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Walter Farrell

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
Death: Died in Waterford, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Farrell and Alice Farrell
Husband of Bridget Farrell
Father of Alice Farrell; Mary B. Farrell; John Reville Farrell; Richard Farrell; Alice Farrell and 6 others
Brother of Honora Farrell; Patrick Farrell; John Farrell; Richard Farrell; Mary Farrell and 2 others

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About Walter Farrell

Walter Farrell purchased St. Saviour's or Black Friars Abbey, Waterford. This had been established by King Henry lll in 1235 at the request of the citizens for the Dominican Order. Other houses in High Street formed part of the property. Part of the property was demolished for city improvements, The rest remained inthe family for generations.

Alicia (Farrell) Flynn: "Walter, born at the Blackfriars house about 1769, was baptized in the parish of Trinity Within. Educated at Waterford, he took over his father's business and shop -- the cordwainers. Having some trustworthy and clever foreman in his employment, he was greatly at liberty and much relieved from the care of the business. He married Bridget Reville about 1808. They always resided at the Blackfriars house except when at Tramore, a seaside resort about seven miles from Waterford, which they visited every summer and indeed often at other times of the year, having a horse and car. Walter Farrell demolished the old houses on the Blackfriars estate and built the present ones. I believe he lived to be over 90 [this is the source of the guess at his death date above], and died long after his brother Richard, in a house in the Manor, where he had been residing for some time. He was buried at Cnoc buidh, I think. He lived in my time. He was plain looking, small, sharp and keen, of fair hair and complexion, blue eyed. He was a thorough Catholic, talented and of the best of principles."

Added 21 Feb. 08 (B. Grogan)...

A cordwainer (or cordovan) is somebody who makes shoes and other articles from fine soft leather. The word is derived from "cordwain", or "cordovan", the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made shoes, and a cobbler, who repaired them. However, this distinction gradually weakened, particularly during the twentieth century, with the predominance of shoe retailers who neither made nor repaired the shoes themselves.

The pictures attached show the size stick or measure used to measure feet by the cordwainer. This belonged to Walter Farrel, Blackfriars, Waterford. It is made from brass and is in very good condition, graduated in inches and in shoe sizes.

1821 census , Walter Farrell , Merchant 3 Blackfriars, Bridget his wife age 28, Mary daughter 10, Ann, daughter 1, Elizabeth ,daughter 4, Alice, daughter 5, John , son, 8.

1821 census "Memo to 16 Conduit Lane , the interest of £400 , an endowment of the late Mr. John Farrell of Blackfriars provides this house and £3 7s 6d p.a. to each of 6 families ".

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Walter Farrell's Timeline

1770
November 7, 1770
Waterford, Ireland
1780
May 13, 1780
Age 9

Seems to be a school medal awarded to Walter Farrell dated 13 May 1780.
Inscribed 'Sua Praemia Laudi', translated from Latin means 'Merit has it's own reward'. The reverse of the medal shows an inscription of a book.

1809
January 29, 1809
Age 38
Waterford, Ireland
1810
January 2, 1810
Age 39
Waterford, Ireland
1811
March 9, 1811
Age 40
Waterford, Ireland
1812
September 21, 1812
Age 41
Waterford, Ireland
1813
November 15, 1813
Age 43
Waterford, Ireland
December 12, 1813
Age 43
Waterford, Ireland
1817
February 13, 1817
Age 46
Waterford, Ireland
1820
January 6, 1820
Age 49
Waterford, Ireland