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. 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 Jamesville Wisconsin and died in Riverdale Illinois on 12 May 1938. She married Albert Orlando Growden in Ackerley Hardin Iowa on 29 April 1876.
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.
Rootsireland has baptism records from 1809 -1900. I have included the Fanning Baptism records from Rootsireland from 1809 to 1827.
Civil birth records at irishgenealogy.ie start from 1864 and end with births over a 100 years ago.
Records with an asterisk are of Fannings that I am related to.
The priest has written in the margin the address of the couple, which is a big plus in searching for ancestors in these records. The handwriting is easy to read although they have their own shorthand for christian names and place names. Annfield is written as Annfd, the d being smaller and raised. Ballypatrick is shortened to Bally and a small raised k. Edmund or Edmond is shortened to Ed and a small raised m.
The spelling is also phonetic, so varies greatly. But you can read it all quite easily and there were not a lot of baptisms for this period.
The following are the places where the baptism took place. The priests spelt the same places in different ways: Annfield, Annfield bridge, Ardkeen, Arkeen, Balliduff, Ballinlon, Balinlonty, Ballypatrick, Barnane, Bawnoun, Bawnounah, Bawnourah, Boherleegh, Booladuff, Bouladuff, Bouliduff, Caulleys Town, Claykile, Claykyle, Cleighhayle, Cleighayte, Clonbeg, Clonbegg, Clonmore, Clonismullen, Coohane, Coohaun, Coolgurt, Coolhawn, Currough, Dovea, Drom, Monroe, Feeleigh, Feileigh, Feleigh, Feileghah, Feighlahah, Fishmoyne, Graig, Grove, Gurtdafinan, Gurtdalinan, Inch, Mahera Reigh, Kerawn, Kill, Killahagan, Killahigan, Kille, Killefitmoon, Killoskahan, Killoskehan, Killoskean, Kirane, Killvillecoris, Klekile, Knocka, Lackindara, Lahra, Lara, Laraw, Lahraw, Lassina, Laught, Liscrea, Lissaroon, Lough, Mickna, Mockna, Moher S, Monroe, Moonvoor, Mounvour, Moovoor, Mt Catherine, Pallas Hill, Rag, Rathmoy, Rorestown, Rordstown, Roridstown, Rathlesty, Rathleasty, The Ragg, Skachanarran,
Sometimes House is given as the address. I am assuming the mother and or child was too ill to be baptised at the church as was customary?
A few times the word “Chapel” is in the margin??
These place names are from 1827, in the Parish of Drom & Inch.
If you are on a PC you can search these records using Control + F
12 May 1809, Mary of John Carroll & Margaret Fogarty sp: Denis Hynes & Mary Fanning
15 Jul 1809, Mary of Michael Fanning & Ellen Fanning sp: John Fanning & Mary Peters
19 Jul 1809, Edmund of William Fanning & Judith (Judy) Fanning sp: William Carroll & Mary Cormack
27 Jul 1809, James of James Peters & Mary Kavanagh sp: John Fanning & Nancy Cleary
10 Nov 1809, Patrick of William Kelly & Mary Fanning sp: Thomas Meara & Mary Ryan
30 Mar 1810, Daniel of Joseph (Jody) Gleeson & Mary Murphy sp: William Dolan & Catherine Fanning
9 Dec 1810, William of Edmund Butler & Bridget Ryan sp: George Mullen & Mary Fanning
*3 Jun 1811, Michael of William Fanning & Honora (Hon) Cormack sp: Thomas McGrath & Sally Darmody
27 Aug 1811, Judith (Judy) of Edmund Fanning & Mary Burke sp: William Purcell & Mary Burke
12 Jan 1812, Michael of Patrick Carroll & Bridget Hoare sp: William Fanning & Margaret Cormack
24 Feb 1812, James of Patrick Russell & Anastasia (Anstice) Cleary sp: Michael Cleary & Ana Fanning
15 May 1812, Mary of Thomas Hayes & Mary Fanning sp: Thomas Hayes & Winny Hayes
5 Dec 1812, Mary of Philip Cahill & Catherine Shanahan sp: John Fanning & Catty Kennedy
16 Feb 1813, Patrick of William Hayes & Sarah (Sally) Gleeson sp: Simon Stapleton & Mary Fanning
3 Mar 1813, Ellen (Nelly) of Patrick Fogarty & Anne (Nano) Burke sp: Thomas Fanning & Nelly Fogarty
17 Mar 1813, Catherine (Cathy) of James Doherty &Judith (Judy) Fanning sp: Edmund Fanning & Honoria Long
*10 Sept 1813, Mary of William Fanning & Honora (Hon) Cormack sp: Denis McGrath & Mary Cormack
30 Aug 1814, Michael of Thomas Brien & Mary Gleeson sp: William Brien & Mary Fanning
23 Jan 1815, Mary of Michael Fanning & Catherine Callahan sp: John Howard & Mary Meara
2 May 1815, Mary of Philip Purcell & Ellen Carroll sp: James Fanning & Judy Carroll
*27 Mar 1816, Catherine (Cathy) of William Fanning & Honora (Hon) Cormack sp: John McGrath & Bridget Burke
25 Apr 1816, Thomas of Thomas Hayes & Mary Fanning sp: Daniel Trehy & Mary Butler
9 Jul 1816, Michael of Michael Fanning & Ellen (Nelly) Maher sp: Mary Costello
28 Jul 1816, Bridget of Patrick Fogarty & Anne (Nancy) Burke sp: John Fanning & Bridget Doherty
11 Sept 1816, John of Jeffrey Fanning & Margaret Shanahan sp: Joseph Fanning & Margaret Peters
27 Dec 1816, Thomas of Connor Maher & Mary Dwyer sp: Malachy Maher & Mary Fanning
13 Apr 1817, Thomas of Daniel Long & Catherine (Catty) Ryan Sp: Edmond Fanning & Nancy Ryan
27 Oct 1818, Michael of Jeffrey Fanning & Margaret Shanahan sp: Philip Cleary & Judy Gleeson
31 Dec 1819, Bridget of William Stapleton & Ellen Fogarty sp: Joseph Fanning & Bridget Fogarty
17 Oct 1822, Daniel of Patrick Naughton &Mary Fanning sp: Joseph Fanning & Mary Ryan
17 Feb 1823, Bridget (Biddy) of Daniel Kennedy & Bridget (Biddy) Quinlan sp: Michael Fanning & Margaret Fanning
25 Apr 1824, Anastasia (Anstice, twin of Agnes) of Thomas Cormack & Mary Gleeson sp: John Fanning & Nelly Gleeson
29 Sept 1824, Bridget (Biddy) of William Stapleton & Ellen (Nelly) Fogarty sp: Joseph Fanning & Biddy Fogarty
26 Nov 1824, Ellen of Jeffrey Fanning & Margaret Shanahan sp: John Cahill & Biddy Cahill
25 Apr 1825, Judith (Judy) of Patrick Fogarty & Anne Burke sp: James Fanning & Biddy Gleeson
27 May 1825, Mary of Edmund Fanning & Catherine Fahy sp: Mary Fanning & Thomas Fanning
17 Dec 1826, Joseph of John Fanning & Mary Maher sp: Philip Naughton & Bridget Fanning
3 Mar 1827, Joseph of Edmund (Ned) Fanning & Catherine Fahy sp: Cath Doherty & John Maher
*24 Jun 1827, William of William Fanning & Honora (Hon) Cormack sp: Thomas Cormack & Margaret McGrath
12 Jul 1827, Catherine of William McGrath & Catherine Purcell sp: John Fanning & Hon Carroll
15 Oct 1827, Catherine of Jeffrey Fanning& Margaret Shanahan, Killahagan, sp: Timothy Maher & Catherine Fanning
18 Jan 1828, Edward of John Fanning & Margaret Russell, Kill, sp: James Fanning & Catherine Russell
9 Mar 1828, Judith (Judy) of Edward (Ned) Fanning & Anne (Nancy) Neill sp: Connor Trehy & Mary Trehy
16 Mar 1828, Ellen of Denis Kennedy & Biddy Quinlan, Kiloskehan, sp: James Long & Jane Fanning
2 May 1828, John of James Peters & Mary Cavanagh, Killahagan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Ellen Fanning
14 Jun 1828, Patrick of John Fanning & Mary Maher sp: Michael Fanning & Nelly Peters
23 July 1828, Anstice of Thomas Lanigan & Judy Hogan, Kilahagan, sp: Catherine Cleary & Ellen Fanning
16 Sept 1828, Margaret (Peggy) of Patrick Cantwell & Judith (Judy) Maher, sp: James Maher & Ana Maher
8 Feb 1829, Catherine of Edmond Lynch & Ann Murphy, Drom, sp: Joseph Fanning & Mary Hogan
6 May 1829, Winifred of James Maher & Margaret Ryan, Killahagan, sp: Michael Cleary & Ellen Fanning
11 May 1829, Timothy of John Toohy & Judy Maher, Kill, sp: James Fanning & Judy Carroll
12 Sept 1829, James of Thomas Bourke & Judy Ryan, Palace-hill, sp: John Fanning & Catherine Dwyer
20 Feb 1830, Jeffrey of Jeffrey Fanning & Margaret Shanahan, Killahagan, sp: Laurence Ryan & Biddy Fanning
15 Apr 1830, Joseph of Thomas Fanning & Anstice Hayes, Kill, sp: James Fanning & Mary Carroll
29 Mar 1831, William of John Fannen & Margaret Russell, Kille, sp: Joe Fannen & Mary Donovan
29 Apr 1831, Michael of James Ryan & Onny Carroll, Claycoil, sp: John Fanning & Catherine Purcell
24 Jan 1832, James of John Cormack & Judy Banen, Lissaroon, sp: Michael Fanning & Mary Ryan
31 Jan 1832, Judy of John Fogarty & Judy Kennedy, Annfield, sp: Patt Collins & Catherine Fanning
21 Aug 1832, John of Thomas Fanning & Anstice Hayes, Kill, sp: John Doherty & Judy Healy
13 Dec 1832, Con of John Fanning & Anto Brien, Killahigan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Winifred Purcell
13 Mar 1833, Mary of James Ryan & Onny Carroll, Claykyle, sp: Patt Fanning & Mary Bannen
13 May 1833, Patt of Patt Faning & Mary Ryan, Killoskahen, sp: Matt Dune & Mary Feehan
28 July 1833, Catherine of John Fanning & Margaret Russell, Kille, sp: Thomas Doherty & Mary Fanning
18 Oct 1833, Con of Jeffry Fannon & Margaret Shanahan, Killahigan, sp: Phil Cahill & Ellen Fanning
1 Mar 1834, William of William Ryan & Nancy Ryan, Killoskahan, sp: John Fannin & Margaret Maher
13 Jun 1834, Michael of John Fannen & Anto Brien, sp: John Shanahan & Anto Naughton
10 Aug 1834, Tom of Tom Fannen & Ansty Hays sp: Mick Hays & Ally Carroll
19 Apr 1835, Peggy of Patt Purcell & Agnes Ryan, Lissaroon, sp: William Purcell & Kitty Fannen
9 Sept 1835, James of John Gleeson &Catherine Fanning,Annefield, sp: Thomas Doyle & Mary Sparrow
14 Oct 1835, John of Ned Ryan & Hanna Shelly, Kille, sp: James Fannen & Biddy Bourke
22 Dec 1836, John of John Fannen & Anty Brien, Killahigan, sp: Joe Fannen & Biddy Casey
8 Apr 1838, William of Richard Hughes & Mary Reedy, Knocka, sp: Mary Fanning
3 May 1838, Thomas of Denis Fogarty &Catherine Fannen, Barnane, sp: Edmond Fannen & Honora Hennesey
3 Jun 1838, James of John Fanning & Margaret Russell,Kill, sp: Patt Mahony & Bridget Mahony
19 July 1838, Catherine of John Fanning& Anto Brien, Killahagan, sp: Joseph Fanning & Bridget Mullony or Mullany
31 Dec 1838, Michael of Frank Connell & Margaret Ryan, Pallishill, sp: James Ryan & Cath Fannen
23 Aug 1839, William of Denis Maher & Ellen Purcill sp : Patrick Fanning & Mary Purcill
5 Nov 1839, Sally of Denis Fogarty &Kate Fanning, Barnan, sp: Martin Brislane & Judy Darmody
28 Apr 1840, Tim of John Fanning & Anty Brien, Killahagen, sp: Laurence Ryan & Ellen Fanning
12 Jun 1840, Joseph of John Fanning & Margaret Russell, Kill, sp; Ellen Gleeson.
22 Nov 1840, Annfield, John of John Gleeson & Kate Fanning, sp; Stephen Butler & Judy Magrath,
27 Mar 1841, Drom, Michael of John Trihy & Mary Maher, sp: John Bourke & Mary Fanning
8 Aug 1841, Drom, Patrick of Michael Mitchell &Judy Fanning, sp: James Russell & Judy Russell
10 Feb 1842, Barnane, Judy of Denis Fogarty &Catherine Fanning, sp: Andrew Halloran & Mary Ryan
18 Feb 1842, Annfield, George of Michael Butler & Mary Smyth, sp: Laurence Butler & Catherine Fanning
24 Feb 1842, Drom, Mary of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, sp: James Fanning & Anty Long
28 June 1842, Drom, Margaret of John Fanning & Margaret Russell, sp: Edmond Fanning & Mary Russell
12 Sept 1842, Killahagn, Mary of John Fanning & Honora Brien, sp: John Shanahan & Ellen Shanahan
13 Sept 1843, Lissaroon, Honora of Timothy Carroll & Bridget Cormack, sp: Thomas Cormack & Johanna Fanning
7 Jan 1844, Drom, Bridget of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, sp: John Long & Judy Long
7 Feb 1844, Killahagan, Jeofry of John Fanning & Mary Bryan, sp: Michael Fanning & Catherine Bryan
21 June 1844, Barnane, John of Dennis Fogarty &Catherine Fannin, sp: Catharine Hallaran
1 Jan 1845, Kill, Johanna of John Fanning & Margaret Russell, sp: Michael Ryan & Mary Fanning
21 April 1845, Drom, Ellen (illegitimate) of James Fanning& Ellen Lenord sp: Judy Lenord
22 Aug 1845, Drom, Edmond of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, sp: Edmond Fanning & Margaret Trihy
19 Oct 1845, Killahagan, Michael of Jeremiah Peters & Biddy Ryan, sp: Joseph Fanning & Margaret Cahir?
14 Nov 1845, Killahagan, Joseph of John Fanning & Anto Brien sp: Honora Ryan
21 Dec 1845, Roridstown, Lizzy of William Long & Judy Dwyer? sp: William Fanning & Lizzy Long
12 Mar 1846, Killahara, Mary of John Fanning& Mary Brien, sp: Mary Brien
24 May 1846, Barnane, Thomas of Stephen Keating &Betty Fanning, sp: Jeofrey Fanning & Mary Dwyer
8 Aug 1846, Kilo, Thomas of John Mullony &Ellen Fanning, sp: Thomas Mullany & Catherine Fanning
20 Dec 1846, Drom, William of William Hogan &Bridget Fanning? sp: Lawrence Dwyer & Mary Cor?
24 Feb 1847, Drom, Oliver of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, sp: Thomas Bohan & Sally Long
23 Nov 1847, Killahagan, Jeremiah of John Carroll & Judy Ryan, sp: Edmond Carroll & Judy Fanning
7 May 1848, Barnane, John of James Boland & Judy Long sp : Joseph Fanning & Anty Long
23 Aug 1848, Killahagan, Margaret of John Fanning & Mary O’Brien, sp: Michael Peters & Bridget Cahil
25 Sept 1848, Rorestown, John of Edmond Fanning & Mary Maher, sp: Bridget Maher, child born out of wedlock
4 Sept 1849, Drom, John of Joseph Fanning& Mary Long, sp: Phill Fogarty & Honora Long
10 Nov 1850, Killahagan, Ellen & Anto (twins) of Thomas Fanning & Winifred Carroll, sp: Stephen Purcell & Ellen Fannin; John Carroll & Margaret Carroll
*13 Apr 1852, William of Michael Fanning & Catherine Ryan, Lissaroon sp: Richard Cormack & Honoria Bannon
25 Sept 1852, Killahagan, Anastatia of Thomas Fanning & Winifred Carroll, sp: Patt Fogarty & Catherine Carroll
28 Sept 1852, Michael of Patrick Fanning & Mary Dunne sp: John Long & Mary Dawson
13 Nov 1852, Claykile, John & Bridget (twins) of John Cormack & Onny Cantwell, sp: Richard Cormick & Catherine Fanning & Bridget Cantwell
15 Mar 1853, Drom, Anastasia of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, sp: John Long & Johanna Trihy
*15 April 1853, Lissaroon, Honoria of Michael Fanning & Catherine Ryan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Bridget Ryan
22 June 1853, Cleakile, Thomas of Richard Cormick & Ellen Cantwell, Sp: Michael Fanning & Honoria Cantwell
9 April 1854, Killahagan, Mary of Thomas Fanning & Winifred Carroll, sp: Phil Purcell & Catherine Carroll
*26 July 1854, Lissaroon, Bridget of Michael Fanning & Catherine Ryan, sp: Hugh Ryan & Bridget Ryan
12 Oct 1854, Kill, Patrick of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, sp: John Bohan & Ellen Long
8 Feb 1855, Killahagan, Margaret of Anthony Kenedy & Bridget Tierney, sp: Edmond Fanning & Mary Fanning
*18 Nov 1855, Lissaroon, Hugh of Michael Fanning & Catherine Ryan, sp: Michael Ryan & Kate Fanning
10 July 1856, Barnane, Honora of James Bohan & Judith Long, sp: Edmond & Mary Fanning
23 Oct 1856, Cleakile, Honora of Richard Cormick & Ellen Cantwell, sp: Thomas Fanning & Catherine Fanning
15 Jan 1857, Drom, Mary of John Maher & Ellen Long, sp: Edmond Fanning & Bridget Fanning
2 Apr 1857, Roristown, Thomas of William Long & Johanna Dwyer, sp: John Maher & Mary Fanning
7 Jun 1857, Johanna of Joseph Fanning & Mary Long, Drom sp: Joseph Long & Margaret Long
*27 Aug 1857, Mary of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan, Lissaroon sp: Hugh Ryan & Mary Ryan
27 Dec 1857, Michael of Thomas Fanning & Winifred Carroll, Killahagan sp: James Grady & Judy Fanning
18 Apr 1858, Bridget of John Maher & Ellen Long, Drom sp: Joseph Fanning & Mary Fanning
11 Nov 1858, James of James Russell & Catherine Fanning, Drom, sp: John Russell & Mary Kenedy
*13 Jan 1859, Lissaroon, Thomas of Michael Fanning & Catherine Ryan, sp: James Cormack & Ansty Purcell
4 Mar 1860, Drom, William of William Bohan & Fanny Hogan, sp: Thomas Ryan & Mary Fanning
31 May 1860, Drom, Thomas of James Russell &Catherine Fanning, sp: John Russell & Ellen Fanning
1 Nov 1860, Drom, Joseph of Joseph Fanning& Mary Long, sp Edmond Fanning & Bridget Fanning
17 Jan 1861, Killahagan, Patrick of Philip Purcell & Ellen Duggan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Anto Bourke
*19 April 1861, Lissaroon, Michael of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan, sp: Patrick Ryan & Johanna Maher
1 Dec 1861, Drom, Ellen of Philip Russell & Johanna Lanigan, sp: Thomas Fanning & ______ Russell
26 Jan 1862, Pallas Hill, Ellen of Michael McGrath &Mary Fanning, sp: Thomas Maher & Johanna Fanning
14 Apr 1862, Drom, Ellen of John Maher & Ellen Long, sp: Thomas Bohan & Mary Fanning
17 Apr 1862, Killahagan, John of Michael Carroll & Catherine Doyle sp: Thomas Fanning & Bridget Cleary
18 May 1862, Drom, Ellen of Philip Fogarty & Joanna Long sp: Edmund Fanning & Anne Hayes
*1 Jun 1862, Lissaroon, John of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan sp: John Ryan & Bridget Ryan
26 Jul 1862, Barnane, Ellen of Michael Dwyer & Anne Hogan sp: Joseph Fanning & Ellen Dwyer
5 Apr 1863, Knocka, William of William Coonan & Catherine Spelane sp: Martin Eviston & Margaret Eviston
16 May 1863, Lissaroon, Mary of William Magrath & Margaret Burns sp: William Fanning & Honora Fanning
1 Nov 1863, Drom, Timothy of James Russell & Catherine Fanning sp: John Russell & Ellen Fanning
1 Dec 1863, William of John Maher & Ellen Long, sp: Oliver Fanning & Mary Bohan
*31 Jan 1864, Lissaroon, Johanna of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan sp: Michael Connell & Anastatia Cormack
20 Mar 1864, Pallas-hill, Michael of Michael Magrath &Mary Fanning, sp: James Fanning & Margaret Eviston
25 Jun 1865, Killahagan, Johanna of Michael Carroll & Mary Dwyer, sp: Daniel Dwyer & Ellen Fanning
Aug 1865, William of James Russell &Catherine Fanning, sp: Hugh Troy & Bridget Kennedy
*20 Oct 1865, Lissaroon, Patrick of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan sp: William Magrath & Johanna Cormack
14 Jan 1866, Pallas-hill, John of Michael Magrath &Mary Fanning, sp: William Fanning & Kate Fanning
14 Jan 1866, Knocka, Catherine of Michael Coonan & Catherine Spelane sp: Stephen Ryan & Mary Eviston
*30 Jan 1865, Lissaroon, Catherine of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan sp: William Cormack & Catherine Cormack
12 Mar 1868, Drom, Joanna of Michael Lynch & Honora Fanning, sp: Samuel Fanning & Mary Fanning
23 Apr 1868, Killoskehan, Bridget of Denis Ryan & Mary Cahill, sp: Thomas Fanning & Margaret Long
28 Jun 1868, Mt Catherine, Stephen of James Butler & Mary Fogarty, sp: William Fanning & Mary Butler
28 Jun 1868, Pallas Hill, Margaret of Michael McGrath & Mary Fanning. sp: Michael Maher & Margaret Fanning
14 Mar 1869, Kill, Anastatia of Thomas Fanning & Ellen Ryan, sp: James Fanning & Catherine Marnell
*2 Apr 1869, Lissaroon, Sara of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan, sp: Honora Fanning & Hugh Fanning. On the civil record Mary Fenally is a sponsor.
11 July 1869, Drom, Anne of Michael Lynch &Honora Fanning sp: John Fanning & Ellen Crowe
27 Feb 1870, Klekile, Anthony of Richard Cormack & Alice? Cantwell sp: John Bourke & Bridget Fanning
8 May 1870, Kile, Thomas of Thomas Fanning & Ellen Ryan sp: Michael Cleary & Margaret Fanning
*27? Nov 1870, Lissaroon, John of Michael Fanning & Catherine Ryan, sp: Cornelius Ryan & Honora Cormack
21 Dec 1870, Drom, Thomas of Michael Lynch &Honora Fanning sp: John & Catherine Fanning
22 Dec 1870, Pallas Hill, Mary of Michael McGrath & Mary Fanning sp: James Fanning & Ellan Carroll
30 Apr 1871, Anne of Patrick Maher & Anto Kinsella sp: James Fanning & Joanna Rigan
*16 Dec 1871, Lissaroon, Anastatia of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Catherine Cormack
7 Jan 1872, Kill, Catherine of Thomas Fanning & Ellen Ryan, sp: Andrew ? & Kate Ryan
12 Feb 1872, Pallas Hill, James? of Michael McGrath &Mary Fanning, sp: Margaret Ryan & Patrick Meagher
10 Sept 1873, Killahagan, Catherine of Michael Carroll & Mary Dwyer, sp: Patrick Kennedy & Catherine Fanning
*27 Oct 1874, Lissaroon, Laurence of Michael Fanning& Catherine Ryan, sp: Michael Fanning & ? Cormack
14 Nov 1874, Kill, Mary of ? Fanning & Ellen Ryan sp: James Ryan & Anastatia Fanning
3 Oct 1874, Bouladuff, Catherine of Kyran Walsh & Ann Dwyer, sp: Robert Whelan & Honora Fanning
18 Nov 1875, Killahagan, Ellen of Denis Kavanagh & Catherine Fanning, sp: John ? Kavanagh & Mary Fanning
13 Sept 1877, Kill, ??? of Thomas Fanning & Ellen Ryan, sp: William Fanning & Eamy Flinn * priest’s note: married Catherine Loughmoon 21 Dec 1908 LIverpool.
20 Feb 1878, Lissaroon, Honora of John Purcell & Emma Bourke, sp: Patrick Feehan & Honora Fanning
7 May 1878, Clonismillen, Mary of James Ryan & Catherine Ryan, sp: Thomas Fanning & Bridget Ryan
16 Nov 1878, Ballinlonty, William Of James Talbot & Ellen Bannon, sp: Michael Bourke & Joanna Fanning
26 Apr 1879, Lissaroon, James of William Ryan & Jane Ryan, sp: William Meagher & Bridget Fanning
27 Apr 1879, Rathleasty, Bridget of Edward Ryan & Johanna Corrigan, sp: James Neil & Anastatia Fanning
11 Jan 1880, Ballinlonty, Mary Catherine of James Hoare &Anastatia Fanning, sp: Patrick Fanning & Johanna Fanning
17 Oct 1880, Kill, John of William Fanning, farmer, & Amy Flinn, sp: James Fanning & Ellen McGrath & Margaret Russell, twin of Margaret
17 Oct 1880, Kill, Margaret of William Fanning & Annie Flinn, sp: Patrick Fogarty & Johanna Ryan.
Patrick came out to Australia in 1878 on the Highflyer. He was aged 18. He came out with his older brother Anthony. They arrived at Morton Bay in Queensland on Dec 2, 1878.
Anthony settled in Kempsey where he was a shopkeeper. He married Amelia Lovell. Both died of consumption or as we know it tuberculosis and are buried in West Kempsey cemetery. They had no children. Patrick was a bachelor when he died age 51.
I have been trying to find Patrick for a number of years. Another Fanning researcher contacted me and alerted me to a Patrick Fanning who was killed in Sydney in 1910. I wasn’t very confident that it could be him but to my delight I think it is Patrick Fanning son of Margaret Cantwell and Patrick Fanning of Lisdonowley.
I don’t have 100% proof, as his mother’s name is not listed on his death certificate but many facts do point to it being Patrick, brother of Anthony.
Patrick Fanning son of Patrick Fanning and Margaret Cantwell was born in Templtouhy Parish in Co Tipperary on 26 Oct 1859.
Below are the newspaper reports of the accidental death of a Patrick Fanning in Sydney in 1910.
Funeral Notice 2 Jan 1911 Sydney Morning Herald
In another coroner’s report on Patrick’s death “intemperance” is written in the remarks column.
What caught my eye here is that Patrick’s cousin is a James Cantwell. Patrick’s mother was Margaret Cantwell.
This James Cantwell died in 1926. His father listed as Anthony Cantwell and mother as Mary. He was a store man and lived in Macquarie Street Leichardt Sydney. I have not found out anything more on this James Cantwell and his family. But would like to know more of them if anyone has some information about this branch of the Cantwell family.
Patrick is listed as having been in NSW for 32 years which would have him arriving about 1879. His age is given as about 49 giving him a probable birth date of 1861. James his cousin was buried age 67 in June 1926 so born about 1859.
Both James Cantwell and Patrick Fanning are buried in Rookwood Catholic Cemetery. Patrick was buried there on 2 Jan 1911 and James Cantwell on 11 June 1926. James’ parents were Anthony and Mary Cantwell. Her maiden name was Stokes as listed on his marriage record.
The name Anthony occurs frequently in the Cantwell family tree but not in the Fanning ancestry. The father of James Cantwell was listed as Anthony Cantwell. So this may explain the naming of Patrick’s brother. Anthony Fanning, may well have been named after his uncle or even his grandfather on his mother’s side.
I have researched the Cantwells of Moyne and believe that Margaret Cantwell, Patrick Fanning’s mother came from Ballyerk in Moyne and her parents were Anthony Cantwell and Bridget Carroll. This Anthony Cantwell died in 1858, age 72 and is buried in Two-Mile-Borris Old Cemetery.
Margaret Cantwell’s sister Ellen married Richard Cormack of Lissaroon and their son Anthony was listed as a cousin to the Fannings.
I also came across obituaries for Margaret Cantwell’s brother Patrick who I think came out to Melbourne Australia in 1879 on the Durham. He is listed as age 36, Irish and a labourer.
He died on Dec 19, 1908 in Sydney NSW Australia. The index to his death record has his father listed as Anthony and mother as Bridget. He was buried in Waverley Cemetery Sydney. This Patrick Cantwell was the uncle of Anthony and Patrick Fanning of Lisdonowley.
John Eviston was the nephew of this Patrick Cantwell.
As there are two nieces who are nuns mentioned there were most likely more Cantwells who emigrated to Australia.
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.
“In March 1649, Parliament commissioned Oliver Cromwell to lead an army of invasion into Ireland. Defeat of the Irish at the battle of Rathmines enabled Cromwell to land unopposed at Dublin in 1649. Cromwell, a Puritan, “believed he was an instrument of divine retribution for (alleged) atrocities committed by Catholics against Protestants in 1641 and he accordingly gave orders to deny mercy to Catholics.” His campaign was savage. Cromwell left Ireland in May 1650. The subjugation of Ireland was completed in May 1652.
Parliament was now faced with settling its enormous debts resulting from the war in Ireland. The adventurers or investors had been offered two and a half million acres of Irish land which were to be confiscated after the rebellion was put down. The lands of the defeated Irish and Old English Catholics were declared confiscated and preparations begun for its distribution to the various people to whom the government was indebted.
In order to facilitate this redistribution a survey of the land was undertaken. The act for settling Ireland was passed by the English parliament in August 1652. While the land was being surveyed the government was deciding who should forfeit land. Degrees of guilt were established and penalties defined. The result was that owners of Irish land, whether they were Catholic, protestant or Old English were to suffer. Some were dispossessed totally; others forfeited one fifth, one third, two thirds or three quarters of their land depending on whether their part in the rebellion was a major or minor one. They were to be recompensed from forfeited land west of the Shannon by an area to the proportion they were entitles to retain.
44,210 names were recorded on certificates of transplantation by May 1, 1654. A new Ireland emerged after the Cromwellian Plantation.
Persons Transplanted In Ireland from Co Limerick: Frances, Madalen, Martin and Mary Fanninge.
From Co Tipperary: Nicholas Ffanninge of Clonegall, Edmond Ffanninge of Gortfy and Wm. Ffanninge of Ffarrenroe.
Connaught Certificates-Transplanters 1653-1654: Inrolments of the Certificates of the Commissioners appointed for hearing and determining the claims of Transplanted Persons in the Province of Connaught and the County of Clare: Edward Fitz-Francis Fanning, Michael Fanning, Thomas Fitz-Clement Fanning, Thomas Fitz-Patrick Fanning, Nicholas Fanning, Alderman, William Fanning.
Book of Survey and Distribution: Nicholas Fanning and John McRory (proprietors in 1641) of lands denominated Lower Englandstown and Upper Englandstown(Co Limerick). These lands were forfeited and conveyed to Brook Bridges.
James Ffaning had lands confiscated in the Barony of Knocktopher, Co Kilkenny. Names of persons in the Grants, under the Acts of Settlement: Jeffrey and William Fanning.
The Power Family Pedigree has Jeffry Fanning of Fanningstown, Co Tipperary marrying Gyles, daughter of Thomas Power (who died 1637) and Margaret Butler. In the reign of Charles 11 (1860-) Geoffry Fanning of Ballingarry forfeited lands.
These maps were completed after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland to facilitate the transfer of Irish Catholic land to English Protestant owners. Land being given to soldiers and those who helped finance the war in Ireland.
“A new Ireland emerged after the Cromwellian Plantation. Land ownership and political authority passed from the older inhabitants to the new colonists, from Irish and Old English Catholics to a landed ascendancy of English Protestants who were to control the life of Ireland until the twentieth century” This quote is from an excellent article by Catherine Donovan and is on the Clare County Library site.
I have been able to trace my Fanning ancestors to Lissaroon just north of Thurles in Co Tipperary north. They are said to have arrived there in 1741. My earliest found ancestor was William Fanning born c 1731 and died 1801. I don’t know where they came from but it would have been perhaps Co Limerick or Ballingarry in Co Tipperary. They seemed to be fairly well off by the size of the house and interior decorations and also by the fact that the land at Lissaroon was prime agricultural land.
After Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland and the resulting redistribution of land ownership the Fannings in Ireland suffered a reversal of fortune. Prior to this time they had been wealthy and fairly powerful land owners.
In 1660 Charles II was restored to the English throne. The majority of the Irish did not however get their lands back. Irish who could prove they were innocent of any involvement in the Irish rebellion against English rule could have their lands back but the courts were abolished before the Irish could have their claims heard! A small number, mostly Old English, succeeded in being restores to their former lands.
Those whose land was forfeited were to be given land in Connaught hence the saying “To Hell or Connaught”. Some of the Fannings were meant to be transplanted but whether they did leave or not is not confirmed. The whole transplantation process was a bureaucratic nightmare and took so long that by the time of the Restoration of Charles II many people had not moved.
This Down Survey shows that throughout Ireland nearly all Fanning land holdings were lost and transferred to English Protestant owners with the notable exception of Jeffrey Fanning who was or became Protestant. The Book of Survey and Distribution notes that a Geoffrey Fanning of Ballingarry forfeited his lands under King Charles the second.
The Down Survey also shows that the landowning Fanning family members lived in Ballingarry in Co Tipperary, Co Limerick and some in Co Clare and a few in Co Galway and Co Kilkenny. They do not show up in other counties at this time.
The Tithe Applotment Books cover the period 1823-1837 and record the amount of tax payable from the occupier of land to support the Protestant Church of Ireland. A very unpopular tax.
The Tithe Applotment Books are now online at The National Archives Site. There are many transcription errors, so check the original document carefully.
The books are arranged by townland and list the name of each land occupier, the size and quality of their land and the tithe due.
By comparing what your ancestors paid to that of their neighbours in the same townland you can get an idea of how well off or not they were. The tithes were only paid on agricultural land.
In the 1830s many refused to pay these taxes and there are lists of these Tithe Defaulters on Irish Origins, a fee paying site. In this post I have included Fanning and Darmody Tithe Defaulters.
Entries in the Tithe Applotment Books for Fannin in Co Tipperary. You can click on each name and look at the original documents:
Last entry for Fannin in Tithe Applotment Books Co Tipperary
John Fannin of Coolbawn townland in Drangan Parish Co Tipperary South in the Tithe Applotment Book 1828
Not John but Edmond Fanning of Drangan 1829
Tithe Applotment Book entry for Widow Burke nee Fannin in Inch
Tithe Applotment Book entry for William Fannin of Lissaroon, my ancestor.
John Fannin of Lacken in Lattin Parish Co Tipperary in the Tithe Applotment Book
While there is no Laurence Fannin listed when searching on the original documents I think this is a Laurence Fannin of Grague Moycarky:
Hard to decipher the next entry. It has been listed as Mathew Fannin :
Robert Fannin of Ballinver
Templemichael Parish Co Tipperary South in the Tithe Applotment Book 1834
Second Tithe Applotment Entry for Robert Fannin of Ballinver in Templemichael Parish Co Tipperary South 1834
John Fannin of Gurtadangan in Templeree Parish Co Tipperary North in the Tithe Applotment Book 1827
There is another entry for a John Fannin of Gurtadangan but I think it is a duplication.
The following entry was listed incorrectly as Edmond Hannin but I think it is Edmond Fannin of Buckley Islands which is in Inch Civil Parish. Given that he is in Inch Parish he is most likely part of my family.
There are many more entries for Fanning in the Tithe Applotment Books for Co Tipperary:
Joseph Fanning of Parkstown in Ballymureen Parish Co Tipperary North in the Tithe Applotment Book 1827 Sept
I don’t see two other Joseph Fannings in Parkstown so I think this is a duplication. Checking the entries for this Joseph Fanning of Parkstown there appear to be two handwritten copies of the same records which may account for some of the transcription errors.
Tithe Applotment Book entries for Edmond Fanning senior and junior and another Edmond Fanning of Drom in Drom Parish Co Tipperary North 1825
Michael, John and Jeffry Fanning in Kilahagan in Drom Parish Co Tipperary North in the Tithe Applotment Book 1825
Tithe Applotment Book entries for Fanning in Co Tipperary p2
The Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Killvacorus Drom Parish Co Tipperary North 1825
I think that this should be Killvacorus. Also there is an Edmond Fanning senior and an Edmond Fanning junior listed.
Thomas and Joseph Fanning on the Knockanevin Estate in Knockanevin Townland in Glenkeen Parish Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1832
Tithe Applotment Book Entry Joshua and Joseph Fanning Coolawn Estate Coolawn
Patrick Fanning of Ballinamona in Kilmurry Parish Co Tipperary South near the border with Co Waterford.The Tithe Applotment Book of 1843
Tithe Applotment Book Entries Fanning p3
Patrick Fanning tenant of Loughkent Knockgraffon Parish in Co Tipperary South Tithe Applotment Book entry 1825
William Fanning of Donegall Townland Knockgraffon Parish Co Tipperary South in the Tithe Applotment Book 1825
Edward Fanning Carrig Loughmoe Loughmoe East Parish Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1827
John Fanning Clondoty Loughmoe East Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1827
Michael Fanning Killeenleigh Loughmoe East Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1827
The second entries for Edward Fanning of CarrigLoughmoe, Michael Fanning of Killeenleigh and John Fanning of Clondoty are duplicates.
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for James Fanning of Moynetemple Moyne Co Tipperary North 1827
James Fanning of Lisdonolly Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book Entry 1827
Patrick Fanning of Ballycleary Roscrea Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Entry 1823
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Patrick Fanning of Streamstown Roscrea Co Tipperary North 1823
Michael Fanning of Killough Templemore Parish Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book no date
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Richard Fanning of Lisdaleen Templtouhy Parish Co Tipperary North 1815-1821
Tithe Applotment Book entries for Fanning in Co Tipperary p5
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Patrick Fanning of Commons Townland Thurles Parish Co Tipperary North 1833
Michael Fanning of Castle Avenue Thurles Co Tipperary 1833 Tithe Applotment Book Entry
Patrick Fanning of Bawntameena Thurles, Oliver Fanning of Racecourse Thurles and Callinans of Ardstraw 1833
Judy Fanning of Carrigeen, Seskin Thurles Tithe Applotment Book 1833
James & Edward Fanning Brittas Rd or North West Suburbs Thurles Tithe Applotment Book
In the above entry Edward has been transcribed incorrectly as Low Fanning.
John Fanning of Knockroe Thurles Parish Co Tipperary Tithe Applotment Book 1833
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Edward and John Fanning of Cassistown 1833
Tithe Applotment Book Fanning p6
Edmond Fanning of Guraune in Twomileborris Parish Co Tipperary
In the two above entries the owner, Lord Castlecoole, was incorrectly entered as the townland.
Catherine was the daughter of William Fannin and Hanera Cormack or Macormack. She would have been born and raised at Lissaroon.
Lissaroon, Fanning ancestral homestead and farm, Co Tipperary Ireland
Her siblings that I know of were: Michael who married Catherine Ryan and took over the farm at Lissaroon, Patrick who married Margaret Cantwell and farmed at Lisdonowley, William “Billy” who lived at Clondoty and was married to Catherine Fogarty and Mary who was married to Thomas Evaston of Clonomocogue.
Catherine Morrissey nee Fanning was married to Daniel Morrissey in Drom Parish on 22 Feb 1838. The witnesses at their wedding were Thomas Cormack and Catherine Fanning. Her address was given as Lissaroon.
Tipperary Family History Research found records of eight children all born in the parish of Loughmore or Loughmoe in Co Tipperary.
Bridget Morrissey was baptised on 17 Mar 1841 and her sponsors were Patrick and Sally Fanning.
Judy (Johanna) Morrissey was baptised on 21 May 1843 and sponsored by Michael and Judy Fanning. She married Michael Burke in Loughmore Parish in 1861.
Honora Morrissey was baptised on 26 Dec 1844. Her family address is given as Kill. Her godparents were Edmund Fogarty and Mary Fanning.
Their next child, Mary was baptised on 28 Dec 1846. The address listed is Kill. Sponsors were William and Johanna Fanning.
Catherine Morrissey was baptised on 17 April 1849. Address is Kill and Catherine MacGrath was the only sponsor.
The baptismal date for Margaret Morrissey was 11 June 1851 and the address was Kill. She was sponsored by Tom Fanning and Margaret Eviston.
Daniel Morrissey was baptised on 8 Aug 1853. His sponsors were Patrick Eagan and Judy Ryan. The home address was Kill.
William Morrissey was baptised on 22 March 1856. James Morrissey and Catherine Fanning were sponsors. Catherine died shortly after giving birth to her last child William.
On Dec 9 1845 Daniel Morrissy of Kill was listed on the Rate for the Relief of the Poor of Thurles Union for Loughmore West. Comparing this list with Griffiths Valuation it seems that Kill was an abbreviation used for the townland of Kilkillahara.
In Griffiths Valuation there is a Daniel Morrissey (spelled Morrissy) living in Kilkillahara in West Loughmore who may well be the husband of Catherine Morrissey nee Fanning:
I have been unable to find any marriages or death records for Daniel or any of his children. Just found the marriage of Judy to Michael Burke. None were buried in Loughmore Cemetery. Perhaps their graves are in Drom Cemetery. I also haven’t been able to find them in the 1901 Census.
If anyone knows where they all ended up or has any more info on this Morrissey family please contact me.
The story begins with Kate Fanning who married Michael Brolan, “Mick the tailor”, in Manhattan New York on 24 Oct 1909. Michael was from the townland of Lissaroon in Co Tipperary Ireland.
Katie arrived on the Coronia from Queenstown on 22 Sept 1909 and was 26 years old. They would have known each other and their families as they lived close to each other in Co Tipperary.
Michael was born on the 5th March 1875. His parents were Patrick Michael Brolan and Mary Banan. He had two uncles already in New York: Patrick Brolan who was in the US in 1850 and James Bannon who emigrated around 1869. His brother Patrick Michael born1880 arrived about 1900 and a sister, Agnes, in 1909.
I have been told by a Brolan descendant that Mick and his brother Patrick left Ireland because of their involvement in anti-British politics and that there was an incident on a bridge that led to them leaving.
The Brolans from Lissaroon are buried in Calvary Cemetery Queens New York across from the Fenian monument.
In Ireland there are quite a few Brolans buried in Inch Old Cemetery Magherareagh, Bouladuff Co Tipperary. The following Brolan headstone is from Historicgraves which gives GPS coordinates for this cemetery..
Erected By PATRICK BROLAN Lisaroon.
In Memory Of His Father MICHAEL
Who Died 14TH Oct 1882 Aged 75
His Mother AGNES Died 3RD March 1891 Aged 84
His Beloved Wife MARY Died 28TH Aug 1924 Aged 85
And His Brother JOHN BROLAN Bouladuff
Died 27TH Jan 1897 Aged 52
His Wife JULIA Died 31ST Dec 1892 Aged 48
Their Daughter MARY Died 16TH June 1897
And Their Baby Who Died Young
PRAY FOR THE SOUL
Of The Above PATERICK BROLAN
Died 10TH March 1929
JAMES BROLAN Died Dec 1963
His Wife BRIDGET Died Feb 1951
His Sister MARY Died Nov 1964
SHEILA GLEESON (nee BROLAN)
Died 22ND June 1980
(Interred In Lisboney Nenagh)
R. I. P.
I have also recently discovered that two of Mick the tailor Brolan’s uncles and one aunt emigrated to my home town of Melbourne. A Michael and an Anne Brolan came out in Nov 1868 on the “Conflict”. Michael and James Brolan were also tailors. His aunt Anne married John Greaney in Melbourne and had a family. James was married but seems had no children. Michael was married twice and quite possibly has descendants still living in Australia. On Victorian death records their father is Michael Brolan and mother Agnes Cormac.
There was also an extensive Brolan family ( Dennis, William, John, Patrick and Bridget Brolan) living in Queensland, descendants of a William Brolan and Bridget McCarthy from Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary. They came out before 1888. A good chance they are also related.
Back to the story of Kate Brolan nee Fanning.
Kate sailed from Queenstown (Cobh) to New York on the Coronia in 1909.
William Bannon parents were John Bannan and Mary Fanning. Mary came from Lissaroon. It is possible Kate and William were cousins.
I have been told by a Brolan descendant that Kate’s family came from Lissaroon which is where my Fanning ancestors came from.
I have been trying to find out how Kate is related to William Fannin and Sarah Ryan of Lissaroon.
It is possible that the Fannings and Brolans are related by marriage going back. Michael Brolan was married to Agatha Cormac around 1840 and earlier about 1806 William Fannin married Honora McCormack. The Cormack or McCormack family was one of the main families living in the small townland of Lissaroon. I am looking to see if I can find out if Honoria was Agatha’s aunt.
Kate’s parents were James Fanning and Alice Long. They were married in Holycross Parish in Ballycahill Catholic Church on Feb 20th 1873. Martin Eviston and Mary Long were witnesses.
James was a farmer from Kill in Drom Parish and his father was John Fanning, also a farmer. Alice’s father was William Long and a farmer from Barracurra which close to Lissaroon.
The children of James Fanning and Alice Long were all baptised in Holycross Parish. James and Alice lived at Barracurra.
The children of James Fanning and Alice Long were:
Margaret baptised June 18, 1874. Her godparents were John Ryan and Margaret Fanning.
Then came Kate, baptised as Catherine, on 14th Nov 1875. Her sponsors were William Fanning and Alice Long.
After Catherine in 1877 John was born. He was baptised on 10th May 1877 and sponsors for him were Joseph Fanning and Ellen McGrath.
Mary Fanning was born in 1879 and baptised on the 18th of Oct in that year. Bridget Long and Mary Fanning were sponsors.
Then in 1882 Alice Fanning was born. Her sponsors were John and Joanna Banon. She was baptised on Feb 17th 1882.
William Fanning was born 14th July 1884 and baptised on 28th July.
The informant for all their births was Mary Darmody, except in the case of Mary. Honoria Mulcahy, an Ursuline nun, Sister Mary Baptist, was the informant for her birth.
In the 1901 and 1911 Census records James and his family are living at Barracurra where Alice came from. In 1901 his age is given as 58 which would mean he was born about 1843 but in the 1911 Census his age is 72 which would make his birth about 1839.
Alice Fanning died age 67, on 28 April 1912 at Barracurra. Her husband James died three years later on Dec 30, 1915 age 68.
Now comes the hard part, identifying the parents of James Fanning, Kate’s grandparents. On the marriage record for James Fanning and Alice Long his address is given as Kill. This is an abbreviation.
Tipperary Family History Research found only one baptism about 1840 for a James Fanning from Drom with the address as “Kill”. He was born in the Parish of Drom June 3 1838. His parents were John Fanning and Margaret Russell. Their address is was given as Kile. His godparents were Bridget and Pat Mahony.
There were also Fannings living in the townland of Killahagan in Drom Parish but TFHR did not find a baptism there for James Fanning born c 1840. Living there were Thomas, John senior and John jnr Fannon. On the above map you can see that the two townlands, Kilvilcorris and Killahagan are next to each other.
John Fanning and Margaret Russell were married in 1827 in Drom Parish Co Tipperary. I am waiting for TFHR to send me their marriage record which hopefully will have John’s father’s name and maybe an address. Unfortunately their marriage record has no parents or address! They were married in Drom Parish on Jan 30 1827 and William Russell and William Purcell were witnesses.
In 1825 in the townland of Kilvacorus there is a John Fanning with 15 acres and a Edm Fanning senior with 11 acres and a Edm Fanning junior with 11 acres also. These are most likely John’s father and brother.
I have had all this information in a folder and have not added it to any family trees as I am not absolutely sure that the parents of James Fanning are John Fanning and Margaret Russell and how they are related to my Fanning ancestors. I am posting all I have in the hope someone may be able to confirm or otherwise or add to what I have. Nothing much will happen if it all stays in the folder!
I am at the stage in my research of the Fanning family in Co Tipp where I have exhausted all the sources I can online and all the new information and stories and photos come from readers contacting me, which I love.
The children of Margaret Russell and John Fanningof Kilvilcorris, all born in the parish of Drom, were:
Edward Fanning baptised Jan 18 1828 , address Kile. Sponsors were James Fanning and Cath Russell.
William Fanning baptised 29 March 1831. Address given as Kille. Sponsors were Joe Fanning and Mary Donovan. William married Emma Flynn. Laurence and Margaret Fanning are listed as their children in the 1901 Census. I have a marriage record for them from familysearch.org for 16 Oct 1880 Kill Drom. She is listed as Amy Flynn Fanning. On the 1901 Census her name is written as Anny Fanning.
Catherine Fanning baptised 28 July 1833. Address Kille. Sponsors were Thomas Doherty and Mary Fanning.
James Fanning baptised June 3 1838. Address Kile. Sponsors Pat and Bridget Mahony.
Joseph Fanning baptised July 12 1840. Address Kile. Sponsor was Ellen Gleeson.
Margaret Fanning baptised June 28 1842. Address Drom. Sponsors Edm Fanning and Mary Russell.
Johanna Fanning baptised Jan 1 1845. Address Kill. Sponsors were Michael Ryan and Mary Fanning.
This information on the Fannings at Killvilcorris is from Griffiths Valuation about 1850:
John Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Parish of Drom, Townland of Drom. Map reference 8. Street Number 37A. House,Office and garden: 31 perches, net annual value of land: 3 shillings, net annual value of buildings: 6 pounds 15 shillings. Mar 1850.
Joseph Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Parish of Drom, Townland of Drom. Street no 50A. House, offices, and land: 26 acres 2 roods 22 perches, net annual value of land: 27 pounds 16 shillings, net annual value of buildings 4 pounds 1 shilling.
No 50B is leased by Joseph Fanning to Judith Harris and consists of a house with a net annual value of 14 shillings. Map reference 45. Mar 1850.
The entries for Fanning in the 1901 and 1911 Census for the townland of Kilvilcorris are below:
In the 1911 Census there is no house No 12 or other Fannings living in Kilvilcorris other than those at No 6.
John and Margaret Fanning nee Russell and other family members are buried in the New Drom Cemetery in Co Tipperary. The gravestone has been transcribed but is very hard to read.
Erected to the memory of John Fanning of Kilvacorus who died Aug 15 1873 aged 31, also in memory of Margaret MaGrath. John Fanning died Aug 20 1876 aged 90 years. Also his wife and Margaret Russell who died June 15 1882 aged 86.
The gravestone inscription record from Irish Family History Foundation has John’s age as 90 and date of death as 20 August 1876.
This side has been transcribed as “And their son William who died March 10 1903? aged 70 ?years also his son John who died April ?? aged? also Laurence Fanning died June 19?? aged 50 years inserted by his mother. It is so hard to read that some of the above may be guesses.
The Civil death records show:
John Fanning of Kill died age 36 on 15 August 1873. The informant being William Fanning of Kill.
John Fanning of Drom died 23 July 1875, aged 23. Informant was Mary Fanning.
John Fanning of Drom in the Parish of Templemore died Dec 7, 1876 aged 84.
John Fanning the son of William died age 18 on 25 Feb 1899.
William who was Katie Fanning’s uncle died March 13 1901 of influenza. He was 70. His wife is listed as Anny Fanning.
This is as far as I can go with my quest to find how Katie is related to William Fannin and Sarah Ryan of Lissaroon.
From the Tithe Applotment Book it looks like an Edmond Fanning was the father of John Fanning who married Margaret Russell. I was told the Fannins came to Lissaroon about 1741. William Fannin was born about 1731, so he was about ten years old. Edward Fannin senior on the Kilvacorrus Tithe Applotment page could be his brother which would mean that Lisaroon was his home.
I have been told by a Brolan descendant that in Ballycahill Cemetery there is a Darmody grave which also has two of Kate Brolan nee Fanning’s siblings buried there as well.
Is Michael Fanning born Co Tipperary Ireland 1810 and died 1900 in Tazewell Illinois the brother of my gggrandfather William Patrick Fanning of Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland and Bulla Victoria Australia?
Given my recent Ancestry DNA match with Timothy Brophy a descendant of Edward Fanning the son of Michael Fanning and Catherine Keyes I have decided that Michael Fanning of Tazewell was definitely the brother of mygrgrgrandfather, William Patrick Fanning. I was 99% sure before but this DNA result has clinched it for me.
A few years ago I was contacted by a fellow family historian about Michael Fanning and possible connections with her Keyes ancestors who lived in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA but originally came from Co Tipperary and Co Leix in Ireland.
She told me that a Michael Fanning had married Catherine “Kitty” Keyes in Co Tipperary about 1833. They lived in Dromard (Dromard More or Dromard Beg) civil parish of Killavinoge (Templemore), Co Tipperary It is said the Fanning family lived in Dromard around this time. A Michael Fanning was sponsor to Ellen Keyes 6 Mar 1835 at Graffin (Knockgraffin?) and may have been Edward’s father.
They had two children. Edward was baptised at Clonmore in the Catholic parish of Templemore on Dec 28 1833. The baptismal sponsors for Edward were Steven Mackey and Ellen Kavanagh. John the second child was baptised 22 May 1836 (sponsor- Judith Keyes). He is said to have died young in Ireland. His mother Catherine “Kitty” Keyes also died young. On the Baptism record for the second child “Joanna” is clearly written and the priest did not use Latin for his entries.
Edward emigrated to the US sometime before the age of 21. He settled in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey where many of his mother’s Keyes extended family were. His father Michael was already in the US. Edward later lived in Paterson New Jersey and served in the Civil War in Co. G, 7th Regt. NJ Vols.
Edward Fanning’s second wife was Sarah Tracey. Edward died in Mar 8, 1900 in Paterson New Jersey. Below is an obit for Edward in the local paper:
“FANNING – In this city on Thursday March 8 1900 Edward, beloved husband of Sarah Fanning, aged 66 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral on Monday, March 12, 1900 from his late residence, 138 Jersey street, at 9 o’clock a. m. and from St. John’s R. C. church at 9:30 o’clock a. m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre. Paterson Evening News Friday 9 Mar 1900″
Recently I was contacted by members of the Brophy family and they sent me what they know about Edward Fanning. Timothy Brophy, a great grandson of Edward, has researched his family history and published a book,The Brophy Lane Chronicle, which he kindly sent me. Below are three pages from this book which relate to this Edward. I have also included a photo of Edward’s son, also Edward.
Edward Fanning, born 1862 was the grandson of Michael Fanning and Kitty Keyes. He was an excellent carpenter and contractor. He designed and built the very intricate and beautiful altar woodwork in Paterson’s Saint John’s Cathedral.
Corner of Main and Congress Streets Paterson New Jersey
From Brian Brophy a direct descendant of Edward Fanning came information that Michael’s parents in Co Tipperary were an Edward Fanning and that his mother’s surname was Darmody. Walter F Brooks who wrote The History of the Fanning Family sent Fanning a letter and a survey to fill out about his family:
Letter sent to William Fanning by Walter Brooks who was researching Fanning family history for his book.
This letter was sent to William T. Fanning (1875-1925) in 1899, he was Edward’s son and Michael’s grandson. . This was one year prior to the death of William’s father Edward Fanning (1833-1900) so we can assume the father and son talked about completing this document together. It lists Michael Fanning and Catherine Keyes as Edward’s parents and Ed Fanning and ? Darmidy as his grandparents. The place of birth is listed as the Parish of Clonmore, Tipperary, Ire. Dec. 24, 1834. Clonmore is an alternative name for Killovinoge. Templemore is the more well known name for this parish.
In the past I commissioned research with Tipperary Family History Research into Edward Fanning and Johanna (Judy or Judith) Darmody and there were only two Fanning Darmody marriages in Thurles Parish. One was Ed Fanning and Johanna in 1808 and then Patrick Darmody married a Catherine Fanning in 1840.
I think this pretty much proves that the Edward Fanning living in Paterson New Jersey was the son of Michael Fanning my gggrandfather’s nephew. But whether the Michael Fanning from Tazewell is his brother is a little harder to prove at this stage.
I also asked for any marriages of a Michael Fanning that might be relevant. None of the marriages that TFHR came up which seemed likely. However, they also didn’t not come up with the marriage of Michael and Kitty Keyes, which is odd. I have since found their marriage record through Rootsireland.ie.
They were married in the RC parish of Templemore on 14 Feb 1833. Catherine’s address is given as Dromard. Unfortunately there are no fathers’names or an address or occupation for Michael. Very Frustrating. Witnesses were James MacGrath and Thomas Ryan.
They had two children, Edward and John.
Edward ended up in America and lived in Paterson New Jersey.which is about 900 miles east of Delavan Tazewell Illinois.
I checked the microfilm and the entry looks very much like Joanna so maybe the story of their being a younger brother John is inaccurate.
Another source stated that Edward’s father married again to Bridget Phean (Feehan) and lived in Delavan, Tazwell Co Illinois.
Michael Fanning applied to become a US citizen on April 9, 1844 in Tazewell Co Illinois. This document which is very hard to read lists his birthday as November 9, 1806 and that he left Dublin Ireland on March 11, 1836 and landed in New York on or about May 1, 1836.
“Michael Fanning an alien born free white person of the age of thirty two years and upwards and presented to the said court a written declaration of his intention to make application to be admitted as a naturalized citizen of the United States in conformity with the …… acts of Congress hereto passed on that subject, with the desire that the same might be accepted, registered, and certified accordingly which said declaration was —– by the same Michael Fanning sworn to in open Court before the Clerk thereof and is in the words and figures following to wit: …………I, Michael Fanning, an alien born free white person of the age of thirty three years and upwards………that I was born in the County of Tipperary the ninth day of November 1801 (? could be 1811) and that I am near thirty four years of age……… that I migrated from the port of Dublin….on the eleventh day of March 1836 and landed at the city of New York………on the first day of May or thereabouts 1836……………..”
Michael could not write and made his mark on the document.
Michael Fanning (Fannan) and Bridget Feehan (Fahan) were married on 22 Feb 1852 in Tazewell county. They had seven children. He was a farmer with 280 acres in Delavan.
“Michael Fanning, farmer and stock raiser, sec. 16 ; P. O. Boynton. Michael Fanning, as the name implies, is a native Irishman, and ranks among the more generous agriculturalists of this town- ship. He was born in the County of Tipperary, Ireland, about 1815. Growing to manhood in Ireland, he acquired a good com- mon-school education at such odd times as the duties of the farm would permit. While still a young man he crossed the Atlantic for the New World, landing in New York City during the Spring of 1835, and for sometime worked in the Metropolitan City at 50 cents per day. From thence he went to Savannah, Georgia, where he hired as a steamboat hand, thence to New York and Pittsburgh, from whence he took passage on the Wisconsin, the only steamboat then plying the Illinois River, for Pekin, then but a small place, that Mr. Fanning describes in the following manner : Landing from the boat I discovered but few dwellings, mostly log cabins, on what is now the main street. The village probably contained, at this time about 25 inhabitants, mostly Frenchmen and Southerners. Mr. F. afterward made the acquaintance of Mr. Tharp, Wm. Mosley, and others, many of whom have passed the dark river. In 1851 Mr. F. joined an expedition enroute for California. After some months of weary travel he reached the golden coast, where he remained some 13 months and became quite successful as a miner. Return- ing to Tazewell Co., he again worked as a farm hand for a time. In 1852 he was married to Miss Bridget Ann Phean, of Ireland. During this year Mr, F. leased property until enabled to purchase. He is now the owner of 280 acres, and one of the most generous of men. Of this marriage eight children were born, seven of whom are living — James, Thomas, William, Mary, Sarah, Ellen and Louisa.”
The History of Tazewell county vol 2 in genealogy trails has the following entry:
1837 being the year he arrived in Tazewell county.
The History of the Webster Family by Charles William Webster page 3 which relates to Michael Fanning:
Children of Michael Fanning and Bridget Ann Feehan:
James F Fanning born 25 Nov 1851 Delavan, married Mary Mack, died Peoria Illinois 16 Mar 1925.
Mary A. Fanning married Charles Byron Webster 1 Mar 1881 in Boynton Tazwell Ill. She died in Rantoul Illinois 3 Nov 1888.
Elizabeth Fanning died 16 Feb 1932 in Chicago Cook County.
John F Fanning who was born 6 April 1856 died 21 June 1868.
Sarah C Fanning born 10 June 1860 died 13 Mar 1903.
Thomas Fanning born 13 Feb 1859 died 20 Oct 1898.
William born 31 Aug 1854 died 1 Nov 1885.
With the exception of Elizabeth they are all buried in St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Delavan.
Brian Brophy has kindly sent me a copy of the probate papers for Michael Fanning. So far a death certificate for Michael has not been found.
Brian Brophy believes that the Edward fanning who was sent a notification of the probate is his gggrandfather.
My gggrandfather’s brother was a Michael Fanning born in Thurles Parish to Edward Fanning and Judy Darmody on Sept 23 1810 whereas the above gravestone has 29 Sept. This record was from a typed book transcribed from the original parish registers at some stage. The 23 could easily be a 29. I have asked Tipperary Family History Research to check the microfilm if one exists. TFHR got back to me after checking the microfilm entry and it is clearly 23 of Sept.
I would love to hear from anyone who can add more to this story and verify the connection.