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May 14 , 1984
John L. McCrohan
P.O. Box 222
Marshfield Hills, MASS 02051
Dear Jim -
Briefly - I'm 75 - the father of Rosemary D. of Milton, Mass., and John L. Jr.,
of Gaithersberg, Indiana to whom you have written. The name is a stumper to
many. Before I retired the frequent response where I named myself on a business call was John Mac-What!
And I even got mail to J. McCracken.
John Jr., has two small sons - Sean and Brian, and 1'll wager you'll not hear from him.
He's not a prolific writer. Rosemary has quite a bit of family tree material however, and at one time a cousin in Canada sent her an almost
incredible account. It came from Dublin Castle - supposedly a highly authentic
source. It was borrowed back and I don't know that she ever got it back.
It reported that our family went back to Caesar's Imperial Guard and read like a
Lewis Carroll tale except that the names Eugene and Owen - long known to some as
family names - kept recurring there many, many years and later by Kerry.
The Sullivan connection and the remove to Spain seemed true enough.
I can't write long (24 hour oxygen) but the paternal grand-sire of our family
came to Whitby, Ontario (must have been in the early-middle 19th century) -for my father
Patrick J. was only the younger offspring and he died here in 1936 at age 67,
(we think he was one of the founders of the Boston Public Market (big force in Boston's public Library) but spent more of his life in Calgary, Alberta
where I was born - as was my sister Genevieve - though I.ve been in Boston's area since about 1912-1913.
There's also an adopted brother, James, single and now 66.
Have to stop now. Hope you get more through Rosemary.
John L. McCrohan
For John McCrohan, his family, in Irish MacCriomthainn, was a branch of the O'Sullivans army.
The family seat was the castle of Letter, near Cahirsiveen. As late as
1657 the family was included in a state paper as among the Munster families
"plotting for trouble". Reduced to obscurity in penal times they rose to prominence in Spain.
Though using O instead of a Mac, the Kerry Seanchanol, Tomas O Crianthainn was a member of the sept.
A native a Great Blasket Island in Dingle Harbor, he wrote a famous book describing
the island way of life, An Oilean Ach translated by Robin Flowers as "The
Above copied from an item in the Boston Traveler (now gone) in the 50's put in
by a friend who did an Irish column?
Also, my daughter Rosemary was shown (by a local named McCrohan) the outlines
of the foundation of Letter - the "stones being gone for the roads or for sheepfolds.