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

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Catherine "Kitty" Cassidy formerly Britton aka Britten
Born about in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
Sister of
Wife of — married about in Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after [location unknown]
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Categories: Fermanagh, Britton Name Study | Fermanagh, Cassidy Name Study | Boho, Fermanagh | Gortgall, Fermanagh | County Fermanagh.

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Biography

Catherine (Kitty) Britton was 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. [1] This suggests she may have married some time around 1800. We know she had at least one brother Thomas, living at Mullaghdun Townland in abt 1828 with his son.[2]

Three of her sons Thomas, Phillip and Edward were transported to Australia in 1830.

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. This has now been confirmed through DNA testing. Her name is recorded in the US family bible as Kitty.

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.

The surname of Britton was first found in Devonshire, where they were seated from the 11th century. 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. Britton is originally believed to be a French name. Often from County Tipperary, County Kildare and County Meath.

DNA

Confirmed at GEDmatch with multiple autosomal matches, including an X chromosome triangulated group back to the shared ancestor of Catherine BRITTON. [3] You can read more about my DNA research of Catherine on my blog, please click here.

This profile is of interest in my ongoing DNA research, if you are a descendant and have had your autosomal DNA tested, please contact Veronica Williams. I am interested in possible connections with a triangulated matches between A148981, T019600, M035530 and T717072 at GEDmatch. Please refer my Free Space Page regarding BRITTON possible Triangulated Groups - Chromosome 17.

Possibilities

  • 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.

Sources

  1. Fr Peter Charles Klein SYD, Life of Father Philip Cassidy, PP Archdeacon, Benedictine Monks, Arcadia, NSW, Fr Peter Charles Klein SYD.
  2. Newspaper - Ireland, Enniskillen Chronicle & Erne Packet: 31 Jul 1828, Enniskillen Assises, page 1.
  3. Gedmatch X match one to one comparison confirmation of relationships between T766864, T410351 and A969300; resulting in Triangulated segment = 14 cM, Chromosome 23, 99.7-115.4, 30 Dec 2016.
  • James McClelland, Irish Surnames and locations, Hawkesbury Library, 300 George Street Windsor, NSW, Book 32 and 32A.
  • Emails, Nuala Cassidy White, 2007, Cassidy Clan.
  • Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Compiled from publicly available sources.Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Database online.
  • BDM - Certificates, CASSIDY Philip - Death - NSW 1881/2317.
  • IGI Index, www.familysearch.org, CASSIDY to McElroy marriage - Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
  • Family Bible, Provided by Mary Fear USA, 1st March 2010. Given to her by her aunt before her death.
  • 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

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Veronica Williams for creating WikiTree profile Britton-641 through the import of CASSIDY and SWEENEY 4_2013-08-13_2013-08-16.ged on Aug 16, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Veronica and others.




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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Catherine by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Catherine:

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