Prudence Max b 1755 in Dublin, Ireland, is Will’s 3x great grandmother. Her great grandfather was Simon Max of Gaile, who died in 1732 in Co Tipperary.
Look on a map at the north of Cambridgeshire and you will see the village of Maxey. We believe the Maxes held the manor there. Variants include Maxe, Maxie and Maxey.
• One branch of the family appears to have become Catholic, possibly on marriage.
• A member of the Max family lived at Maxfort, Thurles, as late as 1907. We understand that people with the Max surname still live in the area.
• The Maxes might have gone from England to Ireland as merchants, with a son possibly acting as an agent for his father. We have found no connection to the Norman, Elizabethan, Cromwellian or later invasions of Ireland.
• In 1777 Prudence Max was a young woman about to get married when her 16-year-old cousin Mary was kidnapped after a ball, taken abroad and forced into marriage . . . but was she a willing victim? Did the two young women contrive over the incident or did it come as a shock to Prudence?