Rev. Cornelius Marshall (1770-1854) and Margaret Brydge (d.1847)

A detailed family history for the Rev. Cornelius Marshall (1770–1854) and Margaret Brydge (d.1847) has been uploaded to Arborealis. This work, comprising 107 new pages, consists of detailed timelines for the Rev. and Mrs. Cornelius Marshall, their seven children, and their grandson, along with biographical outlines for several of these individuals. A family tree, representing five generations of descendants, wraps up the lot.
See links at the bottom of this page.

My reasons for exploring this family in depth are threefold:

  • first, they are a collateral branch of my research into the Huggins family of Glenarb in the parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone;
  • second, they represent one of two known branches of the larger family ensuing from the marriage of Joseph Marshall of Dyan, parish of Aghaloo, with Ann, daughter of our earliest known ancestor in the Huggins line, John Huggins (d.1741); and
  • third, the discrepancies found in received, or generally accepted, genealogies of the lineage of this Marshall–Huggins line beg to be resolved.

As to the first and second points, the following outline places the family of the Rev. Cornelius Marshall and Margaret Brydge into this perspective:

john huggins short outline

Partial genealogical outline of Huggins and Marshall families
of the parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone.
© Alison Kilpatrick 2017.
Please refer to: (i) the biographical notes for John Huggins (d.1741);
(ii) Memorial no. 180-10-119002, the marriage settlement made between
Joseph Marshall the younger of Glenkeen (d.1792) of the one part; John Huggins of Glenarb (d.1756) and Cornelius Marshall of Caledon (d.1785) of the second part; and Joseph Marshall the elder of Dyan (d.1773) of the third part—as part of a settlement made in anticipation of the marriage of Joseph Marshall the younger of Glenkeen (d.1792) with Jane, daughter of Joseph Marshall the elder of Dyan (d.1773); and
(iii) the draft Marshall of Aghaloo family tree, which records and traces the information contained in older documents such as the Memorials of Irish deeds.

As for the third point shaping my interest in this particular line, I wished to resolve the discrepancies appearing in conventional printed genealogies of Irish "landed gentry" or "country families." For example, Burke's 1912 edition of A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland states the following:

Lineage.—JOSEPH MARSHALL, of Glenkeen, co. Tyrone, b.1700; m. Miss Simpson, of co. Armagh, and had a son, Joseph, who d. unm., and a dau., Sarah, of Glenkeen, s. her father, m. Matthiew Louis, Barone de Periguy de Quenieux (Admiral temp. Louise Philippe), and d. 1850, and was s. by will by her cousin, Rev. Joseph Marshall (see below).

    Rev. Cornelius Marshall, who was a cousin of Joseph Marshall, of Glenkeen, m. Margaret, dau. of Rev. John Brydge, and by her had issue, 1. Joseph [Rev., of Baronne Court], [&c.,...] [1]

As noted in the genealogical outline above, and with reference to Memorial no. 180-10-119002 (dated 30 May 1755), Joseph Marshall of Glenkeen did not marry a Miss Simpson, but rather Jane Marshall, daughter of Joseph Marshall the elder (d.1773) of Dyan, and later of Blackwatertown. In fact, it was Jane's brother—John Marshall of Blackwatertown, later of Armagh—who married Jane, daughter of John Simpson of Ballyards (with reference to Memorial no. 298-71-196541, dated 1st June 1773). Sarah Marshall, who married the Baron de Prigny de Quérieux, was a daughter of this John Marshall – Jane Simpson marriage, not of Joseph of Glenkeen.

A second outline is provided by Walford in The County Families of the United Kingdom (1919):

Marshall, Rev. Joseph (of Baronnecourt).

    Eldest surviving son of the late Rev. Cornelius Marshall, by Margaret, dau. of the late Rev. John Brydge, of Craniskil, and grandson of the late Joseph Marshall, Esq., of Glenkeen, co. Tyrone; b. 1801; s. 1849 his paternal cousin Sarah, Baroness de Prigny de Gueriuex; [&c.,...] [2]

Walford's version is the more accurate, giving Joseph Marshall of Glenkeen (the younger, later of Blackwatertown, d.1792) correctly as grandfather to the Rev. Joseph Marshall (1801–1865) of Baronne Court, county Tipperary; and also Sarah, Baroness to Prigny de Quérieux as a paternal cousin to the Rev. Joseph Marshall. Strictly speaking, however, Sarah the Baroness was his (Rev. Joseph's) first cousin once removed, as she was a paternal first cousin to the Rev. Joseph's father, the Rev. Cornelius Marshall.

I should probably add a fourth objective to this line of research—and that is, to sort out the various and sundry Joseph Marshalls which litter this family tree. This is proving to be no mean feat, though reference to the Memorials of Irish deeds, copy wills, and contemporary news articles is helping immensely. Still, by means of illustration, it has to be said that:

  1. the Rev. Cornelius Marshall's father was Joseph Marshall the younger of Glenkeen (later of Blackwatertown, d.1792), whose own father was almost certainly another Joseph Marshall;
  2. his (Rev. Cornelius') maternal grandfather was Joseph Marshall of Dyan (d.1773), who took a lease in Blackwatertown in 1757;
  3. of course, he named his eldest surviving son, Joseph (the Rev. of Baronne Court, who d.1865);
  4. his oldest brother was also Joseph (died at Glenkeen in 1835);
  5. he had a nephew named Joseph, son of his brother, Huggins Marshall of Lakeview, Dungannon; and
  6. his first cousin was still yet another Joseph Marshall (brother to Sarah, the Baroness) of Armagh (he d. before 1849).
    ... not to mention a few other contemporary Josephs in the extended Marshall family in the parish of Aghaloo!
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Source: Hall, S.C. The Book of the Thames. London: 1859.
Digital copy online at the British Library's website for public domain images, (accessed 2017-01-09).

Sources and notes:


Burke, Bernard. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland. "Marshall of Baronne Court." London: Harrison & Sons, 1912 (pp. 460–1).


Walford, Edward. The County Families of the United Kingdom. “Marshall, Rev. Joseph (of Baronnecourt).” London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne, & Co. Ltd., 1919 (pp. 427-8).


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