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USA  VICE  PRESIDENT  JOE  BIDEN  AND  HIS  FINNEGAN  ANCESTORS.

On 20 January 2009 a new President and Vice President were inaugurated in the United States of America. In the case of Vice President Joe Biden two counties in Ireland have been pinpointed as the home county of the Finnegan Family - one of his ancestral lines. Ms Megan Smolenyak, a USA based genealogist, believes County Louth is the county of origin. However in an online article, dated 28 August 2008, Niall O’Dowd of the Irish Voice stated that the then Senator Biden “gave his most extensive review of his roots and his Irish heritage to Irish America magazine, our sister publication, in 1985”. In an extract from that interview he stated.  “Biden hails from a Famine era family, the Finnegans, who fled Co. Mayo to avoid the Great Hunger. His great grandmother Finnegan was the only one who could read Gaelic, and she used to read letters in Gaelic for those who could not read the letters from home and she’s write back in Gaelic for them.”


So how does the County Louth connection arise?

          From the following military and US census records Vice President Biden’s ancestry back to a James Finnegan born in Ireland about 1840 is fairly certain. Actual proof would require obtaining church or vital records.

          Vice President Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Robinette Biden  and Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan. As his mother was born about 1917 she appears both in the 1920 and 1930 US censuses. Her father was Ambrose J. Finnegan.

          According to a World War II record, dated 27 April 1942, Ambrose Joseph Finnegan was born on  11 July 1884 in Olyphant, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA.  At that time he lists his employer as a Mr. M. L. Goodman of the Scrantonian-Tribune. He was 5ft 11½ins in height, weighed 170 lbs, with blue eyes, blonde hair and a ruddy complexion.

          On 4 April 1930 he was living in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, with his wife Geraldine Blewitt, his children Gerald J., Blewitt E., Ambrose J., Catherine E. (i.e. mother of Vice President Biden), John A. and his sister-in-law Gertrude M. Blewitt. He was an advertising manager in a newspaper office. He stated he was born in Pennsylvania and his parents in New York. In the same building, but enumerated as a separate family, was a William O’Boyle born about 1901 in Pennsylvania but with parents born in the Irish Free State. William worked as a butcher in a meat market. Who this William was may be of significance as his parents, if from Ireland as stated, are lively to have emigrated long after the Famine years.

          On 2 January 1920 Ambrose was residing in Scranton with his wife Geraldine, his children Gerald, Edward, Ambrose J. and Eugenia, his father-in-law Edward Blewitt who was born about 1859 in Louisianna but of Irish parents, and his sister-in-law Gertrude Blewitt. This Edward Blewitt was a civil and mining engineer for a coal mining business while Ambrose was working for a newspaper business. The latter stated that he was born in Pennsylvania, his father in Ireland and his mother in New York. It is well known that in these later censuses that inaccurate places of birth of parents were given to the enumerator but in this district the enumerator is an ‘Ambrose J. Finnegan’!.

          By his World War I registration record Ambrose Joseph Finnegan, born on 11 July 1884, lived in Scranton and was employed as an advertising solicitor with the Scrantonian Publishing Co..

          In the previous census, taken 19 April 1910, Ambrose is residing in the house of his father-in-law, Edward Blewitt, a civil engineer, in Scranton and was married to Geraldine with only one child Gerald. Also in the house were Gertrude, Patrick and Arthur the children of Edward Blewitt.

          Ten years earlier, on 8 June 1900, Ambrose is working as an errand boy, is single and residing still in Scranton City, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, but with his uncle Peter Roche, a switchman. Peter was born about October 1855 in New York of Irish parents. He is married to Bridget and has children: Thomas, Mary, Annie, Peter J., Nellie and Margaret, all born in Pennsylvania.

          Unfortunately the 1890 Federal census is not available but it can be concluded from above that Ambrose Finnegan was born in Olyphant, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania on 11 July 1884 and his mother’s maiden name was ‘Roche’.

          On the 1880 census for Olyphant, Lackawanna County, is a James Finnigan, a musician, blind, born about 1842 in Ireland, with his wife Catherine, born about 1847 in Ireland, and children Eugene, Jennie, Stephen, John and Louis. The first three children were born in New York and the rest in Pennsylvania. James could not read or write but Catherine could.

          However since the oldest children of James were born in New York it was likely his marriage to Catherine took place there also. Ms Megan Smolenyak located a marriage of 1866 of a James Finnegan and a Catherine Roche, at the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Ovid, Seneca County, New York. The marriage entry gave the names of the parents of James as Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle.
          Seneca County was situated south of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, and between two smaller lakes called Seneca and Cayuga.



Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 1841
Source: History of Seneca Co., New York, With iIlustrations, descriptive of its  scenery, Palatial Residences, Public Buldings, Fine Blocks and Important Manufactories, Philadelphia,  Everts, Ensign & Everts, 1876, republished by W.E. Morrison & Co., Ovid, New York, following p.100, Allen County Library Genealogy Center.

 

          In the 1870 census, in the village of Ovid, was an Owen Finnegan, born about 1819 in Ireland, with his wife Jane, born about 1824 in Ireland, and children: Maggie age 18 years, Thomas age 11 years and Michie age 4 years, all born in New York. He was a shoemaker and had property (real estate) valued at $1500 (Click HERE to see part image of census). James is not listed with this household as he was married in 1866 and living elsewhere. So far only one possible entry for James and his wife Catherine has been found in the 1870 census – a hotel keeper in Rochester which is still doubtful as James was supposedly ‘blind’. But locating births of his children will verify where he resided at that time.
 
          However, ten years earlier, on 1 August 1860 in the Village of Ovid, County of Seneca, New York, is above Owen, a shoemaker, his wife Jane and sons James age 19 years and so born about 1841 (stated ‘blind’) and Patrick age 12 all born in Ireland, and daughter Margaret age 8 years and sons John and Thomas born in Seneca County, New York. Also in the house was a domestic servant named Bridget McGregan age 16 years and born in Ireland. By 1860 Owen already owned property (real estate) valued at $1000 so he was not poor (Click HERE to see part image of census).

 

Seneca Lake, Seneca County, New York
    Source: History of Seneca Co., ibid, after page 164.
 

          Since Owen’s son Patrick was stated to be born in Ireland, about 1848, and daughter Margaret was born in New York, about 1852, one can concluded that the parents had possibly emigrated between 1848 and 1852.

          This date of emigration can be shortened further. In the 1850 census, taken for Covert, Seneca County, New York, on 20 August 1850, is an Owen born about 1820, his wife Jane born about 1822, and sons James age 10 years, Stephen age 7 years and Michael age 5 years all born in Ireland (Click HERE to see part image of census). Since none of the family were listed as born in New York it would appear that this family arrived within the previous few years. Owen gave his occupation as ‘labourer’ and he did not own any property. However his neighbours were nearly all native New Yorkers with real estate valued from $1000 to $12000.
         Covert was south of Ovid and situated near Lake Cayuga.


Cayuga Bridge, Seneca County, New Yor
            Source: History of Seneca Co., ibid, after page 164.


           Between above censuses of 1850 to 1870 it is noted that some of the children had left home. In 1860 Stephen possibly worked as a farm labourer in Romulus County nearby. On 12 April 1861 the Civil War had broken out and continued until 1865. It appears that by 1863 three Finnegan boys, stated to be born in Ireland on the 1850 census, are mentioned on Civil War Records for the Union Army.

- In the History of Seneca County, page 103, a Michael Finnegan from Ovid is stated to have enlisted on 24 August 1862, in Company I, New York 164th Infantry Regiment, and killed the same day at the battle of Cold Harbour. However there seems to be some mix up on the military records (i.e. Military Muster Rolls and Record of Soldiers and officers) between this Michael and another Michael Finnigan of same age from Lockport (Click to see Record of Soldiers and officers).
          It is possible that, by the outbreak of the Civil War, Michael from Ovid had moved to Lockport where other Finnigan families lived. But there still is a Michael Finnegan in the 1880 US census residing in Lockport. On the Military Muster Rolls this maybe the Michael who enlisted 23 August 1862 at Newfane, mustered 19 November 1862, into Company B, 164 Infantry and reported missing in action at Cold Harbor. On the Roll it stated he was from Ireland, age 18 years, a labourer, black eyes, black hair, and 5ft 5inches tall (Click to see part of his Military Muster Roll Abstract).
       It is noted above, in the 1870 Census for Ovid, that another child was born to Owen and Jane, about 1866, and named Michael shortened to 'Michie'. This renaming of children after a child that had died was not unusual in Irish families.

- James Finnigan of Ovid, the musician, age 21 years, appears on the Civil War Draft Registration records, 1863-1865, on 1 July 1863 (Click to see part of Draft Registration Record).

- Stephen enlisted, in Company I, New York 164th Infantry Regiment, in Ovid on 26 December 1863, was promoted to Sergeant and mustered out on 15 July 1865 at Washington, DC. It was stated in 1863 that he was born in Ireland, age 20 years, occupation a 'shoemaker', blue eyes, brown hair and 5ft 6 inches tall (Click to see part of Military Muster Roll Abstract).


          To summarize, from the main US records available, the persons stated to be born in Ireland are:- Owen Finnegan about 1820, his wife Jane about 1822, children James about 1840, Stephen about 1842, Michael about 1845 and Patrick about 1848. The year of emigration was possibly between 1848 and 20 August 1850 presuming that the family residing in Covert, Seneca County, in 1850 was the same family who settled in nearby Ovid Village by 1860.


          In the case of County Mayo there were Finnegans in Pennsylvania, where Vice President Biden’s ancestors later settled, who came from that county. However on searching the index to available Roman Catholic Registers for the county there is no family of an Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle. But only about quarter of the nineteenth century parish registers for County Mayo date pre 1840. In addition the surname ‘Finnegan’ has various spellings and ‘Boyle’ can also be ‘O’Boyle’. So such a search is inconclusive.

          On checking passenger lists the most likely entry so far located is for a Jane born about 1823 emigrating on the Marchioness of Bute, from Newry, and arriving in New York on 15 May 1850. With her were children James age 7, Stephen age 5, and Patrick an infant. On the transcribed index to the passenger lists, available online, the child Patrick was stated to be 'born at sea'. But as it is always advisable to look at the original records the correct detail should be that Patrick was 'an infant' (Click HERE to see difference). If this is the correct Jane then Owen emigrated in late 1848 to early 1850 to prepare the way for his family. The child Michael possibly emigrated with him or with a close neighbour or relative. This would not be unusual as there existed at the time a fear that a whole family could be lost by the outbreak of fever on board ship or of it sinking. The fact that Jane and her family emigrated from Newry would suggest she came from that region.

          In the case of the Roman Catholic Registers for County Louth there is the marriage of an Owen Finegan and Jane Boyle in Cooley Parish on 8 December 1839. (the witnesses were Michael Woods and James Donnelly) and in neighbouring Lordship Parish the baptism entries of James in 1840, Michael in 1845 and a Patrick in 1848 to the family. So far the baptism of Stephen has not been located.
           Unfortunately no exact address was given for the family on the parish registers but it would appear that they may have come from the part of north County Louth bounded by the sea and a line from Bellurgan to Carlingford.

          To go back to the Biden family folklore that Vice President Joe Biden’s great grandmother knew Gaelic. This great grandmother was the Catherine Roche who married, in New York, the James Finnegan stated to be born in Ireland about 1840. While emigrants from County Louth for the period are not known as being Gaelic speakers it is quite likely the child James and his parents Owen and Jane had some knowledge of the language as, up until more recent times, there was an Irish speaking community further north around the Omeath area. It is also likely that a priest in Cooley parish had some interest in the language as the parish register of the time period, while written in English, used the old Gaelic form of lettering.

          So the evidence, so far uncovered, is quite strong that the Finnegans are from north County Louth. But there is one noticeable similarity between the inhabitants of Ovid, where Owen Finnegan settled, and this part of the Cooley peninsula and that is in the surnames. Besides a number of Finnegan families in Ovid, by 1860, were residents, stated to be born in Ireland, with surnames White, Quinn, Hanlon, Morgan, Toner, Donnelly, McBride, Rooney, Woods, Rogan and by 1870 Census also Feehan, along with other more common surnames like Murphy, Carroll, Reilly, Malone, and Clarke etc.. So it may not be just one family that settled in that part of New York but many from north County Louth.

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             On hearing that US Vice President Joe Biden may pay a visit to the Cooley area later this month (June 2016) I looked again at the research last updated in 2012. Local rumour seems to suggest that, according to United States of America [USA] sources, the relevant Finnegan Family came from the Templetown area of the Cooley Peninsula.
           But first I will look briefly at some main USA sources that maybe of help in locating emigrants from both that north-east area and elsewhere in County Louth.

 

USA - SOURCES

 Holy Cross Cemetery, Ovid, Seneca County, New York State.

It is in this cemetery that Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle, who emigrated from County Louth with their older children in the mid nineteenth century, are buried. But from a brief perusal of some photographs of some of the headstones available online at www.findagrave.com it can be seen that other emigrants, not only from the Cooley area, but also from elsehere in County Louth, settled in the Ovid area of Seneca County. It also appears that even into the twentieth century emigration to this area continued. But for the purposes of this brief research I will only deal with a few of the emigrants.

Owen Finnegan's Family.
The inscriptions on the headstone(s), available online, read:-

  'OWEN FINNEGAN
DIED
JUNE 15, 1875.
AGED
56 YRS. 10MO.
JANE FINNEGAN
HIS WIFE
DIED
DEC. 23, 1874.
AGED 54 YRS 7 DS.'

AND

 'MICHAEL FINNEGAN
DIED
JUNE 3, 1864
AGED
18 YRS,. 3 MO. 3 DS.
-----
PATRICK D. FINNEGAN
DIED
MARCH 14, 1884.
AGED
36 YRS. 13 DS.'
 

Kuryla Family
Mary Anne White wife of Frank G Kuryla died 6 June 1956 in Ovid, Seneca County and is buried in Ovid Cemetery.
            Mary Anne was listed on the Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1863, on www.ancestry.com. She was 25 years old and departed from Liverpool on the ship Celtic with her brother Patrick age 17 years. They arrived in Boston 2 September 1923. Their father was Patrick White of Rathcor, Carlingford, and they were emigrating to their cousin Thos McCarriagher in Ovid, New York.
           There is a baptism in Cooley Parish of a Mary Anne White on 17 October 1898 the daughter of Patrick White and Annie McCarraher. While no specific address is given on the baptism register from the 1901 and 1911 census (available at www.census.nationalarchives.ie) the family was living in Rathcor Townland. In 1911 Mary Anne was the eldest of seven children:- Francis; Ellen; James; Patrick Joseph (who emigrated to Ovid with her); Thomas and Teresa Josephine. The head of house was a cousin Mary Malone, single, and age 81 years so would be born about 1840 when Owen and Jane Finnegan were still living in this general area.

           Rathcor Townland would also be along Dundalk Bay and a short distance to the west of Templetown Townland. It contains about 654 statute acres. The Malone families of the area seemed to have lived, in the mid nineteenth century, around the village of Rathcor Upper.
 


  Missing Friends advertisements

These advertisements can make interesting reading.

One notice published 18 September 1875 is:-


(Source: Boston Pilot newspaper and available online on www.ancestry.com etc.).

From the parish register for Cooley there is a baptism of a Sarah Carroll baptised 31 July 1839 of Castlecarragh Townland, the daughter of Patt Carroll and Catharine White.
          Part of the village of Riverstown is in Castlecarragh Townland. The latter townland adjoins to the west Rathcor Townland. It contains nearly 367 statute acres.
 


  Censuses of Population

It has already been stated that a number of surnames found in Seneca County, New York, in the various mid-nineteenth century censuses also appear in the north-east area of County Louth. Following are some Finnegan families living in Ovid, Senaca County, in the 1860 US census:-

Owen & Jane Finnegan (already given above).

The Village of Ovid



Richard and Mary Finnagan

The town of Ovid.

Both Richard and Mary were stated to be from Ireland and the chidren born in Seneca County, New York.


Joseph (aka George?) and Rosa Finnagan

The village of Ovid.

          In the 1850 US census, taken 18 October 1850, in Town of Senaca Falls, County of Senaca, State of New York, is a George Finnegan, age 25 years, a shoemaker, born in Ireland, with his wife Rose, age 23 years and also born in Ireland and daughter Mary, age 3 years, born in New York.
          From a Stauff Finnegan Family Tree on www.ancestry.com it is stated above Joseph, was this George Finnegan and came from Templetown, County Louth. He was born about 1820 but the names of the parents are not listed on the Family Tree. His wife was stated to be Rose Murphy.
 
          An image of the Headstone given lists 'George Finnegan died Mar. 13, 1894 aged 74 years'.

          This Family Tree also has Owen Finnegan as a brother of George. It includes a copy of a notice in the local Ovid newspaper, dated 11 May 1863, stating that George Finnegan 'dissolved his partnership with Owen" and was moving to other premises with his Boot and Shoe Making Business. Another notice dated 1 April 1868 has a sale notice for his house in Ovid Village.
          A further public notice dated 17 June 1874 by Owen Finnegan states that, due to ill health, he is closing his business (Boots and Shoes) and putting his stock up for auction. As can be seen above on Owen's headstone his wife Jane died in December 1874 and he died about six months later.

The children of George & Rose Murphy. as given on Family Tree. were:-
1846 Mary Ellen
1850 Rose Ann
1853 Peter
1855 Catherine
1858 Richard B
1860 George
1863 Jane
All the children were stated to be born in USA.

           Templetown is in Cooley Roman Catholic parish and situated along a narrow road off the R175 (Dundalk to Greenore) that leads south-east in the direction of Cooley Point along Dundalk Bay.
           Templetown Townland contains about 437 statute acres.


Mary Finnagan born about 1832.

Th
e Village of Ovid

Mary Finnagan was stated to be born in Ireland.


Family of a Hugh Finnegan

Town of Waterloo, Seneca County.

Patrick, his wife Ann and father Hugh were stated to be born in Ireland and the children in New York. By the 1870 US census this Patrick, a farmer, and Ann and his family (but not Hugh) appear to be residing in the town of Ovid.
          See later under Parish Registers. Could this be Hugh Finnegan (who was married to Ann Murphy) and son Patrick who lived in Templetown?. Further research would be required to verify this.




1850 US census.
As a matter of interest, in the 1850 US census, in the town of Ovid there seems to be a Thomas Finegan, born Ireland, and age 27 years who worked as a 'Lawyer'. Could this Thomas be the son of Simon and Mary Mills?. Again further research would be needed to verify this.


(Sources of US Censuses: www.ancestry.com but also available on other online databases)

 

IRELAND - SOURCES

Owen Finegan's Family

Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle were married in Cooley Roman Catholic Parish, County Louth. on 8 December 1839. Following is a copy of the marriage entry now available online on the National Library of Ireland website. Previous to this service permission was required of the local parish to upload a copy or part of a page.

Normally the marriage took place in the bride's parish. The parish registers of Cooley Parish commenced in 1811 and baptism entries included the local, usually townland, address. So if Owen had remained, after marriage, in this parish his address would be given.

          The baptism entries found of the children of Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle, born in Ireland, were on the registers of Lordship Parish. It adjoins to the west Cooley Parish.
          The registers of the former parish only commenced in 183
3 and no specific addresses were given on it. So it is difficult to determine, from Irish parish registers, if Owen was also born in Lordship Parish.

          The names of Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle's children, including born in USA, so far known would appear to be:-

Baptism date                      Forename                     Sponsors
18 December 1840             James                  (Math Finegan & Cath Ruddy)


(Source: www.nli.ie)


(about 1843),                    Stephen (baptism entry not located)

5 September 1845             Michl [Michael]     (John Connor & Mary Boyle)


(Source: www.nli.ie)


5 March 1848                    Patt [Patrick]        (Michl Boyle & Margt Finigan)


(Source: www.nli.ie)


1852?                               Margaret (born USA)

1852?                               Thomas? (born USA)


(Source: Ovid Bee dated 15 Aug 1855, www.ancestry.com)


1855?                               John (born USA)

1859?                               Thomas (born USA)

1866?                               Michael (born USA)

         
         From above, it would appear, by repeating again forenames 'Thomas' and 'Michael' that those names were important to the family. There was also a trend, among Irish Roman Catholic families although not always followed, of naming the first son and daughter after the paternal grandparents, the second son and daughter after the maternal grandparents and the next boy and girl would be named after the father and mother. A slight variation on it would be to name the second son after the father with the next children after the maternal grandparents etc..


         As already stated, on earlier research, the family had left the Cooley area before May 1850 (approx.). As a matter of interest it is quite possible Jane and the children had seen the Marchioness of Bute ship, in February 1850, before they sailed. The local newspaper of the time
, dated 23 February 1850, had the following report:-


and an advertisement on same date:-


(Source: The Dundalk Democrat and Peoples Journal dated the
23 February 1850, www.irishnewsarchives.com)
 

For the journey taken by Jane and her children it stated:-


(Source: Dundalk Democrat dated 8 June 1850, www.irishnewsarchives.com)


          The boundary of the parish of Cooley with that of Lordship would appear to be around Castlecarragh Townland. But baptism entries of children with address of Castlecarragh are found on the Cooley Parish Registers. However Roman Catholic Parish boundaries followed natural features and means of travel such as roads etc..
 
          From the main land record of the mid nineteenth century known as Richard Griffith's General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland, surveyed in County Louth around 1852, it would appear the combination of names found on the baptism entries of the children of Owen and Jane etc. are in Castlecarragh Townland.
          Travelling east to Carlingford the plots 1 and 2 would be along and to the south of road R173 (the Dundalk to Carlingford Road), after crossing Riverstown bridge and on entering Castlecarragh townland. So it could be that Owen and Jane, before emigrating, lived near the Riverstown area.
          This is a copy of the published survey for Castlecarragh Townland:-

County Louth, Civil Parish of Carlingford, page 185.

(source: www.ancestry.com but is widely available)


   
       A previous land record to above was the Tithe Applotment Books. Tithes were assessed on land holders to determine the amount of tithes payable to the Established Church. This survey for Castlecarra [Castlecarragh] Townland was taken in 1833 and in it a George Finegan is listed with a James and Michael Finegan for 12 acres of land. This assessment was based on Irish acres while Griffith's Valuation used statute acres.    Below is a copy of this survey for part of Castlecarra.

County Louth, Civil Parish of Carlingford, page 25.



(Source: TitheApplotmentBooks.nationalarchives.ie)
 

          Owen Finnegan, since the baptism entries of his children were found in Lordship Parish, would likely have lived in that parish in the 1840 to 1848 period. At that time families sometimes moved around a rural district depending on work etc.. He may, if working as a shoemaker or learning the trade, have lived along or near a main road route such as near Riverstown Bridge.
          The family possibly intended staying in Ireland since they remained here during the worst of the Great Famine years. It is quite possible for his family there was both the 'pull' and 'push' influence. That is news arrived from former neighbours, who had already emigrated, of the opportunities in the USA and also by remaining at home the uncertainty for the future resulting from the effects of the Famine years. Another push
, for persons looking for business from local road travellers to the ports, may have been the proposal to extend the railway line from Dundalk to Carlingford via Greenore.
          While the railway line was not opened until the early 1870s the proposal possibly to obtain the land for the route, south of the now R173 road, would have been known. In Rockmarshal Townland the line crossed the now R173 and passed just north of Riverstown bridge towards the junction of the R173 with the now R175. A station was built at Bush and the line went on to Greenore. So the locally used lanes and passes, found in rural areas, to the southern part of the peninsula would be closed off.
          Many years ago research on another family, from the Bellurgan area which was to the west of Riverstown, revealed that they emigrated to New York, in 1848, on the Sea Bird from Galway. They were among other emigrants on what were termed an assisted emigration scheme from that county. Their small plot in Bellurgan was later severed by the railway line. Their ages were about the same as Owen and Jane Finnegan and they could have been known to the latter while living in this area.  So there maybe some connection with the west of Ireland and families from the Cooley peninsula. Research of railway archives may reveal further information.
          As stated, in genealogy, there is always some grain of truth in family lore.


          When in Lordship Parish, Owen, Jane, and the young James would likely have known a place, along Dundalk Bay, called 'White House Point' near Giles (aka Gyles) Quay.


(Source: Ordnance Survey map, County Louth, surveyed 1823, Sheet 8, Mountbagnall
 Townland,  www.ancestry.com.  'White House Point' is to south west of
Castlecarragh Townland).

          Below is a recent road map of the area, along Dundalk Bay, showing, Riverstown bridge,  and the Castlecarragh, Rathcor & Templetown area.


(Source: OS Discovery Series, Louth no.36).

 

  Finnegan Families in Templetown Townland.  

Finnegan Families of Templetown Townland listed, approximately pre 1850, on the Cooley Roman Catholic Parish Registers are given below. They are listed by forename of father. The list does not include non Finnegan families with a Finnegan mother.
          Some entries on the register are faded and difficult to read. In addition, especially in the early part of the baptism register, it can be a problem to determine the year on some pages.


Bryan Finnegan & Anne Finnegan (of Templetown).
(married 25 June 1834, witnesses: Pat Feegan & Cathr Finnegan)
08 September 1834   Mary Finnegan      (sponsors: Owen Finnegan & Cather Finnegan


Hugh Finigan & Anne Murphy (of Templetown)
.
(married 21 December 1813, witnesses: Nicholas Carroll & Patt Murphy)
15 January 1815       Thomas? Finigan    (sponsors: Tom? [?] & Mary Finigan)
01 Auguste1819        Mary Finigan         (sponsors: Henry Murphy & Biddy Christy)
09 March 1823          Patt Finigan           (sponsors: William Quin & [Elen?] Murphy)
24 January 1825       James Finegan       (sponsors: Richd Quinn & Rose Hanraty)
23 April 1827            John Finigan?        (sponsors: James Murphy & Betty Killin)
30 September 1829   Anne Finegan        (sponsors: [Pet]er Murphy & Bid? Hanratty)
07 November 1831    Jas Finnegan         (sponsors: Hugh Roarke & Anne Roarke)
30 November 1834    Cathn Finigan        (sponsors: Patk Rice & Bridget Finigan)


James Finegan & Mary White.
(marriage entry not located so could be older children)
25 October 1812        Ann Finigan          (sponsors: John Finigan & Peggy Finigan)
15? February 181[4?] ---- Finigan          (sponsors: Edwd Finigan & [Jane?] Finigan)
(page torn at forename)
23 March 1817          George Finigan      (sponsors: Bernard Smyth & Mary Carrel)
21 October 1819       Richard Finigan      (sponsors: Patt Callely & Mary Finigan)
19 July 1822             Edward Finegan     (sponsors: William Quin & Cathy Roarke?)
18 April 1825            Rose Finegan         (sponsors: Patt Connel & Betty Quinn)
07 February 1828      Mary Finigan         (sponsors: Pat Cristy & Mary Killen)


James Finigan & Mary Mills
.
(no marriage entry located so could be other children)
18 May 1818            Danl? Finigan          (sponsors: John McGee & Rose Kelledy).


John Finnegan & Mary Kearney
.
(married 14 December 1813, witnesses: Owen O'Callaghan & Peggy Kearney)
24 October 1814       Owen Fingan          (sponsors: Artr Magee & Margt Finegan)
16 October 1816       Ro[ber]t? Finigan    (sponsors: Lau? Quin & Rose Kellidy?)
27 December 1817    Richd Finegan         (sponsors: Pat White & Cate Kearney)
30 April 1820            Patrick Finigan        (sponsors: Mary Connel & Pat Rallety?)
09 February 1823      Ann Finegan           (sponsors: Thomas Ke[l]aly & Judy Murphy)
03 March 1826          Mary Finegan          (sponsors: Richard Quinn? & Rose Kellely?)
03 March 1826          Biddy Finegan         (sponsors: Patt Finegan? & Betty Killen?)


John Finnigan & Biddy Carroll
(no marriage entry located so could be other children)
05 September 1835   Michl Finnigan         (sponsors: John Finnegan & Mary Conor)
.


Laurence Finnegan & Anne McDonald (Mary Anne?)
.
(no marriage entry located so could be other children)
6 March 1834           Rose Finnegan         (sponsors: Peter Killin & Mary Hughes)
(mother : Mary McDonald)
21 May 1835            Thos Finnegan         (sponsors: Laurence Murphy & Mary Hughes)
(mother Anne McDonald)
.


Patrick Finegan & Catherine Connell
.
(Married 18 February 1833, witnesses: Jas Connell & Cathrn Finnegan, Templetown)
16 November 1835    Peter Finnegan        (sponsors: Owen Finnegan & Margt Lyons)
16 November 1835    Pat Finnegan           (sponsors: Pat Fagan? & Cathrn Finnegan)
[03 October 1838      Anne Finigan           (sponsors: Patt Christy & Rose McCann)
Born in Castlecarrah]
18 February 1847      Bernard Finegan      (sponsors: William Karny & Mary Connell)
24 June 1850            John Finegan           (sponsors: Thomas Connell & Bridget Magee)
.


Peter Finigan & Mary Cristy
.
(Marred 28 August 1811, witnesses: James Kearney & Wilm Kearney)
08 June 1812           Bryan Finigan          (sponsors: John Finigan & Mary Finigan)
15 February 1816     Cate Finigan            (sponsors: James Maguigan & Bid Cristy)


Simon Finegan & Mary Mills
(no marriage entry located so could be other children)
11 February 1816     Biddy Finigan           (sponsors: Owen Smyth & Anne Rourke)
10.04.1820              Mary Finigan            (sponsors: Bernard Murphy & Biddy Calely)
18.12.1822              Thomas Finegan       (sponsors: James Christy & Catty Roarke)
01 May 1929            Daniel Finegan         (sponsors: Hugh Roarke & Betty Murphy)


Tom/Thos Finigan & Mary Markey
(No marriage entry located so could be other children)
05 December 1817    John Finigan            (sponsors: Patt McCahy & John McCahy ?)
30 October 1820       Edwd Finigan           (sponsors: Owen Carroll & Betty Mc[Cooye]?)
.
(Sources: www.nli.ie and www.rootsireland.ie )

 

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