Mary Tinneny was the
daughter of Hugh Tinneny. She would have been born on Goladuff about 1846.
Phil Tinneny of Goladuff told me in 1994 that Mary and her brothers were his
cousins. He also said that Mary worked for the Skelton family on their
nearby estate at Donagh as a domestic when she was a young woman. According
to Phil Tinneny, the grandson of Big John and cousin of Mary, the Skeltons
were Protestants and Mr. Skelton was a "Big fine looking man." When Mary
was 21 years old, and working for the Skeltons, she had a daughter who she
By March of 1901, Mary was
living in a little stone house in what was called "the hollow" or "Hughdie's
land" at Goladuff." The 1901 Census of Ireland had her listed as the head
of the household. Living in the house with her were her brothers Hugh and
Francis Tinneny. Mary was 55 years old when the census was taken and it was
noted that she could read and that she was not married. The house that she
and her brothers were living in had been their parent’s home.
Photo: Partial 1901 form, Census of Ireland, showing Mary
and her brothers living at their family home on Goladuff, Newtownbutler,
Co, Fermanagh, Ireland.
Provided by R. J. Tinneny.
During a visit to the home
of Mary's grandson's widow, Mary Murray of Derrykenny, County Fermanagh in
1996, Mary and her children told me that there had been a very old white
quilt around the house some time back that had been passed down to her
husband by his grandmother Mary Tinneny. They said, however, that the quilt
had been missing from the house for some time.
Mary died on March 23, 1914
at the Clones Infirmary in County Monaghan. The cause of death was listed
as “Rheumatism years” and “chronic heart failure”. No family member was
listed as being with Mary when she died.
descendants include: Murphy, Nolan, Toland,
McCavigan, Reilly, Castellano, Donaghue, Murray, Higgins, Smith,
Murray, Buttery, Walton, Brazell, Stead, Englishby, Hudson,
Turton, Grey, Reed, Sherwood, and Devlin.