Mary age 11                (14)

Patrick aged 9            (17)

Michael aged 7           (16)

Catherine aged 5       (I don't have a Catherine)

Arti aged 4                 (maybe my Anne or Annie???  would have been

11 though)

Mark aged 2               (3 or 4)

James aged 1             (1 or 2)


Missing from this list would be Timothy, age 6 and John, age 9

The timing is perfect,  as from old letters from descendants now gone,

my Cryan's left Ireland in May 1848 and took 6 weeks to make the

crossing to Boston.  It seems too coincidental that there would have

been another mother with 8 children, same names, arriving at the same

time!  I haven't seen evidence of that in my research here in the US.

Maybe the original will help sort it out!

I heard from Kathleen from this list and we think we found her John and

Owen Crean!  I would be glad to check for anyone else.



Date:        Thu, 16 Mar 2000 06:43:51 -0800   From:        Pamela Burleson <>  |

 Subject:        [CRYAN] Parish Records     To:

Thought Eve could help me on this, too!

My film came in yesterday at the Family History Center, #989737,

Ireland Parish Records.  Very cool to read through the old records and

hard to read some pages and handwriting!  Unfortunatly,  the printer is

not working and I wasn't able to get copies.  I need to go back with my

digital camera.   Here's where I need help:

The Baptimal record for my Patrick Cryan reads:

Patr.  John Cryan & Atty McDonough, Michael Cryan & Atty Walsh

Are Michael Cryan and Atty Walsh Godparents? (I am not Catholic)

Atty McDonough's mother was Atty Walsh.  Could Michael Cryan be John's Father or Brother?

Just don't know what it all means!Thanks,Pam


From: (Lyle Staehnke)  | Date:        Thu, 16 Mar 2000 18:48:56 -0800 (PST)

 Subject:        [CRYAN] RE: ST. Patrick     To:

I hope all you Irish have a grand St. Patricks day and especially the

Cryan Clan. I my self am going to have a drop of good Irish whiskey in

honor of St. Patrick.  

Lots of Ireland here...   



Reply-to:         <>    From:         "A. Riley" <>  | Date:         Fri, 17 Mar 2000 10:34:43 -0600  Subject:         [CRYAN] [CRYAN-L] Happy St. Patrick's Day!      To:

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

It's said that the parish where all of Atty Cryan's kids were baptized,

Taunaugh, was founded by the saint himself! I lift up a prayer of

blessingon all the Cryan clan, near and far, present, past and future, and

afterwork tonight, I'll lift up a pint of Harp as well.

A. Rileyglad to be a Cryan descendant


Reply-to:         "FamSpack" < >    From:         "FamSpack" < >  |   Subject:         Re: [CRYAN] Parish Records    Date:         Sat, 18 Mar 2000 00:10:56 -0000     To:

Yes both, sometimes when the old records are in Latin the column where

thesenames are written is headed Testes.

Some of the old Latin records give a full explanation ie that I (the

priest)baptised a child of (the parents) who had been married with the rites

of theChurch(or not as the case maybe), and he/she is Patrick

..the witnesses to this are.(first witness)....(name of the parish they

belong to)and (second witness)......(name of their parish)

During the baptism/christening ceremony epecially of an infant,

promises aremade on behalf of the child and the godparents witness this and agree

tohelp carry out the promises.

These witnesses take on the role of godparents ie look after the

spiritualwellbeing of the child especially if something happens to the parents.

Oftenthis role then becomes foster parent especially if they are already

closefamily. In the mid 1850s people were likely to die at a much younger

agethan they do nowadays so frequently children were brought up by

grandparentsor uncles or aunts.

It would seem most probable that Atty Walsh is your Atty's mother and

Michael is either John's father or brother. On the other hand they

could becousins who had the same names. One will never be sure . It would help

if wehad their ages but that is unlikely.........Do others agree ?

Until again EveHappy St Patrick's Day to all


From:        Jill Devito <>  | Date:        Sat, 18 Mar 2000 11:58:02 -0600

 Subject:        [CRYAN] Lt. Thomas Cryan biographical web page     To:

Dear Cryan-listers,

I have completed my most recent family history project, a web page

biographyin honor of my grandfather's brother, Lt. Thomas Cryan of Lowell, MA,

whowas killed in action on this date, March 18, 1944 while flying B-17

bomberswith the Army Air Corps in WWII.

Please check out the url:

Thanks,Jill DeVito


The Promise of His Youth: a biography dedicated to the memory of

                             Lt. Thomas Cryan, 1920-1944

                                   By his grand-niece, Jill DeVito

                                With illustrations by Mary Beth Cryan

When I think of the 100th's casualties ... I wonder what poets, what statesmen, what inventors, what husbands, what           fathers, never were permitted to play their part in a contribution toward human well-being.                               -- Harry H. Crosby, A Wing and a Prayer


More than 16 million Americans served with the Allied Forces in World War II.    Tom Cryan was one ofalmost 300,000 who never came home.    This is his story.


Thomas Cryan was born June 10, 1920, the seventh of nine children of John P. and Anna G. (O'Reilly)

Cryan.    The family lived in a large white house at 59 Temple Street in Lowell, Massachussetts.    Both

John Cryan and Anna O'Reilly were born in Lowell as children of Irish immigrants.    John, a veteran

of the Spanish-American War, worked as a traveling salesman and for many years was involved with

local politics in Lowell.    Anna took care of several boarders who rented rooms in the family home,

managed the household finances meticulously, and was a devoted homemaker.    Beyond the

constant challenge of keeping Jim, Frank, Arthur, Jack, Catherine, Eileen, Tom, Paul and Gerry fed

and clothed, Anna's highest priorities for her children were their education and their Catholic faith.


Even among seven boys and two girls, from an early age Tom stood out as the star of the family.  

Tom's sister Catherine tells the story of his fifth birthday.    "Well, I guess Tom was a budding

politician.    He had told all the kids in the neighborhood that they could

come to his birthday.    His birthday arrived, the 10th of June.    Mama was

getting supper ready and she looked out and here's every kid in the

neighborhood sitting on the back piazza, all dressed up and carrying

wrapped presents.    She didn't know what they were there for.    They

were there for Tom's birthday!    So she took the regular everyday supper

cake, and she put fancy icing on it.    And she gave me the money to run

down to Steve's and get a quart of ice cream.    A quart of ice cream from

Steve's was as good as any half gallon nowadays.    So Tom had his

birthday party."


As a six-year-old, Tom traveled with his Aunt Katie and Uncle Gene to visit his oldest brother, James,

in New York City.    In a letter dated August 17, 1926, his mother Anna writes:


Dear James:--    Very glad to receive your letter, also glad to know that my company had arrived safe in N.Y.    Wemiss Thomas very much, more than we would any of the others.    He stays around the house more than the others.   I am pleased to know that he is enjoying himself, he is a good kid to do things for, he appreciates anything.    Iknow he was delighted over the two suits Gene bought for him.    Especially the belts.    I can just see him admiringthem...    I forgot to tell Katie that when Thomas has nothing to do he used to practice writing, she could try himwith all his letters and the heading he has to put on his papers at school.    Thomas Cryan, St. Peter's School, Grade

1.    Our Paul is fine and every little while he says, "I wish Thomas did not go to N.Y."

By October of 1926, Tom had already begun to shine as a young scholar.    By his father's account,

"Thomas is going like a house afire at school and every night he has a paper home that is the best in

his room and everybody has to praise him and tell him how good he is.    He knows it and admits it

himself."    And his mother writes, "Thomas is very proud of himself.    He is doing so well.    He is

studying very hard and gets a star every day.    I am almost run out of adjectives telling him how

good he is...    He can read out loud until everyone is asking him to stop.    He is so interested in

schoolwork that he thinks of nothing else.    I hope he keeps it up when he gets into the higher



                    Tom's Sister Catherine remembers that "In the 5th grade, Tom was Santa Claus

                    in the Christmas play at the Lincoln School.    The Lincoln School was really a

                    neighborhood school in those days.    Everybody bought a ticket to the

                    Christmas play.    And I wonder if it was because Tom Cryan was going to be

                    Santa Claus!    After he broke his leg (during the summer after third grade) he

                    was quite awkward.    And when he did a dance with his reindeer on the stage, it

                    was really something to see!"


                    The Cryan children were a close-knit group, and they led an adventurous,

                    independent lifestyle in the industrial city of Lowell.    Tom's brother Paul

                    remembers a childhood experience from the early 1930's:    "One spring, we had

gone over to watch the circus come into town about 2:00 a.m.    After the circus had set up I was

jumping in a sand pit by the railroad tracks and sprained my ankle.    Someone found Tom for me and

he carried me about a mile and then borrowed a wagon to get me home.    I was about 9 and Tom was


Since 4th grade at the Lincoln School, Tom's best friend was John Casey.    As Tom's sister

Catherine recalls, "Casey was like another member of the family."    And John Casey concurs, "That

was my second house."    He says that with seven boys in the Cryan household, "Whoever went out

first on Saturday night was the best dressed!"

Catherine remembers that "When Tom and Johnny Casey finished the 6th grade, Johnny had to go

to the Butler School, because that's where his father was a Janitor.    And Tom went to Morey, up in

the highlands.    They had planned in the 6th grade that (after graduating from junior high) they were

going to go to Keith Academy, and be in the same class again."    In high school, "Tom and Casey

would come home from school... and use the phone, to call up girls."    As there was little privacy to

be found in the Cryan household, they would pull the telephone into the closet before dialing.

Tom's high school and college years were marked by the loss of both of his parents.     Anna Cryan

suddenly became ill and died before Tom's sixteenth birthday, and John Cryan died from a stroke

following an eye operation, less than three years later.    The care of the family fell into the hands of

the older brothers, and everyone pitched in to help run the household.


The Cryan boys would spend many evenings outdoors playing football, but Tom's brother Arthur

remembers that one of the boys would always have to return to the kitchen to "put water on the

beans, so they wouldn't burn."    Arthur tells the story of a joke played on Tom by a neighborhood

pal, Ray Gendron.    Ray spent a lot of time in the house, as it was "an open house" with people

always coming and going.    One day while Ray was at the house, Tom accidentally stepped on a cat.

   The cat let out a yowl, and Tom felt terrible.    After Tom left the room, Ray poured a bottle of

ketchup on the floor where the cat had been.    When Tom came back to the kitchen "the cat was

quite well, but Tommy wasn't!"

For one or two weeks every year, the Cryan kids would vacation at the Hampton beach cottages

owned by Aunt Bridget and Aunt Katie.    Tom's best friend John Casey remembers being invited

once to join the Cryans during "the last week of the season, when they let the Cryan boys take over."

   For Casey, who was the only boy in his household, supper with the Cryans was quite an

experience.    "I had to move fast, or there was nothing left!"

Tom's sister Catherine tells the story of another trip to the beach houses.    "Tom and I borrowed the

car and we started down to Hampton.    Neither of us had even a nickel.    (You could buy a hot dog

for a nickel in those days ... but we didn't have one).    So Tom says, 'Say a prayer that we meet some

old ladies with a flat.'    We were driving along, and sure enough, there are a couple of old ladies with

a flat in answer to our prayers.    So Tom pulled over behind them and got out and took the spare out,

and put it on.    So the ladies say 'Here, take this.'    'Oh, no, thank you!'    So the lady finally put it in

his pocket and he said, 'Well, thank you very much.'    And it was paper, folding money, which we

didn't have any of.    So we went along to Hampton Beach and were able to eat with all that money.  

It was proably a buck, but in those days that was a lot of money!"


Just as his mother had hoped, Tom continued to excel in academics at St. Peter's School, the

Lincoln School, Morey Jr. High, Keith Academy (class of 1938) and the Lowell Textile Institute (class

of 1942).    Tom's sister Catherine recalls that Tom once took a special math class in the Keith

Academy principal's office, with just one other student.    She also remembers that their brother Jack

once said "The way to drive Tom crazy would be to put him in a room with math problems all over

the walls, and no place to work them out."

Paul Cryan, who attended Lowell High School while his

brother Tom was at Keith Academy, says that "The

Headmaster at Lowell High, Ray Sullivan, was the principal

at the Lincoln School when Tom was there and he always

followed his progress.    If there was a project to be done he

would call on Tom.    When they started the Columbian

Squires (youth organization) in Lowell, he called on Tom to

lead it."

Tom became a popular local athlete, playing varsity

basketball and football at Keith Academy and Lowell Textile.

   His brother Paul recalls, "Tom played four sports (in high

school) and received a varsity sweater with four stripes on the sleeve to indicate his participation.  

In 1939 I Went to Jacquet River, New Brunswick, with Irene and Gordon Grant to visit her sister Linda,they were my mother's first cousins... Tom let me take his high school sweater -- a great thrill for a sophomore."

While a student at Lowell Textile, Tom worked in the carbonizing department of Talbot Mills in

Tewksbury.    As his brother Paul explains, this was only one of many jobs that kept Tom busy as a

teenager.    In a February 11, 2000 e-mail, Paul writes:

Thinking about Tom brings back a lot of memories.    He always had a couple of jobs going.    He drove a truckdelivering candy and tobacco after school and on weekends he cleaned the boilers at the greenhouse of theMerrimack Valley Nurseries in Tyngsboro.    It was a coal burner and a dirty job.    In the summer he worked forKydd's ice cream parlor.    One time the state inspector came by and told him he couldn't work after 10:00 as he

wasn't 18.    He told him he would have to close up and send everyone home, as he was the manager.

In 1940 when they started the draft, the first one (of the Cryan boys and their comrades) that was called was LennyGendron.    We all knew it was just a matter of time and we would all be in so Tom set up a testimonial dinner forLenny.    When the dinner started Tom was on one of his jobs so I ended up as the emcee.    The next day after his

                                             physical Lenny came home as he didn't pass.    All the rest of

                                             his brothers -- 6 of them -- did go in.    Lenny joined the fire

                                             department and was killed from a fire accident.


                                             In the fall of 1940 Tom and one of his buddies at Textile

                                             School started dances on Friday nights at the Liberty Hall

                                             and then moved over to the Rex Center.    There was a band

                                             of six or seven members from Nashua, NH, that played.    I

                                             sold the cold drinks.    At the end of the night we pooled all

                                             the ticket money and the soda money.    We would just about

                                             have enough to pay each band member their three dollars

                                             and five for the policeman.    When the Federal Government

                                             said we had to pay an entertainment tax the dances ended.


Lowell Technical Institute (now U Mass Lowell)photo courtesy Lowell National Historic Park


Four of the seven Cryan brothers (Frank, Thomas, Paul, and Gerald) served with the US Armed

Forces in World War II.    Frank, Paul, and Gerry joined the Navy.    Tom left the Lowell Textile Institutein his junior year and applied to enter the Army Air Corps.    According to his sister Catherine, Tom"was interested in airplanes -- he used to say that he'd been wanting to fly an airplane since

Lindbergh had flown over Lowell in the '20s."

As his brother Paul recalls, "Tom applied for the Air Corps in

September, 1941, in Massachussetts.    He was finally accepted

when he got his weight below the maximum late in November,

while he was living in Fairfield, Connecticut.    He went in the

service in January of 1942."


Tom's sister Catherine explains that "Tom was a big guy --

there was nothing little about Tom!" and although he passed all

of the Air Corps exams, he did not pass the physical.    "The

doctor put him on an obesity diet, but he couldn't lose an

ounce."    While Tom was working at Remington Arms, he

contracted a Strep infection.    "He had to go to the hospital.  

He came out of the hospital, and he went to the Air Corps and

said 'Weigh me in!'    He weighed 184 pounds, and they signed

him up right then.    (In less than two weeks, he was back up to

205)."    Paul Cryan points out that by the time his brother

reached his normal weight of 220 lbs, he may have been "the

heaviest pilot in the air force!"

A few months after entering the Air Corps, while Training at

Maxwell Field in Alabama, Tom wrote to his oldest brother,


March 17, 1942

Hi Jim:    I've been going to write to you but haven't

found the time till now.    It's raining so hard that we

have had our morning classes called off so I have some

spare time.    This rain we are having may cool things off

down here, it has been too hot this past week.    It feels

like June or July instead of March.


How's the family and the business?    I got a letter from Catherine and she said that your daughter was quite a girl.   How are you going to take care of your trade when your tires wear out?    I finish my training at Maxwell Fieldthis week and where I go from here I don't know.    The next step in my training will be flying 250 IP planes.    I willbe taking up cross country and acrobatic flying.    I've finished my ground school and if I go straight to my next

base I'll be flying solo in two weeks.    But all my class is probably going on a furlough as there are no flying fieldsopen to send us to.    They are pushing so many pilots through that everything is congested.    So I hope to be upNorth for the month of April.    I guess I'll spend Easter Sunday at Lowell.    I'll drop over and tell you all aboutArmy life.    It's a great life, at least in the Air Corps.    Well I'll close here as I have quite a few letters to write and

I won't have any chance to, the rest of the week as I'll be busy getting ready to leave as I may be moving thisweekend.    Drop me a line sometime.YoursTom

P.S. My address is: A/c Thomas Cryan, A.C., RC., Squad C Group 1 Class 42, I, Maxwell Field, Ala.


Jim's son, James Cryan, Jr., remembers "a story that Dad told, about when Tom came home on

leave, once.    Tom was driving down Merrimack Street, and instead of using the brakes, he pulled

back on the steering wheel.    He pulled the steering wheel right off the car!"

During another furlough, Tom's sister Catherine says that the weather was cold enough for Tom to

borrow long johns that belonged to his brother Gerry, who was "always the skinny one."    "And my

modest little brother, he said, 'You should see this!' and he came in dancing like a ballet dancer.  

They fit like skin."

Catherine says that Tom shared a special bond with his older brother Jack, even though "there were

seven years between them."    As kids, Tom and Jack had shared a room.    One night they "kept

each other awake all night" reciting a tongue-twister until they got it right:

There was a successful thistle sifter

who when sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles

thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.

See that thou when sifting thy sieve full of unsifted thistles

thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.

Success to the successful thistle sifter!

This post card from Tom to his brother Jack was post marked Sumpter, SC July 15, 1942:

Tom's best best friend John Casey remembers that "Tom was the first of our group to go into the

service."    While Tom was on leave from South Carolina in 1942, John Casey accompanied Tom and

two other friends on a trip to New York City.    As Tom's car was "an antique," Casey estimates that

they had four flat tires by the time they drove the forty miles Southwest to Worcester.    When they

"finally made it" to New York, the "three civilians and Tom in his uniform" went into the famous club

called Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe.    Upon viewing the cover charge and the prices on the

menu, the three civilians made jokes about Billy Rose: "This guy must be paying alimony to three

wives!"    Tom, who did not wish to be embarrassed in uniform, kept telling them to "Keep quiet!"


On another occasion when Tom was on leave and in uniform, he and his sister Catherine were

driving through downtown Lowell, in a Model A Ford that their brother Paul had bought for a low

price and left in Catherine's care.    The car broke down; "Something happened, and it wouldn't go

another foot."    This resulted in quite a dilemma, as Catherine explains: "When you're an officer in

uniform, you don't get your hands dirty."    They called the local Ford dealer, and he asked Catherine

how much she wanted for the car.    They settled on "enough to buy a war bond -- $18.75."

From late 1942 to early 1943, Paul Cryan remembers that his brother Tom was "flying B-25s** and

teaching aerial gunnery for six months" in Panama City, Florida.    "During this time I believe he was

credited with a submarine kill in the Gulf of Mexico.    He also flew some VIPs to Africa.    I don't knowwhat kind of plane he was flying, but it was not armed."    Tom's sister Catherine says that there wasone thing he didn't like about Africa: "Little boys, 8 to 10 years old, would meet the soldiers comingin, and they would say, 'my sister, 25 cents, my sister'... and Tom was shocked!"

** The B-25, a medium range bomber used extensively in the Pacific theater, was also utilized to

patrol North American waters.

While stationed at the Army Air Forces Gunnery School at Tyndall Field in Panama City, Florida, Tom

wrote the following letter (post marked March 10, 1943) to his brother, Gerald, who was then

stationed at Camp Allen in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hi Gerald,

I've been going to write you for quite a while but am just getting around to it.    How do you like the Navy?    Arethey keeping you busy?    Do you expect to ship out soon?    If you are going to get a leave when you finish trainingwrite and let me know as I will get one at the same time and we can both go home at the same time.    I intend to getmy leave in April so if you are getting one we can probably arrange to go north together.    You see I have a leave

coming up and I can arrange to get in any time I please -- So write anyway and tell me when you expect to finishyour training.    I certainly would like to see you in your navy uniform.    Send me a picture of yourself at any rate.   I bet you're a killer in that flashy navy blue outfit.    Have you run into any southern belles yet?    Take a tip froman old-timer don't get too friendly with any of these southern queens, they are mostly a pain in the neck.

I have been hoping to get a plane to fly up to Norfolk but so far

no-soap.    I flew up to Atlanta this weekend but I can't get permission

to go as far as Va.    I had quite a time in Atlanta though.    Here is

Frank's address:    F.D. Cryan CBNI USNR, US Naval Construction

Battallion, 8th Co. D, Dutch Harbor, Alaska

So long -- Write Soon


While Tom was still stationed in the U.S., he became engaged to his hometown sweetheart, Pat

Holmes.    Tom's sister Catherine says that Pat was "a lovely girl."    "She worked for the United

Service Organization in Lowell during the war.    They were very much in love."    When Tom earned

his wings (at Turner Field in Albany, Georgia), he gave them to Pat.    While Tom was overseas, he

sent Catherine $50 a month, so that when he needed to have something done in the states, she

could do it for him.    When there was enough money put away, Tom sent Catherine to the jewlery

store with Pat to choose an engagement ring.

In a letter dated March 16, 2000, Pat (Holmes) Regan writes:

Dear Miss DeVito,

Thank you for the interest you've shown in the Cryan family history of which I was part of for a time.

My time with Tom was short.    Servicemen didn't get much time between training and leaving for duty.

The first time I saw Tom, 1941, was at a dance at Immaculate Hall.    He didn't know me then.    To my surprise,mutual friends introduced us in March 1943.     I liked him immediately -- we saw each other as much as we could.   We rode the bus to movies and to dinner, simple things.    Tom was in training during this time and was an officer.   He was neat in his "pinks".    Tom went back to Alabama and Georgia to his group to leave for England.    InAugust 1943, he asked me to marry him.

His letters were personal and funny and they were wonderful to receive.    At the same time, he was writing yourgreat Aunt Catherine and giving her instructions about taking me to get the engagement ring, the cedar chest, andother information about how Catherine should be taking care of me.    Catherine is a wonderful person and she andTom were very close.

I wish that I could offer you some concrete information, but my life changed when Catherine was notified of Tom'sdeath.    One deals with the knowledge that his brothers and sisters were strong because they had Paul, Jerry, andFrank (who were also in the service) to be concerned about.    That reason helped me hold and to understand thatgrief is a part of the living process.

Tom was a smart, witty, protective man.    May God have a special place for Tom and the Cryan family.In memory of March 1944....


Patricia Holmes Regan

           This photo (courtesy Jane Cryan) was taken in front of Jack Cryan's home, on

            the last day Tom was in Lowell on leave in 1943, before being sent overseas.

Overseas, 1st Lieutenant Cryan (0-795631) served in the 350th Squadron of the 100th Bombardment

(Group H) in the 8th Air force.     He earned the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Stars for

combat service in the European campaign.

The 100th Bomb Group (known as "The Bloody Hundredth" for the heavy losses it suffered) was

stationed in Thorpe Abbots, England.    Tom's brother Paul describes the location of the base,

"halfway between Norwich and Ipswich N by NE of London.    The fields were identified by local

townships or landmarks which have since disappeared."

Jack Eling, the radio operator from Tom's original crew, describes Tom as a cherub-faced, bubbling

guy.    Sgt. Eling explains that the crew of pilot Mark Cope and copilot Tom Cryan trained together in

the U.S., then picked up a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and flew it to Scotland.    In a letter dated

February 4, 2000, Dr. Eling writes:


Our crew was put together... in early 1943.    Our training bases were at Walla Walla, and Moses Lake,

Washington.    After our crew's training we were given a furlough.    We met at Scott Field, Illinois.    We ferried aB-17 bomber to Presque Isle, Maine.    24 hours later we flew from Presque Isle in a driving rain storm through thenight and I can't recall if we landed in Labrador or not (at 77 years of age, the mind gets fuzzy sometimes).   Anyway, the next day we landed at Prestwick, Scotland.    Pilot Mark Cope and copilot Tom Cryan did a great jobgetting us to Scotland.    We went to a base named Stone, Scotland.    From there we went by rail to the 100th Bomb

Base at Thorpe Abbots.    As I recall we were a replacement for one of the bombers shot down on October 14, 1943on the Schweinfurt, Germany ball-bearing raid.**    Three weeks later, November 3, 1943, we flew our firstmission.

** Owen Roane, who flew as lead pilot on the Schweinfurt mission, says that no planes were lost on

October 13; he believes that Lt. Cope's crew was probably a replacement for the October 10 mission

to Munster, when 13 crews from the 100th Bomb Group were sent out and only one returned.

Left waist gunner James Morrison recalls that Tom had been trained as a fighter pilot, but was

assigned to Lt. Cope's crew when the demand was greater for heavy bomber pilots.    Sgt. Morrison

says that Tom was "a big man, and strong.    If he hadn't been, we would have crashed in phase

training."    He explains that during the landing of a flight in Walla Walla, the flaps malfunctioned and

the B-17 started to nose dive.     Pilot Cope and copilot Cryan "were stout enough to manhandle the

plane and level it back up."

Upon arrival at Thorpe Abbotts, the crew were assigned the

B-17 #231049 (known by the last three digits as "049"),

which they named "Superstitious Aloysius."    A magician

was painted on the nose of the aircraft, along with a

wishbone, a four-leaf clover, and several other good luck

charms.    Ethell and Simonsen's The History of Aircraft

Nose Art explains:

                   "Some nose art characters were painted on

                   many individual aircraft in many areas across

                   the globe.    Superstitious Aloysius was a

                   popular good luck elf who carried just about every charm known to man, including a

                   wishbone, horseshoe, four-leaf clover, tied string (on his nose), and rabbit's foot while

                   crossing his fingers.    These examples in the Eighth Air Force show crews wanted all the

                   luck they could get."

(Photos courtesy J.C. Eling)

"All the luck they could get" (along with discipline and teamwork) brought success to aircraft 049

and its crews.    Bud Frum, one of the four ground crew members who took care of the plane, recalls:

"The Superstitious Aloysius survived the war.    It flew over 100 missions, and we never lost a crew."

   However, several crew members including Tom Cryan were killed while flying on other planes.    In

a March 8, 2000 letter, Bud Frum writes: "Remember freedom has a price and your grandfather's

brother paid the highest.    I was proud to have been associated with him."

Right waist gunner Donald Walker joined Lt. Cope's crew during training in the U.S. in the late

summer of 1943, and traveled with them to England in October of the same year.    Sgt. Walker has

"fond memories" of Tom, and describes him as jolly, youthful, energetic, enthusiastic, and full of life.

   Sgt. Walker recalls that during preparation for a mission, Tom would borrow a motorcycle and ride

around the base, fully outfitted in his heavy padded flight suit, steel vest, and helmet.    As he drove

by on the motorcycle, Tom's comrades would yell "Here comes Cryan!"

Navigator Festus "Shorty" Bryant says that he and Tom were good friends.    "We had a lot of fun

together.    We would go pub crawling -- drink some beer, and shoot some darts.    Tom was one of

the most nonchalant guys I knew.    He would never get worked up about anything.    We would keep

about $5.00 in a pot as spending money, and when someone would ask Tom, 'How much do you

have?' he would answer, 'I don't know, ask Shorty!' (pronounced Shaw-ty, in Tom's Boston accent).

   Tom was a super guy.    He was one of two people that I really looked forward to visiting in the

states after the war."    The other, an officer named Becker, was also killed in action.

Pilot Mark Cope estimates that Lt. Cryan flew with his crew for about 6 to 8 missions, after which Tom

was promoted to become the pilot of another aircraft.    Lt. Cope's cousin, George Cope, says that

Mark tells tales of "barn storming" (recreational low-altitude flying) in a B-17 during training in

Washington State.    Mark has also often spoken of Tom Cryan's ability as a copilot, and of the sad

news of his death.

Ball turret gunner Richard Donnelly remembers Tom as a robust fellow with a big laugh.    He says

that during the early missions while Tom was still flying with Cope's crew, "Everything was new to

us.    Our first mission was an easy one...    They broke us in."    Sgt. Donnelly remembers that

months later, Lt. Cope's crew was on stand down between missions on the day that Tom's plane did

not return.


One of the early missions flown by Lieutenants Cope, Cryan, and crew may have played a major role

in preventing Hitler from manufacturing the atomic bomb.    Pilot Owen "Cowboy" Roane, who led

the 100th Bomb Group on the November 16, 1943 mission to Rjukan, Norway, explains that although

they didn't know it at the time, the 100th Bomb Group crews were participating in the destruction of a

Heavy Water plant.

While Lt. Cryan was overseas, his family often waited for months with no news of Tom.    In early

1944, Tom's brother Frank wrote to his brother Gerald, "Tommy should bounce up one of these days

but I'm afraid we won't hear for a while, probably until the end of the war."

As Tom's brother Paul remembers, in March of 1944, Tom had completed his tour and was due to

return home.    Tom's sister Catherine received a letter from another soldier indicating that Tom

would soon be home "without a scratch."    Instead, however, he was assigned to fly as fill-in for

another crew because one of the pilots was ill.    As Paul recalls, "One of (Tom's sister) Eileen's

friends from the Highlands off of School Street was in Tom's squadron and called her and said Tom

would be home in a day or so as he had taken the other mission."


The target of the mission was an Augsburg wartime factory which manufactured ball-bearings.  

Sergeant Richard Faulkner, ball-turret gunner for the B-17 "Berlin Playboy," remembers that

twenty-one B-17's from the 100th Bombardment joined more than 600 aircraft involved in the March

18, 1944 mission to Augsburg and Munich.

This was Sgt. Faulkner's first mission.    Although he had only met Tom that morning, he remembered

that as an experienced pilot, Lt. Cryan had been chosen to copilot the Berlin Playboy for the

Augsburg mission.

On the morning of Saturday, March 18, The 100th Bomb Group took off from Thorpe Abbots, England

after being delayed by heavy fog.    En route to Germany, the formation came under heavy flak

(anti-aircraft fire) from the Germans in Northern France.    The group leader pulled out, and when the

planes re-grouped, the Berlin Playboy and another B-17 tried to occupy the same spot in the


A mid-air collision resulted over the countryside near Neufchatel, and the Berlin Playboy broke apart

at the wing.    Sgt. Faulkner was the only member of the crew who was able to clear the aircraft and

open his parachute.    He was rescued by the French underground, and "spent 28 days behind

German Lines" as he was moved from house to house in the French countryside.    Sgt. Faulkner

communicated with the French patriots by pointing to words in a French/English dictionary.    When

he was finally brought to the coast, he was picked up by British forces in rubber rafts from a PT boat.

   Upon returning to England, Sgt. Faulkner asked where he should sleep.    He was shown a room

full of empty bunks, and was told to take his choice.    None of the previous occupants had returned

from battle.

Century Bombers: the Story of the Bloody Hundredth, by Richard LeStrange, details the fates of the

three 100th Bomb Group planes which failed to return from the Augsburg mission:


...It was noted that, at 12.10 and 'over France,' B-17 42-39830, piloted by Paul Martin, had collided with B-17  42-37913, piloted by Donald Stuke...    The man observed bailing out (was) ball-turret gunner Richard Faulkner...   The rest of Lieutenant Martin's crew, including the co-pilot, Thomas Cryan, who originally flew with Mark Cope, were killed.

Only two men bailed out of Lieutenant Stuke's plane, the co-pilot Thomas Lemond, who successfully evaded the Germans, and engineer Daniel Segrete, who was taken prisoner of war.    The rest were killed, including replacement navigator George Owens, from the crew of Donald Rice.

A third plane, 'Bastard's Bungalow II' (42-3508), piloted by Robert Horn and co-piloted by Bart Mahoney, also failed to return due to battle damage.


The bombardier Charles Conner, recalls:    'We crash-landed near Ulm, with Lieutenant Horn making a superb smooth dead-stick wheels-up landing in the snow covered back yard of a farmer.    As we climbed out of the airplane we were "greeted" by the very irate farmer and his family armed with pitch forks and pistols, and they held us captive for fifteen to thirty minutes until a half-dozen German military men took control and moved us to the town jail.'

Within a few months after the accident, word reached the Cryan family that the German Government

had identified Tom's body.    Tom's fiancee, Pat Holmes, had been widowed before she was married.

Josie (Ort) O'Connor lost two nephews to the War.    As her daughter Ann O'Connor Raskopf

remembers, "Tom was tall and very handsome.    A totally nice person.    My mother was devastated

when we heard of his death.    He was about the same age as his (and my) cousin John O'Flahavan.  

Both were pilots in the Air Force...    My mother received the message of John's death at about the

same time and she was wiped away by it all."

Josie was a musician who played the piano and several stringed instruments.    She owned a zither,

a classical guitar, and a mandolin which she had treated with care since she was a child.    Upon

hearing that her nephews had been killed, she donated all three of the stringed instruments to the

United Service Organization.    She explained to Ann "They're giving up their lives.    The least we can

do is give away our instruments."

Tom's oldest brother, James, articulated the depth of the loss experienced by the family in a letter to

his youngest brother, Gerald, who was stationed in Alaska when the family in Lowell received the

telegram.    The letter was written on Jim's 36th birthday.

Dear Gerry:

I hope you didn't take the bad news too hard...    In case other letters haven't come through yet and this is the first news you've had about the last telegram from the war dept., the German Gov't reported through the International Red Cross that Tom was killed in action over Germany on March 18th.

It's bad enough for us here to take, but at least we are together and it certainly helps to have the rest of the family around when a thing like this happens.    Don't let it get you down, I always felt that Tom was the one guy in this family that had everything it takes physically, morally, and mentally to make a real success of life, I felt this without any disparagement of the rest of us, because of all the other people I have ever met or known, heard of, or

read about, no one was more qualified to be a leader of men, the father of a family, a good Catholic, and a real gentleman in every worthwhile meaning of that hackneyed word, than Tom.


I think the purpose for which God put us here on earth was to know him, love him, and serve him, as the catechism says, and believing this and all the kindred teachings of the church, I must admit that Tom was better prepared to meet him than I am now or ever hope to be though I am here for another fifty years and strive to better my character and understanding throughout every minute of that time.

It can always be a source of pride to you that you belong to a family that can produce a person like Tom.    It is up to all of us to lead good clean lives, to pick when we marry the finest and best woman we can find, and then perhaps with the help of God in a generation or two there will be another Tom, and this time perhaps the race of murderers will be subjugated, and he can live to fulfill the promise of his youth.

Let's not feel too bad about it, after all God is taking care of him no matter where he is and grief is mostly for our own loss.

After reading this letter I hesitate to send it but after all you are not a kid any longer and we can speak as man to man, not as big brother to little brother, and there can be no harm in you knowing how I feel...    That's enough for this letter; I'll write you again in a week or so and let you know how the business is and everything.  with love, Jim


Tom's brother Paul remembers a bittersweet meeting that occurred a year after Tom's death.    "In

1945, near the end of the war, I was thumbing home to Bridgeport from New Jersey.    and on the

parkway the car that picked me up picked up an Army man.    In a few minutes he asked if I had a

brother in the Air Corps.    A pilot had given him a ride to a spot in northern England when he couldn't

have gotten to his base on time.    He had only met Tom on this one occasion but made the

connection.    The man was home on leave as he just escaped from a German prisoner of war camp."

On Saturday, June 14, 1949, the

expected arrival of Thomas Cryan's

body in Lowell was announced in the

Lowell Sun, with the headline, "Body of

Local War Hero Due Here Today."    Lt.

Cryan's military funeral and the

corresponding mass at St. Peter's

Church were later described in a Lowell

Sun funeral notice.    Tom's casket was

borne by his six brothers.


Thomas Cryan's final resting place is

beside his parents in St. Patrick's

cemetery in Lowell.    A memorial to Lt.

Cryan's sacrifice (erected by the

Tyngsboro Veterans) is marked as

Thomas Cryan Square, located on Westford Road, between Middle Road and Route 40, in

Tyngsboro, Massachussetts.


From:  | Date:        Mon, 20 Mar 2000 01:21:58 ESTSubject:        [CRYAN] Re: Ship's list, Atty    To:

Hello Pam,For an arrival of a passenger ship in Boston in 1848, there would be

two versions of the passenger ship list, federal and state.  While they are

generally similar, they are not always identical.  The federal version

is readily available on microfilm.  The state version is harder to get.  I

have looked at microfilm at the Massachusetts States Archives.  It is easy

to tell which you are viewing.  The federal lists are on separate sheets of

paper.  The state lists are in bound reagister books.  The microfilm index to

Boston passenger lists from 1848 to 1890 is based on the state lists.

Family Tree Maker's index search indicates that the Irish to America CD

has entries for Catherine Crean and Kate Crean.  One of them might be my

gggrandmother Catherine Crean.  I think that she arrived in the U.S.

between the 1850 and 1860 censuses.  There are also entries with the names of

her husband's parents, James Ivers and Rosanna Ivers.  They arrived before

1851.  I would appreciate it very much if you would look up the entries. 

Thank you.Jack Ledden


From:  | Date:        Tue, 21 Mar 2000 20:00:46 EST Subject:        [CRYAN] McMahon    To:

Hi Sara, Where are your McMahons from?  My Great Grandmother was Sarah

McMahon (paternal) [the following was written by my uncle Arthur- my

Father's brother who still lives in Lowell}




Sarah McMahon, daughter of Frank McMahon and Anna Grimes married James

Cryan. James Cryan, I presume, was my grandfather  on that side of the family.

That provides a starting point. He was born in Ballaghaderreen, County

Roscommon. Since he married Sarah McMahon on October 6, 1859 he was probably born

before 1840. ...


Because she was living in England, at Newcastle on Tyne the wedding was

probably in England. That was a fruitful marriage. They had 11

children. We know, or the record says, that James, Anne, Mary, Bridget, Frank,

Thomas were born in England. I thought that Katy was born in England too, but the

list says she was born in USA. Others born in USA were John P., Thomas,

Arthur, Alexander.

So,  are your McMahon's from Massachusetts? and are there Cryan's in

your past?   Rosalie Cryan


Date:        Tue, 28 Mar 2000 11:20:48 -0800 (PST)   From:        Caoimhghin O Croidheain <>  |  Subject:        croghan-boyle     To:

Hi I have just joined and I was wondering if anyone had

info on Croghan. My great great grandfather, John

Cryan, was the national school teacher (aka Master

Cryan) from about 1860-1905. His wife was Margaret

Dolan and she went to Carrick-on-shannon after he

died. His daughter also taught at the school for a

while. Margaret and John married in Boyle in 1858.

any help would be appreciated caoimhghin o croidheain

(kevin cryan)


from:  | Date:        Tue, 28 Mar 2000 16:14:15 EST Subject:

        Re: [KER] croghan-boyle     To:


You probably already known this but in case you do not....the parish

priest in Valentia is Father Shanahan.  That should give you in inside track

into the Shanahan records at the parish.  I understand that they have births

and marriages back to whenever and that he is trying to restore some

semblence of order to the deaths since the cemetery next to the parish.  He is,

however, only at the parish on Wednesdays and for one half day on Sunday.

I have talked to him by phone and he has very little time for genealogy

requests.  In fact I have been trying for six months to get a copy of

my 3rd g grandfather's baptismal records.

Let me know if you find a link with Father Shanahan.

Ken Sullivan  Canyon Lake, Ca


   From:        "John Sheerin" <>  | Subject:        Re: croghan-boyle

   Date:        Tue, 28 Mar 2000 16:53:30 -0500     To:

Kevin:Don't know if this will help but,

The RC church in Boyle is now called St. Joseph's Catholic Church,  and

atone time it was called the RC Church of Boyle.

My Cryans lived in the lower Deerpark area, outside of Boyle.

Do you know any of John Cryan's parents or his siblings?

There is also a Surname group that we "Cryan" researchers subscribe to


Let me know how your research is going.Warm regards,Jake Sheerin,Annapolis MD


From:        "Ray Marshall" <>       To:        "Caoimhghin O Croidheain" <> Subject:        Re: [KER] croghan-boyle   Date:        Tue, 28 Mar 2000 15:58:55 -0600

GreetingsCoincidentally, I just finished typing this newspaper article which I

willbesending to Mary. You no doubt will be quite interested in the Shanahan's mentioned.

Ray Marshall Minneapolis


Date:        Tue, 28 Mar 2000 22:33:09 -0500   From:        William McGarry <> 

     To:        Caoimhghin O Croidheain <> Subject:        Re: croghan-boyle

Hi Caoimhghin,What kind of information on Croghan are you looking for.  My family is

from there and I have visited there myself.  It is a very small town.

Let me know if I can help.Bill McGarry


From:        "j.liddy" <>  | To:        "Kevin" <>

 Subject:        Croghan   Date:        Wed, 29 Mar 2000 11:56:09 -0500

I don't have any written information on it. As you may already know

it's in the western end of the civil parish of Killukin and

Carrick-on-shannon is at the eastern end.  Because of that, I'm

sending along some birth info. that may be related to your family.


3841315CREGAN, Catharina     Christening

                       Sex: Female

           Birth Date: 8 Aug 1868

  Christening Date:                                          8 Aug 1868            Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Killummond, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Joannes CREGAN

             Mother: Margaretta DOLAN

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1864-1881

3821603CRYAN, Joannes          Christening

                       Sex: Male

  Christening Date:                                        11 May 1841           Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Petri CRYAN

             Mother: Brigidae CARR

 Source: FHL Number 989743                 Dates: 1831-1849

3821648CRYAN, Joannes          Christening

                       Sex: Male

  Christening Date:                                        15 Aug 1841            Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Michaelis CRYAN

             Mother: Margaritae DRURY

 Source: FHL Number 989743                 Dates: 1831-1849

3827789CRYAN, Joannem        Christening

                       Sex: Male

  Christening Date:                                        19 Jun 1844 Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Ardcarn And Tuamna, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Michaelis CRYAN

             Mother: Margarittae FLANAGAN

 Source: FHL Number 989746                 Dates: 1843-1881

3840128CRYAN, Joannem        Christening

                       Sex: Male

  Christening Date:                                        18 Jan 1846 Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Ballinameen, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Patritii CRYAN

             Mother: Brigidae FLOOD

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1833-1850

3841094CRYAN, Jacobus          Christening

                       Sex: Male

           Birth Date: 19 May 1866

  Christening Date:                                        19 May 1866           Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Killummond, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Joannes CRYAN

             Mother: Margaretta DOLAN

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1864-1881

3841549CRYAN, Stephanus      Christening

                       Sex: Male

           Birth Date: 26 Dec 1870

  Christening Date:                                        27 Dec 1870            Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Killummond, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Joannes CRYAN

             Mother: Margaretta DOLAN

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1864-1881



3841315CREGAN, Catharina     Christening

                       Sex: Female

           Birth Date: 8 Aug 1868

  Christening Date:                                          8 Aug 1868            Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Killummond, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Joannes CREGAN

             Mother: Margaretta DOLAN

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1864-1881

3841094CRYAN, Jacobus          Christening

                       Sex: Male

           Birth Date: 19 May 1866

  Christening Date:                                        19 May 1866           Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Killummond, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Joannes CRYAN

             Mother: Margaretta DOLAN

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1864-1881

3841549CRYAN, Stephanus      Christening

                       Sex: Male

           Birth Date: 26 Dec 1870

  Christening Date:                                        27 Dec 1870            Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Killummond, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Joannes CRYAN

             Mother: Margaretta DOLAN

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1864-1881



3821826DOLAN, Margaritta       Christening

                       Sex: Female

  Christening Date:                                          7 Jan 1842 Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Patricii DOLAN

             Mother: Catherinae BREHENY

 Source: FHL Number 989743                 Dates: 1831-1849

3839777DOLAN, Margarittam    Christening

                       Sex: Female

  Christening Date:                                        29 Jan 1845 Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Ballinameen, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Caroli DOLAN

             Mother: Margarittae FORD

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1833-1850

3840159DOLAN, Margarettam   Christening

                       Sex: Female

  Christening Date:                                        13 Mar 1846            Recorded in:      Roman Catholic, Killucan And Ballinameen, Roscommon, Ireland

              Father: Jacobi DOLAN

             Mother: Mariae FIHELY

 Source: FHL Number 989741                 Dates: 1833-1850


From:        "John Sheerin" <   Date:        Thu, 30 Mar 2000 11:25:09 -0500

 Subject:        [CRYAN] Curious! To:


I re-subscribed to the the "Cryan List" on  19 Mar,

and got confirmation that I was on the Cryan subscriber

list also on the 19th.However, my curiosity is, I haven't seen any Emails coming or going

concerning this list!!Prior to "un-subscribing", was out of town for two weeks,

it appeared to me that this "list' was very active and I had about 3/4

emails daily.Is this just a lull, or what?Just a little concerned!!

My Cryans are from the Boyle area and I grew up in Lowell, MA and now

livein Annapolis MD.We are going back to Ireland on the 1st of June and will be doing some

Cryanresearch there, and hopefully will catchup with Michael Tobin in the Galway area..

Warm regards,Jake Sheerin


Date:        Fri, 31 Mar 2000 10:19:47 -0500   From:        Jim Dolan <>  |

 Subject:        [CRYAN] My Mayo Creans     To:

My Mayo CREANS come from two directions; from my great great

grandfathersTHOMAS CREAN and ANTHONY THORNTON. CREAN appears more frequently in theTHORNTON line than the CREAN line.

I hope that someone out there recognizes some names and we can make a

connection. I have more data and I am willing to share. I also hope the

formatting survives the cyber trip reasonably intact.

The data from Ireland was obtained from the North Mayo Heritage Centre.

Jim DolanPS: And yes I am aware of UNA's web page and have been in touch with


                        Descendants of Thomas Crean

1  Thomas Crean b: in Currower, Attymass Parish, County Mayo, Ireland  


. 2 John Crane b: Abt. 1841 in County Mayo, Ireland     d: May 31, 1908 in

Philadelphia, PA

.....+Maria Thornton b: Abt. 1847 in Breaffy, County Mayo, Ireland      d:


.....   3 Mary A. Crane b: Oct 12, 1868 in County Mayo, Ireland d: Abt.


.........+Patrick Nealon        b: Abt. 1863 in Ireland d: Apr 17, 1893

.....   3 Bridget Crane b: Jan 11, 1873 in Scranton  PA d: Nov 14, 1963

in Scranton  PA

.........+Joseph Youngblood     b: May 21, 1868 d: Jul 19, 1938

.....   3 John Crane    b: Dec 8, 1876  d: Sep 6, 1958 in Los Angeles CA

.........+Mollie Wilmont               

.....   3 Sarah E. Crane        b: Feb 15, 1878 in Scranton, PA d: Jun 26, 1961

inScranton, PA

.........+William J. Dolan      b: Oct 27, 1877 in Minooka, PA  d: Oct 22,

1951in Scranton, PA

.....   3 Anthony Crane b: Abt. Sep 1883 in Scranton  PA        d: Apr 24, 1902

inScranton, PA

.       2 Mary Crean    b: Abt. 1850 in Ireland d: May 30, 1932 in Scranton  PA

.....   +Werner Flubacher               d: Sep 26, 1935 in Scranton  PA

.       *2nd Husband of Mary Crean:            

.....   +Patt Murphy    b: in Corrower, County Mayo, Ireland


                         Descendants of Anthony Thornton

1 Anthony Thornton      b: in Ireland   d: in Ireland

..+Mary Durkan  b: in Ireland   d: in Ireland

.       2 Maria Thornton b: Abt. 1847 in Breaffy, County Mayo, Ireland  d:

Bef. 1900

.....   +John Crane     b: Abt. 1841 in County Mayo, Ireland d: May 31, 1908

inPhil. PA

.....   3  Mary A. Crane b: Oct 12, 1868 in County Mayo, Ireland        d: Abt.


.........+Patrick Nealon        b: Abt. 1863 in Ireland d: Apr 17, 1893

.....   3 Bridget Craneb: Jan 11, 1873 in Scranton  PA  d: Nov 14, 1963 in

Scranton  PA

.........+Joseph Youngblood     b: May 21, 1868 d: Jul 19, 1938

.....   3 John Crane    b: Dec 8, 1876  d: Sep 6, 1958 in Los Angeles CA

.........+Mollie Wilmont               

.....   3 Sarah E. Crane b: Feb 15, 1878 in Scranton, PA d: Jun 26, 1961

inScranton, PA

.........+William J. Dolan      b: Oct 27, 1877 in Minooka, PA  d: Oct 22,

1951in Scranton, PA

.....   3 Anthony Crane b: Abt. Sep 1883 in Scranton  PA        d: Apr 24, 1902

inScranton, PA

.       2 Sara Thornton b: Jun 7, 1853 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland 

.....    +Anthony Crean b: in Lisnanagh, County Mayo, Ireland  

.....   3 Patrick Crean b: Feb 15, 1882 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo,


.....   3 Michael Crean b: Feb 28, 1883 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo,


.........+Ellen Cullen  b: in Ardnaree, County Mayo, Ireland   

.....   3  Anthony Crean        b: Dec 15, 1884 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo,


d: Bef. 1891 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 James Crean   b: Aug 2, 1886 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo, Ireland      

.....   3 Bridget Crean b: May 6, 1888 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo, Ireland      

.....   3 Anthony Crean b: Aug 4, 1890 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo, Ireland      

.....   3 Margaret Crean        b: Sep 18, 1892 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo,


.....   3 Thomas Crean  b: Dec 19, 1894 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo, Ireland     

.....   3 William Crean b: Aug 13, 1896 in Lisnanagh, County Mayo,


.       2 Bridget Thornton      b: Abt. 1854 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland    d:

Oct20, 1871 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland

.       2 Anthony Thornton      b: Oct 9, 1856 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland 

.       2 Patrick Thornton      b: Feb 11, 1859 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland

.       2 James Thornton        b: Jul 6, 1863 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland 

.       2 Michael Thornton      b: Aft. 1864 in Breaffy County Mayo, Ireland    d:

Aug17, 1923 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   +Margaret Murphy                d: Oct 15, 1922 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Anthony Thornton      b: Dec 28, 1880 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Patrick Thornton      b: May 16, 1882 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 John Thornton b: Aug 12, 1883 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Edward Thornton       b: 1884 in County Mayo, Ireland

.........+Honor Durkan         

.....   3 Mary Thornton b: May 31, 1885 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Ellen Thornton        b: May 25, 1886 in County Mayo, Ireland

.........+Owen McLoughlin              

.....   3 Margaret Thornton     b: May 12, 1887 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Michael Thornton      b: Jul 6, 1888 in County Mayo, Ireland  d: Sep

27,1890 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 James Thornton        b: Jul 12, 1889 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Thomas Thornton       b: Oct 12, 1890 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Michael ? Thornton    b: Oct 19, 1891 in County Mayo, Ireland

.....   3 Ann Thornton  b: May 9, 1893 in County Mayo, Ireland 

.....   3 Martin Thornton       b: Nov 12, 1894 in County Mayo, Ireland

.........+Helena Connell               

.....   3 Thady Thornton        b: Feb 2, 1897 in County Mayo, Ireland 

.........+Mary Gallagher               



From:  | Date:        Sat, 1 Apr 2000 07:39:26 EST

 Subject:        [CRYAN] MA Naturalizations -CRYAN CREAN CREHAN


Hello to the List,

Last time I was at the National Archives in Waltham, MA, I transcribe

the information from the Naturalization Indexes  all  CRYANs,  CREANs and I

think I got all CREHANs   listed in the index.

If anyone would like me to  lookup any of these names,   please e-mail

me privately.Please,  They are the Indexes ONLY,   I do not have the actual record.

I can get the address for you to send for the record. To the following offer I made do lookups,  could you please let me know

the   City or Town your relative lived in.

Karen Murphy


Date:        Sat, 3 Apr 1999 20:36:33 -0500     To:

   From:        Kevin Killion <>  |  Subject:        Re: Croghan, schoolteacher



"Caoimhghin O Croidheain" <> said:

>I have just joined and I was wondering if anyone had

>info on Croghan. My great great grandfather, John

>Cryan, was the national school teacher (aka Master

>Cryan) from about 1860-1905. His wife was Margaret

>Dolan and she went to Carrick-on-shannon after he

>died. His daughter also taught at the school for a

>while.>caoimhghin o croidheain

>(kevin cryan)


"John Sheerin" <> said:

>My Cryans lived in the lower Deerpark area, outside of Boyle.

>Do you know any of John Cryan's parents or his siblings?

>There is also a Surname group that we "Cryan" researchers subscribe to


>Let me know how your research is going.

>Warm regards,>Jake Sheerin,>Annapolis MD

Kevin and John --I don't know if it's relevant, but in the book "Roscommon Before the

Famine" by William Gacquin, there is this:

   "[In 1826] in Kiltoom parish [Co. Roscommon] there were five

   schools. ... at the Berries (Barrybeg townland) there was

   [a school] in one room twelve feet square.  The teacher was

   Luke Croghan who got 1s. 8d. to 2s. from the pupils."

I noted that because a friend of mine here in Chicago is a John

Croghan,and when I mentioned this to him he said that his family is from this

area.I'm sure he'd welcome any further news:  his address is Kevin Killion



Date:        Sat, 3 Apr 1999 20:36:33 -0500   From:        Kevin Killion <>  | Block address Subject:        Re: Croghan, schoolteacher     To:

thanks Karen,  My Cryan's came to Boston in May or June 1848.  I would appreciate it

if you could look them up. They are:Atty, Sarah, Wynifred, Patrick ,Michael Anne Timothy James  MarkThanks!Pam Burleson


Reply-to:         "Christine O'Donnell" <>    From:         "Christine O'Donnell" <>  |  Subject:         Birth Certificates    Date:         Tue, 4 Apr 2000 07:30:17 +1000


Dear List Members, I have details of births and christenings extracted from the Vital Records Index and want to know how to go about ordering copies of  the certificates.I have Christening Dates of 1855, 1859 and 1868 all recorded as "Roman Catholic, Killinvoy and Killmain, Co. Roscommon, Ireland" and Birth dates of 1871 recorded in "Civil Registration for Ireland" occuring in

Roscommon, Roscommon, Ireland.All information gratefully received and much appreciated,

Regards,Christine O'Donnell


Date:        Tue, 4 Apr 2000 11:42:41 -0700 (PDT)   From: Caoimhghin O Croidheain>  | Subject:     [CRYAN] sites plus their info     To:

CRANE Family history, by Sarah S. Crane. 67p.  1911.


 CRANE. Henry Crane of Milton, Mass., 1654, & some of

his desc., by E. W.

Leavitt. 29p.  1893. $6.00

 CRANE. Gen. of the Crane fam., desc. of Henry Crane

of Wethersfield &

Guilford, Ct., by E. Crane. 2 vols.  839p.  1900.


 CRANE. A branch of the Crane family tree, by Elinor

Lexington et al. 21p.

1923.  $5.50

 CRANE. Extr. from Hist. of Wethersfield, Ct.  7p.

1904. $4.00

Crain Cemetery, Crain Baptist Church, Crain Rd. Route

3, Jackson County, IL, Crain Baptist Church, Crain Rd.

Route 3, Jackson County, IL ,

off Route 3 in Jackson Co., about three miles North of

Rt. 149.

Donated by:  Peggy Luthy

Row I

Elizabeth Crain Talbott b. June 7, 1820, d. Feb 2,

1891 spouse: W. E. Talbot

Norris Crain b. Oct. 17, 1835, d. Nov. 11, 1873 aged

38 yr. 1 mo., 24 Ds

Infant son of Norris & Isabella Crain b & d Sept. 13,


Sylvester son of Norris & Isabella Crain b. Jan. 8,

1872, d. Aug. 1, 1872

Infant son of William & b. Feb. 3, 1870, d. Feb 9,

1870 RowII


Locothy Crain , infant son of Squire & Louisa Crain

Ellis Crain, b. Dec. 10, 1818 d. Feb. 28, 1843 aged 24

yrs, 2 mo. 18 ds.

William M. infant son of Squire & Louisa Crain ----no


Margaret Crain b. Feb 19, 1831, d. Jan 15, 1845 aged

13 yrs 11 mo, 5ds.

Gincy Crain b. May 12, 1829 , d. Feb 16, 1848 aged 18

yrs 9 mo 4ds.


Amanda wife of Norris Crain born Nov. 1848 died Feb.

2, 1868 20th yr of her age

Joseph Crain son of Norris & Amanda b & d Feb AD 1868

Lewis J. Woodrick b. dec. 24, 1851, d. Aug. 4, 1874

aged 22 yrs 6mo 10d.included because his stone is in

the middle of the Crain's

Dorcus consort of Leonard Woolrick d. Dec 1851 27yrs,

10mo, 12ds.

Warren Crain born Dec. 25, 1824, d. Feb. 10, 1845

20yrs 1mo 25 ds

Squire Crain died Nov. 14, 1846 aged 61 yrs 3 mo 13


Louisa (Mansker) Crain  wife of Squire

Nancy Crain daughter of Squire & Louisa died Dec. 11,

1855 aged 22 yrs 11 mo 17 Ds.

Infant daughter of Willis & Mary A. Crain born Sept.

17, 1855, died Oct. 1, 1855

Ellie Crain son of Willis & Mary A. Crain  b Jan 22,

1860 d Dec 21, 1860 10mo, 29ds.

Walker Crain son of Willis & Mary A. Crain Mar. 9,

1868 aged 3 yrs 16ds.

Hubert Crain son of Willis & Mary died Nov. 19, 1878

1yr 4mo 3 days

Hattie Crain dau. of Willis & Mary Crain died Mar. 11,

1881 aged 5yrs 8mo 3ds.

In heaven one angel more

On earth one darling less,

Pass'd away to the other shore,

Dear little Hattie is gone to rest.

Mary A. wife of Willis Crain died Mar 23, 1884 aged

48yrs 5mo 15ds

Milla, daughter of H. & M. Crain, d. Oct. 2, 1884,

aged 7mo, 23ds.

Willis Crain d. Sep 27, 1898 aged 70yrs 6mo 29ds

Creekpaum Cemetery, Jackson Co. IL

Donated by Peggy Luthy

Phineas Crain 1890-1921 Mollie his wife 1896-1972

Corydon Crain & Wife Amanda C. Corydon Aug 26, 1853

Aug. 17, 1851 July 9, 1936 July 25, 1928

Solomon Crain-- Brother Dec. 22, 1873--Sep. 16, 1895 (

located beside Corydon Crain's stone, brother?)

Crain Reuben 1871-1925 (son of George & Cathrine)

Ollie Bean his wife, 1872--1925 (* both were killed in

the Murphysboro tornado of March 1925) * information

from Ralph Crain, son of Otis & Margaret.

Crain Otis 1889--1962 (son of Friend & Rebecca)

Margaret 1890--1987 (his wife) ( daughter of Henry &

Julia Ditzler)

Harry Crain 1888-1920 (son of George & Cathrine)

Crain George 1846--1924 (son of Friend & Elizabeth)

Cathrine 1846--1930 (Arndell/Arnold)

Crain Friend 1867--1938 (son of George & Cathrine)

Rebecca 1865--1954 (daughter of John & Elizabeth


Viva Crain Daughter of F & R Crain born Sep. 26, 1891

died April 19, 1911

Ruth Crain Daughter of F & R Crain Born Sep. 4, 1896

Died Apr. 13, 1910

Dewey Crain 1898--1970 ( Joe-- son of Friend &


Crain Friend Crain 1808--1895 Elizabeth his wife

1815--1910 (House) "They were among the earliest

pioneers of this communtiy"

Crain Burl Floyd Oct. 16, 1900--Jan. 17, 1979 Jennie

Mae June 7, 1900--Nov. 17, 1990 (his wife)

Crain Riley L. 1871--1918 (son of George & Cathrine)

Ada L. 1874--1971 (his wife)

Blanche 1893--1895 (daughter of Riley & Ada Crain)

Louise 1913--1974 (daughter of Riley & Ada Crain)

Huckaba--married Nov. 18, 1939 Roy 1897--1979 Julia M.

1910--1977 (daughter of Riley & Ada Crain)

Violet wife of A. C. Crain born Oct. 9, 1855 died Jan

9, 1897 (Johnson) Ashby C. Crain 1857--1915

Crain Clain Crain 1870--1932 (son of George & Cathrine

Crain) Janey his wife 1866-- 1925 (*killed in the

Murphysboro tornado March 1925)

Omar son of C. & Jane Crain Apr. 1899 aged 3 yrs. 1

mo. 6d.

Crain Samuel 1856--1893 Louisa 1861--1915

Orlan Crain died Feb. 6, 1889 aged 21? (B.F. Wolf on

same stone)

Hannah Crain daughter of (George & Cathrine?)

Ronnie Loyd Crain son of T. &E. J. Crain

Halllie son of Wm & H. Crain died Jun. 18, 188_

Catherine wife of J. R. Crain died Jan. 30, 1893 aged

41 yrs. (wife of John Rice Crain)

John W. & Elizabeth Henson, John b. 8 Dec, 1835, D. 28

Jan, 1920.  Elizabeth, nee TOW, b. 28 July, 1838, d.

20 July, 1916

Henson Cassandra J. Hadley (James Hadley, son of John

W. & Elizabeth) Aug. 1, 1867 Feb. 20, 1862 Jan. 11,

1942 Jan. 20, 1942

Henson Eva died Mar 10, 1892 aged 1yr 6mo 10Ds

(daughter of J.H. & C. Henson)

Henson Mamie died Feb 25, 1899 aged 4yr 11mo 25days

(daughter of J. H. & C. Henson)

Smith James M. Mary J. (daughter of John & Elizabeth

Henson) 1864--1946 1868--1935

Benjamin Henson died Feb. 9, 1871 51yrs 2mo 19da

Elizabeth Henson b. Oct. 11, 1829 d. Dec. 23, 1873

(these two stones were side by side)

Susan wife of Harmon Hann Apr. 18, 1883 aged 32y 8m 4d

Ollie Schaeffer d. Jul. 16, 1911

David H. and Carrie Jane Henson.  Both were born in

the mid 1850s, died in the late 1930s.

Isabell Henson, b. 1869, d. 1957.

Edward and Noda Henson, b. 1884, d. mid 1950s.

Names donated by Lauri Gray-Stowesand


Samuel 1842-1916

Lavina (his wife) 1845-1892

Crain, Friend


Elizabeth (his wife)


"They were among the earliest

pioneers of this community."


Date:        Tue, 4 Apr 2000 12:18:35 -0700 (PDT)   From:        Caoimhghin O Croidheain <>  | Block address Subject:        [CRYAN] more     To:

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