William Apjohn the Younger1

M, b. circa 1748, d. 7 January 1784
FatherWilliam Apjohn Jr.1 b. c 1711
MotherElizabeth Lloyd1
ChartsThomas Apjohn (descendant indented)
Thomas Apjohn (descendant box)
Last Edited7 Apr 2014
     William Apjohn the Younger was born circa 1748 in County Limerick. He was the son of William Apjohn Jr. and Elizabeth Lloyd.1 William Apjohn the Younger married Johanna O'Brien, daughter of John O'Brien, circa 7 November 1772. The Article of Agreement between William, only son and heir apparent of William Apjohn of Ballyna, and Timothy O'Brien, father of Johanna O'Brien, indicates that William is to receive 800 pounds dowery and that he himself was in possession of Knocknecroghy and Spittle (otherwise known as Sunglen). The memorial goes on to identify William's grandfather as William Apjohn, late of Knicker, deceased.2 William Apjohn the Younger and Johanna O'Brien were separated circa 15 January 1777. At the time of the separation, William Apjohn and his father owned Sunglen (otherwise known as Spittleland and Knocknacroghy) "by virtue of a lease for three lives with a covenant for perpetual renewal bearing date on or about the Twenty Second day of May One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fourteen and made between George King late of Kilpeacon in the said County of Limerick Esquire and William Apjohn late of Kilduff," and residing there at that time was Bryan O'Brien, the brother of Johanna. Out of the estate, Johanna was to receive a sum of 800 pounds (the dowery from her marriage in 1774) and their son, William, is to receive 300 pounds when be becomes twenty-one. The memorial concludes that William and Johanna "did for the reasons therein particularly mentioned by and with the consent of their friends mutually agree to live separate and apart from each other." Among the trustees for the separation was Michael Marshall Apjohn, William's first cousin.3 William Apjohn the Younger died on 7 January 1784 in Drombane, County Limerick.1
     William entered Trinity College on Jul 8 1767 and graduated in 1770. He arrived at Trinity just three weeks after John Philpot Curran (Jun 16 1767, graduated 1770).4 The two became great friends.

Curran's son wrote his biography and in it William Apjohn is mentioned several times.

"During a temporary absence of [William] Apjohn from college, a report reached his companions that he had died suddenly at his native Killaloe. It was soon discovered to have been unfounded, upon which occasion, while the others congratulated him in prose, his more ambitious friend [Curran] addressed him in…versos" and there follows a long panegyric, part of which follows.
The doleful tale around was spread:
"Hast heard the news? Poor Apjohn's dead!"-
"Impossible!"-"Indeed it's true-
He's dead-and so is Casey too-
In Limerick this, and that Killaloe.
As St. Paul says, 'we all must die!'
I'm sorry for 't."-"Faith so 'm I-
Extremely so-But tell me, pray,
If you were on the ice to-day?
There was great skating there, they say-"

"I couldn't go for want of shoes-
In truth I'm sorry for the news-
And yet I knew and always said,
When he got into his head
That strange abstemious resolution,
'Twould quite destroy his constitution."
When Rumor, lo! with deaf'ning sound,
More gladsome tidings blows around,
And bids her thousand tongues to tell,
That Apjohn is alive and well!

Curran relates three additional episodes having to do with William Apjohn. The first concerns Apjohn telling him, after his first faltering attempt at public speaking, that while he will someday become a great lawyer, oratory will never be his forte. (After overcoming his stage fright, Curran went on to become known as a great orator.) The second relates to Curran's on-going "melancholy" and concerns a time after returning from a vacation in 1774, he and Apjohn visited a coffee house in Temple Bar. The third episode concerns a visit to London in which he and Apjohn arranged a private tour of Hampton Court. Curran died in 1817 having outlived most of his friends from his school days.5

William entered Middle Temple in 1771 and probably graduated in 1772. He was In 1776, William Apjohn, Gentleman and freeholder was registered to vote in Knocknecrogh and was residing in Drumbane. in 1776.6


Johanna O'Brien


  1. [S22] A. C. Casey O'Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Backwater in Ireland, Historical and Genealogical Items Relating to North Cork and East Kerry, Vol VIII #2390 (Birmingham, Alabama: Published privately for the Amite and Knocknagree Historical Fund, 1964). Hereinafter cited as O'Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Backwater.
  2. [S5] Transcripts of Memorials of Deeds, Conveyances and Wills, 1708-1929, Ireland Registry of Deeds (Genealogical Society of Utah: Salt Lake City, Utah), #194047.
  3. [S5] Transcripts of Memorials of Deeds, Conveyances and Wills, 1708-1929, Ireland Registry of Deeds (Genealogical Society of Utah: Salt Lake City, Utah), #210012.
  4. [S23] George Dames Burtchaell and Thomas Ulick Sadleir, Alumni dublinenses: a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity college in the University of Dublin (1593-1860) (Trinity College Dublin: A. Thom & Co., 1924),, p. 15. Hereinafter cited as Alumni dublinenses.
  5. [S28] William Henry Curran, The life of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran, late master of the rolls in Ireland (New York: Redfield Publishers, 1855), pp. 12-39 passim. Hereinafter cited as The life of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran, late master of the rolls in Ireland.
  6. [S31] "The Freemen of Limerick: 1746-1836", North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1944). Hereinafter cited as "The Freemen of Limerick: 1746-1836."