23 June 2016

Isabella Ogle Creek 1867-1930

From the Clifford Family Album




Isabella Ogle Creek was born on 19 Jan 1867 in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, Ireland, the daughter of The Venerable Rev’d William Creek and Emilia Templeton Clifford – here we have the first intimation that we have a Clifford family connection! So far I haven’t found the Ogle name in her ancestors but I’m sure there must be one somewhere, otherwise why would you give a girl such an unfeminine name?


Her father was the Archdeacon of Kilmore and living in the Kildallon Rectory, Co Cavan when he died on the 14 Sep 1899 aged 62.

On the 18 Sep 1888 she married Lowry Cliffe Loftus Tottenham and they had 8 children, 7 of them still living on 2 Apr 1911. The first six were sons:- Harry Leslie William 1889-1970; Armar Cecil 1891-1891; Reginald Loftus 1893-1961; Edward Lowry 1894-1916; Arthur Henry 1896-1916; James Loftus 1897-1922; and the two youngest daughters Isabel Joice 1900-1926 and Eileen Etta 1903-1981 <-- and here we have a New Zealand connection. Eileen Etta met & married Stewart Bates Merrylees, who had been the commanding officer of her brother James Loftus during the war.

Eileen & Stewart emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 1953 where they lived until their deaths, Stewart in 1966 and Eileen in 1981, they are buried in the Waikumete Cemetery in Glen Eden, Auckland. According to the Tottenham/Lowry family tree on The Tottenham Family website they did have children. On the same website you’ll find photos of most of Isabella’s children, including Eileen Etta, and also one of her husband, none of Isabella though.


Dawn Scotting

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