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My 2nd great-grandmother Mary Dineen O’Donnell (b. April 1842 in Inishkeel Parish, County Donegal, Ireland), her son and my great-grandparents James Joseph O’Donnell (b. July 17, 1881 President St., Brooklyn, NY), and wife Charlotte Kerner Creen O’Donnell (b. November 26, 1886, Brooklyn, NY), grandson, son of James but not Charlotte – Charlotte is the mother of my grandmother Isabell Creen who married my grandfather, Lester Aloysius O’Donnell (b. August 30, 1908, Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY)
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Descendants of Michael and Mary Dundon or Dineen O’Donnell

NOTE: Mary’s maiden name is Dundon not Dineen – On the back of the photo I have it says Dineen? A puzzle. The only other thought I have is Mary’s mother’s maiden name was Dineen? Her Death certificate and her daughter Alice’s death certificate both say Dundon.

1 Michael O’DONNELL b: September 1838 in Mulnamin Beg, Inishkeel Parish, County Donegal, Ireland d: October 22, 1892 in Brooklyn, New York
.. +Mary Ellen DUNDON b: April 1842 in Ireland d: Aft. 1910 in New York m: Abt. 1863 in Donegal, Ireland
… 2 Alice Mary O’DONNELL b: December 1869 in New York d: in New York
……. +Eli A. KILLEN b: September 1870
……… 3 Alice T. KILLEN b: October 1893
…………. +Frank P. BRADY b: 1892
…………… 4 Frank BRADY b: 1922
……… 3 Albert J. KILLEN b: November 1896
……… 3 Ethel M. KILLEN b: October 1898
…………. +Robert E. GRIEBE b: 1897
…………… 4 Robert E. GRIEBE, Jr b: 1927
… 2 James Joseph O’DONNELL b: July 17, 1881 in New York City, New York d: December 8, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York
……. +Mary HARRIGAN b: June 1880 in Brooklyn, New York d: January 28, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York m: Abt. 1900 in New York
……… 3 Edwin O’DONNELL b: 1905 in New York d: in New York
…………. +LOUISE
……… 3 Lester Aloyisius O’DONNELL b: August 30, 1908 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York d: March 2, 1992 in Yonkers, New York
…………. +Isabell M. CREEN b: October 5, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York d: October 1, 1938 in Queens County, New York m: 1923 in Brooklyn, New York
…………… 4 Teresa O’DONNELL b: June 23, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York
………………. +Alfred MODICA b: in Riverdale Bronx, New York m: September 7, 1947
…………… 4 Eugene Lester O’DONNELL b: November 9, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York d: February 24, 1961 in Los Angeles, California
………………. +Virginia Marilyn SAUNDERS b: July 13, 1928 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey m: Abt. 1950 in New York
…………… 4 Edwin Allen O’DONNELL b: June 10, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York  d. September 29, 2008 in Wayne, Nebraska
………………. +Bennie Bell Ann ARMSTRONG b: July 14, 1935 in Vinson, Oklahoma m: October 4, 1954 in Wichita, Kansas
…………… 4 Kenneth O’DONNELL b: June 18, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York
………………. +BETTY b: February 28, 1935 in Grenoch, Scotland d: October 28, 1984 in New York m: in New York
…………… 4 MaryAnn O’DONNELL b: July 19, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York
………………. +Timothy LACY b: in Yonkers, New York m: October 19, 1957 in New York
…………… 4 Robert George O’DONNELL b: January 1938 in Brooklyn, New York d: Abt. 2001 in Bronx, New York
………………. +Marilyn SWITKOW  b: in Georgia m: in Texas
…………… *2nd Wife of Robert George O’Donnell:
………………. +Susan DAILY b: 1949 in Yonkers, New York m: 1967 in Yonkers, New York
……… *2nd Wife of Lester Aloyisius O’Donnell:
…………. +Dorothy Mary SCHULTZ b: May 3, 1918 in New York City, New York d: January 20, 2006 in Yonkers, Winchester County, New York m: March 18, 1940 in New York City, New York
…………… 4 William O’DONNELL b: September 26, 1941 in New York
………………. +Gayle LANDRY
…………… *2nd Wife of William O’Donnell:
………………. +Marilyn POPE
…………… 4 Diane O’DONNELL b: 1943
………………. +James O’HANLON
…………… *2nd Husband of Diane O’Donnell:
………………. +Harald FRANK
…………… 4 Eileen J. O’DONNELL b: September 4, 1945 in New York City, New York
………………. +Russel D. PANOS b: in New York m: in New York
……… 3 James George O’DONNELL b: February 8, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York d: February 1969 in Brooklyn, New York
…………. +Isabelle CADIGAN b: 1911 in New York d: February 1989 in Brooklyn, New York
…………… 4 Unk O’DONNELL
……… 3 Leroy O’DONNELL b: January 23, 1914 in New York d: Aft. 1984 in New York
… *2nd Wife of James Joseph O’Donnell:
……. +Charlotte “Lottie” KERNER b: November 27, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York d: March 13, 1959 in New York m: 1923 in New York
……… 3 Charlotte Louise O’DONNELL b: January 20, 1927
…………. +VASSALLO
…………… 4 Diane VASSALLO
………………. +CABALLERO
……… 3 Albert P. O’DONNELL b: 1929
……… 3 John “Jack” O’DONNELL b: 1931

Russ and Eileen — two kids, Donald Joseph born abt 1961 and Brianne born about 1983?

Donald’s wife Antoinette Barbagallo Panos
Donald’s children –
Peter M Panos
Andrew G Panos
Tracy Lynn Bemis

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Letter from Isabell "Belle" Creen O’Donnell to her mother Charlotte Kerner Creen O’Donnell

Notes for reading: Belle’s half sister Lottie (Charlotte Louise O’Donnell) was 22 years younger than Belle and would have been about 11 when this was written. Belle was in the Catskills and her mother was in Brooklyn.

July 23, 1938
Dear Mother,

Received your letter and we were all glad to hear from you. I do hope things will work out so you get that pension soon. You certainly have had to wait and fight long enough for it. (referring to her husband James J. O’Donnell’s death in 1931).

This week has been pretty miserable up here. We have had 3 days of rain, more rain than we have had all season. I hope you don’t mind me making Lottie obey . She was made at me today because I would not let her wear her hat out in the rain. It would be distroyed and she would have no hate to go home in. She also has been wearing her good shoes steady up here. She won’t wear her sneakers. She says you said it was all right for her to wear her good shoes all the time. If it is, it is all right with me, I just wanted to let you know in case they get kicked out why.

I am going crazy with flies up here. A farmer pastures his cows not far from me for a few days and since then I am doing nothing but squirting flies around and still they come in swarms. That’s the country for you though.

This spiritualist I told you about opened a beautiful tea garden up here and when he died a man by the name of Barclay turned it into a dance place in fact its really like a night club. They have a bar and grill and swell orchestra. His wife Kay Barclay and I have become quite friendly. They close the place up here in Sept and have another they open during the winter in Fla (Florida).

The neighbors have been very nice about taking us for rides in their cars and all in all when it doesn’t rain there is always something to do up here. One of the neighbors are taking the children into town this afternoon to the movies and is calling for them when the show is over.

Lottie certainly ought to put on some weight she claims she gained 5 lbs but I don’t believe it. I make her drink 3 glasses of milk each day and they all get ovaltine going to bed each night. She like the milk up here and some times she drinks more even. I think you ought to have her tonsils out though as her ribs stick out just like Genes did before he got sick.

If any one is coming up to visit this way you ought to take the chance and come up. The ride would do you good. You are managing to get around I see, still and you are certainly having enough company which I certainly am glad of.

I hope Joe (possibly Joseph Creen, her brother) does something soon. I haven’t heard another word from them. It certainly was nice of Mae (Mae Kerner her aunt) to do what she did.

Well darling as everything is about the same – we’ll close. With Lots of Love, As Ever Belle

P.S. The baby is so fat you would never know him. He is going to be fat like Allen and he looks like Mary Ann. That spiritualists house you were asking me about is 11 rooms has two bath rooms steam heat and elec. It is on 11 acres of ground and also has two smaller houses on it, plenty of fruit trees etc. but I would never be contented sleeping in a haunted house.

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Kerner and Creen Census Records and More

Descendants of John Creen

1 John CREEN b: in New York
.. +Anna “Annie” MINER b: January 1854 in New York
… 2 Rufus Joseph CREEN b: May 1885 in New York City, New York d: Abt. 1940 in New York
……. +Charlotte “Lottie” KERNER b: November 27, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York d: March 13, 1959 in New York m: October 26, 1904 in New York
……… 3 Isabell M. CREEN b: October 5, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York d: October 1, 1938 in Queens County, New York
…………. +Lester Aloyisius O’DONNELL b: August 30, 1908 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York d: March 2, 1992 in Yonkers, New York m: 1923 in Brooklyn, New York
……… 3 Rufus Joseph CREEN, Jr. b: December 15, 1908 in New York d: January 1985 in Riverhead, New York
…………. +Eleanor A. m: October 2, 1910
……… 3 Jessica CREEN b: 1912
… 2 Isabella CREEN b: February 1882
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UNSURE-
1850 Federal Census
367-317
John Creen, 19 bartender (all born in NY)
Mary Creen, 15 attended school
Alexander Creen, 7 attended school
James Creen, 3
They live at the same address as Rebecca? Cumings 40 (Value of realestate 1000, born Ireland)
Do they board? Is in Cumings a relative?
What happened to the parents?
Name: John Creen
Age: 19
Estimated birth year: abt 1831
Birth place: New York
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): Lockport, Niagara, New York
Page: 22
Roll: M432_560
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?? Could Be
This could very likely be our John. They were known to be in OH and NY.
Listed in a missing ad- Date of ad 8-12-1854.
His brother was looking for him. Brother’s location – London, Madison County, OH
John Creen, arrival in US 1848- Ist location Onondaga County, NY
Home Kilkenny, Ireland, St. John’s Parish.
http://infowanted.bc.edu/record/?recid=13562
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1850 U.S. Census — any relation?
Name: Rufus P Creen
Age: 49
Estimated Birth Year: 1800
Birth Place: New York
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): Butternuts, Otsego, New York
Hotel Keeper
Page: 222
Roll: M432_580
Lovina 40
Emma 18 F
Ira 9 M
Harriet 7 F
Rufus S. 2 M

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Name: Rufus S Creen (Son of Rufus P)
Age: 2
Estimated Birth Year: 1847
Birth Place: New York
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): Butternuts, Otsego, New York
Page: 222
Roll: M432_580
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1900 Federal Census Borough of Manhattan, New York, New York June 4th
Name: Rufus Creen
Home in 1900: Manhattan, New York, New York
Age: 15
Estimated birth year: 1885
Birthplace: New York
Race: White
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: T623 1108; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 610.
Location- Broadway
Annie Creen Head 41, January 1854 – Three children, 2 living born NY, parents born NY
Isabella, Daughter 18 Feb 1882 NY Telephone Clerk
Rufus, Son 15, May 1885 NY Wagon Boy, Dry Goods
All can read and write
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April 16-1910 census
Brooklyn, Kings co., New york
renting at 65 Green Street (in Greenpoint part of Brooklyn, East River)
RUFUS J. CREEN–age 24 b. in New york
both parents born in New York
married 5 years
Occupation-Driver/Department Store
wife-LOTTIE–age 23 b. in New York
both parents born in new York
birthed 3 kids-2 living as of 1910
daughter-ISABEL J.–age 4 b. in New York
son-RUFUS J. Jr.–age 1 year 4 months b. in New York
Enumeration district # 365 sheet 3A
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Name: Rufus Creen
Age: 34 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Birthplace: New York
Race: White
Home in 1920: Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Roll: T625_1167
Page: 5A
ED: 875
Image: 231

1920 Federal Census, Borough of Brooklyn, Kings Cty, NY January 6, 1920
157 Meeker Ave – a tenemant with about 6 families
Ruffus J. Creen, 34, Head 2+ (Not sure what 2+ means) Born NY, parents born NY- Driver for Sugar Co.
Charlotte -33, wife born NY, parents born NY
Isabell, 14 School
Rufus 11, School
Jessica 8, School
All can read and write
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1930 Federal Census
Name: Ruffus Creen
Age: 43
Estimated birth year: abt 1887 in Brooklyn, NY
Birthplace: New York
Roomer: with Oliver Orlando age 30 who is Italian and works for Edison Co- he is also listed as married
Race: White
Home in 1930: Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Occupation: Elevator Operator (Employed)
Education: Can read and write
Military service: blank
Rent/home value: V$5.00
Age at first marriage: 20
Parents’ birthplace: Both born in Ireland
Owned a radio: No (Oliver does)
Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Roll: 1491; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 925; Image: 706.0.
They pay $5.00 in rent
He has marital status as Married
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There are only 8 Creen families in all of NY state in the 1900 census. 7
of them were born in NY, PA or Ireland.
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The IGI- Philip Kerner found a RUFUS JOSEPH GREEN –
Father John, mother Annie Miner, spouse Lottie Kerner, 26 OCT 1904, Manhatten.
Batch # M005402.
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Descendants of Samuel L. James

1 Samuel L. JAMES b: in Scotland
… 2 William P. JAMES b: 1840 in London, England d: in New York
……. +Mary Knox WEIR b: 1840 in Glasgow, Scotland d: in New York
……… 3 Mary JAMES
……… 3 Jennie JAMES b: November 8, 1863 in New York d: Aft. 1930 in New York
…………. +Philipp KERNER b: June 15, 1862 in New York City, New York d: December 1920 in New York m: 1880 in Frankfurt, Germany or NY
……… 3 Samuel JAMES b: 1866 in Ohio
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Philip James’ family was from Scotland. His father was a lawyer for the House of Commons. Philip and Mary were members of the Presbyterian Church. They had two sons and three daughters. It is not known when the James’ came to New York.

1860 Census- NY County, NYC, NY 2nd Division, 13th Ward, June 11, 1860
William P. James- 30 England Counselor at Law Personal Value 200
Mary 31 – Scotland
Charlotte 3-
Jinney J. 2
William Watts 3
All children born in NY
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Ship Manifest — based on estimated year of James Birth
Philip James 13 Nov 1857 18 Male Liverpool, England Ireland United States of America Pomona
Traveling with John James age 20.
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Name: Philip James Arrival Date: 03 Feb 1853 Age: 7 Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Destination: United States of America Place of Origin: England Ship Name: Liverpool Port of Arrival: New York Line: 36 Microfilm Roll: 123 List Number: 58
Also traveling with Philip
Mary 29, Ann 9, Phillip 7, William and Sarah are 6 months old
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Missing Person- I found this and was curious because Mary wasn’t always with the family and also some feel the family came by way of Canada. http://infowanted.bc.edu/record/?recid=11741
Filed by Honora Fall, Cousin
Name: Mary James
Gender: Female
Date of advertisement: 01-07-1854
Contact name: Henderson, C.H.
Contact address: NY, Addison,Steuben C
Home County: Clare
Parish: Killone
Townland: Killark
Barony: Islands
Poor-Law: Ennis
1st location: Quebec
Departure date: 53/07
Arrival date:
Intended destination: Quebec
Port of Departure: Limerick
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Age: 13
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Descendants of Johannes Jacobus Kerner

1 Johannes Jacobus KERNER b: in Havenstein Bayern, Rhineland Phalz, Bavaria
.. +Francisca ANKER m: July 17, 1820 in Catholic Church in Havenstein
… 2 Peter Petrus KOERNER b: December 9, 1833 in Germany
……. +Louisa MUNCH b: 1823 in Germany m: Bef. June 1862
……… 3 Charles KERNER b: 1876
……… 3 Jacob KERNER b: 1860
……… 3 Philipp KERNER b: June 15, 1862 in New York City, New York d: December 1920 in New York
…………. +Jennie JAMES b: November 8, 1863 in New York d: Aft. 1930 in New York m: 1880 in Frankfurt, Germany or NY
…………… 4 Charlotte “Lottie” KERNER b: November 27, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York d: March 13, 1959 in New York
………………. +Rufus Joseph CREEN b: May 1885 in New York City, New York d: Abt. 1940 in New York m: October 26, 1904 in New York
…………… *2nd Husband of Charlotte “Lottie” Kerner:
………………. +James Joseph O’DONNELL b: July 17, 1881 in New York City, New York d: December 8, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York m: 1923 in New York
…………… 4 Phillip KERNER b: May 1889
…………… 4 Jessica May KERNER b: May 1896
………………. +John J. ROLSTON
…………… 4 May KERNER b: July 1899
……… 3 Elizabeth KERNER
……… 3 Peter KERNER
…………. +Elizabeth LAUL m: October 14, 1889
… 2 Christiana KOERNER b: 1822
… 2 Barbara KOERNER
… 2 Johannes Jocobi KOERNER
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Here is the 1880 census of Peter Kerner, you will notice that Mary, the daughter who was born in 1863/64 so they came after she was born since she was born in Baden also.

Peter KERNER Self M Male W 45 BADEN Retail Bakery BADEN
BADEN
Louisa (Munch) KERNER Wife M Female W 38 BADEN Keeps House BADEN BADEN
Philip KERNER Son S Male W 18 NY Laborer BADEN BADEN
Jacob KERNER Son S Male W 6 NY At School BADEN BADEN
Charles KERNER Son S Male W 4 NY BADEN BADEN
Mary KERNER Dau S Female W 16 BADEN At Home BADEN BADEN
Source Information:
Census Place New York, New York (Manhattan), New York City-Greater, New York
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1900 Census, Manhatten, District 937, NYC, NY
Location of family – # 403 East 118th Street
Philip Kerner 38 (Nov 1862) married 15 years, Baker born NY, parents Germany
Jennie 37 (Nov. 1863) 7 children, 4 living, born NY, Father England, Mother Scotland
Lottie- 13 (Nov. 1887)
Philip 11 (May 1889)
Jessie- 4 (May 1896)
Mary- 1 (July 1899)
Family has radio, Rent Home, Can read and write
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Grandparents Jennie James and Phil Kerner had four children:
*Charlotte (my mother) the oldest
*Phillip 2nd child (letter carrier)
*Jesse 3rd 3 daughters, 4 sons
*May 4th no children
The family lived in Harlem. Grandfather (Phiip) was a “BAKER” for the prison system and
commute by ferry to Blackwells Island hich wasn’t to far from Harlem. Perhaps the NYC
census for Harlem might give you some clues. Jack O’D

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Clan Creen (O Croidheain/O Corraighin.)

O’Crean, Crehan (Cregan)

According to MacFirbis, O’Crean and O’Cregan are synonymous, Crehan again being a variant of Crean or the anglized Creen.

In Irish Crean and Crehan are O Croidheain (spelt O Craidhen by the Four Masters) and Creegan or Cregan is O Croidheagain. These families formed a minor sept of the Cineal Eoghan belonging to Donegal, with a branch in the neighbouring county of Sligo.

They are twice mentioned by the Four Masters as wealthy merchants, which is somewhat unusual in the Annals: in 1506 as of Co. Donegal: in 1572 as of Sligo.

The Clongowes manuscript “The State of Ireland in 1598” gives them a higher status: the then head of the family was John O’Crean of Ballynegare, and in another place in the manuscript O’Crean of Annagh is stated to have been one of the leading families of Co. Sligo in the sixteenth century.

According to the “Annals of Loch Ce” the Bishop of Elphin in 1582 was an O’Crean, but he was “removed” in 1584. Father Daniel O’Crean (d. c. 1616) of Holy Cross, Sligo, was Provincial of the Dominican order in a period of intensive persecution.

The form Crehan is usual in Co. Galway; in Co. Mayo these are called Crean, Creen, Grehan and even Graham. Creegan alone of these variants can be said to belong now to Co. Sligo.

Crean is mostly found to-day in south-west Munster, but families of the name in Kerry and Cork are in most cases Creen, recte Curreen, I.e. O Corraighin.

A further complication in regard to the name Crean arises from the fact that O Corrain, normally Curran in English, has become Crean in some places. The arms are those of O’Crean of Donegal and Sligo.

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Creen (O Cuirin) Research


Dear Kathleen,

According to THE SURNAMES OF IRELAND by the eminent MacLysaght, Creen is from the Irish O Cuirin. And has been translated as Currin, Curreen, as well as Creen.

Origins could have been in Counties Kerry, Waterford, or Leitrim. It is a complicated name situation.

There are also the names Crean, Creaghan, Crehan (from the Irish O Croidheain, meaning ‘heart’), a sept/family of County Donegal (where of course was the stronghold of the O’Donnells, Princes of Tyrconnel).

Some Creens may stem from them. You have a daunting task to trace the locality etc. of your Creen Irish origins. Good luck in your research.

Yours sincerely,
Chevalier William F.K. Marmion,

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Creen- Irish surname historian, Dr. E. MacLysaght


Irish surname historian, Dr. Edward MacLysaght’s (1887-1986) history of our name:

According to MacFirbis, O’Crean and O’Cregan are synonymous, Crehan again being a variant of Crean.

In Irish Crean and Crehan are Ó Croidheáin (spelt Ó Craidhen by the Four Masters) and Creegan or Cregan is Ó Croidheagáin. These families formed a minor sept of the Cineal Eoghan belonging to Donegal, with a branch in the neighbouring county of Sligo. They are twice mentioned by the Four Masters as wealthy merchants, which is somewhat unusual in the Annals: in 1506 as of Co. Donegal: in 1572 as of Sligo.

The Clongowes manuscript “The State of Ireland in 1598” gives them a higher status: the then head of the family was John O’Crean of Ballynegare, and in another place in the manuscript O’Crean of Annagh is stated to have been one of the leading families of Co. Sligo in the sixteenth century. According to the “Annals of Loch Cé” the Bishop of Elphin in 1582 was an O’Crean, but he was “removed” in 1584. Father Daniel O’Crean (d. c. 1616) of Holy Cross, Sligo, was Provincial of the Dominican order in a period of intensive persecution.

The form Crehan is usual in Co. Galway; in Co. Mayo these are called Crean, Grehan and even Graham. Creegan alone of these variants can be said to belong now to Co. Sligo. Crean is mostly found to-day in south-west Munster, but families of the name in Kerry and Cork are in most cases Creen, recte Curreen, i.e. Ó Corraidhín.

A further complication in regard to the name Crean arises from the fact that Ó Corráin, normally Curran in English, has become Crean in some places. The arms illustrated in Plate VI are those of O’Crean of Donegal and Sligo and do not belong to the Creans of Munster.

“The Annals of the Four Masters” is a compilation of the oral histories of Irish kings recorded from ancient times to 1616AD. This valuable history was archived between 1632-1636 by Franciscan monks, headed up by Michael O’Clery.

Following are the full references MacLysaght cited above. These were extracted from John O’Donovan’s English translation of “The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters” Vol. 5, published in Dublin 1848-51.
1506 – Donnell O’Craidhen O’Crean, a pious and conscientious merchant, died, while hearing mass in Donegal.

1572 – Henry O’Craidhen, a rich and affluent merchant of Lower Connaught, died.
“The Annals of Loch Cé” is an account of Irish records dating from 1014AD to 1590. It was transcribed by William M. Hennesy and published 1871 in London by Longman & Co.

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