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James (Cavanagh) Cavenagh (abt. 1702 - 1769)

James Cavenagh formerly Cavanagh
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JAMES CAVENAGH of Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, gauger, was probably born about 1702. He married three times, viz,

  1. Elizabeth Lindsay in November 1732[1] who died 7th April 1734.
  2. Ann Lane of Lane’s Park, Co Tipperary about 1735. She died on 9th June, 1742.
  3. Elizabeth Archdeacon, who died 13th March, 1787.

He himself died on 4th May 1769 and is buried with his three wives and several of his children by his 3rd wife in the family vault in the Abbey Graiguenamanagh.[2] His will was proved on 18th Sept 1769. He was known as the Protestant Cavanagh[3] in contra distinction to the Borris family who in those days were Roman Catholics.

Inscription[4] on the tombstone of the family vault at the Abbey Graiguenamangh Co Kilkenny. The stone was in the pathway leading to the north transept door and was moved 3 feet nearer to the church in 1906.

Underneath are interred the bodies of Wentworth Cavanagh of Ballynomona in the County of Kildare, who died November 1752, James Cavanagh of Graig, who departed this life May 4th, 1769, also the bodies of Elizabeth Lindsay (said James’ first wife) who died April 7th, 1734, Anne Lane, his second wife who died 9th June 1742, and of Elizabeth Archdeacon his third wife, who died 18th March 1787. Underneath are likewise interred several of his children by Elizabeth his third wife, viz Mary, wife of Robert Carpenter of Ross who died April 16th 1787, of Arthur Cavanagh who died the 19th December 1797, and of Wentworth Cavanagh of Ross, who died the 20th August 1793 : also Harriet wife of said Wentworth Cavanagh who died in June 1786.


  1. First name James Last name Cavenagh Year 1732 Diocese Cork and Ross Spouse's first name Elizabeth Spouse's last name Lindsay Record set Ireland Diocesan And Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes 1623-1866 retrieved through FindMyPast
  2. Cavenagh, W O [Wentworth Odiarne]. Cavenagh Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1949. (Family History Library microfilm 100178.) Also available through
  3. WO Cavenagh: Note by Mr Prim, a founder of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society. Miss Eliz Prim’s letter 1895
  4. Personal inspection 15 August 1891 W.O.C.

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