Crowe of Legarhill and Young of Corlismore

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Background:—In 1823, Thomas Huggins, formerly of Gortgonis, county Tyrone, married a young Irish woman named Margaret Crowe in Lexington, Kentucky. [1] Two years after Margaret's death in 1833, [2] Thomas remarried to Catherine Pilkington, née Crowe, widow of Samuel Pilkington of Lexington. [3] Margaret and Catherine were said to be sisters[4] 


  1. research and analysis—to determine whether Margaret and Catherine were sisters; and,
  2. family outlines of the Crowe family of Legarhill, county Monaghan—to identify Catherine Crowe’s parents and immediate family:
    1. John Maxwell Crowe and Elizabeth Young;
    2. Charles Crowe, Esq., who m. first, Isabella Harris;
    3. Charles Crowe, Esq., who m. second, Margaret Abbott;
    4. Rev. Charles E. Crowe, who m. first, Mary Jane Pilkington;
    5. Rev. Charles E. Crowe, who m. second, Fanny Young Fitzgerald;
    6. Thomas Young Crowe and Mary “Polly” Richards;
    7. Martha Crowe and James Fitzgerald, Esq., of Clonavilla;
    8. Catherine Crowe, who m. first, Samuel Pilkington of co. Armagh, and m. second, Thomas Huggins.

Family outline for Thomas Huggins and Margaret Crowe

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(a) Dodd, Jordan, compiler. Kentucky Marriages, 1802–1850 (database online). Provo, Utah:, 1997. Extract: Thomas Huggins and Margaret Crowe, at Fayette, Kentucky, 25 March 1823. Original data: electronic transcript of marriage records held by the individual counties in Kentucky. Index online at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2015-03-02.
(b) U.S. Marriages. Fayette County, Kentucky. Extract: “Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Huggins & Samuel Pilkington are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Sum of Fifty pounds Current money of Kentucky to the payment of which well and truly to be made We bind ourselves Our heirs &c Jointly firmly by these presents seal’d and Dated this 25th day of January 1823. The Condition of the above obligation is such that Whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnised betwen [sic] the above bound Thomas Huggins and Margaret Crowe of the County of Fayette Now if it shall always hereafter appear that there is no legal obstruction to said marriage then the above obligation to be void else to remain in full force and Virtue [signed:] Thomas Huggins (Seal) Sam’l Pilkington (Seal).” Microfilm copy of original record held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 9001). Digital image online at (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-07-10).


(a) Observer and Reporter, 4 July 1849 (pg. 3, col. 6). Death notice: “Died of cholera on the 5th Mrs. Catherine Huggins, consort of Thomas Huggins.” Local History Index, hosted online by the Lexington Public Library, at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-03-05).
(b) The Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, Kentucky), 3 July 1849 (pg. 3). “Cholera in Lexington.—By private advices, we regret to learn that the cholera is on the increase at Lexington. Much alarm is beginning to be experienced in that city on account of several recent cases. Mrs. Huggins, wife of Thos. Huggins, Esq., was attacked on Sunday night and died yesterday morning. …” Digital image online at (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-27).


(a) State of Kentucky (USA). Marriages, 1797–1865, by the Kentucky Historical Society (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966), pg. 85. Also in, The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society. Vol. XXXVII (1939). Extract: “Thomas Huggins to Mrs. Catharine Pilkington, both of Lexington. M in Christ’s Church, Dec. 2, 1835. OR 12/16.” (pg 36.)
(b) Clift, G. Glenn, compiler. Kentucky Marriages, 1797–1865. Extract: “Thomas Huggins, md Mrs. Catharine Pilkington, both of Lexington, in Christ Church, on Dec 16, 1835.” Transcript by Sandy Sanford; posted to “Moore News,” Vol. I, Issue 14 (14 Aug 1996), online at (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-07-11).


Leavy, William. “Memoir of Lexington and Its Vicinity: With Some Notice of Many Prominent Citizens and Its Institutions of Education and Religion (Continued).” In, Register of Kentucky State Historical Society. Vol. 41, No. 135 (April, 1943), pp. 107–131.

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