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Neary family from Cloonagun and Breaffy, near Ballina, County Mayo

Hello, my grandfather ws Patrick Neary (1890-1963) of Cloonagun, Breaffy, County Mayo.  He was married to Winifred Naughton Neary and the father of 12 children.  His father was Thomas Neary and his mother was Catherine Neary.  I believe that both Thomas and Catherine may have resided in Breaffy, near Ballina, County Mayo.  Can you help me identify the maiden name and place of birth of my great-grandmother Catherine Neary?  Thank you.




Friday 11th January 2019, 08:52PM

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  • smb:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Patrick was born in either 1886 or 1887. See 1901 census record below showing him as 13 in 1901. I located his baptismal record on the subscription site Roots Ireland and his mother was shown as Catherine McKenzie. The transcription shows December 27 1887 but likely it was 1886 if he was baptized on January 6, 1887.

    Name:Patrick NearyDate of Birth:27-Dec-1887
    Date of Baptism:06-Jan-1887Address:CloonagunParish/District:KILMOREMOY/BALLINAGender:MaleCountyMAYO
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Thomas NearyMother:Catherine McKenzieOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:James Igoe Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary Gillespie 

    I also found a transcription of the 1867 marriage record. The image of the civil record is not yet available on the free site  but probably in the next 30 days, it will be online.

    In any event, they married February 2,1867. Thomas was 2 and Catherine was 20. Her surname was transcribed as McEnzy. Thomas' father was Thady and Catherine's father was Pat.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Roger McDonnell


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Friday 11th January 2019, 09:52PM
  • Thank you for the valuable information you have provided.

    May I request, if possible, the maiden names of the wives of Thady Neary and Pat McEnzie a/k/a McKenzie?


    Sunday 13th January 2019, 03:57PM
  • smb:

    Civil marriage records only showed the names of the fathers of the bride and groom.


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Sunday 13th January 2019, 08:51PM
  • Thank you for your response.

    Some older relatives believed that Catherine Neary was a Quinn or that an earlier Neary bride’s maiden name was Quinn.

    Is it possible to check other records to determine the maiden name of Thady Neary’s bride?


    Monday 14th January 2019, 07:07PM
  • This might be Thady's marriage record.

    Date of Marriage:02-Feb-1826
    Parish / District:KILMOREMOY/BALLINA
    Husband  Thady Naary Address Kilmore
    Wife MargaretRowaneAddress:Kilmore

    I looked for a Thomas Neary baptism with father Thady and the record that came up had a different name for the wife of Thady.

    Name:Thomas NearyDate of Birth:25-Nov-1834
    Date of Baptism:26-Nov-1834Address:BreghyParish/District:KILMOREMOY/BALLINAGender:MaleCountyMAYO
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Thady NearyMother:Catherine DaltonOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:James Murphy Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary Nary 


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Tuesday 15th January 2019, 07:37PM
  • Oh wow, Roger, this is amazing information. I recently had a DNA match with a Christine Joy Staunton on "23 and Me".  I could not figure out the blood connection as it was predicted to be 3rd grandparents.  Christine's mother's maiden name is Dalton; a surname I did not recognize in my you have now assisted Christine to better understand her connection to Mayo; surprised me to no end...and the Quinn mystery continues. : )  Thanks so much; you are awesome!  Sharon



    Tuesday 15th January 2019, 10:18PM