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John Boles of Woodhouse

See also The Bowles of Tipperary

John Boles was born in Ballynalty, co. Cork on April 1, 1661, and was baptised at the Holy Trinity Church (Church of Ireland) in Cork City, the 5th son of Richard Boles and Abigail Ende.  His family were wealthy landowners but John being a younger son would not have expected to receive any significant holdings.  About 1681, John left Cork for Cashel, co. Tipperary where his brother Richard had established himself a few years before.  He married Sarah Baker there in 1682.  The Bakers of Cashel were a Quaker family and John would have converted to Quakerism then or sometime before that.  They had 2 children in Tipperary.  About 1690 they moved again and settled at Ballintrane, co. Carlow where 5 more children were born.  Sarah died in 1699 and John married a widow, Susannah Nicholson, in 1701 and had 2 more children in co. Carlow.  Also in 1701, John leased (text of the lease) some land near Magorban, co. Tipperary and in the next few years built their new home, Woodhouse, which they moved to sometime between 1710 (he was of Ballintrane in 1710 per memorial 7/181/2088) and 1713. 


The original Woodhouse and the house which is on that same site today.




Woodhouse became a registered Quaker Meeting House and John donated some land to establish a Quaker Burial Place which still exists today.  Susannah Nicholson died in 1716 and John married again, this time to a noted Quaker preacher, Abigail Craven in Limerick in 1719.  John died in 1731 and was buried in the Woodhouse Quaker Burial Ground. 

Today the cemetery is still surrounded by its wall and the view through the front gate shows that inside it is so overgrown that nothing could be seen on the ground inside.  It is also believed that only wooden markers were used on the graves so there may be no traces left of the graves today.


For John Boles of Woodhouse's Family Tree see Richard Boles of Cork's Family Tree (John is person 7 in that tree)

John's eldest son, George, while serving an apprenticeship in Dublin in 1706, "near the conclusion of his said apprenticeship which was about 3 months ago he kept company with a young woman that did not make any profession of Truth and went to a priest and married her"  (Dublin Men's Meeting Minutes, Dec. 11, 1706) which resulted in John disinheriting him.  Most of George's children returned to the Quaker faith including his eldest son John.  However then John fell out with his grandfather, resulting in John Sr's heir being his daughter, Anne, a Quaker minister.


 A big question is whether John Boles of Woodhouse's line or any other line of The Boles of Cork are the ancestors of the large number of other Boles, Bowles and Bowels in this area.  The Bowles/Boles of Fethard, Killenaule, Cahir, Clonmel, Kilcooly and New Inn and are all quite close by.

One Bowles not yet connected to the Bowles of Woodhouse lived very close by.  On Feb. 28, 1821 George Bowles married Margaret Meagher at Clonbrogan (Catholic) which is right next door to Woodhouse.  Apparently, they were distant cousins as the registry entry shows a special dispensation for their 3 + 3 consanguinity which I believe meant they had common great-grandparents. ref.

The nearest large center to Woodhouse was Killenaule where there was also a Catholic Bowles family.  See The Bowles of Killenaule

This site was last updated 09/21/19