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Second Generation

5. Thomas CAREW (Mary ) was born about 14 Jan 1813 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 14 Jan 1813 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died before 1878 in Prince Edward Island.

The sponsor at Thomas's baptism was John Whelan. There was no other sponsor listed.

Thomas emigrated to Newfoundland.

Thomas married Mary LANDRIGAN/LONERGAN, daughter of Michael LANDRIGAN/LONERGAN and Margaret 'UNKNOWN', on 31 Jan 1842 in Diocese of Cashel and Emly, Co. Tipperary. Mary was born about 1808 in Ireland. She died on 11 Nov 1885 in Boston.

It is known that Mary was living in Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island, in 1878.

They had the following children.

+ 15 F i Mary E. CAREW was born in Apr 1844. She died on 26 Mar 1909.
+ 16 M ii Daniel Grant CAREW was born on 7 Nov 1846. He died on 25 Jul 1882.
  17 F iii
Margaret CAREW was born about 1848 in Ireland. She died in Prince Edward Island.

The 1881 census tells us that Margaret was single and living with her mother in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It is from this census that we have her birthplace of Ireland, which is surprising as her two elder siblings were born in Prince Edward Island.

6. John CAREW (Mary ) was born about 4 May 1815 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 4 May 1815 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 11 Jan 1885 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Daniel Gavin and Catherine Gavin.

John emigrated to Newfoundland, settling in St. John's. He had an undertaking business on Carew St. and lived on Military Road.

John married Ellen POWER in 1848 in Basilica of St. John's, Newfoundland. Ellen was born about 1825 in Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny. She died in 1903 in Carew St., St. John's, Newfoundland.

They had the following children.

  18 F i
Mary CAREW was born in 1849 in Newfoundland. She died on 26 Dec 1854 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She was buried in Belvedere Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Mary died at the age of five.
  19 F ii
Bridget CAREW was born about 1851 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She died on 1 Nov 1852 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She was buried in Belvedere Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Bridget was only one year old when she died.
+ 20 M iii John J. CAREW was born in 1854. He died in 1909.
  21 F iv
Ellen CAREW was born about 1856 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She died on 13 Jul 1861 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She was buried in Belvedere Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Ellen died at the age of five.
  22 M v
Edmund CAREW was born in 1861 in Newfoundland. He died before 1867 in Newfoundland. He was buried in Belvedere Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Edmund died before he reached the age of six.
+ 23 F vi Catherine (Kate) Ann CAREW was born in 1862. She died in 1936.
+ 24 M vii Thomas Francis CAREW was born on 5 Oct 1863. He died on 18 Dec 1905.

8. Margaret CAREW (caution: not verified) (Mary ) was born about 1818 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She died in Chicago.

Margaret married Richard ROACH on 15 Oct 1837 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. Richard was born in Co. Tipperary. He died.

They had the following children.

  25 M i
David ROACH was born on 5 Sep 1838 in Co. Tipperary. He died on 5 Apr 1921 in Commonwealth, Wisconsin.
David married Grace THOMPSON. Grace died.

10. Edmond CAREW (Mary ) was born about 18 Feb 1820 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 18 Feb 1820 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 17 Nov 1897 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

Edmond was Patrick's twin. Edmond's baptismal sponsor was Catherine Flinn (no other sponsor listed).

It appears that all of Edmond's siblings who reached adulthood emigrated, most if not all going to Newfoundland, Canada. Thomas Suttles, a Carew/Gavin descendant, has kindly sent me a transcription of an interesting letter written in 1878 by John, one of Edmond's brothers, to their sister Nancy. John was living in Newfoundland and Nancy was living in the United States. In the letter, John mentions the death of his mother, Mary, in Newfoundland in 1863; reference is also made to a sister, Johanna, also in Newfoundland, a brother, Michael (whereabouts unknown), and the widow of another brother, Thomas, who was living on Prince Edward Island. John also mentions a relative who "was some time ago in Ireland and went to see brother Edward", supporting the theory that Edmond (the name Edmond is interchangeable with Edward) was the only sibling to have remained in Ireland.

Although Edmond carried the Carew surname, some of his children went by the name of Carey. The two names appear to have been interchangeable in Tipperary at that time.    

According to his death certificate, Edmond died at the age of 80 of "probably decline of life".

In case there is a connection with Edmond's family, 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 Edmond above?

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 among 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.

+ 26 M i Edmond CAREW/CAREY was born about 9 Jul 1849. He died on 1 Aug 1924.
+ 27 F ii Mary CAREY was born about 29 Apr 1851. She died on 30 Sep 1929.
+ 28 F iii Catherine (Kate) CAREW was born about 18 Feb 1853. She died in 1934.
  29 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.

Unfortunately we have no further information on Timothy.
+ 30 F v Johanna CAREW was born about 17 Feb 1857.
+ 31 M vi Daniel CAREW was born about 1 Apr 1859. He died on 30 Nov 1930.
+ 32 F vii Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW was born about 22 Dec 1863. She died on 3 Apr 1935.
+ 33 M viii John Joseph CAREW was born about 21 Oct 1866. He died on 12 Jun 1935.
+ 34 F ix Bridget CAREW was born about 27 Aug 1869.
  35 M x
Michael CAREW (caution: not verified) was born in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died.

I have been told that Edmond and Mary had a son named Michael who emigrated to Australia and married a Maggie O'Brien. However I have come across no evidence to support this so I have added a caution beside his name.
Michael married Margaret (Maggie) O'NEILL. Margaret died.

11. Anna (Nancy) CAREW (Mary ) was born about 9 Apr 1822 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 9 Apr 1822 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. She died in 1880 in Illinois.

Sponsors at Nancy's baptism were Thomas Keough and Johanna Keough.

Anna married Richard ENGLISH on 21 Apr 1841 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. Richard was born in 1810 in Soloheadmore, Co. Tipperary. He died in 1868 in Joliet, Illinois.

Richard came from a well-to-do merchant family who disowned him when he married Nancy who came from a much poorer family. It is believed Richard and Nancy left for Newfoundland shortly after their marriage. They subsequently moved to Illinois in the United States where Richard worked as a stonecutter.

They had the following children.

+ 36 M i John E. ENGLISH was born in 1842. He died in 1907.
+ 37 M ii Edward Carey ENGLISH was born in 1845. He died in 1909.
+ 38 F iii Hanora (Anna) ENGLISH was born about 1848. She died on 19 Dec 1920.
  39 F iv
Anna ENGLISH was born in 1848 in Newfoundland. She died in 1920.
+ 40 F v Mary Ann ENGLISH was born on 1 Aug 1852. She died on 4 Apr 1934.
  41 M vi
James ENGLISH was born about 1852 in Newfoundland.
+ 42 M vii Richard ENGLISH was born on 19 Jun 1854. He died on 14 Mar 1915.
+ 43 M viii William R. ENGLISH was born on 6 Oct 1861.
+ 44 M ix James Peter ENGLISH was born in 1864. He died in 1915.

14. Johanna CAREW (Mary ) was born in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She died on 9 Apr 1895 in Kiels, Newfoundland.

Johanna emigrated to Newfoundland.

Johanna married James BYRNE about 1859. James was born about 1825 in Newfoundland. He died in probably Newfoundland.

James was a farmer. He and Johanna owned about 100 acres on the Topsail Road which in the 1870s was about six miles from St. John's. Their children were born between about 1860 and 1876.

They had the following children.

  45 M i
Thomas J. BYRNE was born in 1865 in St. John's, Newfoundland. He died in 1916 in Bangor, Maine.
  46 F ii
Mary Joseph BYRNE was born in 1865 in St. John's, Newfoundland.
  47 F iii
Margaret Joseph BYRNE was born in 1868 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She died in 1906 in Boston, Massachusetts.
  48 F iv
Ellen Joseph BYRNE was born in 1874 in St. John's, Newfoundland.
  49 M v
William John BYRNE was born in 1875 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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