Bowles DNA Project
Two brothers, James and Benjamin
Boles, sons of James Boles of
Fingreagh, co. Leitrim moved down to Tipperary around 1896.
James established himself with a drapers shop in Thurles while
Benjamin opened a shop in Roscrea.
James Boles of ThurlesJames was born in co. Leitrim about 1861. His wife Lucy was from Wexford but the family first settled in Belfast where James was a Shop Manager in a business on Duncarin Street and where their first two children, James and William, were born in 1895 and 1896. They had moved to Thurles, co. Tipperary soon after as their third child, Jane, was born in Tipperary in 1897 and a fourth, Mabel, there in 1899. The 1901 Census lists James as a draper with a shop in Pudding Lane in Thurles. In 1902 a fifth child, Benjamin, was born but Lucy died in childbirth. The 1911 Census shows James, still a draper but with a shop on Bank Street, with only his son William, age 14, living with him. The eldest boy, James Jr. is found living with a Semple family in Farranrory, co. Tipperary and the other three children were living with their Aunt and Uncle, William and Mary Plummer, in Ballybrannis, co. Wexford. The Kelly Directory of Ireland of 1915 lists a Boles & Co. Shoemakers on New Street in Thurles. This may have been son Benjamin's shop as he seems to have been the only family member to return to Thurles. James died in Thurles in 1930 and Benjamin died there in 1931. family memorial stone
Benjamin Boles of RoscreaBenjamin Boles of Roscrea, co. Tipperary, shopkeeper, is mentioned in a deed memorial dated March 28, 1896 involving the sale of some Boles land in Fingreagh. ref. A James Newton Boles born in Oct.-Dec., 1898 in Roscrea (civil reg.vol.3,p.403) was likely his son but I have no further information on this line yet. This may be the same James Newton Boles who married in co. Cavan in Jan.-Mar., 1925. (civil reg.vol.3,p.55)