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William DOWER [Parents] was born in 1823 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He died before 2 Apr 1911 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. William married Esther CRONIN in Jan 1856 in Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Other marriages:
O'BRIEN, Hanora (Nora)

William had eight children with each of his two wives, Esther and Nora. He married Nora two weeks after Esther's death.

Esther CRONIN [Parents] was born in 1827 in Knockalougha, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 1 Oct 1827 in Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died on 1 Mar 1876. Esther married William DOWER in Jan 1856 in Duagh, Co. Kerry.

It is thought Esther and Hanora may have been sisters. However, their marriages were 46 years apart which leads me to think the connection was a little more distant.

Esther died at the age of 46.

They had the following children.

  M i James (Jim) DOWER was born about 1856. He died on 4 Mar 1904.
  ii
'unknown' DOWER was born in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. 'unknown' died.
  F iii
Ellen DOWER was born in 1859 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M iv
John DOWER was born in 1860 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M v
Richard DOWER was born in 1862 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  F vi
Honora DOWER was born in Sep 1863 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 23 Sep 1863.
  M vii
William DOWER was born in 1866 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  F viii
Esther DOWER was born in 1867 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

James (Jim) DOWER [Parents] was born about 1856 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He died on 4 Mar 1904 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry. James married Bridget RELIHAN on 18 Apr 1882 in Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Jim was only 47 years old when he died.

Bridget RELIHAN [Parents] was born about 1856 in probably Knockadirreen, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died on 13 Dec 1931 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry. Bridget married James (Jim) DOWER on 18 Apr 1882 in Duagh, Co. Kerry.

According to the 1911 census, Bridget and Jim had 11 children born alive, 10 of whom were alive at the time of the census. It is known that one of their sons emigrated to Australia and that two more sons became Presentation brothers.

An obituary for an Elizabeth Dower (née Relihan) of Woodford, Listowel in The Kerryman newspaper of 2 January 1932 appears to be actually that of Bridget. According to the obituary the chief mourners at Elizabeth's funeral were sons Patrick Dower, Rathoran; Br. Boniface, Presentation Brothers, Kent [later of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, died 24 January 1958]; Br. Eugenius, Presentation Brothers, Cobh [died 29 July 1954, aged 57]; also Mrs. William Dillon and Mrs. James Kennelly, Knockanure (daughters), Thomas Relihan and Michael Relihan (brothers) and Mrs. Enright (sister). We are also told that a message of sympathy was recieved from a "Rev. Matthew Daly (nephew), Manchester" (which may in fact mean her nephew Fr. Mort Daly), and that "as Secretary of the North Kerry branch of the Land League", Elizabeth/Bridget "took an active part in helping to exterminate whatever that was left of landlordism in the district".

They had the following children.

  M i Patrick (Paddy) DOWER was born in 1883. He died on 23 Mar 1954.
  M ii
William DOWER was born about 1884 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

This son of Jim and Bridget became a Presentation brother.
  M iii
Thomas (Tom) DOWER was born in 1885 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M iv
Richard DOWER was born in 1888 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M v
Michael DOWER was born in 1889 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

Michael died as a child.
  M vi
John DOWER was born in 1891 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

This son of Jim and Bridget became a Presentation brother.
  F vii
Esther DOWER was born in 1892 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  F viii
Catherine (Kattie) DOWER was born in 1894 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M ix
Michael DOWER was born in 1896 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M x
James DOWER was born in 1897 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  F xi
Honora (Nora) DOWER was born in 1899 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She died in Mar 1912 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.

Nora was only 13 years of age when she died.

Patrick (Paddy) DOWER [Parents] was born in 1883 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He died on 23 Mar 1954. He was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry. Patrick married Mary O'DONNELL on 28 Feb 1922.

Paddy farmed in Rathoran.

Mary O'DONNELL was born about 1889 in Bogmount, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. She died on 14 Mar 1976. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry. Mary married Patrick (Paddy) DOWER on 28 Feb 1922.

They had the following children.

  M i
James (Jimmy) DOWER was born about 1923 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He died on 17 Sep 2004. He was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.
  F ii
Hannah DOWER was born in 1924 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She died on 16 Jul 1926. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.

Hannah died aged only 21 months. She died on the same day as her sister Nora.
  F iii
Hanora (Nora) DOWER was born in 1926 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She died on 16 Jul 1926. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.

Nora died aged only six months. She died on the same day as her sister Hannah.
  F iv
Mary (Mai) DOWER was born about 1927 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She died on 18 Oct 1996. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.

Mai, who never married, lived in Rathoran.
  F v Living.
  F vi
Catherine DOWER was born in 1930 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She died on 29 Oct 1931. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.

Catherine died aged only 10 months.
  F vii Bridget (Breda) DOWER was born about 1923. She died on 7 Jan 1991.
  F viii Living.
  F ix
Philomena DOWER was born about 1934 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She died on 4 Jan 1952. She was buried in Duagh Cemetery, Co. Kerry.

Philomena died at the age of 17.

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William DOWER [Parents] was born in 1823 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He died before 2 Apr 1911 in probably Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. William married Hanora (Nora) O'BRIEN on 16 Mar 1876.

Other marriages:
CRONIN, Esther

William had eight children with each of his two wives, Esther and Nora. He married Nora two weeks after Esther's death.

Hanora (Nora) O'BRIEN [Parents] was born about 1841 in Purt, Abbeyfeale, Co.Limerick. She died on 30 Jun 1934 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. Hanora married William DOWER on 16 Mar 1876.

They had the following children.

  M i Cornelius (Con) DOWER was born in 1877.
  F ii
Anna DOWER was born on 29 Jun 1878 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 4 Jul 1878.
  F iii
Nance DOWER was born on 29 Jun 1878 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

It is believed that Nance died shortly after birth or as a young child.
  M iv
David DOWER was born in 1880 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry. He died in Australia.

David emigrated to Australia.
  F v
Catherine DOWER was born in 1882 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  M vi
Timothy DOWER was born in 1884 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.
  F vii Bridget DOWER was born on 24 Jun 1886. She died on 15 Jan 1947.
  M viii
William DOWER was born in 1889 in Rathoran, Kilmeany, Knockanure, Co. Kerry.

William emigrated to the United States.

Richard WALSH died in 1950 in Dublin. Richard married Bridget DOWER.

Bridget DOWER [Parents] was born in 1876 in Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry. She died in 1963 in Dublin. Bridget married Richard WALSH.

They had the following children.

  M i
John WALSH was born in 1895. He died in probably U.S..

John emigrated to the United States.
  M ii Richard WALSH was born in 1896. He died in 1975.
  M iii Joseph WALSH was born in 1901. He died in 1951.
  F iv
Máire BREATHANCH was born in 1907. She died in 1966.

Máire is the Irish form of Mary and Breathnach is the Irish form of Walsh.

John CRONIN died. John married Hanora MCELLIGOTT.

John lived in Trieneragh, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Hanora MCELLIGOTT died. Hanora married John CRONIN.

They had the following children.

  F i Esther CRONIN was born in 1827. She died on 1 Mar 1876.

Maurice DOWER [Parents] was born on 18 Feb 1873 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. He died after 2 Apr 1911 in probably Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Maurice married Johanna (Hannah) CRONIN on 8 Feb 1902 in Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Maurice lived in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Listed in Maurice's household in the 1911 census are nieces Kittie and Ellie Cotter, aged 18 and 11 respectively (daughters of Maurice's sister Annie). The census also tells us that the widowered Maurice had been married nine years and had six children born alive, all of whom were living at the time of the census. Because only two children are listed with Maurice in the census (Josephine and Annie Ennetta), it seems possible that his four other children might have been raised by others given that Maurice was a widower with a farm to run. A census return was located for the household of a John Cronin (Maurice's wife's maiden name was Cronin) in Trieneragh, Duagh, Co. Kerry who had two Dower grandchildren listed with him: Margaret aged seven and John aged 12 months, almost certainly Maurice's children. Also listed in John Cronin's household was grandchild Michael McElligott aged 14. Maurice, son of Maurice above, is listed, aged one, in the 1911 census with his aunt Annie (née Dower) and her husband, Nicholas Cotter, in Knockbrack, Brosna, Co. Kerry.   

There is a Maurice Dower of Derk buried in Duagh Cemetery who I initially thought was Maurice above. However, the name of his wife, who is buried with him was Mary, not Johanna. As I think it likely that the two Maurices were related, here is the information from the headstone is Duagh Cemetery:

Johanna (Hannah) CRONIN [Parents] was born on 6 Apr 1871 in Knockalougha, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died on 24 Mar 1910 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. Johanna married Maurice DOWER on 8 Feb 1902 in Duagh, Co. Kerry.

I have been told Hannah was related to Esther Cronin (1827-1876), also from Duagh who married a William Dower. I have been unable to determine if Johanna's husband, Maurice Dower, was related to William.

Hannah died of heart disease at the age of 38, just four days after giving birth to twins.

They had the following children.

  F i
Josephine DOWER was born in 1903 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died.

Josephine may also have been known as Johanna.
  F ii
Margaret DOWER was born in 1904 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died.
  F iii
Mary Angela DOWER was born in 1906 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died.
  F iv
Annie Ennetta DOWER was born about 1907 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry. She died.
  M v
Maurice DOWER was born on 20 Mar 1910 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry.
  M vi
John Patrick DOWER was born on 20 Mar 1910 in Derk, Duagh, Co. Kerry.

Theodore (Ted) Edward STARRS was born on 20 Nov 1909 in Newark, New Jersey. He died on 3 Oct 1986 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Conway, South Carolina. Theodore married Mary MCCARTHY.

Ted and Mary lived in Nutley, New Jersey for many years.

Mary MCCARTHY [Parents] was born on 5 May 1912 in Philadelphia. She died on 2 Sep 2000 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Conway, South Carolina. Mary married Theodore (Ted) Edward STARRS.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.

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