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My Great great grandfather John Crampton was born in either Co. Wicklow or Co. Kildare on April 3, 1809.

I believe his father was Thomas Crampton and his mother, Mary nee Moody who were married in in the Parish of Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, June 1806.

John Crampton married Mary Ann nee Douglas on October 13, 1836 in the Parish of Ballynure, Co. Wicklow.

They had nine children but sadly the youngest, Margaret died, aged just three, in 1858.

John Crampton died in June 1862 and he is buried with his youngest daughter Margaret in St Mullins Church Yard, Timolin, Co. Kildare.

I have various dates for his death but unfortunately his headstone is difficult to read and a printed inscription I came across gives but another date of death.

I would love to have the actual date verified.

John Crampton's widow came to New Zealand with 6 of her children in June1863, the other two children being already in New Zealand. Her third child, John Benjamin Crampton, was my great grandfather and he was only 17 when he came to New Zealand.


Sunday 21st March 2021, 01:56AM

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  • Winnie:

    I assume John Crampton was Church of Ireland? If he is buried at St. Mullins in Timolin Kildare possibly the Representative Church Library in Dublin might have a record. This link has the record status of all C of I parishes in Ireland and if you check out Timolin, burial records start in 1803 and are held in Dublin. I assume the Library charges a fee to have someone look up the record.  

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 21st March 2021, 01:13PM
  • Hello Roger, Thank you for that information. The link as you have it didn't work but by removing some of the address I was able to get on to the site. I have request a search so will see what happens. I guess I will get the account first then hopefully some answers.

    Sending warm greetings from Rangiora, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand


    Monday 22nd March 2021, 11:00PM
  • Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 01:02PM
  • Thank you again Roger,

    I have made contact with the library and they have advised me that they have located the records I am looking for.

    I am just about to pay for the service so should have the records within a fewdays.  It will take slightly longer than usual as they are working remotely because of the pandemic.

    Here in New Zealand we are fortunate enough to be practically free of Covid-19 other than it coming in from people arriving here from overseas. They have to be quaratined for 14 days or in isolation if positive.

    We, the general public, while not getting complacent, are free to come and go as usual with masks only being required on public transport.

    We watch the overseas news and feel deeply for those who continue to suffer.

    Wishing you safety and good health until this tragedy is behind us.

    Thank you so much for your initial response which has sent me on this path.

    Kindest regards,

    Lynne Winsloe


    Thursday 25th March 2021, 01:09AM
  • Lynne:

    Thanks for your concern. I live in the States and have received both Covid vaccine shots. Numbers of new cases and deaths are declining but the virus is still fairly strong.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th March 2021, 01:45PM
  • Oh my goodness Roger, where would we be without the internet. I ask a question about Ireland and receive a reply from America!! I'm presuming you are maybe Irish born to have such an interest.

    When I first started my research in the 1980's I had to go to the city library, about a 3/4 hour drive, and physically look through old books or screeds of micro fische film. Today it's just the click of a button. I was slightly fortunate that my husband was the Postmaster at Amberley, North Canterbury, where we lived at that time and it was to there that my g g grandmother came when she emigrated from Ireland. His job allowed me access to the births,deaths and marriages records where I found 188 direct descendants. As a result of this I organised a Crampton Family reunion in Amberley in June 1988, 125 years to the day that Mary Ann arrived, and 250 people attended.  Great time!!

    Once you start it almost becomes and obsession and I continue to this day seeking answers!

    Thank you for your contribution.

    Stay safe, we often watch CNN news so know how difficult it has been and is still, in America.

    Kind regards,



    Saturday 27th March 2021, 12:53AM
  • I accidentally came across this page looking online for information for Crampton, I would like to say thank you for all the research and hard work you put in and then bringing the Crampton's together back 1988 .  I was young and living away at the time of the reunion,  The rest of my family attended, and I heard all amazing stories and who was who from my dad, he enjoyed every part of that reunion. I now have the information that was put together with the photos of the reunion and I am adding on as the generations grow.    Your information is priceless, I would not have known who the Crampton's were without your work nor would I of known where to start.   

    I come from the same line as you John Benjamin Crampton, my Great-grandfather is James William Crampton


    Kind regards


    Saturday 8th May 2021, 09:41AM
  • Hello Lynette, how lovely to hear from you. I am guessing that you are the third child of Thelma and Walter, although I have your second name as Lynne.

    Although when only small, I remember the family speaking of 'Major Jim" and in fact he provided the very first info I received, albeit not quite correct. The family reunion was an amazing time, especially to have so many Cramptons in one place. I remember Ronald and Betty coming to our house and the two boys, Peter and David. And then there was Alma who was sadly killed in the Second World War.

    I love finding out new facts about the family and recently received copies of the baptisim and burial (not the actual birth and death) dates for the John Crampton from whom we both descend. They are from a register at the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin.

    If there is anything you can add maybe you could email me at

    Kindest regards,



    Sunday 9th May 2021, 01:48AM