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Flood, Sharp and Roundwood
Posted by: Dawn Barry (ID *****7228) Date: January 19, 2009 at 09:03:44
In Reply to: Re: Luke Flood, Frances Sharp, Queens Co Ireland 1755 by Richard McCunney of 1455

Thanks for Anthony Sharp's will.
Re Luke Flood's will, do you know when the will was written? There is some evidence that Luke Flood married in 1793 and had some more children. So I was wondering if the will was written earlier than 1793.
Here is information regarding Roundwood, and how it came to be in the hands of Catherine Flood Sewell's great-grandson, William Hamilton. You may already have some of this information.
Regarding Roundwood House, From
Sometime about 1680 the old house, which is still intact at the rear of the main house, was purchased from Thomas Sharkey of Abbeyleix by a remarkable Quaker called Anthony Sharp. He moved a number of Quaker tenants down to the estate which then became known as Friendstown.

His grandson, another Anthony, who was born and brought up in America , eventually inherited old Anthony’s English and Irish properties and decided to build his main residence in Killinure, now Roundwood.

He lived there until his death in 1781. The house was inherited by his grandson Robert Anthony Flood Sharp and in turn by his son William Edward when he was aged only one. He lost the property to mortgage holders in 1835 and in 1836 or 1837 it was taken over by William Hamilton, a cousin of the Flood Sharps. The Hamiltons remained until 1968 when Chetwode Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth sold the house and the remaining estate to the Land Commission. To save it from ruin the Irish Georgian Society purchased it in 1970. It remained in their hands until Frank and Rosemarie bought it in 1983.
Roundwood is ideally situated in the heart of Ireland – nestling at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains – the most unspoilt range in Ireland . It is just three miles from the main Dublin/Limerick road at Mountrath (1½ hours from the centre of Dublin ) and a perfect base for touring the rest of the midlands.
A description of Roundwood House, Mountrath
The present house was built in about 1741 at which date the name Roundwood first appears in the registered deeds in lieu of the former name, Killanure. Anthony Sharpe took up residence in Roundwood in 1739 to lead the life of a country gentleman. It is believed that the architect was the same person who designed Summergrove House, Mountmellick. The small front door of Roundwood, with its attractive Gibbs surround, gives the building a dolls house appearance, so that it is surprising that the small door leads into a spacious and lofty hall, two storeys high, well-lit by the Venetian window over the entrance and the staircase window at the rear. The actual form of the gallery, which occupies the upper back of the hall, is, as far as is known, unique in Ireland.
The stairs rise from the centre-rear of the hall to a landing between the ground and first floors, from which twin stairs to right and left rise to twin landings, linked at the staircase end to form a gallery with converse curving ends to its two side wings projecting over the hall.
. In 1803 Anthony's great-grandson, William, succeeded to Roundwood, then aged only one year.
Whether due to mis-management or through his own profligacy and extravagance, the estate became so encumbered with mortgages that in 1835 William and his wife were obliged to assign Roundwood to John Gray, Attorney, of Dublin to cover their debts. The Roundwood demesne then still comprised of its original 1,680 acres. One of the witnesses to the unhappy deed of 1835 was William Hamilton of Peafield, Queens County, first cousin once removed of William Sharpe. Two years later, in 1837, William Hamilton is shown as being in possession of Roundwood. There his descendants remained until 1968 when Chetwoode Maurice Charles Hamilton sold the house with the remaining 200 acres to the Land Commission. In order to save Roundwood from disrepair and eventual ruin, the Irish Georgian Society purchased the house and its fourteen acres in 1970.

The History and Genealogy of Fenwick’s Colony, NJ, by Thomas Shourds, published in 1876 in Bridgetown, New Jersey has a section on the Sharp Family. The following is found on page 245:
Anthony Sharp, the elder, had 3 sons - Isaac, Joseph, and Daniel, and one daughter- Rachel Sharp. He died in the year 1701, and was buried in the ancient Friends burying ground in the city of Dublin. Isaac, the eldest son of Anthony, married and had three sons, Anthony, Isaac and Joseph Sharp and four daughters: their names were Mary, Sarah Mason, Rachel and Margaret Sharp. Anthony, the eldest son of Isaac Sharp, married and had 2 children, one of who whose name was Isaac, died in his minority. The daughter, Francis Sharp, married Luke Flood, of Queens County, Ireland. The Family of the Floods are an ancient family of both England and Ireland. Francis and her husband resided on the great landed estate called Roundwood, that was owned by the first Anthony Sharp.

From County Families of the United Kingdom, 1864
HAMILTON, Robert Charles, Esq., of Roundwood, Queens County
Eldest son of the late William Hamilton, Esq., of Roundwood by Henrietta, 5th dau. Of Charles Paulet Doyne, Esq.; b. 1831: s. 1861. The late Mr. Hamilton was many years Treasurer of the Queen’s Co.- Roundwood, near Mountrath, Queen’s Co.
       Heir Pres., his brother

From The Gentleman’s Magazine, Jan-Jun 1864
Dec 10 [1863] At Savior;s Bath, Robt. Charles, eldest son the late William Hamilton, esq., of Roundwood, Queen’s County, to Esther, eldest surviving dau of the Rev. Sewell Hamilton, of Grosvoner-place, Bath

Burke’s Irish Family Records, American Edition, London 1976, p549 agrees with County Families, 1864.
The Rev. Alexander Chetwood Hamilton Stubber, (addl surname assumed for himself and his elder son by R License 20 Feb 1824). Rector of Thomastown, co Kilkenny, m. 1801, Eleanor, dau. and coheiress of Rev. Sewell Stubber, and had issue,
Robert Hamilton Stubber (see that family)

Sewell (Rev), of Bath, m. Selina (d 1860), dau. of Sir John Robinson… [their second daughter, Ethel married her cousin, see below]

William, of Roundwood, Mountrath, m. 1829, Henrietta (d. 1881), 3rd daughter of Charles Powlett Doyne, of Portalington and d 1861, leaving issue
1 Robert of Roundwood, m his cousin Ethel (d 1882), yr daughter of the Rev Sewell Hamilton (see above) and d 1882, leaving issue…
2 Charles Paulet, of Roundwood, b 14 Oct 1834, m 17 Feb 1878, Emily Louise (d 30 of Dec 1917), dau of William Smyth-King, Dean of Leighlin, and d 24 Jan 1907, having had issue
Maurice William Chetwode, of Roundwood, co. Leix, …m 23 Feb 1914, Enid Helen ….Sinclair,…d 5 March 1955, leaving issue
1a. Chetwode Maurice Charles, formerly of Roundwood, Mountrath, co. Leix (sold), served in World War II in R Ulster Rifles (Kildare Street Club), b. 29 March 1917, educ Canford, m. 1 Dec 1955, Elizabeth, dau. of Gilbert Allen, of Dublin, and has issue

From these sources and the house history of Roundwood, we can see that William Hamilton was related to William Flood Sharp through the Stubbers family.
Luke Flood m. Frances Sharp

1. Robert Anthony Flood Sharp m. Miss Horan
1a.his son, William Flood Sharp who lost Roundwood

2.Catherine Flood m. Rev Sewell Stubber
2a. Eleanor Stubber married Rev. Alexander Chetwood Hamilton (he later took the name Stubber for himself and eldest son.
2b. his second son, Rev. Sewell Hamilton
then to Rev. Sewell's son, William Hamilton

Edward Sharp Flood was the grandson of Luke and Frances
William Hamilton was the great-grandson of Luke and Frances
Thus they were first-cousin's once removed.

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