Mary Willis
(Abt 1819-1897)


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Thomas Shannon

Mary Willis 71,1125

  • Born: Abt 1819 703
  • Marriage: Thomas Shannon in 1839 in Cork and Ross Diocese 1124
  • Died: 13 Nov 1897, Kilbronoge, Skull, Cork, Ireland about age 78 703

bullet  General Notes:

Look at the notes for her husband to learn about the area in which she lived.

The place name Lissaclarrig comes from "liss," which is a small fort, and "carrig," which means rock -- Small rock fort. The names of places can be thousands of years old, and date from before maps. Many place names describe geographical features, as this place does. Aghadown means "Field of the Fortress." Kilcoe may mean "the sea church." Ballydehob means "the ford of the two mouths" (made by three streams, where here flow into Roaringwater Bay.) Schull means "school," originally it was "Sancta Maria de Scholia."

NOTE: Aughadown is southeast of Aghadown. (Or just south, depending on what map you look at. Yes, I know that's nuts.)They're not the same place.

There are 3 people with the last name of Willis buried in the Aughadown Upper graveyard, 15 with the Shannon name, and 4 Hegartys two rather recents plus a Jeremiah - no info, and a Michael age 21 in 1868. Source:

She died in Kilbronoge, which is a townland in the barony of West Carbery West Division. Her name doesn't appear in a database.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Residence: Lissacharig. 333 From Minnie Hegarty's will -- "Lissacharig" county of Cork. No such place. Maybe it was Lissaclarig West in Cork?

Liss indicates "small fort." Carrig indicates "rock". If it should have been written as Lissacarrig, it would mean, in Irish, the place of the small rock fort. Place names in Ireland are all like that, and were invented before maps so landmarks were used.

Death, 13 Nov 1897, Kilbronogue, Ireland. 703 When she died, she was a widow of a farmer. She died of debility and old age after having been ill 3 weeks. She had no medical attention. Ellen Willis, daughter, was present at her death in Kilbronogue. Her death was registered Nov. 26, 1897 by E. Shipsey, M.D.


Mary married Thomas Shannon, son of Unknown and Unknown, in 1839 in Cork and Ross Diocese.1124 (Thomas Shannon was born about 1824,1126 died on 9 Oct 1906 in Skull, Cork, Ireland 35,1126 and was buried in Aughadown Upper Graveyard, Lisheen, Cork, Ireland 19.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 1839, Cork and Ross Diocese. 1124 Listed in the record set of "Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds indexes 1623-1866." -- BUT! both Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes are organised into dioceses! So this could very well be a Church of Ireland marriage.
BONUS: The next line down in the "Ireland Diocesan & Prerogative Marriage License Bonds indexes 1623-1866," available through, shows an Ursela Shannon and a James Hegarty marriage in 1840.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Checked online in the Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland for their marriage beginning in the year 1838 in East Schull parish. I looked in the Catholic records because Church of Ireland records aren't available (yet...?) I looked through 1856 and didn't happen to notice any Shannons at all, although I notice quite a few Hegartys in the register (various spellings).

On the same page of the registry as their marriage, two lines down is the marriage of a James Hegarty and an Ursela Shannon. There has got to be some connection there! 9-15-2016

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