Biographies of Our Forefathers
ALICE TINNENY H31
Tinneny was the 5th child and 4th daughter of
Patrick “Yankee Pat” Tinneny of Goladuff and Margaret Malloy of
Renfrewshire, Scotland. She was born in Greenock, Scotland on
December 9, 1884. She was baptized at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church,
which is located at 14 Patrick Street in Greenock on December 12,
1884. Her sponsor was Catherine Malloy who was probably a sister of
Alice was raised
in the family home at 14 East Shaw Street in Greenock, Scotland.
She attended Saint Mary’s School and Church on Patrick Street while
growing up in Greenock as did her brothers and sisters.
after her 16th birthday, on December 27th
1900, her sisters Margaret, Elizabeth, Rose and brothers Jim and
Patrick along with their mother left Greenock and sailed to
America. They made the rough winter crossing of the Atlantic aboard
the S.S. Sardinia. According to Alice’s sister who told the
story many years later, the tickets for each of the children for the
passage cost their parents $100 each. Alice, her mother and the
rest of the children arrived in the port of New York aboard the
Sardinian on Saturday, January 12, 1901. It was a dreary cold
winter day. The family was met in New York by Alice’s oldest
brother John and Alice’s Uncle Mike Sickinger, the husband of her
Aunt Kate Tinneny.
Her brother and
Uncle took Margaret and the children by train from New York to the
home that Alice’s father had rented at 306 Carson Street in the
Manayunk section of Philadelphia. No doubt Alice was pleased to see
her father Patrick who had gone before Margaret Alice and the other
children and traveled to Philadelphia from Greenock the previous June.
Likewise, her brother John and older sisters Kate and Mary Jane had
been living in Philadelphia for some time before Alice her mother
and the other children came to America in January 1901.
Alice was raised
in the rented house of her parents on Carson Street then in the home
that her parents bought at nearby 182 Baldwin Street. She attended
Holy Family Church on Hermitage Street while growing up. Like some
of her sisters she probably left school to work in the textile mills
along the Manayunk Canal.
According to her
sister Rose, Alice eloped with and married Cornelius Joseph Hart.
By the time that the 1910 Census was taken on the 19th of
April 1910 Alice and Cornelius had been married for three years.
They were living at 128 Silverwood Street in Manayunk. Cornelius
was listed as 24 years old and as the head of the household. The
Census showed that he was born in Pennsylvania and that his parents
were born in Ireland. His profession is listed as Carpenter in an
ironworks. The Census further showed that Cornelius could read and
write and that he was out of work only one week in 1909. Alice was
described in the Census as being 23 years old and Cornelius’s wife.
There are entries showing that she was married for three years at
the time and that she had two children one of which, Isabella, was
alive and about 10 months old. Alice is listed as being born in
Scotland. Her father is described as being born in Ireland while
her mother’s place of birth is listed as Scotland. Alice is
described as being able to read and write. As mentioned earlier,
the couple’s daughter Isabella is also listed on the Census. Also,
living in their home was my grandfather, James J. Tinneny, who was
22 years old and unmarried. The reason that he was living with
Alice and her family may have been due to in part to his mother’s
somewhat negative ideas about James’ impending marriage to Gertrude
Spence, however, that has not been confirmed.
Cornelius had six and possibly seven children. They were, Isabella,
Cornelius Patrick, Margaret, John, Francis, Alice and possibly one
other who would have been a twin of Margaret’s.
Alice died March
10, 1937 in Philadelphia. Cornelius died January 2, 1958 or 59 at
the Roxborough Memorial Hospital in the Roxborough section of
Philadelphia. Both are buried along with their son John at Holy
Sepulcher Cemetery in Philadelphia.
descendants include Hart,
Brownridge, Kennedy, Koch, Lutz, McLaughlin, Earlston & their