John A. Crowley - Clan Representative for USAMeet John A. Crowley
Crowley Clan Representative for USA

How long have you been involved with the Crowley Clan?
I attended my first Clan Gathering in September of 1998 and was hooked.

How did you get started?
In the fall of 1997 while doing genealogy research I ran across a genealogy magazine that referenced the Crowley Clan gathering. I called Tom Crowley (Akron, Ohio) for details and started making plans to attend the 1998 gathering in Bandon. The first person I met when I walked into the Munster Arms Hotel was Terry Crowley (Ontario, Canada). Ironically, the DNA project had revealed that Terry and I share an ancestor within the last 15 generations.

What have been some of the high points of your involvement?
I have been privileged to meet many fine people, some who are no longer with us but who as well as the living hold a very special place in my soul.

What is your professional background?
I have worked in the food service business most of my life, first, in restaurant management for fifteen years, and the last twenty-five years I have worked for food service distributors who sell food and supplies to restaurants. My time with distributors has been divided between sales (working a sales route) and marketing and public relations.

What are your interests, hobbies, etc.?
Genealogy & Photography

Tell us about your family and about your Crowley ancestors.
I am a bachelor and the only son, so my line will stop with me.

My Irish ancestor was Felix Crowley born in County Louth in 1834. He was the son of William Crawley and Margaret Clarke and the grandson of Laurence Crawley and Mary Greenan. The family left County Louth in the late
1840's for Glasgow, Scotland where they remained.

Felix came to America about 1852. He entered through the port of Philadelphia later working in the coal mines of western Pennsylvania. By 1860 Felix had relocated to Eastern Tennessee, Polk County where he worked in the copper mines. By 1880 the family moved across the state line into neighboring Union County, Georgia where they purchased land and began farming.

My father James Edward Crowley was born in Union County, Georgia in 1905. Most of my Crowley line remains in Georgia today.

How many people have you registered for the Crowley Clan Gatherings since you became the USA Representative?
I became the USA rep shortly before the 2001 gathering. I looked back briefly through my records and estimate I registered 225 to 250 attendees.

When can we expect to see you in person at a Gathering?
I always plan and hope to attend the next gathering. Then life dictates if I actually get to attend.

What would you like to see the Crowley Clan accomplish in the coming years?
I would like to see an active genealogical data base set up and maintained for all Crowley Clan members.

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain