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Mintons in Westmeath

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Re: Mintons in Westmeath

Posted: 9 Aug 2012 8:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello bmooney_1,

I found the baptism index for your Ellen Minton, daughter of Thomas Minton and Catherine Killian. I also found the baptism indexes for six of her siblings. All the baptisms were recorded in the Ballymore Catholic Church, County Westmeath.

These indexes were uncovered at the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) website for County Westmeath.

The home page for the IFHF can be found at: http://www.rootsireland.ie/

Before accessing indexes at any of the IFHF member counties, you’ll need to register with the website. You’ll be able to access indexes that I uncovered for free, but will have to purchase credits to obtain the Minton baptism transcriptions. The transcriptions will be sent to your computer after you purchase the credits. You purchase credits by credit card.

The names of the Minton children and their years of baptism are: Bridget (1858); Mary (1861); Ellen (1864); Catherine (1866); Catherine (1868); John (1870); and James (1872).

You’ll notice there are two baptism indexes for a Catherine Minton. This means the first-born Catherine had died between 1866 and 1868.

The indexes are below. The IFHF search engine will accept the spelling of the surname of the children as Minton, or Menton. I chose to use the spelling you have for the surname of the family, Minton. You will need to order the baptism transcriptions to see how the name is spelled in the church register :


1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) Bridget 1858 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: Bridget
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1858

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) Mary 1861 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: Mary
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1861

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) Ellen 1864 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: Ellen
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1864

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) Catherine 1866 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: Catherine
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1866

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) Catherine 1868 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: Catherine
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1868

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) John 1870 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: John
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1870

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) James 1872 Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: James
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1872

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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You can order all seven baptism transcriptions individually, or you can order them from one index. To do this access the index just as you see it below, without adding the names of the children and without including their individual years of birth. In place of the names of the children in the search engine, use the % as a wild card:


7 matches for the search criteria: Minton (plus variants) % Parish: BALLYMORE (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Westmeath
Surname: Minton
First Name: %
Father's Surname: Minton
Father's First Name: Thomas
Mother's Surname: Killian
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year:

Parish/District: BALLYMORE (RC)
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I found a description of Castletown Geoghegan in the 1837 edition of Lewis’s Topograhical Dictionary of Ireland. The Topographical Dictionary can be accessed from the Library Ireland website link at:
http://www.libraryireland.com/topog/B/Ballymore-Rathconrath-...

The description follows:


BALLYMORE, or ST. OWEN'S of LOUGHSEUDY, a post-town and parish, in the barony of RATHCONRATH, county of WESTMEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 12 miles (W. by S.) from Mullingar, and 57 ½ miles (W.) from Dublin; containing 3494 inhabitants. An abbey is said to have been founded here in the year 700; but the only religious establishment of which there are any authentic records was a monastery founded by the De Lacy family in 1218, and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, for Premonstratensian canons and Benedictine nuns, who occupied distinct portions of the same building. Henry VIII. made, the church of this monastery the cathedral church for the diocese of Meath, which it continued to be for a short time. In the parliamentary war of 1641, this was the principal military station of the English in this part of the country; the garrison had possession of a strong fortress on the shore of Lough Shodie, or Loughseudy, which was accessible from the land only by a drawbridge across a wide and deep moat.

In the war of the Revolution, when part of the English army had fortified themselves at Mullingar, this place was strengthened by a party of the Irish forces from their head-quarters at Athlone, with the view of acting against Mullingar; but they were soon attacked by General De Ginkell, and pursued with loss to Moat-a-Grenogue. The fort of Ballymore, on the, island in the lake, was still in the possession of James's forces, and garrisoned with 1000 chosen men; but the forces of William advancing from Athlone to besiege it, the garrison, on seeing some armed boats launched to act against it from the lake, on which side it was defenceless, surrendered themselves prisoners of war after only one day's defence, and the fort was taken by General De Ginkell, who repaired the fortifications and placed in it a strong English garrison. The town, which is situated on the mail coach road from Moate, extends partly into the parish of Killare, and contains 663 inhabitants, of which number, 510 are in that part of it which is in the parish of Ballymore; it consists chiefly of small houses and cabins, and the only public buildings are the parish church and R. C. chapel. It had formerly a market, which has been discontinued; but fairs are held on Whit-Monday and Oct. 14th. Here is a chief constabulary police station; and petty sessions are held every alternate Friday.
The parish, which is called St. Owen's of Loughseudy, comprises 9189 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: about three-fifths of its entire extent are arable, and the remainder is pasture, ,with some waste land and bog. Agriculture, which had been long in a very neglected state, has within the last five or six years shewn some slight indications of improvement. There are some fine limestone quarries, which are worked for building and for burning into lime, but only for private use.

The lake of Shodie, or Loughseudy, is studded with some pleasing islets towards the north. Beyond it is Shinlas, formerly the residence of the Malones, but now in ruins: Emoe, the seat of F. Magan, Esq., and Moyvoughly, that of C. Arabin, Esq., are pleasantly situated about two miles south-west of the town. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the diocese of Meath, united to the impropriate curacy of Killare, and in the patronage of the Bishop to whom the rectory is appropriate: the tithes amount to £323. 1. 6 ¼., payable to the bishop. The church, a neat edifice with a square tower, was erected by aid of a loan of £1200 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1827. The glebe-house was built by a gift of £450 and a loan of £50 from the same Board, in 1813: the glebe comprises 30 acres. In the R. C. divisions this parish is the head of a union or district, which comprises also the parish of Killare, each of which contains a chapel. There are seven pay schools, in which are about 330 children. Near the town are the remains of an ancient castle, said to have belonged to the De Lacy family; the only portion standing is a round tower, about 20 feet in height.
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To view a modern Google Map of Ballymore, go to the Google Maps link at: http://tinyurl.com/c9g5dfb

Once at the map you’ll see the letter A highlighted in orange pointing to Ballymore. Place your cursor over the letter A, and left-click on it. A “Street View” thumbnail photo will appear. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Next pan the image to the right and you’ll be in the center of the R390 secondary road in Ballymore. Click on the road to travel down it for a way, and you’ll come to the Ballymore Catholic Church on your left. This is the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, built in 1845. For more information about the church, go to the buildingsofireland website link at:
http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record...

This is the church, I believe, where the Minton children would have been baptized. Thomas Minton and Catherine Killian may have also been married here, but I didn’t find a marriage index for them.


Next I found the civil birth indexes for five children of Thomas Minton and Catherine Killian, including the birth index for Ellen. These indexes were discovered at the Latter Day Saints (LDS) website at:
https://www.familysearch.org/#form=advanced-records

Civil Registration began in Ireland in 1845 when the Irish government began to record Protestant marriages only. Civil Registration of births, marriages, and deaths for all religious denomination commenced in Ireland in 1864, the year that Ellen Minton was born.

You’ll see below the first birth index is for her, showing her birth recorded in Castletown Geoghegan, Westmeath, on 26 September 1864.

The index follows:


"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," Ellen Minton, 1864

Name: Ellen Minton

Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place:

Birth Date: 26 Sep 1864
Birthplace: 0311,CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN, WESTMEATH, IRELAND

Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:

Father's Name: Thomas Minton
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:

Mother's Name: Catharine Killian
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70123-9
System Origin: Ireland-ODM
Reference Number:

Source Film Number: 101097 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955:
Births v. 18 1864.

Source Citation
"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FR9J-C2Q :
accessed 05 Aug 2012), Ellen Minton, 26 Sep 1864;
citing reference , FHL microfilm 101097.
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Ellen’s birth record can be found in LDS microfilm number 101097. You can order this film online at:
https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/film/101...

Before ordering the film however you will have to register with the LDS. Registration is free. There is a small charge to rent the microfilm. Payment is made by credit card. You can have the film sent to your nearest Family History Center or participating public library. The film can’t leave the FHC or the library. You have to view it on site. If you don’t wish to order the film online, you can order it in person from the Family History Center. If you don’t want to rent the LDS film, you can send away for the full birth record from the General Register Office (GRO) in Roscommon Town, County Roscommon. Details about ordering records from the GRO can be found at: http://www.groireland.ie/

Next is the Civil Birth index for Catherine “Menton,” whose birth was recorded in Castletown Geoghegan on 16 August 1866:


"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," Catherine Menton, 1866

Name: Catherine Menton

Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place:

Birth Date: 16 Aug 1866
Birthplace: 0309, CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN, WESTMEATH, IRELAND

Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:

Father's Name: Thomas Menton
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:

Mother's Name: Catherine Killian
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70129-4
System Origin: Ireland-ODM
Reference Number:

Source Film Number: 101132 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955:
Births v. 13 1866.

Source Citation
"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FR36-5BW :
accessed 05 Aug 2012), Catherine Menton, 16 Aug 1866;
citing reference , FHL microfilm 101132.
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Catherine’s birth record can be found in LDS microfilm number 101132. You can order the film online from the LDS link at: https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/?film=10...

Next is the birth index for the second-born Catherine Menton. She was born on 13 May 1868. The index notes only that her place of birth was in Westmeath, Ireland:


"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," Catherine Menton, 1868

Name: Catherine Menton

Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place:

Birth Date: 13 May 1868
Birthplace: Westmeath, Ireland

Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:

Father's Name: Thomas Menton
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:

Mother's Name: Catherine Killian
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C01186-1
System Origin: Ireland-EASy
Reference Number: v 8 p 356

Source Film Number: 101167 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955:
Births v. 8 1868.

Source Citation
"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FP45-JXT :
accessed 05 Aug 2012), Catherine Menton, 13 May 1868;
citing reference v 8 p 356, FHL microfilm 101167.
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Catherine’s birth record can be found in LDS microfilm number 101167. You can order this film online at:
https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/?film=10...

Next is the birth index for John Minton. His birth was recorded in Westmeath, Ireland on 13 July 1870:


"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," John Minton, 1870

Name: John Minton

Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place:

Birth Date: 13 Jul 1870
Birthplace: Westmeath, Ireland

Father's Name: Thomas Minton
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:

Mother's Name: Catherine Killian
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C01211-4
System Origin: Ireland-EASy
Reference Number: v 13-1 p 311

Source Film Number: 101212 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955:
Births v. 13 1870.

Source Citation
"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FPF1-TGQ :
accessed 05 Aug 2012), John Minton, 13 Jul 1870;
citing reference v 13-1 p 311, FHL microfilm 101212.
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John’s birth record can be found on LDS microfilm number 101212. This film can be ordered online at: https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/?film=10...

The last LDS birth index I found is for James Minton. His birth was recorded in Castletown Geoghegan, Westmeath, on 5 July 1872:


"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," James Minton, 1872

Name: James Minton

Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place: 303, CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN, WEST, IRE

Birth Date: 05 Jul 1872
Birthplace: Castletown Geoghegan, West, Ire
Death Date:

Father's Name: Thomas Minton
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:

Mother's Name: Catherine Killian
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C73884-5
System Origin: Ireland-VR
Reference Number: - 2:2Z5LH9H

Source Film Number: 255858 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955:
Births v. 13 1872.

Source Citation
"Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F536-X7J :
accessed 05 Aug 2012), James Minton, 05 Jul 1872;
citing reference - 2:2Z5LH9H, FHL microfilm 255858.
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James’s birth record can be found in LDS microfilm number 255858, which you can order online at: https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/?film=25...


To view a Google Map map of Castletown Geoghegan go to: http://tinyurl.com/94o2eyr

Once at the map left-click on the letter A and you’ll come to a “Street View” thumbnail picture of the town. Click on the photo to navigate your way around Castletown Geoghegan.

I hope this is information what you have been looking for.

Best Wishes,

Dave Boylan
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