Catherine (Britton) Cassidy
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Catherine (Britton) Cassidy (abt. 1788 - aft. 1830)

Catherine "Kitty" Cassidy formerly Britton aka Britten
Born about in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of DNA confirmed and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married about 1800 in Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 42 [location unknown]
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Ireland Native
Catherine (Britton) Cassidy was born in Ireland.
This profile is part of the Britton Name Study.

Catherine (Kitty) Britton.[1]

Catherine is believed to be the daughter of an Anglican clergyman who was the military chaplain for the garrison at Fermanagh in the North of Ireland. She renounced the church at the beginning of the 19th century which her forefathers had followed for over 200 years, and returned to the church of her earlier ancestors, to the Holy Catholic faith and married an outstanding young catholic captain Stephen Cassidy. [2]

The surname of Britton was first found in Devonshire, where they were seated from the 11th century. Britton is originally believed to be a French name. Often from County Tipperary, County Kildare and County Meath.[3]The name was only linked with the Parish of Boho Co. Fermanagh in the early 1800s. The Britton's were prominent members of the Church of Ireland (non Catholic) and were recorded as Sidemen in the Boho church back in the 1700's. [4] DNA evidence has now linked Catherine to this family. The Linnet Inn located in Boho Fermanagh, was formerly the 'Britton Inn' and run by members of Catherine's family.

The Former 'Britton Inn'

We know she had at least one brother Thomas, living at Mullaghdun Townland in abt 1828 with his son.[5] DNA research has now confirmed that a relationship also exists between Catherine and James Britton who married Mary Laird. It is highly likely that they share the same father and would be siblings. Parents names are unknown at this time.

The 'Peter Klein reference' suggests she may have married some time around or before 1800. Three of her sons Thomas, Phillip and Edward were transported to Australia in 1830. Thomas the eldest said to have been born abt 1800.

The death certificates of two of her sons, Thomas and Phillip, indicate their mothers name unknown BRITTON/BRITTEN so it is not confirmed her name is actually Catherine. Other variations of her name are Kitty and Katy.

The James CASSIDY who emigrated to the US and married Margaret McELROY is also a son of Catherine and Stephen.[6] This has now been confirmed through DNA testing. Her name is recorded in the US family bible as Kitty.[7]

It is also possible that she was dead by the time of sons' transportation. There are no references to her in newspaper accounts or the serialised story in the newspaper. This could account for why her name was not known by the informants of Thomas and Phillips death.[8]

Research Notes

  • There is a Catherine CASSIDY listed as a widow in England 1861 census at St Oswalds Chester. She is aged 80, this would make her b1781, living with an Ann (born Longford Ireland) and Michael McEvoy (born Kilkenny Ireland) stated relationship mother in law. (Son James is believed to be married to Margaret McELROY). Could this be her?
  • If you know the answer to either of these questions please contact Veronica Williams.


  • The paternal and maternal lines are confirmed to shared ancestors of Patriarch BRITTON and his wife as a result of multiple autosomal matches.[9]
  • DNA matches have also confirmed the ancestry back to this shared ancestor of Catherine BRITTON due to an X chromosome triangulated group, from the descent lines of two of her sons Thomas and James.[10] You can read more about my DNA research of Catherine on my blog, please click here.
  • Whilst relationships have been confirmed back to this ancestral couple of Stephen CASSIDY and Catherine BRITTON as a result of multiple autosomal matches from the descent lines of three of their sons Thomas, James and Phillip, it is still unclear whether the segment matches on Chromosome 1 belong to Stephen or Catherine.


  1. Veronica Williams created WikiTree profile Britton-641 through the import of CASSIDY and SWEENEY 4_2013-08-13_2013-08-16.ged on Aug 16, 2013
  2. Fr Peter Charles Klein SYD, Life of Father Philip Cassidy, PP Archdeacon, Benedictine Monks, Arcadia, NSW, Fr Peter Charles Klein SYD.
  3. James McClelland, Irish Surnames and locations, Hawkesbury Library, 300 George Street Windsor, NSW, Book 32 and 32A.
  4. Emails, Nuala Cassidy White, 2007, Cassidy Clan.
  5. Newspaper - Ireland, Enniskillen Chronicle & Erne Packet: 31 Jul 1828, Enniskillen Assises, page 1.
  6. IGI Index,, CASSIDY to McElroy marriage - Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
  7. Family Bible, Provided by Mary Fear USA, 1st March 2010. Given to her by her aunt before her death.
  8. BDM - Certificates, CASSIDY Philip - Death - NSW 1881/2317.
  9. ‘’Gedmatch triangulated group’’ confirmation of relationships between John Walton, Private BRITTON; and KC, overlapping shared segment of approx 16 cMs on Chromosome 17, Triangulated 27 May 2018.
  10. Gedmatch X match one to one comparison confirmation of relationships between John Roberts, Michael Stevens and Don Temples; resulting in Triangulated segment = 14 cM, Chromosome 23, 30 Dec 2016.
  • Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Compiled from publicly available sources.Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.),,, Database online.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998), Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA. Ancestral File Number: C85S-HB

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