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CANNEY CANNY KEENEY KENNA KENNEY KENNY
KINNE KINNEY KINNIE KINNY
McKENNA McKENNEY McKINNEY
& Other Variations
DNA SURNAME LINES
The below information was provided by the participant or his representative and may contain errors.
Presentations vary depending on the information provided.
DNA results place participant in
1) Alasdair MacNeil, b. about 1795,
2) Alexander Jr. "Mor"
MacNeil, b. about 1834 in Gillis Point (next
to Maskills Harbour), Cape Breton.
Married Sarah MacKenzie and had several children; James S. (1874) was my grandfather.
3) James S. MacNeil, b. 1874, married Mary Jane
MacNeil from Iona,
4) Alexander Neil MacNeil,
b. 1919, married Mary Josephine (1925) in
I was a late comer. My father was 50 and mother was 44 years when I was born in
Traditionally, all MacNeils descend from forebears who lived on a small number of islands in the Hebrides, off the west coast of
Interestingly, there is the Kinney name in the Little Narrows Cemetery located several miles from Gillis Point:
Row 36 south to north:
[white wooden cross]
Rachel MacDonald 1892 – 1984
Hugh 1917 – 1996
John Kinney 1922 – 1998
Donalda Kinney 1919 - 1983
Presently, one Kinney entry is found in this year's white pages for Orangedale, several miles further-down the road.
I've had someone check the Barra Island Parrish records and there are no listings for either Kinney or Keeney, going back into the 1800's.
There is the possibility of unrecorded changes to family lines. For example, as you probably know, a common tradition among similar small communities was for a given family to raise children who were orphaned because of family tragedy. It wasn't uncommon for families to take children with different surnames and treat them as if they were born into the family. This is one possible explanation.
Keeney of CT researcher (R) states
Due to the strictures of yDNA, we have to be related entirely in the male line. This means that one of us had a male ancestor who was fathered by a Keeney (in your case) or a MacNeil (in our case). As if we didn't have enough mysteries.... Our most remote ancestor was an Alexander Keeney who died in
I have no records of any Keeney
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Georgia Kinney Bopp
Revised 14 October 2006