Hi! I am in the Chicagoland area. My great grandfather was William Fyans. His death certificate stated he was from Ireland. His wife was Jane McCann from Belfast Ireland. My grandmother said they were from the Pa. area. She also changed the spelling to Fines. So I am not sure about anything. She said the Fines came over with the Mayflower, and that they were originally Finnish. I know that 2 of the Fiennes came over on the flagship -The Lady Arbella (named after one of them)- of the Mayflower. I also know that the line was originally from Finland, and settled in Normandy. There is a town in Normandy name after Fiennes. They came to England with Norman the Conqueror. I also know that they were intermingled with Royalty in England. I read somewhere that one was sent to Ireland to govern there. I know that there is a Fyans Castle in Dublin. Cannot make exact connection to Ireland as yet.
I have the medal for Patrick Fyans, Battle of Moodkee, 1845.
Checked into it and found Patrick was enlisted in British Army in 1800 from Dublin, Ireland. He died in 1845 in the Battle of Moodkee, and is buried there in India. Not sure who he was to us...perhaps he was William's father.
Also know there was a family of Fines in Pa. that had come from Ireland, and had originated in Normandy.
Good luck. Please keep in touch.
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