Descendants of Edmond CAREW (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

First Generation


1. Edmond CAREW was born in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He died in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary.

I believe there is a connection between my great-great-grandfather, Edmond Carew, and Edmond above. It is possible that he was a son of Edmond above: for one thing, the father of my great-great-grandfather was possibly named Edmond; also, the only baptismal record found by Tipperary Family History Research (TFHR) for an Edmond Carew in Solohead between 1809 when TFHR records begin, and 1831 when they end, relates to a baptism in 1820 where the father was Edmond Carew above. The year of baptism fits in roughly with the time my great-great-grandfather would have been born (based on that fact that his children were born between 1849 and 1869).

Another indication that my great-great-grandfather might be the son of Edmond Carew above and his wife, Mary Gavin is that one of the witnesses to his marriage in 1849 was Thomas Carey (Carey appears to have been synonymous with Carew in Co. Tipperary at that time, and Edmond, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, had a brother named Thomas). In addition, sponsors at the baptisms of my great-great-grandfather's two eldest children in 1849 and 1851 included William Carey, Mary Carey and Michael Carey (Edmond, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, had siblings named William, Mary and Michael). If my great-great-grandfather's parents were, in fact, Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, the absence of Carew/Carey sponsors at the baptisms of his remaining seven children may possibly be explained by the emigration of his siblings. With the exception of Edmond, it is believed that they all emigrated, most if not all going to Newfoundland, Canada. Growing up, and in correspondence with Carew/Carey and other relatives in Ireland during the course of my research, I never heard mention of any Newfoundland link to my family, but this doesn't necessarily mean that my great-great-grandfather's siblings did not emigrate there.

But the above is no proof that my great-great-grandfather was a son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, so for now, it is being assumed that he was not. Any help in establishing a definite connection - or not - would be much appreciated.

Note: Marea-Leonie Carey Rossiter from Australia has contacted me to say that her great-grandfather Edmund Carey (synonymous with Carew in that area at the time) was born in Soloheadbeg and emigrated to Australia with his wife, Mary Ann Priest, on the first steamship to Australia. Edmund's brother Timothy emigrated to the United States, their sister Mary married a George Hamm, and their brother Michael married a Maggie O'Brien (descendants of the O'Brien family live in Sydney). Edmund and Mary Ann had five children: Mary Ann, Edmund, Martha, Liz (Marea-Leonie's grandmother) and Jack. Although Edmund was born in Soloheadbeg, there is no evidence - yet - that he is related to Edmond Carew above or to my great-great-grandfather Edmond Carew from Soloheadbeg.

Edmond married Mary GAVIN about 1809. Mary was born about 1791 in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She died on 3 Mar 1863 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. She was buried in Belvedere Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Unfortunately we do do not know anything about the Gavin family. There is a John Gavin listed in Griffith's Valuation (July 1851) for Soloheadbeg so perhaps Mary was a member of this family.

It appears that Mary emigrated to Canada with one or more of her children after she was widowed.

Note: The Gavin surname is quite numerous in south Leinster, north Munster, and Co. Mayo. It is derived from the Irish names Ó Gábháin and Ó Gáibhín. Originally there were septs in west Cork and in Mayo, but the name is now common to all provinces.

They had the following children.

  2 F i
Honora CAREW was born about 20 May 1810 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 20 May 1810 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Honora's baptism were John Treacy and Alice Hayes.  

I have no further information on Honora although it is thought that she may have emigrated.
+ 3 M ii Thomas CAREW was born about 14 Jan 1813. He died before 1878.
+ 4 M iii John CAREW was born about 4 May 1815. He died on 11 Jan 1885.
  5 F iv
Mary CAREW was born about 9 Nov 1817 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 9 Nov 1817 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were John Gavin and Catherine Gavin.

I have no further information on Mary although it is thought that she may have emigrated.
  6 M v
Patrick CAREW was born about 18 Feb 1820 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 18 Feb 1820 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Patrick was Edmond's twin. Sponsors at Patrick's baptismal sponsors were Denis Treacy and Mary O'Dwyer.

I have no further information on Patrick although it is thought that he may have emigrated.
  7 M vi
Edmond CAREW was born about 18 Feb 1820 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary.

It is possible that Edmond above was my great-great-grandfather, but we do not have proof. For details on my great-great-grandfather and his descendants, click on Carey/Carew on the Home Page of this website.

The baptismal sponsor of Edmond above was Catherine Flinn (no other sponsor listed).

Thomas Suttles, a great-great-grandson of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, has kindly sent me a transcription of an interesting letter written in 1878 by John, one of the children of Edmond and Mary, to his sister, Nancy. John was living in Newfoundland and Nancy was living in the United States. In the letter, John mentions the death of his mother, Mary, in Newfoundland in 1863; reference is also made to a sister, Johanna, also in Newfoundland, a brother, Michael (whereabouts unknown), and the widow of another brother, Thomas, who was living on Prince Edward Island. John also mentions a relative who "was some time ago in Ireland and went to see brother Edward", indicating perhaps that Edmond (the name Edmond is interchangeable with Edward) was the only sibling not to have emigrated.
+ 8 F vii Anna (Nancy) CAREW was born about 9 Apr 1822. She died in 1880.
  9 M viii
William CAREW was born about 20 Jul 1825 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 20 Jul 1825 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at William's baptism were Nicholas Treacy and Johanna Gavin.

I have no further information on William although it is thought that he may have emigrated.
  10 M ix
Michael CAREW was born in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He died.

It is believed that Michael may have emigrated to Newfoundland.
+ 11 F x Johanna CAREW died.

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