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Mr. Jim Mc Crohan
4626 Alta Vista Lane -
Dallas, Texas 75229
December 15, 1984
My apologies for the delay in getting back to you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the material that you
have forwarded to us about the McCrohan ancestory. Please continue to keep us on your
As I mentioned to you, the McCrohons who live in Central Massachusetts and who
spell their names MCCROHON are descendants of John and Julia McCrohon of Cahirciveen, County
Kerry, Ireland whom I estimate were born sometime in the 1820's or 1830's.
Unfortunately, I do not really know anything about
John and Julia however. I do have the names of their children and information about
their son John (my great grandfather) as we are fortunate to be in possession of a journal which
John carried around with him when he served with the Connaught Rangers. I have photocopied some pages of this journal which
I am enclosing.
John McCrohon, son of John and Julia of Cahirciveen
was born in Cahirciveen in May of 1852 in the Parish of PRIOR (which I understand is now known as Ballinskelligs). He was
five feet, eight inches tall, of "fresh complexion" with "fair" hair and blue eyes.
He was a Roman Catholic and a "Clerk" by trade who possessed a second class certificate of education.
In 1872, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the British
Army in Dublin, Ireland and was assigned to the "88th Regiment of Feet" (see
page #25) which was known as the Connaught Rangers- a proud fighting Irish Regiment which ultimately
was disbanded in the 1920's. (Incidently, I have read what I found to be an extremely interesting account of the history
of the Regiment entitled, "The Connaught Rangers" by T.P. Kilfeather which gives some realistic insight into the incredibly hard (and truly sad) life that these young Irishmen
(and their families) lead and endured. The book is published by ANVIL BOOKS LTD., 90LR. BAGGOT ST., DUBLIN, IRELAND.
At the time of his enlistment (1872) John's journal lists
his brothers and sisters as living in Cahirciveen. They were Michael, Bridget,
Hanorah, Anne, Ellen, and Julia. (See page 30). John married Florence Isabella Mary (Holliday) in Athlone,
Ireland on May 9, 1877. Florence apparently accompanied John during his military career as his journal lists two children
born to the couple-both of whom died in infancy-John Charles who died in East India and Florence Mary who died in So.
Africa. (See page 28. )
John was "permanently invalided" and died in 1883
just prior to birth of the couples third child- John Arthur McCrohon (my grandfather)
who was born in London on September 5, 1883.
John Arthur McCrohon grew up in London and married
Helena (Saville) also of London. They emigrated to the United States when they were in their early 20's (shortly after the
turn of the century) first living in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and finally in
Worcester MA. (40 miles west of Boston) where they operated the MCCROHON PIANO COMPANY for many years.
John Arthur died in 1955 and Helena died this past year
at the age of 101 years. They had five children: John Frederick (now deceased),
who has five boys who live in MA, Joseph Herbert (now deceased) who has two boys and one girl,
living in MA. (Joseph is my father), Arthur who has two daughters and lives in Ohio.
Beatrice (McCrohon) Hodgkins, who lives in Florida. Florence (McCrohon) Forbush who has one
son and one daughter and lives in MA.
All of the sons of John Arthur and Helena are musical
and at one time worked in the piano business and did piano tuning, etc.
As I mentioned to you on the
telephone, Marie (my wife) and I visited Ireland a little over a year ago and although we did
not meet any McCrohons who spell their name with the "O", we enjoyed a beautiful visit to the Cahirciveen, Ballinskelligs
region. We were fortunate to spend some time with Bridie McCrohan, Noreen
Sugrue, Anna Fullom, and Joe Mae McCrohan, (who operate a nice "Bed and Breakfast" in
Renard). We found them all to be gracious, lovely people.
Anna Fullam did send me a map noting the location of the
MAC CREHIN Castle (just south of Cahirciveen). If you like a copy, you can order them at EASONS on
O'Connell Street in Dublin. The map is called BARTHOLOMEW's Cork and KERRY Travel
MAP OF CORK-KILLARNEY which are printed on Duncan Street in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I'll close at this time Jim and my best to you and your
family for a fine holiday season.
James Joseph McCrohon
33 Hunting Ave.
Shrewsbury MA. 01545
TEL. (617) 842 8641
P.S. I realize that I didn't give you any information about myself and my family. I am married to the former
Marie Curran of Worcester, Mass., whose ancestry goes back to Sligo and Roscommon in Ireland. We have three children -
James Michael, 25, Kathy Ann, 24, and Mary Lee (our youngest who is 18). Marie works as a diet technician at a local
hospital and I am a clinical social worker at a family service agency. I also play banjo (five string) and bodhran
with a local Irish folk group called "Jug O' Punch," I'm enclosing a few
Documents submitted by James Joseph McCrohon
1. Cover page from James' grandathers' - John McCrohon - journal from the 88th regiment - Connaught Rangers
2. Page 2 of John McCrohon's journal
3. Page 3
4. Page 4
5. James' Irish music band, the "Jug O' Punch" (photo)
6. A writeup of the "Jug O' Punch" in the Evening Gazette and Worcester Telegram, April 31-May 1 1981
7. Baptismal Certificate of James' grandfather, John Arthur, born in London, September 1883.