Thomas Joseph McEntyre

McIntyre DNA project


Breakthrough: Have found Thomas’ father  ——->James
Thomas is the son of James McEntyre and Elizabeth McEntyre.


My guess is this is Thomas’ wedding photo to his 2nd wife Honora. Thomas would have been 41 or 42.
On the marriage record I’ve found for Thomas and Honora there is a James McEntyre listed as father.
I thought I’d never find this far back after all the dead ends. Now I have another generation to investigate. circa 1800 I guess for James and sniffing around Roscommon/Gillen/Gallen/Tullamore for him…..

Descendants of Thomas Joseph McEntyre

1 Thomas Joseph McEntyre 1824 – Country: Ireland b: 1824 d:10 Aug 1893 Dublin
.. +Rose Egan/ d:03 Apr 1865: Ireland City: Dublin
++2nd marriage Honora Corcoran (Dowling) m28th May 1865 (quick work there Tom) Young kids needed a mum.
+++3rd marriage Jane Heany (Grant) m21st July 1883
……… 2 James Joseph McEntyre 1859 – 1904 Country: Ireland b: 1859 in Dublin City: Dublin
…………. +Alicia Maud Murphy 1856 – 1915 b: 1856 in Wexford, Ireland
……………….. 3 Mary Agnes McEntyre 1888 – 1978 b: Mar/25/1888 in Windsor, Victoria, Australia
……………….. 3 Thomas Joseph McEntyre 1890 – 1890 b: 1890 in South Melbourne,Victoria, Australia,RegNumber: 34510. Number: 34510
……………….. 3 Patrick William McEntyre 1891 – 1964 b: Dec/7/1891 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
…………………… +Zillah Josephine Mackins 1890 – 1966 b: Apr/9/1890 in Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
……… 2 Henrietta Rose McEntyre Country: Ireland b: in Dublin, Ireland City: Dublin b: 8 Mar 1861
……… 2 Mary Josephine McEntyre 1857 – 1879 Country: Ireland b: 1857 in Dublin, Ireland City: Dublin

Lived at 20 Leinster Rd Rathmines. House Address between 1862-66.
Found evidence that Thomas purchased 3 homes in Wood Street, in 1854? and selling them in 1871 in the same street his parents lived who also managed/owned 3 houses 18, 23 & 27. Were they well off or just struggling to pay the bills? Maybe they were richer than we ever imagined.


Thomas had 3 marriages after finding Jane McEntyre in his grave listed as a widow dying a year after Thomas.
She’s much younger than Thomas. Thomas died at 69 but was shown as 65 on the death record. Jane is shown as 42 and having died of asthma in the same hospital that Thomas died.
First wife Rose died in 1865, second wife Honora in 1880, Jane 1894.



48 Leinster Rd Dublin. Thomas’ last address and probably where he died. Our Lady’s Hospice.
His surprising improbable 3rd wife Jane died here 7 months later of an asthmatic related condition. Same address but recorded as Mater M Hospital.



This is the last residential address I have for Thomas as shown on 2nd wife Honora’s burial record 19th Sep 1880
10 Fairview Strand Clontarf


Thomas worked at the Griffith’s Valuation office and I was lucky enough to track down records of him from the office. Will scan original copy soon. As below.
Record from Griffiths Valuation Office:
Establishment list: Compiled 1st July 1872.

Classification of the Officers comprising the Department of the General Survey and Valuation of Ireland, ordered by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury, to take effect from the 1st of April, 1865.

John Ball Greene, Commissioner of Valuation.

Thomas McEntyre was employed as a Third Class Officer. In 1872 as at 1st July he was 48 years old and was appointed April 12th 1850, he had worked at the office for 22 years and 0 months.
Up to this date. No record after 1st July 1872.
His yearly salary was 180 punts and no pence. He was sixth on the list for seniority as a third class officer. The seniority seemed to be based on years of service, more than age. There were 63, 3rd class officers. 24, 2nd class officers, whose yearly salary ranged from 250-270 punts. There were 13, 1st class officers whose yearly salary was 365 punts.

Based on his age on this salary record I estimate Thomas to have been born in 1824 or 1823.

Griffiths Valuation was an undertaking in the late 1840’s and early
1850’s, and was done as a primary tax valuation of land, and structures on
the land. In the valuation records, you find the name of the lessor and
the lessee (landlord and renter, respectively), as well as a description
of the property (i.e., small house, office, garden, land), and its taxable

Today, Griffiths is used as primarily a census substitute, given the loss
of Irish census records for one reason or another (fire, destroyed by
government for confidentiality purposes). It does not give you the actual
make-up of the family, but does give you the possibility of locating the
townland that your family came from, as well as possibly finding other
people with the same last name, nearby, who might be related.

Griffiths also provides a Householders Surname Index to both Griffiths and
the Tithes, that can be used to track the incidence of your surname, and
on occasion this can help you locate possible places where your ancestor
lived, if you did not already know this. I would caution you though that
this is a tedious and more often than not an unlikely way of locating your
ancestors. As well, given the confusing nature of Griffiths to a
beginner, I would not advise using the surname index in this manner unless
you are a fairly experienced researcher.

Lastly, Griffiths can form the basis for further searches of land records
held in Dublin, at the Valuation Office. There you can actually track the
possession of the land from about 1853 until the early 1930’s through
subsequent valuations. Additionally, since Griffiths provides you with
the name of the lessor, sometimes if they were large landowners, you can
then access their estate records through the National Library or the
National Archives. Estate records provide a myriad of information,
possibly even turning up the actual lease date of the land.


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