The name Kilkenny is an anglicisation of a Gaelic name that translates as the Church of St Canice. It was the site of Catholic worship established by St Canice in the sixth century. It is in the northern part of Kilkenny city known as Irishtown.
The records of early wills showed that a Michael Heade from Irishtown died in 1739 and left his estate to Mary Heade, a widow (presumably his wife).
Irishtown was quite separate from the rest of Kilkenny in the 16th century. It had its own walls, its own Corporation and its own laws. It was the oldest part of the city and it is the area to the north of the river running through the centre of the city. To the south was St Mary’s and to the east was St John’s parish.
The Catholic parish records for St Canice started in 1768. I have searched these and have found the records of a James and Mary Whelan in the 1850s that also featured in the Griffiths survey of 1849 (as Hade). They were living at Butts Cross, an old part of the parish where traces of other ancestors living in Butts went back to 1816. Descendants from this family, using the Heade variant, emigrated to America in 1870. I have lost track of them after 1920 and have not found a living descendant.
Butts Cross is shown on the map below:
The parish records for St Mary’s started in 1754 and I have found two families in these records in the late 1700s. These were:
1) Henry Hayde, his wife Mary Mauris and children with births recorded as Hayde. One of the children, Richard, joined the army in 1790 and later fought at Waterloo.
2) Patrick Heade who married Catherine Carroll in 1777. However I have found no trace of children.
St John’s records started in 1809 and these showed a number of Hayde/Haid/Haide births and marriages in the mid 1800s. I have traced descendants to 1911 Kilkenny City census records where they were using Haide and Hade surnames.
I believe these families originated in the St Canice parish and are related.
The detailed notes on the research in this area can be seen at Kilkenny City Families