Blongs of Clonbulloge

Peter Blong tree

CLONBULLOGE, or PUREFOY'S PLACE, a village, in the parish of CLONSAST, barony of COOLESTOWN, KING's county, and province of LEINSTER, 5½ miles (S. by W.) from Edenderry: the population is returned with the parish. This village is situated on the small river Barrow, and is surrounded by the bog of Allen; it consists only a few small and indifferent dwellings, the larger houses having been burned in the disturbances of 1798, during which period it was the only place in this part of the country that suffered from actual violence. Fairs are held on July 11th and Oct. 29th; and a constabulary police force is stationed here. The parish church, which was built about the year 1670, is situated in the village, and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted £243.8. for its repair

I believed initially that my g-g- grandmother, Elizabeth Blong, was from Portarlington, but I discovered a family of Blong butchers at Clonbulloge in the early 1800s, and felt that it was exploring to see where they fitted in to the whole picture. One assumes that they came from Portarlington originally.

My Elizabeth Blong married George Watson of Clonsast, and lived at Clonsast after her marriage. So she could have been living in Portarlington and married a man from Clonsast, or she could have been living in Clonbulloge.

Clonbulloge mapPeter Blong (info from Richard Ward on Ancestry in July 2009)
Peter Blong was a butcher in Edenderry, he had five children, Susan, (my great grandmother) born 1839-died 1880, John, born 1841- died 1889, George born 1844- died 1892, Joyce born 1845 - died 1850, Eliza born 1847 - died 1853. Susan married Henry Crampton, Peter Blong married Isabella Crampton, Susan's daughter Isabella Crampton (born 1862) married my grandfather Joseph Ward. All were baptised at a village called Clonbulloge, just outside Edenderry . My grandfather was born in Portarlington. My family and the Cramptons worked the land in Clonsast, up to the 1980's and still do I believe.
Peter Blong (from forum post on Ancestry by Julia Bates)
My great-grandmother: Elizabeth Dolan married John Blong in 1877, both lived in Edenderry, Kings Co. .(John died at the age of 47 in 1889.) they had 7? children: Isabella and Susan (twins) Mary Catherine(Kate) [my grandmother] Anne, Elizabeth, Peter,John. Elizabeth (nee Dolan) moved to Manchester UK. sometime around 1914? where she died and is buried with my grandmother Mary Catherine Graham (nee Blong). Elizabeth's father was James Dolan b.1835 d.1916.

I have the death cert for Peter Blong, butcher of Edenderry, died 1880, aged 80, death reported by Susan Crampton.

Edenderry is in Monasteroris C of I parish and whose records run from 1698

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