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Margaret Johanna O’Donnell of Kilbane

Hello from Melbourne, Australia.

Four years ago (11-4-2016) I searched for information about William Crowe (1836-1838?) from the Glen, Glennagalligah. With some wonderful assistance William’s baptism entry was found.


Entry 1983 of the 1836ParishKillaloeDioceseKillaloeCountyClareCountryIreland states...

First name(s)William, Last name: Crowe, Birth year-Baptism year: 1836, Baptism date? Mar. Glennagalliagh

Father’s first name(s)Tom,  last name: Crowe

Mother’s first name(s) Peggy, Mother’s  last name Donslon ( we think this is possibly O’ Donnell)

Repository: National Library of IrelandNational Library of Ireland link


I have come to the conclusion that William’s father, Thomas was from Classagh, which is quite near Upper Kilbane. He possibly moved away or died after his son William was born. No records can be found.


I’m now searching for William’s maternal side, the O’Donnell family of Kilbane or Upper Kilbane, which is in the Parish of Killokennedy and the Barrony of Lower Tulla, 2.5 miles east of Broadford in Co Clare.


I’m particularly looking for information on Margaret Johanna Crowe née O’ Donnell or Johanna Margaret O’Donnell. (I’m not sure which is correct) I believe she died soon after William was born. Before she died, she asked her sister, Sarah to look after William. I’m unsure what happened to his father, Thomas. William Crowe grew up in Kilbane, “where the church was in O’Briensbridge, near the Shannon River, “ and was educated in Upper Kilbane.


I have found that a Michael and William O’Donnell were living in Kilbane. I’m unsure if they were brothers or father and son, as they were leasing land together, according to Griffith’s Valuation.


I think that William 1793 married Joan Crowe 1793 and had 6 children; Mary 1825 m John Vaughan 1876 and went to the US; William 1825 (US); Sarah 1826 m William Conway 1826 (from Limerick) ( went to Australia); Michael 1827 (US); Margaret 1829; Cornelius 1832 or 1837 (Australia) m Jane Aldworth 1847. However, I can’t find a record for the elusive seventh child, Margaret Johanna.


Oral history says that the bailiff seized the O’Donnell’s 7 acre farm so William’s aunt Sarah and William Conway decided to go to Australia. William and his cousin Cornelius Crowe apparently  followed on the next ship for Australia, even though no records can be found.


By the 1901 census there appears to be one family Con and Mary O’Donnell, their family of young children and their aunt?, Mary (widow) aged 72. 


Any assistance on the O’Donnell’s of Kilbane or the Crowe’s of The Glen, would be much appreciated.

Thank you


Robert Horwood

Monday 27th July 2020, 09:51AM

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  • Hi Robert,

    You should check out Clare Library -  which has a lot of information on families in that time.



    Monday 27th July 2020, 10:39AM
  • Hi McCoy,

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve looked at the site many times. Is there a specific link or document I should concentrate on? I find the townland divisions and parishes very confusing. As a matter of fact I think this post should be in Killokennedy Parish, not Killaloe.

    Thanks Rob










    Robert Horwood

    Tuesday 28th July 2020, 09:18AM
  • Hi Rob,

    I have looked at the baptism entry of William Crowe - 1836 - No.1983. The mother's name appears to be "Peggy Donlon" short for "Donnellan", which is fairly widespread in East Clare.

    In the Clare Library under Genealogy, you have an entry for a "Thomas Crowe" in the Ejectment Books for 1828. The address appears to be Mountcashel in the parish of Sixmilebridge. The result is  not recorded.

    I attach details of the occupants of Kilbane 1825. Tithe Records.

    As regards the surname "Crowe" - there is a James and a William with sons named "William" in 1835 and 1838. Baptisms in Parteen-Meelick parish.

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    Wednesday 29th July 2020, 08:10AM

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  • Thank you McCoy.  

    I had not considered that Thomas Crowe might have come from Mountcashel. Were  the ejectment books lists of tenants thrown off their land due to not paying fees?

    In terms of William Crowe, It has been passed down through his death certificate and oral history that he was from The Glen, co Clare, near the Shannon, so I don’t think the Williams of Partern- Meelick would be him. But, as I have learnt, when researching you have to be open to anything, so thank you.

    Regards Rob





    Robert Horwood

    Thursday 30th July 2020, 10:26AM