A Friend With Roots In Northern Ireland

I was in my early years – little did I know that my friendly neighbor Nellie Crowley had ancestral roots in County Antrim Northern Ireland. (20 plus years later I was to marry a man with deep roots in County Antrim Northern Ireland.). Nellie’s parents, Robert and Ellen had come to America in the 1870’s and married in Cambridge Mass in 1875.

Robert Fawcett married Ellen Foster. They had 2 daughters – Edith born in 1878 and Nellie born in 1880.

Nellie’s parents Robert and Ellen Fawcett were from Ireland – presumably from County Antrim where the name Fawcett was commonly found.

Ellen died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1907.

In 1908 Nellie married Herbert Crowley. Herbert’s family had also originated in Ireland but had emigrated to Maine early in the 1800’s. I’m not certain where the Crowley name was common in pre-Partition Ireland (before 1922).

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