William 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

William Bernard, of Straw Hall, Co. Carlow, 1726 - 1790, was the youngest son of Mary and Joseph Bernard.  He married his second cousin, Mary Bernard probably about 1755. Mary was the grand-daughter of Charles Bernard of Laois, William's father's brother.

In 1763, following his father (Joseph's) death William and his brother John were bequeathed Joseph's estate to be shared equally between them (1).

In 1770 in a deed from Thomas Bunbury of the City of Dublin where he released the lands of Cranavornan to William, his three children are named as lives: Thomas (eldest son), Joseph (2nd son) and Jemma (2nd eldest daughter) (2). The history of the Cranavornan lands is documented in deeds later found in a family member's attic

In Articles of Partition in 1799 John Bernard agreed to be cede his share of their father's estate to William (3) .

In 1782 the courts levied a fine of 2,000 (an enormous sum in that era) and required him to cede the lands of Ballynabooly to John Bernard and his brother-in-law, Thomas Bennett. The reason is not given. Also, in the same deed it is stated that William Bernard was the guardian of John Perkins (1).

In a Deed of Release in 1784 between Philip Bernard and William Bernard, three of William's children are named as: Thomas, Jemma and Mary (4)

William and Mary Bernard's (known) children.

  •  Thomas Bernard     born about 1756-1807. In his pre-marriage agreement of 1790 he is described as William's eldest son.  (5
  • Joseph Bernard (born after 1758). No information about Joseph after 1772 so it is possible he did not survive.
  • Jemma Bernard probably born about 1760.

  • Mary Bernard, born about 1762. Mentioned as the youngest daughter of William in the deed of marriage settlement (6). She married William Lambert in 1788. He died before 1825 (7). They had children:
    • William Lambert b. about 1789. Identified as eldest son and heir in a deed (7)  in 1825. Residence in Ballinroben, Kilkenny
    • Jemima Lambert b about 1794 m. Richard Bernard in 1813. They separated in 1819.
    • Lewis Jones Lambert b. 1798 in Wexford m. Georgina Anderson in 1830. He d. 1876; She died 1883
    • Anne Lambert b. about 1802. Listed as a spinster in 1825. m. Thomas Devenport 5th Dec 1831 in Dublin

Registry of Deeds: Vol #, Page #, Memorial #
(1)   Memorial  344/189/230897    Image# 120

(2)   Memorial  295/273/196066    Image# 151

(3)   Memorial  327/590/220886   Image# 326

(4)   Memorial   365/195/243971    Image# 402

(5)   Memorial   443/174/285665     Image# 383

(6)   Memorial   399/350/264176    Image# 503

(7)   Memorial   829/406/557741   Image# 247

To find the Memorial go to Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland. Insert Volume# and Image #

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