Meaney

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A surname of Ireland (O) Meany, a Munster form of (O) MOONEY, Ó Maonaigh, Ir. moenach - dumb or Ir. maonach - wealthy. (MacLysaght). Traced by MacLysaght in Cos. Clare and Kilkenny.

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At Ferryland: Surrogate Court Records: August 24, 1795 - Meaney, Thomas - Sued this person to recover wages: Stabb, Thomas.
  Supreme Court Actions: July 9, 1798 - Shortall, James - Held wages of this person for Matthew Costly: Meany, Francis.
  Ferryland District Census 1799/1800 - at Ferryland: Francis and Elizabeth Meaney. Children: Thomas - 8, Francis - 6, Mary - 4.
  Surrogate Court Records: November 1, 1819 - Meany, Francis - Juror in Evoy vs. Callihan trial.
  Supreme Court Actions: May 3, 1830 - Holdsworth, Arthur and Co. Sued: Meany, Francis.
  Journal of Newfoundland House of Assembly - Education Report - 1837: J. and Mary Meaney of Ferryland noted as receiving two Primers as part of the Government's educational stationery allotted that year for the District.
  Voter's List for Ferryland: 1840 - Francis Meaney - North Side; 1859 - James (of Thomas?) Meany - Downs.
At Caplin Bay: Journal of Robert Carter, Magistrate at Ferryland - Noted on August 27, 1837, after a major storm the previous night: "Meaney's stage at Stone Island down with all his oil, etc. that was in it."
  Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland, First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly, printed 1848. Distribution of Flour ... in the Southern division of this District ... to the sufferers of the Great Gale of 19th September, 1846 - alloted 19th January 1847. James Meaney - Caplin Bay - received 1 barrel of flour.
  Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland, First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly, printed 1848 - A Return... of persons given relief, ... in the Southern division of Ferryland District ... between the 1st Oct. 1847 to 14th Dec. 1848. James Meany - accumulated £0 - 14 - 0 of credit for 7 days work at rebuilding LaManche (River) Bridge. (No cash was paid - credit could be used to purchase food items made available by the Government.)
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - James Meany (a notation after his name in 1859 says "dead").
  McAlpine's 1870/71 Directory: Thomas Meany, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Thomas Meany, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Thomas Meany, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: Thomas Meany, fisherman; Bernard Meany, fisherman.
Family History: As far as can be determined, the Meaney family of Caplin Bay originated from Francis Meaney of Ferryland, possibly the son of Thomas Meaney mentioned briefly in the pre-1800 court records. About 1813, one other Meaney family settled at Ferryland. In that year, Matthew Meaney, from Old Laughlin Parish, Co. Carlow married a Ferryland woman at St. John's, but he doesn't appear to been related to the pre-1800 Meaney family. Another Meaney family settled at Fermeuse, just south of Ferryland, and started a business there. However, this family doesn't appear to have any kinship with either of the Meaney families living at Ferryland.
  The first Meaney who settled at Caplin Bay was James Meaney. I deduced that James was the youngest son of Francis and Elizabeth Meaney of Ferryland. He was born shortly after 1800 and lived there until he decided to settle at Stone Island, likely in the late 1830s. As early as 1752, an old map shows a fishing room on the shoreline at Stone Island, Caplin Bay. This location appears to be in the same one used by James Meaney for his fishing premises from 1837 onward. This shoreline area later, and still is, known as Meaney's Island. James and his wife, Mary (maiden surname undetermined), had two sons, Thomas and Francis, and a daughter named Sarah (aka Sally). She married Patts Ryan from Ferryland and was likely the ancestor of most, if not all, of the Ryans there. Thomas Meaney married twice. His first wife was Mary Kennedy, and after Mary died, he married Anastasia Delaney. He raised his children from both of these marriages at Stone Island before moving westward to the Athlone area of Caplin Bay. Francis Meaney was also married twice. He moved to St. John's, where his first wife, Anne Dunphy, and only daughter, Mary Ellen, died. After their deaths, Francis left Newfoundland and travelled to parts of the United States and western Canada. However, he eventually returned to Newfoundland, remarried at St. John's, and had two more daughters there by his second wife, Harriett Doran. One of their daughters died at St. John's at the age of two years. Eventually, Francis, his wife, and their surviving daughter, Mary-Anne (Minnie), moved to Caplin Bay. This daughter later married into the Walsh family there. Today males with the Meaney surname who trace their origins back to Calvert/Caplin Bay are descendants of Thomas Meaney since his brother, Francis, did not have any sons.
  The 1859 Ferryland Voter's List shows that another James Meaney lived at The Downs in Ferryland. I believe that this individual was the son of Thomas Meaney, the eldest brother of James Meaney, who settled at Stone Island. Thomas Meaney of Ferryland died at the annual seal hunt in 1835. I discovered that the James of Ferryland later moved to St. John's and died there in 1909. I also deduced that several other Meaney individuals associated with Ferryland were children of this Thomas and his wife (possibly named Bridget?). In 1837, Frank Meaney, the young son of "widow Meaney," died at Ferryland. I also deduced that Thomas and Bridget? had two daughters; Mary Meaney of Ferryland, who married John Swain of Stone Island in 1848, and Elizabeth Meaney, who married Patrick (or Peter) Aspel (sic) in 1853. The Aspells lived at Ferryland until about 1871, before moving to St. John's. William Meaney, another possible son of Thomas Meaney of Ferryland, was born there about 1822. He lived out his life at Ferryland and died there in 1898. Some of William and James Meaney's children and Elizabeth Aspell and all her family immigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in the latter decades of the 1800s.
Current Status: This surname has been gone from Calvert since 1990. However, there are descendants of James Meaney at Calvert, throughout other parts of Newfoundland, the rest of Canada, and the U.S.A.
Local Place Names: Meaney's Island. Although referred to as an island, this rock structure is attached to the shoreline at Stone Island. At low tide and with calm seas, it is possible to cross over to this island, on foot, from the shore.
  This laneway on the North Side of Caplin Bay is where Thomas and Francis Meaney (of James)and many of their descendants have lived over 120 years or more. This laneway passes through the property that was was part of the 1851 Crown Land Grant #957 allotted to James Lock. James Lock, from England, was a servant of Matthew Morry (III).

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