Could this be your family? From Kilkenny Archaeological Society transcriptions of Tombs in the Graveyard of St Canice’s Cathedral, 1956. There is an Empson plot with 3 stones and surrounded by iron railings. 1) Here lies interred the remains of William Empson, late of the city of Kilkenny, Apothecary. he died the 14th day of February 1820(?) aged 29 years. Also his Richard Empson his father who departed this life 23rd day of October 1820 aged 82 years. Also the remains of Mrs Ruithe Empson wife to the above Richard Empson who departed this life November 1825(?) aged 68 years. And Miss Catherine Empson who departed this life May 1815 aged 5 years, and William Empson her brother, son of Joseph Empson and grandson of the above Richard and Ruithe Empson, who departed this life 3rd May 1817 aged 21 years, also the remains of Jospeh Empson father to William and Mary Catherine Empson who departed this life the 22nd day of March 1859 aged 77 years. This is a plain altar tomb with two grecian urns at each side and one at the top and bottom (I think this means a depiction of urns on the side and top and bottom slabs).
2) Here lie the mortal remains of Harriet Reynolds alias Doxey (?). She departed this life December 15th 1815 aged 41 Mrs Deborah Johnson, eldest daughter of the late Frank Reynolds, Esquire of the city of Kilkenny whose lovely disposition and excellent qualities, those numerous friends October 1866 in the year of her much lamented and deeply regretted. (I know this last bit does not make entire sense but that is what the transcription says – probably the stone was difficult to read). This is a floor slab.
3) Standing stone. Here lies interred the body of Robert Empson who departed this life Febraury 24th 1763 aged 1 year, 9 months, also John Empson departed this life July 25th 1765 aged 3 years and 2 months.
There is no map so I cannot tell you where in the graveyard this plot is situated.
There is one altar tomb to Mrs Sarah Evans wife of Mr…….Evans of the city of Kilkenny died March 10th 1836 aged 68 yrs, and Mr …..Evans died 1818 aged 70 yrs. Another Mr Evans aged 10 yrs – date unclear). Will copy transcription for you if you need it.
There is one slab to William Preston Leech of Larchfield, Kilkenny who died 1861 aged 73. Also daughter Eliza died 1846 aged 17 yrs and second son William Preston of Gowran died 1872 aged 34. Will copy transcription exactly if you need it.
No Paynes appear in the index to the transcriptions.
St Marys, Kilkenny has the following “Sacred to the memory of Joseph Evans Esq, Belevan who founded and endowed in this city an asylum for decayed servants and also an orphan house and school. His benefactions to the charitable institutions of Kilkenny were munificent. He died Aug 7th 1818 aged 72 years. This tablet was erected by his executors the Rev Peter Roe (well known in Kilkenny) and William Hartford Esq.,”. If this is your Evans connection there is an article about the Evans bequest The Old Kilkenny Review 2010. Belevan was also known as Ballyfrunk and in Ballycallan. I will copy and send to you if you would like this.
No sign of any Empson, Leech or Payne in St Marys. Transcription done in 1956 but new book coming out about St Marys which has been restored etc.,