A surname of England and Ireland; in England from the English place name Howley (Gloucestorshire, Lancashire, Somerset), Howle Hill (Herefordshire) or Howle (Shropshire); in Ireland, (O) Howley Ó hUallaigh, ? Ir. wallach - proud. (MacLysaght, E.C. Smith). Assumed by Bardsley to be a surname of Yorkshire, Lancashire or Cheshire, and traced by MacLysaght in Connacht and Co. Clare.



Of Caplin Bay: Fermeuse/Renews Marriage Records: Feb. 14 1838 - Thomas Boland, Ireland married Johanna [Clancey], Capelin Bay. Witnesses: Michael Howley & Mary ????.
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842 - Michael Howley.
At St. John's: RC Basilica - St John's - Marriage Records: May 20 1854 - Michael Howly (Ferryland) m. Mary Ann Dreelan (not stated). Witnesses: Jeremiah Carroll & Mary Ann Dignault.
Family History: There is very little known of this family and very few records are found of the Howley surname in the Caplin Bay area. The name disappears from Ferryland District records after 1842. Except for the marriage record at St. John's in 1854, there is no other indication that Michael Howley was still living in the area at that time. The Howley surname did not survive in Caplin Bay. It is not found in any later documents in the Ferryland area, nor is it known if there were any females in this family that could have married into other Caplin Bay families.
Local Place Names: Howley's Marsh.

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