Posted by: Leigh Moore Date: November 18, 2001 at 08:45:43 In Reply to: Re: Roycroft family move to Northern Ireland 1925 by Stephen Roycroftof 108
I have your Thomas Roycroft & Annie Stephens in my dB. I have many Roycroft ancestors from the Schull area.
As I understand it, Thomas' parents were John Roycroft (b. abt. 1854; d. betw. 1940-1945) of Arderrawinny, Schull, and Sarah Johnson (b. abt. 1856; d. abt. 1943).
On the Arderrawinny townland in the 1901 Census, in addition to the family of John Roycroft and Sarah Johnson, there are the following families:
Edward, 37 and Sarah Roycroft William, 47 and Anne Roycroft Thomas, 36 and sisters Mary and Catherine
Are these people siblings of John?
Do you know who the parents of John are? Sarah Johnson's father was James Johnson b. abt. 1809. He was listed as retired farmer, widower and living with his daughter Sarah and John Roycroft in the 1901 Census for Lowertown, Skull.
Also, do you have the birthdates for the siblings of your grandfather Thomas?
Although there were many Roycroft families in the area, some researchers are of the opinion that all Roycrofts were related to a Roycroft who came over either with Sir William Hull or Sir Thomas Roper near Crookhaven about 1600, were part of the English force involved in the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, and took over Leamcon Castle. There is a large void between 1600-1800. There is a reference somewhere to two brothers who came over about 1600 being the forefathers of all the West Cork families.