At last a reply to your many requests for information on the Gacquin family of Derreen. I will post it on the Gacquin site and anyone else interested can share.
There was in the nineteenth century only one Gacquin family in Derreen. There is a very nice map of this townland in an Estates Court Rental for the townland showning the exact location of the Gacquin farm but that is for another day.
Thoams Gacquin of Derreen died on 22 June 1876 at the age of 80 and the informant of his death was his daughter Mary McCormack. This gives a date of birth of about 1796. His wife Ann Gacquin (we do not have her maiden name) died on 5 February 1865 at the age of 60 so she was born about 1805. The informant in this case was her husband Thomas Gacquin. These dates are taken form the State Regristration of Births Deaths and Marriages. There was another Thomas Gacquin of Muckloon who died 19 June 1874 at the age of 90 but that was a different family. There may or may not have been a link between the two families but no way of knowing that now. The Thomas and Ann Gacquin of Derreen had at least two daughters your grgrgrandmother MARY who married Patrick McCormack probably about 1855 given the date of baptism of first recorded child and a second daughter Brigid who married a Patrick Kenny also in Derreen. The only evidence that MARY and Brigid were sisters comes from the information given to me by a great grandson of Brigid, Peter Kenny who got his information from an old lady in the village of Derreen, who has since died. It seem reasonable that two sisters would have married in their own village. Patrick McCormack was the son-in-law who inherited the Gacquin farm as can be seen form the Cancellation Books in the Valuations Office.
Mary Gacquin and Patrick McCormack had four sons the three you mentioned Patrick baptised 7 Mar 1856, Thomas baptised 22 June 1862, Michael Baptised 25 June 1864 and John born 5 April 1869. You did not have John in your information but he may have died young or he may also have emigrated to England or U.S. As far as I know there are descendants of Thomas McCormack through a son Malachy. They no longer live in Derreen but I think some live in Dublin. Can check this out for you later if you wish. There are alos several descendants of Brigid Gacquin -Kenny.
Since Thomas Gacquins farm passed to his son-in-law it canbe taken as almost certain that he did not have a son or if he had thaen he had emigrated. I would be inclined to think that there was no son in the family.
I hope that answers some of the questions and no doubt it has raised some more. If the latter is the case I will try and answer if I can.
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