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Towey Clan
Clann Tuathaigh

Descendents of our Towey Ancestors and Variations Including Tuohy, Touey, Touy, Towy, Toey, Tooey, Toohey, Touhey, Towhey, Toowey, Twohy, Twohey, Tuffy and Tully


Here is the link to the page 
http://www.toweyclan.com/Famous%20Toweys.shtml

Fáilte go dtí an suíomh Clann Tuathaigh
Welcome to the Towey Clan Website
2012 Towey Gathering at Rochester, MN
2014 Get-Together in Ballaghaderreen

The Towey Gathering was held in Rochester, MN over the weekend of 10, 11, 12 August of 2012.
-- The Minnesota Towey's were proud to host the 2012 Towey         Gathering, the first Clan gathering held outside of Ireland.
-- We welcomed Towey's from all over the United States, Ireland,         United Kingdom, Canada and around the world.
--  Click 2012 Rochester Report Out for the festivities that we held.

The next Towey get-together is targeted for 22, 23, 24 August 2014 in our ancestors homeland at Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

Clan Objective
Celtic Design The Clan's objective is to preserve and expand knowledge about the heritage of our Irish ancestors with the Towey surname and its Irish variations. Through research and education, we seek to compile a central archive of relevant genealogical and historical information of our heritage and to make it freely available to all enquirers. We also try to provide historical information about Ireland and the events that affected our Irish ancestors.

Where is the “Home Area” of the Toweys?
People bearing the Irish surname of Towey trace their ancestry primarily to four parishes - Kilcolman, Castlemore, Kilbeagh and Kilmovee - in the vicinity of the town of Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. These parishes were part of the pre-Norman territory known as Sliabh Lugha ruled by the O'Gadhra Dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries. After the Norman invasion in 1170, these parishes became part of the Barony of Costello in the 13th century.
Click 1901 Towey Census Map for townlands where over 70% of Toweys lived at that time.
Also check 1901 Ireland Population which lists the Irish census by County to include where Toweys and name variations lived at that time.

What is the Origin of the Towey Surname?
Irish Times reports that the first Irish surnames began about 916 AD. By the 1200s many families had acquired true surnames as we would know them today. But when did the "Towey" surname originate and how?
At present, any one answer to this question is controversial, so we have learned to live tentatively with three explanations:
(1) Some of us uphold the tradition that we were originally members of an O'Neill sept which was transplanted from Co. Tyrone by Oliver Cromwell in the mid-17th century.
(2) Other Toweys have been told by our elders that we are descendants of members of the Touhy family from Co. Cork who fled the warfare in that area during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
(3) We also debate whether it is legitimate to consider ourselves part of Ireland's Chlann Tuathaigh.
Other origins have been claimed for (but not “by”) us too, and these are discussed further in the About Us web page.

Do the Towey's Have a Clan Constitution?
The Towey Clan Constitution was developed and approved at the Towey Clan General Meeting held at The Foxhunter, Lucan,  Co. Dublin, Ireland on 14 April 2001. Click here for reading a copy of the Towey Clan Constitution. Our Constitution is scheduled for revision. Any suggestions may be emailed to our Clan Chieftain at toweymike@hotmail.com,

What are the Clan's Activities?
Periodic Clan gatherings are held at Ballaghaderreen, Ireland as listed in the left navigation menu. Besides discussing family history, we also advise our members who are actively engaged in their own genealogical research. We've also initiated a male yDNA project to help male members confirm their Towey heritage when conventional records do not exist.  We also invite our female members to participate in mtDNA testing to verify where we share a Maternal ancestry line. Checkout our DNA web page for yDNA and mtDNA test information.

Clan Communication Media Our Clan website www.toweyclan.com plus email messages are the primary means for communicating Clan activities to Towey family members around the globe. If further information is desired, send an email to one or more Clan Executive Committee members who are listed at the bottom of every web page.

Next Gathering
We have high hopes that hundreds of the Towey worldwide family and friends will attend the 2014 Towey Gathering during 22, 23, 23 August, 2014 in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, Ireland. Click here (to be constructed) for more information.


Inquiries may be emailed to one or more of these contact points:
Mike Towey, Chieftain (Taoiseach), toweymike@hotmail.com, Dublin, Ireland
Caroline Hassett Power, Secretary, hassettcaroline@yahoo.ie, Quin, Co. Clare, Ireland
Dick Towey, Assistant Genealogist, toweylr@comcast.net, Corvallis, Oregon
Bill Towey, Webmaster, wtowey5953@aol.com , Stockton, California

DISCLAIMER: Towey Clan believes the information and references herein are
accurate, but users should check with genealogical sources for accuracy.



Toweys often contribute to the betterment of peoples in their locale or, more significantly, to his/her respective country. We earnestly hope to identify their contribution to society.

Contributions are sought for addition herein. Please submit recommendations and legends to the web person listed at bottom of page.

Thomas Towey, Irish Hero of the "Towey Ballad"
Thomas Towey was a tenant farmer in Barnaboy (in Co Mayo at that time), who  used the Irish Plan_of_Campaign against the Dillons in early 1880s for which he was arrested and imprisoned. Click Towey Ballad to download the ballad written about this historical incident.
As well, Anne Deane wrote about Thomas Towey during a period known as the "Land War"and in her book wrote:
"Tom Towey unfurled the Plan of Campaign on the Dillon estate and brought the noble rack-renter to his knees. Now Tom has been thrown on the roadside to perish. Nevertheless he continues his agitation and the arrest of the brave gallant Towey was recorded in a ballad which describes how crowds followed police to their station from where he was escorted to Galway jail."
 A bit of history: Land and property was forcibly taken from Irish Catholic landowners from about 1690s to 1900s and given to absentee English and Scottish Protestant landlords. These landlords generally lived outside Ireland and enjoyed high life in Britain.
These rack-renter landlords charged excessive and unjust rents. Irish crop failure, famine, bankrupsy and mass evictions occurred. 1879 to 1903 was known as the Land Law Period, a time of great agitation, intimidation and refusal to pay exorbitant rents.
 The Dillon family were absentee landlords and rack-renters in Ballaghaderreen area from about 1700 to 1900. They drained the Irish local wealth in rent from Catholic tenants and spent it in their home country.
 The Towey Ballad was written around 1886 about three Land War heroes from Ballaghaderreen, Thomas Towey, Michael Morris Roe and Michael Rogers.
 Rev. James P. Towey, C.S.P.
Father Towey resided at St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis, in 1920 and 1921 while with Newman Apostolate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  He was later pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis from 1944 to 1947.  Father Towey was born in 1882 in Santa Rosa, CA and was a Paulist priest for 46 years from ordination on 25 May 1907 to death 1 February 1953.  He frequentlyvisited his relatives in Rochester, MN.
Rev. Towey is the son of Peter Towey who were born in Bockagh, Ballaghaderreen in 1837 and Mary Keegan Towey born about 1855 in Milford, MA. Peter Towey and Mary Keegan were married in Sleepy Eye, Brown County, Minnesota on 13 June 1881 and lived in Pleasant Grove, MN for many years before moving to California.

The Rev. James Towey was an associate priest in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York City before performing as Chaplain in World War I at St. Nazian, France. Upon separation, he resided at St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis before assignments in Berkeley, CA, Los Angeles, again in San Francisco, then Minneapolis, and Los Angeles where he passed away 1 February 1953. His body laid in state at Old St Mary's Catholic Church, San Francisco (where he was pastor 1928 to 1940) and is buried at Holy Cross Mausoleum, south of San Francisco.

 Dr John W. Towey, Powers, Michigan
During the summer of 1931 ten employees of a railroad tie sawmill complained of severe  asthmatic-like symptoms. Almost concurrently thirty-six employees of another sawmill had similar symptoms. John W. Towey, M.D., Director of Pine Crest Sanitorium in Powers, Michigan, discovered the causes and solutions for this new disease, identified as "Towey's Disease."
John Towey, Actor
 John Towey, Rochester, Minnesota, Actor
John Towey is an actor, and now actor and classical pianist, who played in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, ER and several other TV shows. Rochester Magazine, in April 2010, interviewed John Towey which may be read by clicking Rochester Magazine.
 Jim Towey, Former Presidantial Aide
James Towey, Former Presidential Aide
Jim Towey grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the Florida State University College of Law. Towey represented the late Mother Teresa on legal matters in the United States and Canada from 1985 until her death and often traveled with her. Starting in 1991 he served as Florida's District Director of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1996 he founded Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization to help families plan for and care during times of serious illness. From 2002 to May 2006 Jim Towey was appointed by U.S. President George W. Bush as Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He has served as President of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, since July 1, 2006 and resigned at end of 2009 - 2010 academic year. Jim Towey's accomplishments may be read at wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Towey
 James F. Towey, Chairman, Olin Corporation
James F Towey, former CEO Olin Corporation
James F. Towey, a native of Wood River, IL, was Chairman of Olin Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut (a Fortune 500 company) from 1972 to 1980. Under his direction, Olin owned over 60 manufacturing plants in 25 states and 11 foreign countries.
James was born on March 1, 1916 to parents James K. Towey and Anna O. Towey. He attended school in Wood River, IL, playing football and basketball. He graduated in 1934 as high school valedictorian, then graduated with honors in 1939 from the University of Illinois, Champaign, having earned business degrees in economics and accounting.

Upon Army discharge in 1946, he was employed by Olin Industries in East Alton, IL as Assistant Controller. From there he rose to corporate positions within Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation in New York City (1955), general manager of Brass Division, East Alton, IL (1964), Chief Financial Officer at Olin Corporation headquarters in Stamford, CT (1970), elected to Board of Directors (1970) and Chief Executive Officer of Olin Corporation from 1972 to his retirement in 1980. Also see
http://business.illinois.edu/insight/summer99/memoriam.htm
Upon James’ retirement, Olin Corporation contributed $250,000, to launch the James F. Towey Professorship in Strategic Management at the Business School, University of Illinois. He was also presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Morehead State University. After James’ death on March 15, 1999 his family contributed monies to bring the total to $1,250,000 and establish the James F. Towey Chair in Strategic Management at the university.

President Richard M. Nixon appointed James to the United States Assay Commission in 1969.  James was also a board member of Alton Manufacturing Association, Monticello College, and the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce.