Monday, June 18, 2012

F is for Fullerton and Finegan - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 6

Image from Gould Genealogy & History News
This is my contribution to Week 6 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is F.

F is for...Fullerton (Fuller, Fullard, Folliard)
Fullerton is the maiden name of my Great Grandmother, Agnes Ellen Smith (nee Fullerton) (1880-1963). Agnes was the daughter of Peter and Dorothea (nee Atkinson) Fullerton. 
Peter (1840-1924) was the son of William and Mary (nee Dunne) Fullerton/Fullard. You can read more about the Fullertons in my blog post Finding the Fullertons. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has a Fullerton, Fuller, Fullard, Follard or Folliard originating in County Kildare, Ireland or neighbouring counties Dublin and Meath.  

F is for...Finegan (Finnegan, Finigan)
Finegan is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Bridget Breen (nee Finegan). Bridget was married to Owen Breen (c1800-1875) of Aghadavoyle/Dernaroy, County Armagh, Ireland (see my post Those Places Thursday - Aghadavoyle, County Armagh, Ireland - O'Brien/Breen

The Griffiths Primary Valuations of 1864 in the civil parish of Killevy, County Armagh include other Finegans in the townlands of Aghadavoyle (Stephen Finnegan, Patrick Finnegan, Robert Finnegan), Drumintee (Bernard Finnegan), Aghayalloge (Hugh Finigan, Owen Finigan), Ballymacdermot (Owen Finegan) and Seafin (Laurence Finegan). You can search transcripts of the Griffiths Valuations on the Fáilte Romhat web site or Ask About Ireland web site. A Finegan's Road still exists in the area. I just found some maps and lots of interesting local information about this area of County Armagh via the web site of the Gap o' the North Walking Club e.g. Aghadavoyle, Dromintee, Historical Maps (including an interesting map of townlands in the area).

A Mary Finegan was mentioned in a letter sent from Mary Breen (daughter of Owen and Bridget) in Ireland to her sister Margaret Bridget Shaw (nee O'Brien/Breen) in Australia. The letter, dated 17 June 1867, mentioned that Mary Finegan had married Thomas Fearon and they had gone to America. I have found a transcript of record of a marriage in May 1867 at Drumintee between Mary Finegan and Thomas Feran with  Mary Breen as one of the witnesses. 

(Sources available on request)
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  1. Once again Aillin you have produced such a wonderfully detailed post. I commend you on the effort you put into each. I and wish you well with others finding connections through your posts.

  2. Thank you very much Aillin. I think every branch of my family with an Irish ancestor is a brickwall. Through following links on your post, I found some very useful websites and information. I think I will be having a weekend of Irish research :)
    Thanks again.


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