Friday, January 18, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 3 - Unusual Name - Tangney

This year I have decided to take part in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blogging prompts. 

The theme for Week 3 (Jan. 15-21) is: Unusual Name.

For this week's theme, I have chosen one of the more uncommon surnames in my family tree - Tangney. 

About the Tangney Surname

While the surname might be fairly rare across the world, it isn't particularly uncommon in County Kerry. An exact search for the surname Tangney in the Church records at  reveals 1340 baptism records and 322 marriage records, predominantly in County Kerry. 

My 3 x great grandmother was Honora (Tangney) McCarthy (c1806-1873)

About Honora Tangney

According to her 1873 Victorian death certificate, Honora Tangney was born about 1806 in County Kerry, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick Tangney and Julia (Cronin) Tangney

Honora married John McCarthy on 26 February 1832 in the Catholic parish of Firies/Molahiff. The marriage witnesses were Nicholas Tangney (perhaps a brother of Honora?) and James Burk. 

A curious 1801 Tangney baptism exists in the records for the neighbouring Catholic parish of Killeentierna. The existing records for this parish at that time are a modern transcript. 
For 17 December 1801, the transcript lists the baptism of "Nicholas Tangney, [residence] Cumer, [parents] Batt +   ___Cronin" Might the original have possibly said Patt [Patrick] rather than Batt [Bartholomew]? Could this Nicholas potentially be Honora's brother?  

John and Honora (Tangney) McCarthy immigrated to Victoria, Australia in 1866.

John McCarthy died at Golden Gully, Heathcote, Victoria on 22 June 1870. 

Honora (Tangney) McCarthy died at Golden Gully, Heathcote on 4 November 1873, at the age of 67 years.

Please see Honora (Tangney) McCarthy's Wikitree Profile for sources for this post. 

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