Lawrence Cook(e) married Margaret Regan sometime in the early 1800's. They had at least one daughter, Elizabeth Bessie Cook(e) who was born in Ardkill Dec-15-1877. Elizabeth married Pat J. Towey, born Dec-14-1878. They immigrated to the US and had at least three daughters, Patricia, Eleanor and my mother Winifred Mary Towey who was born in Butte Montana, Dec 08-1908.
|Date of Birth||14th Dec 1878|
|Date of Death||6th Aug 1944|
Tony ArnoldTuesday 28th July 2020, 02:15PM
· Marriage of Patrick and Bessie is on FamilySearch, as a transcript (also an unindexed image), which gives names of their parents - could be vital in confirming the correct births.
Parents for the groom - Martin Towey and Kate Duffey, and for the bride Lawrence Cook and Hanah Regan.
Based on the details for Patrick's parents there's a good match for Patrick in the extracted civil births on FamilySearch with matching parents names, and date of birth as 9th December 1877 (ages/dates of birth are often inaccurate in secondary sources - e.g. US death certs, census returns etc).
The full birth record on IrishGenealogy shows that Patrick's birth was registered is indexed as Castlebar registration district (*) early the following year, and that birth took place in 'Ardcul' townland in a sub-district which covered parts of counties Mayo & Roscommon, and that his father was a small farmer. 'Ardcul' is likely a reference to the townland of Ardkill, which is in Castlemore civil parish.
* I believe the IrishGenealogy website has the district indexed incorrectly - it should be 'Castlereagh' possibly written as Castlerea on the birth register. This fit's much better with the sub-district of Ballaghdereen, and description as 'Counties Mayo & Roscommon';
Tuesday 30th July 2019, 04:06PM
· There is a corresponding baptismal record for Patrick Towey available at the NLI's online set of parish registers, which shows him as being baptized on 14 December 1877 (it was not unusual for people to be baptized days aftter their birth). You can see the record here: https://registers.nli.ie/pages/vtls000632294_037
The record shows Martin Towey and Cathernie Duffy as the parents, with Andy Duffy and Mary Duffy as the sponsors at Patrick's baptism. Andy and Mary were probably siblings, cousins, or an aunt and/or uncle of Catherine. The baptismal records for the parish go back to 1851, and marriage records to 1831, so you may be able to find siblings of Patrick there, and probably a marriage record for his parents. The main page for the parish records is here: https://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0119
Given that people in the area were still marrying at a fairly young age back then, even after the famine, you may be able ot find baptismal records for Martin and Catherine themselves (and perhaps Andy and Mary), and thus learn the names of Patrick's grandparents. Note that, if Catherine was from another parish, then the marriage would probaby have taken place there, but there is an interactive map at that site which will alow you to check out nearby parishes as well.
The baptismal record shows their townland as what appears to be "Ardcuil", and I agree that the current townland of Ardkill seems like a good bet. At first glance, the second part of the name Ardkill would seem to come from the word cill ("church"), but I notice that the origin of the name Ardkill is uncertain (according to logainm.ie), so the second part may well come from cúl or cúil, which would make a spelling like Ardcuil back in the 1870's not unlikely (people in the area at the time would have been more familiar with the Irish form). You can see more info about Ardkill here: https://www.townlands.ie/roscommon/frenchpark/castlemore/ballaghaderreen...
At that site, there are also links to the 1901 and 1911 census records. I glanced quickly at the 1901 records, and there were still Towey's living in Ardkill then. Combining those records with baptismal records, you may be able to figure out which ones were relatives of Patrrick.
Tuesday 30th July 2019, 05:35PM
The area around the town of Ballaghaderreen is where you find most Toweys including your Patrick. Ballaghaderreen is in Co. Roscommon but prior to 1898 was in Co. Mayo. There is a very active Towey Clan which meets every three years usually in Ballaghaderreen. Here is a link to their web site https://irishfamily.toweyclan.com/
Tuesday 30th July 2019, 06:35PM
Lawrence Cook(e) married Margaret Regan sometime in the early 1800's. They had at least one daughter, Elizabeth Bessie Cook(e) who was born in Ardkill Dec-15-1877. Elizabeth married Pat J. Towey, born Dec-14-1878, who was born to Martin Towey and Catherine Duffy.. Pat and Elizabeth immigrated to the US and had at least three daughters, Patricia, Eleanor and my mother Winifred Mary Towey who was born in Butte Montana, Dec 08-1908.
Residents of a house 13 in Kilmore (Urlaur, Mayo)
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Here's the marriage in Ballaghaderreen Church in 1866.
Civil Marriage Record
Date of Marriage: 11-Feb-1866
Parish / District: BALLAGHADREEN County: Co. Roscommon
Name: Laurance Cooke Margaret Regan
Address: Palmfield Kilralloon
Denomination: Civil Parish Civil Parish
Occupation: LANDHOLDER Not Recorded
Status: Widower (Male) Spinster (Previously unmarried)
Husband's Father Wife's Father
Name: Michael Cooke Owen Regan
Occupation: Not Recorded LANDHOLDER
Husband's Mother Wife's Mother
Name: Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded
Witness 1 Witness 2
Name: James Kelly Catherine Casey
FR FINN : BALLAGHADREEN CHURCH : BOTH CATHOLIC : BOTH AGED : GROOMS
FATHER DECEASED :
Tony ArnoldTuesday 28th July 2020, 09:06PM
Lawrence was from Palmfield (also known as Gortanure) known as Gortanure) Palmfield/Gortanure is one of the five townlands on the east end of Kilbeagh civil parish that were transferred to Co. Roscommon as part of the Local Government Act of 1898. I have located six civil birth records for children of the couple: Catherine 1867 Michael 1870 John 1872 Laurence 1874 Brigid 1876 Winifrid 1879. I also located a September 5th 1868 baptismal record for a daughter Mary. The baptisms for the children were all in the RC parish of Carracastle which is close to Palmfield/Gortanure but is on the Mayo sie of the border. Very likely Bridget was your Elizabeth Bessie Cooke.
Tony ArnoldWednesday 29th July 2020, 01:00AM