Could anyone point me in the right direction for the most likely research sources for any information about Bowles/Boles in Ballickmoyler?
All I have is: Tithe Applotment Laois (Queen’s county) Killabban Civil Parish Michael Bowels, Plot 471(0) William Bowles, Plot 453
Index to Leighlin Administrations Intestate, from Supplement to the Irish Ancestor, 1972: John Bowles, Ballickmoyler, 1803
Quaker Meeting Minutes Index for Dublin have records for marriages of Robert Bowles (1833) and Lucy Bowles (1843) giving their parents as Robert and Anne Bowles of Ballickmoyler.
The Bowles family which came to Canada in the early 1800's were brothers John, Joseph, Michael and William.All 4 were Methodist in Canada.Michael came with three sons Michael, Robert and Joseph all of whom gave their religion as Catholic.
So Michael Sr. of a Methodist/Quaker background married a Catholic girl in Ireland in the early 1800's.Probably was not too popular with some of their neighbours!The Battle of Carlow in 1798 would have been pretty fresh in their minds.
Joseph and John were both shoemakers so perhaps there father was a shoemaker.There was a Joseph Bowler shoemaker in Carlow in the 1824 Pigot's Directory.That could be Joseph with a mis-spelling of Bowles.
There are several Bowles records for this family in an index of St. Mary's Carlow from 1747 to 1821 but have not been able to find anyone willing to look up the actual records for me at the RCB Library in Dublin.That would really help.
The church in Carlow was not that far from Ballickmoyler but was there another church even closer during that time?GraiguecullenChurch was not built until a little too late for their records (1852).
So does any of this bring up any ideas for any next step?Particularly any interenet resources or any reference which someone could check for me.I'm in Canada and with limited financial resources for my "hobby".Would gladly exchange research services in Canadian records for any help over there!