described as a clerk, out of employment. He was possibly the only one of the eight who outived both his parents.
- Another Michael Mordant (b. abt. 1895), born in Waterford City. A Michael Mordaunt from Waterford, age given as 17 years, was working as a stable lad in Bershire, England, in the 1911 UK census. The death of a Michael Mordaunt, born abt. 1895/6 was registered in Naas in County Kildare in 1919. They may or may not be the same person.
- Margaret Mordant (sic) (abt. 1855 - ?), born in Co. Wexford, was, at the 1901 census, one of 111 inmates at the Workhouse, house 3 in Ramstown Lower. She was described as a widow, a servant and unable to read or write.
- Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1866 - 1957), a Jesuit lay brother was recorded as born in Dublin in the 1901 census, but I am grateful to a correspondent, EOL, who wrote to inform me he was born in Gorey. EOL did not know his father's christian name but his mother was Anne Mordaunt, née Murphy, He entered the Novitiate at Dromore, County Down, in 1885 (I used to have a link to a website for this but it seems to have closed down!). In the 1911 census he appeared as a lay brother/tailor in the Jesuit house at no. 6.1 in Milltown (part of Sandford Road), Rathmines & Rathgar East. He is not listed in the website transcription of the 1911 census but nor is the whole Jesuit house of 30-odd residents - an error perhaps? EOL also kindly sent photographs from among the family photographs.
Brother Edward SJ
Brother Edward SJ
Brother Edward SJ,
- Mary Mordant (sic) (abt. 1868 - 1907). Her death was registered in Gorey district. She could be the daughter of Michael Mordaunt and Mary Anne Ireton above but, there again, she may not be.
- Mary Mordant (sic) (abt. 1871 - ?), born in Co. Wexford, was, at the 1901 census in Dublin working as a cook and living in with the large Moran family at house 30 in Hollybrook Road, Clontarf West. I think there is a good chance she was the Mary Mordaunt in the 1911 census, working as a shopkeeper and lodging in Shelbourne Road, Dublin, although it was recorded that she was born in Dublin.
- Jane Mordant (sic) (abt. 1875 - ?), born in Co. Wexford was, at the 1911 census, single and working as a servant at house no. 8, Main Street, Arklow, Co, Wicklow, to Edward Norris, pawnbroker, a family of 6 in an 8 roomed house.
- Esther Mordaunt (abt. 1882 - 1914). Her death was registered in Gorey in 1914, according to the familysearch.org transcription.
- Esther Mordaunt (1901 - ?). Her birth was registered in Gorey in 1901. Her parents were apparently not recorded, according to the familysearch.org transcription
- Pte J. Mordaunt from Gorey was wounded or shell-shocked or missing after the battle of Ginchy and Guillemont in October 1916. He was serving with the 6th Royal Irish Regiment
- James Mordaunt (b. 1939) was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He moved to Lancashire and with his partner, Joy Smith, he had a number of children born in Leigh, within the Ormskirk registration district, and Wigan
James married Ann M. Bennett in Leigh in May 1985 but sadly they divorced a few years later.
- James Anthony Mordaunt (b. 1970) was born in Ormskirk. He married Michelle Green in Salford in September 2003. Today he lives in New Zealand, where he is better known as Tony Mordaunt.
- James Mordaunt (b. 2009 )
- Martin Francis Mordaunt (b. 1971) was born in Leigh. He is now living in San Francisco
- Marie Louisa Mordaunt (b. 1973) was born in Leigh. She married in Wigan in April 1991 but has since divorced.
- Shaun Frederick Mordaunt (b. 1993) was born in Wigan. He reverted to the name Mordaunt by deed poll.
- Tara Sarah Mordaunt (b. 1981) was born in Wigan and now lives in Leigh.
- Ollie Michael Grimes (b. 2006)
- Oscar Mark Grimes (b. 2010)
I am very grateful to Shaun Mordaunt for finding my website and spotting gross errors and I am very grateful to his mother, Maria Mordaunt, for writing to me and correcting them as well as providing much additional information about her family.
Unplaced (by me) Mordaunts from the deaths registers
- The death of a Bridget Mordaunt (abt. 1800 - 1891) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1813 - 1895) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1824 - 1892) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1825 - 1898) was registered in Gorey district. I wonder if this is the husband of Margaret Byrne, above
- The death of a Michael Mordaunt (1826 - 1902) was registered in Gorey district. I have not traced him in the 1901 census
- The death of a George Mordaunt (abt. 1834 - 1892) was registered in Gorey district. I wonder if he was the husband of Anne Giles above?
- The death of a Partick Mordaunt (abt. 1838 - 1885) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of an Ellen Mordaunt (abt. 1838 - 1899) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of an Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1841 - 1869) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of an Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1784 - 6th February, 1854) is recorded as dying in Boulacrena(?).
- The death of a George Mordaunt (abt. 1848 - 1903) was registered in Gorey district. I have not traced him in the 1901 census
- The death of a Margaret Mordaunt (abt. 1850 - 1892) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a James Mordaunt (abt. 1857 - 1893) was registered in Enniscorthy district.
- The death of a Denis Mordaunt (1859 - 1932) was registered in Goery district. I have not traced him either the in the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
- The death of a six year-old Catherine Mordaunt (abt. 1864 - 1870) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a twelve year-old Anne Mordaunt (abt. 1864 - 1876) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a Mary Mordaunt (1867 - 1947) was registered in Gorey district. She may be listed above but I have not been able to identify her.
- The death of a six year-old Margaret Mordaunt (abt. 1868 - 1874) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a six year-old James Mordaunt (abt. 1869 - 1875) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a four year-old Miles Mordaunt (abt. 1871 - 1875) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a baby Denis Mordaunt (1871 - 1871) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a two year-old Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1873 - 1874) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of an unnamed baby Mordaunt (1876 - 1876) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a nine year-old Elizabeth Mordaunt (abt. 1884 - 1893) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a baby Mary Ann Mordaunt (abt. 1899 - 1899) was registered in Gorey district.
- The death of a Margaret Mordaunt (1845 - 1902) was registered in Gorey district. I have not traced her in the 1901 census
- The death of a Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1909 - 1926) was registered in Gorey district. I have not traced her in the 1911 census.
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- Edward Morning (sic), sometimes recorded as Ned and his wife Elizabeth Dempsey, sometimes Eliza or Betty, had a several children baptised in Tomacork/Carnew. I have found nothing more about them. Despite this, he could still fit with one of the Mornings/Mordaunts of Wexford above.
- George Morning (sic) ( ? - before 1852) was recorded in the Tithe Applotment of around 1829 as occupying 36 acres in the townland of Coolilugg in the parish of Kilpipe in the county of Wexford. A little confusinng - the parish of Kilpipe stretches over the border with Wexford and Wicklow. Modern Coolalugg, presumably the same place, is now very much in County Wicklow. Unusualy for this early date, most of the church records of his children use the name Mordaunt and not Morning like almost all the church records of other Mordaunts in the area. He married Judith Hawlan . He must have died fairly young as it is Judith who is listed in the Griffiths Valuation list 1852/3 leasing 96 acres of house, offices and land with the substantial rateable value of Ł26 from Earl Fitzwilliam at Curraghlawn, Kilpipe. She was subleasing a house to a John Byrne. I suspect records of a number of other children have not emerged yet on Internet genealogical websites.
I had only found records of five children so I am grateful to my correspondent, Margaret Campion, who kindly wrote to me of an additional four children she had discovered.
- Mary Mordaunt (1821 - ?) was baptised in Coolalug on 22nd November, 1821.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (1823 - before 1835) was baptised in Coolalug on 13th June, 1823. I presume she died young because a later daughter was also called Elizabeth or Eliza.
- Ann Mordaunt (1829 - ?) was baptised in Coolalug on 9th May, 1825.
- Patrick Mordaunt (1829 - ?) was baptised in Coolalug on 8th February, 1829.
- Stephen Mordaunt (1832 - 1905) was baptised in Killaveny on 19th May, 1832. Years later, in the 1901 census he is described as farmer but living with a very much younger brother who is listed as the head of the family. His death was registered in Shillelagh.
- Joseph Mordaunt (1833 - ?) was baptised in Coolalug on 28th November, 1833.
- Eliza Mordaunt (1835 - ?) was baptised in Coolalug on 25th October, 1835. I presume her older sister, Elizabeth, had died. My correspondent, Margaret Campion, whose DNA test shows a link to Wexford/Wicklow Mordaunts, puts forward the reasonable proposition that she was the Eliza Mordaunt who arrived, according to her research, on 5th September, 1851, on the ship Kalamazoo from Liverpool to New York. Her age was given as 23 years when this Eliza would have been 28 years but peoples recorded ages from this time are very unreliable. Margaret found that an Eliza Morden (sic) was married to John Campion (? - 1860), a teamster, in the 1855 New York State census while no Eliza Morden or Mordaunt appears in the 1850 census. They were both present at the Ist June, 1860, census but John was interred only three weeks later in Albany on 22nd June, 1860. So, given her DNA links to Wexford Mordaunts, Margaret is reasonably confident that this Eliza Mordaunt is her great great grandmother.
- Peter Mordaunt (1842 - ?) was baptised in Coolalug on 10th July, 1842.
- George Mordaunt (abt. 1851 - 1907) a farmer, was occupying the farm at Curraghlawn at the 1901 census. He was listed as head of the family although his elder brother Stephen was living there also. By the 1911 census, his widowed wife, Margaret Kinsella (abt. 1859 - 1937) from Wexford was 52 years old. The family appeared, helpfully, in the a Cheesman family history website which I had found and linked to but which, unfortunately, no longer seems to exist. They had married on 30th September 1890 in Askamore Catholic Church, Askamore, Gorey, (Margaret was a Wexford girl). They are both buried in Annancurra, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.
With the family at the 1901 census was an unmarried niece, Mary Corcoran (abt. 1881 - ?), described as a farmer's daughter. She was not with them in the 1911 census
- Julia Mordaunt (1892 - 1976). Mike Hanley, now of Clearwater, Florida, kindly wrote in my Guest Book on 5th October 2011 that he delivered mail to Julia, then of Toberpatrick, during the 1950s. She had never married and was the only Mordaunt then in the immediate district. He remembers "Julia was a kind soul and always had a hot mug of tea ready which was much appreciated on a cold and wet Irish winter day."
- George Mordaunt (abt. 1895 - 1924). His death was registered in Shillelagh. He was still in his 20s.
- Thomas Mordaunt (abt. 1896 - 1927). His death was recorded in Shillelagh in early 1927. He too was still in his 20s.
- Sarah/Sally Mordaunt (abt. 1897 - 1967) married George Graham.
- Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1900 - 1982) married Julia Byrne (? - 1987).
- Stephen Mordaunt (abt. 1902 - 1973).
- William Mordaunt (abt. 1848 - ?), born in County Wicklow, was a farmer at Balleeshal, Aughrim in the 1901 census, married to Lucy Sinnott (abt. 1865/8 - 1901), who worked as a dressmaker. The marriage of a William Mordaunt was recorded in the Rathdrum registration district in 1891. Lucy died very soon after the 1901 census, her age given as 43 years. William is not recorded in the 1911 census; the death of a William was recorded in 1906 but his age was recorded as 45 years, therefore born about 1861.
- Julia Mordaunt (abt. 1892 - ?). At the 1911 census she and her brother were living or staying with her widower grandfather, John Sinnott, a farmer, his son Patrick with his wife Julia
- William Mordaunt (abt. 1895 - ?). The four roomed house and modest farm were in the Parish of Kilpipe, the Townland of Killadoran in the district electoral division of Aughrim.
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1848 - ?), born in County Wicklow, was a farmer at Killinure in the 1901 census, married to Mary (abt. 1849 - ?). Living with them, described as a farmer's son. was a nephew, John Deegan, aged 14. Neither Patrick nor Mary are recorded in the 1911 census.
- Edward Mordaunt married Anna Ward in Arklow on 18th February 1857
- Michael Mordaunt seems to have been an itinerant worker. He and his wife, Julia Holden (abt. 1874 - ?) from Westmeath, are not recorded in the 1901 census. Their daughter was born in England and their son was born in County Kerry. I feel sorry for Julia. By the 1911 census she was a young widow, working as a laundress supporting her two young children. She had ended up in a three room rented house in east Wicklow, Sub-District Avoca, the Parish of Castlemacadam, the Barony of Arklow, the Townland of Ballanagh, the District Electoral Division of Ballyarthur. This was a long way from Westmeath and a very long walk from the support of the nearest possible Mordaunt relation, leaving her quite isolated. Where Michael originated I do not know.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (abt. 1902 - ?). The 1911 census records she was born in England but I have not found her name in the England records..
- Peter Patrick Mordaunt (21st August 1905 - ?) 1905), born in Kerry, was baptised in Killorglin on 25th August 1905.
- Mary Mordant (sic) (abt. 1871 - ?), born in Co. Wicklow, was, at the 1901 census, an unmarried housemaid, domestic servant, with Albert Wynne, a civil and mining engineer, and his family in a substantial house, no. 2 in Cherrymount, Cronebane.
Unplaced (by me) Mordaunts from the deaths registers
- The death of Anne Mordaunt (abt. 1824 - 1889) was registered in Rathdrum district.
- The death of Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1837 - 1902) was registered in Rathdrum district. I have not traced him in the 1901 census
- The death of a baby George Mordaunt (abt. 1875 - 1879) was registered in Shillelagh district.
- The death of a baby boy Mordaunt (abt. 1897 - 1897) was registered in Rathdrum district.
- Bridget Mordaunt (abt. 1785 - 1874). Her death was registered in Trim district, County Meath
- Hannah Mordant (sic) (abt. 1788 - ?), described as an orange dealer, unmarried, in the 1851 English census was staying in the Edmonton, London, District Union Workhouse.
- Hannah Mordant (sic) (abt. 1801 - ?), described as a "Travler" and married in the 1861 English census was being detained at Brideswell Street House of Correction in Warwick. With her was a 10 year-old girl, Mary Mordant; her daughter or her granddaughter?
- Mary Mordaunt (abt 1833 - ?) married ? Casey and is listed in the 1861 English census in Manchester, working as a dressmaker, with two daughters. Living with her, working as a house servant, was a 19 year-old sister Annie Mordaunt. Both were listed as born in Ireland,
- Edward Mordant (sic) (abt. 1834 - ?), born somewhere in Ireland, was working as a market porter in Wapping, Tower Hamlets, London, in the 1861 English census
- John Mordant (sic) (1840 - ?), aged 20 was listed in the 1861 English census, working as a painter and lodging in Bethnal Green, London.
- Catherine Mordaunt (1884 - ?). Her birth was registered in Roscrea district (for Laois of Offaly or Tipperary)
- Frederick Mordaunt (1885 - ?). His birth was registered in Naas district (for Kildare or Wicklow)
- Mary Mordaunt (1908 - ?). Her birth was registered in Naas district (for Kildare or Wicklow)
- Patrick Mordaunt (1910 - ?). His birth was registered in Naas district (for Kildare or Wicklow)
- Elizabeth Mordaunt was godmother to John Drennan in December 1778 in St. Audoen's parish, Dublin.
- John Mordaunt married Mary Butler at St. Andrew's Church, Dublin, on 16th January, 1793.
- Eleanor Mordaunt was buried at St. Paul's Church of Ireland church in Dublin on 19th March 1793
- Patrick Mordaunt appears in a WorldVitalRecords.com transcription of a 1851 Dublin census at 6, Halpins Row, St. Thomas's North.
- Michael Mordaunt (b. abt 1780s/early 1790s), a painter, according to Tim Wheeler doing research into this branch of the family, appears on his son's marriage certificate in Liverpool. The son:
Patrick then married Caroline Gurnell in 1851 and had a son. His wife, Caroline, died shortly after.
- Patrick Mordaunt, (abt. 1814 - ?), appears in the 1851 English census as a widower, living in Liverpool with his 13 year old son, Gerald, both working as cordwainers (skilled shoemakers).
(abt 1838 - 1878) stayed in Liverpool, married, had a family and died in 1878. His family details are recorded on the Lancashire Mordaunts page.
Patrick married a third time, to Mary Ann Malone, in Liverpool in 1855. They had a daughter:
- Elijah Mordaunt Apparently taken to Ireland while still very small, he reappears in the English marriage records, marrying Elizabeth "Betsey" Hammond, (1859 - 1946), born in Dover, in the naval port town of Medway in 1876. He had joined the Royal Navy and was recorded in the 1881 England census as a stoker on HMS Defence. Betsey's parents had moved to Caistor in Lincolnshire and her and Elijah's eldest son was born there in 1881.
Elijah left the navy and moved over to Ireland, working for the Coastguard in different corners of Ireland, indicated by the birthplaces of some their children:
The family moved to Lincolnshire where they had four more children. More detail of this family can be found on the Mordaunts in the Rest of Britain page.
- George Edward Mordaunt (12th December 1882 - 1973). His birth was registered in Kenmare, County Kerry
- Sarah Caroline (Carrie) Mordaunt (1884 - 1978). Her birth was registered in Kenmare, County Kerry
- Charles Hammond Mordaunt (12th December 1882 - 1973). His birth was registered in Kenmare, County Kerry. The English 1911 census says he was born in Lackeen Place.
- William Henry Mordaunt (1884 - 1978). His birth was registered in Kenmare, County Kerry
- Isabel (Dolly) Pearl Mordaunt (1st January 1889 - 1992). Her birth was registered in Glenties district, Donegal
- Rose Clara Mordaunt (1891 - 1978). Her birth was registered in Milford district, Donegal. The English census says in Mulbury.
Thanks to Elaine Mordaunt and her partner, Tim Wheeler, and to Debbie Alty and Elizabeth Ehrenfried, descendents of Elijah, who provided additional information.
After the birth of Rachel, Patrick and his family, less Gerald, disappear from the English records and are assumed to have returned to Dublin. The burial of the 3 year-old Rachel Mordaunt, of Ringsend, took place at the Royal Chapel of St. Matthew, Ringsend, on 9th July 1860.
- Rachel Mordaunt (1857 - 1860) was christened at St. Peter's, Liverpool, on 9th April, 1857.
There is some debate within the family as to how many times Patrick married. His great grandson, Patrick, believes that he married a fourth time, to another Mary Ann. Others reason that the variation in records between the names Malone, Maloney and Malloy were clerical errors by the record keepers, not uncommon in old written records. Confusing is that, while the mother's name remains fairly consistent in subsequent records, the father's name varies between Joseph and Elijah. Whatever, and by whomever, a Mary Ann Mordaunt had further children:
The death of a Patrick Mordaunt, born about 1813, was registered in Rathdown in 1875.
- Rebecca Mordaunt (abt. 1861). She married Thomas McLoughlin, a bottle-blower from Scotland. I am grateful to her 2 x great granddaughter, Karen Fowler née Murray who contacted me and told me that Rebecca had at least two children:
- Catherine (Kate) McLoughlin who married James Murray, who were Karen's great grandparents
- Rebecca McLoughlin who married James Memery
Karen explained that some their present day descendents are still living close to each other in Ringsend, in the heart of Dublin where she herself grew up, describing it as a very tight knit community.
- James Mordaunt (1864 - 1943). He married Hannah Kirwin (abt. 1868 - 1902) in 1866. They were listed in the 1901 census living in the Pembroke East and Donneybrook district. James was recorded as a sailor. This may explain why, in the 1911 censuses, the children were living with their aunts, Mary Ann with her aunt Johanna and Patrick with his aunt Rebecca.
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (abt. 1889 - ?). In the 1911 census she was staying with her aunt Johanna in Fitzwilliam Quay.
- Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1896 - ?). In the 1911 census he was staying with his aunt Rebecca in York Terrace. Like other members of his family he worked in the bottle factory but enlisted in the Royal Navy during WWI. He had at least one son
- Patrick Mordaunt who in turn has at least one son
- Jason Mordaunt. I am very grateful to Jason Mordaunt who very kindly contacted me with details his family. He also explained that the reason why so many family members worked at a glass factory was that the Irish Glass Bottle Company was situated in Ringsend and was a major employer in the area.
- Julia Mordaunt (1901 - 1901).
- Johanna Mordaunt (16th September 1866). In the record of her baptism at the Royal Chapel of St. Matthew, Ringsend, on 7th October 1866, her parents were named as Elijah Mordaunt, a shoemaker, and Mary Ann Malloy. She married James Nolan, a bottle maker.
- Elias Mordaunt (28th March, 1872 - 28th December, 1901). Patrick, father of Jason, above, is quite firm in his conviction that Elias was a half brother to other members of the family. An entry for his birth, dated 28th March 1872, gives his parents as Joseph Mordaunt and Mary-Anne Malone. An Elias Mordaunt married in 1895. In a transcription of the parish record of the baptism of his son, Patrick Joseph, below, he is listed as Elijah and was living in Holles Street. In 1901 he and his wife, Jane Crabbe (abt. 1873 - 1948?), born in Dublin, were recorded in the 1901 census in Scotland with their second son, Patrick. Their eldest son, however, was staying with her parents, Edmund and Jane Crabbe in Bridge Street, Ringsend, Pembroke East. Elias died in Glasgow of TB (phthisis pulmonalis). Jane is listed in the 1911 census with her two sons staying with her parents, now moved to Pembroke Cottages, Pembroke East. She was working as a servant. The death of a Jane Mordaunt, born about 1873, was registered in 1943 but that was in Gorey, Co. Wexford. More likely is the Jane Mordaunt, recorded as born in 1876, whose death in Dublin South was registered in 1948. I am very grateful to their great grandson Declan Mordaunt for contacting me to add details of the family and to his son Dylan Mordaunt for adding still more.
- Edmund/Edmond Mordaunt (b. abt 1895), born in Glasgow, possibly while the parents were in Britain doing seasonal work, was mentioned in the 1901 census, staying with his grandparents Crabbe, presumably while the parents were again away for seasonal work. In 1911, aged 16, he was described as a bottle worker. He married Kate and they had children:
Edmund/Edmond married 2. Kate
- Eamonn Mordaunt. He too worked in a glass factory. He married Maureen Leech
- Ciaran Mordaunt
- Noeleen Mordaunt (b. 1948) was born in Dublin. She married Brendan Lynch. They have six children and now live in Portugal. I am very grateful to Noeleen for making contact through the Guest Book.
- Andrew Noel Mordaunt. He too worked in a glass factory.
Growing up with Andrew's family was a cousin Lisa Hyland who married Alan Heade and has one child, Aishling.
- Colm Mordaunt married Betty Warren.
- Paul Mordaunt
- John Mordaunt
- Theresa Mordaunt. She married David Lellouche but later divorced. She lives in France
- Yann Lellouche
- Karl Lellouche
- Sara Lellouche
- Noel Mordaunt. He married Linda Fennelly.
- Declan Mordaunt. He is a partner with a well known, world-wide accountancy firm in Qatar, having previously been with them in New Zealand. He married Geraldine Lacy
- Trevor Mordaunt. He works as a manager at a famous London Hotel
- Dylan Mordaunt. He is a doctor in Adelaide, Australia
- Siobhan Mordaunt. She is a lawyer in Wellington, New Zealand
- Eamonn Mordaunt. His wife is Jackie
- Paul Mordaunt
- Natasha Mordaunt
- Catlin Mordaunt
- Bernadette Mordaunt. She married Eugene Connell
- Megan Connell
- Lee-Ann Connell
- Elias Bernard Mordaunt. He died without children
- Patrick Joseph Mordaunt (abt. 1896 - ?), born in Dublin and baptised at St. Andrew's, Dublin, in 1896. In the 1911 census he was still at school. He later worked as a shoemaker.
Luke Mordaunt is listed in the 1853 Griffiths valuation occupying 66 Bride Street, St. Bridget, the immediate lessor being a Samual Murray. Luke himself was listed as the immediate lessor of nos. 62, 62 1/2, 63 and 64 which were let out to tenants and lodgers. Could he have been the Luke Mordant (sic), born 1822, whose death was registered in Dublin South in 1868?
Ellen Mordaunt and her husband Michael Ford were the parents of
William Mordaunt was a witness at the marriage of Wm Woolley and Eliza Carpenter at St Thomas's, Dublin.
Edward Mordaunt and his wife Maria Phelan registered the births of the following children
- William Mordaunt (27th July 1864 - ?) in Dublin
- Margaret Mordaunt (23rd April 1875 - ?) in Dublin, Well, so says one source, but another source has Margaret Frances Mordaunt, daughter of Edward Mordaunt and Mary Whelan, baptised at St. Andrew's Church, Dublin, in 1874. Just coincidence?
George Mordaunt and his wife Grace Cullen registered the births of the following children
- Michael John Mordaunt (16th May 1865 - ?) in Dublin
- Elizabeth Mary Mordaunt (14th September 1866 - ?) in Dublin
- Luke David Mordaunt (12th September 1868 - ?) in Dublin. Luke is not that common a name which leads me to speculate whether he is the grandson of the Luke, above, named in the Griffiths Valuation.
Eliza Mordaunt and her husband Joseph Grant were the parents of
Either George Mordaunt and his wife Esther Henry, according to the parish baptismal record transcribed on irishgenealogies.ie, or Patrick Mordant (sic) and Esther Cleary, according to the birth registration transcript on familysearch.org, of 63 Watling Street were the parents of
The death of an Esther Mordaunt (abt.1858 - 1917), aged 59 years, was registered in the Dublin South district, according to a familysearch.org transcription. The dates allow the possibility that she was Patrick's mother.
- Patrick Mordaunt (19th October 1880 - ?) baptised in St James' Church, Dublin, on 24th October, 1880. Sponsors were a Patrick Mordaunt and a Catherine Mordaunt.
Charlotte Mordaunt was a sponsor at the baptism of Elizabeth Mary Hughes at Sts Michael and John's, Dublin, in 1894. I have found no other Charlotte in any other Irish or English record to identify her.
Maria Mordaunt married James Duffy of 8 Hamilton Row they had a son:
Grace Mordant (sic) (abt. 1826/31 - 1906), (née Cullen), born in Co. Dublin, was a widow in the 1901 census, living in a large 10 room house with her 60 year-old sister, Brigid Cullen, at house 691 in Terenure Road, Rathmines. The census suggests a birth year of 1831 but the death register suggests 1826.
Essey Mordaunt (abt. 1851 ?), a widow, born in County Kildare, was living at a house 10.2 in James's Street, Ushers Quay, in the 1901 census, squeezed into one room in a house shared with five other families. She was working as a wash woman. The whole family could read but not write. None the family were recorded in the 1911 census
- Kate Mordaunt (b. abt. 1887), born in Dublin city, was working as a room keeper in the 1901 census. She was not listed in the 1911 census, at least not under the name Mordaunt.
- Patrick Mordaunt (b. abt. 1889), born in Dublin, was a twelve year old messenger in the 1901 census. He was not listed in the 1911 census.
- Josephena Mordaunt (b. abt. 1891), born in Dublin, was at school in the 1901 census. She was not listed in the 1911 census, at least not under the name Mordaunt.
Margaret Mordant (sic) (abt. 1863 - ?), (née Towsen), born in Co. Dublin and described in the 1901 census as a widow and houskeeper, living with her parents in house 1 in Hacketsland, Killiney. She is presumably the Margaret Mordant ( b. abt. 1861), born in Dublin, a widow, described in the 1911 census as a servant at house no. 122 Greystones Town, Greystones, to Edward Dawson Fry, a commercial agent, Nora, his musician wife, and their one child in a large 12 room house.
Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1866 - 1957), a Jesuit lay brother was recorded as born in Dublin in the 1901 census, but I am grateful to a correspondent, EOL, who wrote to inform me he was born in Gorey, Wexford, and so his details have been transferred further down this page to the Wexford section.
William Mordaunt (abt. 1870 - ?), was born in Dublin and in 1901 was a commercial clerk with a mineral water manufacturer. His wife, Jennie/Jane Kinsella (abt. 1884 - ?) was born in County Wicklow. They seem to have married in Dublin North district in 1899. At the 1901 census they were living in house 6 in Drumcondra Road, West Side, Drumcondra; their son Cecil's age was given as 3.5 years but this was presumably 3.5 months! By the 1911 census he was working in Bray, Co. Wicklow, as the secretary of the mineral water company, living at 8, Brennann's Terrace, a substantial ten roomed house. Living with them at both censuses was Jane's widowed mother, Elizabeth Kinsella, (b. abt 1845).
- Cecil E. Mordaunt (abt. 1901 - 1911), born in Dublin, died before the 1911 census
- William E. Mordaunt (1902 - ?), born in Dublin.
- Harry Mordaunt (b. abt. 1904), born in Dublin. Was his full name Heny Claud Mordaunt? The death of a Henry Claud Mordaunt (abt. 1903 - 1928) was registered in Rathdrum in 1928.
- Mary Mordaunt (b. abt. 1909), born in Dublin,
Alice Mordaunt (abt. 1870/71 - 1816), was, at the 1901 census, already a widow, born in Dublin, with no employment, a visitor at the Spince household at house no. 10.2 in James's Street, Ushers Quay. She was recorded again in the 1911 census as a housekeeper, boarding at 36 Annesley, Mountjoy, Dublin. The death of an Alice Mordaunt, born about 1869, was registered in 1916.
Julia Mordant (sic) (abt. 1867 - 1935?), born in Dublin, unmarried, was, at the 1901 census, running a 13 room boarding house with two cooks and 6 boarders at house 73, Lower Gardiner Street, North Rock. She was missing from the 1911 census. The death of a Julia Mordaunt, born about 1865, was registered in Dublin South in 1935
Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1847 - 1912), was recorded in the 1911 census, born in Dublin, a widow, described as a housekeeper and lodging (?) at 6 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin. Her death was recorded in Dublin North
Catherine Mordaunt (abt. 1860 - ?), aged 51, born in Dublin, unmarried, no employment , described in the 1911 census as a visitor with no employment at 26 Earl Street, Mountjoy, Dublin, the home/business of Elizabeth Sheridan, grocer and victualler.
William Joseph Mordaunt (1867 - ?), his birth registered in Dublin North district. He was described as a carpenter, married to Elizabeth (abt. 1867 - 1924?), born Kingstown. At the 1901 census they were living at house 44.1 in Pleasant Street, Fitzwilliam, squashed into 3 rooms, and at the 1911 census were in living at 4 Clanbrassil, Lower East Side, Wood Quay, Dublin, nine in the family squeezed into two rooms. By 1911 they had had 7 children, 5 had survived. The death of a Elizabeth Mordaunt, age given as 55 years was registered in Dublin South district in 1924.
- Alice M. Mordaunt (b. abt. 1887), born in Dublin city, a tailoress in 1911.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (b. abt. 1891), born in Dublin, also a tailoress, married for two years to John Flynn, aged 26 years, born in Dublin and described as a packer in ironware. They were living with her parents.
- Elizabeth Flynn (b. abt. 1910)
- Evelyn/Eva Mordaunt (b. abt. 1895), born in Dublin, no employment in 1911. I am grateful to her granddaughter, Evelyn Corrigan of Monkstown, who kindly wrote in my Guest Book in May 2013, sharing her fond memories of her great aunt Florence and her husband..
- James Mordaunt (b. abt. 1896 - 1907), born in Dublin, is listed in the 1901 census but died before the 1911 census. His death was registered in Dublin South district
- Eileen Mordaunt (1899 - ?), born in Dublin, at school in 1911. She was presumably the Eileen whose marriage was registered in Dublin South in 1922
- Florence Mordaunt (b. abt. 1908), born in Dublin, at school in 1911. The marriage of a Florence Mordaunt was registered in Dublin South in 1924
Mary Mordaunt ( b. abt. 1889), born in Dublin, unmarried, described in the 1911 census as a domestic servant to the O'Donnells at 13 De Courcy Square, Glasnevin Ward, Dublin.
Mary Anne Mordaunt (b. abt. 1890), born in Dublin, had, at the 1911 census no employment and was unmarried, living/staying with an uncle and aunt, James and Johana Nolan, at 3 Fitzwilliam Quay, Pembroke East, Dublin.
Edward Mordaunt (b. abt. 1896), aged 15, born in Dublin, described as a street trader, was, at the 1911 census boarding at a "Catholic boys home" at 72 Abbey Street, Middle North City, Dublin.
Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1871 - ), born in Dublin, was, at the 1911 census unmarried, lodging with the Bramble family at 54 Shelbourne Road, Pembroke West, Dublin. I think she could possibly have been the Wexford born Mary Mordaunt (below) who at the 1901 census was working as a cook in Hollybrook Road, Clontarf.
Luke David Mordant (sic) (abt. 1869 - 1948), born in Dublin, appears in the 1901 census, mis-transcribed as Tubie!!, described as a "commisssion agent for house rent collecting, living at 34 Harolds Cross Road, Rathmines.. In the 1911 census he was described as "deriving income as householder," was living with his wife, Teresa E. (abt. 1873 - 1946) at house no. 45 in Rock Road, Blackrock.
- George William (b. 1900). The conscientious census collector noted in the 1901 census that the 10 month-old George could not read! The marriage of a George W. Mordaunt was registered in the Dublin South district in 1942.
Maria Mordaunt (abt. 1841 - ?), born in Dublin City, was a widow and dressmaker in the 1901 census, occupying two rooms in house 8.3 Hamilton Row, giving her age as 60 years. Curiously she filled in the census form herself as Maira, but signed it at the bottom as Maria. She is possibly the same person as:
Maria Mordant (sic) (abt. 1836 - ?), born in Dublin City and described in the 1911 census as a 75 year-old old pensioner and dressmaker, was living in a sort of bedsit, a single room in a tenement building, at 1.3 Davott's Parade, South Dock.
The death of a Maria Mordaunt (b. abt. 1845), age given as 68 years, was registered in Dublin South district in 1913. Were they all the same person?
Esther Mordant (sic) (abt. 1851 - 1948), born in County Kildare, an illiterate widow, was, at the time of the 1911 census living in one room in house no. 3.1 in Keogh's Cottages, Usher's Quay with her daughter:
- Josephine (abt. 1891 - ?), born in Dublin City, was working as a laundress at the 1911 census.
Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1882 - ?), recorded as born in St. Joseph's, Dublin, was listed in the UK 1901 census as a gunner in the Royal Artillery stationed at a barracks in Dorset. He was serving in Burma and the Andaman Islands threatre in the UK 1911 census. He died in France on 17th October, 1917.
William Mordant (sic) (abt. 1887/8 - 1918?), born in Dublin City and described in the 1911 census as a carpenter lodging in a massive tenement of 563 rooms in Bride Street, Wood Quay. The death of a William Mordaunt, born about 1887 was registered in Dublin South in 1918.
Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1848 - 1916). Whoever she was, her death was registered in Dublin South district in 1916.
George Mordaunt (24th September 1897- 24th October 1942) was a detective garda murdered by IRA gunmen Harry White and Maurice O'Neill at 14, Holly Road, Donnycarney, in Dublin. For probably the best known Irish Mordaunt of the 20th Century it is surprisingly difficult to place him in a family tree. According to the Garda website he was married with two children.
Unplaced (by me) Mordaunts from the deaths registers
- The death of a Susan Mordaunt (abt. 1800 - 1882) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a John Mordaunt (abt. 1815 - 1882) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of an Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1825 - 1895) was registered in Rathdown district.
- The death of an Edmund Mordaunt (abt. 1831 - 1881) was registered in Dublin North district.
- The death of a Margaret Mordaunt (abt. 1831 - 1887) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a George Mordaunt (abt. 1835 - 1875) was registered in Dublin South district. He does not quite fit as any of the Georges above.
- The death of a Marie Mordaunt (abt. 1839 - 1893) was registered in Rathdown district.
- The death of an Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1840 - 1900) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1845 - 1869) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of an Anne Mordaunt (1845 - 1902) was registered in Rathdown district. I have not traced her in the 1901 census.
- The death of a Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1851 - 1899) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a Miles Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1857 - 1877) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1857 - 1908) was registered in Dublin North district.
- The death of a Margaret Mordaunt (abt. 1859 - 1899) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a John Mordaunt (abt. 1863 - 1904) was registered in Dublin South district. I have not traced him in the 1901 census.
- The death of a ten year-old Michael John Mordaunt (abt. 1865 - 1875) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a Honora Mordaunt (1867 - 1902) was registered in Dublin South district. A distictive name. I have not traced her in the 1901 census.
- The death of an Eliza Mordaunt (abt. 1870 - 1926) was registered in Dublin North district. I have not traced her in the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
- The death of a four year-old Margaret Mordaunt (abt. 1875 - 1879) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a baby Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1879 - 1879) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a two year-old Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1875 - 1879) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a Catherine Mordaunt (1883 - 1930) was registered in Dublin North district. I have not traced her in either the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
- The death of a Kate Mordaunt (1889 - 1939) was registered in Dublin South district. I have not traced him in either the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
- The death of a one year-old Gerrard Mordaunt (1890 - 1891) was registered in Dublin North district.
- The death of a four year-old Patrick Mordaunt (abt. 1892 - 1889) was registered in Dublin North district.
- The death of a John Mordaunt (1892 - 1935) was registered in Dublin South district. I have not traced him in either the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
- The death of a four year-old John Mordaunt (abt. 1897 - 1901) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a baby Julia Mordaunt (1901 - 1901) was registered in Dublin South district.
- The death of a baby Patrick Brazil Mordaunt (1902 - 1902) was registered in Dublin South district. I am grateful to John Brazil who kindly wrote to explain that the family Brazil, var. Brazill, Brazzill, Brassill, was recorded in Enniscorthy in the 1600s, and in Kilnahue, near Gorey, in the 1800s, raising the possibility this family originated in Wexford.
Emigrés to America and Canada
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1817 - ?) is recorded in an 1851 census of Canada in Sheffield, Addington County, Canada West (now Ontario?), with his wife, Ann (abt. 1812 - ?).
None appear in later Canadian censuses
- Katherine Mordaunt (abt. 1841 - ?) was born in Ireland. In the 1901 Canadian census, a Catherine Mordaunt, unmarried, born 1841, was lodging with the Paul family in Newburg (Village), Addington, Ontario. She was not listed in the 1911 census.
- James Mordaunt (abt. 1843 - ?) was born in Ireland. I am almost certain that he was the James Mordaunt of Irish origin who appeared in the 1880 US census with his 2nd wife Hannah in Spalding, Menominee, MI, and went on to raise a large family who can be tracked on the Mordaunts in America webpage.
- Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1845 - ?) was born in Ireland
- Ann Mordaunt (abt. 1847 - ?) was born in Canada. I am almost certain that she was the Anna Mordaunt (b. abt 1844) of Canadian Irish origin who had married William Navin in upper New York State by 1880, as recorded on the Mordaunts in America webpage.
- Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1849 - ?) was born in Canada. I am almost certain that he was recorded in the 1900 US census as an "inmate" in Rochester State Hospital, Ward 2, Minnesota.
- unnamed Mordaunt (abt. 1850 - ?) a girl, age given 1 year in the census.
US Census Records
I have used ancestry.com to view US Census and other records. I do not know if the census records are incomplete or if ancestry.com are at fault but there are clearly a lot of gaps.
The 1860 US census shows 12 Mordaunts of whom 5 were born in Ireland:
- John Mordaunt, born about 1828, and Cathrine (sic), his wife, born 1835. Living in New York Ward 21, District 5, New York. They moved about, one daughter was born in Massachusetts in about 1850 and another in New York in 1857.
- Living with them or a very near neighbour in 1850 was Mary Mordaunt, born in Ireland about 1825. Could she have been John's sister
- George Mordaunt, born about 1830, and Ann Mordaunt, his wife, born about 1830. Living in New York Ward 7, District 5, New York. They left for America in their late teens or early twenties because they had children James, born in New York about 1852, and Emma, born in New York about 1854.
The 1870 US census shows:
- George, Ann, James and Emma now living in Brooklyn Ward 19, Kings
- Charles Mordaunt, born about 1830 in Ireland, living in New York Ward 7, District 8 (2nd Enum), New York, and Jane, his wife, also born in Ireland about 1832.
The 1880 US census shows:
- An Unknown Irish Mordaunt emigrated to the US before the birth of two sons recorded in the 1880 census, making him, perhaps, the earliest Irish Mordaunt immigrant in the US. His unknown wife was also Irish.
The sons of these Irish parents were George Mordaunt (abt. 1845 - ?) and John Mordaunt (abt. 1847 - ?), both born in New Jersey and living, in 1880, in Philadelphia, PA. John had an Irish born wife, Catherine (abt. 1850 - ?).
- Patrick Mordaunt, born about 1830 in Ireland, living in Oswego, Oswego, NY and Ann, his wife, also born in Ireland, about 1834. I suspect they reached the US via Canada.
- Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1833 - ?) born in Ireland, was living in Kings, Brooklyn, with his New York born wife Katherine (abt. 1842 - ?) and their three sons and two daughters born between 1864 and 1876. He was working in insurance, according to the 1880 census.
- Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1840 - ?) and his wife Catherine (abt. 1846 - ?), both from Ireland, were living in Trenton, Mercer, NJ, at the time of the 1880 census. He was described as a hod carrier.
- James Mordaunt (abt. 1842 - before 1920?), from Ireland, more than likely the son of the John Mordaunt listed in the Canadian 1851 census, reached Spalding, Menominee, MI, with his English born wife, Hannah Kenny(?) (abt 1846 - before 1900) at the time of the 1880 census via Canada and Illinois. He was described as a labourer and on that work raised a large family.
Recorded elsewhere and not in a census are:
- George Mordaunt (dates unknown) is reported in the www.celticcousins.net webpage on the Chronology of Scott County, Iowa: " March 6, 1877, George Mordaunt arrested for forgery on several parties in Davenport." www.celticcousins.net is a website intended to foster an interest in research of those Irish born persons who went to Iowa. I do not know if this is one of the Georges already listed on this page or whether it is a new one.
- Charles Mordaunt (24th May 1883 - ?) was drafted into the army for WWI in Manhatton where he was a barman. Born in County Wexford, Ireland, he was my great uncle.
- Peter Mordaunt and his wife Margret/Margarite were the parents of
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1829 - )
- Helen Mordaunt (abt. 1834 - )
- Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1840 - )
The similarity with the family below is marked but I have no evidence they are the same family.
- Peter Mordaunt (abt. 1805 - ?) crossed to the USA from Liverpool on the Boadecia arriving in New York August 15th, 1849, accompanied by three younger family members, presumably his children
The similarity with the family above is marked but I have no evidence they are the same family.
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1827 - )
- Catherine Mordaunt (abt. 1831 - )
- Michael Mordaunt (abt. 1836 - )
Mordaunt visitors to Ireland
Sir Nicholas Mordaunt - a skeleton in the cupboard
Nicholas Mordaunt (? - 1623) is definitely the most interesting of the English Mordaunts who found their way to Ireland. Some years before I learnt of him I was aware of a Mordaunt with a coat of arms in reverse colour - white on black rather than black on white (no two people could have identical coats of arms and so relations had to devise minor alterations) in County Clare in the early 1600s. This coat of arms turned out to be that of Sir Nicholas Mordaunt, onetime Captain Mordaunt and variously Marshal of Thomond, commissioner for Connaught, constable of the Castle of Gann and latterly knight of Carrick in County Clare. His ancestry is vague, appearing in neither the Turvey or Massingham Parva family lists but he certainly led an eventful life even if he is not much loved in Irish memory. He was involved in some very unpleasant events and in this age would be put before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes, but he was probably no worse than many other of the English governors of the time. At first I was excited that, unpleasant skeleton in the family cupboard though he would have been, he might just have been the ancestor of at least some of the Irish Mordaunts but he appears to be another genealogical dead-end. I have found no record of him leaving a family, quite the opposite there is suggestion of a homosexual proclivity, but he did marry and leave a widow Dame Sara Mordant", whom the "General Armoury of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland," published by Burkes in 1884, identifies as Sarah Stockdale, from Green Hamerton, Yorkshire. For those interested in Irish history his story is worth following as a microcosm of the time and he earns his place also in English literature as the inspiration for "Sir Mortdant" in Spenser's "The Faerie Queene." Edmund Spenser too had served in Ireland and was uncompromising apologist for the ruthless suppression of Irish resistance.
- A suggestion of a relationship with the Mordaunt's of Turvey is made in this volume
- In Dunmore but I suspect the date has been transposed and should read 1585. Near the bottom of a long page.
- A particularly bloodthirsty reference about a third down the page.
- The unpleasantness continues in Limerick and Spanish Point both, again, near the bottom of long pages.
- Most illuminative is Irish Names in The Faerie Queen, (section 4, starting page 31), which a kind library subscribing to Jstor forwarded to me in pdf format. Use the Glossary in the index list on the left of this page for the definitions of some archaic terms.
- Created a knight on 1st July, 1604.
- Finally his death is recorded - well, there was a link here but the URL has clearly been changed and I cannot now find it! It is so annoying when this happens.
Sophia Mordaunt - 3rd daughter of John Mordaunt, Viscount Avalon
- Sophia Mordaunt married James Hamilton of Bangor, Ireland. They had no surviving sons. Their daughter Ann had a fine memorial to them erected in Bangor Abbey under the terms of her Will.
- Cary Eleanor Hamilton (? - 1725), was buried in All Saints Church, Fulham
- Ann Hamilton (? - 1st May 1760) was to inherit the family seat. She married Michael Ward, Esq, who was to become a Justice of the King's Bench in Ireland. She died in Dublin.
Anne Mordaunt - 4th daughter of John Mordaunt, Viscount Avalon
- Anne Mordaunt married James Hamilton of Tullamore, Ireland. He was presumably the member of the Council for the North East (Derry and Inniskillen) appointed for the "protection" of Protestants in January 1689.
- James Hamilton (? - 1758), later Viscount Limerick and Earl of Clanbrassil.
Charles Mordaunt - later Sir Charles Mordaunt, 8th Baronet
- Charles Mordaunt, the future 8th baronet, was 27 years old at the outbreak of the 1798 rebellion. He was among the among the troops rushed over from Britain, with the Warwickshire militia regiment, less some 200 recusant refusers who were permitted to remain behind in Liverpool. The regiment was fresh from dealing with the Nore mutiny, 1797. They arrived in Dublin on 30th June, too late to play any part in the fighting but in time to view some of the causes of the outbreak. In letters home he wrote "I never saw such misery as appears in the lower orders. It has been observed by some one, that until he saw the Beggars of Dublin he never knew where the Beggers of London sent their old clothes" and "Whatever may be the views of the Leaders; whether religious animosity, a wish to subvert the form of government, or mere opposition to persons in power actuates them, yet the mass of their followers are certainly led by one view only, a wish to change their miserable order at any rate - and while the lower orders are so cruelly oppressed, & there is no one between the prince and the beggar, this country can never be blessed with happiness or content." His letters from Ireland are full of such perspicacity. Charles returned to England the following year. He became an MP at Westminster in 1805 and became Sir Charles in 1806 but, never in good health, he died in 1823, aged 52.
Henry Mordaunt - soldier
- Henry Mordaunt was a captain in the "Royal Engineer Corps" who, with his wife Elizabeth, had their daughter
Anna Maria Theresa Mordaunt (? - ?) baptised on 14th September 1817 in a Church of Ireland church in Kilnaughtin, County Kerry.
I have not been able to identify this family anywhere else in the British Isles.
Thomas Mordaunt - Dentist
- Thomas Mordaunt (abt. 1874 - 1943?) was the grandson of George Mordaunt (abt 1800 - 1875) who left Gorey, Wexford, and made his fortune as an art dealer in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Thomas is recorded in the 1901 census working as a dentist Nenagh, Tipperary, but he had returned to England by 1908.