Sunday, 12 August 2012

CONDRONs of County Longford

County Longford, in the province of Leinster, is bordered by the counties of Westmeath (also in Leinster), Roscommon and Leitrim (both in the province of Connaught) and Cavan (in the province of Ulster).  The county is covered by three registration districts: Granard in the north-east (which extends also into Cavan and Westmeath), Ballymahon in the south (which extends into Westmeath) and Longford in the west. Unlike for Co. Cavan across the border, the Co. Longford CONDR*NS appear all to be Catholics. From the beginning of universal civil registration until 1910, the only births, marriages and deaths in the county are to be found in the Granard registration district, and the baptisms of the period are found in the parishes of Abbeylara and Edgeworthstown.

The 1901 and 1911 censuses show CONDRONs in just two households (apart from a Gerald CONDRON who shows up also in his grandparents’ household in 1901, and a servant called Mary CONDRON, born in Co. Westmeath, who appears in the 1911 census). One family is that of James CONDRON , born about 1872, who married Mary Ann KELLY in 1895. Their children, who were mostly baptized in Edgeworthstown, include Gerald (born 1896), James (1899), Bridget (1900) who married in 1924, Peter Joseph (1904), Mary Catherine (1906) who married in 1926, Elizabeth (1909) who died in 1911, Agnes (1912), Christopher (1913) and William (1918). The other family is that Anne CONDRON (nee ARKINS), widow of Patrick CONDRON (born about 1852). Patrick married Anne in Delvin, Co. Westmeath, in 1886, and died at the age of 40 in 1892. The couple had a son, William Joseph CONDRON (born 1890) and baptized in Abbeylara. I believe that William married Rose Anne CASSIDY in 1920 and proceeded to have a number of children who were all baptized in Abbeylara: William Joseph (1923),  Emily (1926), Brendan Thomas (1929) who married Gertrude “Cherry” JOY, Ernest Philip (1933), Aidan Augustine (1935) who married Mary O’LEARY, and Anna (1939).

As usual, I’d be very happy to receive any corrections to the above information, or to hear from any descendents of these families: Condran [AT] .

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