Descendants of 'unknown' CUNNINGHAM (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


2. Myles CUNNINGHAM ('unknown' ) was born in abt 1780s in Templeglantine, Co. Limerick; or Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

Myles and his wife, Johanna Lynes (or Lyons), had a son and seven daughters, all of whom married and remained in the parish of Newtownsandes (now known as Moyvane). Everyone in the area knew of the seven daughters because it so unusual to have seven sisters all married and living in the parish at the same time.

Myles married Johanna LYONS / LYNES. Johanna was born in abt 1790s in possibly Knockbrane, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry; or Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She died in probably Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Unfortunately very little is known of Johanna or the Lyons/Lynes family (the names Lyons and Lynes are interchangeable) although I have been told thay may have come from Knockbrane in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry or Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

However, Heather Olson, a descendant of Johanna and her husband, Myles Cunningham, tells me she has a  uncle who is a DNA match with the following people with Lyons/Lynes connections:

1. A descendant of Edmund Dineen from Glenalappa, Moyvane and Honora Lynes from Shronagragra, Moyvane who were married in Moyvane in 1858. Honora was baptised in Duagh, Co. Kerry in 1835 and her parents were Daniel Lynes and Honora Shine who would have been contemporaries of Myles and Johanna. Honora Shine was from Kilbaha.

2. A descendant of Margaret Lynes and Richard Woulfe. It appears Margaret was a sister of Honora Lynes and was baptised in Kilbaha in 1844. She emigrated to the United States, married Richard, and they had a daughter named Aileen.

3. Mary Stack, a daughter of Catherine Lynes and Michael Stack. Catherine was a daughter of  Dermot Lynes and Mary Sullivan and was baptised in Kilbaha in 1839. This DNA match is also a shared match with the descendant of Margaret Lynes and Richard Woulfe.  

It appears, therefore, that our Johanna above was related to Daniel Lynes and Dermot Lynes. Could they have been siblings?

Lynes is a variant of Lyons and is most numerous in counties Kerry, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. It is an anlicisation of the Irish surname "Ó Laighin" from the word "laighean" meaning lance or spear. The Lyons surname is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland, particularly in the three southern provinces. In Ulster it is usually a variant of the English and Scottish surname "Lyon", but elsewhere it is virtually always the anglicised version of one of two Irish names, Ó Laighin, or Ó Liathain which possibly derives from the Irish word "liath" meaning grey. The Ó Laighin name originated in two areas, Co. Kerry and east Co. Galway. In Kerry the name was almost invariably anglicised as "Lyne". The Ó Liathain family is reputed to have originated in Co. Limerick but the Ó Liathain name is now more common in Co. Cork, particularly in the north of the county.

They had the following children.

+ 5 M i Bryan CUNNINGHAM was born in 1822. He died on 7 Jul 1901.
+ 6 F ii Ellen CUNNINGHAM was born about 26 Apr 1825.
+ 7 F iii Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM was born about 1826. She died after 31 Mar 1901.
  8 F iv
Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 24 Apr 1830 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Apr 1830 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. She died in probably between 1830 and 1840.

Because another daughter also named Johanna was born ten years later, it is likely that this Johanna died as a child.

There were no sponsors listed on Johanna's baptismal record.
  9 F v
Mary CUNNINGHAM was born about 4 Oct 1832 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Oct 1832 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. She died in possibly after 2 Apr 1911 in possibly Aughrim, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were James Cunningham and Mary Woulf.
       
Mary married 'unknown' MOORE (caution: not verified). 'unknown' was born in Aughrim, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died in possibly before 2 Apr 1911.

It is thought by one family source that Myles's daughter Mary married a Pat O'Sullivan from Knockbawn (in Co. Kerry?) and that they emigrated to the United States where Pat was killed in a railway accident in the course of his work. However, other family sources believe Mary married a Mr. Moore (possibly named James) from Aughrim.

There is a record (on www.irishgenealogy.ie) of the marriage of a Mary Cunningham from Newtownsandes to a James Moore from Listowel on 28 May 1874, but the name of Mary's father on the register is John, not Myles. Furthermore Mary would have been 42 years of age in May 1974 so it is unlikely that this record relates to the marriage of our Mary.

Perhaps Mary married twice, marrying Pat O'Sullivan first and later marrying Mr. Moore.

If our Mary did indeed marry a Mr. Moore from Aughrim, then it is likely she lived with her niece Margaret Moore (née Mulvihill) in Aughrim towards the end of her life as there is a Mary Moore, aged 81 and widowed, listed in the 1911 census return of Margaret and her husband, Patrick Moore.
+ 10 F vi Margaret (Peg) CUNNINGHAM was born about 3 Mar 1835. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
+ 11 F vii Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 25 Sep 1840. She died in possibly 1920.
+ 12 F viii Brigid (Biddy) CUNNINGHAM was born about 25 Sep 1840. She died before 2 Apr 1911.
+ 13 F ix Ann (Nance) CUNNINGHAM died before 31 Mar 1901.

3. Daniel CUNNINGHAM ('unknown' ) was born in abt 1780s in Co. Limerick; or Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He died in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

It is not known if Daniel had more children than those listed below. We know of a Mary Cunningham who married a William Stack and who had a daughter named Margaret who was baptised in Moyvane on 22 April 1858 with sponsors Bernardus (equivalent of Bryan) Cunningham and Maria Enright. Could Mary have been a daughter of Daniel's? We know she was not a daughter of Daniel's brother Myles as Myles's daughter Mary married either a James Moore or a Pat O'Sullivan.

And there was a James Cunningham of Kilbaha, married to a Honora Thornton, who had at least two children: Elizabeth, baptised on 7 December 1841 (sponsors were Michael Thornton and Mary Thornton) and Daniel, baptised on 18 May 1844 (with sponsors Daniel Cunningham and Honora Cunningham). Could James have been a son of Daniel's?

Also, we know from a search of Newtownsandes baptismal records in the National Library in Dublin that a Cornelius Cunningham of Kilbaha, who was married to a Brigid Kennelly, had a daughter named Mary who was baptised on 20 September 1868 (with Honora Stack as a sponsor). Could Cornelius possibly have been a son of Daniel's, or a son of Daniel's brother Myles? We have since learned that Cornelius lived in Athea, Co. Limerick where Bridget, his wife, and all his children, except Mary, were born. Cornelius and Bridget had 12 children: Catherine (born in January 1864, probably died as a child), John (December 1864), Michael (1866), Mary (1868, probably died as a child), another Catherine (c.1870, probably died as a child), another Mary (c.1870),  Patrick (1872), Johanna (1873) who was known as Nonie, Bridget (1875), Cornelius (1877), Denis (1879) and another Catherine (1881) who was known as Kate. Michael, Mary, Nonie and Denis emigrated to the United States, settling in Kansas City, Missouri. Their mother too emigrated to Kansas City; she was about 60 years of age and left Cornelius back in Ireland. The 1911 census of Ireland tells us that Cornelius, aged 77, was living in Dirreen, Athea at that time. Bridget died in Kansas in 1922.   

Steve Cunningham in the U.S. tells me his great-great-grandparents were Cornelius Cunningham (born about 1836 in Co. Kerry) and Bridget Kennelly (place of birth unknown but she was a daughter of Patrick Kennelly and Mary Mullane) who lived with their family in the Athea area of Co. Limerick, not far from Kilbaha. It is possible that Steve's great-great-grandparents were the same couple whose daughter Mary was baptised in Newtownsandes in September 1868. In case there is indeed a connection between Steve's Cunningham family and the Cunningham family which includes the aforementioned Mary, here's a little more detail on Steve's family: Bridget emigrated to the U.S. in 1906 with her son Denis, his wife Catherine (Katie) O'Sullivan and their two young children, Mary and Cornelius. They settled in Kansas City, Kansas where Bridget died in 1922. Denis and Katie later moved across the state line to Kansas City, Missouri. If anyone has further information on Cornelius and Bridget, an email in the first instance to Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com would be much appreciated.

Daniel married Honora ENRIGHT. Honora died.

They had the following children.

  14 F i
Ellen CUNNINGHAM was born about 10 Jan 1812 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 12 Jan 1812 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Baptismal sponsors were Neilus Cunningham and Catherine Stack.
+ 15 M ii Bryan (Little Bryan) "Little Bryan" CUNNINGHAM was born about 25 May 1813. He died in possibly early 1894.
  16 F iii
Mary CUNNINGHAM was born about 4 Aug 1815 in possibly Knockreigh, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Aug 1815 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

A Mary Cunningham who was married to a William Stack and who lived in Kilbaha, had at least two children, Ellen (born in 1851) and Margaret (1858), both born in Kilbaha. Margaret's baptismal sponsor was a Bryan Cunningham, which leads me to think that Mary above, who had a brother named Bryan, might have been the Mary Cunningham who married William Stack.
  17 F iv
Margaret CUNNINGHAM was born about 28 Aug 1818 in possibly Knockreigh, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 30 Aug 1818 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.
  18 F v
Bridget CUNNINGHAM was born about 4 Feb 1820 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Feb 1820 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.
+ 19 F vi Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 21 Nov 1823. She died in between 31 Mar 1901 and 2 Apr 1911 .
  20 M vii
John CUNNINGHAM was born about 14 May 1825 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was christened on 16 May 1825 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.
  21 F viii
Catherine CUNNINGHAM was born about 15 Apr 1830 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She was christened on 17 Apr 1830 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were John Kirby and Ellen Harrington.

       
Catherine married Michael KENNELLY on 21 Feb 1860 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Michael was born in probably Athea, Co. Limerick.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were John Dore and John Stack.

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