Barrett family of Athenry and Harlech, Roebuck
Joseph Barrett married Ellen
born circa 1808
died 4 Apr 1866
Joseph Barrett, Merchant/Shopkeeper of Athenry married Ellen. He was treasurer of the Athenry
Relief Committee in 1862 died 4 Apr 1866 at Athenry and was buried Athenry Priory graveyard.
1 Ann Barrett born circa 1842 was an administrator of her father’s Will. She died a spinster
on 17 Dec 1875 at Harlech, Roebuck.
2 Mary Barrett second daughter born circa 1844 in County Galway married Thomas Murphy
of Harlech, son of John Murphy, wine merchant of Francis Street on 31 Mar 1869 at Athenry.
Thomas died on 19 Nov 1880 and left 30K in personal estate. He was interred in the vaults of
St Nicholas of Mira. Mary arranged for a new pulpit for Mount Argus in memory of her
husband, which although the base and staircase have been removed, appears to be the same
one in place today. It was designed by O Neill & McCarthy and sculpted by Pearse & Sharp.
It was made of Sicilian, Midleton and Galway marble.
It appears that Mary didn't benefit hugely from the Will. She employed her cousin Thomas
Larkin as manager and Harlech was run as a commercial dairy. In 1895 the firm of John Murphy
& sons was in difficulty. The partnership of Henry Osmond Murphy (1863-1893) and John
Vincent Murphy (brothers) was dissolved in 1895, a liquidator appointed and John V Murphy
absconded. L & E Egan of Arran Quay purchased the stock and goodwill of John Murphy & Sons
in 1896. Mary became the guardian of her brother Joseph's children and they were living with
her in 1901. Mary died 24 Oct 1901 at Harlech and left 600 pounds in personal estate. Her
Nephew Thomas was her executor.
1 Daughter Murphy born 8 Aug 1870 at Athenry who survived just a few days.
3 Ellen Barrett born circa 1848 in Co Galway. She was living at Roebuck when she married
Valentine McKenna, a farmer at St Laurence’s, Kilmacud on 20 Feb 1882. Valentine was the son
of Andrew McKenna, a farmer and was living at Balbutcher, Glasnevin at the time of his
marriage. Valentine died aged 44 at Balbutcher on 9 Sep 1897 and Ellen moved back to
Roebuck to her sister. Ellen died 27 Oct 1909 at 14 Upper Mount Pleasant Avenue. Mary Barrett
of the same address, her niece the informant.
4 Michael Barrett eldest son born circa 1849 administrator of his father’s Will in 1871. He died
26 Aug 1871 at Athenry.
5 Joseph John Barrett born circa 1854. As only surviving son he married Annie Mary Magdalen
Rushe on 31 Oct 1877 at Athenry Church. Annie was the daughter of James Rushe of the General
Post Office, London. Joseph, a merchant of Athenry died 29 Jul 1896 at Harlech, Roebuck. His
sister Mary Murphy the informant.
1 Thomas Michael Barrett born 21 Aug 1880 at Athenry, Co Galway.
2 Mary Ellen Barrett born 6 Mar 1882 at Athenry, Co Galway living with her aunt Mary in
Roebuck in 1901 and her aunt Ellen in 1909.
3 Annie Barrett born 16 Dec 1884 at Athenry, Co Galway became a nun. In later life she was
Mother Philomena of the Ursuline College in New Rochelle, New York.
4 Joseph James Barrett born 16 Dec 1892 married Irene. He died at Winnipeg, Canada on
23 May 1946.
© June Bow & Karen Poff – December 2021