I'm sure many of you already know that the majority of the Cromies around the Rathfriland area are most likely related and came from the story of the 3 brothers and their mother.
This is still unconfirmed but makes for a great story.
My Cromie family is through my mother.
Her Father and Mother lived in Drumlough about 2 mile outside the town, towards Hilltown.
Robert John Cromie Jnr B. 21/08/1913, Bap. 09/12/1913 - Hilltown Presbyterian Church. He married Sarah Morrison B. 05/05/1918, she came from the Trassy Road in the middle of the Mourne Mountains, Bryansford area.
They married in 28/04/1940 and form them came my mother and 6 other aunts and uncles. One of which still owns the orginal land and old house that's confirmed as 148yrs old and rumoured to be closer to 200yrs.
Robert John's father was also a Robert John Cromie Snr, B. 28/06/1877 from Ballygorrian. Which is a further 4 mile from Drumlough in the direction of Hilltown.
He was a farmer than married a Lizzie Bell of Drumlough in Hilltown Presbyterian Church, 01/09/1911. He died in 1952 in his 70s of old age. The Bell and Cromie families still live side by side to this day.
Robert Snr and Lizzie had 4 children.
James B. 14/06/1909 or 31/12.1911 Hilltown Robert (see above) Elizabeth B. 04/07/1915 David. B. 26/08/1916
Elizabeth died as a young child in 1918.
James is said to have emigrated to America in 1930 aged 18. He was a passenger on the Antonia which arrived at New York. It's said he made it to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and settled with and had a family. There's a rumour that someone got killed in a car crash out there.
He only ever returned once to Rathfriland something my aunts remember...along with another fellow from the town.
Any Information on James is what I'm really hoping for on here??
David, is said to have emigrated to England, not sure when, but we believe he had a daughter in the 1950s, maybe in the Birmingham area but probably moved on.
Any information on him would be fantastic also.
Robert John Cromie Snr had 5 siblings that I know off and if it's the right one, would seem so as no other records match.
Jane B. 22/05/1873 Joseph B. 11/06/1875 Robert (see Robert Snr above) Margaret B. 09/06/1880 David B. 20/02/1882 Elizabeth B. 14/01/1884
The only one I know anything about is Elizabeth.
In the 1901 census she (20) and her brother Robert (24) were living together in 56 Ballygorrian More.
In 1911 census she had married a Hugh J Woods and had one son at that time a William J Woods aged 8. We also have a photo of him in later life. Her brother John was also listed as living with them at 26 Ballygorrian More.
By September of that year we know he married Lizzie Bell.
Elizabeth and Hugh went on to have another two sons, Hugh and Samuel. That's all I know. The Woods family is also known in the area of Drumlough.
Robert and Elizabeth Cromies father was a William Cromie from Ballygorrian. He married a Margaret Stewart from the town in 1st Rathfriland Presbyterian 25/07/1872
William's father was listed as a James Cromie.
These are the only records I have to date.
The only other information I have of the time is from the Griffith's Valuation of about 1863/4 of the Ballygorian More area.
Along what is now known as the 'Cross Road' and where Ballygorain More was, is an area of about half a mile square where a number of Cromie families were living based on the land records.
William Cromie (Big) rented plots 24 and 25. Plot 24 has 3 houses listd A,B,C and is sub-rented to the following,
House A - Robert Cromie - Not mine above. House B - William Wilson House C - Eliza Campbell
Another William Cromie (Jnr) is listed as renting plot 25 of a William Cromie (Mason)
William Cromie (Mason) rented plots 26 a,b and 27 a,b,c.
There is also a Sarah Cromie on plot 28a and a Samuel Cromie on plot 29.
If you look it up you'll see that they basically all live along the same road and the fields surrounding it and in my conclusion must be related somehow.
I currently suspect that my William Cromie maybe indeed be Willaim Cromie (Mason)