I came across this obituary for a William Fanning from Co Tipperary born about1828 and he died in 1907. The fact that he is said to be related to John Eviston got me interested. How is he related? and could he be part of my Fanning clan?
The John Eviston he is related to was born in Clonomocogue just north of Thurles in 1844 and died in Bathurst, NSW Australia in 1925. His mother was Mary Fanning, daughter of William Fanning and Hanera Cormick of Lissaroon, my ancestors.
On William Fanning’s death certificate his parents are listed as Phillip Fanning and Mary Fanning nee Eviston. They were married in Loughmore Parish Co Tipperary on 31 Jan 1822, witnessed by Robert Eviston and John Leahy. So John Eviston and William Fanning were first cousins. William’s mother Mary Eviston marrying Phillip Fanning of Dunkerrin.
I could not find a birth or baptism record for William but did find records for two of his sisters. Margaret was born in Castleroan Dunkerrin Co Offaly, her godparents were John Hennesy and Mary Fanning. Mary, the other sister, was born in the same address and baptised on 7 Oct 1838, her godparents were John and Mary Maher.
Phillip, William’s father, died on 15 April 1875 in the parish of Shinrone, Kings county. He was a farmer. He died from bronchitis, aged 82. His mother Mary Fanning nee Eviston died in Castleroan on 1 Mar 1886 in Shinrone Parish Co Offaly(Kings). She was 86 and cause of death was marasmus, severe malnutrition.
William was born in Castlerone (I think this is Castleroan) Ireland and had been in NZ for 20 years. He was married in Ireland at age 30, to Sarah Guidera. Nine children are listed on William’s death record but only their ages are given. Five Males aged 46, 44, 34, 30 and 29 years. Then there were four females aged 40, 38, 36 and 32 years.
William’s death record had him dying at 2 McFarland Street, Wellington on 13 August, 1907. He was 79 years old and died from “old Age”.
There are baptism and birth records for the following children of William and Sarah Guidera. The family lived at Oldcastle in the parish of Cournageen (Bourney) Co Tipperary.
Daniel baptised 26 July 1862 sponsors: Phill Fanning and Mary Guidera.
Mary birth 1 Feb 1864, baptised 13 Feb 1864 sponsors: James and Anne Fanning
William born 19 May 1865, baptised 30 May 1865, sponsors: William Kealy and Johanna Guidera
Elizabeth born 23 Dec 1866 and baptised on 5 Jan 1867
Sarah born 15 July 1868 and baptised on 17 August 1868
Margaret born 19 Dec 1869 and baptised on 19 Jan 1870
Patrick born 1 Mar 1871 and baptised on 1 April 1871
Johanna born 6 Jan 1873 and baptised on 22 Jan 1873
Michael born 17 Sept 1874 and baptised on 3 Oct 1874
Unk Fanning female born 23 June 1876 and baptised 23 Aug 1876
James born 23 June 1876 and baptised 23 Aug 1876 twin of above unnamed child.
Two of the children of William and Sarah, William and Phillip, are said to have gone to America instead of emigrating to New Zealand.
William Fanning is buried in Karori Cemetery in the Wellington region with his wife Sarah and sons, John Joseph and Frank.