Thomas Greaney was born in October 1878 in Kilgill, Drumgriffin, in the parish of Annaghdown. He was the youngest of twelve children of Michael Greaney from Bunatober, and Mary Burke from Ardgaineen, who were married in Annaghdown parish on 8 October 1858.
Thomas left Kilgill early in the first decade of the twentieth century, travelling to Bluff at the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island. He was the sixth son in the family to emigrate; five brothers - William, Patrick, Martin, James and Peter had previously settled in Portland, Maine. Travelling with Thomas was John "Long Jack" Fahy, the eldest son of his sister Mary Greaney Fahy of Cartron; John proceeded to settle at Waimatua.
Thomas married Margaret Andersen in 1932, and together they ran a shop in Bluff. He died in Invercargill on 20 October 1943. Thomas and Margaret had one son, Thomas, who was a merchant seaman. He died in Invercargill on 14 May 2013.
The family grave is in the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill - one of many Annaghdown families who rest there. The Southland area of New Zealand was hugely popular amongst immigrants from Annaghdown and the surrounding areas from the mid-1800s onwards.
|Date of Birth||2nd Oct 1878||VIEW SOURCE|
|Date of Death||1st Oct 1943||VIEW SOURCE|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||Michael Greaney||VIEW SOURCE|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Mary Burke||VIEW SOURCE|
|Townland born||Kilgill, parish of Annaghdown||VIEW SOURCE|
|Number of Siblings||11|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Margaret Ellen (Daisy) Andersen||VIEW SOURCE|
|Place of Death||Invercargill, New Zealand|