Dear Brigitte, 20th March 05
Thank you for the very interesting mail. Certainly the family were very heavily into Flax growing right up to the second WW. To digress -- one benefit of flax was that it was harvested relatively early, bound into bundles and put into a water filled ditch, known locally as a 'shuck' which was usually close to a stream or river,.This process went under the term retting. You knew where and when by the intensity of the smell ! When the outer layer had rotted off the inner fibres were then sent to the mill - Christopher Marmion- and bleached. Milling determined the quality of the cloth and bleaching was used to improve the saleable attraction.As mentioned previously the Marmions had financial interests in a mill or mills near Newry.Probably in excess of 90% of all linen from Ireland came from the North and that principally County Down. The Mourne soil was probably the best.The advantage of the early cropping of Flax lay with the undersowing with grass so there was good feeding for the cattle from July on. From a very early time rotation of crops was practiced.I would not be surprised if one member went off to the States as a Sales Rep.As they would have sailed it is possilbe that Arthur worked his passage to help with the cost, it was still a few years before Brunell's Great Western made a steam crossing of the Atlantic.I assume that the Andes was a ship from Ireland/England to America, I will see if I can turn up any notices of its voyages.
Laurence James & Henry have all been regular family names the last Laurence, by all accounts a very popular member and first cousin of my father was killed in the Battle of Jutland (1stWW).
As far as wealth goes it may have been dissipated before me !! The Marmions had a reputation in Mourne of being
wealthy.
Every best Easter Blessing,
Vincent ( James)
Ps I have daughters who carry the Christian names of Mary Jane and Catherine.


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Dear Brigitte 12th April 05
For various reasons I have been out of contact with my e-mails and only surfaced your major contribution this morning.I am having problems with reading attachments -I suspect it is my lack of computer skill !
Just a couple of comments The McDonnells of the Isles in the 16th C were very anti the Marmions/ Merriman yet on going to take exams in Edinburgh my father gave me a McDonnell tartan tie saying that this was the Marmion connection with Scotland - unfortunately just before I was properly established into looking at the family tree.
I do not know where Wlliam K C got his information on John born circa 1760 but there is good family evidence that the eldest sons from 1800 on were all called John.
I expect to visit the NI Public Records office in the next six weeks ie once our election is over.
Very many thanks for sharing your findings,
Yours
Vincent.



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Dear Brigitte, 25th May 2005
We have been briefly over to NI -for a friend's funeral - and I made use of a day to visit the Public Records Office. The Kilmorey papers eventually came up with a negative piece of evidence to the effect that no Arthur was recorded as resident in Lurganconery in 1836. There was a block in the records in so far as the document register indicated a rent roll for 1811 but when the papers were eventually turned out such a roll did not exist for Mourne ! There is fragmentary evidence which I did not have time to resurrect to the effect that there were Marmions in Ulster specifically County Down throughout the 17th & 18th Centuries.This is now a project for another visit which with sister- in- law problems will have to remain as indefinite.
Ever best wish,
Yours,
Vincent.
Dr Vincent Marmion cont.
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