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Re: MCDONNELL/ PENTONY connection
Posted by: Eddie Brennan (ID *****5340) Date: November 26, 2002 at 13:35:04
In Reply to: MCDONNELL/ PENTONY connection by Jill Dowd of 168

Jill,
From the details which I have Threesa would seem to be the brother of John Stephen.
In relation to some of the other details and statements laid out on the forum I would like to throw in some relevant facts which may help my American cousins understand the terminology used in Irish genealogy. A townland can consist of 20acres or 1000 acres and may contain no village or town. Yet the locals will regard their townland as their village.It may have only half-dozen dwellings or a hundred.Villages are rarely given the same name as surrounding townlands. Rathnally consists of 349 acres and is in the Civil Parish of Kilcooly (civilparishes and RC parishes do not always co-incide, one may be part of the other )Part of the C.parish of Kilcooly is now in the RC parish of Trim. On the first Ordnance survey maps of Rathnally there shows, The Big house ( THompsons) the Mill, the Millers House and some scattered dwellings along the roads of the Townland. Maybe a dozen in all. When we get to Griffiths Applotment in 1855 Rathnally has 10 dwellings including the Big House and no Pentonys showing. One house is marked as vacant. Where did all the Pentonys go???? There was one Brennan John showing in Rathnally. My Brennans wre in the next Townland Loganstown about a mile nearer to Trim town. Of the cluster of buildings around Rathnally House ( the Big House ) only the millers house is still occupied. I was at Rathnally Hse. last year and for the first time the gates were locked and chained. It seems to be in a state of bad repair. The farm and out buildings are stout and solid in cut stone but seem not to be in use.
More to follow. Eddie Brennan ( Eamon O'Braonain )


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