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The pride of family when carried to excess, subjects its possessor more often to ridicule than respect, and also imposes the additional burden of supporting a degree of grandeur, when perhaps, from the imprudence or inattention of our ancestors, the means of doing so have been impaired. Yet, in times like these when every person is accounted a gentleman, who can wear the dress of one, it is pleasing to be able to show that our pretentions are of a more undoubted kind, and unless the records of private families should be from time to time renewed, they are apt to become so obscure, as to elude the most diligent research.

This has been in some measure the case with the family I am about to concentrate, and cast even the few traces that exist at present; shall here after be lost.

I feel it a duty due to those who will succeed me to show, as far as I am able, who our fathers were.

James Roe

Roesborough, October 20th 1821

Continued by Gerard Patrick Hickey (descendant Roe-Hickey-Lennon-Culligan)

Background on the Roe Name

The Norman conquest of the British Isles occured in 1066 by the Norman's under the command of William the Conqueror. Here we find the influence of the Norman's. In Ireland, we find in the Northern part a Valley through which flows the River Roe near Limavady county Londonderry Ireland which eventually empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This Valley and River are said to be of the patrimony of the Viking invaders from Norway, among whom was found the men who gave their name to the River. There is in England, not far from London, a place called Roe Hampton. This was, in the Anglo-Norman times, the designation of the "Home-Town" of the Roe's.

In Ireland, England and America, the Norse name of Roe is preserved in its oldest form... "Roe".

On the Japanese island of Tanegashima, there is a Cape Roe, so named from Rear-Admiral Roe who in 1853-54 was a navigator and a explorer in those seas, in an exploring expedition to the Artic regions and around the world.

The first known historic mentioned of the Roe family is to be found in the V. Saga of the Heimskingla, a book written in Island between the years 1178 and 1241. This book is tittled "Chronicles of the King of Norway". In the book it is mentioned "Roe the White" or "Roe Vidfarle" (far-travelled). This "Roe the White" is spoken of in the Sagas as the "foster father of kings", as so many kings sonshaving been placed under his care; and the office appears to have fallen in great degree to his son, "The far-travelled".

In Norway, around the 1177, was a Bishop Roe through Astrid, his daughter, there is a line of 6 kings extinguished the last of the race of Harold, the Fair-Hair, the first king of all Norway.

The Irish Roe's were not Celts. They were originally Vikings from Norway and Denmark, or Anglo-Normans from England. So far back as the year 832, Thorgil the Viking, invaded Ireland with a 120 long ships, and conquered nearly all the North of Ireland and reigned there 8 years. This Thorgil was the son Harold the Fair-Hair.

It is said that in D'Arcy Mc Gee's history of Ireland, there are so many Irish Roe's, that it would be fatiguing to quote them to any extent. In the year 1260, there is mentioned one Donnel Roe who "is the chief of the hostile house of McCarthy".

It is said that in the year 1630-1640 the first inmigrant from Ireland came to the US in the prson of John Roe.

The Story of Ireland

The story of Ireland up to the end of the 17th century is sufficiently savage, cruel and bloody. The word commonly used in the Irish history was that of tragic. If one thinks of Irish history in terms of personalities the 16th century is O’Neill’s for the seventeenth there is no symbolic figure unless we take O’Neills nephew Owen Roe or Lord Inchiquin as the largest figures of the 41 Insurrection. Whilst the 18th century there is really no representative figure at all. A simple explanation is the mass of the people were reduced physically, mentally and morally as a result of Acts of Parliament known as the Penal Laws. Under these laws no catholic could sit in Parliament nor in the public gallery. They could not vote, could not take public office. His taxes double than that of a Protestant. He could not enter the army, regular priests were deported. Intermarriage with Protestants was illegal. Orphans were handed over to Protestants guardians. The law did not presume a single Papist to breathe in Ireland.

In the 1830’s famine devoured Ireland kill off his people by the hundreds of thousands and the rest exiled emigrants. In those years, two-and-a half million people were cleared out of Ireland, by famine, fever or emigration. The curve persisted for two generations. By 1881 the population fell from eight millions to five. The Hickey Roe Family decided to move from Dublin to Belfast in the 1880’s in which Belfast there existed an atmosphere of profitable commerce about the shipyards and textile mills on the other hand in Dublin the ordinary amenities.

Memoir of the House of Roe

1645 - The Irish Branch of the family cannot at present be traced further back than this date.

James Roe, a descendant of Sir Thomas Roe of Queen Elizabeth's envoy to Turkey, came over. This gentleman was born in Kent and belonged to Lord Inchiquin's Regiment of Horse.

History informs us, that Ireland was then the theatre of civil war. Between the Convenanters, under Cromwell, Coote and Iretox, and the Royalists under the Marquis of Ormond, Lord Deputy for king Charles II.

Inchiquin whose common name was Owen Roe, joined the Cavalliers and had the command of Munster given him.

1649 - At the Restoration, most of his officers had land given them in lieu of pay, and were called from the year, fortynine men. James Roe was probably one of these, as we find him in possession of Ballymacdonofin near Wexford, where he settled, being married to Dorothy Affele by whom he had 3 sons called Andrew, Benjamin and John and 3 daughters called Elizabeth, Mary and Dorothy.

Dorothy Affele

She died and James Roe married the niece of one Hobbs, a dissenting Minister; Elizabeth Griffiths by whom he had 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Elizabeth Griffiths

2 sons : James and Peter.

2 daughters : Hannah and Joyce.

In 1688 he gets married to his third wife, Ann Plunkett, by whom he had 3 sons who died in infancy.

Ann Plunkett

3 sons : Henry, Benjamin and John.

1691 - James  Roe died on July 20th and he was burried at Wexford, in St. Iberias Church on the right hand between the Pulpit and the door.

His widow Ann Plunkett married the Captain Brown of Malrauken in the Barony of Forth and lived to a great age at Ballymacdaf.

One daughter married Joseph White of Ironhill. Another, Sam Butler of Hollowhead.

Of his five sons, Andrew the eldest, is the only whose history is as yet elucidated.


1685 - It happens that Andrew was merchant in Dublin

1697 - He took a lease and then purchased

1702 - From James Butler, Duke of Ormond, a grandson of the aforesaid Marquis, the lands situated in the county Palatine of Tipperary called :

1. Rathmacarty (Rathduff, Rathsallagh, Templequarter, Knockane) of 293 acres. This became Roesgreen near Cashel, later sold to Rockwell.

2. Ballynamought (Bancrevy) of 462 acres. This became known as Roesborough.

3. Granstown (Killage) of 486 acres.

4. Boytonrath, that became known as Cahir

By his wife Mary, Andrew had four sons and three daughters : William (see I), James (see II), Andrew (see III), John (see IV), Mary, Margaret and Sophie.

1714 - Andrew died. Mary, his daughter married Mr. Weekes and had no issue.

1723 - Margaret married John Damer, uncle to the Earl of Dorchester and had no issue. As from this time the family branches out, we must now deal with them separately.

Ana Sophie married Mr. Carden of Barnum in the same county and had issue.

(I) William the first son, was left the lands situated near Cashel. By his wife he had 1 son and 3 daughters : Andrew, Mary, Margaret and Mehetable.

Mary was a celebrated beauty.

Margaret (Moll) Roe married Mr. Walsh by whom she had issue.

Mary married Mr. kane and had issue.

Mehetable was killed in a carriege accident.

William died.

Andrew the only son of William, married a Ms. Green after whom he called his estate Roesgreen. Having squandered the most of his property and sold the residue to his cousin of Baytonrath, he died without issue, and in him the elder line became extinct.

Ballymacdonafin, the original estate of the first James at Wexford was left by the first Andrew in his will to his eldest son William and this went with the rest of his property all of the family.

(II) James the second son was left the lands situated near Tipperary and then called Roesborough. He took also most extensive farms and had nearly 20,000 sheep. His pride was to attain that number but some accident always occured that kept them few under.

He dealt largely with the Government for cavalry horses and had so many as to be able to mount a regiment at once.

He left over GBP 25,000 of personal property which was in those times an inmense sum, to be divided amongst his children.

By his wife (and cousin) Miss Roe, he had 5 sons and 4 daughters viz : George, John Damer, Thomas, John, Hanover, Margaret, Sophia, Mary and Eliza.

1761 - James died.

Margaret married dirst Mr. Lindsay. Then Mr. Coghlan of Ards near Youghal and had no issue.

Sophia married her cousin of Boytonrath and had issue.

Mary married Colonel Grady of Cahir and had issue.

Eliza died unmarried.

17__ - Hanover died.

18__ - Susan, Anne, Margaret and Andrew died unmarried.

1821 - John is still alive and had issue. James is still alive and had also issue.

John the fourth son of James, was a merchant in Cork where he was major and died unmarried.

Thomas the third son of James, married Miss Ellard and had one daughter called Alice.

Alice married Councill Lloyd of Dublin and had no issue.

Thomas died.

John Damer the second son of James, married Elinor Fitzsimmonds and had 2 sons viz James and John.

1765 - He died in April.

1769 -  January 20th Mr. Roe died.

John was a cornet in the 12th Dragoons.

1808 - He died unmarried in London.

1761 - James the eldest son, purchased 210..112. of Grantstown to add to the Roesborough estates from Robert his cousin for 7000.

1790 - He married Anne Fenton and had but one child, viz James.


1837 - Miss Anne Roe died at Bath and she was buried on the South side of Halcot Churchyard.

1824 - James married Miss Chadwick and had 2 sons and 4 daughters : James Fenton, George Charles Lionel, Adelaide Nanette, Mehetable, Catherine Malvena and Alicia Rebecca.

1832 - James Fenton and Adelaide Nanette died.

(III) Andrew the third son was left the lands situated near Golden market overleaf number 3. And by his wife Frances Westropp he had four sons and six daughters : James, Nassau, Andrew, Thomas, Eliza, Albina, Caroline, Margaret, Sophia and Sophia Maria.

1750 - He died and called his estates Grantstown.

Eliza first married Mr. Taylor; then Mr. Millar.

Albina married Mr. Evans and had issue.

Caroline married Mr. Hood and had issue.

Margaret the fourth daughter married Rev. Archbishop Baillie and had issue.

1803 - Sophia died unmarried.

Sophia Maria married Mr. Collins and had issue.

1769 - Thomas died unmarried in Bengal.

Andrew died unmarried.

1782 - Nassau died unmarried.

James the eldest son married Catherine Baillie and had 4 sons and 1 daughter : Andrew, Robert, Arthur, Richard and Catherine.

1797 - James died.

Catherine married Mr. Hood and had issue. Andrew the eldest son died unmarried. Arthur the third son died young. Richard the fourth son married his cousin Miss Hood and had issue. Robert the second son, inherited Grantstwon part of which he sold to his cousin, James of Roesborough. He married his cousin, Francis Baillie and had issue.

(IV) John, the fourth son had the land, situated near Cahir and now called Rockwell, left to him. By his wife he had 2 sons viz Andrew and Phillip.

17__ - He died.

Phillip married the Honorable Miss Matheu and had 2 daughters : Marianne and Mehetable.

17__ - Phillip died.

Marianne married Mr. Byrne of Mulinaheck and had no issue.

Mehetable died unmarried.

Andrew the eldest son married his cousin, Sophia of Roesborough. He purchased 273 acres of Rathsallagh and Rathduff from his cousin Andrew of Roesgreen and had two sons and two daughters viz, John, Andrew, Elizabeth and Sophia. Andrew died.


Sophia married Mr. Elliot and had no issue. Andrew married Miss Robbins and had issue. John the eldest son married Miss Sankey and had issue, three sons and five daughters : William, Richard, John, Marianne, Eliza, Maria, Emily and Mehetable.

1821 - The lineal representatives of the three surviving branches of the Roe family are in this 20th October alive and well in :

James Roe of Roesborough

Robert Roe of Grantstown

John Roe of Rockwell

1840 - William married Miss Clark and two sons and three daughters called John, James, Mary, Mehetable and ______ .

1847 - He was assesinated.

1844 - James died.

1848 - George the son of James of Roesborough married Elizabeth Letitia Mauleverer by whom he had three sons and five daughters : James Damer, Richard Mauleverer and George Charles, Florence Maria, Helen Kathline, Ada Christine, Ines and Marie Lucile. James Damer died 6 months old. Helen Kathleen (died 12 years of age), George Charles (died 9 years of age), Marie Lucile (died only 11 days old).

1884 - George Charles Lionel of Roesborough died.

1910 - Florence Maria Roe died.

1917 - Elizabeth Letiti