Quinn - Brannelly   County Galway


The Family of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly


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   He married Bridget Brannelly (also seen spelled as Branelly).  Bridget is thought to be the  daughter of Patt Brannelly and Peggy Loughnane who was born on February 8, 1856 in Beagh Parish, County Galway.  William Quinn was a farmer.  At the time of the 1901 Census, William Quinn was 45 years old.  He was living with his wife, seven children and Bridget Lyons, a servant in Caheravoneen. He died on July 29, 1903. His burial place is currently unknown.

The death date of Bridget Brannelly is unknown.  William J. Quinn listed her as his closest relative in Ireland when he came to the United States in 1921. She can be found on land records in 1907 and in 1928. 



Children of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly

John Quinn was born  on March 03, 1887 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. 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,  Co. Galway. She departed from Queenstown in County Clare on the S.S. Campania and arrived at Ellis Island on June 24, 1905.  She was 16 years old. 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. She was single and her occupation was listed as servant. 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, Mary Anne 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 living in Louisville, Kentucky with the family of Norwin and Anne Green, their two children, and four boarders. Her relationship was listed as a servant and her occupation was cook. She was 20 years old and listed her birthplace and parent's birthplace as Ireland.

Mary Anne Quinn married Lawrence Dominic Meaney, the son of James Meany and Mary J. Hogan prior to 1920. In 1920, Mary Anne was listed as Mary Meaney, living with husband, Lawrence. Her age was listed as 27. Her husband was 24 years old. It was written that she had come to the US in 1906 and was a naturalized citizen. Mary Anne and her husband were renting their home on Breckenridge Street in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1930 Mary Anne Quinn Meaney, age 36, was living with her husband, Lawrence, age 44, and their children William M., Lawrence D., and Mary M. She and her husband worked in a grocery store. They rented their home for $25.00 monthly on 8th Street in Louisville, Kentucky. 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.





Mary Ann Quinn Meaney and Lawrence Meaney on the right and friends, Mr. McTighe and Ms. Keaney (a cousin)

Picture courtesy of Mary Margaret Meaney Weber

April 2007


Obituaries for Lawrence and Mary A. Quinn Meaney

The Courier-Journal, September 26, 1956
MEANEY, Lawrence D. Sr., Monday, September 24, 1956, at 11 p.m., at his residence, 624 Floral Terrace. Beloved husband of Mrs. Mary Quinn Meaney; devoted father of Mrs. Elvin (Mary Margaret) Weber, Mr. Lawrence D., Jr., and Mr. Murray Meaney; 8 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Nelson. Funeral from Daugherty & Son, Third Ave. Funeral Home, 1330 S. 3d. Thursday morning, September 27, at 8:30, and in St. Louis Bertrand Church at 9 o’clock. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Member of the Holy Name Society and 3d order of St. Dominie, will recite the rosary at 8 p.m. Wednesday.



The Courier-Journal, January 24, 1969
Mrs. Mary A. Meaney, of 1811 Strand Ave., died at 1:20 p.m. Thursday at her home. She was the former Mary Quinn and was a native of County Galway, Ireland. Survivors include two sons, William M. and Lawrence D Meaney; a daughter, Mrs. J. Elvin Weber, and 10 grandchildren. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Road, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The body will be at Dougherty & Son Funeral Home, 1118 S. Third, after noon Saturday.


Picture courtesy of Margie Reynolds  - April 2007

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 (according to church records from the West Galway History Center), he went by the name John Joseph Quinn. John came to the United States around 1915. On July 9 1928, John Quinn, served as a witness to William J. Quinn’s Petition for Naturalization. At the time his occupation was chauffeur and he resided at 512 West 135th Street. According to records from the West Galway History Center, John married Delia Gillane on  May 02, 1933 at St. Joseph's Church, Galway; however,  his WWII draft information indicate that his wife's name was Ellen. John may have served in the military during WWI as a census record for a John and "Ellis" Quinn in 1930, living at 512 West 135th Street, indicates that John did serve. More information may be needed to prove that this John on the census record is the son of William Quinn and Bridget Brannelly. Social Security records indicate that John Quinn died in August of 1965. 
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 and was living in NYC by 1920 when she was living at 25 W.26th Street, NY. Mary Margaret and Harold Edward had two children; Margaret Mary "Peggy" Dawson and Edward Quinn Dawson and they were living at 612 West 135th Street. Margaret Mary died in 1984. Her husband died in 1972. They are buried in the Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester County, New York.
William Joseph Quinn was born on May 28, 1894 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway. He married  Susanna Murray in New York City on February 15, 1926.. William Quinn died on February 21, 1959 in New Jersey. 

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Picture courtesy of Mary Margaret Meaney Weber  - April 2007

Peter Quinn was born on June 26, 1896 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway. Peter did not immigrate to the United States.  In 1921, he was the brother that was dragged to town by the “tan” when William could not be found.  Michael Fahy reported that Peter’s health was good for awhile kept the land and remained in the 1930s. Peter died in Ireland and is buried in a tomb in Ardrahan along with other Quinns; Mick and James. Michael stated that none of the Quinns buried in the tomb were married.
Celia Quinn was born on April 13, 1898 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  Co. Galway. Michael Fahy stated that Celia "Cecily" left Ireland before the Quinn home was burned. 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 closet living relative in Ireland. On September 3, 1927, Celia Agnes Quinn married Richard J. Houlihan. In 1928, Celia Houlihan petitioned for Naturalization. At that time, she lived at 620 West 135th Street. In 1930, census records show that Celia and Richard Houlihan lived at 610 West 135th Street along with a lodger, Catherine Cosgrove. All three were age 28. Catherine was listed as single and Richard and Celia were listed as having married at age 23 which would make their marriage year 1925 instead of 1927. Richard and Celia were both born in Ireland and Catherine was born in Canada. Richard was naturalized in 1912 and "none" was listed under occupation. Celia was a ticketseller for the railroad. Catherine, the lodger, was a servant for a private family. Richard stated that he did serve in the US Military during WWI. In his early 50s, Richard also served in the Air Force in Korea 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.

Wedding of Celia Agnes Quinn and Richard J. Houlihan. Susan Quinn is second from right. Who is the man next to Susan? 

Bridget “Delia” Quinn was born sometime in 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 Stanton.

On the back of the picture to the right is written "Delia's 2 babies" so it can be assumed that this is Teresa and Billy Stanton. It is said that Delia died during or after childbirth.


Picture courtesy of Mary Margaret Meaney Weber  - April 2007



Click on the links below to see additional Quinn - Murray Family Pages


Quinn - Murray Family Page

More about William J. Quinn and Susanna Murray

Quinn Family Outline of Descendants

The Family of James Quinn and Catherine Fahy

The Family of Andrew Quinn and Margaret Flanagan

Murray Family Outline of Descendants

The Family of Patrick Murray and Mary Roarke

The Family of James Murray and Cecilia Linane

Quinn-Murray Photographs

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