Patrick Francis Nix was born January 1, 1861, County Clare. Birthdate is confirmed by U.S. records with only 'Ireland' given as location. County Clare, Ennis is all that famly oral history has provided.
Patrick Francis Nix listed his parents as Michael and Margaret on his marriage certificate, 1893, Providence R.I.
In April 2001 I inquired of the General Register Office in Dublin whether I should request a search for a registration of Patrick Francis Nix's birth, Jan. 1, 1861 from either their Dublin office or the Clare County Courthouse in Ennis, since the GRO website's instructions were redundant on the issue. I received an email reply from GRO which pointed out that neither office would have a record and advised I check the website of the National Library of Ireland . At that time, 2001, I found the National Library's list of available microfilmed records of Roman Catholic dioceses which include parts of County Clare to be limited to Galway and Killaloe Roman Catholic dioceses. Currently, Feb 12-13, 2012 I am frustrated by the revised National Library website's data available online.
Clare Library Parish & Church Records status index. Looking at the latter under Roman Catholic my 'best guesses' to search for my grandfather's baptism record are The Civil and RC Parish of Kilkeedy, Civil Parish of Killeely with the RC Parishes of Parteen & Meelick , Civil Parish of Killinaboy with RC Parish of Corofin.
Lacking documentation on my grandfather Patrick's place of birth, I have listed the following births to parents with the same names as my grandfather Patrick listed on his 1893 marriage certificate, Providence R.I. His January 1, 1861 birth does not show on these same sources since civil recording of births was not required until 1864.Family lore said he had 2 or 3 younger sisters and a brother. The data below indicates he had three sisters and two brothers. He was in the US in 1877 at age 16
FHL British Isles Vital Records CDs.
Parents: Michael Nix and Margaret
- NIX, John, Male, 22 Jan 1864, Corrofin, Clare, Recorded in: Civil Registration for Ireland
Source: Batch # C701224 Expected birth and christening Film #101083
NIX, Anne, Female, 15 Dec 1865, 0254 Corrofin, Clare, Recorded in: Civil Registration for Ireland
Source: FHL Film 101083, Batch C70124 NIX, Anne, Female, 12 July 1867, Corrofin, Clare, Note:210 Recorded in: Civil Registration for Ireland
Source: FHL Number 101153 Dates: 1867-1867 NIX, Honor,Female,7 Aug 1869, Birthplace: Corrofin, Clare, Recorded in: Civil Registration for Ireland
Mother: Mary Forde (most likely Margaret Mary Forde)
Source: FHL Number 101193, Dates: 1869-1869, Note: 235 NIX, Michael, Male, 5 Nov 1871, Corrofin, Clare, Recorded in: Civil Registration for Ireland
Source: FHL Number 255836, Dates: 1871-1871, Note:224
The 1901 Census for County Clare shows a Michael Nix, a widower, age 75, with 3 daughters and a son whose names and ages don't match those above. My Census Data shows this other Michael Nix, a widower. And that only one Nix shows in adjacent counties in the 1901 Census
A search of the Donated Transcriptions on the Clare Library site brings another Michael Nix/Margaret Forde family to light.
RC Baptismal record for the Parish of Tubber (Kilkeedy, 1833-1881.
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These names and dates don't agree with either the John, Anne, Anne, Honor and Michael Nix listed above nor the Maggie, Rodger, Bridget and Lillie Nix of the 1901 Clare Census.
NIX, Mary, Baptized 1861, Parents: Michael & Mary Forde, Sponsors: Michael Forde, Mary Fogarty, Minister: R. Walsh
NIX, Nancy, Baptized 1865, Parents: Michael & Margaret Forde, Sponsors: Pat and Mary Fogarty, Minister: R. Walsh
NIX, Michael, Baptized 3 November 1871, Parents: Mike & ?? Forde, Place of Residence, Coolbaun, Sponsors: James Kilkelly and Anne Taffe, Minister, M. Maloney
NIX, Margaret, Baptized 16 October 1873, Parents: Mike & Margaret Forde?, Place of Residence, Coolbaun, Sponsors Michael Fogerty? and Ellen Horigan, Minister, ??
NIX, Walter, Baptized 19 August 1877, Parents: Michael and Margaret Forde, Place of Residence, Coolbaun, Sponsors Patrick and Anne Glyn, Minister: Laurence J. Browne P.P.
NIX, Bridget, Baptized 10 February 1880, Parents: Michael and Margaret F???(Ford?), Place of Residence, Coolbaun, Sponsors Thomas Keane and Mary Brogan, Minister: L. Browne
Other clues on my grandtather's 'probable' birthplace were gleaned from the Griffith's Valuation of 1855 for County Clare on the Clare County Library site.
Griffiths lists the name Nix 6 times. The only Michael & Mary listed are in Townland, Coolbaun, 290 acres, about a mile southwest of Tubber, Galway
Civil Parish, Kilkeedy (Coolbaun in southeast quadrant)
Poor Law Union, Corofin
There was a Robert Nix (my brother's name and he is the older son) in:Townland, Boolanacausk
There were three Thomas Nix's listed in: Townlands; Boolanacausk, Meelick and Stonepark
More 'bits and pieces' of Nix in Clare information has come from other researchers. Posted here in order to
have more 'Nix' name in Clare data.
The Clare Freeman (newspaper) Feb 25 1871
On the 20th inst. at the Roman Catholic Church, Kilrush, by the very Rev.
Dr. Dinan, P.P., V.G., Robert, eldest son of Thomas Nix Esq., Stonepark
House, Meelick, County Clare, to Ellen, second daughter of Michael Brew
Esq., Parknamona, Kilrush. (Robert Nix m Ellen Brew)
From Punchbowl cemetery, Meelick
In loving memory of Robert Nix, Stonepark, who died 18th
December 1911, aged 66 years, his wife Ellen Nix, died
13th March, 1934 aged 87 years. Their son Thomas Nix,
died 31st August 1946 aged 74 years, his wife Catherine,
died 14th September 1959, aged 82 years on whose souls
Sweet Jesus have mercy RIP also John Nix died 29th May
1925 aged 17 years, his sister Nellie died 21st April 1965,
aged 50 years.
Obit of James Mahon in Oct 1936 are listed
T. Nix, Stonepark, Meelick ; T.J.Nix, Dublin and P.L.Forde.
Nix Thomas J Cabra Rd., Dublin 25 Oct 1952 Obit
Born Meelick, lived in Newmarket-on-Fergus,
Widow - Kathleen,
Daughter - Miss Prionnsias Nix,
Brothers - J.A.Nix, Robert Nix, and Charles Nix,
Sister - Mrs. C.Liddy.
who died 13th November 1991 aged 80 years - RIP
Erected by their son Robert.
From Punchbowl cemetery, Meelick
William Nix RIP Ballycannon.
In phone conversation Oct 9, 2004 my brother Robert reported that our sister Harriet had been recently to some military reunion and noted a Ralph Nix memoriam from World War 2 in Providence R.I. Whether a cousin of our father is the question.
LINKS RELATED TO MY SEARCH
- There are 14 Forde and 12 Ford surnames listed on the Griffith's Valuation of 1855 for County Clare on the Clare County Library site.
- There are three Michael Forde's and no Michael Ford's listed.
- The Michael Forde's are listed as follows;
- Townland, Castlequarter Kilkeedy; Parish, Kilkeedy; Union, Corofin
Townland, Templebannagh; Parish, Kilkeedy; Union, Corrofin
- There are two Mary Fordes, the only Fordes with female given names, listed as follows:
Townland, Derryowen; Parish, Kilkeedy; Union, Corrofin
Townland, Killadysert, Parish, Killadysert, Union, Killadysert
- The following sentence was in a letter from a Thomas Dewey to Anna J. Nix in Florida, date unknown, but apparently around 1955-58.
"I send a roll or two of Boston newspapers a month to my uncle Pat Monahan. He is living with my Aunt Katie in Castle Lodge, Tubber P.O. County Galway, Ireland. He is there since he left Boston in the summer of 1928. His eyesight is none too good. So I guess Aunt Katie does all his writing. Her name is Mrs. John Forde."
- The Griffith's listing has two John Fordes, as follows<
Townland, Drummoher; Parish, Killinaboy; Union, Corofin
Townland, Killadysert; Parish, Killadysert; Union, Killadysert.
- Mary M. Nix, my father's youngest sibling and only sister identified in writing that these family names were neighbors of the Nix's in Ireland. The surnames are Dewey (slight possibility the name is Denney), Forde and Monahan. Thomas Dewey gave his sister Margaret's address as "Mrs. George Parker, 8 James Rd. Weymouth Heights, Mass. She has 2 girls and one boy."
- In phone conversation Oct 9, 2004 my brother Robert reported that our mother had said that a Joe Ford who was a member of our church in Belmont, St. Joseph's, 'might be a cousin'.
- The Clare County Library website lists all the County Clare Church of Ireland and Catholic Parishes and notes the status of records, what exists for births, marriages and deaths per year and location of the records. For the parishes I have listed above the Clare Library site reports the following:
- Church of Ireland records lost
- Civil Parish: Kilkeedy,
- RC parish: Kilkeedy
- Diocese: KL Births: earliest record; Feb. 1833, missing 1866-1870
- marriages, earliest record; Feb 1871.
- Parish Address: The Parish Priest, Tubber, Gort, County Galway.
- not listed under Church of Ireland
- Civil Parish Killeely (see also County Limerick)
- Roman Catholic Parish: Parteen and Meelick
- Diocese: LK
- Births, earliest record: Sept 1831
- Marriages, earliest record: July 1814, missing from Dec 1819 to February 1821, and January 1836 to February 1847.
- Parish Address: The Parish Priest, Parteen, County Limerick
- The 1978 Irish phonebook listed 14 Nixes, including one in Ennis and 9 in Limerick.
- When researching records one should keep in mind the mass emigration related to the Famine. In 1841, before the Famine began, County Clare's population was 286,000. Ten years later when the Famine had ended the population was down 74,000 to 212,000. In 1966 population had decreased to 75,000, 26 percent of the 1841 count.
- There are no listings for 'Nix' in Sean Spellissy's 1996 book, "The Merchants of Ennis". However he states the listing is not comprehensive, particularly omitting smaller merchants. The book was published for the Ennis Chamber of Commerce by On Stream Publications Ltd.
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