Feeney Family Genealogy Forum
Ned: Saw your posting of a few years ago about the Connolly/Feeney families. I can add information to that. My grandfather, John Matthew Feeney, was born near Rossaville, Galway, about 1885. He must have come to the U.S. about 1905 or so, stayed for a short time in Boston, and then moved on to San Franciso and went to work for Southern Pacific RR. He there met and married Nora Coyne from Ballindine, Co. Mayo. Nora's sister, Kate Coyne, also came to the U.S. about this time, and married John Connolly in Oakland, California. Kate and John had five children: Monsignor Matthew Connolly, for a long time port chaplain of San Francisco; Monsignor Nicholas Connolly, one time vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland; John Connolly; Tom Connolly; and Mary Connolly Toland. I believe only Mary is still alive.
John Matthew Feeney was killed in a railroad accident when my father, John Vincent Feeney(b. 1916), was three or four years old. Thus we were raised not knowing much about our Feeney relatives, but we were close to the Coynes and the Connollys.
We still have Coyne family in Ireland, and a few on our Feeney side in Carraroe and around Rossaville. There are some Feeney connections in Boston area, as once 25 years or so ago I met a man named Bean who was related to our Feeneys. Hope this information is useful. Vince Feeeney
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