Interesting Facts about Ireland And The Crowley Clan

Bill Crowley who lives in Florida enjoys browsing the internet for information about Ireland and about Crowleys. Here are two interesting articles that he came upon recently.

Samuel Croley & The Revolutionary War
Original name: Samuel Crowley
Birth: c. 1750
Death: Oct. 10, 1774
Burial: Point Pleasant Cemetery, Point Pleasant, Mason County, West Virginia, USA

Samuel was the first American killed in the Revolutionary War. He died in the first battle of the Revolution.

The monument which carries the Crowley name is located at the battleground at the place where the Great Kanawha River flows into the Ohio. It is called Point Pleasant and is now a park, site of a battle on 10 Oct 1774 between a coalition of 800 Shawnee, Mingo & Delaware against Virginia forces under Colonel Andrew Lewis. About 51 Virginians were killed that day.

Note on Samuel:
Samuel was the fourth child of Jeffery Crowley (Croley) and his wife Effie. He was born in Virginia and married Elizabeth Strong . They had seven children: Effanniah, James , Mary, John, Agnes, Littleberry), and William). After Samuel's death, Elizabeth moved to Georgia.

Niall of the Nine Hostages

Niall was High King of Ireland from 377 to 404 AD. His father was Eochaidh Muigh-Medon, of the Celtic line of Erimhon or Heremon and his mother was Carthann Cas Dubh, daughter of the king of Britain.

Niall's ancestry can be traced back to Miledh or Milesius of Esbain, King of Spain, whose wife was the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh Nectonibus and who was the ancestor of all the Celts in Ireland. From there the line goes back fifteen generations to Niul, from whom the river Nile got its name, who was married to the daughter of Pharaoh Cingris, who drowned in the Red Sea when Moses rejoined the parted waters after the Israelites had made good their escape.

As High King of Ireland, Niall reigned from the ancient Irish royal seat at Tara, in modern County Meath. During his reign he conquered all of Ireland and Scotland as well as much of Britain and Wales. He took a royal hostage from each of the nine kingdoms he subjugated, hence his famous nickname.

Note on Niall: A study at Trinity College Dublin, found that a striking percentage of Irish men share the same Y chromosome, suggesting that "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of one in 12 Irishmen. Niall established a dynasty of chieftains who dominated the island for six centuries.

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