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William Henry Nason

William Henry Nason

b 1815

m Catherine Elizabeth Gaggin 1840

m Jane Haines 24 March 1864 St Thomas' Dublin

died 1892



John William Washington 1847-1876

William Henry ?-1909

Charles Richard

George Bruce ca 1843-1861

Elizabeth ?-1905

Dorcas Kate?-1887

Mary Jane





University records

Second marriage

Clerical and Parochial Records of Cork, Cloyne ...

Probate calendar



An extremely common name in the 19th century.  It is apparently Teutonic in origin meaning will and resolve, but was taken to England by the Normans as Guillaume.  I currently do not know where his names come from.


Guillaume, Gwilym, Wilhelm


Bill, Will, Wills is a current version.




Another popular name - particularly of Kings of England - we have had eight of them, but it’s not from the Bible.  It’s origin is Teutonic and means ‘house ruler’


Henri, Heinrich


Harry, Hal, Hank

The portrait is of one Thomas Chalmers a Reformist cleric, and I chose it to represent William Henry Nason because he looks the way I think William would have looked.  Yes he was a clergyman - Rector of the parish of Rathcormac in the county of Cork - but he was also a substantial landowner and a fairly rich man.  A member of the Irish landed gentry. And he lived to a good age.

I think he grew up in the nearby township of Ballynoe, studied at Trinity College Dublin and returned home, after a short spell in Yorkshire and another in Galway to spend the rest of his life in Rathcormac although I have evidence of at least one trip to Dublin itself.  He married twice, the second time as an aging man.  A quiet life, though lived through turbulent times in Ireland's history.


Before marriage

Marriage no.1

Marriage no. 2

The children


William Henry Nason

John Nason

Elizabeth Nason

Catherine Elizabeth Gaggin

John William Washington Nason


William Henry Nason

Before Marriage

Marriage no. 1

Marriage no. 2

The children

This story is still a work in progress.  It was the last story I was working on before deciding to rebuild, and it wasn't finished. I hope to get back to it later in the year.
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