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Kanavey, Michael/Mick and Bridget Murphy

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Michael Kanavey/Kinnevy ABT 1841 Galwy- 1894 Plains, Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Bridget Murphy 1836 Galway - 15 Feb 1910 Wilkes=Barre, Pennsylvania.  Father Patrick Murphy.

Their children were born in  Ardane, Clonbur, Galway/diocese of Ross, prior to imigrating Lackawanna/Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA.  The family continued to live and die in same county.  I'm adding in who the children married because there may have been families ties in Ireland.

1860 Mary (married patrick Haley/Healey 1884)

1862 John J.  (Mary McVeigh)

1865 Bridget   (Michael H. Brock)

1870 Michael   (Mary Hasty)

1873 Ellen   (John Ward)

1875 James

1878 Patrick (spelled his surname Kinevey, Mary Halleran and Beatrice Bridget Watters)

 1881 Catherine Katie   (Martin Schaefer)

Many thanks,

Janet Boyle



Thursday 5th April 2018, 04:13PM

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  • Hi Jan

    Nearest matches for Michael & Bridget from (search includes surname variants)

    Name:Michael CanevyDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:22-Jul-1845Address:
    Parish/District:KILCUMMIN OUGHTERARDGender:MaleCountyCo. Galway
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:John CanevyMother:Bridget Not RecordedOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Thomas D'arcey Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Sarah Canavy 

    Name:Bridget MurphyDate of Birth:05-Feb-1836
    Date of Baptism:07-Feb-1836Address:Not RecordedParish/District:BallinasloeGender:
    CountyCo. Galway
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Patrick MurphyMother:Catherine KeanOccupation:Not Recorded
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:John Keary Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary Keary 

    Unfortunately the Clonbur records for Clonbur don't start on roots until 1851

    Bridget Murphy with father Patrick is of course an extremely common name; are you sure she was born in exactly 1836?



    Friday 6th April 2018, 11:01AM
  • Hi Col,

    Thank you for find this for me!  No, I am not positive about her birth date.  I took it from her death cert, died 1910 at 74 years.  My GGM was her first born child in 1860.

     I had found a marriage for Michael and Bridget 1864 or 1865 but lost it and couldn;t find it again.  A marriage for Michael Kineavy and Bridget Cavenagh 13 May 1865 Galway, Clonbur, Cornamona keeps comong up.

    Funny that the sponsor's name of Keary.  It's so close to my father's old friend Henry Geary.



    Saturday 7th April 2018, 03:19PM

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  • Jan


    Just saw this.

    There are Kinneavy families in the 1911 census in Cahergal Clonbur Ded Cloonbur and Dooras Corrnamona Ded Cong, both in Count Galway. 

    There are still famileis in the area today. You refer to Patrick in 1878 and Mary Halloran and a Beatrice Bridget Watters, were they both married to him?. There is only one Waters family in the area who resided in Corrnamona. Halloran is usually spelled as Holleran and Cavanagh as Kavanagh, and there are many families with this surname.

    hope it helps


    Sunday 10th February 2019, 07:48PM


    Yes, Michael Kanavey’s 7th child, Patrick b-1878 Ardarrie, Galway, did marry twice.  First wife Margaret Halleran 1880-1915.  Four children: Margaret Marie 1906-1982,  John Joseph 1907-1968, Thomas Edward 1909-1990, Loretta V  Kinevey 1914-1995.

    Second wife Beatrice Bridget Waters 1891-1935.   Ten children: Elenor, Mary, Helen, Leo, Dolores, Rita, Beatrice G., Betty, Gerald, and Joseph.

    There is another Halleran connection.  1910 census, Edward Halleran (22) was staying with my great grandparents Patrick Healey 1854 and Mary Kanavey 1864, in Wilkes Barre, Luzerne Co, Pennsylvania, and as a cousin.

    Many thanks for your reply!  

    Jan Boyle


    Monday 11th February 2019, 04:31PM