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Chapter 9 – George Ievers of Athlacca

William Blakeney, Lord Blakeney (1672-17610, the Defender of Minorca, 1756, painted by Sir George Chalmers. He was an uncle of Anne Ieves of Athlacca.

George Ievers was the sixth and youngest son of Henry and Elizabeth Ivers / Ievers. His father died in 1691 and George appears to have inherited lands in Co. Limerick at Cragbeg (just west of Limerick City, beside Clarina village and the ruins of Carrigogunnell Castle) and Athlacca (midway between Adare and Kilmallock, near the Morningstar river). Eyre H. Ievers says he later lived at Ballylusky. [1]

George married a daughter of Robert Seward of Co. Cork, with whom he is believed to have had at least five sons.

George appears to have died before 7 May 1747, the day his second son George became a Freeman of Limerick.

His son, Robert Ievers would go on to establish the family branch at Castle Ievers – see here.

 

George Ievers & The Australian Connections

 

George’s second son and namesake George Ievers married Anne Gubbins, daughter of Launcelot Gubbins of Maidstown Castle. Originally known as Ballyvenoge, Maidstown Castle stands between Kilmallock and Bruree.

Anne was born in Maidstown. Her sister Dorca was married to Sir Christopher Knight of Brickfield, near Kilmallock, who served as Mayor of Limerick City.  Also of influence was Anne’s uncle General Lord Blakeney, who was destined to become a hero of Britain for overseeing the spirited (but doomed) defence of the island of Minorca in 1761. [1a]

George became a Freeman of Limerick on 7 May 1747. With an address at Maidstown, he was amongst the 496 potential Freeholders of County Clare named on a list in 1768, claiming 40 shillings on lands at Ballylidane West. [2] An X beside his name indicates that – like his cousins John Augustine Ievers of Mount Ievers and Henry Norton Ievers of the City of Bath – his name was crossed out on the original.

George and Anne’s only son Lancelot Ievers married Frances Hawkins, daughter of Colonel Hawkins of Killaloe.

 

George Hawkins Ievers, senior and junior

 

Lancelot and France’s eldest son George Hawkins Ievers (d. 1820) was a wholesale wine merchant based in Limerick and a prominent member of the Limerick Mercantile Society. On 18 February 1812, G. H. Ievers was married in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Limerick, to Margaret O’Shaughnessy. She was a niece of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Killaloe and a sister of Mrs. George Bolster. G. H. Ievers was made a Freeman of Limerick on 12tOctober 1818. He died less than two years later and was buried at Killaloe on 9th June 1820. [3]

George and Margaret’s older son George Hawkins Ievers (1813-1864) had family in Colorado, Virginia and New York, while their younger son William Ievers (1818-1901) left the Merchant Navy to found William Ievers & Son in Melbourne in 1859. See here for a look at this colourful family member.

 

The Bolster Connection

 

The Bolsters are said to have arrived in Ireland via Cork in the 17th or 18th century. One branch settled at Tullerboy, a few kilometres from Athlacca. The Bolster and Ievers families became entwined in October 1779 when George and Anne Ievers’ daughter Anna Maria was married in Limerick to John Bolster of Tullerboy. [4] They had issue: Lancelot Gubbins Bolster (1788-1867); Maria (m. 16.3.1806 to George Owens in Athlacca); George Ievers Bolster (m 1807 to Anne O’Shaughnessy, sister of Margaret, Mrs George Hawkins Ievers); and, it is thought, four other brothers John, Christopher, Thomas and Richard.

Anna Maria Bolster (née Ievers) died on 6 February 1897 at the residence of her brother George Ievers Bolster, namely Orillia, Creemore, Ontario. She had been in ill health for sometime and was visiting George in the hope it might improve her health. (here)

The Bolsters in Toronto, Canada predominantly descend from Lancelot Gubbins Bolster (travelling via London in 1851) with his son John travelling on to Australia. He died at Cremore, Canada West, aged 80, here. His descendants include Geoff Bolster, who helped piece all this together.

An article in the Freemans Journal of 4 May 1825 located by Geoff Bolster states:

“ Mr Gubbins of New Lawn (Uregare) … and the family of Mrs Bolster of Tullerboy intend to claim their right to the Blakeney Estate, being next of kin in the female line”.

Geoff thinks it was ultimately acquired by Robert Uniacke-Fitzgerald of Cork through his marriage to Jane Blakeney.

 

Henry Ievers, Barrister

 

George’s second son Henry Ievers of Athlacca served as a Captain in the Oxford Light Dragoons before becoming a barrister at the English bar. He died unmarried at Kentish Town in London in December 1801. [5]

 

Anthony Ievers, Clerk

 

George’s third son Anthony served as a clerk to Benjamin Johnson, Public Notary, of Castle Street, Dublin. On 17 September 1754, he was witness to the will of the bachelor Sir Charles Moore, 4th Bart, of Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, and keeper of the records at Birmingham Tower in Dublin Castle. Sir Charles committed suicide three weeks later, apparently on account of a possible scandal over his homosexual tendencies.

There are records of a Rebecca Ievers, ‘widow of late Anthony Ievers, formerly of Boherbuoy, (kenry), Co. Limerick’ who died in Limerick on 24 October 1806.

It is possible that he was also the ‘Anthony Ivers’ [sic], described as gentleman and son-in-law of the late Thomas Dunn, who was made a Freeman of Limerick on 29 June 1785.

 

John Ievers of Mongboy

 

Although Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland does not list him, the fact that John Ievers of Mongboy was made a Freeman of Limerick City on the same day as Robert Ievers of Ballylusky suggests he was probably a brother and thus another son of George. He may have been disinherited for marrying a Catholic.

The aforementioned list of 496 potential Freeholders of County Clare from 1768 records that John Ievers of Ieverstown claimed a £10 freehold over lands at Mungboy [sic]. However, there is an X beside his name, indicating that his name was crossed out on the original list, and a note alongside records that ‘Sir Lucius [presumably Sir Lucius O’Brien, MP for Ennis and Clare at the time the Freeholders list was compiled] objected agt. John Ievers as married to a papist wife & outlawed, this objection reserved to the consideration of the scruteney & vote then allowed???’

John Ievers’ son Henry Ievers of Mohane was made a Freeman of Limerick City on 11 May 1762. Henry’s sister Margaret married Matthew Hickey, attorney, Sixmilebridge, who died in 1763.

It is possible that this was the branch of the family who became embroiled in a deadly family feud with the Wilsons in the 1770s. This culminated in the killing of Henry, and the wounding of his brother John, in 1778:

‘When John Wilson exchanged shots without effect with Henry Ivers at Sixmilebridge, County Clare, in March 1778, the two men were persuaded to conclude the encounter, honour intact, by some local gentlemen; but when the Ivers’s party was leaving the scene, Henry was mortally wounded and his brother John shot dead by an assailant who fired from Henry Wilson’s (John Wilson’s brother’s) house. This was clearly a case for the authorities; for whatever the disinclination of the legal authorities to prosecute duellists, they could not ignore murder’.[6]

 

Thomas Blakeney levers (1828-1908)

 

Thomas Blakeney levers (1828-1908) via Kent Hubbard, West Virginia.

Also connected to this line was Thomas Blakeney levers, the first born child of Anthony Blakeney Levers and Margaret McKay. According to a text by Kent Hubbard in December 2003 and supplied by Karen Ievers:

He is believed to be a descendant of Henry Ivers (later spelled Ievers), who settled in County Clare in about 1643 in what is now Mount levers Court.
On 17 September 1878, Thomas Blakeney levers, Esquire was elected Clerk of the Union of Dingle. Volumes of his hand-written meeting minutes are on file in the public library in Tralee. He died in 1908 in Dublin.
His marriage to Rebecca levers, his first cousin (3rd daughter of Henry levers of Stonehall-information recorded on her 1878 tombstone in Dingle), resulted in seven children: Abigail, Thomas, Elizabeth, Henty, Rebecca, Anthony, and George. Rebecca was born in 1866 in Tralee and in 1889 married John M. Hannold of Chicago. They had eight children: Laura, Adelaide, Josephine, Helena, Thomas, John, Frank, and Mary. Thomas was born in 1899 and in 1926 married Helen Cox. They had three children: Thomas Ievers, Miriam, and John.
Miriam was born in 1935 and in 1957 married William Hubbard. They had four children: Mark, Craig, Wendy, and Kent.

 

NEXT CHAPTER, 10. ROBERT IEVERS OF CASTLE IEVERS

 

Further Reading

 

Mainchin Seoighe, ‘Dromin and Athlacca – The Story or a Rural Parish in Co. Limerick,’ which covers the Ievers, Gubbins and occasional Bolster.

 

Footnotes

 

[1] This appears to be near Croom although on Google Maps, Ballylusky is just south of Newcastle West.

[1a] See link to the Rev. Robert Blakeney of Kimallock area, who died at Great Elm, here. The reference for the claim to the Blakeney estate by the Bolster and Gubbins families is Dublin Morning Register, 3.5.1825, p. 2, and Freemans Journal, 4.5.1825, p. 4.

[2]  Donated Material: Registers & Rent-rolls – Freeholders of County Clare, 1768. MSS 14,793-5 on microfilm at the Local Studies Centre, Ennis. Transcriber / Donator: Declan Barron & The Clare Roots Society.

[3] LGA 1819/1/102 NPS

‘Yesterday, at a meeting of the subscribers to the Limerick Mercantile Society, it was Resolved that Subscriptions to the library, be immediately entered into, and that the following Committee be appointed for carrying the same into effect:—
Samuel FURNELL,
George H. IEVERS
William GLOVER
Captain O’SHAUGHNESSY
Michael LYNCH
J. A. MEADE
Thomas DREW, Secretary.

[4] Saunders’s News-Letter, 12 October 1779. There seems to be a typo, with Tullerboy referred to as Kilterboy?

There was a bookseller named John Bolster on Patrick Street, Cork, as per here, but probably a different branch. Geoff notes that he was a a long term resident of Cork, perhaps an earlier relative whose family stayed in Cork after the others moved north. There is also a Bolster family at Curra Bower and Aldworth, near Mallow, who received a confirmation of arms.

[5] ‘Last month at Kentish Town, near London, Henry Ievers Esq of Athlacca in this Co later a Capt in the Oxford Light Dragoons’ – CJ, Thurs 28 Jany 1802.

[6] Finn’s Leinster Journal, 29 March 1778. Quoted in James Kelly’s book ‘That Damn’d Thing Called Honour: Duelling in Ireland, 1570-1860’ (James Kelly, Cork University Press, 1995), p. 178.