William Fanning of Murrurundi, NSW and Loughmore Co Tipperary 1800-1861

A William Fanning, originally from Loughmore Co Tipperary Ireland, died in 1861, age 60, at his residence in NSW. He was born about 1800 and is buried in Haydonton Cemetery NSW.

I came across his death notice when searching in Trove digital newspapers which keep getting more and more Australian newspapers added all the time. An fantastic free resource for genealogists.

William Fanning Death notice Murrurundi 14 Dec 1861 Freeman's Journalcr2
Death notice of William Fanning of Murrurundi Freeman’s Journal 14 Dec 1861

There is a story that about ten years after my gggrandfather came out to Australia in 1841 a group of relatives arrived. The story goes that he was not very welcoming and they stayed in his stables. But he also let them stay on some land he had in the city of Melbourne. I have not been able to track them down so am always interested when I come across Fannings from the area in which my ancestors lived.

I had a look around and found that his father was a James Fanning and mother Margaret.¬†There was also a William Fanning aged 48 who arrived on the “China” in 1854 with his family either to Newcastle or Sydney. This could be him as the age is about right.

With him on the China was Mary aged 14, Mary aged 46, Margaret aged 19, Anne aged 16 and Catherine aged 10. Given that he had all daughters the Fanning name would have disappeared in Murrurundi. Catherine married Joseph Greer in Murrurundi in 1867.

Mary his wife died in 1878. Her father was William and her mother Mary.

There are records in North Tipperary Rootsweb for Mary Fanning born 1837 and Catherine born 1842 both in Holycross Parish Co Tipperary to William Fanning and Mary Cronin.

William Fanning Death 1861 Murrurundi NSWcr
Death certificate of William Fanning of Loughmore & Murrurundi died 1861



Like to hear from anyone with more information on this William Fanning and his parents back in Ireland.