Robert O'Dea1

M, b. before 1816, d. April 4, 1881
Father*Thomas O'Dea1 b. circa 1785
Mother*Catherine Loughlin1 b. circa 1780
Possibly a photo of Robert O'Dea and his wife Sarah Walsh
     Robert O'Dea was born before 1816 in Lought, Milltown in the Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick.1 He was the son of Thomas O'Dea and Catherine Loughlin.1 Robert O'Dea married Sarah Walsh in 1843 in Castleerkin in the Parish of Caherconlish, County Limerick.1 Robert O'Dea died on April 4, 1881 in County Limerick.1 He was buried in Kilteely Churchyard, Kilteely, County Limerick.2

Children of Robert O'Dea and Sarah Walsh


from 1830 to 1850The Tenure Books for Miltown cover land rentals beginning in 1830. Most of these leases were for “for life” which meant for the life of the person holding the lease and not necessarily for his or her offspring. Because of the large number of emigrations because of the Famine, this book is hard to read since names were simply crossed out and others written over them when a person left his or her land holding.

From the Tenure Book for Miltown, we conclude the following:

In 1830, Thomas Day, son of John, rented a dairy, house and land (a little over 6 acres ) from Mrs. Charlotte Wolfe and a second house and land (an additional 36 acres) as well. In addition, he rented a couple of acres to John Reordan “at will” (probably a hired man). Over the years, Thomas acquired more and more land in Miltown: 1) a house and land (over 4 acres) from Matthew Day, 2) house and land from Honora Day (the house was apparently destroyed after Thomas took over the property), 3) a house and land from Michael Day, 4) a house and land (about 8 acres) from Sally Day, 5) a bit of land from Norrie Day who was living on it free by permission of the above Sally, and 6) more land from Michael Day.

The other original land holders in 1830 were Robert Day, Thomas Day (son of Darby) and Thomas Bartley. When Thomas died, his lease was taken over initially by his son, Darby, and when Darby emigrated in 1848, the land was taken over by Robert Day. Likewise, when Thomas Bartley emigrated in 1849, Robert took over his land as well.

While there were eleven different land holders in 1830, by 1850, this number had been reduced to four: 1) Thomas, the son of John, and his hired man, John Reardon, Robert Day, Thomas’ brother, and Michael Day, possibly the son of John and brother of Thomas.
Milltown in the Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick3
September, 1832Robert O'Dea is mentioned twice in the list of land holders published by The Limerick Chronicle as being the holder of land in Milltown. Note that only a few years earlier when the Tithe Applotment Survey was taken, Robert's name did not appear. It is possible that the land he acquired between 1826 and 1832 was from the Widow O'Dea who was listed in the Survey as holding a little over 16 Irish acres of land.County Limerick4
ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Thomas (John) O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited9 Feb 2021


  1. [S358] Edmond O'Dea, "Outline Descendant Report for John O'Dea."
  2. [S634] Historic Graves, online, LI-KTLY-0066.
  3. [S637] Ireland, Valuation Office Books, 1831 - 1856, online, Limerick, Aglishcormick, Miltown.
  4. [S636] The Limerick Chronicle, A list of land holders appeared in the Limerick Chronicle in September and October 1832.