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The Bowles of Crohane
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There were Bowles in the Crohane/Coolquill/Knocknahown area a few miles to the East of Killenaule from the late 1700's until recent times. See the family tree under development at the end of this page.
Killenaule was a walled market town but the much larger market was at Fethard about 6 miles south of Killenaule. If you were not a resident of Fethard you had to pay a market fee to the Corporation of Fethard if you wanted to sell your trade or produce in the Fethard Market. Larger merchants could also pay an annual fee in order to be granted Freeman status. The List of Freemen of the Corporation of Fethard lists a George Bowles of Coolquill in 1771. His Freeman status in Fethard would indicate that he was involved in trade, probably produce from his farm, at the Fethard market.
The cemetery of the Crohane Church of Ireland (built 1848) has two Bowles headstones:
The Anti-Catholic Petition of 1827 was signed by John Bowles Sr., Chas. Bowles, Wm. Bowles and David Bowles of Cruhane parish.
The Church Tithes List for the Parish of Crohane Lower for October 1830 includes John Bowles holding two 4 acre plots under Anthony Guy Luther, Esq.
The Tithe Defaulters list of 1831 includes John Bowles, farmer, of Lower Crohane.
The 1850 Griffith's Valuation of the barony of Slieveardagh, Civil Parish of Crohane includes:Ballyphillip William Bowles Holding a house and land from Colonel Palliser 22 acres, 3 roods, 14 perches Crohane Lower William Bowles Holding a house and land from Messrs. Malcolmson, Pike & Fennell 42, 0, 35 William Bowles Another house (vacant) Charles Bowles Holding a house and land under Guy Luther 13 acres, 2 roods, 6 perches Note: 1 acre = 4 roods, 1 rood = 40 perches
Irish Civil Registration books contain a reference for Jane Bowles, daughter of William Bowles, marrying a James Simpson at Crohane on May 8, 1862. ref.
An 1863 Coroner's Report for Honora Holmes of Crohane was submitted by a Dr. George Boles ref.