|About Kenny Lane
This is a Website dedicated to the Genealogical study of the Kennys of North Eastern
New Brunswick and area, and of the people who have helped shape our lives. John Kenny
arrived from Ireland, settling in Pokemouche, New Brunswick early in the nineteenth century.
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Ce site Web est consacré à l'étude généalogique de la famille Kenny de Pokemouche, et
aux personnes qui ont aidé à façonner nos vies. John Kenny, qui est
arrivé d'Irlande, débarqua à Pokemouche au Nouveau Brunswick au début du dix-neuvième
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The name Kenny in Ireland comes from a number of sources including the
native Gaelic O'Cionnaoith Sept who were based in Counties Galway and Tyrone.
Other descendants may derive from English or French settlers who arrived into
County Wexford. The name is among the eighty most frequently found in the
Irish naming traditions:
Oldest son named after the Father's father
2nd son named after the Mother's father
3rd son named after the Father
4th son named after the Father's oldest brother
Oldest daughter named after the Mother's mother
2nd daughter named after the Father's mother
3rd daughter named after the Mother
4th daughter named after the Mother's oldest sister
Their was a convention followed in the chosing of godparents for the child. If
the new parents were the oldest in their respective families, then the new
fathers parents or the new mothers parents were chosen as god parents. If no
parents were surviving or living in the country, then the oldest
brother/sister from the fathers/mothers family was chosen. The godparents were
chosen to ensure that the children were raised by direct blood relatives on
either their maternal or paternal family sides.
Important Historical Information:
In 1776 a leading Waterford, Ireland merchant house with considerable
experience in the passenger and provisions trades advertized locally for "boat-
masters,midshipmen, foreshipmen ... a number of good fishermen and ... a few
good salmon fishermen" to go to Chaleur Bay, across the Gulf, for a season.
It was pointed out that the inhabitants there were chiefly French Canadians,
there was a resident Catholic priest, all religions were tolerated, the
climate was wholesome, and an extensive fishery and trade were carried on in
the region. We do not know if the venture proceeded, but the reference is an
early reminder of links that were forged between Irish migration to
Newfoundland and to the mainland. (The Waterford Chronicle, Feb. 23, 1776).
Pokemouche: Michael Finn, a native of Wexford Ireland, in 1800 was the first
Irish settler in Pokemouche. In the early 1800s, and especially after the
Great Miramichi Fire of 1825, other Irish families followed and for many
years, Pokemouche was one of the stongest Irish settlements in New Brunswick.
The second Bishop of Chatham, Thomas Barry, was a native son.