As I trawled through many baptism and marriage records my interest was taken by anything out of the ordinary.
This storm on 15 Feb 1838 was so great the Borrisokane priest noted the occurrence in the marriage register:
Here the priest at Borrisokane Parish describes a terrible hurricane which hit Ireland in Jan 1839:
However, nearly all of the priests’ notations concerned the morals of his parishioners rather than the weather!
Calling children born out of wedlock bastards was common.
In Moykarky Parish around 1850, one of the priests conducting the baptism called illegitimate girls Hedwig (in latin Hedwigis) Was this so everyone would know they were illegitimate? No other children were called this.An example is below:
The baptism records have illeg (illegitimate) clearly marked and often the father’s address and occupation. One priest, no doubt gleefully, pointed out the father was the son of the Protestant pastor!
Some of the priests marked the record with the word bastard in large letters! Most of the records for illegitimate children have a large cross next to them.
One kinder priest has entered such a birth as a “natural birth” but this compassion is rare.
A couple of baptism records have the word “dub” which puzzled me, until I came across the full word “dubious”. The priest believes the father on the certificate is not the actual father.
At the beginning of the baptism records for Loughmore Parish on the side of the first page is written the codes used to designate births out of wedlock etc. While shocking it is less so than the words”bastard” on many other records. But it shows the extent to which the priests monitored the lives and morals of their parishioners.
Not all parish records have crosses and comments it seems to have been very much up to the priest. Drom & Inch Parish stands out for the numerous condemnatory crosses and comments whereas in Borrisoleigh occassionally records are marked with a cross or designated “illegitimate” but the whole tone is a lot friendlier.
Not sure what the scandal being avoided was in this case? was it a pregnancy or because of who she was marrying?
Another “stranger” entry:
It seems that foundlings were sometimes given surnames related to where they were found, for example, John Ditch or Margaret Field. Below is an example
Travellers are mentioned. Are they gypsies?
The address of the father of an illegitimate child was often included or their occupation.
A priest comments on another priest in Bourney & Corbally Parish:
From Borrisokane Parish 1838 “incestuous commerce” :
The Catholic Parish records on nli online go from 1835 to 1878. The Civil records for births, deaths and marriages start at 1864 so from then you should be able to find two records. Civil records are online and free at irishgenealogy.ie Births up till 1916.
Didn’t find many Fannings in this parish that appear to be related to me and most of the townlands are unfamiliar. I thought there would be more as Holycross & Ballycahill Parish is next to Drom & Inch Parish.
The most notable Fanning families and connections were between the Tuohy and McGraths and Long and Fanning women in Grange. Don’t as yet know if there is any connection between these Fanning women and Lissaroon.
I will follow this up as I seem to remember that they emigrated en mass and there is a web site researching all these families from here and Upperchurch who went to America permanently. Given that they all had young families and babies during the famine years it is no wonder they chose to leave and start anew in America.
Thomas Long & Catherine Fanning arrived in USA in 1852 via Canada with their children and settled in Fabius. Have a look at McGrath search.com and Upperchurch Arrivals which has information on Thomas Long and his family. Neighbours in Ireland by Michael McGraw, Austin, Texas and Clare Tuohy, Dublin, Ireland is well worth reading. Extremely well researched and fascinating.
Here are a few extracts from this site:
“Fanning (Fanning siblings and cousins) – Grange – All to New Orleans, LA
Bridget Fanning = Patrick McGrath
Thomas Fanning = Bridget Purcell
Amy Fanning = Patrick Ryan
Honora Fanning = Patrick Purcell
Patrick McGrath = Bridget Fanning
– to New Orleans, LA”
Thomas Long = Catherine Fanning (Grange) – to Tully, Cortland Co., NY via Canada
Tuohy (brothers) – Grange – remained in Ireland
William Tuohy = Mary Fanning
Patrick Tuohy = Bridget Fanning
James Tuohy = Amy Fanning
Patrick Tuohy (son of William Tuohy and Mary Fanning) – to Norwich, Chenango
Co., NY about 1874.”
“Four of the former occupants of Glenreaghmore immigrated to the U.S. Patt
Davorn left for Norwich, NY in early 1849. Malachy Ryan left about the same time and
settled in Troy, NY. Thomas Fanning left for New Orleans from Liverpool, England on
June 26, 1849.”
There is a lot more very detailed information on the Fanning families in Grange on this site.
Priest’s writing and idiosyncratic spelling a challenge. But the big plus is that the address is given! Layer on in about the 1870s the priest has added the marriage details of the child being baptised. He must have taken a real interest in his parishioners and followed what happened to them. He only entered these details for some records not all by any means. Some marriages were in England, USA and Australia and Ireland. The only down side to the entries around this time is that blank pages and marriage details on extra paper at times obscures the entries.
In 1848 the number of births decreases noticeably, the famine had well and truly hit. Although the biggest drop in baptisms was in 1863.
If you are on a PC you can search these records using Control + F
1 Aug 1835, Bridget of Patrick Fanning and Judy Maher sp: John Ryan & Anto Maher
28 Aug 1835, Mary of William Molony & Mary Murry, Boula, sp: Ellen Fanning
23 Sept 1835, Patrick of William Tuohy and Mary? Fanning, Grange, sp: Patrick McGrath & Honora Fanning
20 April 1836, Nancy of William Fanning & Mary Cronin sp: Patrick Fanning & Judith Cronan
30 Oct 1836, William of William Till and Anne Couleblack sp: Edmond Ryan & Honora Fanning
13 Nov 1836, James of William McGrath & Mary Tynan sp: Michael Fanning & _____Fanning
27 Nov 1836, Margaret of Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanning sp: William Tuohy & Honora Ryan
1 Dec 1836, James of Patrick Tuohy and Bridget Fanning sp: Thomas Fanning & Honora Fanning
9 Apr 1837, Catherine of Patrick Fannan and Johanna Maher sp: Margaret Meagher
10 Sept 1837, Judith of John Coleman & Margaret Keating sp: Patrick Tuohy & Bridget Fanning
8 Oct 1837, Margaret of William Tuohy & Mary Fanning sp: Thomas Long & Bridget Fanning
13 Dec 1837, Mary of William Fanin & Mary Cronan sp: James Long & Catherine Fanen
1 June 1838, Catherine of William Tell & Nancy Coalblack sp: Thomas Fanning & Honora Fanning, Glenreigh
5 Nov 1838, Patrick of Patrick Tuohy & Bridget Fanning sp: Patrick McGrath & Mary Gleeson
21 Nov 1838, Philip of Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanin sp: Patrick Tuohy & Bridget McGrath
7 May 1839, Margaret of Michael Nolan & Mary Costelloe sp: John Tuohy & Honora Fanning
12 May 1839, Margaret of Patrick Fanning and Catherine Corbett sp: Nora Semple
13 June 1839, Richard of Thomas Long & Catherine Fanan sp: Cornelius Long & Bridget Fanan
20 Feb 1840, Denis of Denis Corcoran & Judith Fannin sp: Ellen Fannin, Clareen
8 Mar 1840, Margaret of Andrew Carrol & Margaret Finon? Pallis? sp: John Ryan & Margaret McGrath
22 Nov 1840, Michael of Patrick Tuohy & Bridget Fanning Grange sp Rev John Molony & Michael Fanning
5 Dec 1840, Judith of Thomas Meagher & Margaret Shortall sp: Thomas Gleeson & Honora Fanin, Glanreigh
15 Feb 1841, Richard of Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanning, Grange sp: Martin Ryan & Honora Fanning
21 Feb 1841, Mary of Thomas Long & Catherine Fanning,Grange sp: Thomas Fanning & Mary Ryan
29 June 1841, Eliza of William Hayes & Mary Fanning, Clareen, sp John Ryan & Johanna Commons?
25 Jan 1842, Mary of Michael Nowlan & Mary Costello, Grange, sp: Thomas Nowlan & Honora Fanning
20 Apr 1842, James of Denis Corcoran & Judy Fannin, Clareen, sp Darby Carr & Ally Bourke
29 July 1842, Catherine of William Fanning & Mary Cronan, Glanreigh,sp: Edmond Cronin & Judith Fanning
1 Nov 1842, John of Michael Davern & Mary Fanning, Grange, sp: Thomas Fanning & Mary Fanning
27 Jan 1843, Mary of Patrick Tuohy & Bridget Fanning, Grange, sp: John Bourke & Bridget Tuohy
10 June 1843, Patrick of Thomas Long & Catherine Fanning, Grange,sp: William Tuohy & Honora Fanning
19 Aug 1843, Thomas of Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanning, Grange, sp: Rev John Burk & Bridget Fanning
2 Aug 1844, Margaret of John Coleman & Margaret ?, Lisngh?, sp: John Tuohy & Honora Fanning
29 Oct 1844, Mary of Michael Davern & Mary Fanning, Glanreigh, sp: John Davern & Margaret Fanning
5 Nov 1844, Joseph of Patrick Tuohy & Bridget ? Grange, ? Fanning & Thomas Fanning
13 April 1845, Catherine of James Dwyer & Catherine Fanning, Grange, sp: Michael Carrol & Catherine Fanning
26 June 1845, John of Denis Corcoran & Judith Fanning, Clareen. sp: Denis Corcoran & Margaret Corcoran
9 July 1845, Laurence of Thomas Long & Catherine Fanning, Grange, sp:Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanning
13 July 1845, Mary of Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanning, Grange,sp: Philip McGrath & Mrs William Tuohy
28 Aug 1845, Judith of Patrick Dempsey & Margaret McGrath, Ballinahow, sp: Thomas Fanning & Catherine Dempsey
11 Jan 1846, John of John ? and Mary Maher, Grange sp: Thomas & Anastasia Fanning
7 Aug 1846, Francis of Patrick Tuohy & Bridget Fanning, Grange, sp: John Tuohey & Hanora Fanning
27 Nov 1846, Richard of Thomas Fanning & Bridget Purcel, Grange,sp: Patrick Purcel & Bridget Tuohy
15 Feb 1847, Thady of James Costelloe & Mary Molony, Boula, sp: Patrick Mullony & Ellen Fanning
16 Jul 1847, Margaret of John Kennedy & Mary Gleeson, Glenreigh, sp: Philip Gleeson & Mary Fanning
21 Aug 1847, Patrick of Patrick McGrath & Bridget Fanning, Grange, sp: Patrick Purcel & Bridget Tuohy
5 Oct 1847, Thomas of Thomas Long & Catherine Fanning, Grange, sp: Patrick Long & Aimy? Fanning
2 Dec 1847, Daniel Dwyer & Mary Carrol, Tubrid, sp: John Fanning & Mary Carrol
2 Sept 1848, Ellen of Michael Nolan & Mary Costello, Grange, sp:John Tuohy & Emy Fanning
16 Jan 1849, William of Patrick Purcel & Hanora Fanning, Grange, sp: Thomas Fanning & Ellen Purcel
11 April 1849, Judith of James Ryan & Judith Doyle, Cormackstown, sp: Thomas Fanning & Catherine Burke
10 Aug 1851, Mary of Garet? Fitzgerald & Judy Hayden, Racannon, sp: John Mooney & Bridget Fanning
24 July 1853, Patrick of Garrett Fitzgerald & Jane Hayden, sp: Pat Brady & Anne Fanning
17 July 1858 or 1859, Mary of James Dempsey & Honora Burke sp: Thomas Fanning & Bridget Young
13 Aug 1859, Edmund of Patrick Cahill & Sarah Ryan sp: James Fanning & Margaret Armstrong
16 Feb 1861, Johanna of Michael Maher & Bridget Tuohy, sp: William Tuohy & Bridget Fanning
8 Aug 1865, Patrick of John Brophy & Catherine Maher, sp: John Fanning & Mary Ryan
18 Feb 1871, John of John Dwyer & Mary Connell, Glenreigh, sp: Patrick Cronin & Anne Fanning
2 Mar 1871, Patrick & John of Daniel Considine & Mary Donnelly, Glenbane, sp for Patrick: Cornelius Ryan & Mary Lahey, for John: Andrew Boyle & Margaret Fanning
28 Nov 1873, Bridget of Milo Bourke & Bridget Corbit, Cormackstown, sp: Edward Fanning & Margaret Dempsey
25 Jan 1874, Kate of Thomas Brophy & Catherine Maher, Cormackstown, sp: Edmund Fanning & Kate Hayes.
1 Jun 1874, Thomas of John Dwyer & Mary Connell, Glenreigh, sp: John Hayes & Mary Fanning
18 Jun 1874, Margaret of James Fanning & Alice Long, Barracurra, sp: John Ryan & Margaret Fanning
3 Sept 1874, Margaret of John McGrath & Catherine Dempsey, Raheen, sp: Michael Hayes & Margaret Fanning
6 Jun 1875, Patrick, Joseph, Francis of James McCarthy & Mary Kelly, Glenbane, sp: Patrick Fanning & Mary McCarthy
14 Nov 1875, Catherine of James Fanning & Ally Long, Barracurra, sp: William Fanning & Mary Long
21 Dec 1875, Margaret of John Dwyer & Mary Connell, Glenreigh, sp: Michael Dwyer & Kate Fanning
10 May 1877, John of James Fanning & Alice Long, Barracurra, sp: Joseph Fanning & Ellen McGrath
24 Feb 1878, Patrick James of John Phillips & Catherine Dunne, Ballycahill, sp: Laurence ? & Mary Fanning. Priest’s note: Patrick married in Rathdowney 19 Dec 1918 to A McCormack.
15 Mar 1878, William Patrick of Philip Whyte & Mary Quirke, Glenreigh, sp : Edmund Fanning & Ellen Whyte
3 Jun 1878, John of Michael Bourke & Margaret Fanning, Ballycahill, sp: Laurence Butler & Ellen Bourke
28 Jul 1884, William of James Fanning, farmer & Alice Long, Barracurra sp: Mary Darmody; civil birth record; birth date 14 Jul 1884.
30 May 1887, Michael of Philip Carroll, farmer & Mary Fanning, Clohane, sp: father; civil birth record; birth date 24 May 1887
26 May 1887, Michael Jo of Philip Carroll & Mary Fanning, sp: Michael Carroll & Ellie Fanning
These are the three graves that are shown in close up above. From left to right is the grave of Joseph Fanning of Moycarkey, then the grave of Joseph Fanning, erected by his brother from America and lastly that of Joseph Fanning of Horse and Jockey, erected by his loving daughters.
Above inscription is on the side of the grave of Johanna and James Fanning
Rev James Fanning
Gravestone Inscription for Catherine Fanning nee Doyle, buried in Holycross Old Graveyard. Died 4 Sept 1926, age 60. Address Holycross. Erected by James Doyle of Glenreigh, her brother.