Fanning Families in Kilvilcorris Townland Drom Parish Co Tipperary

In Griffiths Valuation of Kilvilcorris Sept 1849 in there are three Fannings listed: Anastasia Fannon, a widow in 1855, with house, office and 14 acres of land on lot 13, Joseph Fannon with 13 acres of land on lot 14 and on the adjoining lot 15 John Fannon with a house, office and 38 acres of land.

Fanning land in Kilvilcorris Drom Parish Grifiths Valuation 1849
Fanning land, 13, 14 & 15, in Kilvilcorris Drom Parish Griffiths Valuation 1849

In the 1901 census for the townland of Kilvilcorris there are two families.

1901 Census


1901 Census

In the 1911 Census there is one Fanning household in Kilvilcorris:

1911 Census Kilvilcorris


Edward Fanning Glenreigh Holycross Co Tipperary


Edward Fanning of Holycross The Nenagh Guardian 3 Jun 1876


Edward Fanning Glenreigh The Nationalist 13 Apr 1901

I have a death record for a Honora Fanning of Glenreigh Holycross a farmer’s widow who died 24 July 1939, aged 76. Annie Blake was present at her death. I have made a note that she was buried in Moycarkey Cemetery with the Molloys.

Fanning Family History is NOT going off line from 6 Aug 2023

Hi everyone,

I’ve downgraded to a cheaper hosting plan for another two years!!

Couldn’t let go of my blog.

To do this I have taken off some photos and some more general posts.

I have put as much as I can of the information and photos I have on my Ancestry trees. Unfortunately, this is a subscription site but it does mean all my hard work will be preserved.

I have two trees on Ancestry: Fannings from Co Tipperary Ireland 2017 and my maternal tree, Knighton Family Tree.


Dunkerrin Fanning Family

The Dunkerrin Fanning Family Castleroan Co Offaly Ireland

I have been wondering if my Fanning family who I have traced as far back as Lissaroon in Drom and Inch Parish and who are buried in Ballycahill Cemetery near Thurles could be related to the Fanning family at Dunkerrin.

I have come up with two DNA matches who are descended from  William Fanning of Castleroan who married Ellen Eviston of Clonomocogue. My Fannings have a long association with the Evistons of Clonomocogue. I am thinking that William’s father may well have been the brother of William Fanin of Lisaroon. Unfortunately records start too late to know his name and verify. I will keep checking DNA matches.

In the Tithe Applotment Books there are three Fannings in Castleroane in 1825:

William, James and Patrick Fanning.

In Grifiths Valuation  about 1850 there is a Patrick Fanning, Philip and William Fanning at Castleroan Dunkerrin.

This is what I have so far on my Ancestry tree:




Alternative surname spellings for Fanning in early records

Alternative Fanning surnames in early records.

I have just been searching for Fanning entries in the Valuation Books 1824-1856, on the Tipperary Studies site.

The Tipperary Studies genealogy site is well worth looking at as they have quite a few records that are not available anywhere else, especially gravestone records.

I came across Fanning entries under the following surnames: Fanning, Faning, Fannon, Fannan, Fanan, Fannin, Fanin, Fannen.

It is easy to forget that most could not read or write and how their surname was entered in records was entirely up to the person recording.

John Fanning married to Judith Loobey, brother to William Patrick Fanning of Bulla?

Unlikely that John fanning who married Judith Loobey in 1825 is the brother of William Patrick Fanning of Sunnyside Bulla as he would have been 16 when he married.

I have just come up as a DNA match to a descendant of the Fanning Stapleton family who came out to Australia in 1857 and 1858.  They eventually settled in Esk Queensland. They had lived for some time in Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

The gentleman who matches me on Ancestry believes that John Fanning who married Judith Loobey was the brother of  my grgrgrandfather William Patrick Fanning (Big Bill) of Sunnyside Bulla. He has joined my Fanning family with his on As yet I am not convinced that these two trees are connected.

I have just found the marriage record for John Fanning and Johanna Luby. They were married in an adjoining parish on 5 Feb 1825, in Boherlahan Parish. Judith Loobey came from Boherlahan and John Fanning from Moycarkey. Witnesses were John and ? Luby of Ballytarsna.

If John Fanning from Moycarkey was the son of Edmond Fanning and Judith Darmody born 1809 he would have been 16 years old when he married. This seems highly unlikely.

The only evidence or proof I have that this John Fanning who married Judith Looby is the son of Edward Fanning and Judy Darmody is my DNA match with this Fanning Stapleton descendant. But this match is quite small as we only share 8cms. This in itself could be okay but we don’t share any matches which is odd as I have two close Fanning cousins who are direct descendants on Ancestry and by rights they should have come up as matches. I have since found out that matches only come up if the people involved share at least 20 cms.

It is still quite possible that we are related but not as one of my grgrgrandfather’s brothers. On his tree he has many other Co Tipperary folk all living around Thurles where my grgrgrandfather was born.

I might add this family to my Ancestry tree and see if this produces any more matches. The offspring of John’s son Laurence and his wife Mary Stapleton were numerous. There must be many descendants of this family out there. Laurence Fanning and Mary Stapleton are in 58 trees on Ancestry!

I have two GedMatch numbers if any descendants want to see if we match. A029138 and T470174. My brother has done a Y chromosome test with FTDNA. His kit number is 120450. Early records are scarce so DNA matches may be the only way to figure out the relationship.

Here is some background on the Fanning Loobey Stapleton family. I’ll start with the children of John Fanning and Judith Looby. They lived in Moycarky near Thurles in Co Tipperary. John was a farmer.

Catherine Fanning born before 1830. I have no Baptism record for her as the Moycarky Church records start at 1830. Catherine came out to Australia in 1857 with her cousins, Walter and John Stapleton, on The Regina. her occupation was listed as cook. She paid a deposit for her brother Laurence Fanning and his family to come out in 1858 from Guernsey on The Mary Pleasants. Catherine was living in Surry Hills in Sydney. Her parents are listed as John and Johanna and deceased. She went on to marry George Ivory and died in Esk Queensland in 1878.

I have found the baptism records for four other children of John Fanning and Judith Looby.

Laurence (Larry) born Graigue baptised in Moycarky Parish 6 April 1830. Sponsors were Michael Looby and Mary Fanning. He married Mary Stapleton.

Ellen Fanning baptised 1 August 1832 in Moycarky Parish. Sponsors were John Donnelly and Mary Heffernan.

Mary Fanning, address Graigue, baptised in Moycarky Parish, 14 May 1834. Sponsors were Ed Donnelly and Anto Russell.

Johanna Fanning of Graigue baptised in Moycarky Parish on 3 Sept 1838. Sponsors were William Loughnane and Mary Cahill.

Laurence Fanning and his wife Mary Stapleton came out to Australia from Guernsey in 1858 on the Mary Pleasants. They arrived in Sydney from Liverpool on 16 Nov 1858 and settled first in Laidley Queensland and then in Esk Queensland. they came with three of their children: Johanna, Maria and John. John died on the voyage. Mary died in 1906 and Laurence the following year. They are buried in Esk. Laurence Fanning worked for the Queensland Rail.


Esk Post Office By Mattinbgn. Opened 1874

Catherine Viola Growden nee Fannon 1854-1938

Catherine Viola Growden nee Fannon possible niece of William Patrick Fanning of Bulla Victoria. Looking for more info.

I come up on Ancestry DNA tests as a match to a number of people who are descendants of Catherine Growden nee Fannon. Given the amount of DNA we share this has lead me to believe that Catherine is most likely the niece of my grgrgrandfather William Patrick Fanning.

Catherine’s parents were Patrick Fanning and Mary McGill. McGill was written on her daughter’s death record in 1938. But an earlier census record shows McGill was the beginning of a longer name. Unfortunately it is very hard to decipher the surname. It looks like McGilhlath???This census also says Patrick and Mary were married in Wisconsin. Their daughter Catherine Viola was married to Albert Orlando Growden in Ackerly Hardin Iowa in 1876 age 22. an we assume she was living their with her parents?

Patrick may have been my grgrgrandfather’s brother Patrick born in Thurles Co Tipperary in 1826.

The same people I match to are also matches with two of my close Fanning cousins.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find much information on Catherine and her parents. She was born 24 Oct 1854 in Jamestown  Wisconsin and died in Riverdale Illinois on 12 May 1938. She married Albert Orlando Growden in Ackerley Hardin Iowa on 29 April 1876. She was 22 and perhaps living with her parents there.

I have looked for her parents’ marriage record and any births of siblings but have found nothing. I’ll keep looking but I am not very familiar with searching American records.

A descendant of Michael Fanning, Big Bill’s brother, is also a DNA match with a descendant of Patrick Fannon, the father of Catherine Viola.

I am hoping someone seeing this post may have some more information on Catherine, her parents and possibly siblings.

Rev Hugh Mockler Obituary 1910

Obituary for Rev Hugh Mockler Parish priest at Clerihan Parish Clonmel Co Tipperary.The Freemans Journal 10 Feb 1910

I have included this obit for Hugh Mockler as Tom Fanning of Lissaroon who I am related to attended and is listed as a relative. I have been unable to find any connection between him or his wife Johanna Bannon and the Mocklers.

I am curious as I have come up as a DNA match with a Mockler. Maybe someone reading this knows how the Fannings and Mocklers are related.



Toomevara Fanning Baptism Records

Fanning Baptism records for the catholic Parish of Toomevara in Co Tipperary Ireland 1838-1911.

Toomevara Catholic Parish Co Tipperary


4 Nov 1838, Martin of Edward Meagher & Anna Meagher, Toome, sp: Tim Faning & Mary Grace

15 May 1841, Patrick of James Connolly & Margaret Connolly, Toome sp: Tim Fanning & Biddy Fanning

20 Mar 1842, Denis of Denis Shanahan & Winifred Fanning, Toom, sp: Martin Shanahan & Peggy Fanning

1 May 1842, Honora of Thomas Tracey & Catherine NR, Toom, sp: Tom Faning & Betty Devaney

1 May 1842, Edward of Thomas Fanning & Judy Fanning, Log sp: John Meagher & Mary Hogan

23 Apr 1843, James of Timothy (Tim) Fanning & Bridget (Biddy) Fanning, Toom sp: Michael Kennedy & Mary ??

30 May 1848, Patrick of Timothy (Tim) Fanning & Bridget Connelly, sp: Thomas Treacy & Hannah Kennedy

24 Feb 1850, Patrick of John Ryan & Bridget Gavin sp: Tom Faning & Margaret Ryan

23 Mar 1853, Joseph of Tim Fannin & Mary Kennedy, Toom, sp: Timothy Quirke & Ellen Fannin

23 May 1874, Daniel of Mathew Hogan & Catherine Guilfoyle sp: Philip Fanning & Anne Fanning

31 Mar 1876, Margaret of Michael Treacy & Anne Horan, Cloncanon, sp: Luke Horan & Bridget Fanning

29 May 1910, Anne of Daniel Fanning & Mary Maher, Barrangrotty, sp: John Fanning & Ellie Maher

16 Apr 1911, Mary of Thomas Hassett & Mary Ryan, Ballinlough, sp: Patrick & Mary Fanning