.... Featherstone. We have some Featherstone family tradition. The tradition dates to a cousin’s husband’s family research ca1974 about the parents of my ancestor, Rachel (Pritchard) Cruise, wife of George Cruise of Ratra, near Frenchpark, co. Roscommon, Ireland. Rachel (Pritchard) Cruise died 20 April 1883. George Cruise died 13 April 1872. Rachel (Pritchard) Cruise is said a Featherston-Haugh descendant.
Most, but not all, of Rachel and George’s children emigrated at different times from Ireland between the 1840s and the 1880s. Still some grandchildren, but not all, also emigrated. We place much confidence in the family tradition, in part because of similar stories shared by different branches of the family, despite the break in emigration (both in years, and in generations).
Following a trip to Ireland in the 1990s, one cousin came to believe that Rachel’s mother _was_ a Featherston-Haugh. That cousin (D. Diedrich, Michigan) has more notes than I do, but in 2005 believed his source came from a genealogical researcher in Strokestown, County Roscommon, where the Irish Potato Famine Museum is located.”
Most of the research I have is paper-based; I have only entered limited information about Rachel in my database:
RACHEL PRITCHARD was born about 1811; she died 20 Apr 1883, aged 72.
Rachel and George Cruise were married in 1831 according to an unsourced IGI record.
The oral family history handed down by descendants of Rachel's daughter, Catherine Cruise Callaghan say that she is descended of the Featherston(e)haugh family. Much is written about the pronunciation of that surname. It is pronounced more like, 'Fanshaw.'