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Joe Wade - The Early Years

Updated: Feb 27

Joseph Wade was born on the 4th of August 1866 at White Hart, Stephenstown, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Joseph was the seventh child of eight born to my Gx2 Grandparents John Wade and Thomasina Lindsay.


The Wade family were a well known and respected family. My Great Grandfather Thomas Wade (1864-1932) was an auctioneer and small farmer. He also bred draft horses. In the early 1950’s a local newspaper described them as ‘a well-known nationalist family.’


The Wade name has had a long history in the Balbriggan/Balrothery area. As far back as the 1641 rising a John Wade of Margetstown, Balbriggan is recorded in the 1641 depositions as a rebel. As previously stated, Joseph Wade was born at the White Hart, Stephenstown. The French born British surveyor and cartographer John Rochque created a map of the area in 1760, on this map the White Hart is shown as an inn. Some years ago, an archaeology study showed the foundations were 17th century. The large building is now split between two private dwellings. The Wade family have lived at the White Hart for at least 160 years.

Local legend has it that King James II stayed in the area prior to the battle of the Boyne in 1690. There are two theories, that he stayed at the White Hart or what is now The Balrothery Inn. Coincidentally the Balrothery Inn is also owned by Family members.


There were two close friends of Joseph Wade. They both played an important role in the life of Joseph Wade, more of this will be updated soon.


Joseph Kennedy was born on the 4th of March 1875 at Stephenstown, Balbriggan. His Father Thomas Kennedy and Mother Ann Connor.


John McGlue was born on the 11th of December 1867 at Rowans, just a couple of kilometres from the White Hart. His Father James McGlue and his Mother Elizabeth Reynolds.






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