Samuel and Hessie Crawford of Newton-Forbes

Contributed by Rachel Smith

According to family tradition, Samuel and Hessie (nee Hagarty) Crawford of Newton-Forbes had nine children. We have the following information:

1. Rev. George Crawford, born 1776,m. Mary West 1798, died 1846. Rector of Clongish-Killoe.

2. Samuel Crawford, Jr, born 1779. This child is mentioned as a life in deeds, but nothing is known of him as an adult. Still in the next generation there are records of several Crawford families using this family's names. One or more may be his descendants.

3. Dr. Thomas Crawford, born 1781, d. 1842. Surgeon of Donegal Militia, lived many years at Rockville House, Ballyshannon. Wife Margaret_____. Many children, but only two daughters lived to be married. His eldest daughter, Dorcas Emily married William Leathem of Derry, March 23rd, 1830. His fourth daughter, Margaret Jane, married Pechell Irvine, Esq. of Londonderry April 7, 1846.

4.(Samuel)Forbes Crawford, MD, b. 1788. Surgeon of Longford Militia many years. D.1854, unmarried.

5. Fortescue Crawford, b. 1789. Per Alumni Dublinenses he was a son of Samuel Crawford, "Ingenuus". Ingenuus means Freeman. The eldest, George, was listed as son of Samuel, "Generosus" or Gentleman. This raises a doubt it is the same Samuel, but we find no records of any other Samuel. No further records of Fortescue.

6. John Verschoyle Crawford, b. 1794, married Jane Halfpenny, d. 1872. According to Lewis' Topographical dict. of Ireland, they lived at Rose Cottage, Newtonforbes. Had children and left Crawford descendants in the county.

7. Mary Crawford, m. Arthur Goslin, son of Nicholas 1804. Had children: Capt. Samuel G., Capt. Nicholas Arthur, Mary and Alicia.

8. Selena Crawford, m. Vance Williams of Longford Town 1818. had children, Edward and Samuel of Longford.

9. Daughter, possibly named Alicia.

"Samuel" was included in several sons names. Longford expert David Leahy explained this as a possible supplement to the surname to distinguish them from another Crawford family.


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