Bridget (Delia) Langan and James Crowley
Born November 9, 1879 Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Died (?)

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Birth 1879 Ballinrobe Co. Mayo Ireland - death 1964 Little Neck, L. I.

Bridget Langan was born on November 9, 1879 at Glebe Street, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland to Mathias Langan, labourer, and Nappy Langan, formerly, Byrne.

Bridget Langan was baptized on November 19, 1879 in Ballinrobe parish, the daughter of Mathias and Penelopa Langan. The sponsors were Pat Langan and Bridget Feerick.

Pat Langan was Mathias' brother. Bridget Feerick was Mathias' sister.

Later records almost always show Bridget listed as Delia or some variation thereof. Delia was a common Irish nickname for Bridget.

Immigration, 1892

Bridget Langan immigrated to New York City with her parents, Mathias and Penelope Langan, and her brother, James Langan on April 1, 1892 on the Germanic through Ellis Island. The Ellis Islnd web site lists her under the surname "Sangan".

Marriage 1901 to James Crowley (1873 cork Ireland -1942 Little Neck L. I.)

"Delea" Langan married James Crowley of New London on October 13, 1901. Witnesses were; John Buckley and Margaret Casey. James was listed as 29 years old, born in Ireland. Delia was listed as 22 years old, born in Ireland, daughter of Matthew Langan and Mary Byrne. Her address was 406 East 24th Street. The marriage was performed by Samuel A Ludlow. His address is listed as 239 E. 21 Street. This is the address of the rectory of the Epiphany Roman Catholic Church. The original chruch was torn down. The church that now stands on the spot is a modern construction at 239 East 21st Street.

James S Crowley was born in County Cork circa 1872.

James Crowley was discharged from the Army at Ft. Trumbull, New London, Connecticut in 1899.


Delia's husband James S. Crowley was naturalized in the supreme court of New York City September 3, 1902, address 422 East 72st NYC occupation, nurse, date of arrival May 1891, born County Cork. Ireland, witness Patrick Harris Court attendent, renounced King of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Delia would have become naturalized by benefit of her husband's naturalization.

Notes from Agnes Walsh Lahiff (daughter of Joseph and Maggie Langan)

Dehlia to Jim Crowley (English)

Walter, Jack*, Mildred (Mill)*, Mary (May)

Delia lived to over 80 (widowed)

My notes: *James - ** ??? - The children were Walter (1903), James (1905), Florence (1908 died 1911), Mae (1910) and possibly Alice. Mae was the only one to marry. She had one daughter Claire (1936).


  1. Walter Henry May 25, 1903 Cert # 22320 Manhattan - died 1974

    Further Records:

    1. Walter H Crowley Birth Date: 25 May 1903 Address: 25020 42nd Ave, Flushing, NY, 11363-1715

    2. No marriage for Walter after 1940 in Queens. He was in the 1940 census with his parents.

    3. Application fo Seaman's Protection Certificate: 1919 Walter H . Crowley, 106 Prospect St. Winfield L. I. born New York 25 May 1903 Application Date: 4 Aug 1919 Application Place: New York, New York, USA father's consent attached , 5 ft 10 a half inches, scar R. temple, hair lt brown, eyes blue, 1st trip (nothing entered) discharged Virginia October 14, 1935 New York. James Crowley accompanied Walter to his application meeting in August 1919. Walter's seamen's certificate#19134 was stolen from his bunk in August 1935 on the ship Virginia.

    4. 1933: 109th precinct police of Flushing - Walter Cwoeley 250 20 42nd Ave received a pay raise to $2,250 along with 18 others.

    5. Walter Crowley Arrival Date: 1 Sep 1935 Birth Date: abt 1903 Birth Location: New York Age: 32 Port of Departure: New York, New York Port of Arrival: Havana, Cuba and Canal Zone and San Francisco and San Diego and Los Angeles, California Ship Name: Virginia, silverman, contact, Delia Crowley 250 20 42nd ave Little Neck, L. I.

    6. 1942: Enlisted in Navy Jan 15

    7. Death: Walter Crowley, Birth: 25 May 1903, Death: Feb 1974 - Flushing, Queens, New York, United States

      Walter Crowley Gender: Male Birth Date: 25 May 1903 Death Date: 17 Feb 1974 SSN: 094142237 Branch 1: NAVY Enlistment Date 1: 15 Jan 1942 Release Date 1: 6 Jul 1945

    From Seaman's Protection Certificate 1919 & 1935

  2. James F. August 24, 1905 #3008 Queens - died 1976

    James J Crowley Birth Date: 24 Aug 1905 Address: 25020 42nd Ave, Flushing, NY, 11363-1715

    Further Records:

    1. He was in the 1940 census with his parents.

    2. James J Crowley of 250 20 42nd street Little Neck was inducted by the Little Neck Draft Board along with 28 others April 1942.

    3. WWII enlistment: James J Crowley Birth Year: 1905 Race: White, citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: New York State of Residence: New York County or City: Queens Enlistment Date: 16 Apr 1942 Enlistment State: New York Enlistment City: Fort Jay Governors Island Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Education: 2 years of high school Civil Occupation: Paperhangers Marital Status: Single, with dependents Height: 71 Weight: 14

    4. Death: James J Crowley Birth Date: 24 Aug 1905 Death Date: 15 Dec 1976 Cemetery: Long Island National Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA

  3. Florence circa 1908 - ?? no Queens

    Death: Florens Crowley 108 Prospect Street, Queens, father James Crowley born Ireland, mother, Delia Langan born Ireland died November 2, 1911, cerebral spinal meningitis, buried Calvery Nov 4, 1911.

    Florens Crowley Birth Year: abt 1908 Age: 3 Death Date: 2 Nov 1911 Death Place: Queens, New York, USA Certificate Number: 3450

  4. Mae (Mary) 1910 - died 1998

    Birth: 1910

    ???? Crowley Manus Jun 19 1909 #2851 Queens Crowley

    Marriage: Bowcock per obit of James S. Crowley.

    Marriage License application: Bowcock-Crowley - Mary Crowley age 23 250 20 42nd ave Little Neck and James Bowcock 24 of 91-24 50th Ave Elmhurst

    Bowcock James A August 11, 1934 #3300 Queens bride "Crawley" Mae


    1. Claire A Bowcock Birth Date: 9 Aug 1936 Address: 25020 42nd Ave, Flushing, NY, 11363-1715. See 1940 census.

      1955: Miss Claire Adele Bowcock, daughter of Mrs. James A. Bowcock of Little Neck Queens and "Mrs." Bowcock of Sarasota, Fla. was engaged to Dedrik S. Bent, son of Erling S Bent, former Norwegian Minister to Canada and one-time Norwegian Consul General in New York and Mme Bent of Oslo. Miss Bowcock was a student at Smith College. Mr. Bent was an alumnus of Bowdoin College and was attending business school at Dartmouth. (New York Times)

      1960 Sarasota Directory: Bowcock, Jas A (Margt E) bartender Elbow Room h 1062 Cocoanut ave. Same address James A. Bowcock in 1956.

      2005: Lebenon Oregon, Margaret E. Bowcock, 80, of Scio, passed away Monday, December 5, 2005 in Albany.

      She was born August 17, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Herz) Long.

      She grew up in Michigan. She married James A. Bowcock on February 20, 1955 in Sarasota, Florida. Margaret worked as a waitress in Michigan and Florida until 1970, when she retired and the couple moved to Lebanon. Her husband passed away on July 28, 1993.

      Margaret belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lebanon.

      She is survived by her sons: Matthew A. Bowcock of Scio and William F. Bowcock of Warren; 2 brothers: Robert Long of Washington and Lee Long of California; sister: Virginia Gerstner of Michigan; and 4 grandsons: James, Morgan, Alec, and Liam Bowcock.

      She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters: Mae and Marie; and her parents.

      1927: James Arthur Bowcock Arrival Date: 8 Mar 1927 Birth Date: 30 Jan 1910 Birth Location: New York Birth Location Other: Brooklyn, New York Age: 17 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Aurania, to parents Mr. and Mrs. Bowcock 46 Manhattan ave. with Caroline age 14, dob Oct 11, 1911, New York City,

      1930: Dogan ave Queens, Mathew Bowcok 48, born England, carpenter house, Sophia Bowcok 55, born Finland, Arthur Bowcok 20, runner boarding house, Caroline Bowcok 18, typist bank, Mathew Bowcok 16

      1935: James Arthur Bowcock Arrival Date: 29 Jun 1935 Birth Date: abt 1910 Birth Location: New York Birth Location Other: Brooklyn, New York Age: 25 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: City of Flint to 91-24 5Oth ave, Elmhurst, Long Island, left US May 7, 1935 S. S. Clayton "first presented birth certificate showin birth --- as born NYC Jan 30, 1910 also presented Br. Passport 60998 January 17 1935 Issued by Br. Con. General NY British subject by birth."

      Death of James A Bowcock, 1993: James A Bowcock Birth Date: 30 Jan 1910 Death Date: 28 Jul 1993 Cemetery: Rock Hill Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon, USA

      Military: James Bowcock Gender: Male Birth Date: 30 Jan 1910 Death Date: 28 Jul 1993 Cause of Death: Natural SSN: 069016461 Branch 1: ARMY Enlistment Date 1: 19 Sep 1942 Release Date 1: 9 Oct 1945

      Claire A Bowcock Address: 25020 42Nd Ave City: Little Neck State: New York Zip Code: 11363-1715 Phone Number: 718-229-6792 Residence Years: 2000 2001

      New York Times, 1955

      Didrick C Bent Estimated birth year: abt 1932 School: Bowdoin College School Location: Brunswick, Maine, USA Year: 1952 Yearbook Title: Bowdoin Bugle

      In 1957 Miss Claire Bowcock of Little Neck was a bridesmaid at the wedding of June Carol Richard.

      1961: Smith College Alumnae association 1961 Little Neck, Bowcock, Claire A '57


    Mae S Bowcock Birth Date: 31 Dec 1910 [31 Dec 1912] Phone Number: 229-6792 Address: 25020 42nd Ave, Flushing, NY, 11363-1715 (1974)

    Death: Mae S. Bowcock SSN: 059-20-9252 Last Residence: 11363 Flushing, Queens, New York, USA BORN: 31 Dec 1910 Died: 23 Jan 1998

  5. Alice per obit of James S Crowley 1942 - that is the only mention of Alice I can find. Not with them in any censuses.

Military Service

1899: Spanish American Was Military Records James S Crowley Birth abt 1873 Cork, Ireland Enlistment Date: 11 Aug 1899 for 3 years, Enlistment Place: New York City, residence New Brighton, NY, Enlistment Age: 26 Military Branch or Type: Army Company: Hosp Corps Regiment: USA Military Rank: Private, discharged August 10, 1902, Ft Trumbull Conn., occupation, nurse, 5 feet 8 inches, character "very good", eyes Blue 10, hair, lt brown.

1910 Census

108 Prospect Street Queens, James Crowley, age 36 married 8 years, policeman, Delia wife age 27, 3 children 3 still living, Walter H, son, age 6, James _ age 4, Florence daughter age 2, can't read immigration dates

WWI Draft Registrations

James Stanislaus Crowley, 3 Laurel Hill Blvd, Winfield, Queens, age 44, born December 30, 1873, no place listed, naturalized citizen, police department, City of New York, 112 --- Bway Elmhurst Queens, wife Delia Crowly, 3 Laurel Hill etc. tall, medium build, blue eyes light chestnut hair.

1920 Census

Sinclaire Ave Queens

  • James S. Crowley, head, rent age 42 immigrated 1890, Na 1903, policeman, NYC
  • Delia M Crowley, wife, age 35, immigrated 1895, Na 1902, none
  • Walter Crowley, son age 16, clerk ?? co,
  • James J Crowley, son age 15, none
  • May Crowley, daughter age 9, None
  • Children all born NY


Patrolman James S. Crowley attached to Manhattan headquarters lost a bronze metal that had been presented to him when he served in the US Army during the Boxer Rebellion in China. He lost the medal while participating in a parade on Decoration Day. Patrolman Crowley spent two and a half years in China and also saw service in the Philippines.

1925 Census

45th ave., Winfield L. I., Queens, James S Crowley 51, policeman, naturalized Sept 3, 1900 Sup Ct NY, Delia M Crowley 43, Walter H Crowley 22, bookkeeper, James S Crowley 19, bookkeeper, May Crowley 14


"Miss Mae Crowley of 74-03 Forty-fifth avenue, Elmhurst, daughter of Patrolman James S. Crowley of the Fourth Deputy Police Commissioner's office, Manhattan, has left for a two weeks' tour and plans to visit Buffalo, Lake George and Montreal, Canada. Miss Crowley will return via Calicoon, N. Y."

1930 Census

On 42nd Avenue in Queens

  • James Crowley, head own $10,000, age 50 married at 25, born Irish Free State, immigrated 1889. Na., patrolman, police department
  • Delia Crowley, wife, age 45 married at 20, born Irish Free State, imigrated 1890 Na, no occupation
  • Walter Crowley, son age 24, born NY, clerk bank
  • James J Crowley, son age 23, born NY, carpenter gen mill
  • Mary B Crowley, daughter, age 18, born NY, typist bank

1940 Census

42nd ave Queens, own $7,000, Jmes Crowley 68, retired, Delia Crowley 50 Walter Crowley 33, policeman, NYC PD, Jnes Crowley 32, printer, Mary Crowley 27, Claire Bowcock 3, granddaughter,

Note: Claire A Bowcock Birth Date: 9 Aug 1936 Address: 25020 42nd Ave, Flushing, NY, 11363-1715

Death of James S. Crowley, 1942

Info from death cert: James S Crowley Little Neck Queens 250 - 20 42nd Avenue at this address 14 years, in NYC 50 years, wife, Delia, age 66, retired policeman, City of New York, born Cork Ireland, US citizen, father Florence D Crowley, born Ireland mother Catherine Wall born Ireland informant Delia Crowley wife, died December 24, 1942 8:30 chronic myorcarditis arterioscleroses buried Calvary December 28, 1942.

Obits in several papers: James S Crowley age 66 of 250-20 42nd Ave. Little Neck - retired patrolman and Army veteran of the Spanish American War (W. S. Overton Camp no. 29 [?]) and the Boxer Rebellion in China - Born county Cork and came to the US in 1892. He joined the police department in 1899 and retired in 1932. Served in Manhattan and Queens. He was survived by his widow, two sons, James (in the US Army) and Walter (in the US Navy) and two daughters, Mrs May (Mae) Bowcock and Alice Crowley. Brother Dr. Dan Crowley. Died after a short illness.

James S Crowley Birth Year: abt 1876 Age: 66 Death Date: 24 Dec 1942 Death Place: Queens, New York, USA Certificate Number: 9347

Note: Other records indicate that James Crowley was born circa 1873 which would have made him closer to 69.

The Spanish American War was a conflict between Spain and the United States which followed the sinking of the American Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898.

The Boxer Rebellion of 1900 - 1901 in Beijing (Peking), China was subdued by an internation forces that included Americans.

Death of Delia Langan Crowley

CROWLEY - Delia, on March 2, 1964, of Little Neck, L. 1., mother of Walter H. and James Crowley, Mrs. M. Bowcock, grandmother of Claire Bowcock. Funeral from the Doyle 8. Shaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Little Neck Pkwy., at Northern Blvd.; Little Neck, on Thursday, 9:15 A.M. Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Anastasia's R.C. Church at 9:45 A.M. Interment Calvary Cemetery. (New York Times)

250 20 42nd street Little Neck

BUILDING FACTS 1 unit 2 stories Built in 1925 Building Class A1 District Community District 411City Council District 19 Police Precinct 111 Owned by: CLAIRE BOWCOCK

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