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This is the ancestory of the New Zealand Quinns on their mother\grandmothers side.

 

1. CONWAYS (EARLY GENERATIONS CO. TYRONE) Occupation: PROBABLY FARMERS, married-UNKNOWN NAMES (EARLY GENERATIONS). The name Conway is from the Irish MacConmidhe in Tyrone there being several variant sects of the name and spelling in Thomond Tyrone Sligo and Mayo. It is very likely that the Conways were in the Tyrone area for many centuries. They were and still are a predominant name in Tyrone especially in the Gortin area. The Conways of Broughderg and the Quinns of Beaghmore were neighbouring farmers. They intermarried from time to time and are a very ancient Irish sect. The Conways may well have been in Broughderg area pre-Plantation.(Opinion Nov.94).

I have little information on the earlier Conways. I am of the opinion that the Conway males would have married locally. I would be fairly certain that families having the same name would in many cases be blood related however weakly though they may not be aware of or deny such. The social structure and economic and political realities of the old Catholic Irish septs would ensure this system lasted. However in more modern times partners were taken from further a field. A necessary genetic change.

 

 

 

Second Generation

PATRICK CONWAY born CIRCA 1825, PROBABLY BROUGHDERG COOKSTOWN CO. TYRONE

OCCUPATION: FARMER, married SUSAN ?, born ?, PROBABLY LOCALLY, died ?, BROUGHDERG, buried BROUGHDERG OLD CHAPEL GRAVEYARD. PATRICK died ?, BROUGHDERG CO TYRONE, buried BROUGHDERG OLD CHAPEL GRAVEYARD.. Nothing much known about Patrick. Patrick would have been born into an Ireland in throes of famine. The 1847 famine was just around the corner. Survival meant the possession of land and above all availability of food and shelter. These were harsh horrific times for the "native Irish". An excellent book on the Famine in Ireland is "The Great Hunger" by Cecil Woodham Smith ISBN book number 0-241-11410-1 captures the awfulness of the situation. It would capture vividly the Ireland in which Patrick Conway grew up and lived in.

SUSAN: It would really of great interest to find out the maiden name of this lady. I would be of the opinion that she would have been a local. Her name could well have been Quinn, McCullagh or O'Neill or perhaps a second cousin Conway. I am of the opinion that "matchmaking " would have been common in these times, a system of partner selection generally governed by the material logistics of the families whose sons or daughters were "matched". No doubt there were tragic unions and those that worked out fine.

CHILDREN

 

CHARLIE (Charley Pat) CONWAY. Born circa 1844

Occupation: FARMER, DID NOT MARRY. CHARLIE died early 1930ís

Charlie Pat was something physically different amongst the Conways who were generally small people in that he was 6 foot 5 inches tall and wore size 15 boots. John Quinn, his great great grand nephew has the same build). He did not marry. Charlie was quite a good singer "Off to Philadelphia in The Morning" being his specialty. When the "old" chapel at Broughderg was being built Charlie drew the slates to the building. Kathleen Quinn Cookstown recalls as a child Charlie nursing and singing to her. He would have lived in a separate dwelling at Broughderg away from Peter Pat and Annie.

Third Generation

3. PETER (PETER PAT) CONWAY. Born CIRCA 1846, BROUGHDERG CO. TYRONE, Occupation: FARMER.

Married

ANNIE QUINN (A BROUGHDERG QUINN FAMILY), born 1869, BROUGHDERG COOKSTOWN CO. TYRONE, Occupation: TEACHER/FARMERS WIFE, died 3.9.1953, BROUGHDERG, buried SEPT 1953, BROUGHDERG OLD CHAPEL GRAVEYARD.

PETER died 5.11.1947, BROUGHDERG "AGED 101" ON HIS HEADSTONE., buried BROUGHDERG OLD CHAPEL GRAVEYARD..

Peter Pat as he was known was something of a character. He was not a man in a hurry in his work or private life. He married in his late in life, around 60 years of age and postponed his death until he was 101 years old. The earlier Conways owned a public house and it is said that perhaps the Conways farm was "added" to by deals done on deeds/loans in the said establishment. Peter was something of a gentleman farmer, wore long tailed coat to the fields endeavoring to get the best out of his "workers" i.e. his family! ANNIE:

Annie was some 20+ years younger than Peter. Annie and Peters families would have been neighbours. This Quinn family farmed at Broughderg. Annie taught at the old school at Broughderg but her husband Peter Pat built a new school at Broughderg and Annie went there to teach. It is said that when Annie married Peter Pat and arrived at his farmhouse she found a fairly low-key approach to farming!. She "sorted" Peter and his brother out and made the place viable and profitable. Annie was also the local midwife. Daughter Rose (mother of Tony, Brian and Maureen) attended Broughderg school.

 

CHILDREN

 

i SUSAN CONWAY born 1900, BROUGHDERG, Occupation: FARMERS WIFE, SUSAN died 19.12.1980, CREGGAN CO. TYRONE, buried DEC. 1980, KILLEENEN CO TYRONE. Susan married a Robert McKenna. He was a farmer. They had four sons and two girls. They lived and farmed at 230 Barony Road Creggan Co. Tyrone. I spoke to Rose McAleer (Nee Conway) about her ancestors (May 1995) but she was unable to throw any light on the names of the earlier Conways and their wives. Rose is a daughter of Susan's. I would have liked to establish who Annie Quinn Susan's mother was (I have photo) but unable to do so. I think that she was from a family of a Robert Quinn farming near the old National School.

 

ii MARY ANN CONWAY born 1903, BROUGHDERG CO. TYRONE, Occupation: FARMER, DID NOT MARRY.  MARY died 12.3.1986, BROUGHDERG, buried MARCH 1986, GRAVEYARD BROUGHDERG OLD CHAPEL.

She remained on and kept the old family home at Broughderg running. She belonged to "the end of an era" of traditional family members who were the bedrock of their 

stock and remained to keep the family "roots" alive. She was a very well read lady who had many talents not least being able to run her farm successfully. She was much respected in the locality. Sadly when she died so did the Conway name/ownership of the old home at Broughderg after many generations perhaps over hundreds of years.

 

iii ROSE CONWAY born 25.7.1905, BROUGHDERG COOKSTOWN CO. TYRONE, Occupation: TEACHER, married BERNARD QUINN (SEE QUINN FILES). ROSE died 1.2.1993, BELFAST, buried FEB.1993, ST JOSEPHS SAINTFIELD ROAD.BELFAST.

Rose was the youngest of the three sisters. She spent some 44 years as a teacher and literally taught generations of children at Derrylatinee school near Dungannon. She and her husband Bernard and their family lived most of this period firstly at Greystone but for the greater and later part at a house they built in the town land of Legilly. She was held in very high esteem by the parents and children she taught over so many many years. She and her husband spent their retirement years in Belfast.

Generation One

 

1. Conways. Early generations Co Tyrone Unknown. He married Unknown.

Children:

2. i. Patrick Conway b. 1820.

 

Generation Two

 

2. Patrick Conway, b. 1820 - 1830 in Broughderg co tyrone, ireland, d. Unknown. He married Susan, married in Broughderg, b. in Broughderg.

Children:

3. i. Peter (Peter Pat) Conway b. 1846.

ii. Charles (Charlie Pat) Conway, b. Unknown in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, d. 1920 - 1930 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone.

iii. Unknown, b. Unknown in Broughderg.

 

Generation Three

 

3. Peter (Peter Pat) Conway, b. 1846 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, d. 5th November 1947 in Broughderg Co. Tyrone. He married Annie Quinn (Broughderg Quinn Family), married 1900 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, b. 1869 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, d. 3rd September 1953 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone.

Children:

i. Susan Conway, b. 1900 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, d. 19th December 1980 in Creggan, Co Tyrone. She married Robert McKenna, b. in Creggan, Co Tyrone.

ii. Mary Ann Conway, b. 1903 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, d. 12th March 1986 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone.

4. iii. Rose Conway (See Quinn files) b. 25th July 1905.

 

Generation Four

 

4. Rose Conway (See Quinn files), b. 25th July 1905 in Broughderg, Co Tyrone, d. 1st February 1993 in Belfast, Ireland. She married Bernard Quinn, married 6th August 1936 in Caledon, Co Tyrone, b. 24th June 1910 in Beaghmore, Co Tyrone.

Children:

i. Tony Quinn.

ii. Brian Quinn.

iii. Maureen Quinn.