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Thomas Kenny

Thomas Kenny is buried here in St. Patrick’s Churchyard Cemetery
His headstone  reads, Thomas Kenny died July 7, 1871  Husband of Catherine,  Skea
I found this headstone inscription and picture of St. Patrick’s Churchyard Cemetery thanks to the efforts of Anna Ryan.  She posted both on  I emailed her and received the reply that taking photographs of cemeteries and transcribed some of the headstones in each has been her hobby for a number of years.  I am very grateful for her efforts.
Having found this headstone transcription, I wondered if this my great-great grandfather since Thomas Kenny is a common name. However, my great-great grandmother who  was Thomas’s wife was named Catherine and family did live in Skea.  The townland is actually Skeanavart which is in the civil parish of Kilmacumsy and the Roman Catholic parish of Elphin but is often abbreviated as Skea.   So I wrote to the General Registration Office in Roscommon, Ireland and requested the death certificate.  When it came back, I knew this was my Thomas Kenny
The name of the informant on Thomas’s death certificate is Micheal Kenny which was Thomas’s son and my great-grandfather. With this additional coinciding information, I feel confident this is my ancestor.
 My goal is to make my first trip to Ireland in 2014 and I will be sure to visit this cemetery on that trip.  Since Anna Ryan only transcribes some of each cemetery, I may be able to find other family members buried there.