James Twohy / Touhy / Twohig / Touhig / Tuohig  1773

James Twohy / Touhy / Twohig / Touhig / Tuohig 1773

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Born in Ireland, either 1773 or 1774, likely county Cork.  (Though Y-DNA suggests familial ties to Kenmare area of county Kerry and Woodford area of county Galway.)  James' father was possibly another James (per oral history) or possibly Denis (suggested by parish records).  Mother may have been Catherine Casey.  James' parents would have been born roughly 1735-1745.

James worked out of Cork Harbor while in his teens and early 20s.  Became a mercantile sea captain at age 26 and began sailing the world. 

In 1795, he married Sarah Duncalf in Plymouth, England, and established a new life there.  Led a picaresque existence, obtaining his Letters of Marque and becoming a privateer, capturing many a French ship -- and even being captured a few times himself.  Suffered bankruptcy in 1817 and went to Fleet Street Prison, London, for a number of months.  Died of yellow fever in Sierra Leone in 1829.

There were other Twohig sea captains based in Cork both before and after James' tenure there, from 1740s to the 1860s.  I have to believe James was part of that robust family shipping enterprise. 

James and Sarah had 8 children, 6 of whom lived to adulthood.  See them at Ancestry...



Additional Information
Date of Birth Jul 1773  
Date of Death 1829  
Occupation Master Mariner, Merchant Sea Captain  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Sarah Duncalf  
Number of Children 8 children, 6 of whom lived to adulthood  


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