KEARNEY, CARNEY, surnames of Ireland, (O) Kearney, Ó Catharaigh - warlike, or Ó Cearnaigh, Ir. cearnach - victorious. (MacLysaght). Traced by MacLysaght in Co. Meath where it is now often changed to FOX, in Cos. Mayo and Tipperary, and as Carney in Connacht.



At Caplin Bay Ferryland Parish RC Marriages: July 16, 1887 - Pierce Carney m. Mary Gatherall. Witnesses: Michael Costello and Eliza Gatherall. Priest: L.K. Vereker.
  Newfoundland 1921 Census: - household of John Gatherall - KEARNEY; Catherine, niece, single, b. Oct 1892 - age 29 - b. Caplin Bay.
At Witless Bay: McAlpines 1894-97 Directory: Pierce Carney, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Pierce Carney, fisherman.
Family History: In 1887, Pierce Carney (aka Kearney), of Mobile, married Mary Gatherall, of Caplin Bay, in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic parish at Ferryland and the family may have lived briefly at Caplin Bay. However, it appears that Pierce Carney moved his family to Witless Bay around 1890. No death record was found for Pierce Carney, but it seems he died in the latter half of the 1890s. Several years after Pierce's death, his widow Mary married Michael Costello of Cape Broyle. The 1921 Newfoundland Census indicates that her daughter, Catherine, was living at Caplin Bay with her two uncles, John and Joseph Gatherall. Although the census states that Catherine was born there in 1892, no record of her baptism was found in the Ferryland Roman Catholic baptism records. The Ferryland RC baptism records only show that Pierce and Mary Carney had a son, Michael, baptized at Ferryland.
  Catherine Carney eventually married John Thomas Boland of Calvert and they had two daughters. Although the Carney surname is long gone from Calvert, several families at Calvert, Ferryland, and other Newfoundland locations are descendants of Pierce and Mary (Gatherall) Carney.

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