James O'Dea

M, b. circa 1745
Father*Pater Familias O'Dea
     James O'Dea was born circa 1745 in County Limerick. The only evidence we have of James O'Dea is the grave of his son in the Kilteely churchyard dated 1781.1 He was the son of Pater Familias O'Dea.

Child of James O'Dea


1766The 1766 census was authorised by the Irish Parliament in March of that year, probably for ecclesiastical administrative purposes. The House of Lords resolution instructed all archbishops and bishops to direct the parish ministers of their dioceses to return a list of the families in their parishes, "distinguishing which are Protestants and which are Papists, as also a list of the several reputed Popish priests and friars residing in their parishes."

In this census we find in Tough a Papist family under the name of James Day with five members in it. Whether this record refers to the James O'Dea we have identified is simply speculation. We include the citation here to note that there was indeed a James O'Dea living in Limerick at this time.

We sepculate that at about this time, there would have been three O'Dea families in this part of Limerick: Darby, James, and John. Besides this record for James, note a similar record of a Darby O'Dea in Abington, also in the Parish of Tuogh and Clonkeen. Unfortunately, there is no record of a John O'Dea in Feloree and Boheroe because there are no existing census results from that part of the county.
Parish of Tuogh and Clonkeen, County Limerick2
ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited10 Feb 2021


  1. [S634] Historic Graves, online https://historicgraves.com/, https://historicgraves.com/kilteely/li-ktly-0067/grave
  2. [S645] 1766 Religious Census, LIMERICK, 1766 Religious Census Catholic Families in the Parishes of Tuogh & Clonkeen.