The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Ellie Crowe

CROWE, Ellie née Tuohy

Ellen Tuohy, known as Ellie, was born on the 15th of September 1888 in Reafadda, Co Tipperary in the parish of Hollyford. She was the eleventh of the twelve children of Thomas Tuohy, a Labourer, and Ellen Murphy, ten of whom were alive in 1911. In 1901 the family of seven was living in a two-roomed third class house in Reafadda, but by 1911 they had moved to a four-roomed second class house in Hollyford village, close to the Church and National School.

Ellie was not with the family in the 1911 census, and was possibly the Cook / Domestic Servant in Ballycarron House. In September of that year she emigrated to New York on the SS Baltic from Queenstown, giving her occupation as Cook. Records have not been found that show her life in the U.S. but family memories say that she married a man named Crowe, also from the Hollyford parish. They had no children and after he died she returned to Ireland. She then went to England, but again records of her life are lacking.

On the 15th of October 1918 the Irish Independent published a photo of Ellen Crowe with an accompanying piece stating that she was presumed to have travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th and was missing. It said that she was returning to England after a holiday in Glenmorgan, Hollyford. Ellie’s body was never recovered.

Ellie’s sister Kate had died in 1912 aged twenty-five and her father Thomas died in Glenmorgan in 1915 aged seventy-three. Her mother Ellen lived on in Glenmorgan until 1926.



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