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!! Ballina Chronicle; March 6, 1850 "Meeting of Guardians - Ballina"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, March 6, 1850 MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of this union was held in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2005
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, March 6, 1850

      BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of this union was held in the
      Board Room on Saturday, Col. Knox Gore in the chair. Among the other Guardians
      present were - Captain J. Knox, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Crofton, Mr.
      J.V. Jackson, and Mr. Gardiner. Capt. Hamilton, Inspector, attended.
      The Rev. Arthur Moore brought before the notion of the Board the case of
      three children, named Goodwin, who were a short time in the Workhouse, but their
      religious denomination had not been registered. The eldest of the three was nine
      years of age.
      The eldest girl being brought before the Board said that she used to go to
      the chapel, and was brought there by her aunt. Her mother, she said, was in
      England, had lived in the parish of Backs, and was not a Protestant.
      Mr. Moore said that the father's brother and Mr. Samuel Strogen could prove
      that the mother of the children expressed a wish that they should be brought up
      as Protestants.
      Mr. Goodwin, brother to the children's father, said that he knew nothing of
      the children previous to their father's death, but that he heard that they were
      baptised by a Protestant minister, and that it was his brother's wish that hey
      should be brought up Protestants. He believed the mother to be a Protestant.
      Mr. S. Strogen said that he was aware of the mother stating that the father
      before his death expressed a wish that his children should be brought up
      One of the aunts then stated that she knew the children and their mother,
      Sarah Ormsby, who wished them to be Protestants. Before and after their father
      died she expressed this wish, and she (the aunt) knew that one of them was
      baptised in Easky by the Protestant minister, and another in Ballina by a
      Protestant minister. The mother, she said, is a Protestant.
      Mr. Paget Strogen, a Guardian, said that the mother of the children and all
      her family were Protestants.
      It was then declared that they should be registered as Protestants.
      Mr. Madden [ Rev. Dominick Madden] withdrew, but then afterwards appeared
      to inquire about the children who were registered as Protestants. He said that
      the mother was a Catholic, and complained that the matter was got over in a
      hurry, and that there should have been notices given of their change of
      Colonel Gore then repeated to Mr. Madden the evidence which had been given,
      and stated that in the face of the testimony of such respectable witnesses the
      Board could come to no other decision and that there was no change made as the
      children were not registered before.
      Mr. Madden expressed his determination of getting the registry changed and
      Mr. P. Gallagher then gave notice that he would, on that day fortnight, move
      that the resolution for having the children registered as Protestants be

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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