Magners From Glen of Aherlow, Ireland
It would seem that Thomas Magner (1827-1891) is the son of James Magner and Margaret Fruin. Elizabeth Fruin, the wife of Thomas (1829-1893) should be related to Margaret Fruin, the wife of James Magner. Thomas and Elizabeth lived in a large plantation style home in Wilmington. The house was later used as a funeral home for over fifty years.
Research indicates the Thomas Magner family first settled in Naugatuck, about 4 miles south of Waterbury, CT and then moved to Will and Grundy Counties, IL. Waterbury, CT (New Haven County) is 30 miles from Bridgeport, CT, 127 miles from Boston, 96 miles from New York, and 815 miles from Will County, Illinois.
William Fruin was born in April 1798 in Aherlow, County Tipperary Ireland and died October 8, 1880 in Waterbury, CT. He married Johanna Magner who was born in 1811 and died January 12, 1891. William and Johanna had three children: James J. died 1906; Johanna (1839-1887) and Robert (1843-1893). James J. married Mary Jane Slocum and owned the Fruin Hotel in Waterbury, CT.
NOTE: Aherlow and Galbally are two current Catholic Churches in the Galbally Parish of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. In 2001, there were three primary schools and three priests serving the Galbally parish.
The Fruin Family and the families of James Magner and Thomas Magner all appeared to have first settled near Waterbury, CT. The Magner families were living in America in 1856. We have no records of ship manifests indicating when these families first arrived.
Members of the Fruin, Magner,
Henneberry, Cushing and Keily families were married and baptized in the Church
of Christ the King in Galbally, Ireland. Anne Magner, the daughter of
James Magner and Judy Fruin, was baptized on Feb. 12, 1815. This
fact traces the Magner-Fruin families back at least 188 years.
James Magner & Margaret Fruin
Brother & sisters of Elizabeth Magner from
the King Church in Galbally, Ireland:
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Family history notes from Margaret, the oldest daughter of Elizabeth Magner and James Henneberry. The James Magner family lived in the Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary, Ireland. This Magner family came from the Parish of Castletownroche, Diocese of Cloyne in County Cork. Castletownroche is in the Poor Law Union of Fermoy and the Barony of Fermoy in the Province of Munster. The Census of 1766 has records for David, John and William Magner, and a Michael Magner in the Parish of Kildorrery. The parish church in Castletownroche is the Immaculate Conception and the church in Kildorrey is St. Bartholomew. They were considered "landed gentry". The children were well educated, and music and dancing masters came to their home. Tutors were also obtained for other educational subjects. The Henneberry Family lived about 5 miles from the Magners. Elizabeth and James did not meet in Ireland but in Wilmington, Illinois. One of the tutors in Illinois was Margaret Magner Massy (Margaret was baptized in Galbally, Ireland, the daughter of Henry Massy and Emelia Magner. Emilia Magner was baptized on November 10, 1832 the daughter of James Magner and Bridget Bruady.
Brother Robert Jerome Magner was the President of St. Francis College in Brooklyn. St. Francis was founded by the Franciscan Brothers in 1858 and was the first private school in the diocese of Brooklyn. Father Joseph Magner Kiely, nephew of Brother Magner, attended St. Francis.
Brother Jerome brought his sisters, Elizabeth and Julia from Ireland in 1861. He promised to find husbands for them in America. Elizabeth married James Henebry and her sister, Julia, married Patrick Henebry, brother of James.
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Elizabeth Magner born May 1, 1832 in the Glen of Aherlow. She and her sister, Julia, arrived in America in 1861/62 and lived with their uncle, Thomas near Wilmington, Illinois. On the next farm resided John Henneberry. John's brothers James and Patrick married Elizabeth and Julia. Elizabeth married James Henneberry on November 30, 1862 near Joliet, IL in Will County. James Henneberry: born Feb 3, 1832 in County Tipperary, Ireland died: July 28, 1908 in Dalton City, Illinois. Father of James born in County Limerick, Ireland; mother born in County Tipperary. Elizabeth Magner Henneberry moved to Dora Township, Moultrie County near Dalton City and Bethany, Illinois in 1874/1875.
From the Bethany Echo, Bethany, IL: Friday
August 31, 1917.
(note: William and Emmett Henneberry and Homer
Dunn were the grandsons of Elizabeth)
Nephews of Elizabeth Magner
Michael Magner from Illinois 1880 Census: Vol. 23 ED 8 Sheet 12 Line 24 Michael, age 42 born in Ireland. Residence: Morris Twp. Grundy County, Illinois Bridget, age 32 born in IL: Mary, age 13 born in IL, Katie, age 11 born in IL: Maggie, age 9 born in IL: Anusta, age 5 born in IL Laurense Welch, age 71 born in Ireland, (father-in-law).
From: Lawrence & Thompson's Grundy County Directory 1877-1878. Michael Magner, carriage manufactory and blacksmith shop; a large assortment of single and double buggies, carriages and democrat wagons always on hand; horseshoeing a specialty; corner Liberty and Jackson; residence same.
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