The Neary surname was recorded as "Narry" on Griffith's Valuation 1857. At that time, the family was Irish speaking and would have been known locally as Ó Náraigh [O' NAA-ry] hence "Narry" – an Anglicised attempt at spelling "Ó Náradhaigh". In 1857, Ó Náraigh was a common surname in the the parishes of Elphin (Clooncullaan; Laghtcausk; Ross More East; Ross Beg; RunnaruagTansyfield; and Tullyloyd) and Kiltrustan (Mihanagh, Largan, Cuilmore) and does not appear on landholder records anywhere else in Co Roscommon at that time. 

On 11-Feb-1850, Michael Neary (1813-1883) aka Mícheál Ó Náradhaigh of Clooncullaan married Eleanor McDermott (1829–1908) aka Nóra Nic Diarmada in her home parish of Strokestown (Cloonfinlough). Witnesses: Michael Neary & Brigid Tiernan.  Ellen Neary had a sister living nearby – Julia McDermott who had married John Bryan McDermott of Cloonybrennan (farm 8).

The couple spoke Irish and English and lived on a 20 acre farm in Clooncullaan (farm 22). Their landlord was Sir Alexander Crichton of Kent.

Also living in Cloncullaan at this time were Widow Bridget Neary (farm 4), Thomas Neary (farm 2), Thomas Neary Jr. (farm 13). A Thomas Neary of Laghtcausk (farm 24) and another Thomas Neary "Cain" (farm 21) also held land there. Among their Clooncullaan neighbours were Conlon, Hanly, Nolan, and Beirne.


Children of Ellen McDermott & Michael Neary of Clooncullaan:

Jeremiah  1850      [Census 1911   married 1880   5 children, 5 living]

? Laurence    1855/6      [Census 1911    married 1878  9 children, 5 living]

Peter    02-Feb-1851  > godparents: Michael McDermott & Brigid McDermott

Thomas    1858      Census 1901 

Daniel      12-Nov-1860    > godparents: Michael McDonnell & Mary Ann Hanly

Michael     28-Dec-1864     GRO  (d.1873)

Elizabeth     15-Jun-1867    > godparents: Michael Brady & Margaret Beirne

Brigid     14-May-1871    GRO

Michael Neary Sr died in 1883, age 70.  On March 30, 1908  Ellen (née McDermott) Neary, farmer’s widow, died age 79 in Clooncullane. Informant:  Dan Neary, present at death.

Their youngest surviving son, Daniel Neary (b. 1860) took over the family farm in Clooncullaan.

Michael Neary Jr. (1864-1873) farmer’s son, died age 17 in Cloncullane on 10-Jun-1873. Informant: Eleanor Neary (mother).

Peter Neary (b. 1851) married Anne Kelly from Muckna, 07-Mar-1881 and lived in Muckna initially, later returning to Cloncullane. 

Laurence Neary (b.1856) of Cloonculaan married Norah (Hannoria) Mullaney.

They were maternal cousins of Phelim Hanly of Clooncullan (Elphin) and Edward McDermott of Scregg (Killukin).



Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 1813 (circa)
Date of Death 1st Jan 1883 VIEW SOURCE
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Thomas Neary Sr. (1795-1880) of Clooncullaan farm 2
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Catherine Neary (1790-1876) of Clooncullaan farm 2
Names of Siblings Peter Neary (1806-1886) of Clooncullaan (known son of Thomas & Catherine Neary)


  • Hello,

    Very interesting information about the Neary family in Clooncullan.  I believe I'm related to the Nearys of Tanseyfield.  The birth records listed for this family are aligned with my Neary family who all immigrated to Philadelphia between 1840 -1845. The parents are listed on the birth records as James Neary and Anna Feeny and the Neary children are:

    Thomas b 1815; Mary Margt b1816; Edward b 1818; Patrick b 1821; Mary Ann b 1822; Margaret b 1825; Catherine Hester b 1828; Bridget b 1833.   This entire family including Parents and an Uncle all were living in Philadelphia by the 1850 Phila. Census.  Edward Neary, my 2nd great grandfather, married  Honora Nicholson from Ballinasloe.  Edward Neary even though born at Tanseyfield is listed in Lord Viscount Morpeth's Testimonial Roll 1841 as a stone cutter. I know Ballinasloe had a large active quarry at that time.  Edward and Honora Nicholson marry in Ireland and are found on ship to Phila. 1842. Their first child is born in that city 1843.   Edward, his brother Patrick, Edward's sons Michael and Daniel and Patrick's sons are stone cutters.  Plus, Edward's brothers in law named Thomas Ormsby and Thomas McCormick are stone cutters, too.  Not to mention Edward's son in law Edward J. Walsh.

    The olderst brother Thomas and their father James must have been farmers in Tanseyfield. Thomas workered as a baker in Phila. Edward's daughter married a Martin McGann who I believe was from Elphin or Strokestown area.

    Would be interested in hearing from anyone with connections to these Neary, Feeny, Nicholson families.  Thanks again for the information on the Neary surname and the history of the Nearys.

    Kind regards, Pat Merriwether





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