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 Census 1800: 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 are noted as receiving two Primers as part of the educational stationery allotted that year for the District.
  Voter's List for Ferryland: 1840 - Francis Meaney - North Side; 1859 - James Meany - Downs.
At Caplin Bay: 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: The Meaney family of Caplin Bay appear to be descended from Francis Meaney of Ferryland, who may have been a son of Thomas Meaney mentioned in pre 1800 records. There was one other family of Meaneys at Ferryland (Matthew Meaney, from Old Laughlin Parish, Co. Carlow), who arrived later in 1813, but they don't appear to be related. Likewise, a family of Meaneys who settled in Fermeuse and started a business there, don't appear to have any kinship with the families at Ferryland. The first Meaney at Caplin Bay was James Meaney, who was a settler at Stone Island in the late 1830s. He had at least two sons, Thomas and Francis. Thomas married twice and raised his family at Caplin Bay. Francis also married twice. It appears after his first wife and daughter died he left Newfoundland and travelled to parts of the USA and western Canada. He eventually returned to Newfoundland, married at St. John's, and had one daughter there. James Meaney, who is shown as living at the Downs in the Ferryland Voter's List of 1859, may also have been a son of James, but no record has been found to prove or disprove this possibility.

James and his wife (believed to be Mary - maiden name unknown?) also had a daughter Sarah (aka Sally). She married Patts Ryan from Ferryland and she is the ancestor of most, if not all, of the Ryans there. There was also a Mary Meaney who married John Swain in 1855, however I am not aware of any folklore of her being a daughter of James and Mary Meaney. Those who trace their Meaney surname to Calvert/Caplin Bay are descendants of Thomas, since Francis did not have any sons. His only daughter married into the Walsh family.
Current Status: The surname has been gone from Calvert since 1990, however there are descendants of James Meaney at Calvert, throughout other parts of Newfoundland and 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 actually attached to the shoreline at Stone Island. At low tide and with calm seas, it is possible to cross over to this island from the shoreline.

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