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Feeney,Feeny,Clancy of Spiddal, County Galway, Ireland
Posted by: Maureen Moore (ID *****7500) Date: September 22, 2005 at 07:24:41
In Reply to: Irish FEENEYS of MARYLAND USA by Maureen Moore of 863

Lots of information has been found out since last posting in July!
I have to tell you all. Firstly, a cousin of Howard County Maryland and a few others have been located. I took a trip to meet him, and visit the Feeney Family cemetery, located at a St. Alphonsus Rodriguez CC Cemetery in Howard/Baltmore County Maryland. Sadly, according to my cousin, and his 94 year old mother, who is yes, still living, says they're buried in a 'four corner' family stone area, with 8 plots. I visited the church, and you have to make an appointment to view records, but they also said they didnt' know if they had them? You have to have records; i.e., Board of Health, I have located death records now...the big news, and maybe I should've posted it first, was that my cousins were able to steer me into finding my G/G Grandparents, PATRICK FEENEY (spelt many different ways on the US CENSUS; Feaney,Feeny,Ferney even!) and his wife, my G/G Gran, CATHERINE CLANCY. Both of Ireland. They immigrated to Maryland in 1866, from a small Fishing village called "Spiddal". They were and their parents were Irish Gaelige Speakers. They lost 3 children. They couldn't read nor write, at least in English. They immigrated with his brothers, Thomas, and Michael & Nora Naughton-Feeney. They came into Baltimore, lived in D.C. and moved to Howard County, which was very much country then even though it is near Baltimore MD. HE and his brother Michael worked as Railroaders. The other brother THomas went out west and they didn't hear any news ? My Granda John Aloysisus, their son, also worked as a train rector for Union Station, Washington DC and retired in 1939. His son, my granda, followed in his foots steps, John Wright Feeney. This is a happy story, but still up against getting my G/G Grandparents and family a proper headstone. I emailed the priest and he more or less said I need to do this myself and 'call the office'.
We are even invited down to Thanksgiving dinner with our new found cousin, who is 65, and would've been my mom's generation. I am sorry she isn't here to see what I've found out.
Maureen


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