Family of Martin James Lowther: Finding the Co. Mayo links of Irish immigrants
The Lowthers have been my latest obsession. I can’t believe that I can find records for ancestors of mine in Ireland–I thought it was almost a lost cause. And yet, because of how few Lowthers there are in County Mayo, I’ve been able to figure out my ancestors a bit.
My immigrant ancestor is Martin James Lowther, who I knew had lived in the Bronx, New York, and who had emigrated from County Mayo. I had found his US census records, and I found his name on a ship passenger list from 11 Mar 1900. The ship passenger list is what really helped. It gave me his age as 23 and a last residence of Ballina. It also gave the address of the relative he was going to join–his brother-in-law Patt Gillespie at 12 Lexington Ave, New York City. Even more interestingly, a James Cawley was listed three lines down. He was also from Ballina, and was joining his cousin Mrs. Gillespie at 1512 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn. After going through the census records, I was able to find A Patrick & Mary Gillespie living at 1512 Lexington Avenue in 1900 (and 1514 Lexington in 1910 and 1508 Lexington in 1920).
So, Mary and Martin were brother and sister and had a cousin named Cawley. I found a ship passenger list from 25 Mar 1893 that has a Mary Lother (age 20) emigrating to New York from Ballina, which lines up with the census records. With Martin Lowther and James Cawley going to join Mary Lowther, I figured that there would be other family members who would also be visiting or joining Mary Lowther. An Ann Lowther was on two ship passenger lists but crossed out. The 9 May 1898 list has Annie Lowther (age 20) visiting her sister, Mrs. Gillespie, at 102 East 102nd Street, NYC. The 20 May 1898 list has Ann Lowther (age 20) visiting her sister, Mrs. Gillespie, at 102 East 102nd Street, NYC. On 19 Sep 1906, Annie Lowther (age 24) and Lizzie Lowther (age 18) from Rathglass were on a ship list to visit their sister Mrs. Gillespie at 1512 Lexington Avenue, NYC.
At any rate, this led me to baptismal records and civil birth registrations. Although I found records for a Martin Lother, an Ann Lother, a Mary Lother, and an Elizabeth Lother as children of a Michael Lother and Bridget Cawley, the dates did not match up with census records or the WWI draft registration of Martin James Lowther. But then, I found a census record from 1901 of the family. The ages don’t match up exactly with the registration & baptism dates, but it is clearly the same family–which makes me confident that the Lowthers who followed Mary Lowther were all the children of Michael Lowther and Bridget Cawley.
Children of Michael Lowther and Bridget Cawley
|Catherine Lother||1874||Andrew Lother, Catherine Huston|
|Martin Lother||1876||Rathglass||Patt Lother, Mary Lother|
|Ann Lother||1878||Rathglass||Andy Lother, Mary Walsh|
|Bridget Lother||1882||Rathglass||Patt Lother, Julia Lother, Catherine Cawley (Grandmother)|
|Elizabeth Lother||1888||Rathglass||Andrew Lother, Bridget Rape|
|Penelope Lother||1891||Pat Creig, Mary Creig|