FERMANAGH / MONAGHAN
There are three
Groups of McAvineys known to have resided, or still reside, in
Counties Monaghan and Fermanagh, Ireland.
The individual relationships are confirmed,
but the ancestoral connection of the three Groups has not been
established. I am seeking contact with anyone familiar with the
McAvineys in hopes I (Phil McDonnell), can tie the three groups
to single ancestors. To link the Groups for the Computer,
fictitious headings have been assigned as follows:
CLONKEEN in the
section of the town of Clones, Monaghan, where my
Grandfather, Philip McAviney's family farmed. His father
was married to Catherine Gunn of "Fermanagh".
CLONES is where
Philip's cousins lived and maintained a "Butter and Egg
Yard" business on Fermanagh Street
||KEVENAGH is the area around
Newtownbutler, Fermanagh, where McAvineys date back 300
years on the Island of Galloon.
Phil McDonnell's Grandfather, Philip McAviney,
a native of Clones, returned from New Jersey after 50 years to
visit the "CLONES" Group in 1901 and wrote of them as his first
cousins. Sir Thomas Lipton's parents lived in Clones before
moving to Glasgow where they opened their first store in about
1850 to start the Lipton Tea Co. Lipton said their hams, butter
and eggs came "from an old farmer friend in Clones named James
McAviney," who would have been Philip McAviney's Grandfather.
John Desmond McAviney of Newtownbutler, told
his brother, Vincent, before they both died, that Phil McDonnell
was probably their third cousin. Vincent was the first to write
of the McAviney Homestead "two fields away" from the
Cemetery in Newtownbutler, where McAviney tombstones date back
to the early 1700s.
The probable common ancestors of all three
Groups are buried in the Galloon Island Cemetery and some still
reside in Newtownbutler.
Outline of McAviney Tree