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Here are some Cruise stories and accounts over the years:

Cruise and Variants Today

 
Numbers (000's)
Cruise
Cruse
Cruwys
Ireland
   0.5


England
   0.9  
   0.2 
   0.2
America
   0.9
   0.2
   0.1
Elsewhere
   1.1
   0.1
   0.1
Total
   3.4
   0.5
   0.4
 


The Song of Mary Anne Cruys

The Cruys had been in county Meath probably since the time of Strongbow.  In the 15th century the head of the family was Sir Christopher Cruys who owned the estates of Rathmore, Moydorragh and Cruicetown.  He had married late in life and was expecting an heir.  But his nephews were angry as they had anticipated to inherit all his property.

So they planned to murder them one evening as husband and wife were walking up the avenue by Cruicetown lake to the castle on their return from Moydorragh.  When attacked, Sir Christopher ordered his young wife to run to the castle for help.  He stood with his back to a tree and fought off the ruffians with a sword until he fell riddled with wounds.  The assassins then chased Lady Cruys and she only gained sanctuary in the castle by a second.  As the great oak door slammed shut it caught and tore her mantle streaming out behind her as she ran.  She immediately summoned her servants and sent them out to help their master.  He was beyond their aid and so they bore his body back to the castle.

That night Lady Cruys had her husband buried by torchlight in the Cruicetown graveyard.  At the time of the funeral she collected all the Cruicetown plate and jewels and had them sunk in strong chests in the lake.  Then, fearing for her life, she and an old nurse set off secretly for Dublin on horseback and later set sail for London.

Soon after arriving in London, Lady Cruys gave birth to a daughter Mary Anne.  For several years they lived on the proceeds of the jewels brought from Ireland.  But when all was sold they became very poor and had to subsist by washing clothes in the Thames.

However, the story did have a happy ending.  Daughter Mary Anne later married Sir Thomas Plunkett who returned to Ireland with her and retrieved her inheritance.  The couple founded and built a memorial church at Rathmore and both were buried there.  The large effigy of the Norman knight and his lady, put there in the sacristy recently when the ruined church was restored, are most likely theirs.  And Mary Anne is remembered in song in the old Irish ballad The Song of Mary Anne Cruys. 


The Cruwys Family of Cruwys Morchard

One of the oldest families in Devon, the Cruwys Family of Cruwys Morchard near Tiverton, was the subject of a radio talk in 1944 by Dr. W. G. Hoskins, Lecturer in Economics at University College, Leicester.

Dr. Hoskins entitled his talk "Seven Hundred Years in One House."  He stated that the Cruwys family appeared in records as early as 1175, close to Cruwys Morchard, and they came to Cruwys Morchard House soon after 1200.  Family papers date back to the time of Richard I.  The present house dates from 1594 when the original structure was rebuilt.  The foundations of the old house showed walls nearly ten feet thick.  A stream ran across the cellar floor - in under one wall and out under another - to furnish the water supply in case of siege.  Manor court rolls date back to 1509. 

One early member of the family, Sir Robert Cruwys, fought at Crecy and at the siege of Calais and was knighted in France for his services.  He returned home to Cruwys Morchard and paid off all his debts in the church porch with the spoils of war.


Cruise and Other Arrivals in America

Numbers
Cruise
Cruse
Crews
Ireland
   72
   21
    7
England
   46
   37
   37
Scandinavia
   12
    3

Germany
    3
    3
    7
Total
  133
   64
   51

Crews was probably the American version of Cruwys.  Some Cruise arrivals may have been Kruse,from the German and Danish nickname for someone with curly hair.


Tom Cruise's Ancestry


Actor Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in 1962.  The first Thomas Cruise Mapother was born in Kentucky in 1877.  He was supposedly the son of Dillon Mapother and Mary Cruise.  However, Dillon had died of food poisoning in 1874 and Mary had married again by that time to an Irishman, Thomas O’Mara.  Their children nevertheless bore the Mapother name.

Mary Cruise had been born around 1841 in New Jersey, according to Kentucky census records.  It was thought she was the daughter of Matthew and Rosanna Cruise, immigrants from Ireland who had settled in Newark.




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