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John Darcy (d. date unknown)John Darcy134 was born in Ireland, and died date unknown in Ireland.He married Honora Mungovan on 05 Feb 1842 in Kilmurry-Ibrickane Par, Co, Clare Ireland135.
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John Darcy married Honora Mungovan Feb 5, 1842.They had 9 children: John b. 02 Apr 1843 (died prior to 09 Jan 1849),Michael b. 24 Sept 1844, Patrick b. 23 Mar 1846, Mary b. 12 Aug 1848,Bid b. 1 Dec 1849, Honora ? b. 10 Mar 1854, Catherine b. 29 Apr 1857, Antony b. 28 May 1861 and Ann b. 8 Apr 1863. This information was taken from the LDS Microfilm of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane parish records.John, Mary and Bid, (which I take to be short for Biddy or Bridgit) evidently did not survive childhood.The name for 10 Mar 1854 is unreadable but it could be Honora.
John Darcy did not have an easy life. He raised his family during the difficult time of the Irish Potato famine.County Clare had the highest number of evictions, in proportion to its population, of any county in Ireland in the years 1849-1854.Father Thomas Molony Curate of Kilmurry-Ibrickane parish wrote several letters to the newspapers which were to reveal to a national and British audience the depths of starvation, destitution, disease and death in the parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the famine years. In correspondence, published in the Clare Journal on May 11th, 1848, he gives a detailed account of the condition of his parish, claiming that "one fifth of its population had disappeared since the beginning of 1847".Father Molony testifying before a Select Committee at Westminster on 9th Jul 1850, told the committee that many of those evicted in the Famine years were previously holders of small farms of up to ten and even twenty acres, for whom the failure of the potato crop forced their default on rent payments, leading to eviction.But many were also evicted despite having paid up all the rent due and many more were forced to level their own homes in order to be eligible for relief under the poor law.
Capt Arthur Edward Kennedy, Poor Law Inspector, in a letter to the Commissioners dated July 5, 1848 states: "To make this under stood, I may state in general terms, that about 900 houses, containing probable 4,000 occupants, have been levelled in this Union since last November.The wretchedness, ignorance, and helplessness of the poor on the western coast of this Union prevent them seeking shelter elsewhere: and to use their own phrase, they "don't know where to face;" they linger about the localities for weeks or months, burrowing behind ditches, under a few broken rafters of their former dwelling, refusing to enter the workhouse till the parents are broken down and the children half starved, when they come to the workhouse to swell the mortality, one by one.
Those who obtain a temporary shelter in adjoining cabins are not more fortunate.Fever and dysentery shortly make their appearance then those affected are put out by the road-side as carelessly and ruthlessly as if they were animals; when frequently, after days and nights of exposure, they are sent in by relieving officers when in hopeless state.These inhuman acts are induced by the popular terror of fever.
Capt Kennedy submits, among several reports of Evictions, the Following:
List of Persons Evicted and Expelled from their Houses on the Lands of Bunevalla, the Property of William Casey, Esq. January 9, 1849.The second name on the list is;
John DarcyNo. in Family 5Males 3 females 2 Quantity of land10 acres Cause of Eviction Non-Payment.
I don't know how myGreat Grandfather handled this adversity but the fact that he survived with his Family makes me very proud of my heritage.
More About John Darcy and Honora Mungovan:
Marriage: 05 Feb 1842, Kilmurry-Ibrickane Par, Co, Clare Ireland.135
Children of John Darcy and Honora Mungovan are:
- John Darcy, b. 02 Apr 1843, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland, d. Bef. Jan 1849.
- +Michael Darcy, b. 24 Sep 1844, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland136, d. 16 Apr 1886, Olympia, Washington137.
- +Patrick Darcy, b. 23 Mar 1846, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland138, d. 12 Jan 1923, Centralia, Washington139.
- Mary Darcy, b. 12 Aug 1848, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland, d. date unknown.
- Bid Darcy, b. 01 Dec 1849, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland, d. date unknown.
- +Honora Darcy, b. 10 Mar 1854, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland140, d. date unknown.
- +Catherine Darcy, b. 29 Apr 1857, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland, d. date unknown.
- +Anthony Darcy, b. 28 May 1861, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland141, d. Abt. 1941, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland142.
- +Ann Darcy, b. 08 Apr 1863, Bonavilla, County Clare, Ireland.143, d. date unknown.