Joseph Bernard


Introduction to the Bernard Family of  Carlow, Laois and Offaly, Ireland

Charles Bernard of Carlow  born circa 1638 - died 1668 (Children: Thomas John and Philip)

Thomas Bernard and Deborah Franks (Children: Charles, Franks, Elizabeth, Joseph and Anne)

Philip Bernard (1668-1721)

Charles Bernard of Laois (Queen’s Co). (Eldest son of Thomas and Deborah)

Franks Bernard of Carlow (Second son of Thomas and Deborah)

Joseph Bernard of Carlow (youngest son of Thomas and Deborah)

Thomas Bernard of Castletown, Offaly (Son of Joseph and Mary)

John Bernard of Carlow (Son of Joseph and Mary)

William Bernard of Carlow (Son of Joseph and Mary)

Thomas Bernard of Carlow (Son of William and Mary)

Arthur O’Brien Bernard of Carlow and the Isle of Man (son of Thomas and Anne)

Bernards of Tullow, Aghade, Newstowne and Rathrush, Co Carlow

Joseph Bernard was born in 1694, and married 05 Dec 1717 in Carlow to Mary Edwards (b. 1696) of Old Court, Wicklow.   He was left lands in Co. Carlow by his Father Thomas Bernard, in his will. He died in 1764.

Joseph and Mary Bernard had three sons and six daughters. Some birth dates are not known but can be estimated based on marriage dates and known birth order.

The sons were:

Several references to the three sons are found in deeds cited in the Burton Papers and the Cliffe/Vigors Papers

The six daughters were

  • Jane Bernard b. about 1724. Married about 1743 to William Galbraith (spelled Galbreth in the will of her uncle John Bernard). Children: 
    • Joseph Galbraith (1746), In Finn's Leinster Journal of 1767 there is a marriage of a Joseph Galbraith to a Miss McGarry of Carlow
    • Richard Galbraith (1749) (1). Richard is a shoemaker in Carlow
    • John Bernard Galbraith (1748-1748),
    • Mary Galbraith (1752)
    • Grace Galbraith (?)
A deed dated December 1748 (2) between William Galbraith, a merchant of Carlow and George Reynolds of the City of Dublin. showed that the family still lived in Carlow.

  • Mary Bernard, b. 1734 married 1759 Thomas Bennett, born 1732. Thomas died January 22nd 1778 aged 46. Mary re-married to Mathew Humphrey in 1782 (3) and died 6th January 1804 aged 70, she was buried in Lorum Old Church Cemetry, Carlow. 
        Children of Thomas and Mary: 
    • John Bennett, born 1760 died 5th March 1837 aged 59 is buried in Lorum Old Church Cemetry, Carlow
    • Thomas Bennett, born about 1761
    • Mary Bennett, born about 1762, married William Rudkin in 1778. Children:
      • Mary, Anne, Henry, Elizabeth, Mark, William, Sarah, Julia, John, Grace, Frances, Thomas, Jemima and Bernard
    • Ann Bennett born about 1762 married Arthur Richardson of Coolishall, Longford in 1791.
    • Grace Bennett, born about 1763
    • Julia Bennet born about 1765
    • Jemima (Jemma) Bennett born 1771, married John Stoyte of the Royal Hospital Dublin. Died 4th March 1861 aged 90 and was buried in Lorum Old Church Cemetry, Carlow
    • Sarah Bennett born 1767, died in 1798 aged 31, buried in Lorum Old Church Cemetry, Carlow
  • Deborah Bernard, b. about 1735 married about 1759 William Rourke (spelled Rorke in the will of her uncle John Bernard). Children:
    • Joseph Rourke, born Jan. Baptised in 1760 in St Peter's and St Kevins in Dublin. They lived on Aungier St, Dublin
    • Deborah Rourke born about 1763
    • Thomas Rourke. born about 1765.
        Deborah (Bernard) Rourke died in 1780, a widow, in Dublin
  • Jemma Bernard b. about 1740 married 1774 Rev. Robert Moffitt (as spelled in the will of her uncle John Bernard. Alternative spelling is probably Moffett). Children :
    • Jane b. 1776-1777
    • Andrew Moffitt (b. 1778, m. 1808, Susan Smith),
    • Mary Moffitt, b. 1780 & d. 1803
    • Alice b. 1782 & d. 1783
    • Jane Moffitt (b. about 1781 m. about 1800 Aghmuty Richardson b. 1779)
    • Jemma Moffitt (1783-1847). Married John Huggins
  • Elizabeth Bernard m. ? Latry/Latrys.   Latrys   This name appears twice in the will of Elizabeth's uncle, John Bernard. It is used in the possessive form referring to Elizabeth's children so it may or may not have an "s" at the end. However, it is possible that the name could be Lautry/Lautrys or Lawtry/Lawtrys as those names are more commonly found in old Irish deeds.
    • George Latry,
    • Joseph Latry,
    • Thomas Latry,
    • Richard Latry,
    • William Latry
    • Mary Latry

  • Ann Bernard b. 1731 m. Humphry Michell in 1765 (4). Her brother William Bernard was marriage trustee as their father, Joseph had died the year before.  "17th November 1801. Died suddenly at 12 o'clock at night whilst at cards, Mrs Anne Mitchell, wife of Humphrey Mitchell, aged 70 years".  Son:
    • Perkins Michell. 

A Humfrey Michel was Clerk and Inspector for the Barrow Navigation in 1787. Carlow


I found one reference to Joseph Bernard in a lease from the Family and Estate papers of the Cliffe/Vigors families:

9 March 1731 - Lease for 20 years by Lucy Hewetson, Corry, Co. Catherlough to Joseph Bernard, Catherlough Town of Ballynabooly, Co. Catherlough. Rent 8/= per acre p.a.

There are several deeds in the Registry of Deeds which include references to Joseph Bernard

Joseph Bernard died 24th October 1763 in Carlow. His will was proven in September 1766. Joseph left his estate to be divided equally between his two youngest sons John and William.

Many of the children and grandchildren of Joseph and Mary were mentioned in the will of John Bernard.

Registry of Deeds: Vol #, Page #, Memorial #
(1)   Memorial 283/671/188080      Image # 352
(2)   Memorial 132/487/90106         Image # 264
(3)   Memorial  374/269/248985     Image #  144
(4)   Memorial 245/101/157643      Image # 58
To find the Memorial go to Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland. Insert Volume# and Image #

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