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Friday, January 4, 2019

The Family of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly

William Quinn, the son of James Quinn and Catherine Fahy was born December 07, 1851 in Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway,  Ireland.  A farmer, he lived in Caheravoneen until his death on July 29, 1903.

William married Bridget Brannelly of Beagh Parish in Galway on March 9, 1886. On that date, he would have been 34 years old. Bridget would have been very close to 30.  

Bridget Brannelly's death record indicates she was 74 years old. This would make her year of birth approximately 1855. Bridget died on September 19, 1929 in Caheravoneen. Her parents are unknown.

Click here to read a little more about Bridget Brannelly. 

Children of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly

John Quinn was born on March 03, 1887 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  County Galway. Nothing is known about this John Quinn.  It is assumed that he died young as another child was named John in 1890. 

Mary Anne Quinn was born on August 15, 1888 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  County Galway. At age 16, she departed from Queenstown in County Clare on the S.S. Campania and arrived at Ellis Island on June 24, 1905.  Her destination was to Jeffersonville, Indiana where she would be staying with her Aunt, Mrs. Dwyer. Mrs. Dwyer paid her passage and Mary Anne had $10 and a ticket to her final destination. This was her first trip to the United States and her last place of residence was Kinvara.  According to Mary Margaret Weber, daughter of Mary Anne Quinn, she arrived in the United States believing that she would be attending school but ended up working as a servant. In 1910, Mary Anne Quinn can be found working as a cook for in Louisville, Kentucky. She 
married Lawrence Dominic Meaney, the son of James Meany and Mary J. Hogan, on April 30, 1919 in Louisville.  Mary Anne and Lawrence had three children;  William Murray, Lawrence Dominic, and Mary Margaret. 

Lawrence Dominic Meaney died on September 24, 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mary Anne Quinn Meaney died on January 21, 1969 in Louisville. They are buried in Calvary Cemetery.  

Click here to read more about the marriage of Mary Anne Quinn and Lawrence Meaney. 

John Joseph Quinn was born on June 14, 1890 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway. Although he was born John Patrick he went by the name John Joseph Quinn. 

According to John's passport application in 1924, he came to the United States on October 28, 1914 and was naturalized as a citizen on June 8, 1918 in Spartanburg, South Carolina while serving in the United States Army. 

The 1930 census shows John married to his wife, Ellen, and working as a taxi cab driver in New York City.  Social Security records indicate that John Quinn died in August of 1965. 

Records from the West Galway History Center, indicate John married Delia Gillane on  May 02, 1933 at St. Joseph's Church, Galway; however, this is unlikely as John and his wife, Ellen, had daughters, Mary and Helen in the 1930s. There were a few other John Quinns living in and around Kinvara who may have married Della Gillane. 

Click here to see photos of John and his family. 

This is thought to be Peggy Dawson, daughter of Margaret and Harold.
Does anyone know if this actually Peggy? 
Margaret Mary Quinn was born on May 28, 1892 in the  Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway.  Family friend,  Michael Fahy, referred to her as "Maggie."  She left Queenstown aboard the S. S. Carmania on June 15, 1910 and arrived at Ellis Island on June 22, 1910. Her sister had paid for her fare and she listed her mother, Mrs. Quinn of Caheravoneen, Kinvara as her closest relative in Ireland. Her final destination was Jeffersonville, Indiana where she would stay with an Aunt, Mrs. Dwyer. Margaret did not remain in Indiana.  She married Harold E. Dawson on June 13, 1917 and was living in NYC by 1920. Margaret and Harold Edward Dawson had two children; Margaret Mary "Peggy" Dawson and Edward Quinn Dawson. Margaret Mary died in 1984. Her husband died in 1972. Their burial place is unknown. 

William Quinn, my husband's grandfather, was born on May 30, 1894 in the townland of Caheravoneen, Parish of Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland. 

It has been said that William Quinn came to the United States under an assumed name. Under the circumstances of 1921, it would have been a wise decision. William Quinn departed on the ship, the S. S. Celtic, from Liverpool, England using his own name.  It is not known how he arrived in Liverpool and may have used another name to leave Ireland. He arrived at Ellis Island on April 25, 1921.  William paid for his own passage and had $25 in his possession.  He was going to join his brother John Quinn at 58 West 106th Street in NYC.  He was uncertain of how long that he would stay and was in good health.  He was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a dark complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He was 25 years old, listed his occupation as laborer, and could read and write.  He last residence was Ballinsaloe. He named his mother Mrs. B. Quinn of Caheravoneen as his nearest relative in Ireland.  

On February 14, 1926, William Joseph Quinn and Susan Murray were married at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Park Ave. and 84th Street in New York City. Friends who witnessed the wedding were were Patrick Gahan and Mary Tammon. 

In 1930 the Quinn family, William, Susan, and two daughters were living on West 174th Street along with a boarder, Jack Saunders.  William was a chauffeur for an auto company.  William and Susan had three more children. In the 1940s and until his death, William drove a bus in New York City.  William Joseph Quinn died on February 21, 1959 in New Jersey.  Susan Murray Quinn died on November 14, 1994 in Newport News, Virginia.  They are buried in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Tenafly, New Jersey. 

Click on the links below to read William Quinn's pension record from the old IRA. 

Peter Quinn was born on June 26, 1896 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway. In 1921, Peter was one of several young men who were beaten by the Black and Tan said to be looking for Peter's brother, William  He was also dragged from the back of a wagon from Caherawoneen to Kinvara. Peter suffered head injuries and spent much time as an inmate in a hospital for patients suffering mental illness.  He died in a hospital in Ballinsaloe on December 11, 1945. It was said Peter was buried in a tomb in Ardrahan along with other Quinns; Mick and James.  

Celia Quinn was born on April 13, 1898 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway. According to Ellis Island records, Celia left Liverpool, England on the Carmania and arrived in the United States on October 17, 1920.  As written on the ship's manifest, her complexion was listed as fair, hair was dark and eyes were gray.  She only planned to stay one year and was going to visit her sister Mrs. Dawson at 25 W. 26th Street, NY.  She was 20 years old and listed her mother, Mrs. Quinn, living at Caheravoneen in Kinvara, Ireland as her closest relative in Ireland. On September 3, 1927, Celia Agnes Quinn married Richard J. Houlihan. Celia was a ticket seller for the railroad. Richard served in the US Military during WWI. Richard also served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1955. Richard J. Houlihan died on October 9, 1962 in New York. Celia Agnes Quinn Houlihan died on February 7, 1984 in Howard County, Indiana. Both Richard and Celia are buried in the Long Island National Cemetery. 

Click here to see Celia's obituary. 

On the back of the picture is written "Delia's 2 babies"
Bridget Quinn, known as Delia, was the youngest child of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly. She was born about 1901. 

It is not recorded, but it is assumed that she was also born in Caheravoneen.  Delia, the youngest, remained in Ireland and farmed the Quinn family land with her husband, Joe Stanton, until the 1940's.  Delia had two children, Teresa and Billy. She died when they were very young. Her death date and place of burial are not known. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Family photographs from the collection of Mary Meaney Weber. Used with permission. 

Quinn, Diana Bryan. Home Page (Currently unavailable). Freepages., 2001. <>

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