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John Robert TROY [Parents] was born about 26 May 1841 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 28 May 1841 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in 1922 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. John married Elizabeth (Bessie) MCKENNA on 24 Oct 1871 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

John's address at the time of his marriage in 1871 was Ballyduhig (near Listowel), Co. Kerry. After his marriage he and his family lived on Church St. in Listowel. From the 1901 census we know he was a "Dyer and Draper". The census also has an 85-year-old widowed cousin named Mary O'Connell listed with the family. Mary was born in Irremore, Listowel, not far from Ballyduhig.

Elizabeth (Bessie) MCKENNA [Parents] was born about 1846 in Ballyduhig, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died on 2 Jan 1925 in Dublin. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Elizabeth married John Robert TROY on 24 Oct 1871 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

The 1911 census tells us Bessie and her husband, John, had 13 children born alive, eight of whom were still alive at the time of the census.

Five of their six surviving sons became priests, four of whom ministered in the United States and one in Ireland. One of their two surviving daughters was a nun in the U.S. Their other son also lived in the U.S., while their other daughter remained in Ireland; she never married. It appears Bessie and John had no grandchildren.

Bessie died at the home of her son Michael in Dublin while on a visit to see him.

It seems that Bessie was related to my Cunningham family but I have not yet been able to establish how. According to the obituary of John Cunningham of Irremore, Listowel (a member of my Cunningham family) in the Kerry Sentinel of 21 October 1887, John died "at the house of Mr. John Troy, T.O., where he resided a considerable time, being Mrs. Troy's uncle". However John could not have been Bessie's uncle as her mother's maiden name was Thornton (parish of origin unknown). Norrie Cunningham, a probable niece of John's, did marry a James Thornton (parish of origin unknown) in 1844. Perhaps James was related to Bessie's mother, although ths would not make John blood-related to Bessie. Or perhaps John's connection to Bessie was through his wife, Kate Fitzgerald. Any help in identifying the exact relationship between John and Bessie would be appreciated. Please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Thank you.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were John M. O'Connor and Thomas McKenna.

They had the following children.

  M i
Robert TROY was born about 12 May 1873 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 14 May 1873 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in 1874 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Robert died as an infant.
  M ii
Thomas Francis TROY was born about 16 Oct 1874 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 18 Oct 1874 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in Jul 1913 in probably Chicago.

Thomas was ordained a priest in Chicago in 1897 and went on to minister in Chicago. He was only 38 years of age when he died.
  F iii
Margaret TROY was born about 9 Jun 1876 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 11 Jun 1876 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died in 1877 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Margaret died as an infant.
  F iv
Ann (Anna) TROY was born on 12 Nov 1877 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 14 Nov 1877 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died in U.S..

Annie entered the convent, joining the Sisters of Mercy. Her name in religion was Sr. Mary Brendan. She lived in Chicago and worked as a teacher.
  F v
Margaret TROY was born about 26 Dec 1879 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 28 Dec 1879 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died in 1880 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Margaret died as an infant.
  F vi
Catherine Mary TROY was born about 7 Oct 1881 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 9 Oct 1881 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died in 1883 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Catherine died as an infant.
  M vii
James Joseph Anthony TROY was born on 29 Jul 1883 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 29 Jul 1883 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

James was ordained a priest in Carlow and worked initially in Davenport, Iowa.  He served as a U.S. Army chaplain during World War I. After the war he remained with the Army of Occupation in Germany, later helping to direct rehabilitation work in Poland and Belgium. In the 1920s he was decorated for his efforts by Prince Albert of Belgium.

James spent some time in Iowa where he was apparently known as The Church Builder of the Mid West. He later worked in St. Paul, Minnesota. 1934 and 1935 saw him working for the Society for the Propogation of the Faith in China, India and the Malay States, and in 1937 he was appointed pastor (parish priest) of the newly created St. Austin's parish in Minneapolis. During World War II James once again served as an army chaplain, attaining the rank of Colonel.

Oddly, James had a younger brother named James Michael, born in 1896. Perhaps there has been a transcription error on the Irish Genealogy website for James Michael.
  F viii
Mary (Molly) Jane TROY was born about 11 Jun 1885 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 13 Jun 1885 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died in 1967 in Dublin.

Molly, who never married, lived in the family home on Church St., Listowel. She died in a Dublin nursing home.
  M ix Edward Patrick TROY was born about 21 Mar 1887. He died on 11 Dec 1946.
  M x
John J. TROY was born about 15 Apr 1889 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 17 Apr 1889 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died after 11 Dec 1946 in U.S..

John was ordained a priest in June 1913 at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, just a month before the death of his brother Thomas, also a priest in the U.S. At the time of the death of his brother in 1946 John was living in Phoenix, Arizona.
  M xi
Robert Charles TROY was born about 24 Apr 1891 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 26 Apr 1891 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died after 11 Dec 1946 in U.S..

Robert became a priest and lived in the United States. It is known he was ministering in Amboy, Illinois in the 1940s and 1950s.
  M xii
Michael Charles (Charles) TROY was born about 1895 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in 1972 in Ballyfermot, Dublin.

Charles, who played football for Kerry in his youth, became a priest. He lived in Dublin, spending nearly 20 years in Terenure until 1953 when he moved to Ballyfermot where he was appointed parish priest and later canon.
  M xiii
James Michael TROY was born about 22 Apr 1896 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 24 Apr 1896 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in probably before 2 Apr 1911.

Strangely, James Michael had a older brother also named James (1883-1954). Perhaps there has been a transcription error with James Michael's name on the Irish Genealogy website.

It appears James Michael died young as I have come across references to his brother Charles as having been the youngest son of John and Bessie.

Robert TROY died. Robert married Margaret MCCARTHY.

Margaret MCCARTHY died. Margaret married Robert TROY.

They had the following children.

  M i John Robert TROY was born about 26 May 1841. He died in 1922.

Edward Patrick TROY [Parents] was born about 21 Mar 1887 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 23 Mar 1887 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died on 11 Dec 1946 in Chicago. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois. Edward married Lucia Elizabeth TOWER in between 1930 and 1940.

Edward was a medical doctor. He emigrated to the United States in 1905 and settled in Chicago where he graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1914. He served as Superintendent of Clinics for the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium for the 30 years before his sudden death at the age of 58 of a suspected cerebral haemmorhage.

Lucia Elizabeth TOWER [Parents] was born on 8 Nov 1899 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She died on 25 Apr 1991 in Michigan City, Indiana. She was buried on 29 Apr 1991 in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Illinois. Lucia married Edward Patrick TROY in between 1930 and 1940.

Lucia, who may have gone by the name Elizabeth, was a psychiatrist. It appears she and Edward had no children.


William L. TOWER was born in 1872 in Massachusetts. He died before 1941. William married Lucia KIEVE.

Lucia KIEVE was born in 1872 in Illinois. She died after 1939. Lucia married William L. TOWER.

They had the following children.

  F i Lucia Elizabeth TOWER was born on 8 Nov 1899. She died on 25 Apr 1991.

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Jeremiah KIELY died.

He had the following children.

  F i Bridget (Bridie) KIELY was born in Feb 1906. She died on 3 Jul 1983.
  F ii Mary KIELY died.
  M iii
James KIELY was born in probably Ardnamoher, Galbally, Co. Limerick. He died.

Thomas FREWEN [Parents] was born about 1855 in Co. Tipperary. He died on 14 Apr 1938 in Gortavoher, Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in probably Clonbeg Cemetery, Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. Thomas married Jane BARLOW on 17 Feb 1885 in Lattin, Co. Tipperary.

Thomas was the second youngest of 14 (possibly 15) children. He farmed in Gortavoher.

Jane BARLOW [Parents] was born about 1858 in probably Shrough, Co. Tipperary. She died on 10 May 1941. She was buried in Clonbeg Cemetery, Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. Jane married Thomas FREWEN on 17 Feb 1885 in Lattin, Co. Tipperary.

They had the following children.

  F i
Emma FREWEN was born on 11 Feb 1886 in Gortavoher West, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. She died in 1973 in Claro registration district, Yorkshire.

Emma entered the convent and became Mother Mary Regis. She was a member of the Holy Child Jesus order and lived in Preston, Lancashire.
  M ii
Michael FREWEN was born in 1887 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. He died on 30 Aug 1957 in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Michael entered the priesthood. He worked in Coolock, Dublin before spending about 30 years as a parish priest in Terenure, Dublin. He moved to Chapelizod, also in Dublin, as a parish priest only about two years before his death while on holiday in Lisdoonvarna.
  M iii
John FREWEN was born on 16 Apr 1889 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. He died in possibly 9 Aug 1937 in Ireland.

Although John died in Ireland he was living in New York City during World War I, according to a draft registration card.
  F iv
Mary FREWEN was born in 1891 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary.
  F v Margaret (Madge) FREWEN was born in 1892.
  F vi
Elizabeth FREWEN was born on 16 Feb 1894 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. She died in probably New York.

Elizabeth emigrated to the United States in 1920 and settled in New York. She never married.
  F vii Catherine FREWEN was born about 1895.
  M viii Thomas FREWEN was born on 25 Jan 1897. He died on 1 Jun 1975.
  F ix
Johanna FREWEN was born on 12 Feb 1898 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. She died in probably London.

Johanna, who never married, lived in London.
  M x
Patrick FREWEN was born on 17 Mar 1899 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. He died on 3 Feb 1936 in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.

Patrick, who lived in Aherlow, died at the age of 36. It is thought he was unmarried.

  F xi Bridget (Bridie) FREWEN was born on 21 Jul 1900. She died on 21 Aug 1982.
  F xii
Jane FREWEN was born on 23 Nov 1901 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary. She died on 24 Nov 1901 in Gortavoher, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary.

Jane died a day after birth.
  M xiii Robert FREWEN was born on 23 Jun 1903. He died in 1982.

David KELLY died in possibly 15 Jun 1888 in Darragh, Co. Limerick.

A David Kelly of Darragh, Co. Limerick died on 15 June 1888 in Darragh aged 80. This may have been David above. The informant named on the death certificate was a son named Maurice who lived in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick.

He had the following children.

  M i David KELLY was born about 1855. He died on 24 May 1934.

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