Vallences of Galbally and Darragh County Limerick, Ireland

March 31, 2012 Margaret Fimia


Trying to put together our 1000 year-old family puzzle!

We have a great deal of information and evidence tying us all together and possibly linking back to The Vulgrins in 800 AD France. After almost 30 years of tracking down family and documents and listening to oral history, the pieces of this great puzzle are slowly falling into place.

Key missing pieces remain and some others don’t quite fit. But, I’ve started to build on All our work and lay it out as best I can. The Vallence Family Tree on Ancestry is a start, but we will need to verify what I have speculated as far as relationships and connections. I’m sharing it with you, hoping you will look at it, see if it makes sense and work together to try and find the documentation to verify these educated guesses – or bring us new info to create a truly accurate tree.


1. How are we related to Isabel of Angouleme?

2. How and when did the Vallences lose the land in Darragh?

3. Was a Vallence really killed just weeks after his wedding when his horse


4. Did that Vallences’ illegitimate son really show up and claim the property 21 years after this tragic death?

  1. 5.How are the Galbally, Australian and Darragh Vallences all related?

  2. 6.How are the Vallences and Holloways connected?

  3. 6.Other Burning Questions?


1. The oral histories are based on actual events, but may not be accurate in

their detail of person, place or dates.

  1. 2.Families in Ireland had a pattern for naming their children - 1st son named after the father’s father.

  1. 3.The first son inherited the land.

  1. 4.The documentation is out there to connect us with Isabel of Angouleme. My grandmother had the genealogy done in the 1930’s, after the terrible loss of so many Irish records.

5. Vallence spellings include: Valins, Valence, de Valence, Vallane, Vallance,


  1. 6.Each generation is about 30 years

  1. 7.There is a mixing of English Protestants with Irish Catholics – a reason why some of the records may not be easy to find.


1ST GENERATION circa 1225

The first known “Vallence” was William de Valence 1st Earl of Wexford and

1st Earl of Pembroke (circa 1225-1296). He was the son of Isabel of Angouleme

and Hugh de Lusignan – and they can go back to before 1000 AD

2nd GENERATION circa 1275

William de Vallence had several children including:

Aymer de Valence (c. 1275 – 23 June 1324).

3rd GENERATION circa 1340

Aymer, according to a biography, did have an illegitimate child named

Henry. Henry is a common name for the Vallences. His lineage is a key missing piece.

10 GENERATIONS 1340 – 1600

I believe Fitzgibbons, Browns and Roches are involved because they were the major landowners in the area.

11th GENERATION 1600’s

We pick the Vallences up again in the 1659 Census of Ireland for Darragh,

County Limerick. Thomas Vallane and George Vallane are listed as “gents.” It is a safe assumption that it is “Vallance.” There were only “4 English and 107 Irish.” No other males are listed.

12th GENERATION late 1600’s

Through deeds and Marriage records, we can track who I think are George’s

children because we don’t see the name “Thomas” again for many generations:

1. Mary Vallence Betty of Sligo – 1790 Deed # 48446

2. John Vallence of Darragh – ref. found by Suzanne

3. George Vallence of Killaloe – Co. Clare Marriages

They all marry around 1700.

In 1721, Mary sells 85 acres of land in Darragh to William Knox.

She has two sons, George and Charles Betty. She may have been a widow by

this time. It is not known why she sold the land. Sligo is probably where her

husband was from.

13th GENERATION early 1700’s

We have not yet found any records of any Vallence from this time period –

born about 1700 and married about 1730. But we know that John Vallence, above, married a Mary Brady in 1704. I am speculating that he had at least one son named either: Henry, John or George. My guess it was “Henry,” because that name shows up again in grandchildren.

14th GENERATION mid 1700’s

We find records for a John Vallence b. circa 1734 and married Feb. 19 1771

(Freeman’s Journal). There is also a Lt. Vallance who marries a “Honan,”

daughter of “John,” of Limerick in April 1803. There is also a very old tombstone in the old Darragh cemetery for “Robert Vallence.” It says, “Here lies the Body of Robert Vallence and his wife, Mary alias Ahearn. May they Rest in Peace”

There are no dates, but it is one of the oldest in the cemetery.  I think, this could be the Vallence who was killed shortly after his wedding, when a horse bolted and his carriage overturned. That is from oral history.

The reason I think this is because there are no other names on this tombstone – or references to “mother or father.” And no other “Robert” shows up in the

lineage. Which means, he may not have had any children by Mary Ahearn.

15th GENERATION late 1700’s

The oral history continues… “The other (younger?) (brother of Robert?) inherits the property and 21 years later a young man shows up and claims to be the son of the brother who died. This new young man wins in court and gets the land. This young man has no interest really, in the land, so he sells it. This has been difficult to document, but I believe we have found the Deed that actually shows this. And the ages and dates match up.

It occurred earlier than we thought, in 1790.

I think the other brother who lost part or all of the land was John.

The following are who I believe to be the children of John Vallance from above:

1. Avarina Elinor b. circa 1771, married Joseph Bevan in 1797

2. Emma/Amelia b. circa 1881, married John Holloway of Cashel

3. David b. 1774 d. 1842 – he does have a tombstone with dates and the name

of his daughter “Mary Dealy.” This was probably “Daly.”

There is a Henry Vallence of Darragh who sign over land in 1790, along with Avarina Elinor of Camass, to George Bevan. They hand over what sounds like all of Darragh. If you count back 21 years from 1790 you get 1669 – around the time a son could have been born to Robert.

It is after this time that George Vallence shows up in Galbally, there are no

records of David owning any land, Emma has moved to Cashel and the oral

history is that the grandchildren of David (?) are raised in the Gate Keepers


There are two parcels of land by this time, I believe, divided by the road to

Garryarthur. The right side of the road has an old structure that may have

been a manor house and then was a barracks. It is the side of the road where

the Gate Keepers house is. The parcel is only used for cows now and all the

structures are in disrepair.

The left side is the site of the Darraghmore House and estate, still in beautiful condition. There are also records of Henry Vallence and Avarina Elinor marrying Bevans in the 1790’s. I have the record but did not list the original source.

George Bevan had a daughter “Ellen” who would have been Henry’s age, and the only female Bevan without a documented spouse. This could be the Bevan who marries Henry. Avarina Elinor was George Bevan’s niece and she married Joseph Bevan, his nephew. There is intermarrying between Bevans, Vallences, Lees, Massy’s Geales and Holloways.

16th GENERATION early 1800’s

Avarina Elinor and Joseph Bevan have one son:

1. Joseph Vallence Bevan

Avarina and Joseph immigrate to Georgia, probably using the money from the sale of Darragh, and Joseph builds a successful logging and farming business. Joseph Vallence Bevan goes on to become the first historian of Georgia. sadly, Avarina dies in 1800, when little Joseph is only about 2 years old.

David Vallence has at least one child :

1. Mary b. circa 1800.

David is buried in old Darragh cemetery. David

and Mary’s are the only names on the Tombstone. I believe this Mary

marries James Daly of Darragh/Glenroe Parish.

Emma Vallence and John Holloway live in Cashel/Emly and had 3 children:

1. Rachael b. 1803 d 1825

2. Henry b. 1827 d.1850

3. John b. 1824 d. 1850

Henry Vallence has two children (SPECULATION):

1. George b. circa 1800

2. Adam b. 1800

We don’t know this for sure, but George and Adam do show up in the Church

records for that period. Adam’s father is definitely “Adam” but there is no

listing for George’s father and mother.

17th Generation 1820’s- 1840’s

Mary Vallence Daly (above) and James Daly have at least 7 children in


1. Mary b. circa 1820

2. Margaret m. James McGrath

3. Joan

4. Ellen (Nell)

5. Bridget

6. James m. Peggy Dwane

7. Patrick b. circa 1840

George Vallence (above) marries Nora Maloney, May 1827 in Galbally Parish. They have at least 7 children:

1. Henry b. 1822 d. 1890, married Bridget Green; immigrated to Australia in 1854

2. George b. 1828 m. 1868 Johanna Daly; stayed in Baunteen, Galbally

3.John b. 1830 m. 1868 Mary Martin; d. before 1901 stayed in Baunteen

4. Honora b. 1832 immigrated to US?

5. Patrick or Packington b. 1834 immigrated to Australia

6. Amelia (Amy) b. 1840 immigrated to US?

7. James b. 1841 married Mary McGrath; immigrated to Australia in 1857

Adam Vallence (above) marries Mary Leahy and they have at least one child:

1. Adam Vallence b. 1834

18th GENERATION mid 1800’s

Margaret Daly and James McGrath have at least 2 children, maybe 3:

1. James b. 1842 m. Mary Magner 1866 d. circa 1910 lived in Darragh

2. Thomas b. circa 1844 immigrated to Australia worked in mining, never


3. John (?) b. circa 1846

James Daly (Mother is Margaret Vallence, above) and Peggy Dwane have 9 children and live in Darragh/Glenroe area. There known descendants live in Garryarthur, Trim and Dublin. (To be listed)

19th GENERATION late 1800’s

My grandparents and great grandparents:

James McGrath b. 1842 and Mary Magner have 7 living children:

1. Margaret (Maggie) b. 1867 m. 1907 Victor Fimia d. 1956 New York – my


2. Bridget – immigrated to NY became Ursaline Nun

3. John (Jack) – immigrated to San Mateo CA, became a Congressman

4. Ellen (Nell) – immigrated to NY and Cuba was a teacher/professor

5. Marie – immigrated to NY became a HS Teacher and aviator

6. Thomas – immigrated to Washington DC opened a publishing business

7. Joseph Patrick – immigrated to New Jersey and became a salesman

Australian and Irish Vallences (to be added)

As you can see, I think we are closer to understanding who begat whom and

what might have happened to cause the family to travel across the oceans

and across Ireland in search of a better life. For those who remained, I

believe they never gave up hope that the families would one day reunite and

continue the amazing story of the Vallences.             

Gratefully yours,

Maggie Fimia 2012