The Tullamore Connection
BANKS, BAGNALL, SKERRITT & PARSONS
Story by Raymond E. Parsons, June,
These four surnames, BANKS, BAGNELL, SKERRITT & PARSONS,
intertwined in the area near Tullamore and Killeigh in County
Offaly (or Kings County), Ireland around 1800. The close
relationship of these surnames associated with the PARSONS family
continued for the next 50 years extending to Zanesville, Ohio. My
great-great grandfather Robert PARSONS married Hannah BANKS. My
other great-great grandfather Robert BAGNELL married Mary BANKS,
Hannah's sister. My great-grandfather Charles PARSONS married
Maria BAGNELL, his cousin, after both emigrated from Tullamore to
Zanesville, Ohio. In the Tullamore area: Maria PARSONS (my great-
grandfather Charles PARSONS's sister married John BANKS and soon
emigrated to Ohio. Honor PARSONS (Robert's sister) married
William SKERRITT, John PARSONS married Catherine SKERRITT, Robert
BAGNALL married E.(Esther?) SKERRITT. In Zanesville, Ohio,
William PARSONS, the brother of my great grandfather married
My great-great-great grandfather, Richard PARSONS
and his wife Mary (1742-1823) are buried at the Church of Ireland
Cemetery, Killeigh, Ireland. Their son, Robert's death is
recorded in the Tullamore Church of Ireland register (1768-1834,
also buried at Killeigh)). According to family tradition,
Robert's first wife was a Miss. Emmett and they had one son named
John. (No record proof has been found of the marriage or birth)
Robert's sister, Honor PARSONS (abt 1778-1818, also
Killeigh), married William SKERRITT and had 3 children in the
1802 census at Tullamore.
Robert PARSONS, my great-great grandfather married
Hannah BANKS (1784-1879, died Ohio). She was the 18 year-old
daughter of James and Elizabeth BANKS, in the 1802 census of
Protestants in Tullamore. The Tullamore Church of Ireland
Baptism records show 9 children of Robert & Hannah- Charles
(9/1806)(died as a child), Maria (11/1807), Richard (7/1810), Robert (8/1813),
James (9/1816)(died as a child), William (2/1821), Hannah (7/1824), Thomas, a twin
(7/1824) and James-2nd (2/1829). Another child, my great-
grandfather, Charles-2nd (b. 5-Jun-1822, d. 18-Jul-1912) was not
shown in the Tullamore records.
Charles PARSONS (possible brother of Robert PARSONS
(PARSONS) SKERRITT of Tullamore) married (2nd) Alice -- (1778-
1816, buried at Killeigh) and had James (1798) and Jane (1800).
Charles also had sons, George (1787), John (1788-1817) and
Charles (1792) by unknown first wife, (children listed in the
Tullamore 1802 census).
George PARSONS (possible brother of Robert PARSONS)
Tullamore is in 1802 Tullamore census, with children, John (1798)
and Mary (1799).
John PARSONS (probably a younger brother of Robert but possibly the son of Robert by first
of Killeigh married Catherine SKERRITT (1789-1829). They had
sons, Richard (1809 - ) Henry (1812-1835), John (1816-1818),
John-2nd (1819- ) and daughter Mary (1821- ).
THE MIGRATION FROM TULLAMORE TO
My great-great-grandfather, Robert PARSONS, died
1834. About this time his oldest daughter, Maria PARSONS (b.
1807) was married to a John BANKS (b. 1811) (The relation to
James BANKS or Hannah (BANKS) PARSONS is unknown). Maria & John
BANKS and their oldest daughter, Catherine, emigrated to
Zanesville, Ohio in about 1839. (John BANKS appears in the 1840
Muskingum Co. Ohio census with two females under 5 years and 1
female 40-50 yrs). (Also enumerated in the Muskingum Co. Ohio
census is family of Robert BANKS (age 50/60), 1 female (40/50), 1
male under 5, 2 females under 5, 2 females 10/15, 1 female 20/30.
Robert is probably related to John BANKS and may be related to
Hannah (BANKS) PARSONS, but the relationship unknown.) These
BANKS families led the PARSONS families to emigrate to
In 1840 or 1841, a few years after Robert PARSONS'
1834, the widow Hannah (BANKS) PARSONS left Ireland for
Zanesville, Ohio with her younger children, William (b.1821),
Charles (b. 1822), Hannah (b. 1824) arriving in the USA at least
before Dec. 1841 when William was married, but not in time to be
included in the 1840 Ohio census. (No records of Thomas, twin,
b. 1824, or James, b. 1829 are found, so they are presumed to
have died in Ireland.)
Photo of Charles Parsons, abt 1860
On December 15, 1841, William PARSONS (b. 1821) was
Catharine BANKS (b. 1819) (20/30 yr female of Robert BANKS in
1840 census) by Urish Heath in Zanesville, Ohio. They had
children, all born in Ohio: Jane (1842), Hannah (1845), Catharine
(1847), Robert (1849), Fanny (1852), Henry (1854), Lilly (1858)
and Harriet (1860)
In October, 1848, the Richard PARSONS family followed
mother, Hannah (BANKS) PARSONS and siblings to Zanesville.
Richard (1810-1865) was married to Margaret PAINE in Tullamore
about 1837 and emigrated with his wife and 7 children: Elizabeth
(1838), Hannah (1839), Maria (1840), Robert (1842), Thomas
(1844), John (1845), and Richard (1847). Another 4 children were
born in Ohio were: Henry (1849), Charles (1850), Margaret (1854)
and William (1856)
Back in Ireland, Hannah (BANKS) PARSONS' sister, Mary
(b. 1787) had married Robert BAGNALL and in the Tullamore Church
of Ireland Baptism Register are listed 3 children, Anne
(11/1814), James (3/1816) and Elizabeth (7/1818). Maria (BANKS)
BAGNELL was also baptized in 1821 under her marriage surname. (Family may have moved from Tullamore after 1821 and had more children elsewhere.)
According to family tradition Robert and Maria (BANKS) BAGNELL
had many children, one of which was Maria BAGNELL (born 9-Sep-
1825, in Westmeath Co., near Athlone, Ireland--my great-
grandmother). In about 1850, this daughter, Maria BAGNELL, went
alone on a ship to New York City and on to Zanesville, Ohio. On
December 8, 1851, she was married to Charles PARSONS, my great-
grandfather, in Zanesville, Ohio. The had children: Mary Ann (1853), Hannah "Tallie" (1855), William (1858), Charles (1861), Robert, my grandfather (1865), and Richard (1867). Below are some of the records
found in support of these relationships.
Photo of Maria Bagnell, ca 1860
RECORDS OF BANKS, BAGNALL, PARSONS &
NEAR TULLAMORE, IRELAND 1800-1850.
The main sources of records were:
-- 1. The Parish Register of Geashill (from OHAS report
-- 2. The Parish Register of Killeigh, King's County (LDS
-- 3. Protestant Parishioners in The County Offaly, Portion
Diocese of Meath c. 1802 (Published in The Irish Ancestor, Vol.
5(2) (1973) pp. 38-52 and pp.115-120)
-- 4. Offaly Historical & Archeological Society (OHAS)
Raymond E. Parsons, file Ref: 164/96 Re: Parsons & Bagnall/Banks
-- 5. Ohio Records and files of R. E. Parsons.
From the Geashill Parish Register
(OHAS 164/96, Geashill is 10
miles south-east of Tullamore.)
PARSONS Deaths (OHAS)(K=Kilbride, G=Geashill, L=
1813, July 2, PARSONS, Mary of Ballinvally, -- age, pg. 16, K
1817, Aug 28, PARSONS, Richard of Ballinvally, 72 yrs, pg.18,
1816, July 25, PARSONS, Alice, of Tullamore, wife of Charles,
38, page 48, G. (also age 23 on pg. 18, K, probably error)
1823, Nov 20, PARSONS, Mary (wife of Richard) of
age 81, pg. 22, K.
1817, June 30, PARSONS, John (son of John & Catherine
of Killeigh, age 2, pg. 19, K
1817, Nov 17, PARSONS, John (son of John & Alice) of
age 28, pg. 18, K.
1818, PARSONS, Honor, (wife of William Skerritt) of Clonminch
mile south of Tullamore), age 35 (maybe 40 based on child, age 5,
in 1802 census) pg 19, L
1829, Aug 17, PARSONS, Catherine (maiden name) (wife of John
Skerritt) of Killeigh, age 40, K (pg 25), G (pg 65, Aug 19).
1834, Jan 8, PARSONS, Anne, of Gurteen (2 miles from
age 68, p. 26, G.
1835, June 17, PARSONS, Henry (son of John)(b. 1/26/1812) of
Killeigh, age 23, pg. 27, K
1850, Jul 9, PARSONS, Elizabeth of Frankford, age 101, pg 20,
1852, Oct 5, PARSONS. Mary of Killeigh, age 29, K.
From the Killeigh Parish Register(LDS
1809, Oct 1 SKERRITT, Catherine, dau. of Richard of Grage
1809, Nov 15, PARSONS, Richard, son of John of Killeigh
1811, Mar 24, SKERRITT, Joseph, son of Edward of Ballinvalley
1812, Jan 26, PARSONS, Henry, son of John of Killeigh
1813, Feb 28, SKERRITT, Edward, son of Edward of Ballinvalley
1815, - - , SKERRET, Richard, son of Edward of Ballinvalley
his wife Jane TODD of Castlebrack - Born 18th April
1816, PARSONS, John, son of John of Killeigh, & Catherine,
of Henry Skerret of Killeigh, born 17th Aug.
1817, SKERRITT, Anne, dau of Edward. of Ballinvalley & his
Jane TODD of Castlebrack, born 9th March
1817, ROBERTS, Mary, dau of John, of Ballinvalley & his wife
PARSONS, born 7th Nov.
1819, SKERRITT, George, son of Edward, of Ballinvalley & his
Jane TODD of Castlebrack, born 12th Jany
1819, PARSONS, John, son of John, of Killeigh & his wife
Catherine SKERRETT, born 14th Oct.
1820, BAGNAL, Sarah, dau. of Isaac & his wife Dinah PATTISON
Annaharvey, born 9th Sept.
1821, SKERRET Edward, son of Edward if Ballinvalley & his
Jane TODD, born 19th Jan.
1821, PARSONS, Mary, dau. of John, of Killeigh, & his wife
Catherine SKERRETT, born 5th Jany.
1823, BAGNAL, Isaac, son of Isaac & his wife Dinah PATTERSON,
born Apl 1823.
1830, NOv 11, McMULLEN, William of Ballinvalley & SKERRITT,
Maria, of the same.
1809, Nov 23, SKERRITT, John of Ballinvalley
1813, Jly 2, PARSONS, Mary of Ballinvalley
1816, Jly 25, PARSONS, Alice, wife of Charles, of Tullamore
1816, Aug 15, SKERRETT, George, son of Joseph, of
1817, Aug 28, PARSONS, Richard, of Ballinvalley, died 28 Aug,
aged 72 years.
1817, Aug 20, PARSONS, John (probably son of Charles), of
Tullamore, died 20 August aged 28 years.
1818, June 30, PARSONS, John, son of John of Killeigh, died
June aged 1 years 10 months.
1818, Aug 5, PARSONS, Honor, wife of William SKERRITT of
Clonminch, died 5 Aug aged 35 yrs, orse SKERRITT
1819, March 5, SKERRITT, Eliza, wife of Edward SKERRITT, of
Clonminch, died 5 March aged 72.
1819, July 2, SKERRITT, Ellen, dau. of Edward, of
died 2 July aged 13 years.
1821, June 22, SKERRITT, Henry, of Clonminch, died 22 June,
1821, Oct 19,SKERRITT, Eliza, wife of Joseph, of Garryhinch,
19 Oct. aged 60.
1822, Feb 4, SKERRITT, Henry, junior, of Killeigh, died 4
1823, Nov 20, PARSONS, Mary, widow, of Ballinvalley, died 20
1825, Feb 3, SKERRITT, Henry, of Killeigh, died 3 Feb aged 58
1825, Mar 26, SKERRITT, Edward, of Clonminch, died 26 March
1829, Aug 17, PARSONS, Catherine, of Killeigh, died 17 Aug.
1831, May 25, SKERRITT, John, of Ballinvalley, died 25 May
1832, Jun 4, SKERRITT, Fanny of Tullamore, died 4 June, aged
1832, Aug 4, SKERRITT, wife of Henry of Clonminch, died 4
1834, Jan 8, PARSONS, Ann, of Gurteen, died 8 Jan aged 68
1834, Nov 17, PARSONS, Robert, of Tullamore, died 17 Nov aged
1834, Dec 16, PARSONS, Charles, of Tullamore, died 16 Dec
1835, June 23, PARSONS, Henry, of Killeigh, died 17 Jun aged
From Tullamore Baptism Register -
Church of Ireland
1806, July, BAGNALL, Sarah, dau. of Robert of Clonminch and
wife E. SKERRITT.
1811, June, BAGNALL, Margaret, dau. of Robert and his wife E.
1814, Feb, BAGNALL, William, son of Robert and his wife E.
1806, Sep, PARSONS, Charles, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS
1807, Nov, PARSONS, Maria, dau. of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1810, Jul, PARSONS, Richard, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1813, Aug, PARSONS, Robert, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1816, Sep, PARSONS, James, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1821, Feb, PARSONS, William, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1824, Jul, PARSONS, Hannah, twin, dau. of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1824, Jul, PARSONS, Thomas, twin, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
1829, Feb, PARSONS, James, son of Robert and Hannah BANKS.
Census of Protestants in 1802, near
PROTESTANTS IN PARISH OF TULLAMORE-KILBRIDE (Sept
SKERRITT, Isaac, John, Catherine 14 (probably wife of John
Parsons), and William 13
PARSONS, Charles (brother of Robert & Honor), Alice, George
John 14, Charles 10, James 5, and Jane 2.
BANKS, James, Eliz, Sarah 22, Anne 20, Hannah 18 (wife of
Parsons), Mary 15 (probably wife of Robert Bagnell, mother of
Maria Bagnell--who emigrated to Zanesville, Ohio 1849) and James
PARSONS, George, John 4, and Mary 3.
SKERRITT, Henry, Eliz., Henry 20, and Eliz 19.
SKERRITT, George, Mary, Rebecca 14.
SKERRITT, Richard, Rebecca, Jane 7, Margaret 4, and Eliz. 2.
SKERRITT, William, Honour (probably sister of Robert
Richard 5, Sarah 3, and Mary infant.
BAGNELL, William, Mary
BANKS, Sarah 18
BAGNELL, William, Mary, Robert 13, William 11, Esther 10, James 6, Sarah 5, Daniel 3, and
BAGNELL, Robert sen, Esther (possible E. SKERRITT, baptism
register, Tullamore, Church of Ireland, 1806) , Eliz. 6,
PARSONS, Eliz., and Thomas.
PROTESTANTS IN PARISH OF LYNALLY (4 miles south of
(August 1802. Note: Lord & Lady Charleville, included)
BAGNELL, Abraham, wife, sons Robert (possible husband of Mary Parsons and father of Maria Bagnell) and Isaac
SKERRIT, William, wife.
PROTESTANTS IN PARISH OF TRIM (Diocese of Meath 1802,
p. 52, The
PARSONS, John, wife, and William.
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