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Letters from Home
Eedy and Hornibrook of Co Cork, Ireland

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The following letter was supplied by Greg Bishop       gbishop@col.auracom.com
has done extensive research on this family and would welcome contact.

Letter dated Oct. 18, 1877 from Wm. Eedy, Snr., Clifton, Gloucester Co. New Brunswick. to John W. Eedy.

Mr John W. Eedy,

Dear Sir,

Received yours of the 9th yesterday and I freely forgive the delay and accept the excuse you give and hope these lines will find all the Eedy's up there well and happy as it leaves us at present, thanks to a merciful God.

Truth, Sir, when you say I can find a relationship. When you said Rossmore Par, Killdee, I got the key. We are related, the same blood runs through our veins though it is a long distance. Now I will tell you I will have to go back to the days of the Commonwealth of England. When Oliver Cromwell marshalled the Invincibles, in his ranks were two brothers, Jonathan and Nicholas Eedy as you will find in history. He came to Ireland which held out for Charles the First when it was subdued a great many of his (Cromwell) officers got the confiscated estates. Their men settled on them as tenants both for protection to the landlords and to keep the Irish in subjection. Now, sir, those two men were our ancestors. Jonathan settled at Killdee with Sir Michael Cox. I am pretty sure that Jonathan was the father of Charles. You know the remaining, part and Nicholas Eedy settled at Killbree, near Clonakilty on the estate of a Colonel Allen who lived in England. They were Welshmen. That Nicholas Eedy was married to Hannah Knowles. His sons were Nicholas*, Jonathan, William and Robert with several daughters. This Jonathan was father of Willeam Eedy of Saroo. His mother's name was Rebecca Wolfe from west of Dunmanway. This Wm. Eedy of Saroo was my father and my mother's name was Susan Hill, daughter of David Hill of the same plowland. Now, Sir, I think I have shown you what I promised. My father was the man your father can remember coming to this country. It was in 1828. At that time I was only thirteen years old. I have no brother. I had five sisters. Four are still living and settled close by. My father was sixty three years old when he came to this country.

He died in 1839 and my mother in 1857 and their bones are in Christ Churchyard, Bathurst.I got this history of the family from father and I can well remember to see your grandfather John Eedy at Saroo and afterwards to see him and Nicholas Eedy of Knockea (Knockey, Lyre, Clonakilty) who was the son of Robert Eedy, and my father in a tent at Balagurteen fair the year before we left home taking a farewell glass of whiskey. And I had mine and if your father and me met I think we would likewise.

And now, I will tell you that I know your other grandfather, Richard Tanner, of Carriga Yreanan which in English is Sunny Rock, perfectly well and a fine honest farmer he was (this is no policy) and his oldest son Joseph he was married to a Miss Buttimore. She was a small sized woman. He was very tall and Edward the son that worked the farm. I can't say that I can recollect any of the daughters, but one that was married to John Parret. I saw her funeral. The old gentleman was twice married. The last was a widow Rashley. I forgot that another was married to Edward Rashley, her son and Mrs Tanner's daughter Fanny Rashley was married to John Hill my uncle. These were all descendants of Cromwell's Ironsides and I am happy to say pure and undefiled protestant blood at your side and mine so far and I hope will keep so forever.

And again I will tell you I was married to a cousin of mine. Her maiden name was Susan Hill. We have four sons and three daughters living and we buried one son and two girls. The boys names are William, David, Horace, and Thomas. You might see some of them yet in your country. Wm. was in Wisconsin awhile and got sick there and came home. He is at present in St. Johns, N.B. at carpenter work. When West he worked with a Canadian who told him he knew several of the Eedy's in Upper Canada.

Your friend and relative,
Wm. Eedy, Sr.

* The will of a Nicholas Eedy, Keelbree was admitted to probate in 1775 - Phillimor's Index to Irish Wills

(London, 1960).

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Hornibrook Family

DONA BAKER, Alberta, Canada  donabk@telus.net has done extensive research on this family and would welcome contact.  The Hornibook  home page can be found at  http://genforum.genealogy.com/hornibrook/  Below are a few items from her research:

John Hornibrook and Anne Nagle? married  ca.1795.   John died before 1811.

A deed of indemnity (c1811) occurred between Anne Hornibrook and John NASH.

William Adams NASH  married Abigail Hornibrook (d/o Edward Hornibrook and Sarah Bradfield) at Bandon, Cork in 1861.

Rebecca NASH m. Samuel Hornibrook  (s/o Augustus Hornibrook of Farensherherg, Desertserges, Cork). No date available.

Hester NASH m. Richard Hornibrook 1762 in Cork & Ross Records


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Harbour Cottage,                                                                      May 2nd, 1944
Mousehole, Penzance,

My Dear Doris,

The Canadian Hornibrook connection is interesting but his grandfather ‘John Hornibrook of County Cork’ does not tell one much, for in the time of George III there were lots of Hornibrooks scattered all over south Cork, from the city to, and especially around Bandon, and the names William, Thomas, Matthew and John occur over and over again. They varied at the time from Squires, through ‘squireens’ to ‘strong farmers’, and Bandon churchyard and records (mostly burned in Rebellion fires of x1920) were full of them.

My father's branch was the senior, and, at that time, consisted of about six cousins all holding comfortable places and houses around Bandon. My father was William, another Sam, was a Church of England Clergyman, his favourite cousin John, had a place called ‘Corran’ (Note Lill says that's our grandfather), he and my father as bachelors shared it together for hunting. Others were Mathew and Thomas.
Ireland was terribly hit by a depression, like that of 1928-30, after the European wars were ceased after Waterloo, and very many places were sold and people went away.
Mathew, John and another all went to Canada, also Thomas. Mathew's grandsons came over with the Canadian forces in 1915, and your father met some of them, I never saw them. My grandfather went bust trying to keep his racehorses in the depression and my father came over to England and we lost sight of the other branches. To my knowledge the last of this lot in Ireland was a very distant cousin, one Thomas Hornibrook, who lived near Mallow. He and his son (an officer in the British Army) were assasinated by the Sein Feiners about 1919, so I cannot say where Sunley's grandfather came in.

As regards early history, the earliest record I found was a will in Exeter temp. Henry VII but Sir Bernard Burke, the King at Arms, told me that the name was a Saxon one given at the time when people's names were descriptions - such as ‘Edmund Ironside’, ‘Longmen Strong’  etc. Ours was ‘Horn i' th brook’, he said also that the crescents impled taking part in the Crusades - the office of Arms has a lot of family history but I did not feel like paying stiffly for it.

Our branch came from South Devon - around Exeter and Tavistock. One will in Exeter temp. Elizabeth, is of Barbara Hornibrook who had a place called Shebrook outside Exeter, another branch were in Cornwall. Our branch produced Richard Hornibrook temp. Charles 1st of Exeter, who had a son called Richard - who fled to Holland with young Prince Charles - Charles II, stayed there with him and returned to England after the exile was over. His name is mentioned in the IV edition of Gillims Display of Heraldry temp. Anne as he was granted a special coat of arms. It says he was a son of Richard Hornibrook, gent. of Exeter and that ‘he faithfully served his Sovereign during his exile and had the felicity to return with him on his restoration. He is at the time here of, Bleumantle Pursuivant at Arms and an Officer in his Majesty's Life Guards’.

His coat of arms differs fromt heolder one in having three crescents instead of six and they are on two wavy bars. His crest is an armoured arm holdinga bleeding sword and the motto "I would rather die than be disgraced". Richard is said to have married the natural daughter of Charles II and the wife of a prominent Dutch nobleman, and Richard's son, Guy, joined William of Orange when he landed in England, made the Irish campaign with him and got grants of land around Bandon for his reward, he was our forebear and his sword, inscribed, went to Australia in 1850 with my Aunt Anne. I don't know what became of it. The normal crest is a crescent surrounded by a Bay wreath and the motto is ‘Courage in Adversity’.

The Cornish branch were mostly around Mylor, outside Falmouth. A will in the Exeter Consistery Court circa James 1st was of one William Hornibrook - the local parson who drew it up, in describing bequests to the sons and a daughter spelt them all differently, - the eldest was Hornabrook, then Hornbrook, then Hornebrook, the Hornibrooke, and the daughter like the father - Hornibrook. In consequence this branch of the family have always followed the mis-spelling of the eldest son — Hornabrook — one was Archdeacon of Sydney, Australia, recently.

My love to you all,
(signed) Murray Hornibrook



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