Name: Nathaniel Lowe
Given Name: Nathaniel
Birth: 1811/1812 in Co Westmeath, Ireland
Death: 19 Nov 1868 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
Burial: Belfast County Antrim Shankill Cemetery
Death record index seems to indicate he was born in 1812. Died 1868 in Belfast as we thought.ef 1868 16/224; LDS film 0101689.
Change Date: 26 Feb 2012 at 18:49:33
His place of birth is listed in the RIC file index as Westmeath. That index makes it appear that he was born in 1811, but he could ahve been born early in 1812 and the math would work out to 1811.
His marriage record and baptism record of his first child, Henry Nathaniel, indicate that he was a sub- constable in the RIC; and living in Co Galway near the city of Galway, in all or most of 1837. He married in Tuam and then lived at Outerard, not its proper spelling, not far away, on the other side of a large bay or lake. So much for the notion that he worked as a secretary for Lord Loftus Tottentram - though there was someone named Loftus in Tuam in the Griifiths Evaluation. His file is also available - service number 917, LDS film .0856057.
Supposedly worked as secretary for Lord Loftus Tottentram. I called that man's descendant and could not confirm that. He settled, according to letters from Joseph Allen Lowe, in Manor Hamilton in County Leitrim.
Next piece of mythology: one of several groups of Clingen and Pierce descendants that I've heard of are convinced that Nathaniel was a judge in the Four Courts of Dublin. Proving this, they claim to have a photo by someone named Tucker, showing Nathaniel in full judge costume. I called Trinity College Law School in Dublin, and one of their librarians investigated this carefully. She checked people who'd enrolled in the school, several collections of inns and temples that people had to join to get that far in the field of law, some of them to be students, and a biographical work that includes every judge in Ireland from that time. Two people named Nathaniel Lowe did enroll; neither have the right dates of birth to be our Nathaniel, who was born in 1811/12. One was the grandson of Nathaniel Lowe who founded Lowville, in County Galway, and the other was the son of a goldsmith or silversmith in Dublin. No other Nathaniel Lowe's have ever been judges in Ireland. Seamus McCanny checked most of the same sources and found the same information. Many of the Westmeath Lowe's have been lawyers, however, and the upper level of lawyers, called barristers, did dress in full robes and wigs in court.
Nathaniel's marriage record, the baptismal record of his first son, his death record, and his Royal Irish Constabulary record, tell us what Nathaniel's occupation really was. Nathaniel joined the Royal Irish Constabulary at age 20, worked in it all his adult life until he retired, and is shown on his death certificate to be a pensioner from the Royal Irish Constabulary. He was a constable when he married Catherine Allen.
Proving I've got the right person; he did marry Catherine Allen in Galway, as my great grandfather wrote, and as the other group of Clingen/ Pierce descendants I've been in contact with evidently believe he did, and his son in law John Clingen was with him when he died in Belfast - even though he was no longer married to Nathaniel's daughter, who had gone to the United States. The RIC record also records the exact date of the marriage that I uncovered in Tuam, between Nathaniel Lowe and Catherine Allen, though it does not name his wife. .
The death certificate appears to state that Nathaniel lived on Hope St. in Belfast, possibly #13 or 17, and that he died of "asthma 12 months". Conceivably it was something else that caused shortness of breath or wheezing, like pulmonary disease or emphesema. Joseph died of pulmonary edema, caused by a heart problem, in his mid 50's. Henry Nathaniel died of heart failure in his mid 50's.. John Clingen appears to have been living at 2 Sandy Row. No doctor attended his death. His wife is not mentioned on the death record; John Clingen is the informant, which seems odd. Informant should have been the next of kin. The death record did give his marital status as married.
His death record said he was 56 years old at death on 19 Nov 1868, and his RIC record said he was 20 when he joined on 1 June 1831. Neither gives his date of birth. He was born in 1811 or 1812. Some people did lie about their age when they joined the RIC; one had to be atleast 20. On the other hand, he was closer to his birth in 1831 then in 1868, and in my 50's, I spent all of last year thinking I was a year older than I was. The reason why forms ask people for their dates of birth is that their memory of how old they are is often inaccurate, and this was from the memory of a very Lowe sort of a son in law who reportedly committed bigamy. He was also a member of the RIC, and it is scary to think that he and Nathaniel Lowe may have been fast friends.
RIC record says he was born in County Westmeath, he was a laborer, he was 5' 10", wherever Joseph got the idea that all Lowe's but his father were over 6 feet tall, and his sponsor was Sir F. Clibborn, J.P. Everyone had to have a sponsor, often a JP or a clergyman. The best clue to where in County Westmeath he was from is the name, Sir F. Clibborn, JP. This probably would have been someone who lived near him, and knew him. Clibborn's were tightly concentrated around Moate, with a Thomas Lowe, Quaker industrialist, holding land midway between Clara and John Lowe's land in Ballycahilroe, and a distantly related line holding land near Clara (south of the county line). The only JP I have positively identified was Cuthbert John Clibborn, who owned Moate Castle and administered his vast inherited estates in 1831. His father had died while he was a minor, and Thomas Strettle Clibborn had administered his estates; don't know if that would mean Thomas Strettle Clibborn would have been a JP. The JP who sponsored Nathaniel would most likely have a name with first initial easily mistaken for F, which in that time could include J, but not necessarily.
1834 list of magistrates in Co Westmeath lists only Cuthbert John Clibborn, owner of Moate Castle, under the name of Clibborn. People tell me he was a JP and they don't know of other Clibborn's who were, not that they would. He inherited the land well before 1831 as he came into his titles regarding his land when he came of age. His father died when he was a minor, and Thomas S. Clibborn looked after it until he was of age. Cuthbert John Clibborn was entirely in and immediately adjacent to Moate.
A Thomas Clibborn, a wealthy industrialist, had a large estate six miles west of Moate, and a line of distant relations owned land near Clara, in Offaly/ Kings Co.
Here is the RIC record of where he was assigned.
Gal. 7 . 1
Fer 2 . 1
Lei 3 . 7
Wic, Uic, or Vic: 1 . 6
Tyr: 0 . 3
Arm. 1 . 0
Lei: 46472 / 47409 M
Fer. - 53466/1524 1/2/51. If I'm reading that right. Might not be. I wonder if he was eligible for a pension after 20 years. And if so, why did he need to rent an office in Fermanagh in 1862.
Jim Herlihy, author of two books on tracing ancestors who were in the RIC, ended up helping me with this. The long numbers and letter refer to some sort of records that no longer exist.
June 1831 enlisted First posting always 6 mos later.
Dec 1831 to Galway. There 7 years 1 month
Jan 1838 to Fermanagh there 2 years 1 month
March 1840 to Leitrim there 3 years 4 months.
July 1843 to Wicloe there 1 year 6 months.
Jan 1845 to Tyrone there 1 year 0 months.
April 1846 to Leitrim. He was at Manorhamilton on May 5 1847 when Alice was christened there. Parish Cloonclare.
Jim Herlihy says that 1/2/51 is the date he went to Fermanagh? (or is it date he retired?) Children's births suggest that is when he got to Co Fermanagh, whether he was still working or had retired.
He seems to have never been promoted or demoted. He remained at the same rank all of his career. I have a marriage certificate that says he was a sub constable, and a baptismal and death record taht say he was a police constable. Sub constable was an actual rank; it was the lowest rank of the RIC.
Nathaniel is thought to have had brothers. One, Stephen, settled in County Monaghan, Trellis Pass, n of Cty of Leinster?
Others thought to have gone to Australia, near Ballarat. Actually, Joseph did not specifically write that they were Nathaniel's brothers; just Lowe's. According to people on the Australia lists, the only reason people went to Ballarat, Australia in the early 19th century was to look for gold. I found that many people named Lowe lived around Ballarat Australia in the mid 19th century. It must be said that a common reason why Westmeath Lowe's went to Australia was that they were serving in the military.
Buried 1867 or 1868 (date from Joseph Lowe's letters, 1873 was crossed out) Belfast County Antrim Shankill Cemetary. I tried to verify that via published gravestone records for that cemetery but could not. There are some gravestones too damaged to read.
He m K/Catherine Allen/ Allan of Galway according to letters from Joseph Lowe.
His son Henry Nathaniel was born in Co Galway near Tuam where Nathaniel married but on the other side of the lake, and married in 1862 in Enniskillen.
Griffiths' on Lowe's;
Nathaniel Lowe; County Fermanagh (evaluated 1862) Parish Trory Location Derryinch. Trory is parish immediately north of Enniskillen parish.
Nathaniel Lowe County Londderry/Derry Parish Learmount Location Tireighter (1858-9)
Nathaniel Lowe County Louth Parish Louth Location Tully (1854)
Stephen Lowe County Armagh Parish Loughgilly, Location Lisnalee (1864)
Henry Lowe County Monaghan Parish Clones Location: Clones - Fermanagh (1858-60)
(and Henry Nathaniel in Enniskillen) This Henry Lowe is listed in Henry Nathaniel's directory of Fermanagh, though he did nto live there; supports thinking they were related. That family lived there for several generations. They were shop keepers, and a Mrs. was a schoolmistress.
In the parish of Trory, in 1862, Nathaniel Lowe rented from
william Frith a house and office, but not the land it sat on. Bulding worth 1 pound 5 shillings. William Firth rented from Edward Archdall.
According to Seamus McCanny, Trory is now a separate Church of Ireland parish though Enniskillen has nearly come out to it. The church is on a hill just overloking the small airport at St. Angelo - there was talk that the church might have to be removed if the airport was to be developed. Derryinch is right by the lake- indeed in the 19th century it would proably have been quicker to go to Enniskillen from there by water. The island of Devenish with its round tower and monastic ruins is also very close by.
However, Nathaniel did not live right on the water. Frith's property was #5 on the ordnance survey map that is keyed to Griffiths at both online Griffiths. He ws 5a, which doesn't actually show on the map; he lived either in the house shown on the map, or in another little sector of the property. It looks as if Frith's land ahd one house, Nathaniel lived there, but did not rent the land, which stayed in the hands of Frith, whatever he was doing with it that 20 acres of land that Nathaniel did not rent. But Frith's land, #5, is in the corner of Derryinch townland closest to Enniskillen, and Nathaniel in fact lived just over a mile from Enniskillen. Between the two places is a creek or river that feeds into the lake. It also separates part of Enniskillen from itself, on the 1840's ordnance survey map. There must have been bridges, and no need to row across in a boat Frodo's flight in Lord of the Rings.
From Tithe Applotment Books for Northern Ireland, which were an earlier way of assessing the population and only assessed farmers and that sort of thing, no Nathaniel or Stephen Lowe.
From Tithe Applotment Books for Northern Ireland, which were an earlier way of assessing the population and only assessed farmers and that sort of thing, no Nathaniel or Stephen Lowe.
Henry Lowe: Head of house county parish townland tax year Henry Lowe Antrim Glenavy Deerpark 1834
Henry Lowe Antrim Glenavy Old Park 1826
Henry Lowe Armagh Loughgilly Portnorris 1834 Notice the coincidence of Henry and Stephen Lowe both in County Armagh, parish Loughgilly.
A Cromwellian Low family settled in Westmeath, and had gentry status for generations. This family used the same slighlty unusual naming pattern as Nathaniel Lowe and his descendants. There were two brothers who both served in Cromwell's army and both were given large plots of land as a result. William was given 5000 acres in Newtown. Tyrrellspass, where Stephen settled, is mostly in this Newtown, and also in adjacent Clonfad. Brother George
's descendant somehow ended up with William's land after everyone died, or something. The father of George and William, John Lowe, died in Dublin, and had a huge tomb that listed many of his immediate descendants, a number of whom I guess are also buried there. They were from Worcershire, near Kidderminster, and it was a fascinating family. One of the two brothers was an Anabaptist. One, possibly the same one, got into trouble for opposing Cromwell's rule but later was reinstated. A member of this family, have only his last name, was a local military commander and a Catholic eater of the most detestable sort. Kidderminster was a hotbed of Puritan activity; see Abraham Doolittle.
There were many Low/ Lowe/ Law's in the immedate area of Kidderminster around 1600. Many of them were of sufficient status to be able to buy and sell property, which is most of what I've been able to learn. I've not been able to learn the origins or our Cromwellian brothers, beyond the fact that they were from Bewdesly, spelled a number of ways. One family nearby did rise into the gentry for a tmie, and had a coat of arms. This coat of arms more or less matches that described by Joseph Lowe in his letters to Grandfather, and it's the only one of a number of Lowe coats of arms/ crests that does. The most important difference is that the boar's head was a wolf. However, the fact that many of these people used the spelling Law and the Cromwellian family still did at times in Ireland, tells us that the name came from a local geographic feature. Hlaw was Saxon for hill. I wonder if the family was Saxon.
It is conceivable that Joseph did not really know his family history. His grandfather, Nathaniel, died when he was three years old. He wrote that he died before he was born. He attended a public school and it may have been a boarding school. He was in Montreal by his mid to late teens, having come to stay with a brother of his mother, because his father had fallen apart and been forced to leave town in disgrace, and his family had disintegrated; his mother was dead, and half the remainder of the family joined her in dying of TB within a brief period of time. Though I have recently learned that his father spent an unknown amount of time in the U.S. and Canada with him. He was in America when his bankruptcy hearing took place, and it looks as though he had his photo taken, along with his son, who was older than 16 when his photo was taken, and I think there were also drawings of them as well as of some of the Cauthers and Miles families. Nathaniel returned to Ireland sometime before 1889. I suspect he had left by 1885, but I don't know.
Henry Nathaniel, however, probably knew atleast his father's origins, and if the family was from the Kidderminster area, he probably knew that when he went researching the family crest.
Large numbers of Lowe's from that area went far and wide, to all corners of the globe, and it seems that not one of them has ever been Y DNA tested. They might all be of one family and might not. They seem to invariably be a family falling apart waiting to happen - not much character in the whole bunch, though some lines may have had manic depression, which intuitively makes no sense at all to anyone who has bipolar disorder. It is hard to have a huge, intelligent and very emotionally passionate by nature family group that dates atleast to the 14th century produce noone who amounted to anything good, but these people were Joe Average Blow with the Wind. This makes it possible that our Westmeath Lowe family did come from the Kidderminster area but are not descendants of the Cromwellian officers.
It is possible that Joseph Lowe was trying NOT to tell us about them He carried on that our Lowe ancestors were somebody entitled to a family crest, but there's no reason for vainglory. This person made Napoleon's life miserable, adn the other was responsible for the corn laws. Joseph may have been expressing his feelings about his own family. Neither of those two people are actually any relation to any Lowe's in the Kidderminster area. Possibly Joseph was ashamed of aspects of his family history and didn't have the heart to pass it on. It is apparent that his father, with all that time in the College of Cardinals, was nuts, and he was only six when Nathaniel died. He must have known his grandmother, though.
In the 1870's, two children were born nearby; Stephen, and Nathaniel. These records cost about $9 apiece in U.S. money to view. I viewed the christening record of Nathaniel, and it said that his father was Andrew Lowe, a caretaker, who lived at Aghanargit Moate, in the parish of Kilgeath. Kilgeath is five miles from the vilage of Newtown. Not sure if it would be the next townland over or what. There were also Lowe's living two miles southeast of Newtown. Both groups had names suggestive of either the Cromwellian family or Nathaniel's. Since the two families used the same unusual naming pattern, it is not necessarily true that these two boys were descended from Nathaniel's brother Stephen who allegedly settled in Tyrrellspass. I have not proven that the two boys were brothers.
I've been in touch with the great granddaughter of this Andrew; he was actually a caretaker on the estate that had belonged to the Lowe mother of its owner, near Tyrrellspass, when her grandfather was born. But his children were born all over the Moate area and he apparenlty ended up with a farm. The Lowe woman whose son owned it was the last of her direct line of descent to own the Low estates at and adjacent to Newtownlow; she was a descendant of Cromwellian brother George, and not Cromwellian brother William whose branch originally owned it. This Andrew is the son of John Lowe of Ballycahilroe - west of Moate. The land is still occupied by Lowe descendants. John Lowe of Ballycahilroe sub-rented a piece of his land to the Royal Irish Constabulary, but that was a good while after Nathaniel Lowe joined the Royal Irish Constabulary. John Lowe strongly appears to have been a good and peaceful man; he loved animals, had real skill at healing both animals and people, collected pets of all sorts, and shared whatever he had with everyone around him. He hid a sick family of Catholics in his barn during the potato famine, and tended them. Nevertheless militarism was part of the Lowe tradition.
Lowe's of Westmeath and Kings/ Offaly counties not only share a naming pattern; they are tightly concentrated in just a few locations in the two southern tips of Westmeath between Kilbeggan and Moate, and along the northwestern tip of County Kings/ Offaly. This is particularly true of those Lowe's who most closely share the naming pattern that most closely includes Nathaniel and Stephen.. Lowe's named Robert and Samuel went farther afield. I did not follow those named Patrick; that name would be rare in Protestants. Several intermarriages produced lines of the family that were Catholic.
A number of Lowe men in the early to late 19th century, from County Westmeath, relative to the size of that family, served in the RIC. A William, close in age to Nathaniel, enrolled in the same year that he did, and several John's, which apparently did not include John, who rented about 23 acres from someone else, and rented a portion of it out to the RIC for its barracks and garden. This in 1854, in Griffiths Valuation, in Boyanagh (Malone) townland, Kilcleagh Parish. This was one of the spots where there was a real concentration of this family group.
A subconstable was the lowest level of the RIC, with teh constable above him. 8,000 subconstables across Ireland on the reorganization in 1836. 1350 constables, and 260 head constables, and above them ranks of inspectors, and then several inspector generals. Units of the RIC could be quite small, and headquartered in a town or out in the country, in an isolated barracks at a crossroads, marked with a white on black emblem or something.
A RIC officer could actually marry a local girl if she won approval from higher ups and then he was transferred.
Old histories of Westmeath, including those by Roman Catholic sources, describe the demonic Lowe plot as thicker. Barry Low and a whole troop that variously consisted of a military troop and other Low's, tracked down Rev. James Dillon, a local Catholic bishop, and dragged him from a horse to a local jail, after desecrating a forest altar where the Catholics were secretly worshipping. Barry shouted something about God striking him blind, and soon after that, he went blind. This gave rise to a local saying about being as blind as Barry Lowe. Barry Lowe was also called "Lowe of Newtown".
Allegedly ALL of the members of the Cromwellian family, or atleast alot of them, were very active in persecuting Catholics, who they fanatically hated.
According to Cogan and Egan, two historians, the Newtown estate-owning line went extinct, and the last of them died in an insane asylum at about the beginning of the 19th century. If the whole family went extinct, however, it was immediately supplanted by another family that confined itself to the same small geographic area, and used the same identical unusual naming pattern. The only other explanation that seems at all likely is that another Lowe family from near Kidderminster, where all Lowe's used that naming pattern, came and settled on the same identical spot. It's possible, but not the most logical explanation.
Geographically, Newtown-low is the townland of Newtownlow, and the hamlet of Newtown-low, which probably corresponds to the hamlet of Newtown in the much larger civil parish of Newtown. The civil parish of Newtown includes most of Tyrrellspass. Newtown-low is a little hamlet two miles from the boundary of Tyrellspass, which I guess is a town, and it apparenlty contains the Newtown church.
Apparently the Cromwellian Lowe family, the Pilkingtons, who intermarried with the Lowe's and were gentry, and another family, were the only prominent families in both Tyrrellspass and Newtownlow, which one would think should make it fairly easy to find information, if this were a family capable of caring about its ancestry, or of keeping it together long enough to keep track.
Another set of clues. Nathaniel and Stephen, the two boys born in County Westmeath several years apart in the 1870's. Nathaniel was the son of Andrew, a caretaker. On Rootsweb, there is a report of a family from Westmeath, headed by Thomas, born around the right time to have been a brother of our own Nathaniel and Stephen. He and his family emigrated to Canada. His sons included Nathaniel, Stephen, Thomas, William, Andrew, John, and others. I think he must have been closely related to our Nathaniel and Stephen. The name James often figures in this line as well. Btu whoever followed Thomas and family had only a year and county of birth for Thomas teh father.
Actually the Thomas Lowe of Bear Creek, Canada, was a son of Robert Lowe of Lurgan who was called Robert Lowe of Cornaher.
Robert Lowe of Cornaher, born about 1809 in Boston (Ballynamuddagh), Moate. Died just before turn of the century in Cornaher. What was he doing there? He allegedly married twice and had 27 children. His father was allegedly Samuel, who allegedly had 24 children.
Stephen Lowe who died in Co Westmeath June 24, 1849, was NOT the brother of Nathaniel. He was 84, lived in "Boston" in Kilkenny West,; he was born in 1768. (The record says it was tken from The Brugess Papers - Moate, and that the rector was J A Corzier.) The Tithe Applotments find this Stephen in Lurgan in 1834. One version - that on the chart - has him tentatively identified as the father of Robert Lowe of Lurgan/ Cornaher, who is said to have been born in 1809 and married in 1814. Other version has him as Samuel the Seven Foot Giant who had 24 children. Samuel Lowe is not found in Lurgan in 1824; could have died or lived in adjacent Ballyscarvan, where noone was identified in the Tithe Applotment, but if he was the father of Robert he'd probably ahve lived at Lurgan.
Now, all of Robert Lowe's descendants who still live in Moate, claim that his line came from Cornaher or Tyrrellspass - which varies. The two places are only two miles apart. Robert Lowe was identified as Robert Lowe of Cornaher on his gravestone in the Moate churchyard. His descendants tend to think he was buried with Stephen Lowe and many of Stephen's family at the "mixed" Church of Ireland graveyard at Kilkenny West, which is some distance from Moate. Lowes may have been likely to be buried at Kilkenny West if an ancestor left them alot of burial space, or if they could not be buried in the Church of Ireland graveyard in Moate. They might not have been allowed to be buried in their local graveyard if they belonged to teh group of MEthodists who were not in good standing with the Church of Ireland. One descendant of John Lowe of Ballycahilroe whose more recent ancestors were buried at Kilkenny West possibly because they lived near Athlone, thinks that that graveyard was "mixed", meaning you didn't have to be Church of IReland to be buried there, or possibly specifically that Methodists could be buried there.
An article by one of the Nash's in a local Westmeath newspaper, probably in the 1950's, says that the Moate family were descended from somebody whose father disowned him for marrying a woman he did not approve of. That happened to Ebenezer, the firstborn son of Barry Lowe the priesthunter (whose family were generally as terrified of him as everyone else was), or atleast it's alleged to have happened to him. The math and a deed they both signed, placing all the Lowe lands in trust (probably to avoid some obligation or penalty), does suggest that Ebenezer was in good standing with his father after having had children, but that's another matter, and Ebenezer could have married twice.
The local deeds clearly show that Ebenezer Lowe had atleast two sons, one of whom was Ebenezer the Younger of Newtown. Ebenezer the Elder had reached an agreemetn in court with his siblings whereby he held the lands he had stood to inherit, as his father's firstborn son, by life lease. Ebenezer the Younger sold a lease for 100 acres of land he held in Cornaher (probably by lease), to John Lowe. His relationship to JOhn Lowe is not identified, but most likely John was his son, though he could have been a brother or even another relative. This was in the 1740's. Then in the 1750's John Lowe deeded this land to Samuel Handy, whose mother was Joan/ Jane Lowe. One would think that she must have been a descendant of Ebenezer Lowe the Younger, too, except that the math says she must have been born closer to when Ebenezer the Elder was, and she seems not to have been a child of an identifiable member of William of Newtown-low's family. This Samuel Handy was a local founder of Methodism. He also inherited the Lowe bipolar disorder, which may or may not have come down Barry Lowe's line in its most pronounced form. His brother was pulled from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstasy by an encounter with one of the Wesley brothers. We do mostly know who Barry Lowe's children were from deeds and court records pertinent to court settlements between Barry Lowe's descendants, such as that pertaining to Ebenezer's interest in the lands he had stood to inherit. IF she were a child of Barry Lowe, it is possible that Joan/ Jane Lowe was not still living, though her children should have been named in her stead.
The following is from the Linley web site; they tried and couldn't place her.
Jane/ Joan Lowe's son Samuel was of age in the 1740's. Samuel Handy was born in 1713 at Ireland. He was described as the youngest of three sons. Documents in the Registry of Deeds describe him as the youngest son. He was witnessing documents in 1725/6.. He was the son of Samuel Handy and Jane or Joan Lowe.
She was born circa 1675? At Newtown, Ireland. She was described as Jane Lowe of Newtown in the Genealogical Office pedigree. She may be the daughter Major William Low, but the dates are wrong. Further work is required. See www.Bomford.net for connected families.
Jane or Joan Lowe married Samuel Handy, son of Jonathan Handy.
Jane died after 1763.
Children of Jane or Joan Lowe and Samuel Handy
* Jonathan Handy+ b. c 1704, d. b 14 Aug 1759
* Thomas Handy b. s 1705
* John Handy b. c 1705, d. b 26 Nov 1764
* Ann Handy+ b. c 1710
* Samuel Handy+ b. 1713, d. b 29 Oct 1779
Memorial of an indenture dated the thirtieth day of May 1753 between John Low of Coranaher in the co. of Westmeath, gent, of the one part & Samuel Handy of Coolylough in the said county, gent of the other part reciting that whereas Ebenezer Low the younger of Newtown in the co. of Westmeath, Gent, by his indenture of lease dated the thirty first day of July 1746 demised and set unto the said John Low all that and those the lands of Coronaher afsd situate in the Barony of Moycashell in sd co. of Westmeath containing by estimation one hundred acres during the natural life of him the said John Low under the yearly rent of seven shillings an acre by which first mentioned indenture the said John Low in ... of the sum of £1000 then? to him in hand paid by the said Samuel Handy did grant bargain, sell. release and confirm unto the said Samuel Handy to his heirs all that and those the afsd town and lands of Coronaher
It is important to know that all Lowes of Cornaher were of the Newtown-low family until almost the end of the 18th century. Cornaher was central Newtown-low territory, adjacent to the townland of Newtown-low. It was part of the land that Ebenezer stood to inherit from his father until he was disinherited, and by settlement with his siblings by the 1750's, he held it and his other lands, most or all of the vast lands that had been his father's, by lifetime lease.
If she was Jane Lowe of Newtown, this means she had to be of Ebenezer's family, or else of Barry Lowe's family. Ebenezer was the first born son of Barry, who was the firstborn son of William. William allegedly was born in 1630 and married in 1641. If he was born in 1630, Barry could have been born in 1650, and Ebenezer in 1670. Ebenezer begins showing up ni deeds in the 1740's, and as far as I know his children had to have begun to be born by 1725. If Wililam married in 1641, Barry cuold have been born in 1642, and Ebenezer could have been born in 1662. He could be the father of somebody born after 1682, and Joan/ Jane had her first child in 1704. If Ebenezer were the father of Ebenezer Jr who was the father of John who signed over land to Samuel Handy in the 1750's, then John was born by 1733, Ebenezer Jr by 1713. Ebenezer Jr was not the firstborn son of Ebenezer Sr. Nor was his first child necessarily a boy.
There was no John son of Barakiah. I do have that his sons who were not disinherited, had no children who outlived them, rather than that they had no children. However, a female would have inherited if there were no sons.
Anyone called of Cornaher was of the William of Newtown-low family until the death of Barakiah Jr in 1794. Then the land passed to a descendant of the first born son of William's brother George for a short time before it passed through a daughter to the Vignoles family. That specifically included Cornaher.
Methodism specifically spread along the lines of Samuel Handy's relatives, which included Lowes, and which I really think included the descendants of Ebenezer Lowe of Newtown-low and Cornaher.
There were also two Lowes, apparently brothers, living near Kilkenny West by the 1720's. Thomas of Kilcornan and an adjacent townland partly in the next parish of Drumraney, and John of Fairfield, I think of Drumraney. John of Fairfield had Eusebius, a Dublin silversmith, who had son Nathaniel Lowe, who married into the Handcock family, inherited Handcock lands in 1758, and then built Lowville in Galway. He was a quixotic man, not that that was unusual in the Anglo-Irish gentry, who rivalled the French nobility for corruption and general out of it and other-planetary ways. He also bought up alot of land in Kilkenny West. He built a big tall stone tower in Kilkenny West, and another at Lowville, and with his telescope he could see across the lake and its marshes to a servant signalling him frmo the tower in Kilkenny West if he needed to visit the other estate. Then, when he got too old to hunt foxes, he built another stone tower on his lawn so he could follow the hunt. These are collectively called Lowe's Follies. Follies were a regular habit with the Anglo-Irish gentry. Descendants probably of Thomas continued to live in Kilkenny West through the 19th century. It looks as if descendants of these two families gradually acquired pieces of land along the cuonty line and south of it; possibyl including the Lowe families of Bellaire and Clara/ Silver Hill. Taht doesn't necessarily mean that the Lowes of Moate weren't descended from Ebenezer. It is mathematically within the realm of possiblity that these two people, Thomas of Kilcornan and Jhon of Fairfield, were sons of Ebenezer. John of Fairfield had a whole bunch of silversmiths among his descendants. Ebenezer and his brother, Barekiah Jr, were both silversmiths. Or, atleast Barekiah was an "engraver". Of Dublin, no less. They were more often called jewelers.
Tentatively supporting the notion that the Lowe family of "Boston" (a little crossroads sort of entity in Lurgan, Ballyscarvan and another adjacent townland wehre Lowes lived through the 19th century), was descended from Ebenezer, is the bipolar factor. The fact that Barry's family was seriously and consistently nuts does not necessarily mean that the families of William's brotehrs were not seriously nuts, too. They may have just been quieter. They probably participated in the priest hunting, as multiple Lowes are said to have been involved, particularly as much of it happened on George's land where as nearly as I can tell the ancient shrines involved were, but it is impossible to know. Regardless of whether several lines hung around Kilkenny West and northern Offaly county, most of their descendants scattered to the four winds and disappeared. However, it is pretty clear that the descendants of William of Newtown-low were bipolar. They were Evangelical Christians. They ate Catholics for dinner because they needed eating. One of them, possibly Barry Lowe, was kiled in a duel. A number of them died in insane asylums. Now, bipolar disorder runs in several lines of descent from John Lowe of Ballycahilroe, who is of a line of the "Boston" family collateral to that of Robert Lowe of Lurgan/ Cornaher. As I've interacted with people in this family, I've found a number of them more like my immediate family than they are, and I've never previously met anyone else on this planet who resembles my immediate family, particularly my aunt and my first cousins. To be sure, some of these clones of my first cousins are 4th cousins who I hadn't talked to before, but they and my cousin Joe have an exact clone who's descended from either John Lowe of Ballycahilroe or his uncle, and lives in Dublin. The perception of meeting people more like us than we are is pervasive among descendants of the Moate Lowe clan when they first meet each other. Specific traits held in common and shared by noone else include stubborn and bigoted. These are bipolar traits. Another trait that specifically chronically frustrates the genealogists in the clan is general flakiness, mood shifts and a peculiar, anti-emotional sort of hypomanic behavior that is particularly crazy-making in my aunt and cousins.
This is the set of character traits that led me to speculate that my aunt and first cousins got their genetic material from invertebrates from the bottom of some pond. I have speculated rather wildly about where in the world they got what they are. It still seems like my aunt couldn't possibly be the biological child of her mother, and couldn't have been raised by her either, as absolutely no moral character nor backbone rubbed off. It's small wonder that she says she got it from her father, and both spent her childhood laughing at her mother. I couldn't understand them at all until I began to interact with descendants of the Moate Lowe clan; these are the first people who resemble them I have ever met in my 53 years of life. Some of it is British disease, and some of it is Anglo-Irish disease. It is apparently like the British to be pathologically unwilling to think for themselves or act on their own, and the Anglo-Irish are outright weird, and one of their more outstanding traits is that as a group, they have no concept of truth. Don't even get me started about whiskey, and if my mother got some of her dietary thinking from them, which I think she did, it's a wonder the entire country isn't dead of poorly tended type II diabetes. Though it must be said that that is one of the few things her father ever took seriously.
My great grandfather said that Nathaniel had a brother who was called Stephen Lowe of Tyrrellspass. My great grandfather confused nearly everything he ever said. If Robert Lowe, who was born in Lurgan, was called Robert Lowe of Cornaher as a sort of secondary name or patronymic that was carried by his line of descent, and if the family are variously telling me that the family came from Cornaher and Tyrrellspass, then Stephen Lowe of Lurgan may have been called Stephen Lowe of Tyrrellspass.
My great grandfather said that this grand uncle Stephen Lowe also settled in County Monaghan and would visit them. I can't find any evidence that any relatives of the Lowe family lived in County Monaghan; certainly not named Stephen. A Henry Lowe did live there, as did his brother. They were sons of a James Lowe from further south, who was not Nathaniel's father, and had been or married into a Presbyterian family, which never happened in Nathaniel's line of the family. That family could possibly be of the Westmeath family but cuold not be traced. This Henry was not Nathaniel's brother despite the fact that Nathaniel named a son HEnry Nathaniel. The family that lived in Clones, County Monaghan was quite prosperous. It is evident that Henry Nathaniel Lowe the son of Nathaniel knew them; he ran ads for them in the Enniskillen directory that he published.
My great grandfather was about 16 when he left Ireland for good, taken to Canada and left there when his father fled Ireland in disgrace (he soon returned to a different part of Ireland, leaving Joseph with relatives), and admits that he was not interested in genealogy at that stage in his life. He grew up to become a newspaper sports reporter, bigamist, writer of bawdy light opera, resident just north of Greenwich Village, and record store employee. He thought that Nathaniel Lowe was a private secretary for Lord Loftus Tottentram, and that Catherine Allen was of the Scottish steamship Allen family, and did not know that Nathaniel was a member of the RIC. I think he had a few things scrambled. That he even remembered the names Stephen or Tyrrellspass is remarkable, and makes it very likely that Nathaniel's family was associated with Tyrrellspass.
What is more, the children of Stephen Lowe of Lurgan have been poorly followed on the genealogical chart that I have - and they're nearly the ONLY line that has been poorly followed, far enough back to have given rise to Nathaniel born 1811. Most of the other lines have very specific, detailed information at the least on who the sons were, where they lived, what happened to them, who inherited what land from who. The chart was developed by a daughter of Jhon of Ballycahilroe, who was already several generations removed from the root of the Moate family, and Lowes have such poor memories that every single descendant of Robert in the area is telling me that it was Robert who came from Cornaher or Tyrrellspass to Lurgan 80 years ago. I don't think so, because two or three entire generations of Lowes were already holding land on that set of townlands in 1834, and Robert, probably the son of Stephen, was not listed while Stephen was. It probably is true that the father of Stephen born in 1768 was the actual founder, if his children were grown at the time or not. Allegedly the father of Robert Lowe of Lurgan/ Cornaher had 24 children, most of whom died in young adulthood of TB. A few survived to have children. But just two children of Stephen are listed on the chart, and the source of the idea that Samuel the Seven Foot Giant was Robert's father, none others are mentioned. Plainly there wre others; Thomas Lowe of Bear Point, Canada, was joined by a second Thomas Lowe whose children had most of the same names, as if most Lowes didnt' all have the same names. Allegedly they were related somehow through their wives, but the secnod Thomas is genealogically unaccounted for, save that he came from Westmeath. Makes sense to think he was descended from Robert's father. The chart says that the sons of Stephen have sons in Canada. I guess so, but Robert himself lived in Lurgan all his life an dleft alot of descendants, some of whom still live there. He had 27 children.
As to Samuel the Seven Foot Giant, most Lowes were 5 feet 10 inches tall like they couldn't be a different height, and Nathaniel's RIC record describes him as, of course, 5 feet 10 inches tall. But my great grandfather says that many men of the family were very tall, well over six feet tall. So being very tall was characteristic of the family of Robert's father, and was characteristic of my Nathaniel's family, but it was not at all characteristic of the Lowe family.
On to TB. Nathaniel Lowe lost half his children. The later deaths are known to have been from TB. His wife also died of TB. Nathaniel Lowe died in his mid 50's of "asthma" that lasted one year - umm, whatever he died of, it had respiratory symptoms and it probably wasn't asthma. It could have been congestive heart failure, which killed others of his male line in their 50's. People who contracted TB didn't necessarily become ill quickly; they often lived normal life spans. They could at times pass it on to others. Most of Stephen Lowe's children died of TB, and so did alot of Nathaniel's children. It was a common disease. Most of those of Nathaniel's family specifically known to have died of TB did die within several years of each other, long after Nathaniel Lowe last lived in Moate.
I suspect that Stephen Lowe of Lurgan was Nathaniel Lowe's father. I do not know that that is true. Most Lowe families had a Stephen, just like most Lowe families had a Nathaniel. Cuthbert John Clibborn, the leading member of the family that founded Moate and owned most of teh land around it, owned or managed most of the pieces of land around Moate where Lowes are known to have lived at that time. That included Lurgan, but was hardly exclusive to Lurgan. It is clear that Nathaniel Lowe was born near Moate, but other Lowe families did live in Moate. The Lowes that the Tithe Applotments tell us lived in Moate in 1834 include the "Boston" group, and two families in the village of Moate. Their children would have been called laborers, as Nathaniel was. On the other hand, in 1834, the most prosperous of the Boston Lowes held only 6 plantation acres of land; not enough to support a family, and for sure most of the family worked for income. In fact every farmer who held less than so much land was termed a laborer. It was between 1834 and 1854 that Robert Lowe of Lurgan came to hold a large spread of land. It is not known when he came to live in teh stone house of the principal tenant. On the other hand, the Clara polling list of 1889, and the Moate COI burial records, make it look as if in the 1880's through 1901, Robert Lowe of Lurgan and family actually lived at "Cornahir, Tyrrellspass" - while still owning his spread at Lurgan, which may have been occupied by George Lowe, who is listed in the Clara polling list, with land valued at just half of that of Robert Lowe. Now, for the purposes of the Clara polling list, Robert should have been valuated on land he owned there.
The chart says that the founder of the Moate family was James, and some versions say he was born about 1742. Maybe his name was James, and maybe it wasn't. This chart has been passed for generatinos between the American and Canadian descendants of John Lowe of Ballycahilroe, and was developed in its original version by Isabella, the daughter of John Lowe of Ballycahilroe, who married a Nash. (It is necessary to be careful, because there has been more than one John Lowe of Ballycahilroe, and several marriages between that family and the Nash family.)
The Potato Famine - or who did what to who. Alot of descendants of RIC members insist that the Catholics did it all to themselves; their own people, on the other hand, were heroes. I don't think so. These could disproportionately be rural Irish people with as little class as rural Texans who think pretty much the same way; hugely proud for generations of family members who've played football or joined the military because not a single one of them has ever amounted to anything. This is necessary in view of the fact that Nathaniel was descended from priest hunters, and Nathaniel was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary both before and during the Potato Famine. He may have been as plodding, marshmellowy and tending to improbably keep his nose clean a character as my grandfather, if a drawing suggests that he may have looked as much like a cowboy galloping around in Tyrrellspass as like a person with no character whatever. (That may have been a drawing of his son.) If he got no awards and no advancements in rank he probably didn't kill any Catholics in particularly dastardly ways that could be attributed to him, but in a time when the functions of the RIC were to keep order and to evict people, he can't have been innocent .
The Last Conquest of Ireland http://www.libraryireland.com/Last-Conquest-Ireland/Contents.php History of the potato famine
The Story of Ireland http://www.libraryireland.com/Atlas/Irish-History-Contents.php
Wikipedia article on the great potato famine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Potato_Famine
What caused the Irish potato famine? http://mises.org/story/2978 Review of English policies that contributed to the disaster.
The Mass Graves of Ireland http://www.irishholocaust.org/ Focuses on the role of the British military in the disaster.
John O'Rourke's History of the Great Irish Potato Famine http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14412/14412-h/14412-h.htm
Ireland's Great Famine http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/ograda.famine
The History Place: Irish Potato Famine http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/ More on the history that led up to the famine.
Wikipedia on the Royal Irish Constabulary
Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O245-RoyalIrishConstabulary.html
Catherine Or Katherine Allen c: 11 Jan 1817 in Tuam, Co Galway, Ireland
13 Jan 1837
in Tuam, Co Galway, Ireland
- Henry Nathaniel Lowe b: ABT 1837 in Ireland c: 17 Dec 1837 in outerard, Kilcummin, Co Galway, Ireland
- Nathaniel Edward Lowe b: 10 Dec 1855 in Ennisillen, Fermanagh, Ireland
- Richard Stephen Lowe b: 25 Feb 1861 in Ennisillen, Fermanagh, Ireland
- Kate (Kateline, Catherine Maria) Lowe b: May 1848 in Ireland
- William Lowe b: Apr 1851 in Prob Enniskillen, Ireland
- Elizabeth Anne Lowe b: 1853 in Prob Enniskillen, Ireland
- Alice Lowe c: 5 May 1847 in Manorhamilton, Leitrim, Ireland