The Stokes family first settled in county Limerick in the seventeenth century but gained estates in Kerry by virtue of marriages into several of the landed families of that county. Oliver D. Stokes was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kilbonane, barony of Magunihy, at the time of Griffith’s Valuation. He also held townlands in the parish of Ratass, barony of Trughanacmy, while Elizabeth Stokes was the lessor of several townlands in the parish of Clogherbrien at the same time. Robert E. Stokes held townlands in the parish of Kilmoyly, barony of Clanmaurice. George D. Stokes owned over 2000 acres in county Kerry in the 1870s.