Biographies of Our Forefathers
Patrick Tinneny was
the youngest child of Patrick "Yankee Pat" Tinneny and Margaret
Malloy. He was born January 2, 1897 at Greenock, Scotland, at the
Tinneny home at 17 E. Shaw Street. He was baptized in Saint Mary's
Catholic Church in Greenock.
On December 27,
1900 Patrick’s mother Margaret his sisters, Margaret, Alice,
Elizabeth and Rose, Patrick and his older brother James sailed from
Glasgow, Scotland aboard the S.S. Sardinian. They were going to
America to join Pat’s father, brother John, his sisters Mary Jane and
Catherine in Philadelphia. Passage for each of the children cost
$100.00. After experiencing a rough winter crossing they arrived at
the port of New York on Saturday, January 12, 1901.
The S. S. Sardinian
The day of
their arrival was dreary. That morning, the low temperature was 34
degrees and the high for the day was 42 degrees at noon. However,
the weather was beginning to clear following snow and rain. Pat,
his mother and siblings were met in New York by his oldest brother
John and his sister Kate’s husband Michael Sickinger. They all
traveled to Philadelphia by train and to their rented home at 306
Carson Street in the Manayunk section of the city.
During the rough
and austere ocean voyage to America the passengers in their class
were feed a lot of cheese and bread. Later in life Pat was known
for frequently saying "Cheese I'll eat no more" in his Scottish
brogue referring to the monotony of the diet aboard the ship during
the crossing to America.
to be Patrick in 1911. Courtesy of Debbie McColgan Chenoweth.
for the draft for World War I. The registration can be found in
Draft Board 14 Roll No. 1907635 and
his birthday is listed as Jan 2, 1897 in Scotland. Although he was
registered he was never called into the service.
As an adult, Pat
was a regular participant in fund raiser plays and other
entertainment put on in the Holy Family Church parish hall on
Hermitage Street in Manayunk. He danced, sang, played the fiddle
and even played the roll of an Indian in one of these amateur
Like his father,
young Patrick played the fiddle. Later he built quite a reputation
as an entertainer on the Key Circuit. That was a local
entertainment circuit in the Philadelphia area. He did outstanding
imitations of the famous Scottish comedian Harry Lauder. He
teamed up on the
entertainment circuit with a fellow named Carboy who played the
violin and case on display in the home of his grandson Daniel Klebes
II in 2008. Courtesy of Danny Klebes II.
Patrick worked at
Mauning’s musical instrument repair shop in center city
Philadelphia. It was there that he aquired the violin in the photo.
The instrument had been abandoned and it had been determined that it
couldn’t be repaired. Pat asked the shop owner if he could try to
fix it and was told he could. He reconditioned it during his lunch
breaks and when he was finished the shop owned gave it to him.
Photo: Patrick Tinneny.
Courtesy of Daniel Klebes II.
cousin, Helen McKenna Gillard, recalled an incident when Pat had a
spell of some sort. While entertaining in one of the Holy Family
Parish fundraisers, Pat began acting funny. After the show he went
to Frank Brennan's Barber Shop to get a hair cut. He seemed to go
out of his mind. He took a razor and was wielding it at Frank and
the other customers. The police were called in and took Pat off to
Pat lived with his
mother at her home until she passed away in 1919. His mother is
said to have left him the money from the sale of the house after her
death. She also left a certain amount from her estate to her
"orphan" grandchildren, the children of her daughter Mary Jane who
had married John P. McColgan.
The bequeath to Pat was the source of a real rough time for
Pat one night on Main Street in Manayunk. Mike Sickinger, accompanied by his son Frank, they were the husband and
son of Pat's sister Kate, attacked Pat with a gun one night as he
was leaving the Empress Theater following one of his performances.
Mike demanded to have a portion of the money from the sale of Pat's
mother's house. Others in the family have it that Mike wanted the
money because he had loaned "Yankee Pat" and Margaret a portion of
the money that paid for Margaret and some of her children's passage
to America and that the debt had never been repaid. Whatever the
cause of the confrontation, Mike was arrested by the police for the
assault. Several days later he and possibly Frank had to appear
before the local magistrate at the police precinct near Main Street
and Green Lane in Manayunk. The magistrate placed a peace bond on
Mike not to bother his brother-in-law Pat.
Pat died suddenly
the end of May 1925 of what was reported by his first cousin, Helen
McKenna Gillard, as a brain hemorrhage when he was 28 years old.
Pat, Anna and their son Wally were living at 218 Ripka
Street in Manayunk. At the time, Anna was pregnant with their son
Daniel. Pat was buried on May 28, 1925 in Section D Range 10, lot 13
W at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Montgomery County, PA. Buried in the
same plot are Henry L Hoover, Eleanor K. Hoover and Josephine K.
Near the end of his
life when Pat was very ill and
bedridden he asked Anna to bring him the violin. She did and he
played the Ave Maria and several other pieces on it and gave it back
to her and said, “Anna, I will never play the violin again.”
passed away a short time later. This story had been relayed to Pat’s
grandson Dan II by his grandmother Anna.
Record Side 1 –
Grave Lot purchased by Anna Tinneny 5/28/1925 upon the death of her
husband Patrick Tinneny. Patrick was the first of several relatives
buried in the lot.
Courtesy of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery staff.
following Patrick’s death, Anna married Leo Klebes. Leo
adopted Anna’s 2 sons John “Wally” and Daniel Tinneny
and raised them as his own. A consequence of the adoption was
that the boys names were changed to Klebes and thereafter, they
and their descendants carried the Klebes name and were no longer
known as Tinnenys.
Photo: Anna taken Jul 11, 1964. Courtesy of Richard Tinneny.
Anna died in
late June 1971 and was buried in the same plot as Patrick at the
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery to be joined there in October 1982 by
her second husband Leo.
Burial plot record showing
Patrick (age 28 Internment date 5/28/25) in grave 2 (and his
wife Anna in grave 4 with her second husband Leo Klebes.
Courtesy of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Patrick’s descendants include his sons John and Daniel (Tinneny)
Klebes of Philadelphia and Daniel’s descendants including Klebes,
Manning, D’Ascenzo, Rydzewski and Mazzariello.