Franks 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

Franks Bernard
(the elder) was born about 1689 in Carlow and died in 1760.  Most of his descendants were living in Clonmulch, about 8 kilometres south of the Town of Carlow. He attended Trinity College Dublin.

“[Franks] Bernard (mistranscribed as Francis),  Pen. [i.e. fee-paying] (Mr Young, Carlow)[his tutor], July 11, 1705, aged 16 [admitted]; s.  of Thomas, Generosus [Gentleman];  b. Oldtown, Co. Catherlogh.”    (Ref: Alumni Dublinensis.)

Franks (the elder) married Elizabeth probably about 1707. Elizabeth Bernard, widow of Franks, is mentioned as a beneficiary of an annuity in a deed in 1761 (1).
They had one son and four daughters:
  • Franks Bernard (the younger) born about 1708, died 1782. He married Susanna Bunbury, probably about 1720. She died some time before 1735 leaving him with seven children. 
            Children of Franks and Susanna:
      • Thomas Bernard * (born about 1728, died about 1757).  He is described in various deeds as living in Cloghristic which is adjacent to Clonmulch. He married Mary ? (possibly Bambrick) in 1746. He died when their children were still minors. His daughters were made wards of Franks Bernard by the court.  Later, his widow Mary married Thomas Bernard of Castletown in 1768.
        • Mary Bernard m. ? Roberts.
          • Philip Roberts
        • Frances Bernard,
        • Susanna Bernard (b. about 1754, died 1835) m. in Oct 1773, to Hardy Eustace, Esq. (who died in1820), Hardy Eustace was previously married (1770) to Catherine (Kitty) Bernard, daughter of Philip Bernard
Children of Hardy and Susanna Eustace:  James Hardy Eustace; Hardy, Capt.;Thomas Lieut.; Frances; Catherine; Elizabeth; Bridget and Anne (twins); Susanna; Mary, m. Charles Bernard. (youngest son of Franks Bernard of Clonmulsh)

        • Catherine Bernard
      • Mary Bernard. Born about 1729 Died 1745
      • Franks Bernard* b. about 1731. Married Rebecca Hall in July 1775 (she was the daughter of Capt. John Hall of Dublin).  In a 1770 deed a Franks Bernard is made guardian of Frances, Susanna, Catherine and Mary Bernard, all minors, children of Thomas (his brother)  (4). I have found no records of Franks and Rebecca having any children.
      • Henry (Harry) Bernard*. Born about 1732. Mentioned in his brother Benjamin’s will so still alive in 1796.
      • Benjamin Bernard, Born about 1733, later lived in Bideford, Devon. Army Colonel. Died 1796/7, leaving a will; Wife Ann Mawry. No children
      • Jemma Bernard born about 1734. In a deed between Jemma and her brother Franks in 1765 she is described as a spinster (5).

      • Richard Bernard* (later, of Ferbane, King's Co.) born about 1735. Married Elizabeth Jessop of Ferbane after Oct 1763 (7). Richard Bernard died in 1771
        • Franks Bernard, born about 1764
        • Thomas Bernard, born about 1766
        • Benjamin Bernard born about 1767, married Jane Horne in 1805. He died before 1812 leaving John and Eleanor (minors)
* Birth order of sons described in a 1748 deed (6).

After Susanna's death Franks Bernard married Mary Grantham in 1735. (2
    Children of Franks and Mary (Grantham) Bernard:
      • John Bernard. Born Jan 15th 1739. Died 1740
      • William Bernard Baptized May 5th 1742.   Buried Oct 1742

Mary (Grantham) Bernard died in May 15th 1742.                 
Following Mary's death Franks Bernard married Margaret Bonham in 1750 (3).    

  • Susan Bernard, b. about 1712
  • Mary Bernard, b. about 1713 m. to James Butler. Esq. about 1737;  Son:
    • Thomas Butler
  • Anne Bernard b. about 1714 m. to Edward Pickering, of  Carlow; She died 1762.
  • Deborah Bernard b. about 1716, m. ?


Registry of Deeds: Vol #, Page #, Memorial #
(1)   Memorial   212/160/138761   Image#412
(2)   Memorial  102/204/70383    Image#127
(3)   Memorial  144/247/97348    Image#433
(4)   Memorial  271/275/179704   Image#154
(5)   Memorial 242/136/156076    Image#430
(6)   Memorial   133/108/89682   Image#374
(7)   Memorial 221/285/147855    Image# 488

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

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