This branch of the Cash family is first found in Kilcormac, Co. Offaly, Ireland (then called Frankford, Kings Co.) in the early 1800s. DNA evidence makes clear that this Cash family is not related to the Cash family that immigrated to the American colonies in the 18th century. Is it possible that this line is related to John Cash "the piper," a well-known uilleann piper, who lived 1832-1909 and was from County Wexford.
In the 1901 Irish census, there were 278 individuals with the surname Cash living in Ireland. Over 80% were Roman Catholic. In the 1911 Irish census, there were 298 individuals with the surname Cash living in Ireland. Over 85% were Roman Catholic.
Several Cash families lived in the Kilcormac area before the Famine as recorded in the Roman Catholic registers for Ballyboy Parish. The following marriages are recorded in Kilcormac (and are available on microfilm from the Church of Latter Day Saints); the Cashes listed may be siblings of my ancestor William Cash but unfortunately the parents and witnesses were not recorded:
- Catherine Cash married Timothy Conrahy on November 1, 1823.
- Jane Cash married Martin Flanagan on January 1, 1826.
- Elizabeth Cash married John Ready on July 1, 1829.
- Edward Cash married Mary Digan on June 1, 1834.
- James Cash married Mary Courahy on February 1, 1835.
My ancestor, William Cash (1807-1880), was born in or near Frankford (now Kilcormac), Ballyboy parish, in 1807. At the age of 20 he joined the 75th Regiment of Foot (originally a Scottish Highland infantry regiment), which was stationed at the time in nearby Birr. He served in the 75th Foot from 1827 to 1848. He spent 13 years at the Cape of Good Hope during the 1830s and early 1840s, and he received the 1853 South Africa Medal along with the rest of his regiment. In his last few years of service, he performed guard duty at Pendennis Castle, near Falmouth, England. Upon retiring, he received a pension of one shilling per day. In February 1850 he moved from Dublin to Co. Monaghan. He soon married Catherine McConnon (about 1821-1894), whose family was living in Togan (a townland), Threemilehouse, Co. Monaghan. There they reared their family on a piece of a land that was about 5 acres, just down the lane from the McConnons. Descendants of this family live in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, the United States, and no doubt in other countries. In the 20th century some members of this Cash family immigrated to Haverhill, Massachusetts.
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