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Sorting Out The Bowles of Kilcooly and Killenaule and Area

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Note: this page is currently under construction

I'm keeping this just as a placeholder but please ignore for now

There seem to have been connections between several or even most of the Bowles lines in this area. Although the scarcity of records from this period may make most of the proposed connections unprovable I've examined what information I could find to see which were at least most likely.

We have established through DNA testing of their descendants that the Catholic Bowles of The Commons and the Protestant Bowles of Bawnlea were closely related.  See Kits N36565 and 38140 in Group 9 of the Bowles DNA Study

John, George, Charles and Catherine Bowles and Rose Semple, all of The Commons, appear to have been siblings, the children of Joseph Bowles and Ellen Mackey of Springhill, an estate on the western edge of Killenaule.  See an analysis of that connection on the Bowles of Springhill page.

There are indications that there was some connection between the Bowles of the Commons and The Bowles of Oola, Limerick.  The case for this is much weaker but what I have is presented here.

There is a strong possibility of a link between The Bowles of Fethard and the Bowles of Crohane and also the Bowles of Bawnlea and The Bowles of Crohane.  See the Crohane page for a discussion of those possibilities.



The earliest Protestant Bowles reference was a George Bowles who was buried in the Protestant cemetery in Killenaule in 1777 at age 42 (so he was born about 1735). 

The earliest Catholic Bowles references in Killenaule where a Charles Bowls and wife Anna Delahunty who baptized children there in 1748 and 1750 and an Anna Bowls and husband Jacob (James) Meagher who baptized children there in 1748 and 1751.


Considering what we know about the Bowles at these locations:


The Charles and Anna Bowls just mentioned were probably born in the 1720's.

In the Protestant cemetery in Killenaule there are two memorial stones one of which is for the eldest Bowles mentioned in the area, George Bowles, who died in 1777 at age 42, so he was born about 1735.

Ann Bowles b. ~ 1757 Killenaule m. George Ryall at Fethard 1777

Joseph Bowles of Springhill, b. bef. 1770, m. Ellen Mackey; sons John (b. 1790,



The connection between The Bowles of The Commons, Kilcooly and The Bowles of Oola, Limerick is based on (still working on this one/needs more documentation, the rather weak case so far is here)

The 1766 Religious Census of Tipperary lists one, a Protestant named John Bowles, in Doon parish which crossed the Tipperary/Limerick border and included Oola.

That was probably the same person as the John Boles (born ca. 1726) who died in 1802 at age 76 and is buried in the Oola Cemetery.  All the rest of the Bowles that we have buried in that cemetery were Catholic though



John Bowles b. ca. 1744 at Fethard in 1780 holding land under Barton; sons David (b. 1771), Charles (b. 1775 m. Honora Hatcher; shoemaker at Clonmel in 1840), Jonas (b. 1778), William (b. ca. 1778), Robert (b. 1780; emigrated to Canada 1823)




The 1766 Religious Census of Tipperary does not list any Bowles in the Kilcooly/Killenaule area at all.  The Tithe Defaulters List of 1831 has a George Bowles, residence: Bawnlea.  This just means that he had been a resident there the last time that they checked as the tithe collectors were turned away in 1831 on threat of death.  ref.


John Bowles, father of Charles Bowles of Knocknahone (Crohane parish), who died in 1840 at age 78.  So John was born about 1762 and his son Charles would likely be the Charles Sr. of Crohane in the list of signers of the Anti-Catholic Petition of 1827.

The Tithe Defaulters List of 1831 has John Bowles, farmer, of Lower Crohane

The Commons

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The following is a possible family tree which fits the above references but has not been confirmed.  This is presently a working hypothesis only.


George Bowles b. ~ 1735 (a Freeman of Fethard in 1771; lived Coolquill)  m. ? ~ 1754
1.  Susana Bowels  b. ~ 1756  m. Mr. Graham  d. Oct. 10, 1792 (age 36) bur. Killenaule  (Bowels spelling is only as on memorial stone)
2.  Anne Bowles b. ~ 1757 m. George Ryall Jan. 12, 1777 Fethard, Tipperary
3.  George Bowles b. ~ 1758
m. Barbara Young of Bawnlea (Note: just a theory that they fit in here really well, no proof of it yet)
(they settled at Bawnlea, Kilcooley parish ~ 1780's; emigrated to Canada in 1830)
3.1  George Bowles b. ~ 1780
(lived at Bawnlea, Kilcooley parish in 1826; may still have been there in 1831 as he is listed in the Tithe Defaulters List of that year for not having paid his tithes)
3.2  Charles Bowles b. ~ 1782 (lived at Bawnlea, Kilcooley parish in 1826; emigrated to Canada in 1827)
See The Bowles of Peel co., Ontario
3.3  Rose Bowles b. ~ 1786 Tipperary
3.4  David Bowles b. ~ 1807 Tipperary
(seems a big age gap but R. P. Bowles writes in his The Tipperary Bowles that David was much younger than his brother Charles and his sister Rose)
(he went to Canada with parents and sister Rose in 1830)
(A David Bowles signed the Anti-Catholic Petition in Crohane in 1827; that could have been this David living with his Uncle and Cousins or there was another David Bowles in that family)
George d. 1830 Peel co., Ontario
4.  John Bowles b. ~ 1762  d. June 16, 1840 age 78
(John has 8 acres at Crohane Lower under Luther in 1830, also there in 1831 (farmer); he signed as John Bowles Sen. of Crohane Parish on the Anti-Catholic Petition of 1827)
4.1  Charles Boles b. ~ 1790
Charles lived at Knocknahone in 1840 has 13.5 acres at Crohane Lower under Luther in 1850
(Charles inherited John's land so he's likely the oldest son; 8 Irish Acres in 1830 is equal to 12.8 English Acres so the .7 acres increase could either be the result of more accurate measuring or the inclusion of unusable land in 1850 which was not counted in 1830)
4.2  William Bowles b. ~ 1801 d. June 22, 1851 age 50
m. Susan ? ~ 1840  (Susan lived at Crohane after 1851; probably with daughter Jane)
William with land and houses at Ballyphillip and Lower Crohane in 1850
4.2.1  Jane Bowles b. ~ 1844  m. James Simpson (Thomas) May 8, 1862 Crohane  William Simpson b. 1865
  m. ?  (Church of Ireland)  James Simpson b. ~ 1889 d. Mar. 9, 1967 Crohane (age 78)
  m.(2) Johana (b. ~ 1864) ~ 1894  (Catholic)  Catharine (Kate) Simpson b. ~ 1895  Thomas (Tom) Simpson b. ~ 1896  John Simpson b. ~ 1897  Mary Simpson b.  1900
(note: James was baptized C of  I, rest were baptized Catholic)
1901 Census
4.2.2  John Bowles b. ~ 1851 d. Oct. 20, 1868 age 17
4.3  (possibly) David Bowles (see note on 3.4 David Bowles above)
4.4  John Bowles (theoretical based on 4. John Bowles signing the Anti-Catholic Petition in 1827 as John Bowles Sen.)
George d. Feb. 9, 1777 (age 42) bur. Killenaule 
Possibly a Dr. George Boles b. ~ 1840, son of either Charles or William

Need to check the C of I register for Crohane for more Bowles/Boles and for descendants of Jane Bowles Simpson after 1862.  Need photos of any stones in Crohane graveyard from Jane Simpson's line.  Need to check RC register for Crohane for William Simpson's RC descendants.


This site was last updated 10/12/19