Now a new discovery, thanks to a Griffith's Valuation index in the Irish Ancestors section of The Irish Times website: County Cork is only one of several places to look for our Cowey/Cowhey ancestors.
According to the site, Griffith's Valuation, published in between 1848 and 1864 to provide accurate information for tax purposes, lists every landholder and householder in Ireland. Supposedly Patrick Cowey arrived in the United States before this, around 1820, but relatives that he left behind in Ireland would more than likely be listed.
According to The Irish Times' index of the Cowhey surname in Griffith's Valuation, there were 10 total Cowheys at the time in Ireland - 1 in Cork and 9 in...Limerick! That's right, the birthplace of the famous satirical Limerick poetry, and also a place well-known for love of poetry in general. (You've got to love a place that loves poetry this much!)
Looking down the list of similar surnames, I learned the following about residences of possible related families in the mid-nineteenth century in Ireland:
- Cowhey - 10 total households (1 in Cork, 9 in Limerick)
- Cowey - 4 total households (1 in Clare, 3 in Galway)
- Cowhy - 18 total households (14 in Cork, 1 in Limerick, 1 in Limerick City)
- Cowhig - 20 total households (17 in Cork, 3 in Cork City)
- Couhig - 5 total households (5 in Cork)
Munster in the south is the kingdom of music and the arts, of harpers, of skilled ficheall players and of skilled horsemen. The fairs of Munster were the greatest in all Ireland.A wonderful place to claim as an ancestral home!