Two brothers, James and Benjamin
Boles, sons of James Boles of
Fingreagh, co. Leitrim moved down to Tipperary around 1896.
James established himself with a drapers shop in Thurles while
Benjamin opened a shop in Roscrea.
James Boles of Thurles
James was born in co. Leitrim about
1861. His wife Lucy was from Wexford but the family first
settled in Belfast where James was a Shop Manager in a business on
Duncarin Street and where their first two children, James and
William, were born in 1895 and 1896. They had moved to
Thurles, co. Tipperary soon after as their third child, Jane, was
born in Tipperary in 1897 and a fourth, Mabel, there in 1899.
The 1901 Census lists James as a draper with a shop in Pudding Lane
in Thurles. In 1902 a fifth child, Benjamin, was born but Lucy
died in childbirth. The 1911 Census shows James, still a
draper but with a shop on Bank Street, with only his son William,
age 14, living with him. The eldest boy, James Jr. is found
living with a Semple family in Farranrory, co. Tipperary and the
other three children were living with their Aunt and Uncle, William
and Mary Plummer, in Ballybrannis, co. Wexford.
The Kelly Directory of Ireland of
1915 lists a Boles & Co. Shoemakers on New Street in Thurles.
This may have been son Benjamin's shop as he seems to have been the
only family member to return to Thurles. James died in Thurles in
1930 and Benjamin died there in 1931.
family memorial stone
Benjamin Boles of Roscrea
Benjamin Boles of Roscrea, co.
Tipperary, shopkeeper, is mentioned in a deed memorial dated March
28, 1896 involving the sale of some Boles land in Fingreagh.
A James Newton Boles born in
Oct.-Dec., 1898 in Roscrea (civil
reg.vol.3,p.403) was likely
his son but I have no further information on this line yet.
This may be the same James Newton Boles who married in co. Cavan in
Jan.-Mar., 1925. (civil reg.vol.3,p.55)