Mary Dorothea Harriet Halahan

(1895 - 1959)
     Mary Dorothea Harriet Halahan was born in 1895 in Edenhope, Victoria. She was the daughter of George Augustus Frederick Halahan and Jane Amy Collins. Mary Dorothea Harriet Halahan was registered in the between 1921 and 1928 electoral roll with Dr Samuel Handy Halahan and May Sarah Sophia Collins. She may be the Mary Halahan, nurse.
     Mary Dorothea Harriet Halahan married Ashley Pegler Rees as his second wife, in 1926 in Victoria. He had previously been married to Adelilne and had a son Royce Ashley Rees. He married and divorced Barbara.
The South Bourke and Mornington Journal Thu 6 Jan 1927 reported: REES—HALAHAN. Avery pretty and quiet wedding
was celebrated at the Church of Ascension, Springvale, by the Rev. C. W. Meredith, on the morning of Boxing Day. The Church was nicely decorated with beautiful .. flowers, and
Mrs. A. Ericksen ably officiated at the organ. The parties were Miss Mary D. H., daughter of Mr. G Halahan, and Mr. A. P. Rees, son of the. late J. Rees and Mrs. Rees, of Adelaide.
'The bride was given away by her father, and was becomingly dressed in white. She also wore a beautiful veil, lent by Miss Hayman, of Dandenong. The bridesmaids were Misses Halahan and Joan Collins, cousins of the bride, who were daintly dressed in pink with bouquets to match. The best man was Mr. Jack Halahan (brother), and S. H. Halahan (cousin)
was groomsman. Mr and Mrs, Halahan left Melbourne'on Tuesday, 28th ult., for their new home at Caliph, South Australia.
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     Mary died in 1959 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Children of Mary Dorothea Harriet Halahan and Ashley Pegler Rees

Jane Halahan

(7 September 1857 - 27 September 1887)
     Jane Halahan was born on 7 September 1857 in 29 Harrow St, Dublin. She was the daughter of Dr Henry Samuel Halahan and Isabella du Bourdieu. Jane Halahan was christened on 5 December 1857 in St Nicholas Without, Dublin.
     Jane died on 27 September 1887 in Carrick, Donegal, aged 30.

Samuel Wesley Handy

(circa 1832 - 15 August 1917)
     Samuel Wesley Handy was born circa 1832 in Offaly. His son's middle name of Alexander suggests the Barraghcore family. He was the son of Thomas Wade Handy and Elizabeth Knott.
     The website: [EMAIL:]www.springfieldhouse.ie[:EMAIL] has pictures, map and the following details: Springfield House, located near Daingean, County Offaly is a protected structure and an excellent example of the class of Georgian house described by Dr Maurice Craig in his book entitled,
'Classic Irish Houses of the Middle Size'.
Springfield House is a mid eighteenth century seven bay two storied double pile house with pedimented centre of 3 bays on the South front, the wide front door being flanked by a pair of narrow windows in a typical 1760s composition. On the north elevation is a pair of arched openings, one of which lights the staircase, while the second has been cut back to merely a fanlight, but probably lit the service stair.
The house was extensively modernised circa 1857 and all the joinery in the principal rooms date from this time, as do the chimneys and stone coping to gables. The western bays of the rear pile also appear to be an addition of this date. There is a cellar under the western part of the front pile which may originally have been a basement.
The plan of the house comprises a central hall flanked by Drawing and Dining Rooms on the front, with above them the Upper Hall leading to the two principal bedrooms. To the rear is the Stair Hall, slightly off centre with a somewhat crude wreathed and ramped staircase with cut brackets and turned spindles. Flanking this there is a narrow bay which probably housed the service stair and in the corner, over the Kitchen, are two bedrooms (one very small) served by a short corridor, and in the 19th century addition, over what may have been a billiards room with a considerably higher ceiling, are again two bedrooms. There is a lean-to building outside the kitchen housing domestic offices. There are also extensive yards and outbuildings. The house has been largely untouched since the 1857 renovations.
     Samuel Wesley Handy married Martha Emilia Williams, daughter of Michael Williams and Martha Unknown (Williams), on 24 October 1867 in St Peter, Dublin, Ireland. Samuel Wesley Handy, of full age, bachelor, esquire of Springfield House, Phillipstown, son of Thomas Handy, esquire to Martha Emilia/Emilie Williams, of full age, spinster, of 29 Leeson St (or 2 Gt Leeson St?), daughter of Michael Williams, esquire, by licence. Both signed in the presence of Ralph R Handy & E...
Documents relating to the estate of her sister Gertrude F Handy, mention their marriage settlement dated Oct 23 1867 and William Orme Handy seems to be connected.
     Samuel Handy of Springfield House, Philipstown, held 2030 acres in county Mayo in 1870.
     He is described as 'of Kilcarry' in one of Leslie Handy's pedigrees. Springfield or Ballyhaugh is in the parish of Ballinakill, barony of Coolestown. He may be the Samuel W Handy of Glencarra, Boyle, holding 553 acres 3 roods 5 perches in county Mayo in 1876. Note that Rev Richard Fleming Handy had a nephew holding land in Glencarne, Boyle, Roscommon and a William Orme Handy dies there in 1899.
     In 1876 Samuel Handy of Springfield House, Philipstown was listed as owning 2030 acres, 3 roods in county Mayo valued at £200/15/-.
     Samuel Handy of Springfield, Queens County was a complainent in the Ballycastle Court, Mayo.
     Samuel Wesley Handy and Martha Emilia Williams were mentioned in a deed dated 1880. Copy indenture of 1880 between 1) Samuel Wesley Handy of Springfield House, Kings co. Esq 2) Richard Walsh of Dublin, Esq. JP 3) Gertrude Frances Handy, widow; whereas by indenture dated 23 October 1867 between Samuel Westley Handy of Springfield & Emily Williams, spinster, of the second part & William Orme Handy and Henry Williams Esq of the third part being the settlement executed in contemplation and the marriage then intended and afterwards had between Samuel Wesley Handy & Emily Williams.
     Samuel Wesley Handy lived at Ballyhaugh or Springfield, Ballynakill, Phillipstown, Offaly, Ireland, in the 1880s.
     The High Court of Justice, Chancery division - land judges put to sale on 30 Nov 1883 in the matter of the estate of Samuel Wesley Handy of the fee simple estates fo the lands of Doonarrow Upper Shantra and Breafrey, otherwise Breaghwyanteean, in the barony of Tyrawley, co. Mayo containing 2030 acres producing a net yearly rent of £262/12/4, to be sold at public auction. One of the conditions of sale was the lands would be subject to an annuity of £125 late Irish currency, equivalent ot £115/7/10 present currency, created by settlement dated 5 Nv 1822 and payable to Mrs Elizabeth Handy, now aged about 76 years, executded on the marriage of Thomas Wade Handy, owner's father, with the said Elizabeth Handy, then Elizabeth Knott. Nicholas M Handy was a yearly tenant at Shanatra from 1880.
     Samuel W Handy of Springfield, Philipstown, resident of Philipstown, Commissioner of the Peace, was rated for 200 pounds as occupier with 1 immediate lessor. He was listed in a directory dated 1884 as Samuel W Handy at 'Springfield House', Philipstown or Daingean, Ballynakill, Offaly. He was an executor of Elizabeth Knott's estate on 29 June 1885 in Dublin. An unknown person was listed as S W Handy in 'Springfield House' in Philipstown or Daingean, Ballynakill Offaly, in a directory dated in 1890. He was in the list of other magistrates. He was also on the Special Crown Jury panel for the Winter Assizes commencing 5 December 1889 as Samuel W Handy, Springfield, JP. He is listed among the votes for Philipstown polling district rated for £131.
     Samuel Wesley Handy and Martha Emilia Williams appeared on the 1901 census in Ballyhugh or Springfield, Ballynakill, Phillipstown, Offaly. Handy, Samuel W, 68, head, Episcopalian Church of Ireland, born King's Co Country, Gentleman, J P for Kings Co, Read and write; his wife Emily, 58, Episcopalian Church of Ireland, born Co Kildare, Gentlewoman, Read and write; daughter Handy Elizabeth R 19, Episcopalian Church of Ireland, born Kings Co, Gentlewoman, Read and write, Not Married; Handy, Emily E H, 17, Daughter, Episcopalian Church of Ireland, born King's Co, Gentlewoman, Read and write - Not Married; Owens, Margret 30 Female Servant Roman Catholic Church born Kings Co Domestic General Servant, Read and write - Not Married.
     Administration of the estate of Mary Elizabeth Handy was granted to Samuel Wesley Handy, on 25 January 1902 in Dublin, Ireland, Adminstration with will of Mary Elizabeth Handy, late of 51 York St, Kingstown, Dublin, spinster, who died 18 December 1901 was granted at Dublin to Samuel W Handy, JP. Effects £1906/8/3.
     Samuel Wesley Handy and Emily Williams appeared on the 1911 census in Springfield or Ballyhugh townland, Esker, Ballynakill parish, Offaly. Samuel Wesley Handy, head, Church of Ireland, aged 78, farmer, born Kings County; his wife Emily 68, Church of Ireland, born Kildare, son Herbert Edward, Brethren, 33, farmer's son, Elizabeth Ruth, daughter, 29, Church of Ireland, all could read and write and were born in King's County; they had a domestic servant Kate Dunne , 20, RC living with them in a 7 roomed house.
     Samuel died on 15 August 1917 in Springfield, Phillipstown or Daingean, Edenderry RD, Offaly. He was buried on 17 August 1917 in the Church of Ireland graveyard, Phillipstown or Daingean, Killaderry, Offaly. IN LOVING MEMORY OF SAMUEL WESLEY HANDY DIED 15TH AUGUST 1917 AGED 85 YEARS ALSO OF EMILY HIS WIFE WHO FELL ASLEEP 3RD MARCH, 1928.
     His will was proved on 29 September 1917 at Dublin. Probate of Samuel Wesley Handy, late of Phillipstown, Kings County, JP, who died 15 August 1917, granted at Dublin to Herbert E Handy, farmer, & Elizabeth Handy, spinster, estate valued at £720/15/-.

Children of Samuel Wesley Handy and Martha Emilia Williams