The records show that John Craddock’s family had a blacksmith’s forge at Castlegar on the outskirts of Galway City near where the entrance to Merlin Park Hospital is located to-date. John Craddock moved to Shrule Co Mayo about 1841. He set up his own blacksmith forge in Shrule which was located next to Goulding’s corn mill. Next to CRADDOCK’S forge was the MARTIN family horse cart makers ( wheel’wright ) ( A Martin cart, fitted with a Craddock axel was regarded as one of the better horse carts available )
There is no record of Him been in Shrule in the parish Titles of 1825, He is listed as been in Shrule in 1841 and again twice in the Griffith Valuation of 1856/57 as been the leaseholder of House,, Office and Garden and also of Land from Lady De Clifford
On 19th January 1846 at Caherlistran Church, He married Catherine Walsh (1817 – 1887) from Gortlagga, ( near shrule ) The Walsh family were landowners in Gortlagga, The Walsh farm was later sold in the early 1960’s and 3/4 of it was purchased by a grand son of John Craddock also named John ( steel ) Craddock
He died on 1st February 1888. aged 68 years leaving in his will an estate of £ 237 – 4s – 8p.
John & Catherine had 5 children as follows:- Michael ( 1852 ), John ( 1857 ) Mary ( 1860 ) Malachy ( 1863 ) and Patrick ( 1865 )
Fr.James Craddock (1845 – 1935) is believed to be the brother of John Craddock. Fr James was born in Castlegar, Galway. He served all his life in the Galway Diocese and is buried at the rear of Oughterard R. C. Church.
( 1 ) Michael Craddock (1852 – 1919) (leads to John Steel Craddock / Flannelly Waterford & Clavin Wales)
( 2 ) John Craddock (1857 – ? ) He left for U S A in about 1903
( 3 ) Mary Craddock (1860 -1883 ( RIP at Shrule )
( 4 ) Malachy Craddock (1863 to ?) ( leads to Jack Cradock, ( Publican ) Shrule )
( 5 ) Patrick Craddock (1865 to ?)