Crowe Genealogy Ireland and the World Pic 1

Many people with the Crowe surname are found in Cork. From the limited information it would seem that most were transient. Even apparently established families disappear by the Census of 1901. The men often disappeared (abroad?). However, many of the women here married soldiers with the many English Army units based in Cork soaking up large numbers of Irishmen. Not just the well known Irish regiments but right across all units. The struggle for Independence of Ireland often masks the Irish contribution in all wars, including the Second World War after separation.

The Working Models (WM)

The images on these pages are Working Models, using blocks of family data and probable links (angle bars) and possible links (arrows) but they are up for scrutiny. If you have any issue with the data, please write and discuss it. None of these charts are set in concrete!

Numbers are years in the1800s from BMD records. Census 1901 green and 1911 red.

Locations at the bottom, sponsors names in red italics – possible family connections.

Cork RC Parishes map

This is a hand drawn map I use for working on locations for records. For personal use you can copy this map, The green dots denote parishes where Crowe documents have been found, so far.

cork rc parishes

Annakissy Parishin the mid north of County Cork.

The north of Co Cork is more densely populated by Crowes, especially when you consider how few went to Kerry which is nearer Co Clare? The interlinks between the many parishes in Cork are not yet established and much work needs to be done.

You will see here a problem of RC records where a James and John both 'married' a Catherine Daly? Daly is a common name in Ireland but the shorthand way of writing James and John could look the same if not formed correctly.There is no marriage known and the births are one year apart. Entirely possible they could be different people. However, this kind of thing happens enough times in first birth records, as the parents are not always known to the priest and with little variation in names, there can be confusion until the priest becomes familiar with the new family - more often found with women's names than men. Women were still possessions and largely anonymous in a male orientated society, plus they lost a surname and acquired a new one and thus becoming more known as a wife and mother. (historical fact not opinion!)

This chart also includes another more unusual name - Peter.

annakissy parish

Surnames: Brien, Daly, Hannan, Hennessy, Moakley, Roche, Walsh

Mallow Town and Parish

Mallow is on the old and modern routes in and out of Co, Cork and therefore an important centre.

So, first there is a 'headless' family, isolated on the left. Only brothers and sisters. This information originally was only found on the1901Census but not able to find a home for it was difficult.You can see in the calculations from census and death records(blue) the wide variation? This is unusual to have so many people in one family with apparently random ages but little things like the profession of plasterer and 'out of work plasterer' were key in keeping it together. Working against that were records of the women being single in the census rather than widowed. My guess is the enumerator writing the information asked, "Are you married"?  "No,"comes the reply? Single is the written result....Given the large number of women who never married this was not unusual.

You will see that the Jeremiah = Honora Sheehan combination looks like the original family and the naming pattern follows too but I leave it separate for you to decide would you include it or not?


Surnames: O'Brien, Fitzgibbon, Higgins(2), Neil, Owens, Sheehan, Varian

Joseph and the Police in Cork

On the1911 Census, Joseph and Jane Fitzgerald are found living alongside my GGfather John Crowe.The Crowe name in Kerry at this time is rare and such close association was odd. The story is long, maybe six years, but recently I was able to find other Crowe policemen in Co Cork and was curious if there were other connections. RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) police records from before separation are held in the UK National Archives in Kew London.The index is online and behind a paywall on Find MyPast, so basically unaccessable. See Bio - Links page for details

So in looking at the Joseph scenario, his wedding cited Charles as his father. This seemed to be a Charles in Monaghan which caused me to think maybe he was protestant in origins and therefore other records are not online. Jane I thought had Kerry roots and tracing back she had ancestors at weddings in Kilarney where myGGfather's wife came from.

Then came the policemen in Cork and I looked for further clues and it turns out one of them was noted as Beaufort Parish in Kerry.This residence was also the residence of Joseph and Jane cited in wedding number two - they got married to each other twice! Add to this that my GGfather's brother was in the police force too, would explain a lot without any hard evidence for it.

A widow in 1911, Jane FitzG's daughter was Russel and granddaughter too - no way could I find them.

Then another twist, someone I can't thank, posted some protestant parish records on IGPA (Irish Genealogical Projects Archive), a freesite found on the links page. In the one parish it transpired that there were a lot of police and Charles, the father, was a farmer. There were so many other answers came out of the one spreadsheet. Jane had been married two years before she married Joseph (then a sub-constable).It is possible he was posted (always out of county) in Kerry, met Jane and married.

The question now is did the Crowes originate from Clare or the Charles Crowes found in Galway...always another question?:)


Surnames: Agnew, Cahill, Carroll, Fitzgerald, Grey, Goulding, Slattery, Tuomy, White

Youghal town and rural area

Youghal sits on the west bank of the famous fishing River Blackwater, at this point a river estuary. Youghal sits looking across at Co Waterford to its east.

There are records here, obviously unattached and one small sapling(mini-tree)in the centre. As in the previous situation there are repeat marriages for two of the couples, two years and five years apart.There are some obvious reasons for this but often relate to the impediments to marriage that fall into two general categories, one fatal to the marriage and the other more benign and interesting to research and speculate why.


Surnames: Cardno, McCarthy, Cleary, McCullough, Demslow, Egan, Hennessy, Lane, Lawton, Leahan, Mullins, Scanlan, Williams


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