Andersons in Carrig

The latest edition of IGSI’s eNewsletter, Ginealas, arrived in members’ email boxes this weekend. A flurry of online map ordering activity ensued.

Blog readers were the first to see the announcement about our bargain price on Ordnance Survey maps. (To read it again, click here: An article in the recent Ginealas has now passed the news along to all IGSI members.

Most Discovery/Discoverer Series maps are still available, but that’s not the real point of this posting.

20171106_162253Today a message was relayed to me that John C. in Florida was interested in ordering a map. His computer had recently died so he couldn’t order online. John wanted a map covering County Limerick, Castletown civil parish, and Carrig Beg townland.

I did some research and called him back when I found “Carrig,” south of Doon and on the west edge of Discovery Map #66. Carrig Beg and Carrig More aren’t detailed, but John was sure it was the right place.

I’m a bit familiar with that area. My husband’s Hickey ancestors came from Cahernahallia, a townland just 2-3 kilometers (as the crow flies) east of Carrig. The Limerick/Tipperary border – a dotted line on the map – runs between the two townlands.

Here’s how our conversation went:

Me: What was your Carrig ancestor’s surname?

John: My great-grandmother was an Anderson.

Me: No, not her married name. Her maiden name.

John: Her maiden name was Anderson. I know it’s odd, I’ve been trying to figure this out for years.

Sure enough, when one browses John Grenham’s interactive maps, you learn that “Anderson” was one of the most common names in Castletown parish.

John C.’s theory is that a man named Anderson came to Ireland with Cromwell – and stayed. He’s traced his Anderson family line back to about 1810 in Carrig, then things get confusing because, he says, “there are too many Patricks.”  Amen to that.

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