COMPETITION TIME AGAIN in partnership with WLR fm
We want to know your Power Clan nicknames and the stories behind why each branch of the clan was know as such.
There were so many Power families in Waterford and surrounding areas that they had to be differentiated by nicknames … and we’re sure there are some funny or unusual ones about.
For example, one of our committee member’s family is known as”The Mountain Powers” to distinguish them from the Power families who lived at the bottom of the mountain – “The Jeffs” !
So please leave your stories and nicknames in the comments and we’ll give 2 tickets to our Gardenmorris BBQ and Ceilí event on June 2nd to the winner !
www.familytreedna.com have just brought in a special offer on the 12 Marker DNA test.
For a limited time Familytreedna (FTDNA) are releasing the 12 marker for the princely sum of $US 39, which is amazing because before it was over $200 !
POWER(S), POOR(E), or POER can also take the test at http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Power . Simply a case of paying by Credit Card or Paypal and the Test kit will land on your doorstep shortly after.
Check out this very interesting website – they’ve got some awesome surname maps and castle related goodness !
PS - Our Power Clan Gathering 2013 itinerary has been finalised and will be up on this website in the coming days ! Check back and download …
Edermine House, which was built by Sir John Power, of Power Distillery fame, in 1838. This impressive collection of buildings has been described as “possibly the most interesting domestic architectural ensemble in County Wexford.”
Edermine House, a fine example of the Greek revival style, is a two-storey, three-bay Italianite villa designed by John B. Keane, with a handsome portico formed by Doric columns. There is a five-bay side elevation with a Venetian window.
Edermine, with it’s chapel And splendid Victorian iron conservatory designed by Richard Turner and James Pierce – an extraordinary curvilinear conservatory with a central semi-dome, flanked by plant houses that once housed a grapery and a peachery. The chapel commissioned by Sir James
Power and his wife, Jane, built in the 1850s. Lady Power was a daughter of Pugin’s Irish patron, John Hyacinth Talbot, and the Power family later intermarried with the Cliffe family of Bellvue.
A plaque on the door and a second inside the chapel has led many to believe that the chapel is too late to have been designed by AWN Pugin, and they have ascribed it to either his son, Edward Welby Pugin, or to JJ McCarthy. However, Pat Doyle has long believed that the chapel is an original work by Pugin and that McCarthy merely supervised its later construction, and many contemporary writers believe the intermarriages between the Talbot and Power families underpin the supposition that the chapel was originally designed by the elder Pugin and that the project was supervised either by his son or by McCarthy.
Words and Photographs copyright to and courtesy of Reverend Patrick Comerford, Wexford and Dublin. With thanks.
There are lots of surviving church records in Waterford City and County – most of these are available in some for or another on FamilySearch and Ancestry.com but the most comprehensive index as to what records exist can be downloaded here.
As with all records, it is essential to know the place of origin of your ancestor – parish is the most obvious one, as this is how these records are broken down. Also have a look at this resource from Waterford City Council Library Service, which details other church records available.
Ever wondered about getting your DNA checked to establish the history of your family ?
Friend of the Power Clan Gathering, Warren C.O. Power, of Melbourne, Australia has set up a project which facilitates just that … Warren explains the ins and outs of the project on the webpage so I won’t go into it here – suffices to say that it’s a great way to find where in the world we all came from and what patterns are in common with others of our surname.
So why not check it out – it’d make a great gift for a male member of your family this Christmas – who knows, it might even throw up a relative or two at next summer’s Power Clan Gathering event !
The website of the National Archives of Ireland should be the first stop for families looking to research early 20th century branches of Powers and other families …
The Censuses of 1901 and 1911 are now completely indexed and available online for free, along with the original returns documents and lots of other supplementary information about our predecessors. There were 11,112 people with the surname ‘Power’ successfully enumerated in 1901, while just 33 had the surname ‘Powers’.
In further developments, the National Archives has also recently launched two further searchable databases – namely those of the Tithe Applotment Books - These were compiled between 1823 – 1837 in order to determine the amount owing which occupiers of agricultural land over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. It led to quite a controversy at the time, as the de facto religion of the people was Roman Catholicism. 1,491 Powers are listed in Co. Waterford with a further 201 in Co. Wexford and 373 in Co. Kilkenny.
Another interesting addition recently is that of Irish Soldier’s Wills, written by many thousands of Irishmen before they went to serve in World War 1. The wills are only of those who didn’t make it home. Some 9 men named Power are listed.
This interesting graphic shows an analysis of the distribution of the Power surname in the UK (2010) – an interesting point to note is that there is a higher concentration of Powers in south Wales than anywhere else on the island.
Hopefully is is clear on the map (opposite) … the areas in blue represent the areas in Britain where the concentration of those with the surname “Power” are located. The darkest section – those making up 5% or more of the population is in Glamorgan, Wales with a high concentration also around Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Greater London.
Power is the 21st most popular surname in the Vale of Glamorgan, reflecting migration to that area and the wider UK (principally for mining and heavy industries) in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is the 45th most popular surname in the Greater London area, which is remarkable when you think about it (7.7 million population).
The Place-Names of Decies (Waterford) was a publication by the famous Canon Patrick Power published in 1952. It goes into great detail about every parish and placename in the county of Waterford and is an invaluable resource for those wishing to further their family history in the area.
The full document can be found on Waterford County Council’s website, here.
Between 1829 and 1842, Ordnance Survey Ireland completed the first ever large-scale survey of an entire country. Acclaimed for their accuracy, these maps are regarded by cartographers as amongst the finest ever produced. They include every road, track and even hedge across the country.
The 6” series of ordnance survey maps were completed in 1842, followed by the 25” series indexed by parish, which was completed in 1913. Both the 6” and 25” series are now available online at www.irishhistoricmaps.ie