Descendants of Edmond CAREW (to contribute information, please email

First Generation

1. Edmond CAREW was born in possibly 1820 in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened in possibly 18 Feb 1820 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 17 Nov 1897 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

Many of Edmond's descendants now use the Carey surname. I have no idea why they would have done this as the names sound very different. However, in Co. Tipperary - and perhaps in other Irish counties too - the names appear to be synonymous. Carew is the name of an Anglo-Norman family which settled in Tipperary in the 13th century, while Carey is the anglicised form of several Irish names including Kerin(s) and Keary.  Both the Carew and Carey names are very numerous in Co. Tipperary.

Our Carew/Carey family came from Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. Note that in older documents, Soloheadbeg is spelled Solloghodbeg.

It is being presumed that Edmond's father was also named Edmond because (i) the custom at the time was to name one's first-born son after the child's paternal grandfather - Edmond's eldest son was named Edmond, (ii) the only record of a Carew or Carey in Soloheadbeg in the Tithe Applotment Books (1826) relates to an Edmond Carew (who leased seven acres), and (iii) Tipperary Family History Research (TFHR) has found a baptismal record for an Edmond Carew whose father's name is also Edmond (the mother's name is Mary Gavin). It is the only baptismal record found for an Edmond Carew in Solohead between 1809, when TFHR records begin, and 1831, when they end; the baptism took place in 1820, a likely date for a man who had children born between 1849 and 1869.  

This baptismal record could well be that of Edmond above, but there is not sufficient proof. For this reason I am not applying all the other information I have gathered on the family of Edmond Carew (senior) and Mary Gavin to our Edmond. Instead I have put it in the Connected Families page (click on Carew) on this website and maybe some day a definite link might be established. There is much to suggest that Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin were the parents of our Edmond: for instance, one of the witnesses to our Edmond's marriage in 1849 was Thomas Carey (Edmond, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, had a brother named Thomas). In addition, sponsors at the baptisms of our Edmond's two eldest children in 1849 and 1851 included William Carey, Mary Carey and Michael Carey (Edmond, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, had siblings named William, Mary and Michael). If our Edmond's parents were, in fact, Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, the absence of Carew/Carey sponsors at the baptisms of his remaining seven children may possibly be explained by the emigration of his siblings. With the exception of Edmond, it is believed that they all emigrated, most if not all going to Newfoundland, Canada. Growing up, and in correspondence with Carew/Carey relatives in Ireland during the course of my research, I never heard mention of any Newfoundland link to my family, but this doesn't necessarily mean that our Edmond wasn't connected to the family of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin. However, proof is required.

In case there is a connection, a direct descendant of a Thomas D'Arcy with Solohead connections has told me that there is a headstone in Solohead graveyard, believed to be Thomas's, with the name of Thomas's wife, Catherine Carew, also engraved on it. Thomas was born about 1814 and died in 1877 aged 63. Could Catherine have been related to our Edmond above, a sister perhaps?  


1. If Edmond was in fact a son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, then he had a twin named Patrick and his baptismal sponsor was Catherine Flinn (no other sponsor listed).

2. According to his death certificate, Edmond was aged 80 when he died in 1897 (ties in roughly with the date of baptism of Edmond Carew, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin). The cause of death was "probably decline of life".

Edmond married Mary HANLEY on 20 Feb 1849 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. Mary was born about 1826 in possibly Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 6 Apr 1899 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

Unfortunately not much is known of Mary's family. Given that Mary was married in the parish of Solohead (formerly spelled Solloghod) at a time when marriages typically took place in the bride's parish, it is possible that the Hanleys came from that parish. Another possibility is that, given that the neighbouring parish of Soloheadbeg (previously spelled as Solloghodbeg) used the Solohead church, and given that Mary's husband probably came from Soloheadbeg, the Hanley family may well have come from Soloheadbeg.

According to records from Tipperary Family History Research, the marriage of Mary and Edmond was witnessed by Thomas Carey and William Carew.

Besides the surnmames Hanley and Carew, names that occur more than once amongst the baptismal sponsors of the children of Mary and Edmond are Godfrey and Ryan, so it is possible that the Hanleys and the Carews were related somehow to these families.


There is a possibility that our Hanleys might be connected to the Hanley family of both Margaret Lloyd in New Zealand and Judy Smith in Australia. Margaret's great-grandmother Ellen Hanley and Judy's great-grandfather Michael Hanley were siblings, born in Solohead in 1818 and about 1825 respectively to Michael Hanley and Ellen Lonergan (Ellen's baptismal sponsors were William Meighan and Mary Ryan and Michael's were John Lonergan and Honora Lonergan). Sometime afterwards, possibly between 1830 and 1843, their family  was evicted from their farm in Solohead and they moved to Cooga in the parish of Doon, Co. Limerick. Family lore has it that the Hanley farm was on Lord Stanley's estate and could be seen from the the big house, as a result of which the residents wanted to be rid of the tenants, hence the eviction. It is possible that they were offered alternative land in Cooga by Lord Stanley because in Griffith's Valuation (1850s), Lord Stanley is shown to be their landlord in Cooga. Descendants of this Hanley family still live in Cooga.

I have been unable to make a connection between Margaret and Judy's Hanley family and mine but just in case they are related, here are some more details about their great-grandparents' family:

Ellen and Michael had a sister named Julia who was born in 1815 (baptismal sponsor was William Lonergan). According to Julia's baptismal certificate, the family lived in Kilmurry (there are Kilmurrys near Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel in Co. Tipperary but it seems more likely the Hanleys lived in Kilmurry, Co. Limerick, which is closer to Solohead). Ellen and Michael also had a brother John who was born in 1824 (sponsors were William Cranitch and Margaret Godfrey). It seems that Ellen (mother of Julia, Ellen, Michael and John) died shortly after John's birth because it appears her husband, Michael, married Johanna O'Doherty in 1826. They had a son, Cornelius, in 1827 (sponsors were were Edmond Hanley and Catherine Leamy), who must have died in infancy because a second son named Cornelius was born to the couple in 1828 (sponsors were John Doherty and Johanna Doherty). Cornelius married Hanora Carew in 1856 in Galbally and their children, born in Doon, were Bridget, born 1859 (baptismal sponsors were Julia Hanley and John Hickey); Eliza, born 1861 (sponsors Bridget Madden and Michael Tobin); Richard, born 1865 (William Coffey and Catherine Coffey); Mary, born 1867( Daniel Tuohy and Margaret Hickey); Patrick, born 1869 (John Hanley and Julia Hanley); Julia, born 1872 (Richard Lloyd, Catherine Hickey); and Hanora, born 1878 (James Carew and Bridget Hickey).

Ellen married Patrick Tobin in Doon in 1843 and following his death she married John Lloyd in Doon in 1853. Witnesses to Ellen's marriage to John were Conor (Cornelius) Hanley and Bridget Hanley, and among the sponsors at their children's baptisms were T. (Thomas?), Con, Julia, Patrick, Kitty and Bridget Hanley. Richard Lloyd, a son of John and Ellen and grandfather of Margaret, emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand around 1877.

Ellen's brother Michael married Johanna Sheehy in 1851 in Doon and their first child, Michael, was born in Doon in 1852. The family emigrated to Australia around 1853 where four more children were born, Johanna (born 1854), Bridget (1856), Richard (1857) and John (1859). The family had settled in Maitland, NSW when, sadly, Michael senior died in 1860, aged only about 35, following a fall from a horse. Johanna, his wife, died in Casino, NSW in 1905.

We know at least four of the five children of Michael and Johanna married and had families: Michael married Margaret Slattery in 1877 in Branxton, NSW and they had 11 children; Johanna married Francis Nicholas in 1877 in Branxton and thay had one child; Johanna's second husband was Henry Hartley whom she married about 1881 in Lismore, NSW and with whom she had seven children; Bridget married Michael Patrick Doolan in 1881 in Lismore and they had six children; Richard married Hanora Ellen Adams in 1890 in Casino and they had two children.


I have also had contact with Michael H. Ryan who is a descendant of Thomas Ryan (believed to have been from Soloheadbeg) and Julia Hanley who married in Solohead/Oola on 21 January 1854. Could Julia have been related to our Hanleys? In case there is a connection, here are some details on the children of Thomas and Julia Ryan:

Thomas, born 1855, probably in Soloheadbeg
Thady (also known as Timothy), baptised 30 July 1856 in Tipperary (ancestor of Michael H. Ryan)
Bridget, baptised 8 December 1857 (although Michael also has a baptismal date of 18 February 1857 for possibly the same person - could the first Bridget have died?)
Richard (although no documentation has been located for him)


Details of another Hanley family from Soloheadbeg come from Seamus Carrabine whose great-great-grandfather Patrick Hanley was born in Lisobohane, Solohead about 1842. Patrick, who may have had a brother named William, married Hanora English and they had 10 children, one of whom died in childhood. Seamus's great-grandfather, James, who was the seventh of the 10, was born in Soloheadbeg on 19 June 1878. All nine children who survived to adulthood emigrated to the United States and three, Timothy, Patrick and Edmond, joined the NYPD. It is believed that Edmond eventually became Deputy Chief of the NYPD.


Information on yet another Hanley family with Solohead connections comes from Marguerite Hanley, whose husband's great-great-grandfather, Edmond Hanley, was born in 1825 in the parish of Solohead and Oola. Edmond's parents were Edmond Hanley and Mary Fox and his siblings were John (born 1818), Ellen (1819), William (1822) and possibly a Mary and Anne. Edmond Junior married Mary Mulcahy from Murroe, Co. Limerick in 1855 and their children were Martin (Marguerite's husband's great-grandfather), Patrick, Edmond, Bridget and Mary. Martin married Annie Connell in 1886 and their children were Mary Josephine, Patrick, Edmond, Annie, Bridget, Honora, Johanna, John (Margurite's husband's grandfather), Peter, James and Martin.


And in case it may relate to our Hanley family here is the text of an obituary from a Chicago newspaper that was passed on to me:

Barnes, Catherine, nee Hanley, June 3, 1888, aged 60 yrs., native of Sologhead (Parish Solloghodbeg), Co. Tipperary. Funeral from resid., 623 W. Erie St. to St. Columbkille's Church to Calvary.


Any help in proving - or disproving - a connection between the above Hanley families and mine would be much appreciated. If you think you can fill in any gaps, please email Many thanks.

Note: The Hanley surname is numerous throughout Ireland, especially in north Munster and in Connacht. The Hanleys were originally a sept of Co. Roscommon. The Irish form of the name is "Ó h-Áinle" from the Irish word "áinle" meaning "beauty".

They had the following children.

  2 M i
Edmond CAREW was born about 9 Jul 1849 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 9 Jul 1849 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Edmond's baptism were William Carey and Mary Carey. Edmund's surname appears as "Keary' in the baptismal register.
+ 3 F ii Mary CAREW was born about 29 Apr 1851. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
  4 F iii
Catherine CAREW was born about 18 Feb 1853 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 18 Feb 1853 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were John Hanley and Maria Hanley.
  5 M iv
Timothy CAREW was born about 30 Jan 1855 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 30 Jan 1855 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Timothy's baptism were Edmond Godfrey and Julia Hanley.
  6 F v
Johanna CAREW was born about 17 Feb 1857 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 17 Feb 1857 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Johanna's baptism were Cornelius Hanley and Sarah Hanley.

Johanna's age on her marriage certificate is 25 although she would have been 30 years old at the time.
Johanna married James MURPHY, son of Thomas MURPHY, on 2 May 1887 in Solohead Chapel, Co. Tipperary. James was born about 1851.

James's address at the time of his marriage (in 1887) was Clonmeen, Co. Tipperary. As James was a policeman I am assuming he was stationed in Clonmeen at the time. We do not know where he was born.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were John Carey (sic) and Bridget Carey (sic), presumably Johanna's youngest brother and sister. The Carew and Carey surnames were interchangeable in south Tipperary at the time.  

+ 7 M vi Daniel CAREW was born about 1 Apr 1859. He died on 30 Nov 1930.
+ 8 F vii Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW was born about 22 Dec 1863. She died on 3 Apr 1935.
  9 M viii
John CAREW was born about 21 Oct 1866 in Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 21 Oct 1866 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Anthony Ryan and Margaret Godfrey. The family's address on the baptismal record is given as Newtown. Presumably this is the townland of Newtown in the parish of Soloheadbeg, and John's birthplace.
  10 F ix
Bridget CAREW was born about 27 Aug 1869 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 27 Aug 1869 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Bridget's baptism were John Ryan and Johanna Ryan.

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