Hi there, Your greatgrandfather Simon Vokes did not own Barnalick House. The House was built shortly after 1784 when a James Nihill leased all 272 acres of "Baurnalicka" from Mary St. Leger. Nihill was a wealthy man who had leases for over 900 acres in Co. Limerick and Co. Clare. He built the house in the shape of a letter "T". He called the house "Rockville House". His eldest son Patrick lived on some family land in Co. Clare with his wife Prudence Dickson and their two daughters, Anne and Jane. Patrick died before his father in 1822 and when James died in 1831 the two daughters became heirs to all the lands including Barnalick. Anne married in 1814 a William Dodd and Jane married in 1829 a Thomas Davenport. Patrick had a younger brother, Daniel, who married in 1810 a Dymphna Gardener. He lived with his father James and no doubt looked after him in his old age. However when James died, Daniel had to move out of Barnalick and he and his family departed to Australia in 1835.
A survey done in 1840 gives an Anthony St. Leger as the owner of Barnalick estate with a Thomas Davenport and a Mrs. Dodd as the leaseholders under a Col. John Dickson as middleman.
Samuel Dickson is the middleman in 1850 in Griffith's Valuation and it must have been Samuel Dickson who employed Simon Vokes as Land Steward and placed Simon in residence in Barnalick House.
When Simon married his first wife Diana Stark in 1856, he gave Barnalick House as his address. The Marriage record also gave Simon's father as another Simon, a farmer.
I'm very sure but can not prove that Simon, the farmer, is the same person given in the Tithe Applotment Book of 1827, living in Ballycurrane Townland near Patrickswell village about 4 miles East of Adare.(Vokes is a very rare name).
In 1840 Simon lived in the larger half of Barnalick House and 6 Policemen used the rest of the house as a barracks. The police were still there in 1901 when Simon (the third) wrote in the Census form that he had 6 windows to the front of his house. The rest of the windows were obviously belonging to the police barracks.
Diana Vokes, nee Stark died in 1860 and Simon married Letitia White on the 6 Feb 1862. Diana was the mother of Simon, the third, born 1857. Letitia was the mother of: -
William, born 26-9-1865
George Jn. born 23-1-1869
John, born 12-9-1870
Richard James, born 3-2-1872
Benjamin George, born 15-7-1875
Margaret, born 18-1-1863
Dora, born 13-5-1864
Mary Jane, born 30-4-1867
Amelia, born 1869, died in an orphanage in Limerick aged 15
Letitia, born 20-10-1873
Sarah, born 4-1-1877.
Letitia White was born in 1844 the daughter of Benjamin White of Tuogh townland in Adare Parish. John Vokes, whom I believe was a brother of Simon's lived and worked in Tuogh.
Limerick Genealogy have Benjamin DeBurgh White of Tuogh dying at the end of December 1844.
Griffith's Valuation also have a Benjamin White of Tuogh, Adare Parish, living in a tiny cottage valued at 7 shillings and holding only 7 acres of land.
Diana Stark's family lived only a few fields Northwest of Barnalick.
If you go to www.askaboutireland.ie
and enter County Limerick and then enter Adare Parish followed by the name Benjamin White or John Stark you will be able to print off a copy of the original page from Griffith's Valuation and then print off a contemporary map showing the location of the lands leased by these two men.
The present owner of Barnalick House told me recently that the Dickson family gave the lands to the tenants around the time of Irish Independence (1922) as they were all interrelated.
The Vokes family sold Barnalick about 12 years ago.
Can you give me any dates for Letitia and her childrens departure from Ireland as this helps me to build a bigger picture of the Vokes family and helps to sort out Vokes with the same christian names.
Mary Jane's oldest half-brother Simon inherited Barnalick when Simon, her father died. Letitia, the mother and her other children would have had to leave if the heir married and needed the house for his new bride.
Glad to answer any more questions if I can,