The counties of Laois (the former Queen's Co.) and Sligo had the largest numbers of Meredith families in Ireland in the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries. The Merediths in Queen's Co. were concentrated in two areas, the parishes of Rearymore and Clonenagh.
The earliest recorded Meredith ancestor in Rearymore was Rice Meredith, who was buried in the churchyard of St. Brigid's, Rosenallis in 1732, aged 72. The adjacent burial plot is that of Thomas Meredith (c1702-1761) so it highly likely that Thomas was a son of Rice, although there is no documentary evidence. Adjacent to both is the burial plot of Mathew Meredith (c1743-1793) who is known to be the son of Thomas.
The 1761 will of Thomas Meredith names a cousin John. It is possible that this is John Meredith (c1712-1786) of Templeraney, thus connecting the Rearymore and Wicklow Merediths. A genetic relationship between the two family lines has been confirmed by y-DNA analysis of Meredith descendants of the two branches.
The diagram on the right illustrates this speculative relationship, and it is shown in more detail on this Schematic Diagram.
There are two distinct lines of descent from Thomas Meredith (c1702-1761):
The names of specific persons in this Family Line can be found in the Surname Index.
The family history can also be explored through different types of chart: