Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

James Chaney 1848

Transcribed  Kate Collins

County of Wicklow –to wit

The statements of
James Chaney, late servant man to Dr. Edw. Heath of Rathvilly~~~
The said James Chaney having been fully and duly cautioned saith:

"I was living in Rathvilly about six months ago. I went to the house of Patt Ward in Rathvilly. I cannot tell the day, but Bridget Dempsey asked me to go with her one night to Mr. Morten/Martin of Mt. Lucas. She said she was going to her sister, who lives at Mr. Martins, for some milk – I went with her and when I went near the house I said I would stop there until she came out. She pressed me to go forward. I did and I saw her go into the cow house and heard her milking the cows into the tin cans. When she came out she had about half the can full of milk."

I returned with her to Rathvilly. She wanted me to go in and drink some of the milk. I refused and went home. Not long after that I was in Lowry Fowley’s house in Rathvilly when I heard him and Bridget and Ellen Dempsey plotting to go to Mr. Martin Morten’s and steal a lamb. I cannot tell if they went for the lamb or not after the milking of the cow. I was returning to Baltinglass for my xxx of a Saturday night when I overtook, at a late hour of the night, Bridget and Ellen Dempsey and Lowrey Foley towards the mote of Rathvilly. Bridget Dempsey told me she was going to her sisters at Mr. Martins who sent for her. She did not tell me for what. I accompanied them to a lane turning down to Mr. Martins. They desired me wait there until they came back. I remained there and when they came back, which they did in about half an hour, I saw with them a large silver spoon  and a quantity of meal, either Barley or Bere meal, cannot tell which. There appeared to be about one cup…

Transcribed by Kate Collins

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