Carroll family genealogy

Of Dundalk, County Louth

Arms: Ar. a cross crosslet sa. Crest: A bear's head sa. muzzled or, betw. two wings of the last.

THE ancestor of this family was Cearbhall ("cearbhall:" Irish carnage), a younger brother of Eochaidh, who is No. 90 on the "O'Hart" pedigree; and was King of Orgiall in St. Patrick's time. This Eochaidh, who was father of St. Donart, was an obstinate Pagan, and opposed the Apostle, who, on that account, prophesied that the sceptre would pass from Eochaidh to his brother Cearbhall (a quo O'Carroll, of Oriel); and the O'Carrolls continued Kings of Oriel (or the county Louth) down to the twelfth century, when they were dispossessed by the Anglo-Normans, under Sir John DeCourcy. In co-operation with St. Malachy, then Archbishop of Armagh, Donoch O'Carroll, Prince of Oriel, the last celebrated Chief of this family, founded A.D. 1142, and amply endowed, the great Abbey of Mellifont in the county Louth. At present we are unable to trace the descent from that Prince of Oriel down to—

1. James Carroll, of Drumgoolin, who was born in 1699, and d. 6th June, 1776. This James m. Anne Taaffe, and left one son:

2. Walter (b. 1727; d. January, 1804), who m. Anne Kieran, and had two sons:

I. James, of whom presently.

II. John, who m. Anne Coleman, and had two sons and four daughters; the sons were:

I. James, d. unm.

II. John, of Dublin, an M.D., who married a Miss Greene of Dublin, and had three sons:

I. James. II. John. III. Frederick, living at Moone Abbey, co. Kildare, in 1884.

Of the four daughters of John, second son of Walter, one m. Peter Hoey, and had three sons, and a daughter who married R. P. Carton, Esq., Q.C., Dublin (living in 1887). Of Peter Hoey's three sons, two d. unm.; another is the Rev. Canon Hoey, P.P., Castleblayney, living in 1887.

3. James (b. 1754; d. 1806): son of Walter; m. Anne Marmion, and had four sons and one daughter, Margaret; the sons were:

I. James,

II. John,

III. Francis,

(the three of whom d. s. p.)

IV. Patrick-James, of whom presently; born 1806.

I. Margaret, m. Edward Ferrar, and had one son: I. Edward, living in 1884.

4. Patrick-James, who was born 1806, and d. 1879: fourth son of James; m. Esther Gilmore, and had three sons and six daughters, five of whom became Nuns, and one (Angela) m. as under:

I. James, of whom presently.

II. Walter, an M.D., who m. Mary O'Brien, in Sydney, and d.1883.

III. Vincent, of Dundalk, Merchant, who married Catherine McGivney, of Collan, co. Louth.

I. Angela, who married Michael Moynagh, Esq., Solicitor, Dundalk, has had issue.

5. James Carroll, of Lisnawilly, House, Dundalk, Merchant: eldest son of Patrick-James; m. Bridget Dolan, of Dyzart, co. Louth, and has had a daughter Mary, all living in 1887.