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Thomas Crimlisk

Thomas Crimlisk, Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. 1804 - 1886

Thomas Crimlisk, Coastguard

b. 1804; Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland;
m. 1825; Catherine McDevitt;
d. 1886; Leeds, Yorkshire, UK.

Parents: No details traced.
Thomas Crimlisk grew up in north western Ireland and became a coastguard in 1825 at the age of 21. He moved with his young family to England in 1838, and they settled in Filey where his family prospered as fishing folk.

1803/4: Thomas Crimlisk was born1 in Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
1825: Thomas Crimlisk married Catherine McDevitt.1
1825 (18th April): Thomas Crimlisk and Catherine left Ardara for Killybegs where Thomas Crimlisk joined the Preventive Service as a Coastguard1.
1825 (11th June): Thomas Crimlisk and Catherine moved to Dunaff, Dunaff Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
1825 - 1830: Thomas Crimlisk was based in Dunaff working as a coastguard.
1827: Mary born.
1828: Margaret was born.
1830: Thomas Crimlisk moved (with his family) to Kilgalligan, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
1830: Francis was born.
1832: John was born.
1833: Thomas Crimlisk and family left Kilgalligan and moved to Doolough, Co. Mayo.
1834: James born.
1836: Thomas Crimlisk and family left Doolough and moved to Cleggan, Co. Galway.
1838: Elizabeth was born
1838: Thomas Crimlisk and family left Cleggan and moved to Rottingdean, Sussex, England.
1839: Joseph was born.
1839: Thomas Crimlisk and family left Rottingdean and moved (including Mary McDevitt) to Flamborough, East Yorkshire.

1841: UK census:2
Thomas Crimlisk was recorded in Flamborough, age 38, profession of Coastguard.
See Flamborough 1841 for census information.

1841: Thomas was born.
1842: Thomas Crimlisk and family left Flamborough and moved to Filey, Yorkshire.
1843: Ann was born in Filey
1845: Catherine was born in Filey
1847: Ellin was born in Filey.

1851: UK census:3
Thomas Crimlisk was living in Back Road, c, age 48 years, and profession of Coastguard.
See Filey, 1851 for census information.

1851: Thomas Crimlisk and family left Filey and returned to Flamborough.
1857: Thomas Crimlisk retired from the Preventive Service.
By the time of the 1861 Census, Thomas and his family had returned to Filey, this move was probably immediately following his retirement.

1861: UK census:4
Thomas Crimlisk: see Filey 1861
Thomas Crimlisk was living in Chapel Street, Filey, with his wife, mother-in-law, three children, and two grandchildren.

1871: UK census: Thomas Crimlisk : details to follow

1881: UK census5:
Thomas Crimlisk: is deviantly recorded as Thomas Crimlesk. He was living with William and Elizabeth Day, and their 6 sons at 40 Bridge Street, Leeds. Thomas is recorded as aged 70 which is at variance with other records.

1886: Thomas Crimlisk died6 in Leeds, Yorkshire whilst at the home of his son-in-law William Day.
(NB. The age shown on FreeBMD (age 64) is inconsistent with birth (1804) and death (1886) dates.)
Story: "The First of the Crimlisks"

See: See Thomas Crimlisk & Catherine McDevitt's family group

1) Scarborough Maritime Heritage: Thomas Crimlisk - First of the Crimlisks, accessed 11th January 2012.
2) 1841 UK Census, Citation to follow.
3) 1851 UK Census, Citation to follow.
4) 1861 UK Census, Citation to follow.
5) Family Search : PRO RG11, Piece 4516, Folio 109, Page 5 .
"England and Wales Census, 1881," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Feb 2013), Thomas Crimlesk in entry for William Day, 1881. N.B. Thomas is recorded with surname "Crimlesk" in the 1881 Census.
6) FreeBMD: GRO Leeds, Volume 9b Page 321.