Clonmult cronin family
Thomas CRONIN (1758 - Jan 26, 1844) appears to be the first Cronin in Clonmult, he married Mary DRISCOLL c1790s, the DRISCOLL family were listed in Clonmult as far back as 1766. The only real evidence we have for Thomas is his headstone which describes him as 'of Ballyard'. His Son William is listed on Griffiths valuation (1852) holding a 42 acre farm at Ballyard but neither Thomas nor the related Rathorgan Cronins are listed on the tithe applotment books (early 1830s). There is a Thomas Cronin listed at Ballymakeigh (Killeagh) in 1834, which must be either Thomas or his son (also Thomas) but it is not known which. At much the same time there was a Jeremiah Cronin and his wife Margaret at Monacreigh, she died 1827 and is buried at Dangandonovan, he was there in 1834 but was gone by 1852. It has been suggested that he may be the brother of Thomas but there is no evidence to support this.
Thomas and Mary had at least two sons the eldest of whom, Thomas CRONIN (1799 - 1871) went on to found the Killeagh and Carrigmore branches of the family. The younger of the two known sons was William CRONIN (1807 - Jan 22, 1874), who married Margaret DOYLE of Clonmult. He succeeded to the Ballyard farm and appears to have acquired 29 acres at Ballyeightera possibly from the Doyle family, more land, including the former Murphy property, was added later. Griffiths Valuation also lists a Stephen CRONIN holding 22 acres from Catherine and Penelope POWER, it is possible he was also a son of Thomas CRONIN.
Sons of William and Margaret included Patrick, Edmond, and John (who was a witness at the marriage of his cousin Michael Thomas CRONIN in 1870). It was Patrick that succeeded to both the Ballyard and Balleightera properties, he was married twice and had issue by both.
Sabina CRONIN, a daughter of Patrick's, married James KELLEHER of Clonmult (he was a descendent of the Rathorgan Cronins), they succeeded to the Ballyard farm but Sabina died soon after, James married again, and the farm passed out of the Cronin family. Patrick CRONIN's son John (step brother to Sabina) succeeded to Ballyeightera and was in turn succeeded by his son Patrick. Patrick eventually purchased Ballyard back into the Cronin name in 1973 from the daughter of James KELLEHER by his second marriage.
Principal Source: Richard Henchion, "The Gravestone Inscriptions of Co. Cork - XI, Clonmult Burial Ground" Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (1976-7) Vol. 81-2.
Researcher: Michael Cronin
Cronin Families of Cork - Clonmult Cronin Family
© 2001 Michael Cronin
Last revision: 12 September 2002